Friday marks Opening Day for the 2018 Texas Longhorns baseball season, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. With rainy forecasts for the entire weekend and cold weather likely each day, it might make a difference to a lot of baseball teams on the precipice of the season. Not so for Texas head coach David Pierce’s squad
AUSTIN — In a recent media availability, freshman guard Jase Febres joked that the Longhorns probably lead the entire NCAA in meetings. On Monday, they added another one, though it was likely one of the more contentious get-togethers of the entire season.
We’ve broad-brushed the recruiting landscape to set the table for this cycle. In short, it won’t be encapsulated by Bob Ross and filled with happy trees and playful clouds, but rather more so Jude Law’s creepy turn as a morbid photographer in the very underrated Road to Perdition.
Two juniors, a sophomore, and a freshman walk into a locker room. Talking to the Allen OL, Dickinson TE, New Caney DB, and a Katy Taylor OL.
The typical play for top defensive programs is to stockpile as many athletes as possible and then rely on the culture and process to round them into shape as a cohesive and fast playing unit. That’s been the name of the game for some time now but things are getting tougher these days with the game becoming increasingly about skill and recognition on the field. Orlando figured out how to (finally) leverage Texas’ superior athleticism in 2017 but he did it while leaning on some skilled veterans that knew how to set the table for the younger guys on the field.
Texas struggled out of the gate in the first half, but was able to play the Baylor Bears even in the last nine minutes of the half to make it just a one possession game after the first 20 minutes. Texas again struggled out of the gate in the second half, but was able to play Baylor even in the last five minutes of the game to tie it at the end of regulation.
Texas wrapped up a fantastic 2018 class. Now, on to 2019. We’ve got notes on the some of the top prospects that should make it to Austin soon for Junior Day. We also talk to a handful of targets from the 2019 class and more. It’s the all-recruiting version of the Inside Scoop.
Last season, Texas’ home loss to TCU on January 11 dropped the Longhorns to 7-9 overall, and (in my opinion) guaranteed there was no chance the Longhorns would return to the NCAA Tournament in Shaka Smart’s second year. While the record is improved this year, Saturday’s 87-71 loss to the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth might have done the same thing in year three.
I always found the off season was good for two main reasons back in my day and I suspect it might hold true today if the truth be known. First and foremost is the growth spurt for the players. We always felt adding the right kind of weight/strength was the only objective and planned our workouts accordingly.
The most comprehensive look behind the scenes of how Texas signed a Top 3 recruiting class in 2018, and future arena, cost-cutting plans for UT Athletic Director Chris Del Conte in this jam-packed Humidor.