Posts Tagged ‘Texas Longhorns’

My Greatest Erwin Center Moments: The Harlem Globetrotters

Posted by    |    May 9th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

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I can’t remember most of my freshman year of college, but I can still remember when the Harlem Globetrotters came to Austin, Texas when I was seven years old.

They were a phenomenon that my young brain couldn’t initially process. Were the Globetrotters playing the Texas Longhorns? Was Harlem in the Big East? Is that Red, White, & Blue ball even regulation? Who are the Generals? I’m pretty sure that was traveling…

The first few chords of Sweet Georgia Brown and the Globetrotter lay-up line offered clarity. This was a mummer’s show, with bits and premises straight from 1920s vaudeville, the chitlin’ circuit, and the Catskills. But for me, it was high comedic art. No matter how hackneyed, a lot of it still makes me laugh today. It was my first introduction to clowning and it was clear to me who the joke was on. And it wasn’t on the charismatic Globetrotters.

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2013 SG Martez Walker: Why did the Texas Longhorns offer?

Posted by    |    April 25th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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2013 wing guard Martez Walker from Detroit (MI) Pershing officially visited the Texas Longhorns this past week. The news was first broken by a local area recruiting reporter, Steven Manrique. According to multiple Texas recruitniks, during the official visit, Walker received an offer from the Longhorns coaching staff.

Pershing small forward Martez Walker is visiting #Texas tomorrow. They have offered him.

— Steven Manrique (@mdhsathletics) April 20, 2013

With three guards already signed in the 2013 class, it’s natural to wonder why Texas is going after another guard prospect so late in the game. If no news is bad news, then the following two “non-news” items may explain why.

First, one of Texas’ signees, wing Demarcus Croaker out of Orlando (FL) Jones, recently retook his ACTs and has yet to receive his score ($). During his official visit earlier this year, Croaker had already received what was thought to be a qualifying ACT score. It’s a bit concerning that he took the test again. While Croaker has stated that he does not expect any eligibility issues, the possibility that Croaker may be ruled academically ineligible could have contributed to the Walker offer.

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Sheldon McClellan requests transfer from the Texas Longhorns

Posted by    |    March 28th, 2013 at 8:05 am

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The attrition train keeps rolling along for the Texas Longhorns. Small forward Sheldon McClellan, a sophomore and the team’s leading scorer, has requested a transfer following an up-and-down season. Word of a possible transfer was first posited locally by RCS Sports’ Jim Hicks and has been subsequently reported by the national media.

Per ESPN’s Jason King, McClellan has already filed the paperwork requesting a transfer. The Texas administration has yet to approve the request.

“There are no bitter feelings,” [his mother] Angel Johnson said. “He enjoyed his time at Texas. He’s just looking for a place where he’s a better fit. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery.”

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Re-Energized Mack Feels Re-Energized. Again.

Posted by    |    March 26th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

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SI’s Stewart Mandel met with a re-energized Mack Brown to find that Mack Brown is re-energized. Mack Brown attributes this re-energization to his abundant capacity for re-energy, despite Brown’s increasing number of critics (Mandel links to my post-OU “screed” as a prime example. Was it really a screed? It’s one of my rare works that actually bordered on responsible.)

If the “reinvigorated Mack” angle seems like a familiar paint-by-the-numbers effort, it is. Re-energized Mack has been bopping around Austin since 2010.

In addressing the media and answering questions for the first time since the Longhorns’ disastrous 5-7 2010 season ended Thanksgiving night, Brown said Monday he’s been “re-energized” by the overhaul of his staff and plans to coach “for a long time.”

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Texas Longhorns politely decline receipt of any Big 12 awards

Posted by    |    March 13th, 2013 at 9:30 am

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The 2013 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Awards were announced this past Sunday. Just prior to the official announcement, Texas Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes announced to no one in particular that his team would politely decline being the recipient of any awards bestowed by the conference.

Barnes was set to receive a coveted “Participation Ribbon” as well as a mini-plaque for “10th Place Conference Coach of the Year” as voted on by all the conference’s coaches. Coaches were allowed to vote for themselves, but well-placed sources say Barnes voted for Missouri head coach Frank Haith, citing that Barnes liked “the cut of his jib.” Although Barnes received zero total votes, that was a strong enough showing to place him 10th overall. Kansas St.’s Frank Martin received the award for compiling the best group of upperclassmen, though Bruce Weber accepted the award on Martin’s behalf.

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