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Bevo's Daily Roundup - March 31, 2010

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Texas is the national champion. For the 10th time.

Congratulations to the men’s swim team.

Mack Brown has absolutely no second thoughts.

The Longhorns feel extremely confident in their secondary. Coach Mack Brown says Texas has "three starting corners" in Chykie Brown, Curtis Brown and Aaron Williams, and that in addition to injured Nolan Brewster and Gideon at safety, Christian Scott and Kenny Vaccaro have become more than just big hitters under the tutelage of secondary coach Duane Akina.

"If you threw some raw meat at a dog, it would be like Kenny and Christian with a running back," Brown said. "They just want to go knock him out. They don’t want to sit and wait.

Reserve quarterback Sherrod Harrisis listed as backup to Garrett Gilbert.

Stretch draw plays could revolutionize the Horns' run game.

Texas fans should truly be getting excited about what figures to be a transformation in the run game. I think the change could make Texas a legitimate national contender.

 Jackson Jeffcoat has a checklist.

But for right now, Jeffcoat wants to focus on graduating from high school, starting his college classes and workouts in the summer and joining his fellow freshman teammates on Texas' campus. A few weeks ago, fellow Texas signee Taylor Bible predicted the Longhorns can win the next four national titles. Jeffcoat, who doesn't have any plans to redshirt in his freshman season, didn't budge from that wager.

"I'm not going to disagree with (Bible), so I'm going to go with four also," he said.

Rick Barnes can turn this mess around.

The bet here is Rick Barnes will take a Longhorns team to the Final Four again someday and will cut down the nets for the first time. Eventually. And he needs to, because he's paid like a top 10 coach at $2 million a year and has the resources to get it done.

But before he can, he needs to sift through the ashes of this latest bittersweet season that left his 25-10 team on the sidelines after the NCAA tournament's first round and correct the deficiencies that short-circuited this season.

Longhorn Roadtrip has an epilogue to a disappointing basketball season.

When writing about a college team, four years feels like a natural length, a fitting time frame to follow one group of players around the country and document their trials and growths. Throw in the fact that this year was supposed to be magical, that this team could finally be The One……well, you could almost feel like my inquisitors hoped I’d be witness to a storybook ending.

Somewhere along the way, that all went to hell. It was certainly long after the team’s brief stay at No. 1 in the national rankings, but also well before they crashed and burned in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But while those hopes and dreams were plummeting to Earth, that damned question changed, too. No longer were people asking me if I was going to end things at a natural stopping point. Now people were asking the question as if they thought I needed to be put out of my misery.

What took them so long? Tyler named a road after Earl Campbell.

Just 158 days until the Rice game.

 

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Dan Hawkins has an ultimatum.

I asked the chancellor if the Buffs have another subpar season next fall, whether it’s possible the school could once again decide it’s too expensive to fire Hawkins, who would be owed about $2 million at that point.

"I think you always have to look at the economics and look at budget issues, but it’s one piece of a total picture," DiStefano said. "So I believe coach Hawkins will have two more years on his contract, and I’m not looking to make a change, but I think this is a year for him as a coach — and he has great experience. He has great records wherever he’s been — to really let him do what he needs to do to win. I think people are expecting wins next year. I certainly am."

The Cornhuskers have 23 seniors next season and are ready to work their way into the top 10.

"I like the team as a whole right now,’’ Pelini said. "I like their work ethic, how they go about their business. I think they’re very enthusiastic. I think they’re hungry. I think that starts with the leadership, and obviously the bulk of that leadership starts with that senior group.

"I think these guys have been through it. They’ve played a lot of football. I think that’s an advantage for us.’’

Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson is installing the basics of the 2010 offense.

"We’re not trying to scheme each other, just trying to introduce guys to plays," Watson said after Saturday’s two-hour workout in the Hawks Championship Center.

Some key Missouri players will sit this spring because of injuries.

Mike Sherman isn't happy with the Aggies' effort this spring.

A&M worked out in pads for the first time in spring training, and after an hour, head coach Mike Sherman let the players know he wasn't happy with their effort.

There were too many dropped passes and busted assignments to please Sherman.

"Catch the ball, catch the ball," Sherman said over and over as he also urged players to show more intensity.

They are having too much fun in Lubbock.

By this time last spring, Tech's coaching staff had essentially handed the starting job to Taylor Potts. This spring, Potts and Sheffield are getting reps with the other offensive starters.

"My attitude is just that it's more fun every day knowing that it's an open competition and we're getting equal reps," Sheffield said following a scrimmage Saturday. "I'm sure the reps might change as things go on, but right now it's good to compete for the ability to get a shot."

Texas Tech will open their 2012 season with a game against Alabama in JerryWorld.

 

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Baylor's Scott Drew is one of college basketball's elite.

While Drew may have earned the respect of fans both locally and nationally, he’s been an annoyance to opposing coaches, who are no doubt shocked at what Drew has been able to accomplish at a school that was slapped with NCAA sanctions – and a school that has zero basketball tradition.

For Texas, Baylor was always good for two or three wins a season. Now the Longhorns have lost four straight to the Bears and Drew, who has done just what he vowed to do when he arrived in Waco seven years ago.

Drew has turned Baylor into a national power, and he didn’t do it by out-coaching anyone.

He did it by outworking them.

 

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The Leach-Texas Tech soap opera continues.

Lawyers for a local school district want Mike Leach’s legal team to pay nearly $10,000 for a massive stack of documents relating to Tommy Tuberville and his children.

Frenship Independent School District attorneys are billing Leach for the time they spent compiling and reviewing some 17,000 pages of records he requested through a subpoena.

Athletic directors need to get real.

Barking Carnival thinks the Big 12 teevee contract stinks.

Don't we all? TCU wants a national championship.

"My talk five years ago was getting to a BCS game," Patterson said. "Now my whole talk is getting a chance to play for the national championship."

It is a formula that has been tested, but not proven. Boise has finished undefeated twice in the past four years -- including 2009 after beating TCU in January -- but never finished higher than fourth in the AP poll. Utah came closest, finishing No. 2 in 2009 after beating Alabama. But second might as well have been 40th. The voters weren't going to reward the Utes when the alternative was Florida.

The college basketball coaches' carousel begins.

There's another scandal in Lawrence. Even the Feds are interested.

In a sense, the athletic department is the style of a university, and it never can become more important than the substance. Similarly, the games played by a university’s teams serve as the front porch, the style, of an athletic department. The games form a first impression for the masses. They trigger the most emotional responses. And they never can become more important than the substance, which is integrity.

That’s why the ticket scandal at KU might not hurt at the moment as much as the No. 1-ranked basketball team’s loss to Northern Iowa, but it has the potential to cut way, way deeper.

 

And finally...

Condolences to Tarleton State University. An 18-year-old TSU football player died Monday after suffering a head injury two days ago.