Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s August 30th — 242 down, 123 to go.
And 11 till the NFL season kicks off.
YESTERDAY: The Cowboys dropped a 28-14 preseason game to the Vikings; WR Terrance Williams and RB Darren McFadden stood out. Robert Griffin III was ruled out for the Redskins’ season opener. Kirk Cousins gets the start over Colt McCoy. Another Packers receiver was injured (Randall Cobb, shoulder). Texas volleyball swept both UC Irvine and LSU. And Chris Simms turned 35.
TODAY: The Texans play their next-to-last preseason game, at New Orleans (3 p.m., Fox). The Little League World Series championship game pits Lewisberry, Pa. against Japan (2, ABC); Pearland faces Mexico in the third-place game (9, ESPN).
TOMORROW: Texas holds its first gameweek press conference. So does Baylor — think the name Sam Ukwuachu will come up? The U.S. Open kicks off in NYC; Serena Williams is going for the grand slam.
Aug. 30 has a sports history. On this date, Andy Roddick announced he’d retire after the U.S. Open (2012); Greg Maddux won his 330th career game (2006); U.S. long jumper Mike Powell broke the world record with a leap of 29-4 ½ (1991); Seattle’s Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father and son to play on the same team — they both singled in the first inning (1990); Texas Rangers knuckleballer Charlie Hough threw six passed balls in a game, tying the MLB record (1987); Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson shattered the world record in the 100-meters, with a 9.83 (1987); and Ty Cobb made his Tigers debut, hitting a double (1905).
Last year on Aug. 30, Texas ushered in the Charlie Strong era with a 38-7 win over North Texas — but ended up suffering two season-changing injuries in the process to QB David Ash and C Dominic Espinosa. Also, the Rams cut rookie Michael Sam.
Today’s sports birthdays: Andy Roddick (33), Adam Wainwright (34), Cliff Lee (37), former NFLer Ricky Sanders (53), and Celtics great Robert Parish (62). Other notables: Cameron Diaz (43), Lewis Black (67) and Warren Buffett (85).
Today’s trivia: In 1998’s “Something About Mary,” starring birthday girl Cameron Diaz, what was Mary’s last name? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
Today’s lead: Texas vs. USC.
Earlier this year, we hatched the idea to do a 10-year later look at the Texas-USC national championship game. This is the 10th anniversary season of the Longhorns’ national title.
Lots of good stuff to read here in today’s paper, including Brian Davis’ look at just what’s happened to those two programs over the last 10 years, as they both are fighting to get back to national prominence; a Kirk Bohls column revisiting the Great Heisman Trophy Voting Controversy of 2005 (and he answers the question: If you had to do it all over again, who would you vote for?); a Cedric Golden column on that season’s outstanding offensive line; key plays from the game as well as key moments from the season; and memories of what it was like for our various Statesman staffers who covered The Big Game.
One part of that project was given to Cat Vasquez, who was tasked to backtrack and examine all the future NFL talent that was at the Rose Bowl that night. It’s pretty impressive.
There were 49 players from that night’s game who went on to play in the NFL, including 15 combined Longhorns and Trojans who literally were playing their final game before getting drafted three months later. One of those was Vince Young, who only four days after the game would announce he was going pro.
What did all those players accomplish at the next level?
For Texas, Young (No. 3 overall) threw for 8,964 yards, 46 TDs and 51 INTs in six seasons; S Michael Huff (7) played 118 games and had 11 INTs; CB Cedric Griffin (48) had 8 career picks for the Vikings and Redskins; TE David Thomas (86) had 102 career catches and won a Super Bowl with the Saints; OT Jonathan Scott (141) played for five different teams; and DE Rodrique Wright (222) played for the Dolphins and Jets. FB Ahmard Hall wasn’t drafted, but signed as an undrafted free agent and spent six years with the Titans.
One year later, DB Michael Griffin (No. 19 overall) was drafted in 2007 by the Titans and has 24 career INTs; CB Aaron Ross (20) has 11 career picks and is on Cleveland’s roster this season; OG Justin Blalock (39) has started 125 of 128 regular-season games; S Tim Crowder (56) collected 10.5 sacks in his time with Denver and Tampa Bay; DE Brian Robison (102) has 43.5 career sacks with the Vikings; CB Tarell Brown (147), currently a Patriot, has 11 career picks; and OG Kasey Studdard (183) started 14 games for the Texans. Two undrafted free agents also made the league — C Lyle Sendlein, who started 81 straight games for the Falcons from 2008-12, and RB Selvin Young, who played two seasons for Denver.
In the 2008 draft, WR Limas Sweed (No. 53 overall) played two years in Pittsburgh before having to retire with an injury, though he did get a Super Bowl ring there; RB Jamaal Charles (73) has racked up 6,856 career rushing yards and 57 total TDs — and probably will be one of the first guys taken in our Statesman league’s fantasy draft today; OT Tony Hills (130) played three years for the Steelers and now is a Carolina Panther; and DT Frank Okam (151) played four years with the Texans and Bucs. DT Derek Lokey had a cup of coffee with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.
And there were three more who went in the 2009 draft — LB Brian Orakpo (No. 13 overall), a three-time Pro Bowler with 40 career sacks who’s now a Titan; DE Roy Miller (81) who has 194 career tackles with the Bucs and Jaguars; and DT Henry Melton (105), a current Buc who has 20.5 career sacks.
So, what’s being written about the Longhorns?
Another good Sunday Q&A from Bohls, who recently sat down with former UT head coach (and player) David McWilliams, who is retiring Monday as the director of the T-Association at the age of 73. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote on the Longhorns’ back-to-the-drawing-board philosophy this year. And the San Antonio Express-News pondered a Year Two turnaround ($) for Charlie Strong.
AROUND THE BIG 12: It was Randy Galloway’s turn today to opine on the Baylor assault scandal. The Dallas Morning News columnist asserts that Bears coach Art Briles ain’t going nowhere. The Waco Tribune-Herald, meanwhile, chose to write about Travon Blanchard, who’s trying to nail down the Bears’ nickelback role. Here’s everything you wanted to know about Texas Tech’s various position breakdowns, courtesy of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The Oklahoman wrote on Sooners offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and his role in OU’s new Air Raid offense, while Berry Tramel took on Oklahoma State’s offensive line, but perhaps the best read was a piece on how things work out — a 2005 autograph by a former OU star mailed to a Sooners fan from Austin named … wait for it … Baker Mayfield. The Kansas City Star wonders whether the Air Raid offense will work at Kansas. The paper also wrote about Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, still getting it done at 75.
OPPOSITION RESEARCH: NOTRE DAME. The South Bend Tribune’s take on what to expect this season? That the Irish will toe the line between good and special.
AROUND THE FORTY ACRES:
Volleyball: No. 3 Texas recorded a pair of sweeps on Saturday over LSU and UC Irvine at the American Campus Classic. Chloe Collins had 30 assists, 12 digs and 3 kills vs. LSU. Here’s our match coverage. Next up for the Horns (3-0)? The first big test of the season — vs. No. 5 Nebraska on Friday and against No. 4 Florida on Saturday, as part of the VERT Challenge at Gregory Gym.
ON AUG. 30 …
2011: Austin broadcaster and humorist Cactus Pryor died. He was 88.
1967: Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1836: The city of Houston was founded.
Trivia answer: There was something about … Mary Jensen.
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