Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s April 15th — 105 down, 260 to go.
And 12 till the start of the NFL Draft.
YESTERDAY: Texas baseball blew a 3-0 eighth inning lead and fell at Baylor, 4-3. Texas softball beat Texas Tech in Lubbock for the second straight night, 9-5. The Astros beat the A’s on the road 7-2, but the Rangers lost 2-1 at Seattle. Aaron Hernandez was acquitted on two murder charges from 2012 — but then went right back to prison to finish serving his previous life sentence without parole.
TODAY: We get our first look at Tom Herman’s Longhorns, in UT’s Orange-White scrimmage (1 p.m., LHN). The NBA playoffs start with Game 1 of Spurs-Grizzlies (7, ESPN); other matchups — Cavs-Pacers (2, ABC), Raptors-Bucks (4:30, ESPN) and Clippers-Jazz (9:30, ESPN). The Texas-Baylor baseball series concludes (3:05, 104.9) as does the Texas-Texas Tech softball series (noon, 105.3). And it’s Jackie Robinson Day. (So if you happen to notice “42” floating around the various HBOs, you know why.)
TOMORROW: More NBA playoffs, including Game 1 of the Rockets-Thunder series (8, TNT); other matchups — Wizards-Hawks (noon, TNT), Warriors-Blazers (2:30, ABC) and Celtics-Bulls (5:30, TNT). And Cat Osterman will celebrate her 34th birthday.
April 15 has a sports history. On this date, three were killed and 183 injured in the Boston Marathon bombing (2013); the Cleveland Browns, with the first overall pick of the NFL Draft, picked Penn State defensive tackle Courtney Brown (2000). Other notables drafted in the top 10 that year were LB LaVar Arrington (2nd, Redskins), RB Jamal Lewis (5th, Ravens), WR Plaxico Burress (8th, Steelers) and LB Brian Urlacher (9th, Bears); Major League Baseball retired Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 jersey for all teams (1997); Magic Johnson broke the NBA record for career assists in a game against the Mavericks, with 9,898 (1991); Marvin Hagler scored a TKO over Thomas Hearns to retain his middleweight title (1985); Ben Crenshaw (1984) and Fuzzy Zoeller (1979) won Masters tournaments; the NFL changed its penalty flag from white to bright gold (1965); the very first regular-season MLB game on the West Coast was played, an 8-0 Giants win over the Dodgers (1958); and Robinson became the first African-American to play in the MLB (1947).
Today’s sports birthdays: John Danks (32), Jason Sehorn (46), Dara Torres (50), Evelyn Ashford (60) and Michael Cooper (61). Other notables: Emma Watson (27), Seth Rogen (35) Oh, and Maisie Williams — Arya from “Game of Thrones” — turns 20.
Today’s trivia: What college did Brian Urlacher go to? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
Top of the menu: The Orange-White scrimmage.
Today is the first spring game of the Tom Herman era. We’re not expecting to see a lot, as Herman has already said the Horns will probably look pretty “vanilla” so as not to show too much on TV five months before the season begins. Still, there’ll be plenty to see.
We’ll have a full crew at DKR — Brian Davis, Danny Davis, Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden and Mike Craven — and here are some combined thoughts on what we’ll be looking at today:
- Where will Malik Jefferson line up — and how will he look out there?
- Texas looks pretty loaded at receiver with Collin Johnson, Armanti Foreman, Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay out there. And don’t forget guys like John Burt, Dorian Leonard, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Jerrod Heard and Lorenzo Joe. Which receivers will stand out?
- No Chris Warren III (hamstring). No Kyle Porter (ankle). No D’Onta Foreman (gone). The good news is we get to see quite a bit of Toneil Carter, the freshman running back from Houston who fell into UT’s lap when Georgia decided it no longer wanted him. The bad news is whatever we see out of the running game today won’t be a true reflection of what Warren will do come September. Would have been nice to see what Porter and Carter can both do; they’ll be Warren’s backups.
- Shane Buechele vs. Sam Ehlinger, obviously, is the marquee depth chart battle. Who’ll throw better today? Who’ll make more plays? Who’ll look more like the starter?
