Morning Major update. Every single Texas news site is reporting the same thing: this deal is done. All the Alabama reports are the same - Applewhite's leaving. With a deal apparently in place, an announcement could come as early as this evening, but more likely tomorrow; the positions may not be filled until after close of business today.
This is why we hired Muschamp. With the early departure period for juniors now closed, The Oklahoman projects the Sooners' two-deep for 2008, and it's an impressive group - especially on offense. If everyone stays healthy and out of trouble, the Sooners will start five seniors on the offensive line. They lose Malcolm Kelly - a significant loss - but return solid talent at wide receiver. Sam Bradford will try to build on his remarkable freshman season. Jermaine Gresham is a terrifyingly good tight end. And Demarco Murray replaces senior Allen Patrick at tailback - an upgrade.
The talent level of the OU offense in 2008 is what makes both the hiring of Will Muschamp and his ability to develop Muck-Norton-Kindle so critical. With at least three new starters in the secondary, the health and effectiveness of that trio of LBs will be the most important factor in the effectiveness of the Longhorn defense in 2008.
Alas, it is only January. Boo.
An unusual recruiting season. Even as those most in tune with recruiting amp up the chatter about the class of 2009, there's going to be more news than usual in the final three weeks before signing day for Texas' 2008 class. At this time most years under Mack Brown, Texas fans are mostly disengaged from the frenzy that consumes most schools, as the year's class is filled so early.
Not so this year, as Texas remains in the mix for a hot, out-of-state prospect in RB Darrell Scott and looks to add a couple additional players late in the recruiting season. With Jermichael Finley and Jamaal Charles' decisions to turn pro, additional scholarships have become available. I'll work this weekend on getting a full recruiting board up, with updates on any players in whom Texas seems to be interested.
Scouting the competition. If you're wondering just how good Texas A&M's hoops team is, tonight presents a good opportunity to take a look. At 15-1, the Aggies are off to the best start in school history, but that record is against a mostly soft schedule. As the DMN reports, the schedule starts to heat up now for A&M with a road game tonight against Texas Tech (ESPN2, 8:30 p.m.) and then another tough away test Saturday at K-State.