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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Three Texas women’s basketball players earn All-Big 12 honors

Plus fear and loathing over Shaka Smart’s future

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 08 Women’s Texas at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Three Texas Longhorns women’s basketball players received All-Big 12 honors this week.

Sophomore forward Charli Collier, who led the Longhorns in scoring (13.1 points per game) and rebounding (10.5 per game) and had 16 double-doubles on the season, was named to the all-conference first-team. Senior guard Sug Sutton, who averaged 10.4 points and 4.1 assists this season, was also named to the All-Big 12 second-team. As was freshman guard Celeste Taylor, who was also unanimously named to the conference’s all-freshman team.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12

  • The Texas Relays are still happening, at least as of now, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “Despite the outbreak of the coronavirus, Texas track and field coach Edrick Floréal expressed optimism on Tuesday that the Texas Relays will go on as planned. ... Last week, coronavirus concerns led to the cancellation of the South by Southwest festival in Austin. On Monday, Austin city officials announced that events drawing more than 2,500 people would need to be approved. Texas called off last week’s Explore UT event, but none of the Longhorns’ athletic endeavors have been postponed or canceled yet. The Big 12 ... has implemented restrictions on media access at its upcoming men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.” The Texas Relays are set for March 25-28.
  • Texas softball (24-3) remains No. 3 nationally, according to the latest NFCA softball poll, behind the UCLA Bruins (25-1) and the Washington Huskies (23-2). As noted by the Austin American-Statesman, though, Texas lost six points and its two first-place votes from last week. UCLA received 799 points, while Washington received 765 and Texas received 732. In other news, however, Texas softball maintained their No. 1 spot in the Softball America poll.
  • At the Longhorn Invitational last weekend, junior infielder Janae Jefferson batted a completely insane .750, of which included four runs scored, a double, a triple, two RBIs, three stolen bases and three multi-hit performances during Texas softball’s winning matchups against the Liberty Eagles, the Texas Southern Tigers and the New Mexico Lobos. Jefferson’s showing was enough to earn her the Big 12 player of the week honor.
  • Texas baseball finally got a nod after their three-game sweep of the Cal Fullerton Titans last weekend. The latest USA Today Coaches Poll has the Longhorns ranked No. 22 nationally.
  • Welcome to Austin, JW Walsh – Texas football’s latest hire as an offensive analyst. During his time on the gridiron, Walsh, as you might remember, was a quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He’s also a native Texan and an alum of Denton Guyer High School.
  • Sports Illustrated is continuing its countdown of the all-time greatest to grace the Longhorns gridiron, and coming in at No. 3 is the legendary former running back Earl Campbell. From SI: “When you think of all-time greats in the NFL to come from UT, the name Earl Campbell immediately comes to mind. Standing at 5-foot-11, Campbell was known as one of the most powerful running backs in NFL History. His running style consisted of aggressive and punishing running, as he was rarely ever brought down by the first guy, and almost always broke any tackle that came his way. Campbell’s style is a big reason as to why he made his way onto the list, as Cliff Harris, a safety for the Dallas Cowboys, once said that Campbell is “the hardest-hitting running back I ever played against.” Campbell played for Texas between 1974-1977, where he earned the Heisman Memorial Trophy, as he became the first out of two recipients of the award for the University of Texas. Earl Campbell was selected first overall pick of the 1978 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, and from there, the rest was history. He went on to rush for 9407 yards and 74 touchdowns throughout his NFL Career. He was named AP NFL Most Valuable Player in 1979, as a result of leading the league in rushing and touchdowns. Additionally, Campbell was named Offensive Player of the Year in each of his first 3 seasons. Finally, Earl Campbell cemented his legacy as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.” As part of Burnt Orange Nation’s nod to theTexas running back, enjoy this awesome old school Skoal advertisement featuring Campbell.