- Brandon Jones arrived last year with a high level of hope and expectations, but we didn’t see much of the freshman safety beyond two punt blocks. Has he made any offseason strides? And we’ll see how the other DBs look.
- Is Poona Ford going to impress? Coaches have been talking him up this spring. Same with Naashon Hughes.
- It’s been awhile since Texas had a standout kicker. It’s all on juco signee Joshua Rowland this season; we’ll see what he does for the first time. He was the nation’s No. 1-ranked juco kicker prospect.
- How many fans will show up? Will there be a buzz? Home crowds have generally been disappointing over the last season or two. This is the first time in years that UT didn’t open up at least one spring practice for the masses. Will there be a good or lackluster turnout on Saturday?
- Breckyn Hager and Malcolm Roach: Primarily defensive ends in last year’s 4-3 scheme. Where will they line up in Todd Orlando’s new defense?
So, what’s being written out there? Our spring game advance reminds that when it comes to coaching changes, first impressions like this can be important. We also laid out four questions surrounding Saturday and identified five key Longhorns to watch.
And Brian Davis had a sit-down with Shaka Smart on Friday; here’s what they talked about in the form of a Q&A. It’s a good read.
AROUND THE BIG 12: No. 3-ranked TCU’s 13-game winning streak was snapped Friday, a 5-4 loss at West Virginia. The WNBA Draft saw two Baylor players taken — Alexis Jones (Minnesota, No. 12) and Alexis Prince (Phoenix, No. 29). The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal obtained Title IX hearing documents on suspended Texas Tech quarterback Jeff Duffey, through an open records request. The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel wrote about Mike Gundy’s contract with Oklahoma State, which runs through only 2019, while Jenni Carlson wrote about OSU’s April push for quarterback Mason Rudolph’s Heisman chances. It’s never too early. The Cowboys’ spring game is Saturday as well; the Oklahoman laid out five storylines. And ditto (five storylines) for the Kansas City Star and the Kansas Jayhawks’ spring game on Saturday. Kansas State has a new athletic director; the Wildcats hired Iowa deputy AD Gene Taylor.
AROUND THE HORNS:
Men’s basketball: Texas signed PG Matt Coleman on Wednesday, but lost F Jarrett Allen on Tuesday; he announced he’ll remain in the NBA Draft and hire an agent. … Coleman played in Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic all-star game in Brooklyn. … There’ll be eight Horns in this year’s NBA playoffs — LaMarcus Aldrige (Spurs), Avery Bradley (Celtics), Kevin Durant (Warriors), Cory Joseph (Raptors), Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers), P.J. Tucker (Raptors) and Myles Turner (Pacers). And Royal Ivey is an assistant coach for Oklahoma City.
Women’s basketball: UT signee Chasity Patterson was named the East’s MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. She scored a team-high 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting in the East’s 122-81 loss to the West. Fellow UT signee Rellah Boothe also played, her nine rebounds a team-high. It’s the second straight year that a UT signee earned MVP honors; last year, Joyner Holmes was the West’s MVP.
Baseball: Texas took a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning, but Baylor rallied for a 4-3 win in the bottom of the ninth Friday night in Waco. Texas fell 6-2 in Thursday night’s first game. Game 3 is today.
Tennis: The UT men, ranked No. 8, play their final home match of the regular season today against Texas Tech at the Caswell Tennis Center on Shoal Creek Blvd.
On April 15, 1955: Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s franchised restaurant, in Des Plaines, Ill. Raise your hand if you watched the 2016 Michael Keaton movie about it all, “The Founder.”
On April 15, 1912: The Titanic sank in the North Atlantic, nearly 64 years before Leonardo DiCaprio was born.
On April 15, 1865: President Lincoln died, the day after he’d been shot. He was the first U.S. president to be assassinated. (So if you happen to notice “Lincoln” floating around the various Showtime channels, you know why.)
Trivia answer: Brian Urlacher played college football for the New Mexico Lobos. His head coach there was Dennis Franchione.
OK, Breakfast is over. Thanks for stopping by.
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