Devonaire Clarington signed his National Letter of Intent with the Longhorns on February 4, 2015. More than 6 months later, the Army All-American 4-star tight end from Miami, Florida was still waiting on a ruling by the NCAA to clear him for matriculation to the University of Texas.
Clarington did not receive the news he hoped for on Wednesday when the NCAA ruling on his eligibility was handed down.
The likelihood of Clarington enrolling and playing with the Longhorns this season is slim, as testing dates for the ACT don't begin until after the University's Fall semester begins.
University of Texas running back Johnathan Gray was named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list on Friday.
The award will be presented to the nationâ€™s outstanding Division I college offensive player who was born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college. The player must also exhibit the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell, including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and tenacity â€“ Specifically tenacity to persist, drive, determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.
Gray, a senior, averaged 4.3 yards per carry for 637 yards rushing last season and led the team in rushing touchdowns (7). He played high school football at Aledo High School (TX) where he was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2011.
Gray joins 38 other athletes named to the watch list including TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine and West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard.
The USA Today Sports Preseason college football rankings were released today and the Texas Longhorns check-in at #25. After finishing last season with a 6-7 record which included an embarrassing 31-7 loss to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl, the Longhorns looks to take advantage of an up-tempo offense in 2015 behind quarterbacks Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard.
The Longhorns found themselves ranked at #24 in the Amway Preseason Coaches poll last season but dropped out in week 3 of the poll's release after a 41-7 loss to BYU in Austin.
The Big 12 has four teams in the poll's Top 25 including #2 Baylor, #6 TCU, #15 Oklahoma and #25 Texas.
Texas will face #21 Notre Dame in the season opener for both teams on September 5th in South Bend, Indiana.
Complete USA Today Sports Preseason Top 25:
1. Ohio State
5. Boise State
8. Arizona State
9. Michigan State
12. Florida State
17. Southern California
18. Georgia Tech
20. Virginia Tech
21. Notre Dame
Huntsville offensive tackle Ronnie Major (6-6, 300 lbs.) will join the Texas football team on Saturday when he officially moves to Austin. Major informed HornSports of the news on Friday afternoon and announced it via twitter.
Major's move to Austin leaves Devonaire Clarington as the remaining 2015 signee that has yet to report to Austin. Defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin and wide receiver Gilbert Johnson never enrolled at the university despite signing National Letters of Intent.
Clarington's ACT score appears to be the holdup in him formally moving to Texas and joining the team.
Courtesy of UT Athletics:
GREENSBORO, N.C. â€“ Texas head coach Augie Garrido will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January, the ABCA announced Tuesday.
Garrido, who has led the Longhorns to two national championships and eight trips to the College World Series, will be inducted alongside Bob Babb (Johns Hopkins), Sam Riggleman (Spring Arbor) and Ray Tanner (South Carolina). The induction ceremony will take place at the ABCA Convention on Jan. 8 in Nashville, Tenn.
The winningest baseball coach in NCAA history, Garrido has led his teams to 15 appearances in the NCAA Div. I College World Series, with five national championships during 47 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
As head coach of Texas since 1997, Garrido has guided the Longhorns to Omaha eight times, including CWS titles in 2002 and 2005 and runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2009. Texas most recently qualified for the College World Series in 2014. Garrido has seven Big 12 regular-season titles and five tournament crowns on his resume including the 2015 championship.
Prior to Texas, Garrido coached at Cal State Fullerton for 21 seasons over two stints (1973-87, 1991-96) and was head coach at Illinois for three seasons (1988-90). In Cal State Fullerton's first season competing in NCAA Div. I, Garrido led the team to the 1975 College World Series. The Titans won three national titles under Garrido's leadership: 1979, 1984 and 1995. His overall record at Cal State Fullerton was 929-391-6 (.703) and he netted seven CWS appearances, one national runner-up finish and three national crowns. At Illinois, Garrido's teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice and posted an overall record of 111-57 (.661).
Garrido became the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Div. I history with his 1,428th career win on June 9, 2003, and moved past Gordon Gillespie as the winningest coach across all divisions with win number 1,894 on March 25, 2014. Through 47 seasons, Garrido's record stands at 1,950-919-9 (.681).
