J.B. TexasEx reacted to Aaron Carrara for a blog entry, Texas ranked #25 in USA Today Preseason Poll
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
J.B. TexasEx reacted to Aaron Carrara for a blog entry, 'Horns & Huskies Hoops will open in China
Story via University of Texas Athletics
SAN FRANCISCO â€” The 2015-16 season opener for The University of Texas Men's Basketball team against the University of Washington will be played Nov. 14 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai at 11 a.m. local Shanghai time, the Pac-12 Conference announced Wednesday morning. ESPN will broadcast the inaugural Pac-12 China Game live in the United States on Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. Central."Opening the 2015-2016 season against the Washington Huskies in Shanghai, China allows Texas Athletics to provide an unparalleled educational experience for our students, builds upon the international reach of the Longhorns brand and presents a tremendous opportunity to develop academic and other broad-based relationships for the entire University of Texas," University of Texas Men's Athletics Director Steve Patterson said.
The Pac-12 and Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA), the world's largest online and mobile commerce company, also announced a partnership to support the upcoming historic Pac-12 China Game. The game and two-year partnership with Alibaba Group represent a major first for sports in China. Alibaba Group is the unrivaled leader in mobile in China, and the game will be distributed live via Alibaba's mobile and digital distribution platforms.
With this game, the Pac-12 will become the first U.S. sports league, collegiate or professional, to host a regular season contest in China. The partnership with Alibaba Group will continue into the 2016-17 academic year and support a second regular season Pac-12 China Game between schools to be announced at a later date.
"This partnership is about so much more than a basketball game," said Jim Wilkinson, Alibaba Group's Senior Vice President. "As these student-athletes complete their education and enter the global economy, China/US relations will be central to the future of the world in which they live. We truly believe that this trip will provide these student-athletes with a once in a lifetime chance to learn about China, to make new friends, and to hopefully impact their futures in a positive way."
In addition to being the presenting sponsor, Alibaba Group is also developing an academic program for the visiting student-athletes. While the game will be played in Shanghai, during their visit to China both teams will travel from Shanghai to Hangzhou, China for an educational program there.
Longtime Pac-12 partner Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC), which operates under China's Ministry of Education, will serve as the co-host of the game. The FUSC is China's national solely-authorized organization for university sports. Since 2011, the Pac-12 and FUSC have worked together to put on exhibition games featuring Pac-12 men's and women's basketball teams, as well as coaching clinics and educational symposiums on collegiate sports.
J.B. TexasEx reacted to Matt Cotcher for a blog entry, Charlie Strong is visionary
Charlie Strong joked about being glad the defensive backs finally caught a ball after getting their hands on a lot of passes in Lubbock. He followed up by detailing a fun exchange he had earlier in the season with Mykkele Thompson...
"It's an interesting story to tell....he [Mykkele Thompson] wears glasses - he had not been wearing contacts in games.
I said "Let me ask you something, in the game, do you have contacts in?"
He said, "No."
So I say, "How can you see the ball?"
He said, "I can see it."
I said, "How can you see it? You can't. Look at your glasses. How long you been wearing glasses?"
He said, "Since the ninth grade."
I said, "Okay, so your eyes have been wearing insurance since the ninth grade, and you're telling me you can see the ball when it's thrown?"
He said, "Yeah, I can see it."
I said, "Okay, did you see that double move out there against Baylor?"
He said, "Yeah...kinda late."
So I said, "Yeah...too late."
He's got his contacts in now."
J.B. TexasEx reacted to Matt Cotcher for a blog entry, Tapping the brakes
The Longhorns wrapped up the first week of Fall camp on Friday by competing in full pads for the first time since starting practices. If you ask players about the first week of camp, you'll get a wide range of adjectives from physical to fun.
On the other hand, if you ask Charlie Strong or the assistant coaches, there is much more unity in their answers. The entire coaching staff met with media on Friday and even though the answers were slightly different, they all shared the same intent.
Such a coordinated message is typically reserved for election politics and savvy campaign managers. That wasn't the case on Friday though. The Texas coaches all basically said the same thing, but it's because they believe it.
I'll spell it out clearly - all the practice notes are fun to read, but the coaches aren't focused on who is making plays. Depth charts are good discussion topics for fans, but the coaches aren't concerned with them yet.
