On the Longhorns’ disappointing 2019 regular season finish: “This was a really young team with expectations they couldn’t meet,” an opposing coach told Athlon. “I thought they finished the season playing really well down the stretch, which speaks to the leadership of [head coach] Tom [Herman] and his staff.”
On senior-to-be quarterback Sam Ehlinger and Texas’ rushing attack heading into 2020: “Sam Ehlinger is a real dude,” another opposing coach said. “If this was the [NFL], he’d be considered the pro’s pro, the guy you use as an example off the field. The running backs [Keaontay] Ingram and [Roschon] Johnson are really solid, and they’ve signed another great one [Bijan Robinson]. They need to be more creative to get Sam better looks.”
Indeed. We’ll take what we can get in these weird, content-creating times.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Recruiting and coaching guards among the priorities for new Texas assistant Elena Lovato
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: 2019-20 – a year of Texas Longhorns highs, lows and incompletes
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Black parents, coaches explain how white head coaches can help dialogue
Sports Illustrated: Who will lead the Texas Longhorns in tackles in 2020?
247Sports: To understand Brennan Eagles, understand where he’s been
247Sports: The Stampede: Resetting the 2021 defensive board
247Sports: Texas Morning Brew: Football players begin COVID-19 testing
247Sports: Longhorns looking to add immediate help at receiver?
247Sports: Loads of nuggets on wide receiver recruiting
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
SBNation: NFL releases protocols for players returning to team facilities
SBNation: Conor McGregor explains latest retirement talk: ‘There’s nothing there for me’
ESPN: Reintroducing the 22 teams that can still win the NBA championship
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- For Longhorn volleyball, softball and baseball fans, you’re in luck. Longhorn Network is planning to air some of the university’s top NCAA performances starting tonight, Sports Illustrated reports. From SI: “The first round is set to come on Monday, June 8, and will celebrate Longhorn Legend and Texas Softball great Cat Osterman with eight of her greatest games. ... LHN will also feature the 2005 Texas Baseball team on Saturday, June 13, with a full slate of programming. ... The last two Wednesdays of June are set to feature the Texas Softball and Volleyball programs. On Wednesday, June 17, LHN will spotlight the UT Softball program’s semifinal run in 2013, airing games from regionals, super regionals and the Women’s College World Series. To close out the month, LHN will throw it back to the 2012 Texas Volleyball team with a full day of programming on Wednesday, June 24, which will highlight the Longhorns’ dominant run to the NCAA title.”
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
- Looks like Texas basketball legend Kevin Durant is picking up on the hype surrounding soccer in the U.S. According to Sports Illustrated, Durant recently purchased a minority stake – between one to five percent – in Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union club. He’s not alone among NBA players and other celebrities in his investment, either. From SI: “James Harden, Houston Rockets superstar, recently bought nearly a four percent stake in the Houston Dynamo, which is valued at just over $425M. Seattle Seahawks star quarterback, Russell Wilson, also invested in his home-team, the Seattle Sounders. And finally, Austin’s very own Hollywood star, Matthew McConaughey, owns a stake in the future Austin FC franchise.”
Kevin Durant has reportedly purchased a minority stake in the Philadelphia Union of the MLS https://t.co/UhSGUkI23y— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 5, 2020
- Speaking of Durant, he said last week he’s done for the year, ESPN reports.