Championship-winning teams begin on days like today. The Texas Longhorns’ winter conditioning and the fourth season of head coach Tom Herman’s tenure are underway.
“6 a.m. workouts, first week of offseason conditioning – I feel like this is honestly the most important part of the offseason,” says Texas alum Brian Orakpo as he narrates a hype video depicting the occasion. “This is where everybody can get bigger, faster, stronger and together as a family. This is where we build our bond. This is when everybody comes together as brothers, and puts everything they had in the past behind them and looks toward the future, because this is the part that sets the tone for the remainder of the year.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Hookem.com: The Dotted Line: Texas commits Hayden Conner, Jalen Milroe, hope to land Bryce Foster
247Sports: Eyes of Texas: Yurcich making strong impression
247Sports: Early enrollees who could make an immediate impact in 2020?
247Sports: Analyst: Shaka Smart has lost his identity at Texas
Sports Illustrated: Texas Football: Any concern over recent D-lineman transfers?
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Naturally, there are repercussions after you’re involved in a knockdown brawl on the college basketball court, and Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats players are feeling it. On Wednesday, the Big 12 Conference announced that the Jayhawks’ Silvio De Sousa will serve a 12-game suspension, while David McCormack will serve a two-game suspension. For the Wildcats, James Love, who came off the bench in plain clothes to join in the tussle, will serve an eight-game suspension and Antonio Gordon will serve a three-game suspension.
The Big 12 announced the following suspensions:— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 22, 2020
Kansas: Silvio De Sousa - 12 games; David McCormack - 2 games
Kansas State: James Love - 8 games; Antonio Gordon - 3 games pic.twitter.com/aONh5w4V5B
- Texas women’s basketball rolled past Kansas last night, 85-77. Joyner Holmes once again led the Longhorns with 22 points, while Sug Sutton and Charli Collier knocked down 18 and 17 points of their own, respectively. The Longhorns are now sitting around third in the Big 12, behind the TCU Horned Frogs and the No. 2 Baylor Bears.
- Cornerback and 2022 four-star prospect Austin Jordan has officially received an offer from Texas. The Longhorns aren’t alone, of course. Jordan has also received offers from programs like Oklahoma State, Houston, Duke, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Washington State, Baylor and Texas A&M, and more are likely to come in the near future. Texas, however, does have an advantage of sorts, Sports Illustrated reports. Texas ex and two-time All-Big 12 tight end and fullback Alex De La Torre is one of his coaches at Denton Ryan High School.
- Despite a series of coaching shakeups in Waco, Joey McGuire, who previously served as associate head coach and defensive line coach under Matt Rhule, will remain with the Baylor Bears. From our SBNation neighbors Our Daily Bears: “McGuire, hailed by some as a must-keep due to his connections in Texas high school football and the “continuity” he would give the program during this transition—as well as the possible runner-up to Dave Aranda for the head-coaching job—has decided to remain at Baylor as part of Aranda’s coaching staff going forward. David Smoak reported the news first, which ends the uncertainty around McGuire’s immediate future and reflects another positive step for Aranda and Mack Rhoades in rebuilding Baylor Football after Rhule’s departure for the NFL.”
I’ve learned & confirmed @CoachMcGuire_BU will remain at #Baylor and be a member of @CoachDaveAranda’s staff. McGuire had drawn interest from various Power programs including OU and Texas. #CFB #NCAA #SicEm McGuire was Asst. HC under Matt Rhule, interim when Rhule left for NFL.— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) January 23, 2020