Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s February 21st — 52 down, 314 to go.
And 21 till Selection Sunday.
YESTERDAY: The Texas men stumbled at home against Baylor. Texas baseball blasted UNLV, giving Augie Garrido his 800th win with the Longhorns. No. 3 Oklahoma beat No. 10 West Virginia in Morgantown. Texas A&M upset Kentucky. In non-sports news, Hillary Clinton bested Bernie Sanders in the Nevada Caucus and Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Crews finished 1, 2, 3 in the South Carolina Primary. Jeb Bush ducked out of the Republican race.
TODAY: The Texas women host West Virginia (noon, FSN, 105.3). Texas baseball wraps up its season-opening series with UNLV (1, LHN, 104.9). And it’s the biggest day of the year for NASCAR with the running of the Daytona 500 (noon, Fox).
TOMORROW: The Texas men try to bounce back at Kansas State (6, ESPNU).
Feb. 21 has a sports history. On this date, Sergei Bubka set the world pole vault record (1993); Kristi Yamaguchi won the gold in women’s figure skating at the Winter Olympics, becoming the first American to do it since Dorothy Hamil in 1976 (1992); Dick Button pulled off the first triple jump in figure skating competition, at the Winter Olympics in Oslo (1952); and NASCAR was incorporated (1948).
Last year on Feb. 21, Kendal Yancy scored a career-high 29 points, but the Texas men fell to Iowa State anyway, 85-77.
Today’s sports birthdays: Braylon Edwards (33), Chad Hutchinson (39), Steve Francis (39), Terry Allen (48), Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan (70). Other notables: Cindy Crawford (50) and Kelsey Grammer (61). Oh, and Anthony Daniels — the voice of C3PO — turns 70.
Today’s trivia: It’s a daily double. On “Cheers,” what was birthday boy Kelsey Grammer‘s character’s full name — and what was his wife’s name, too? Hint: It wasn’t Sam Malone and Diane Chambers. (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
Top of the menu: Longhorns recruiting. Or, everything you wanted to know about incoming Longhorn Jeffrey McCulloch but were afraid to ask.
Part 2 of our ongoing Class of 2016 series examining the Longhorns’ incoming freshmen is on McCulloch, Aldine Davis’ outside linebacker nicknamed “The Shark.”
McCulloch, rated 16th on our Fabulous 55 — right above No. 17 Dee Anderson, the West Mesquite receiver who signed with LSU, and right behind No. 15 Shane Buechele, the Arlington Lamar quarterback who’s already enrolled at Texas — was ranked as the nation’s 59th overall prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings of the industry’s top sites, and the fourth best outside linebacker.
The three outside ‘backers rated above him? No. 1 Mique Juarez from Torrance, Calif. (UCLA); No. 2 Lyndell Wilson of Montgomery, Ala. (Alabama); and No. 3 Caleb Kelly of Fresno, Calif. (Oklahoma). So it’ll be interesting to chart the careers of McCulloch and Kelly as they play out in the Big 12.
How four of those top sites rated McCulloch:
McCulloch’s career numbers at Davis: 105 tackles, 28.5 sacks, 49.5 tackles for loss, 20 hurries. He’s a pass rush specialist with a knack for making big plays.
The last 10 outside linebackers Texas has signed: McCulloch (2016), Erick Fowler (2016), Malik Jefferson (2015), Anthony Wheeler (2015), Cameron Townsend (2015), Breckyn Hager (2015), Edwin Freeman (2014), Cameron Hampton (2014), Deoundrei Davis (2013) and Naashon Hughes (2013).
Hughes is now a defensive end. Hampton and Davis are longer at Texas.
Three things you should know about Aldine Davis: (1) The football program is only two years old, in terms of varsity. The school opened in McCulloch’s freshman year. (2) McCulloch’s mom is the school nurse, and his younger brother may be an offensive line recruit Texas targets in two years. (3) Davis’ football coach is James Showers, who kickstarted the Falcons’ program after coming from Killeen Shoemaker. Shower’s son is quarterback Jameill Showers, who started off at Texas A&M before finishing his career at UTEP.
Our McCulloch package includes a main bar from Ryan Autullo, an everything-you-need-to-know look at his high school career, an interactive map of Texas’ 2016 class and a look at what McCulloch’s walking into as a Longhorns linebacker.
Next up in our series: Flower Mound Marcus defensive lineman Andrew Fitzgerald, later this week.
So, what else is being written about the Longhorns?
AROUND THE BIG 12: The Dallas Morning News wrote about TCU safety Derrick Kindred, who’s trying to fight his way back into the NFL draft after suffering an injury last season. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram tackled Baylor’s sexual assault cases, saying the problem doesn’t stop with the football program, and the S-T’s Gil Lebreton wrote about expectations around this year’s TCU baseball team. Red-hot Texas Tech beat Oklahoma State in men’s hoops. Here’s the coverage by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and, on the other side, by the Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma’s 76-62 win at West Virginia was a “much-needed win,” according to the Oklahoman. That sounds right. And the Oklahoman also wrote on former Sooner Calvin Thibodeaux, who’s emerging as a top candidate for OU’s vacant defensive line coaching position.
- Football: Potential core value problems for Charlie Strong? He’s been linked to a Louisville divorce suit between a UL trustee and his wife, and attorneys want a deposition. Former UT assistant coach Hardee McCrary, a long-time assistant under Mack Brown, has been hired as UT’s high school relations director, a newly-created position. He starts clocking in on Monday.
- Basketball: The No. 24 Texas men fell to Baylor. See above.
- Baseball: Texas is 1-1 after splitting the first two games of the season to UNLV. The series wraps up today at 1 p.m. (UT’s RHP Connor Mayes vs. UNLV RHP Ben Wright). Mayes was 2-4 with a 2.58 ERA last year.
- Softball: The 24th-ranked Horns are 5-0 after Saturday’s 8-0 win over Ball State. Tiarra Davis threw a one-hitter. Senior center fielder Lindsey Stephens has been named one of 30 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors athletes on and off the field.
- Track and field: Two UT men (Brady Turnbull and Jacob Pickle) and three women (Hannah Grubb, Mary Beth Hamilton and Sandie Raines) were named to the USTFCCA’s all-academic cross country teams. The UT men’s team had a cumulative GPA of 3.28, the women 3.38.
- Tennis: The 24th-ranked UT men play Rice on Sunday in Houston, the Horns’ first action since beating Stanford on Feb. 7.
- Swimming and diving: Junior diver Murphy Bromberg claimed the second spot on Team USA’s women’s platform diving team for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. She was the top U.S. finisher (seventh overall) in Saturday’s FINA Diving World Cup.
- Golf: The UT women compete in the AllState Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate today in New Orleans. The tourney wraps up on Tuesday, and there are four top 10s in the field (No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 Arizona and No. 10 Oklahoma State).
On Feb. 21, 1965: Malcolm X was assassinated, in New York City.
On Feb. 21, 1958: The peace symbol was designed, as a protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.
On Feb. 21, 1878: The very first telephone directory was issued, in New Haven, Conn. Remember those things?
Trivia answer: Kelsey Grammer‘s character on “Cheers” (and the spinoff “Frazier”) was named Frazier Crane and his wife was Lilith. Bonus point if you knew her maiden name was Sternin.
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