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Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar: Readers’ edition

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In this edition of Tuesdays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar we’ve called on our readership to provide some questions for El Cohiba Grande. If your question got missed, then chances are there wasn’t a good answer for it, so please don’t take offense. Given the wide spectrum of questions, there was never a guarantee that our source would be able answer everyone’s queries, but the Cigar does his level best, as is always the case inside the Humidor.

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Jerrod Heard. (Justin Wells/IT)

In this abbreviated edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar we’re still talking summer conditioning but at least the kids have ceased practicing against air and are now in full blown 7-on-7 mode. Our sources indicate some of the younger kids have made an impact through the first full week of the “voluntary” passing sessions.

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Jerrod Heard. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar we’re talking summer conditioning, still, for the most part. We’ve also got the insight on who’s doing what in the weight room, the track, and in 7 on 7 voluntary passing workouts. The Big Cigar also talks about the giant hole Steve Patterson seems to be digging with big donors and alums alike. Evidently folks that matter have voiced their displeasure with the Longhorn Foundation and with the president’s office and a not so stellar football season could spell doom for the new athletic director.

Inside the Humidor – Wednesday Edition

Swoopes and Gray during Spring practice. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar we’ve got a little bit of everything. From 7-on-7 information, to hoops assessments, as well as freshmen that will most likely play according to a source close to the staff. We tried chasing down attrition rumors but at this point we don’t feel comfortable releasing any information because it’s yet to be confirmed. Finally, we’ll talk a little bit about Augie Garrido rising from the ashes and putting the Horns in the postseason. Why should Augie be any different than Mack Brown and Rick Barnes if you’re keeping score inside the Humidor.

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Shaka Smart and Charlie Strong before the UT Spring game. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar we’ve got a variety of information especially in light of the time of year. We’ll dabble a bit in recruiting as a Cigar with ties to a prospect who’s almost impossible to get ahold of, drops us a dime. Our sources inside the program have also provided some intel on voluntary (read mandatory) 7-on-7 work this past week. Warning, some names may surprise. We’ll have some scouting information on a possible commit to Shaka Smart and the analog given may have the less discriminating hoops fan doing a double face-palm, while those with a bit more critical thinking ability as it applies to the game of basketball will see the value Smart is adding.

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Malik Jefferson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In this edition of the Humidor we’ve got tidbits from a talk we had with a current player last week. Keep in mind, there hasn’t been a mandatory weight lifted in two weeks, nor has there been a mandatory pass thrown in the same span of time. The respite comes to a screeching halt this week we’re told as the players will be expected to start putting in some work by themselves and with Coach Moorer.

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Shaka Smart and Charlie Strong before the UT Spring game. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor there still isn’t much to sink your teeth into with spring practice going the way of the dinosaurs, or professional hockey ratings. The Cigar does have the goods on some coaching takes which are always interesting. The Cigar also talks a little about what Shaka Smart may be have brewing from a scheme standpoint, which may scare those not in the know currently, but in reality it’s not as bad as most think. Apart from football and hoops, there’s not much worth mentioning in these dog days prior to summer, inside the Humidor.

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Marcus Johnson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

With official practices ended until August, there isn’t much in the way of hard football news other than some bits and pieces of injury news. Thankfully it’s all good news on that front. We also have our source’s take on Steve Patterson and reports about a significant amount of non-renewals for 2015 season tickets and if there’s any significant concern within the athletic department over what appears to be some apathy setting in with the football program.

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Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar, we discuss spring ball and how the Cigar has perceived various units in the last few practices. We’ve also got some intel on the hoops program, where it is, and where it may be headed with some moving parts. Once again, it’s a two-pronged dose of hoops and football inside the Humidor.