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.
On Friday, new head strength and conditioning coach for football Yancy McKnight was made available to the media. McKnight, who served with Tom Herman at multiple stops, went in-depth on his process, relationship building, the Oregon controversy, and the pieces he has to mold before spring ball starts.
Against a team designed to break opponent’s composure, Shaka Smart’s young Texas Longhorns played one of their most composed games of the season against the hard-pressing West Virginia Mountaineers, led by freshman Andrew Jones’ 17 points and freshman Jarrett Allen’s game-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Texas played a good all-around game, shooting 48 percent and making 78 percent of their free throws, but the Mountaineer defense forced 19 turnovers and played better than Texas did when it mattered down the stretch to defeat Texas, 74-72.
It looked as if Texas was about to step on TCU’s throat with just under nine minutes left in the second half. Freshman Jacob Young laid the ball up and in to make it 53-46 with Texas in control of the game, the crowd loud and on its feet and Shaka Smart’s young Texas team with the opportunity to take control of the game for good.
Houston Lamar remains one of the best high school programs within greater Houston. Accordingly, their team boasts several players with Power 5 talent. Tom Herman and Texas decided to extend an offer to two Lamar juniors, defensive back D’Shawn Jamison and wide receiver Al’vonte Woodard.