Graduating from Fresno State in 1961, Garrido played three seasons for the Bulldogs, earned All-Conference honors and played in the 1959 College World Series. He is one of only 11 men to both play and coach in the CWS.
Garrido played six seasons in the Cleveland Indians organization before accepting his first coaching position at Sierra High School in Tollhouse, Calif., in 1966.
Three years later, Garrido's collegiate coaching career would begin at San Francisco State in 1969. He coached at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo from 1970-72 before moving on to Cal State Fullerton in 1973.
Fall camp begins on The 40 Acres this week and the team will be without a 2nd member of the 2015 signing class, wide receiver Gilbert Johnson. "He's [Johnson] going to go elsewhere," Texas head coach Charlie Strong said at his preseason press conference when asked about Johnson's status.
Johnson, a Miami, Florida native, signed a letter of intent with the Georgia Bulldogs in February, 2014 but failed to matriculate at the University of Georgia. He enrolled at Georgia Prep Academy last year and ultimately signed with the Longhorns on National Signing Day this year.
Johnson joins Houston-area defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin as players that signed a National Letter of Intent with the Longhorns but will not make it on campus this season.
Additionally, Huntsville (Huntsville, TX) offensive tackle Ronnie Major and Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) tight end Devonaire Clarington have not joined the team as of Thursday but are expected to according to Charlie Strong:
"Ronnie Major has some work to do, Clarington still has some work to do. So those two guys we expect to be here any time. We're just waiting for the NCAA to get them cleared."
Strong also confirmed the departure of offensive tackle Camhron Hughes from the team and quarterback Matt Merrick's arrival on campus as a full-scholarship player beginning this season.
The Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies will face one another on the basketball court this season as part of an 8-team tournament which will be held in Paradise Island, Bahamas on November 25-27. The two teams, which will meet in the first round of the tournament, haven't played one another since February 6, 2012 (the Longhorns beat the Aggies 70-68).
Texas holds an all-time advantage over Texas A&M in basketball games 137-85.
In addition to the Texas-Texas A&M pairing, additional first-round matchups include Gonzaga vs. Washington, Michigan vs. UCONN and Charlotte vs. Syracuse.
Shaka Smart and the Longhorns will open the 2015-2016 season against the Washington Huskies in Shanghai, China on November 13th.
The Amway Preseason Coaches Poll was released on Thursday with a pair of Big 12 teams earning spots in the poll's Top 5. TCU and Baylor are ranked #2 and #4, respectively, in the poll, with only one other Big 12 team finding itself in the Top 25. The Oklahoma Sooners are ranked #19.
The Ohio State Buckeyes hold the #1 spot and received 62 of 64 first-place votes. Alabama checks in at #3 and Oregon holds the #5 spot.
TCU's #2 ranking in the poll is the highest for the Horned Frogs in program history. The Texas Longhorns failed to make the poll's Top 25 for the first time since 1998.
RANK TEAM POINTS 1st Place Votes
Ohio State 1598 62
TCU 1487 1
3 Alabama 1452 1
Baylor 1365 0
Oregon 1260 0
Michigan State 1230 0
Auburn 1103 0
Florida State 1057 0
Georgia 1026 0
USC 1014 0
Notre Dame 883 0
Clemson 838 0
LSU 727 0
UCLA 697 0
Ole Miss 668 0
Arizona State 577 0
Georgia Tech 573 0
Wisconsin 470 0
Oklahoma 407 0
Arkansas 377 0
Stanford 365 0
Arizona 299 0
Missouri 229 0
Boise State 190 0
Tennessee 166 0
On Saturday, the University of Texas baseball team received a commitment from 2016 prospect Austin Todd, a versatile player from Round Rock High School.
Todd announced his decision to commit to the Longhorns on twitter this afternoon.
On what it means for him to have an opportunity to play baseball for the Longhorns:
"It's an awesome feeling, playing D1 baseball is something that I've been dreaming of doing as a kid. And for it to to be at a prestigious place like Texas is a dream come true," Todd told HornSports.
Todd selected Texas over Vanderbilt, Dallas Baptist University, UT-San Antonio and McNeese State. While he pitches, plays outfield and infield at Round Rock, he tells us Texas is recruiting him as an outfielder.
