When little things turn into big things. That’s been the single, most exhaustive issue for a Texas team that can’t get out of their own way this season. More than the lack of a true point guard. More than the lack of veteran leadership. More than any systemic issues. It’s the little things. And, in their aggregation, how those little things become big.
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.
It’s customary after the final game of a season to immediately look forward to the next season. Even directly after the second best National Championship game I can recall, focus was turning towards 2017 while confetti was still afloat.
In their momentary calm before the storm that is the next three games after tonight’s contest (WVU, @Baylor, @KU), the Longhorns (7-8, 1-2) host the TCU Horned Frogs (12-3, 1-2) at the Erwin Center. The Horned Frogs, under new head coach (and TCU alumnus) Jamie Dixon, have hopes for an ascension amongst their Big 12 brethren and hope Dixon’s hard nosed, purposeful brand of basketball will function in a talented, if not exactly headlining, group of hoops schools. So far, there’s little to see as far as a significant change between Dixon’s first squad and Johnson’s last, but he did a nice job at Pitt and he certainly is worthy of some leeway.
Get FREE Inside Texas Premium access for two weeks! As Tom Herman is closing his first recruiting class on the 40 Acres, get the best recruiting information from Eric Nahlin, Justin Wells, Joe Cook, Ian Boyd, Tim Preston, Scipio Tex and the rest of the Inside Texas crew. JOIN NOW.
This week’s Notebook starts in Rockdale with a rock star athlete, a DT destined to destroy worlds from North Houston, a dynamic athlete from H-town, and an ILB parked in the middle of Kansas. A handful of juniors and a very important ’17 JUCO athlete get evaluated today.
With the end of the dead period on our doorstep, let’s do a status check on some remaining targets with upcoming visits. Plus, new names headed to Austin this weekend.
Texas starting center (Belton) Zach Shackelford named Freshman All American today by the FWAA.
Played through injuries, held his own, and was rewarded. Bright future here.
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.
Nick Saban will lose. Yes, I know, it’s actually Alabama (the team) and not Saban (the individual) who is facing Clemson Monday night for the national championship. But Saban has become so monolithic, so omnipresent, so…SABAN…that really, most people usually talk about how impossible it is to beat Saban, primarily. Oh, and also, Alabama.