OMAHA — Texas head coach David Pierce last made a trip to the College World Series as an assistant at Rice in 2008. He remained on the Owl staff for three more seasons before taking the Sam Houston State job. He stayed in Huntsville for three seasons until taking the Tulane job, and stayed there for two seasons before becoming head coach of the Longhorns.
More freshmen updates, and a up-to-date visitor list for this weekend in the Humidor.
Texas is used to Omaha. Or is Omaha used to Texas?
Either way, the Longhorns have played in 36 of the 69 College World Series held in Omaha, and won one of the three CWS held outside of Nebraska in 1949.
Florida linebacker Rian Davis and Cedar Hill Trinity Christian (by-way-of Connecticut) safety Lewis Cine will take official visits to Austin this weekend for what promises to be a fun-filled time. The timing for each visit is perfect as Texas needs to make a lasting impression on each. These are early official visits for two players not announcing soon.
The 2008 Red River Shootout was the second of three consecutive I attended. It was easily the most exciting and rewarding live game I’ve attended in any sport. Because of the scarring that had resulted from five consecutive defeats to Bob Stoops’ Sooners, there wasn’t a ton of confidence going into any of these games even though Texas ended up finishing 3-1 against OU during the Colt McCoy era.
Anytime there’s a rule change of significance in any sport (the 3 point line and defensive rules in basketball, pro-offense rules in football and the NHL), you learn to quickly distinguish which coaching staffs play checkers, which play chess and which struggle with rock-paper-scissors.
Spring began on March 20 this year. Texas Football spring practice began two days later. Texas progressed through the allotted practices and Orange-White game with no real big team news.
The spring was remarkably quiet.
A pair of new offers talk Texas and the updated version of this weekend’s recruiting list for your Wednesday. More on Javonne Shepherd, Jaylen Garth, Chris Thompson, and Mookie Cooper in the Round-Up.
(…and how to get out)
Since 2010, Texas has been a .500 ball club. Or, more precisely, our 53-48 record makes us a .525 ball club. Let’s not short ourselves. Over those eight years, the Horns have posted four losing records, only one AP Top 25 finish and our best three year run occurred between 2011-2013 when Texas went 25-14. Since 2013, Texas is an execrable 23-27 (.460).
What if I told you the kid who plays quarterback in 2nd Ward is further along in his mechanical development than the one from Lake Travis?