Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s August 3rd — 215 down, 150 to go.
And 27 till Texas kicks off its season.
YESTERDAY: Charlie Strong celebrated his 54th birthday, while Huston Street turned 31. The Round Rock Express made Jackie Moore their first Hall of Famer. The Astros won (Blue Jays) but the Rangers lost (Indians). The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted seven new members, including Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy and Aeneas Williams.
TODAY: Texas players report for fall camp. Yu Darvish is on the mound for the Rangers, against Cleveland (noon, FSSW, 1260). The Astros host Toronto (1, 1300). We’ve got NFL preseason! Giants-Bills in the NFL Hall of Fame Game (7, NBC, 1300). For those following the Little League World Series, the team from San Antonio plays McAlester, Okla. (5, LHN).
TOMORROW: The Longhorns hold their first fall practice. The Rangers begin a series at the White Sox (7, FSSW, 1260). The San Antonio little leaguers play the Houston little leaguers (Pearland) at 5 (LHN). And Roger Clemens will turn 52.
Aug. 3 has a sports history. On this date, we lost NFL great/actor Bubba Smith (2011); the Dodgers won their 3,000th game since moving to Los Angeles in 1958 (1992); Mary Lou Retton scord a perfect 10 on the vault to become the first U.S. an Olympic all-around gold medal (1984); in one of the more unique MLB trades, the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers traded their managers to each other (1960); the NBA was formed with the merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League (1949); Joe DiMaggio’s 74-game streak of reaching base ended (1941); Jesse Owens won gold in the 100-meters, the first of his four at the Olympic Games in Berlin — with Adolf Hitler in attendance (1936); and the eight Chicago White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series — including Shoeless Joe Jackson — were banned for life from baseball (1921).
Last year on Aug. 3, Bill Parcells and former Cowboys offensive lineman Larry Allen were enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Today’s sports birthdays: Ryan Lochte (30), Will Muschamp (43), Tom Brady (37), Troy Glaus (38), Kevin Elster (50), Tim Mayotte (54) and Lance Alworth (74). Other notables: Evangeline Lilly (35), Martha Stewart (73), Martin Sheen (74) and Tony Bennett (88).
TODAY’S TRIVIA: Mary Lou Retton has been married to a former Longhorns quarterback since 1990. Who is he? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
TODAY’S LEAD: LONGHORNS SPORTS. What did you do over your summer? How ‘bout those Longhorns?
It’s been a busy summer. Let’s just catch you up, sport by sport. We’ll start off with the obvious one — football, which officially ramps up today as players report in advance of Monday’s first fall camp practice.
Football: First, your 2014 roster is minus nine players that we thought would be there when Charlie Strong started back in January. Five have been kicked off the team for breaking team rules, two more have retired from football because of injuries, and two more have been suspended indefinitely over a felony sexual assault arrest and have been removed from Texas’ online roster.
The five who have been kicked off: running back Joe Bergeron, who massed 1,392 career yards and 25 touchdowns; safety Chevoski Collins, who redshirted last year; fullback Chet Moss, who played linebacker as well but never quite found a roster home here; running back Jalen Overstreet, who came in as a quarterback but was shifted to running back as a freshman; and safety Leroy Scott, the former corner who was in contention for a starting spot.
Senior safety Josh Turner, who was expected to start opposite Mykkele Thompson, also was dismissed on July 25 along with Bergeron, Overstreet and Collins. But he was reinstated last Wednesday after a meeting with Strong.
The two who retired: offensive tackle Josh Cochran, who started 23 games in a little more than two seasons, because of chronic shoulder issues; and linebacker Kendall Thompson, a senior who played in 37 career games (7 starts), because of concussions.
And the two who were arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a female student in June: wide receivers Kendall Sanders, who was expected to start this season, and Montrel Meander, who redshirted last year. They remain on the roster, but definitely in limbo moving forward.
The team’s annual fan day/open practice will be next Sunday, Aug. 10, at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
Football watch lists:
Bednarik Award (top defensive player): Malcom Brown, Quandre Diggs, Cedric Reed. The list of 76 players will be narrowed to semifinalists on Nov. 3, then three finalists on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11.
Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver): Jaxon Shipley. Ten semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 17, three finalists on Nov. 24 and the winner on Dec. 11.
Butkus Award (top linebacker): Steve Edmond, Jordan Hicks. Semifinalists will be named Oct. 27, finalists on Nov. 24.
Lombardi Award (top lineman/linebacker): Edmond, Dominic Espinosa, Reed. Semifinalists will be named later. The winner is announced Dec. 10.
Maxwell Award (top overall player): Malcolm Brown, Johnathan Gray. The list of 76 players will be narrowed to semifinalists on Nov. 3, then three finalists on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11.
Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player): Brown, Diggs, Reed. Five finalists will be named Nov. 20. The winner is announced Dec. 8.
Outland Trophy (top interior lineman): Espinosa. Six or seven semifinalists will be announced Nov. 20, with three finalists named on Nov. 24.
Rimington Trophy (top center): Espinosa.
Thorpe Award (top defensive back): Diggs. For the second straight year. The winner will be announced Dec. 11.
More football: Three Longhorns — RB Malcolm Brown, CB Quandre Diggs and DE Cedric Reed — were voted onto the media’s preseason All-Big 12 team. … The Oct. 18 Texas-Iowa State game will be aired on the Longhorn Network. … Earl Campbell is one of six UT alumni honored with the Texas Exes’ Distinguished Alumni Award. The official ceremony is Oct. 17, at the LBJ Library. … Former All-American linebacker Jeff Leiding, who played at UT from 1980-83, died in July. He was 52. … Senior deep snapper Nate Boyer has been nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes players’ involvement and community service contributions. Past Longhorns named to the team have been LB Emmanuel Acho (2011), DE Sam Acho (2010), QB Colt McCoy (2008), QB Vince Young (2005), RB Ricky Williams (1998), LB Tyson King (1996), DE Tony Brackens (1995) and LB Robert Reed (1994). The team will be announced in September.
Men’s basketball: Incoming freshman Myles Turner helped lead Team USA over Canada in the gold medal game of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in June, with 5 points, five rebounds and a game-high four blocks. Turner set a USA U18 record with 18 blocks in the five-game tournament, eclipsing the previous mark of 13. … Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant is one of 19 players named to the 2014-16 USA national team roster. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski‘s the coach. The roster will be trimmed later this summer. … In other former UTers news, Damion James (2007-10) played for the Detroit Pistons in the Orlando Summer League and Myck Kabongo (2012-13) was in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Toronto Raptors.
Women’s basketball: Texas will play Texas A&M on Dec. 21 in Little Rock as part of the Big 12/SEC women’s basketball challenge (Oklahoma-Arkansas is the other game in that double-header). Texas has won the last three matchups with A&M, including last year’s non-conference win at the Paradise Jam tourney. … Jody Conradt is one of six UT alumni honored with the Texas Exes’ Distinguished Alumni Award. The official ceremony is Oct. 17, at the LBJ Library. … Last month, former head coach Gail Goestenkors resigned as an assistant with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and also was voted into the 2015 class of the women’s basketball Hall of Fame.
Baseball: Texas coach Augie Garrido was given a two-year contract extension in early July, which keeps the 75-year-old coach under contract through the 2017 season. He guided Texas to a 46-21 record and College World Series berth. … Starting pitcher Parker French, a 19th-round pick of the Detroit Tigers in June’s amateur draft, decided to return for his senior season. He was Texas’ regular Friday starter and went 7-5 with a 2.41 ERA, ranking second on the team in strikeouts and innings pitched. And catcher Tres Barrera won the Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in early July, setting an event record with 25 home runs in the final round at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. He beat out Texas Tech’s Eric Gutierrez in the final; Barrera and Gutierrez were high school teammates at Mission Sharyland. “I just got in a groove and went from there,” Barrera said after the event. His father was the one who threw to him. “My dad was throwing strikes right where I liked them and I took good hacks. It’s a dream come true to come out here with my dad. It’s what we do on a daily basis at home.”
Softball: Former Texas standout Taylor Hoagland was named to the USA Softball women’s national team, the third time she’s been on the team. There’s been at least one Longhorn on the national team in 18 of the last 19 years.
Volleyball: Texas landed a transfer from Penn State on Friday — outside hitter Paulina Prieto, who’ll have three years of eligibility left. She’ll be there when the team reports for fall workouts this Friday. As a freshman last year, she started seven matches for the NCAA champion Nittany Lions and played in 29 matches overall, contributing 89 kills and 16 blocks. … Former All-American Bailey Webster has been nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year, along with Oklahoma State trackster Caitlin Way as the two Big 12 nominees. The winner will be announced Oct. 19. … Three matches for the upcoming season have been picked up for national/regional broadcast — Texas’ Big 12 opener at West Virginia on Sept. 24 (ESPNU), Texas at Kansas on Oct. 5 (Fox Sports Regional Network) and Texas at Iowa State on Nov. 2 (ESPNU).
Men’s track: Freshman Carlton Anumnu competed at the IAFF junior championships in Eugene, Ore. (July 22-27). And UT’s Ty Sevin was an assistant coach for the U.S. team. … Former UT standouts Trey Hardee (decathlon) and Leo Manzano (1,500) won titles at the USA outdoor championships in Sacramento. … Texas hired Seth Henson, who oversaw Portland State’s throwers, jumpers and combined eventers, as an assistant coach; he has helped with UT’s summer track camps the past six years.