Playing high school ball right around the corner from Disch-Falk, Todd tells us he is eager to join his teammates on the 40 Acres next year.
"Can't wait to play there and represent the University of Texas!"
Todd plays summer ball with the Austin Banditos.
Huntsville offensive tackle Ronnie Major signed his National Letter of Intent with the Longhorns in February but didn't make the move to Austin last month. Major released news via twitter on Friday night indicating questions surrounding his academic eligibility might soon come to an end.
HornSports has stayed in communication with Major's high school coach, Rodney Southern, who has consistently maintained that Ronnie would qualify and enroll at Texas.
In addition to Major the Longhorns are currently without two other signees, tight end Devonaire Clarington and wide receiver Gilbert Johnson. Defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin who was also part of the 2015 signing class will not enroll at Texas.
Former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin won a silver medal at the Pan Am games in Toronto this week. Goodwin, who is a wide receiver with the NFLâ€™s Buffalo Bills, took silver with a long jump of 8.27 meters. He finished 10th in the long jump at the London Olympics in 2012.
Goodwin, a two-time NCAA long-jump champion while with the Longhorns, was a 3rd round pick by the Bills in the 2013 NFL Draft.
American Jeff Henderson won gold with a jump of 8.54 meters.
Since arriving on the Texas campus in January as an early enrollee, reports on linebacker Malik Jefferson have been overwhelmingly positive. Jefferson also appears to be taking his strength & conditioning with Pat Moorer seriously too. The 5-star Mesquite Poteet playmaker has put on weight, according to head coach Charlie Strong, who mentioned Jefferson and Connor Williams as freshmen to keep an eye on this season.
"Well, you look at our freshmen, and the good thing about Malik,he was able to come in in the spring and did a really good job. I think he came in at like 217. He's up at like 240 now. Connor Williams is another that came in as an offensive lineman, was a tight end in high school, went to offensive line, and has done an unbelievable job."
While there is plenty of freshman talent in Austin, Strong reiterated the learning process that needs to take place to facilitate an acclimation to the program.
"You look at those from the Holton Hills, those young DBs, from Davis to Kris Boyd, there's a lot of learning for them. It's all about the learning process."
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby opened Media Days in Dallas on Monday with a half-hour speech that included points on the college football playoff, fan misconduct at games and support for student-athletes before fielding questions from the media.
Conference expansion was a hot topic on the day, but Bowlsby was quick to shut down the imminent possibility of the league adding more teams, citing the lack of critical mass.
"It is my understanding at the present time that the majority of our presidents and chancellors believe ten is the right number for us.. There are those that believe we should get larger, and they feel strongly about it. There are those that believe we should stay at ten, and they feel strongly about it. And there are probably four or five in the middle who are persuadable one way or another."
Conference expansion will remain a topic of conversation in Big 12 meetings but until a majority of university administrators move sides on the issue, the Big 12 will remain at 10 teams - at least for now.
The Big 12 and the College Football Playoff
While there is concern the league's lack of a conference championship game hurts the odds of member schools in their efforts for inclusion into college football's final four (see Baylor and TCU last season), Bowlsby says there's no need to panic just yet.
"I don't believe we are at a disadvantage. Relative to the playoff, I don't think one year makes a trend. We were very close to having two teams in last year, and you really don't have to have much of an imagination to see how that might have worked out where we would have gotten one and maybe two without a stretch."
The Big 12 is the only Power-5 conference without a conference championship game. While there is no trend for Big 12 teams being disadvantaged because of this, Bowlsby says it's worth keeping an eye on.
"So if we go another year and get left out and it appears to be systemic, we need to be mindful of it."
Contact Days are limited to two per week by the Big 12
The Big 12 is trying to be proactive relative to the safety of student-athletes and has decided to limit teams to two contact days per week (instead of the 3 allowed by the NCAA). When asked if this puts Big 12 schools at a disadvantage in comparison to other conferences, Bowlsby said most Big 12 teams don't use three days.
"Well, what was determined was our guys weren't using them anyway."
"There's lots of opportunity to be in helmets and shoulder pads without full contact. When I say full contact , that means taking people to the ground. So there's a lot of wear and tear that goes on during the course of the football season. I don't think we're going to find that this is a disadvantage."
