It’s been a rough 24 hours for the Texas Longhorns.
We’re talking about the Texas men’s basketball team’s embarrassing loss to the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers, of course. For those of us who have kept up with the Longhorn Republic post-football season so far this year, it’s been as good a good time as any to drink to forget the 2019-2020 men’s basketball season. It’s not close to over yet, either.
But before you get too drunk ... there’s better, albeit more, news.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Hookem.com: No. 14 West Virginia 97, Texas 59: Humiliating loss a turning point for Shaka Smart, Horns
247Sports: Texas moves up for Marcus Burris following visit
247Sports: Wipeout at WVU is latest evidence Smart’s buyout may not save him
Dallas Morning News: Texas’ ‘embarrassing’ loss to West Virginia looked like the beginning of the end for Shaka Smart
Dallas Morning News: Meet the 2020 early enrollees on Texas’ campus, including recruits with potential for early impact
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- After only two weeks in his new gig as an assistant head coach and linebackers coach with the Texas Tech Red Raiders, it seems as though former Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and Lubbock’s honeymoon may be coming to an end. Yahoo Sports reports that USC Trojans are actively working to land Orlando as the program’s new defensive coordinator.
Sources: USC working toward a deal to make Todd Orlando defensive coordinator. Orlando was defensive coordinator at Texas, Houston, Utah State and FIU. He brings a history of strong performances/improvements in Year 1.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 20, 2020
- Speaking of new or potential hires, newly hired Baylor Bears head coach Dave Aranda has hired Louisiana defensive coordinator Ron Roberts to lead the Bears’ defensive in 2020.
Ron Roberts improved the Ragin' Cajuns defense from No. 105 in scoring in 2018 (34.2 points per game) to No. 18 this season (19.7). Roberts and Dave Aranda together could be a force. https://t.co/EN8D5P4l4X— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) January 21, 2020
Texas defensive tackles Gerald Wilbon and D’Andre Christmas-Giles entered the transfer portal on Tuesday, according to a report from 247Sports. From 247Sports: “Wilbon and Christmas-Giles joined Texas as members of the team’s 2016 class. Wilbon ranked as the nation’s No. 672 overall player and Christmas-Giles arrived in Austin as the nation’s No. 328 overall prospect. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Christmas-Giles played in just one game this season (Rice) to maintain his future eligibility. He finished his Longhorn career playing in 20 games with six total tackles and a tackle for loss. Christmas-Giles saw the most playing time of his tenure in his freshman season under Charlie Strong. He appeared in nine games that year and just 10 the remainder of his career. Wilbon, who checks in at 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, played in just three games this season to maintain his eligibility. The Saint Rose, Louisiana product finished his career with 19 total tackles in 36 career games.”
Source: #Texas D-linemen D’Andre Christmas-Giles and Gerald Wilbon are both in the NCAA Transfer Portal. Both were honored on senior day and intend to grad transfer. #hookem pic.twitter.com/861jRnbYAe— Inside Texas (@InsideTexas) January 22, 2020
- On March 25, former Longhorn Cat Osterman will have her No. 8 jersey retired, the university announced earlier today. As noted in Hookem.com, the former elite pitcher will become the first Texas softball player and just the third Longhorn student-athlete to have her jersey retired.
Time for No. 8⃣ to take her rightful place!— Texas Softball (@TexasSoftball) January 21, 2020
We're honored to announce that legendary Texas pitcher @catosterman's jersey will be the first to be retired in UT softball history!
Ceremonies will be held at McCombs Field on March 25 as we play UT Arlington! #TexasFamily #HookEm pic.twitter.com/svdIaNuj6d