The Thanksgiving version of the Vance Bedford Show – a.k.a., the weekly media availability with the Texas defensive coordinator – was once again a highly-entertaining 10-15 minutes.
Texas offensive coordinator Shawn Watson had the unenviable task of directly following UT defensive coordinator Vance Bedford at Friday’s media availability prior to Thursday’s game against TCU.
It was another night with a sloppy 1st half of basketball for Texas. For a Longhorn team forced to adjust to life without the ballhandling and playmaking of Isaiah Taylor, there were the expected ups and downs as they attempted to put together a new offensive identity.
In our extended Texas Men’s basketball coverage, we debut the Inside Texas Hoops Roundtable. We gather Jesus Shuttlesworth, Tim Preston, and hoops insider Ballerjunkie, with IT Editor Justin Wells moderating. Sit back and enjoy what Rick Barnes and the Longhorns look like early in what is likely a great season in 2014-15 in Austin.
Taking over for recently retired coach Mike Montgomery, Cuonzo Martin (of Purdue playing fame and, then, of taking Tennessee to the Sweet 16 fame last season) has taken over the helm of the Cal-Berkeley squad this season. Here’s the UT-Cal preview.
Recruiting is heating up as winter draws near. We catch up with Cecil Cherry, Kendell Jones, Soso Jamabo, plus updates on Malik, Weathersby, and Stoops to Florida talk. We also talk to an area scout on D/FW running backs, and Shuttlesworth finishes with a practice report from this week. All in the Scoop.
The Longhorns turned a six point deficit at halftime into a 14-point win in an arena where they have struggled to even stay in games under Rick Barnes, yet the lead got stretched out wider and wider in the final stanza before the Longhorns truly running away after a deep Felix three with time running out on the shot clock.
Texas is 6-5. What a turnaround. What a statement. At halftime in Stillwater last Saturday, big Oklahoma State donor T Boone Pickens was asked by the president to speak and interviewed on the field concerning a fundraising effort. After acknowledging he was in favor of the efforts he smiled and said, “And my ass is cold.”
Since Texas has the weekend off in order to prepare for ruining TCU’s glorious season and ending the “Baylor or TCU” debate, we’re going to dive into some big picture topics provided by you, the readers.
We start in Central Texas with a few stops then head back to the Metroplex in search of some of the top junior and senior Texas targets in this edition of the Recruiting Notebook.