The Big 12 is 10-years removed from a football National Championship
The Texas Longhorns last represented the Big 12 as football national champions in 2005 and since then, Oklahoma (2008) and Texas (2009) both lost in national championship games.
Is the decade drought cause for alarm?
According to Bowlsby, there are concerns.
"Yes it concerns us because of the aspirations I noted earlier. We don't just want to participate in the playoff; we want to win championships. I think that's a clear enough aspiration. And we haven't been as successful as we would have liked to have been."
The solution: Bowlsby says the league's teams need to win more big games and show in postseason play that the Big 12 is competitive.
Courtesy of UT Athletics:
Honor roll recognizes those student-athletes who register a 3.0 or better grade point average for the previous semester.
AUSTIN, Texas â€” The University of Texas placed a total of 299 student-athletes on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for outstanding academic achievement in the Spring 2015 semester.
Football led the way for the Longhorns with 45 student-athletes on the honor roll, while Womenâ€™s Track and Field placed 37 on the list. Rowing was represented by 31 student-athletes, while Menâ€™s Track and Field had 29 selections and Baseball added 25. Soccer (22), Menâ€™s Swimming and Diving (20) and Womenâ€™s Swimming and Diving (20) also had at least 20 student-athletes on the honor roll.
The Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll is released each semester and recognizes those student-athletes who registered a 3.0 or better grade point average the previous semester.
Jacob Young, a 2016 point guard from Houston, TX (Yates), pledged to play his college basketball for Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns. Young announced his commitment Tuesday evening on Twitter.
More accurately described as a combo guard because of his scoring ability, Young's diminutive size (6', 165 pounds) will remind fans of the Horns' recent smaller guards. Young took two unofficial visits to Texas in June, and was offered a scholarship by Smart in between those trips.
Rated as a 4-star prospect and one of the Top 10 players in the state of Texas, Young is Smart's first recruit in the 2016 class. The commitment of Yates' scoring machine is timely with Smart and the Longhorns slated to lose several guards after next season.
On film, Young shows good ability to dribble drive and use a pull-up jumper with a quick release. The left-handed scorer will need to work on shot mechanics in Austin. Playing for 3A Yates HS, Young will also need time to adjust to the speed of the college game.
Young's older brother, Joe Young, was a second round pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. The elder Young played college-ball at Oregon, but Jacob spurned interest from the Ducks. Smart had to beat scholarship offers from Scott Drew at Baylor and Josh Pastner at Memphis for Young's commitment.
Courtesy of UT Athletics:
BROOKLYN, N.Y. â€” Former University of Texas basketball standout Myles Turner was selected as the No. 11 pick by the Indiana Pacers in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday evening at Barclays Center. Turner is the seventh lottery pick (joining Chris Mihm in 2000, T.J. Ford in 2003, LaMarcus Aldridge in 2006, Kevin Durant in 2007, D.J. Augustin in 2008 and Tristan Thompson in 2011) and the 15th first-round selection in program history.
In his lone season in Austin, Turner earned Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and All-Big 12 Third Team honors in addition to claiming a spot on both the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. He played in all 34 games (seven starts) and led the team in blocked shots (89, 2.62 bpg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg) and ranked third in scoring (10.1 ppg) while averaging 22.2 minutes per contest.
The 89 blocks ranked second on the UT freshman season chart (Chris Mihm, 90 in 1997-98) and fourth on the schoolâ€™s single-season list. Turner reached double figures in scoring 13 times and in rebounding seven times during the 2014-15 season. He also posted four double-doubles and converted 94-of-112 (.839) free throws.
Since the NBA Draft began in 1947, a total of 42 Longhorns have heard their names called on draft night.
Courtesy of UT Athletics:
Honor roll recognizes first-time/incoming freshmen that complete 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework, achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and meet participation criteria.
AUSTIN, Texas â€” The University of Texas placed 48 student-athletes on the 2014-15 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, the conference office announced Thursday. A total of 404 student-athletes were named to the squad, including 37 who were nominated with 4.00 grade point averages.
