Bevo's Daily Roundup - February 1, 2010

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"I don't go all the way back to the great class of the early '80s," 
ESPN national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton told the Austin American-Statesman. "But this is without a question the best defensive class of football players Texas signed under Mack Brown."

It has already been a good year and it is only February. It just doesn't get any better than this.

Last week, Lakota West linebacker Jordan Hicks called Plano West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat with a secret message.

Friday morning, Jeffcoat sent Hicks the same message via text.

"Hook 'Em!" it read.

One more reason we really like Will Muschamp.

We may be seeing the impact of Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp after his second full season. Recruits have watched an aggressive defensive scheme produce a dominant unit in 2009. A lot of players had big seasons. From a defensive player's standpoint, Muschamp can be a great magnet.

Marquise Goodwin is chasing Eric Metcalf.

Despite just finishing a football season that was considerably more active than many — including himself — expected, the Longhorns' freshman already is threatening to remove Metcalf's name from at least one spot on the wall that displays school records in the track offices at Myers Stadium.

Easy money? UTEP will earn one million dollars for playing Texas in 2012.

SI's Andy Staples has the top recruiting classes of all time.

8. Texas, 2002

At the turn of the century, Longhorns coach Mack Brown had the unfortunate nickname "Coach February." In other words, he could sign big-time recruits, but they didn't win championships on the field. Brown's fifth class at Texas changed all that.

The group included nine players (quarterback Vince Young, tailback Selvin Young, tight end David Thomas, offensive guard Kasey Studdard, offensive tackle Justin Blalock, cornerback Aaron Ross, linebacker Aaron Harris, defensive end Brian Robison, defensive tackle Rodrique Wright) who would go on to start for Texas as the Longhorns chased the BCS title in 2005.

 

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The Horns lost to Baylor.

Texas made 18 turnovers, Baylor converting them into 27 points.

"Too careless with the ball," UT coach Rick Barnes said.

The Longhorns missed 12 of 31 free throws, four in overtime. Texas ranks 318th among 334 Division I teams in free-throw accuracy.

"I wish I could come up with a remedy," Barnes said. "But I've never been able to figure it out. And I don't think any coach can figure it out."

Texas converted just 38.6 percent of its field-goal attempts.

Texas is in trouble.

What's worse, Texas is in denial, which doubles the trouble.

Until the Longhorn basketball team figures that out and corrects some alarming shortcomings, it's doomed to another unsuccessful, late-season finish in which it will win several big games, maybe even knock off Kansas here in this hoops hotbed and hang around in the NCAA Tournament barely long enough for Dickie V to go hoarse.

 

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The Aggies are excited.

If the players are as excited as the people around Bryan-College Station are about the hiring of Tim DeRuyter, then the Aggie football team received a big boost of optimism.


No matter where I’ve gone in the last 72 hours — work, church, restaurants, the mall, etc. — folks are excited about the new defensive coordinator.

Barry Tramel takes us on a unique trip back to OU recruiting in the 80s.

 

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School is out for some college football coaches.

Society has changed. Have coaches?

The past couple of months have taught us that the lines have been redrawn between coach and player, between teaching and abuse.

Three coaches have lost their jobs since early December -- one case seemingly worse than the next. Allegations of stunningly different types of mistreatment followed former Kansas coach Mark Mangino back eight years. Jim Leavitt was fired at South Florida not has much for the allegations of hitting and choking a player but attempting to impede the school's investigation. Mike Leach's stubbornness had as much to do with his firing at Texas Tech as the still-murky details of his treatment of receiver Adam James.

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