Women’s track: Sophomore Courtney Okolo, who tied for the fifth-fastest 400 in NCAA history and anchored UT’s winning 1,600 relay at the NCAA outdoor championships, is one of three finalists for The Bowerman, which honors the nation’s top male and female athlete of the year. She’s up against Oregon’s Laura Roesler and Arkansas State’s Sharika Nelvis. … Freshman Kendall Baisden competed at the IAFF junior championships in Eugene, Ore. (July 22-27). Baisden won the 400 at the USA junior championships. … Former UT standout Michelle Carter won the shot put title at the USA outdoor championships in Sacramento. Sandra Richards-Ross, coming off toe surgery this spring, was runner-up in the 400.
Men’s golf: Sophomore Beau Hossler was busy. He won the Western Amateur Championship in Chicago on Saturday by coming from behind in match play, and won the Southern California Golf Association’s Amateur Championship in July for the second straight year. He led wire to wire and won by four strokes. It was the first back-to-back feat since 2005-06.
Women’s golf: Junior Natalie Karcher was named to the 2014 Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s All-American Scholar Team. Off the course, she’s a marketing major with a 3.77 GPA and a first-team All-Big 12 academic team member. On the course, she tied for second at the Big 12 championship and was Texas’ low scorer in four tournaments, including the NCAA Central Regional Championship.
Women’s tennis: Head coach Patty Fendick-McCain, who led Texas to nine NCAA championship appearances, one Big 12 championship title and two Big 12 tournament titles, retired in June after a 17-year coaching career.
Swimming/diving: Texas diver Murphy Bromberg (10-meter) helped the U.S. to a fourth-place team finish at the FINA Diving World Cup in Shanghai in mid-July, the premier international diving event of the year. Bromberg, the only woman competing for the U.S. in team competition, teamed with Purdue’s Steele Johnson. Texas-ex Maren Taylor (3-meter) also competed in Shanghai. And UT diving coach Matt Scoggin was USA Diving’s head coach for the event. Scoggin also coached the U.S. team at the 2011 Pan American Games.
Rowing: Texas coach Carie Graves, who launched UT’s program in 1998, retired in June. And Dave O’Neill, who led Cal to two NCAA team titles and four NCAA individual title winners, was hired to replace her. He’s a two-time national coach of the year and led Cal to the NCAA championships in each of his 16 seasons there.
So, what’s being written out there about the Longhorns?
We advanced today’s move-in day — arguably the start of the season — with a look back at last year’s 40-21 loss at BYU ($). Why? Because that one game set into motion a series of events that have brought us to where we are today, in regards to this team, program, coach, players and season. That loss changed lives ($).
Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote on Strong’s early stamp that he’s making on the Texas program.
AROUND THE BIG 12: There was lots of coverage from Oklahoma’s media day, in advance of the Sooners’ first practices. The Dallas Morning News wrote on former OU quarterback Blake Bell‘s transition to tight end. There also were coverage offerings on Dorial Green-Beckham and new quarterback Trevor Knight. The San Antonio Express-News wrote about Knight, too, taking a look at the Sugar Bowl hero’s confidence level. The Daily Oklahoman probably led the way in terms of Sooners coverage, though, including Berry Tramel’s column on the awkward start to OU’s season, including the Bob Stoops/SEC flap. And John E. Hoover of the Tulsa World wrote about OU’s image problem. What’s the confidence level over at Baylor? Pretty high, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports. Our own Kirk Bohls wrote about Baylor today, too, making the case that the Bears’ weak non-conference scheduling may end up dooming Baylor in the long run($). Texas Tech is opening fall camp as well, and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is looking at five questions facing the Red Raiders. The Kansas City Star wrote a feature on star K-State receiver Tyler Lockett‘s season expectations.
ON AUG. 3 …
2004: The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, which had been closed since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, was reopened to the public.
1977: Tandy unveiled its TRS-80, a precursor to today’s laptop. Sportswriters everywhere rejoiced in what we in the industry affectionately called “Trash 80s.”
1934: Adolf Hitler officially became Germany’s supreme leader.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Mary Lou Retton is married to Shannon Kelley, who played quarterback at Texas from 1985-88.
TODAY’S LITTLE NUMBER: 4. Days till the Cowboys’ preseason opener — and till golf’s last major.
TODAY’S BIG NUMBER: 5. Longhorns who have won the prestigious Western Amateur golf championship — Rik Massengale in 1968, Ben Crenshaw in 1973, Justin Leonard in 1992 and 1993, John Klauk in 2002 and Beau Hossler in 2014
TODAY’S BIGGER NUMBER: 7. Days till the public can watch Texas’ open football practices, during Aug. 10’s fan appreciation day.
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