Week 1 was about fundamentals - blocking, tackling, running. Before worrying about which freshman wideout looks best after the catch, the coaches spent a week making sure they understood which routes to run in specific situations.
But don't mistake those quotes as the coaches thinking this team lacks talent or playmakers. There is a method being followed - fundamentals first.
And, rest assured, these coaches know they have a talented team. When asked whether the team is on pace for where he thought they'd be at this point in camp, Strong replied, "we're probably just where we need to be right now. You just know this, you always want to improve. You've still got to get better."
J.B. TexasEx reacted to Aaron Carrara for a blog entry, Player dismissals continue
Photo: Mark D. Smith, USA Today Sports Images
Texas head coach Charlie Strong announced on Thursday that he suspended wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander after the two were charged with sexual assault. Later that day Strong informed two more Longhorn football players that they were dismissed from the team.
According to multiple reports, Thursday night's dismissals were: sophmore running back Jalen Overstreet and freshman safety Chevoski Collins. Both players were shown the door for "violating team rules" according to reports. Overstreet appeared in 9 games last season for the Longhorns while Collins redshirted. Both players were recruited by Texas as 3-star athletes.
Dismissals did not stop with Overstreet and Collins. Running back Joe Bergeron has also joined the growing list of players being told they are no longer part of the team. Bergeronâ€™s dismissal was somewhat of a surprise, especially after Charlie Strongâ€™s comments about the senior at Big 12 Media Days:
Bergeron was expected to play a key role in the Texas backfield, providing support for a running back corps which includes senior Malcolm Brown and junior Johnathan Gray. Brown missed time during his freshman and sophomore seasons due to injury and Johnathan Gray missed the majority of the last season with an Achilles injury.
Bergeron was dismissed from Spring practices and has a history of disciplinary actions since coming to campus. The loss of Bergeron could give true freshman tailback Duke Catalon (Eisenhower HS, Houston) the opportunity to play in the upcoming season.
Bergeron wasnâ€™t the only senior to be dismissed on Friday. Multiple reports indicate safety Josh Turner as also being released for "violating team rules." Turner played on special teams and defense in 38 games with the Longhorns, starting 5 games.
Linebacker Kendall Thompson is also no longer with the team. Although reports are that Thompson is discontinuing his playing career after a history of concussions.
At Big 12 Media Days earlier this week in Dallas, Charlie Strong was asked a question about the primary motivating factors he uses and how much is â€˜fearâ€™ one of them. Coach Strong responded with:
It is fairly safe to say that there are more than a handful of players on the 40 Acres that disagree with that statement.
* NOTE: The Texas Athletic Department has not yet released an official statement on the dismissals.
J.B. TexasEx reacted to Aaron Carrara for a blog entry, Big 12 Football Media Days Lineup
Big 12 Conference Football Media Days will take place on July 21-22 in Dallas with 5 schools participating each day. The Conference recently released the lineup of players scheduled to participate on behalf of their respective schools:
Monday, July 21, 2014
Baylor: Quarterback Bryce Petty (QB), Antwan Goodley (WR), Bryce Hager (LB), Shawn Oakman (DE).
Kansas: Nick Harwell (WR), Ben Heeney (LB), Jimmay Mundine (TE), Cassius Sendish (SAF).
Oklahoma State: Jhajuan Seales (WR), corner back Kevin Peterson (CB), linebacker Ryan Simmons (LB).
TCU: Safety Sam Carter (SAF), defensive tackle Chucky Hunter (DT), Joe Hunt ©, David Porter (WR).
Texas Tech: Wide receiver Bradley Marquez (WR), linebacker Sam Eguavoen (LB), Kenny Williams (RB).
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Iowa State: Tom Farniok (OL), Cory Morrissey (DE), E.J. Bibbs (TE), Jevohn Miller (LB).
Kansas State: Tyler Lockett (WR), Jake Waters (QB), Ryan Mueller (DE), Jonathan Truman (LB), B.J. Finney (OL).
Oklahoma: Trevor Knight (QB), Geneo Grissom (LB), Chuka Ndulue (DT), Daryl Williams (DT), Julian Wilson (SAF).
Texas: Dominic Espinosa ©, Malcolm Brown (RB), Quandre Diggs (CB).
West Virginia: Kevin White (WR), Daryl Worley (CB), Nick O'Toole (P).
Notably for the Longhorns, quarterback David Ash will not make the trip to Dallas to participate.