On sports gambling and betting on the 40 Acres:
As for this effect on college sports, it might only serve to exacerbate the need to funnel money to the athletes. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte told me he’s “not worried about (the risk) because it’s always been there. If gambling’s been good for two states in Nevada and New Jersey, the other 48 will ask, ‘Why can’t we do it?’ ” … He also said not to expect to see a betting parlor at Royal-Memorial Stadium. “I don’t foresee that ever happening here.”
On Texas’ tennis programs:
A banner year for UT tennis. Texas is one of only four schools to send its men’s and women’s tennis teams to this week’s round of 16. Men’s coach Michael Center was named Big 12 coach of the year for the fifth time, and women’s coach Howard Joffe became the first at UT to claim those honors since Jeff Moore in 1999. Joffe has a powerhouse in Bianca Turati, her twin sister, Anna, and sophomore Petra Granic of Croatia, who have gone 39-0 in their last 39 decisions. … That said, the new UT Tennis Center is already in need of some repair. Del Conte said the sightlines need to be improved to allow better viewing of the entire court, including behind the near baselines, and the school will move the bleachers forward beginning this summer. “It will be ready for next year,” he said. “It’s a minor adjustment. We will pay for it.”
On Kerwin Roach’s NBA draft grade:
No conclusiveness yet on Texas guard Kerwin Roach’s future, but most expect Snoop to return to school. An evaluation of the 6-foot-4 guard in The Athletic said he probably would go undrafted. The website said: “NBA-level athleticism is the calling card for Roach. He’s a remarkably bouncy, quick-twitch athlete who can rise up for thunderous dunks as well as use his quick first step to get by opposing defenders. But where he best utilizes those skills currently is on defense, where Roach is about as good as it gets in college hoops as an on-ball defender. He is pesky, tough on the ball and smothers opposing lead guards with energy and disruptive hands. If he can continue to bring along his jump shot in conjunction with that skill, it’s not impossible to imagine him as something of a Patrick Beverley-type in the NBA. But he needs to become as fearless and confident a jump shooter as he can be to make that transition possible.” Roach really should stay in school because it’s risky to come out.”
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his takes on the Supreme Court’s ruling on sports gambling and what’s happening with Austin Country Club hosting the Dell Match Play tournament, click here.
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