Author Archives: Joe Cook

Jefferson, Heard ready to lead

Malik Jefferson at the Red River Shootout. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson and QB/WR Jerrod Heard lived with pressure even before they stepped on the University of Texas campus.

After dealing with the pressures of being a highly touted recruit during his freshman campaign, Jefferson now has to deal with new expectations in his sophomore season. While those are different, he is ready to take it on with the help of veteran teammates.

Strong talks team as calendar closes in on ND

Charlie Strong. (ill Gallagher/IT)

Texas head coach Charlie Strong faced a lot of familiar questions in his media availability on Saturday. Camp story lines surrounding Texas football include the quarterback position, freshmen who have good chances to earn immediate playing time and ping pong. While one of these is an off the field story, Strong’s responses to the on-field matters included secrecy surrounding his quarterback decision, notable players at various positions and other general camp updates.

Texas players talk fall camp

Patrick Vahe, Connor Williams, and Brandon Hodges. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Four experienced players were available to the media on Tuesday, although each had experience in different ways. Senior Trent Domingue has a few seasons of Division 1 experience at LSU, but this is his first at Texas. Senior Dylan Haines has been a mainstay in the defensive backfield, and sophomores Patrick Vahe and Connor Williams are coming off freshman All-America seasons. Each detailed their role, expectations and observations to the media.

Strong talks team after Saturday practice

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

After a week’s worth of practice, there still remains plenty of uncertainty for Texas head coach Charlie Strong and his team. Strong has yet to name a starter at quarterback in preparation for his Sept. 4 opener against Notre Dame, and now must deal with new injuries to some of his players, including at center, receiver and running back. While injuries are out of the team’s control, effort is not, and Strong had nothing but good things to say about his squad’s effort so far.

Player Availability Notes – 8/11/16

John Burt. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas had four players available to the media after practice on Aug. 10. The media was able to speak with the team’s star wide out John Burt, starting defensive end Naashon Hughes, experienced veteran defensive back Kevin Vaccaro, and returning sixth year player Sheroid Evans.

Texas Baseball gets a boost

Bennett Inoff. (Courtesy of Inoff)

Recruiting is the lifeblood of a successful college program, and David Pierce knows it.

Since the former Tulane skipper was hired as head coach of the Texas Longhorns, action on the recruiting trail is more active than it has been in years.

Pierce introduced as new UT skipper

David Pierce and Mike Perrin pose during the new baseball coach's PC. (Joe Cook/IT)

AUSTIN — In the press conference introducing new Longhorn head baseball coach David Pierce, a variety of emotions filled the room. Athletic director Mike Perrin beamed with pride about the third revenue sport hire in as many years.

Texas hires Tulane’s David Pierce

David Pierce. (KSLA)

A Texas native who has spent most of his 27-year career coaching in the state, David Pierce has been named head baseball coach at The University of Texas, Men’s Athletics Director Mike Perrin announced Wednesday. Pierce, just the fifth Longhorn head coach since 1911 (with the exception of the war years of 1943-45 when Blair Cherry was at the helm), is the 13th head coach in 122 years of Texas baseball. He will be introduced on Thursday at a news conference on the UT campus.

Another Disappointing Season in Austin

Augie Garrido. (Texassports.com)

Disappointing seasons sure are disappointing, especially when they come on the heels of another disappointing season. When four of the last five seasons have been disappointing for Texas Baseball, well, I think you get the picture.

State of Recruiting Offers

Sam Ehlinger at the Opening Regionals in Houston. (Will Gallagher/IT)

When I am perusing the board while hanging with my girlfriend, I’ll look at other schools coming into Texas and wonder out loud “how did that happen?” I’ll get her normal question of “what’s going on?” and one of the times led me to discussing national recruiting powers with her, and explaining why a school from thousands of miles away can come into Texas and take top prospects from under the noses of the Big 12 and lone SEC programs in the state.