SAN ANTONIO — Friday night I traveled to Heroes Stadium in San Antonio to catch up with 2018 four-star twins Joshua and Jordan Moore.
Junior running back D’Onta Foreman will forego his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft, Foreman told reporters on Wednesday. Foreman, a Doak Walker Award finalist, Heisman candidate and holder of the Texas record for most consecutive games played with over 100 rushing yards leaves Texas after rushing for 2782 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons, including rushing for 2028 yards in 11 games during his junior season.
Following two challenging games in Brooklyn against Northwestern and Colorado, Shaka Smart’s young Longhorn basketball team had a chance to come home and get things back on the right track against a quality opponent in the UT-Arlington Mavericks. Instead, a contingent of traveling Maverick students in the upper deck were able to leave the game yelling “this is our house.”
As Tom Herman entered the room for his introductory press conference, he appeared to do all the right things. He greeted Edith Royal, the widow of Texas football great Darrell Royal. He greeted DeLoss Dodds, Greg Fenves, Mike Perrin, Frank Denius, and many other Texas dignitaries.
Tom Herman will be named the 30th head football coach of the Texas Longhorns, according to multiple reports and confirmed by Inside Texas. Texas announced the addition in a press release Saturday afternoon.
At this point in the season, it’s important to get a sense of what coaches are thinking about a variety of subjects. For that reason, the entirety of Sterlin Gilbert’s press conference from Tuesday has been transcribed here:
Lawrence, Kansas presented multiple opportunities for the Texas Longhorns. It could have given the team a chance to get bowl eligible with a win against Kansas after missing a bowl game last year. It could have given the team momentum heading into TCU. It could have given head coach Charlie Strong a stronger argument to return to coach a fourth year at Texas.
Instead, Lawrence became a nightmare zone.
Texas’ match up with Eastern Washington was a two point game after nine minutes. After 20 minutes, Texas held a 15 point lead they would continue to build in the second half. The Longhorns outshot the Eagles from the field, from the line and from three on their way to a runaway 85-52 victory in the regional round of the Legends Classic.
Prior to the West Virginia game, the Texas had yet to lose a game at Royal-Memorial Stadium. The Mountaineers came in and changed all that, and part of it was due to a stifling defense keeping Texas to a season low of 20 points. Offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, even with the numbers his players put up, admitted just how good he thought the WVU defense was at Tuesday’s availability.
Texas is on the precipice of bowl eligibility, currently sitting at 5-5 with two games to play. The next opponent is Kansas, which has yet to record a conference win.
Even though Kansas appears to be no threat to Leonard and the Longhorns, Leonard isn’t letting the opponent dictate how hard the team works with a bowl within their grasp.