One of the enormous advantages of bowl practices is how they allow the coaches to get an early snapshot into the next season so they can work out how to make the most of it. Younger players get thrown into the mix and older players sit back or withdraw and the coaches can get a sense of what kinds of pieces they are working with the next season. The picture continues to clear up over winter workouts, spring practice, and so on but it’s invaluable for the coaches to be able to work out different contingencies that much earlier in the offseason process.
In Texas’ Tuesday game against Michigan, the Wolverines made more shots, made more three pointers, made a higher percentage of their free throws, brought down more offensive and defensive rebounds, had more bench points, points in the paint, fast break points, assisted more, lead for 35:36 and scored more than the Longhorns in a 59-52 victory.
I wanted to hit offense first because we’ve seen some interesting developments in the previous days.
University of Texas president Greg Fenves rarely talks athletics with the media. His position of athletics being the front porch of the university means that while it is outside of his expertise, he recognizes the extreme importance of Longhorn athletics to the school, fans and alumni. So when he speaks on the subject publicly, it’s with good reason.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — In an extremely deep and talented pool of prospects headed to Texas from its Class of 2018, the must-need offensive tackle just made the rich get richer. Senior 4-Star OT and Army All-American Sione “Junior” Angilau committed to Texas tonight. Angilau chose UT over offers from Oregon, USC, UCLA, and Utah.
Since the Texas Tech loss, the UT staff has been busy hitting the recruiting trail and preparing the team for the Texas Bowl.
Herman has been busy evaluating the program and also re-interviewing his entire staff. It’s not unusual for a head coach to do performance reviews, but that’s normally after the season, not in mid-December. The timing is peculiar given all Texas has on its plate, including trying to gather as many signatures as it can before NSD1.
Since DeLoss Dodds retired in October of 2013 the Texas athletic department has been run by two entirely disparate personalities in the distant and prickish Steve Patterson and affable former letterman Mike Perrin.
Patterson took what few remaining BBs were left in the box and loaded them into buckshot for a weekend, non-hunting season dove hunt. Those little bastards had it coming.
The Austin American-Statesman is reporting today that TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte will be hired as the men’s and women’s AD.
Del Conte began at TCU in 2009. Mike Perrin, who currently serves as Texas AD, has held the position since 2015.
Let it snow (information).
Michael Dickson, a product of the renowned ProKick Australia program, visited Texas on June 18, 2015 and received a scholarship offer to join the heralded 2015 class on that visit. Six days later, he committed to former Longhorn head coach Charlie Strong. Twenty-six days after Michael committed, Navasota wide receiver Tren’Davian Dickson committed to Texas as well.