Nominated by each institutionâ€™s director of student-athlete support services, student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team must be new, first-time/incoming freshman that have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (4.0 scale). Additionally, the student-athlete must have participated in at least one of their teamâ€™s scheduled contests and must have been a member of their respective team for their sportâ€™s entire NCAA Championship segment.
The Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team was introduced during the 2012-13 academic year.
University of Texas Student-Athletes Named to the 2014-15 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team (48 total)
Kyle Johnston_________________ Baseball
Travis Jones___________________ Baseball
Connor Mayes_________________ Baseball
Michael McCann_______________ Baseball
Jacob McKenzie________________ Baseball
Jordan Barnett________________ Menâ€™s Basketball
Joe Schwartz__________________ Menâ€™s Basketball
Armanti Foreman______________ Football
Scottie Scheffler_______________ Menâ€™s Golf
Jonathan Roberts______________ Menâ€™s Swimming & Diving
Joseph Schooling_______________ Menâ€™s Swimming & Diving
Austin Temple_________________ Menâ€™s Swimming & Diving
Adrian Ortiz Ruiz_______________ Menâ€™s Tennis
Logan Emery__________________ Menâ€™s Track & Field
Zach Hamstra_________________ Menâ€™s Track & Field
Connor Hendrickson____________ Menâ€™s Track & Field
Jake McConnell________________ Menâ€™s Track & Field
Jacob Pickle___________________ Menâ€™s Track & Field
Chris Pietraszkiewicz___________ Menâ€™s Track & Field
Stephen Villalpando____________ Menâ€™s Track & Field
Wesley Ward_________________ Menâ€™s Track & Field
Diani Akigbogun_______________ Womenâ€™s Basketball
Ariel Atkins___________________ Womenâ€™s Basketball
Brooke McCarty________________ Womenâ€™s Basketball
Shannon Barry_________________ Rowing
Devon Erickson________________ Rowing
Rachel Fleming________________ Rowing
Allyson Hite___________________ Rowing
Carolyn Martin________________ Rowing
Sarah Nielsen_________________ Rowing
Olivia Brook___________________ Soccer
Erin Geiger___________________ Soccer
Chelbi Orrick__________________ Soccer
Alyssa Angel__________________ Softball
Randal Leahy__________________ Softball
Erica Wright__________________ Softball
Bethany Leap_________________ Womenâ€™s Swimming & Diving
Rebecca Millard_______________ Womenâ€™s Swimming & Diving
Mimi Schneider________________ Womenâ€™s Swimming & Diving
Dani Wagland_________________ Womenâ€™s Tennis
Natalie Avellar________________ Womenâ€™s Track & Field
Alexa Harmon-Thomas__________ Womenâ€™s Track & Field
Ariel Jones____________________ Womenâ€™s Track & Field
Kendra Melendez______________ Womenâ€™s Track & Field
Alyssa Moody_________________ Womenâ€™s Track & Field
Shay Petty____________________ Womenâ€™s Track & Field
Catherine Romanick____________ Womenâ€™s Track & Field
Cat McCoy____________________ Volleyball
Courtesy of UT Athletics:
AUSTIN, Texasâ€”Beer and wine will be sold in all public and private areas at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium during Texas home football games beginning Sept. 12, with the 2015 home opener against Rice.
While beer and wine sales in the stadium do not require approval from the UT System Chancellor or Board of Regents, President Gregory Fenves and Chancellor Bill McRaven had thoughtful discussions on the matter, and Chancellor McRaven is supportive of President Fenvesâ€™ decision.
The new policy for home football games comes after a lengthy pilot program conducted at other Texas Athletics events since early 2014. All involved parties â€” Texas Athletics, UT Police, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and licensed vendor Sodexo Sports and Leisure â€” evaluated the effectiveness and safety of the trial. It was determined the service should be expanded to include all football public areas since the outcome was positive from a safety, community impact and fan experience standpoint.
