Three different topics this week. One that has helped and hurt Texas, one that Texas wishes had another attendee, and one that looks set up well for the future.
The story of former Texas football player Greg Ploetz is an inspiring one, a portrait of great accomplishments brushed alongside aching sadness. In a world that insists upon black-and-white absolutes – right and wrong, good and bad, love and hate – Ploetz’s tale will always be painted in gray strokes.
As we enter the dead period (June 25th-July 24th), things are relatively quiet on the 40 Acres. In the land of Inside Texas, we’re embarking on a full week. My main man Eazy is about to enter fatherhood, Ian’s cooking up the goods in his Gameplan, and Joe and I will be in Frisco on Friday for the Opening.
We decided to drop a few recruiting nuggets and hold a Monday Q&A. Get a dose.
Off-season workouts and 7 on 7 continue and recruiting hits its final weekend before the dead period begins (6/25-7/24).
Everyone knew where Mohamed Bamba wanted to go when he arrived in Austin — the NBA. Now, he’s made it there.
The former Texas forward/center was selected 6th overall by Orlando in the 2018 NBA Draft.
After a week of sleeping on an air mattress in suburban Omaha, it was nice to finally be in my own bed late last night. Before I dozed off, I did a short mental recap of Texas’ baseball season.
After a decade of bad football and proxy rivalry contests with Texas A&M over recruiting and relative success rates, it’s already easy to forget how ridiculous of an event the 2011 showdown was at the time. The 2011 Longhorns weren’t terribly good and only 6-4 with consecutive losses to Missouri and Kansas State in which the offense scored a combined 18 points heading into this matchup. It weighed heavily on Longhorn fandom that this decisive, final battle with the little bro Aggies was going to fall to this particular Texas team.
Two of my daughters graduated high school the other day, so my thoughts are all over the place, and if you walk by me and say hello, I might start crying. Using this notes column as a bit of therapy…humor me…
Last October, Tom Herman stated, “We’re building a program, not a season, not a team, not a game.”
Recruiting is the lifeblood of a program, and each recruiting class an appendage of the program, but I bet he’d be fine amending the above quote with “and not a recruiting class.”
OMAHA — Facing elimination, Florida turned to right hander Jackson Kowar to keep the Gators’ repeat hopes alive. He didn’t falter.