It has been well-documented by the Texas media that head coach Tom Herman will not watch any film from previous seasons. He wants to start fresh in his mind with each player and focus more on implementing his culture at the beginning of his tenure as Texas head coach.
Texas came away with two victories Saturday in a double header against No. 23 Rice, 5-4 and 6-1. Here are a few thoughts from the eight hours I spent at the Disch.
Even with all the excitement about the new energy coming into the program under head coach David Pierce, at bats still need to produce hits and move runners and pitchers need to escape jams. It does not help when the opponent is able to move runners when umpires miss calls in important situations. Texas struggled to put themselves in position to score tonight and No. 23 Rice was the beneficiary of an improperly called bunt off the batter’s foot as the Owls took down Texas in the season opener, 3-2.
Alignment. I’m not just writing that to get it out of the way or to inspire you to put some whiskey in your coffee. I’m writing that because it was readily apparent on Thursday when all five offensive assistants were available to the media.
Opening Day is a celebrated day of optimism heading into the long stretch of a baseball season. For new head coach David Pierce, being at Texas is an exciting new journey for him. The first game of the season is always special for Pierce, whether he is coaching the Texas Longhorns or the Dobie Longhorns.
Tom Herman entered the UT head coaching job with plenty of national fanfare. The Top 10 wins, the top recruiting classes to a power five school and the grill all made Herman a huge name nationally, and even more so within the state of Texas.
Shaka Smart met with the media on Monday to talk about Jarrett Allen’s future, the team’s play recently, what the team needs to do in the last stretch of conference play, closing out games, Eric Davis’ improvement, and postseason aspirations.
New year, new staff.
Following the resignation of longtime head coach Augie Garrido, new head coach David Pierce is ready to lead the Longhorns into 2017. Gone are the days of bunting people over to play for just one run. Pierce is ready to make things happen offensively.
Following Texas’ last second victory over Oklahoma, Shaka Smart met with the media to go over the team’s consistency, the roles of Jarrett Allen and Shaq Cleare, and preview the Big 12/SEC Challenge match up against Georgia.
With just over a minute to play, the game appeared to look like several other close losses from Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns this season. Sophomore Eric Davis and freshman Andrew Jones made sure this game was different. Davis hit a three-pointer to cut the Sooner lead to two with just over 10 seconds left, and after two missed Oklahoma free throws, Jones dribbled down the floor and nailed a long rainbow three with 1.8 seconds left to give the Longhorns a thrilling 84-83 victory.