Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items:
On the potential of a Texas/Texas A&M matchup at the baseball regional this weekend:
So a familiar name is coming to Austin for the baseball regional. No, not Texas Southern. If you think the Texas A&M-Texas rivalry is no longer, just set foot in UFCU Disch-Falk Field and be reminded. When I asked UT coach David Pierce if the rivalry was still alive, he quipped, “I didn’t know it ever died.” He added that “everyone in this state grows up as either a Longhorn or an Aggie.” Several Longhorns had already exchanged text messages with friends on the A&M team. Chase Shugart heard from Beaumont buddy Allonte Wingate about a showdown. Asked if he expects more messages, he said, “I think there will be some explicit content. All in good fun, though.”
On the Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s thoughts on legalized sports wagering:
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who leads this week’s conference meetings, tells me the league revenue will increase over last year’s $34.9 million thanks in part to the new football championship game, and he hopes to have a new football officials coordinator in place within the next 60 days. He and associate commish Ed Stewart have interviewed several candidates, one of whom may be Mountain West coordinator Greg Burks, a former Big 12 referee who officiated the first CFP national title game and who Bowlsby says “has the expertise we’re looking for.” Bowlsby also said the leaders will discuss the new transfer rule, which would allow athletes to “notify” their schools they are leaving rather than ask for permission, and the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gambling. “West Virginia is considering a law that would give 2.5 percent of a bet to Marshall and West Virginia if money in their state is bet on their games,” he said. “But I don’t know if it’s the largesse some people think it will be. We could have five different rules in five (Big 12) states. The big loser in all this is organized crime. Why would anyone place a bet with a bookie any more?”
On Texas men’s golf team:
The magic for the Texas men’s golf team ran out Tuesday when the Longhorns lost to Duke on the last hole to be eliminated from the NCAA championship in Stillwater, Okla. Blue Devil Jake Shuman eagled a putt to beat Doug Ghim 1-up. “The competitors that we are, this will sting for a while,” Longhorns coach John Fields told me. “We overcame quite a bit of adversity, won an NCAA Regional and finished fifth at the national championship. I’m excited for Doug and Scottie’s future as professionals, and Cole Hammer and (brothers) Parker and Pierceson Coody will bring talent and enthusiasm to next year’s team.” … Hammer, who is No. 51 in the world amateur rankings, recently won the Azalea Amateur, the USGA 4 Ball and finished sixth in the Terra Cotta. Pierceson Coody just won the AJGA Thunderbird. With Spencer Soosman and Steven Chervony, who won Tuesday matches, and Drew Jones back, Texas should be another serious threat in 2019. “Soosman and Chervony could have All-American years next season,” Fields said. “We probably didn’t play our best golf today, but seniors Scottie (Scheffler) and Doug have been two of the best players who have ever played at Texas. They both are blessed with an extra gene of competitiveness.”
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his takes on James Harden, St. Edward’s baseball and MLS’s Columbus Crew potential move to Austin, click here.
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