Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s February 18th — 49 down, 317 to go.
And 18 till Texas begins spring football workouts.
YESTERDAY: The eighth-ranked Texas women beat Kansas State. Charlie Strong filled out his coaching staff. The OU men, ranked third, lost at Texas Tech. The Sooners weren’t alone; Nos. 3 (OU), 4 (Iowa) and 5 (North Carolina) all fell last night. And Michael Jordan turned 53.
TODAY: It’s the NBA trade deadline. Will the Rockets make a move? And pitchers and catchers report in the MLB, which means two things — spring, and spring training, is right around the corner. And in Austin, the high school state swimming and wrestling meets begin.
TOMORROW: The Texas baseball season opens, against UNLV.
Feb. 18 has a sports history. On this date, Dale Earnhardt was killed in a Daytona 500 crash (2001); the New York Yankees traded David Wells to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Roger Clemens (1999); Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray died (1998); the very first Ironman Triathlon was held, in Hawaii (1978); and the Red Sox traded 41-year-old pitcher Cy Young to the Cleveland Naps (1909).
Last year on Feb. 18, former NBA player Jerome Kersey died.
Today’s sports birthdays: Le’Veon Bell (24) and Alex Rios (35). Others of note: Jillian Michaels (42), Molly Ringwald (48), Matt Dillon (52), Vanna White (59), John Travolta (62) and Yoko Ono (83).
Today’s trivia: Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond, in 1972, produced the first quadruple double in NBA history. But who was the second player to do it — on Feb. 18, 1986? Hint: He was a San Antonio Spur. (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
Top of the menu: Longhorns recruiting.
We’ve launched the first of our Texas recruiting series we’re calling “The Class of 2016.” It’s an in-depth look at every incoming Longhorn, and we’re dispatching Brian Davis and Ryan Autullo across Texas and Louisiana for player visits to make this happen. First up is a look at Katy running back Kyle Porter.
Porter, rated 39th on our Fabulous 55 — right above No. 40 Jalen Hurts, the Channelview quarterback who signed with Alabama, and right behind No. 38 Kameron Martin, the Port Arthur Memorial running back who signed with Baylor — was rated the nation’s 272nd overall prospect by the 247Sports’ composite rankings of the industry’s top sites, and the 11th best running back.
How four of those top sites viewed him:
Porter’s career numbers at Katy: 4,903 rushing yards, 75 touchdowns.
The last 10 running backs Texas has signed: Kyle Porter (2016), Chris Warren III (2015), Kirk Johnson (2015), Tristian Houston (2015), Duke Catalon (2014), D’Onta Foreman (2014), Johnathan Gray (2012), Malcolm Brown (2011), Joe Bergeron (2011) and Traylon Shead (2010).
Three things you should know about Katy High: (1) Notable alumni include NFLers Andy Dalton and Terrence Frederick, and Oscar winner Renee Zellwegger. (2) Over the last three years, Katy has gone 45-3 in football and played in three state championship games. (3) Texas hasn’t signed a Katy Tiger since 1987 (Chad McMillan, OL).
Our Porter package includes a main bar from Autullo, an everything-you-need-to-know look at his high school career at Katy, an interactive map of Texas’ 2016 class, and a look at what Porter’s walking into as a Longhorns running back.
Next up: Aldine Davis linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch, this weekend.
So, what else is being written about the Longhorns?
In women’s hoops, No. 8 Texas held off Kansas State by 7. Here’s our game coverage. Cedric Golden’s column on the Texas men today centers around Connor Lammert, and how much the Horns need him hitting from long range. The Dallas Morning News caught up with Duke Thomas, who’s preparing for the NFL draft up in the Metroplex, and the former UT corner preached patience for Horns fans.
AROUND THE BIG 12: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote on Kenny Hill, the former Aggies quarterback now at TCU, and Gil Lebreton took on TCU’s men’s basketball team in a column of expectations vs. reality. Reports right around midnight have Baylor and Ole Miss talking about opening the 2020 season against each other in Houston. Texas Tech upset No. 3 Oklahoma in Lubbock, and here’s how the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and the Daily Oklahoman covered it. And the Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel wrote on OU president David Boren‘s comments that the Big 12 could decide on expansion by summer. Tramel also wrote on new Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders Jr., wondering if he’s the answer the Cowboys have been looking for. The Orlando Sentinel broke down the state of the conference’s quarterbacks, team by team. And yes, the Big 12 had a record $268 million in total revenue for 2014-15, but that still trailed the SEC, per a USA Today report.
AROUND THE FORTY ACRES
Football: Charlie Strong’s coaching staff is complete. Texas hired Arkansas’ Clay Jennings as defensive backs coach, on the heels of recent hirings Anthony Johnson (RBs) and Charlie Williams (WRs). … In other news, Horns defensive back Adrian Colbert announced Wednesday that he’s transferring out of the program and defensive line coach Brick Haley said thanks but no thanks to Texas A&M.
Men’s basketball: Tuesday’s 85-75 win over No. 10 West Virginia was the Horns’ third win over a Top 10 team this season, which ties them with Kansas for most in the nation. Next up is Baylor, on Saturday at the Erwin Center (1, ESPN, 104.9).
Women’s basketball: No. 8 Texas beat Kansas State last night, while former coaches Jody Conradt and Gail Goestenkors were honored beforehand for their contributions to the program’s 1,000th victory earlier this season. Neither were able to make the historic victory celebration on Jan. 27.
Baseball: Texas’ season opens on Friday, the first of a three-game weekend series with UNLV (6 p.m., LHN, 104.9). Texas’ starting lineup has been set, and this weekend’s pitching rotation will be Kyle Johnston (Friday), Ty Culbreth (Saturday) and Connor Mayes (Sunday).
Softball: Texas (5-0) is ranked 24th nationally this week, the first time the Horns have been ranked since 2013. Texas is at the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational this weekend.
Track and field: Senior thrower Ryan Crouser and the women’s 1,600 relay were named the Big 12’s men’s and women’s athlete of the week on Wednesday. Crouser broke his own school record in the shot put last Saturday at the Husky Classic; the women’s relay (Chrisann Gordon, Morolake Akinosun, Ariel Jones and Courtney Okolo) won the Tyson Invitational with the fourth-best time in the 1,600 in college history. … Next week is the Big 12 championships in Ames, Iowa, so both men’s and women’s teams are taking this weekend off. … Meanwhile, former UT high jumper Jamal Wilson has won a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, qualifying at the Gugli Indoor Meet in Austria last weekend.
Golf: The sixth-ranked men took a 12-stroke lead in Wednesday’s first round of the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Kaua’i. Beau Hossler‘s 67 also leads all players, and fellow Horns Gavin Hall, Scottie Scheffler and Doug Ghim also are in the top 10. The second round is today.
On Feb. 18, 1954: The first Church of Scientology was established, in Los Angeles. … Strange that Feb. 18, 1954 also is the exact same day that John Travolta was born. Or is it? (Cue the Twilight Zone music.)
On Feb. 18, 1930: The planet Pluto was discovered. It remained the solar system’s ninth planet until it was downgraded to “dwarf planet” status in 2006.
On Feb. 18, 1885: Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published.
Trivia answer: On Feb. 18, 1986 San Antonio Spurs guard Alvin Robertson produced the second quadruple double in NBA history with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals against the Suns.
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