WATSON: Notes and Quotes – 11/21/14

Malcolm Brown. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas offensive coordinator Shawn Watson had the unenviable task of directly following UT defensive coordinator Vance Bedford at Friday’s media availability prior to Thursday’s game against TCU.

Texas beats Cal, takes 2K title

Texas coach Rick Barnes huddles with the team. (Will Gallagher/IT)

It was another night with a sloppy 1st half of basketball for Texas. For a Longhorn team forced to adjust to life without the ballhandling and playmaking of Isaiah Taylor, there were the expected ups and downs as they attempted to put together a new offensive identity.

Inside Texas Hoops Roundtable – 11/21/11

Texas coach Rick Barnes huddles with the team. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In our extended Texas Men’s basketball coverage, we debut the Inside Texas Hoops Roundtable. We gather Jesus Shuttlesworth, Tim Preston, and hoops insider Ballerjunkie, with IT Editor Justin Wells moderating. Sit back and enjoy what Rick Barnes and the Longhorns look like early in what is likely a great season in 2014-15 in Austin.

Hoops Preview: California

Isaiah Taylor. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Taking over for recently retired coach Mike Montgomery, Cuonzo Martin (of Purdue playing fame and, then, of taking Tennessee to the Sweet 16 fame last season) has taken over the helm of the Cal-Berkeley squad this season. Here’s the UT-Cal preview.

Inside Scoop – 11/21/14

Toby Weathersby. (Justin Wells/IT)

Recruiting is heating up as winter draws near. We catch up with Cecil Cherry, Kendell Jones, Soso Jamabo, plus updates on Malik, Weathersby, and Stoops to Florida talk. We also talk to an area scout on D/FW running backs, and Shuttlesworth finishes with a practice report from this week. All in the Scoop.

UT takes down Hawkeyes in Big Apple

Rick Barnes. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Longhorns turned a six point deficit at halftime into a 14-point win in an arena where they have struggled to even stay in games under Rick Barnes, yet the lead got stretched out wider and wider in the final stanza before the Longhorns truly running away after a deep Felix three with time running out on the shot clock.

Culpepper Commentary: Texas turnaround

Pat Culpepper. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas is 6-5. What a turnaround. What a statement. At halftime in Stillwater last Saturday, big Oklahoma State donor T Boone Pickens was asked by the president to speak and interviewed on the field concerning a fundraising effort. After acknowledging he was in favor of the efforts he smiled and said, “And my ass is cold.”

Inside the Texas Gameplan: Bye week Q&A

Malcom Brown in pursuit

Since Texas has the weekend off in order to prepare for ruining TCU’s glorious season and ending the “Baylor or TCU” debate, we’re going to dive into some big picture topics provided by you, the readers.