Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s a sampling:
On Texas’ financial statement for the past year:
“Texas can say it’s running its athletic department in the black now despite a record level of expenses totaling $183 million, which reflects more operating expenses for Erwin Center shows, debt retirement for the new volleyball facility and dining hall and an accounting procedure change on Nike in-kind gifts. Its income from royalties and licensing took a dip of almost $5 million, but the school has remained No. 1 in merchandise sales for the last nine years, according to the Collegiate Licensing Company.”
On Charlie Strong’s coaching staff:
” With the exit of running back coach Tommie Robinson to join USC, Texas head coach Charlie Strong now has only four assistant coaches remaining from his original staff and none of his original offensive coaches after just two seasons. That’s a highly disturbing trend.”
On Texas women’s hoops:
“Texas women’s basketball coach Karen Aston said she and her players should have been more accountable after the first loss of the season to Baylor before a crowd of almost 9,000 on Sunday. Oddly enough, Texas’ motto this season is “Own It.” Aston did, eventually. “We laid an egg,” she told me Monday. “We were just exposed in some areas we haven’t been exposed in for a while. It was just a bad storm, and we didn’t respond. Our real character is going to be shown in the next few games.” Aston benched junior guard Brianna Taylor for the game as a disciplinary measure for an outburst during practice. Texas missed her toughness and rebounding. … Good news is on the way, however, because two of Aston’s three recruits have been named McDonald’s All-Americans. Point guard Alecia Sutton tore an ACL a month ago but should be ready to go next season, Aston said.”
On Shaka Smart’s squads making the NCAAs:
“Fran Fraschilla still thinks the Texas basketball team (11-6 overall, 3-2 in the Big 12) can qualify for the NCAA Tournament. “If they can find nine wins, they can be in the tournament,” said Fraschilla, an ESPN basketball analyst. “I think a .500 record (9-9) gets them in. They’ve got to really protect their home court, and they’ve got to win a road game. They’re capable of shocking someone somewhere.” Texas might have a chance with an 8-10 mark in league play — the same record that got the Horns in the dance last season — with its marquee wins over North Carolina and Iowa State, but it could sure use an upset of Kansas or OU.”
For the rest of Kirk’s thoughts including on Green Bay’s loss over the weekend, Big 12 expansion and daily fantasy sports, click here.
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