â€œFan safety and enjoyment remains our number one priority as we work through the process of expanding beer and wine sales into all seating areas of the stadium,â€ said Texas Menâ€™s Athletics Director Steve Patterson. â€œDuring our extensive pilot, we found fans and staff handled the situation responsibly and we had no negative issues or situations. We will continue to monitor the service closely.â€
Just as similar services are offered in eateries, sports facilities, theaters and other establishments around Texas, all adult beverage sales at UT events is conducted through licensed vendor Sodexo and within regulations established by the state, university and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
â€œWe are expanding what we already do, in an effort to be more inclusive of all fans. Texas Athletics and Sodexo have vended these beverages in football private suites and club areas for several years without incident,â€ Patterson added.
Texas Athletics has long participated in "21 means 21" campaigns with campus and local vendors and also works diligently during home events to ensure under-age individuals are precluded from consuming alcohol.
UT became the fourth UT System school â€” after The University of Texas at El Paso, The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas at Arlington Ââ€“ to serve adult beverages at sports events. Other in-state institutions offering similar service are the University of North Texas, SMU and the University of Houston.
Courtesy of Texas Sports Information Department:
AUSTIN, Texas â€” The University of Texas officially concluded its 2014-15 athletics season with a seventh-place showing by the men and a tie for ninth by the women at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship over the weekend. Of the schoolâ€™s 20 intercollegiate programs, the Longhorns registered 11 Top 10 NCAA Championship team finishes during the academic year.
This marks the most number of Top 10 NCAA team finishes by Texas since the Longhorns posted 11 in 2005-06. In fact, since UT added Rowing as a varsity sport in 1997-98 to reach its current total of 20 programs, the 11 Top Ten finishes this year marks a tie for the third-best total in program history. Texas had 13 Top Ten finishes in 2002-03 and 12 in 2001-02.
UT recorded a total of 12 Top 10 NCAA team finishes during the 1985-86 season, when the school fielded just 17 intercollegiate teams (did not sponsor Rowing, Soccer or Softball).
During the 2014-15 season, Texas recorded Top 10 NCAA performances in Menâ€™s Swimming & Diving (National Champions), Volleyball (tied for third), Menâ€™s Golf (tied for fifth), Womenâ€™s Indoor Track & Field (sixth), Menâ€™s Indoor Track & Field (sixth), Womenâ€™s Swimming & Diving (seventh), Rowing (seventh), Menâ€™s Outdoor Track & Field (seventh), Womenâ€™s Basketball (tied for ninth), Menâ€™s Tennis (tied for ninth) and Womenâ€™s Outdoor Track & Field (tied for ninth).
In addition to its success on the national level, Texas claimed 10 Big 12 Conference titles (Volleyball, Menâ€™s Swimming & Diving, Womenâ€™s Swimming & Diving, Womenâ€™s Indoor Track & Field, Menâ€™s Indoor Track & Field, Menâ€™s Golf, Rowing, Womenâ€™s Outdoor Track & Field, Menâ€™s Outdoor Track & Field and Baseball).
Courtesy of UT Athletics:
AUSTIN, Texas â€“ Texas infielder C.J Hinojosa and outfielder Ben Johnson, who were both selected in the 11th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday, will sign professional contracts and forgo their senior seasons.
The 336th overall pick by the San Francisco Giants, Hinojosa was a three-year starter at shortstop who batted .283 in 172 games.
â€œI would like to thank my teammates, coaches and everyone at Texas as I could never replace the last three years on the Forty Acres,â€ said Hinojosa. â€œThe memories we made will stay with me for the rest of my life, but with that being said I think it is time for me to pursue my dreams of becoming a professional baseball player and forgo my senior year at The University of Texas.â€
Johnson, taken 339th overall by the Kansas City Royals, was a first team All-Big 12 selection this past season. The Austin native led the team in seven offensive categories including batting average (.332) and slugging (.498).
â€œI canâ€™t thank Coach Garrido enough for giving me the opportunity to play for the greatest college baseball program of all time, Tommy Nicholson and Ryan Russ for spending countless hours with me in the batting cage, and Skip Johnson for recruiting me out of high school,â€ said Johnson. â€œThis has truly been an unbelievable experience to be able to wear the Burnt Orange and play for The University of Texas. Iâ€™m so excited to start this next chapter in my life.â€
Courtesy of Texas Athletics:
Hinojosa was first off the board for Texas when he was taken with the 336th overall selection by the San Francisco Giants, and Johnson followed three picks later when the Kansas City Royals took him.
