The University of Texas basketball team is in an unusual place this February. They are on the cusp of not making the NCAA playoffs. Although they most recently blew Oklahoma State off the court, they had lost the previous three before that. The loses came to Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska. Not exactly powerhouses. Rick Barnes' teams have made it into March Madness in each of his ten seasons at Texas. They haven't been this solidly on the bubble in some time.
Texas Tech and Texas announced today that their game next season has been moved to September 19th. ABC wants to show this game at prime time, but needed the game move to accommodate their schedule. Said Texas head coach Mack Brown:
I really am excited about it. It’ll be good to be playing on primetime in September when there are not as many national games that people like to look at.
The NFL has extended invitations to wide receiver Quan Cosby, defensive tackle Roy Miller, running back Chris Ogbonnaya, defensive end Brian Orakpo and corner back Ryan Palmer to participate in the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. The Combine is a week long showcase that occurs every February in Indianapolis. College football players will perform physical and mental tests for coaches, GMs and scouts of the NFL.
Considered by many to be the best cornerback prospect in the nation, Kirkpatrick is ready to play college ball today, yet still has room for improvement. A bit more muscle on his long frame will match will with his great speed and hands. Nick Saban doesn't lose many in Alabama, and he's not likely to lose this one. The run of defensive backs that Texas has put into the NFL gives Texas a shot, but not a very good one.
Expected to play inside linebacker, although he's a bit undersized for that position now. Great speed. Outstanding football IQ. Jones makes his announcement today at noon. He's been very coy about his decision, but most think he'll end up at Florida or Georgia. We'd love to have him at Texas.
With just hours, I mean minutes, left until Signing Day, let's take a quick look at the list of those expected to join the 2009 Recruiting Class for the Longhorns.
Great wisdom about the off season from Trey McLean's "From the Stands" column.
With the season over, and little to talk about in college football until signing day and the NFL draft, I thought I would take a look at my all time favorite Longhorns. This is based upon nothing by my personal opinion and biases, but current players are not eligible. Therefore, Colt McCoy, who would otherwise likely make the list, will have to wait until next year. I'm also going to limit it to guys who I can actually remember playing college ball, which limits us to about the mid-Seventies. This disqualifies amazing players like Tommy Nobis, Bill Bradley, and James Street. Sorry guys, I only had limited control over when I was born.
This previous Saturday was a perigee full moon. This is a full moon that corresponds with the moon being at the closest point of its elliptical orbit. Such a moon is 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon. So, I headed down to campus to, well, shoot the moon. My hope was to frame the moon alongside the UT Tower. I got down there before sunset, in the hopes that I would get a nice orange sunset to shoot as well.
Heading into the 2008 season, most pundits penciled the Texas Longhorns down as a three or four loss team. I personally thought we would see at least two losses. Instead, the unrespected, underrated Longhorns went 12-1, with a solid win over Oklahoma and dominating wins over Arkansas and Texas A&M. By any reasonable measure, this is the second or third best season in the last twenty years. Let's look back at some of the highlights...