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Shaunsters update on Texas Basketball Rumors and Recruiting


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Shaunsters posted the article on the home page of the site but here it is for message board consumption......

 

Exciting rumor I heard this week related to the Texas basketball program and had 2 trusted sources confirm it to me…

Buzz Williams and Billy Donovan have both let (Steve) Patterson or the people around Patterson know that when he’s ready to make a decision on the coaching position, each wants to be let known.

Wait, there’s more… Another surprise name (I originally said no way to) has surfaced again on the radar (much like the Saban situation behind the scenes) . This would most likely be a substantial pay raise type of deal if it were to materialize…. Bill Self!!! There has always been a little smoke suggesting Self thought highly of Texas and the program’s resources, but never did I think there was a even a slim chance of him eventually residing in Austin. Especially after the Andrew Wiggins “clown show” that was his recruitment. Never say never, but WOW!

I lean toward Billy Donovan and Bill Self looking for a pay raise, but this site is for the fans. Our job is to let you know of the rumors and smoke that are circulating and rising behind the scenes.

Here is a relevant question to consider: What if Rick Barnes Barnes leads this team deep into the NIT or earns an NCAA bid? What happens then? Barnes is back to his old ways – he’sactually coaching and putting kids in spots to win. If he does this the rest of the year with a young squad, you have to give him one more year. But if Barnes turns back to his post KD/DJ ways, very hard headed, no imagination, no creativity. He will have to be fired.

Also a note – I was waiting on confirmation from another buddy of mine, but look for Texas to make a STRONG push in the recruitment of DJ Hogg (Plano,TX) . If you don’t know DJ Hogg, just YouTube him and stare. He is a 6’6 athletic, gifted and soon to be 5-star kid from Texas. Hogg was once considered a Baylor or OSU sure thing…. It was recently mentioned that schools like Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA are teams pushing hard for him, but from what I am hearing from some, Texas is considered the leader (unlike King McClure). Hogg is a a lights-out shooter with deep range and Texas needs to land him or McClure to hallmark the recruiting class. Make no mistake, Hogg is “loving him some Texas,” which is great news for Horns fans. Along with Tyler Davis who I mentioned on the message board, he’s a 5-star center (Liberty,TX). All the aforementioned are Texas Titans teammates. Landing 2 or 3 of these kids would be big for Rick Barnes and Texas as they are elite kids.

One side note on all of these players – watch out for SMU! Anytime you have WWW leading the charge and Larry Brown giving him the ok, you have to be careful not to get to excited. But Hogg is the one kid that truly loves Texas!

–Shaunsters

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Texas: What do you think the chances are of a guy like you and a girl like me... ending up together?

HCBS: Well, texas, that's difficult to say. I mean, we don't really...

Texas: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Bill. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?

HCBS: Not good.

Texas: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?

HCBS: I'd say more like one out of a million.

[pause]

Texas: So you're telling me there's a chance... *YEAH!*

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Hopefully Patterson never adopts this philosophy "If you win all the time, it's not good for the coaches or the kids"... DeLoss Dodds.

 

I truly think Patterson believes winning (not at all costs mind you) cures a lot of ills. Right now UT's Men's Big 3 are on life support.

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Barnes can go after all the recruits in Texas that they want but NONE of them will come here because we SUCK. Barnes has not landed any top recruit in awhile and although they say they like Texas, how many really mean it. Why in the world would they come to Texas to be "coached".....and I use that term VERY loosely...by Barnes, when the top kids in the state have Kentucky, Kansas, etc, coming after them?......for example, Kentucky has 3 Texas kids on their roster.....did Texas have a realistic chance at any of them?....HELL NO. Until Barnes is gone, the Texas basketball program will remain an underperforming program with little appeal to the top kids in Texas or elsewhere.

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completely agree drgilbert. depending on the mistake, he needs to be able to learn and play through it. when you pull guys after 1 mistake, they become scared and tentative.

Barnes can still coach somewhere else but his time has come to an end at Texas regardless of this seasons results. Sometimes you need a change and a fresh start, thats the situation for UT basketball.

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