Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor we’ll begin things with our weekly assessment of winter strength and conditioning. As always we have this last week’s outstanding performers from basically all of the position groups. We’ll also talk about who may be on the attrition bubble and why, along with a short list of players who have made their way in Dante’s 10th Circle of Hell, aka, Pat Moorer’s proverbial Pit.

Strong Commitment

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

My colleague Justin Wells called it methodical.

I would also call it purposeful.

During his first spring at Ohio State, Urban Meyer asked his team, “Did you get better today?” He went on to charge them, “If you did not give every thing you had to day, you wasted a day. We don’t have any days to waste.”

Hoops Preview: Baylor

Rick Barnes. (Will Gallagher/IT)

After losing the past four contests by an average of 4.5 points per game, the Texas Longhorns (17-12, 6-10) look to connect an actual victory to a good game when they seek redemption against the Baylor Bears (22-7, 11-5) after being embarrassed at the Ferrell Center in late January.

Buechele makes it to ATX

Shane Buechele. (Courtesy of Buechele family)

If some were worried about the strength of Shane Buechele’s commitment, let his appearance at Saturday’s Junior Day be a leading indicator that he’s solid. Driving conditions were treacherous from Buechele’s native Arlington to his future home in Austin, but despite hours of traffic delaying his arrival he still made the trip.

The Lamar quarterback didn’t make the trip to see Texas; he’s been there and done that. He wouldn’t have committed to Texas if he still had questions about the school or program. He made the trip to lay the foundation for relationships that could end in new Longhorn commitments; future teammates.

UT Junior Day Recap

Kendell Jones. (Justin Wells/IT)

If you were expecting a flurry of commitments on Saturday, adjust your expectations. What you should expect actually happened. After yesterday’s tumultuous weather of freezing temperatures and rain, the players that actually did show up proved one thing; they really like Texas.

Kansas holds of Horns, 69-64

Rick Barnes. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas played one of their better games of the season in a valiant effort in Allen Fieldhouse. Just not good enough.

The Longhorns got very good games from Taylor, Yancy, Holland and Ibeh (and a nice one from Turner). Just not good enough.

Hoops Preview: Kansas

Myles Turner. (Will Gallagher/IT)

A reeling Texas (17-11, 6-9) team gets the unenviable task of heading into Allen Fieldhouse for the first game after the Jayhawks were upset at rival KState. The students rushed the court that night in Manhattan, sparking a nationwide debate when a KSU fan physically bumped into a KU player.

Texas Junior Day

Dontavious Jackson. (Justin Wells/IT)

UT holds its first, and maybe only, Junior Day for 2015. Eric and I will be updating throughout the day. There are also a handful from this week’s Recruiting Notebook in attendance. Come join us.