In the 26th round, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected left-handed pitcher Kirby Bellow and three rounds later second baseman Brooks Marlow was taken by the Houston Astros.
A three-year starter at shortstop, Hinojosa has batted .283 in 172 games (171 starts) and hit a career-best seven home runs this past season. The Spring, Texas, native was at his best in Big 12 play in 2015, hitting .304 with six of his homers and a .576 slugging percentage. He also helped key Texasâ€™ postseason run in 2014, when he hit a team-best .375 in 11 NCAA Tournament games.
Johnson, a first team All-Big 12 selection this past season, led the team in batting average (.332), hits (80), slugging percentage (.498), triples (7), multi-hit games (26), steals (16), total bases (120) and was second in on-base percentage (.393) last season. The Austin native has seen his numbers improve each year, going from a .220 batting average as a freshman to .263 as a sophomore before hitting .332 as a junior.
Bellow came on strong his senior season with the Longhorns, posting a 1.30 ERA in 34 2/3 innings, with 18 of his 24 appearances being scoreless. The lefty tallied a team-high five saves and didnâ€™t give up a single run in Big 12 play. He struck out 32 on the season and held opponents to a .183 batting average which was third-best on the team.
Marlow, who finished his career ranked second in school history in assists (668) and third in double plays turned (144) and games started (217), was the last current Longhorn to go in the draft. The second baseman from Giddings, Texas, was a second team All-Big 12 selection in 2014 when he also won the Rawlings Gold Glove at his position.
Texas also saw four of its class of 2015 signees taken late in the draft. Infielder Kody Clemens (Houston, Texas | Memorial HS) went in the 35th round to the Astros, infielder Matthew Schmidt (Parker, Colo. | Regis Jesuit HS) was taken in the 37th round by the New York Yankees, and outfielder Tyler Rand (Houston, Texas | Langham Creek HS) and RHP Nolan Kingham (Las Vegas, Nevada | Desert Oasis HS) went in the 39th round to the Tampa Bay Rays and Milwaukee Brewers, respectively.
Underclassmen and prep players have until the amateur signing deadline of July 17th to sign professionally.
Longhorns in the 2015 MLB Draft
Parker French â€“ 5th round, 137 overall, Rockies
C.J Hinojosa â€“ 11th round, 336 overall, Giants
Ben Johnson â€“ 11th round, 339 overall, Royals
Kirby Bellow â€“ 26th round, 766 overall, Diamondbacks
Brooks Marlow â€“ 29th round, 859 overall, Astros
Kody Clemens (signee) â€“ 35th round, 1039 overall, Astros
Matthew Schmidt (signee) â€“ 37th round, 1113 overall, Yankees
Tyler Rand (signee) â€“ 39th round, 1168 overall, Rays
Nolan Kingham (signee) â€“ 39th round, 1171 overall, Brewers
BY: Chris Flanagan
On Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls announced that Fred Hoiberg will be their new head coach. How does this affect Texas, the Big 12, and college basketball on a national scale?
Shaka Smart came to Texas with the difficult task of building the Longhorns into a championship contender. That task is easier with the departure of Hoiberg. Iowa State could bring in a coach that keeps the ball rolling in Ames, but I'll believe the can hire Hoiberg's equal only after it happens.
Hoiberg leaving Ames for Chicago makes Smart's opportunity to achieve his goals more realistic and it shortens the timeline for doing so..
Big 12: Bad
The Big 12 lost a great coach - Hoiberg made the conference more competitive and raised the stature of the league. Replacing a coach who has a natural ability to lead unheralded players to championship level isn't easy.
The Big 12 conference has some solid coaches: Scott Drew, Bill Self and Bruce Weber are very good. However, with the departure of Hoiberg. the perception of the league took a hit.
College basketball: Bad
College basketball coaches to the NBA is nothing new, but there seems to be more mutual interest from both sides recently. Billy Donovan left UF, and now Hoiberg is leaving the Cyclones.
Bill Self has been rumored for NBA head coaching jobs for years. When will he leave for the NBA? What about Smart if he has immediate success at Texas?
The trend is obvious: college basketball coaches are appealing to the NBA. If the best coaches continue to leave NCAA programs, college hoops will keep backsliding.