Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s Friday, April 6th. On this date in 2013, Texas wide receiver Kendall Sanders was arrested for DWI in Brazos County, becoming the third Longhorn to run into legal problems since that February. “We take a strong stance against drinking and driving and will continue to monitor this situation to get more details,” UT coach Mack Brown said later that day in a statement. “Following the completion of the legal process, we will do what’s best for The University, Kendall and the team.”
Sanders went on to play 12 of Texas’ 13 games that season. He was third on the team in receptions. A year later, he was arrested on sexual assault charges just prior to the 2014 season; he was acquitted in October 2015 but by then had already been dismissed from the team.
Sanders finished his career at Arkansas State.
Also on April 6, Michigan’s Fab Five fell to Duke 71-51 in the NCAA men’s championship game, the year before the infamous Chris Webber timeout title game loss to North Carolina (1992); the Baltimore Orioles played their first-ever game at Camden Field, a 2-0 win over the Indians (1992); Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona was suspended 15 months by the Italian League for testing positive for cocaine (1991); the Seattle Mariners played their first game at the Kingdome, a 7-0 loss to the Angels (1977); the Pittsburgh Pirates retired Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 (1973).
How ’bout them Horns?
The four Longhorns playing in this year’s Masters had an eventful first day at Augusta National. Jordan Spieth is leading after the first round at 6-under, notching five straight birdies near the end of his round. Doug Ghim, a senior on this year’s team, is the leading amateur at even par. Dylan Frittelli and Jhonattan Vegas are back in the pack at 5-over.
Kirk Bohls, who’s covering the Masters for us, wrote about Ghim’s day, which included two eagles on the back nine and one of the best shots of the day, holing it out from 185 yards away on the 18th that led to a Tiger-like roar from the crowd. Here’s Kirk’s column ($).
With four in the field, Texas is tied with Georgia for the second-most number of golfers at this year’s Masters, trailing only Arizona State’s contingent of five (Phil Mickelson, Pat Perez, Chez Reavie, Paul Casey and Jon Rahm). Bohls likened this year’s tournament to a “pseudo-Longhorn Invitational.”
Kirk is filing a separate piece every day just on those Longhorns. Here’s his offering from Thursday.
Ghim tees off at 7:41 a.m. Friday, followed by Spieth at 9:53, Vegas at 10:26 and Frittelli at 10:48.
Around the time Spieth was making that birdie run at Augusta National, Texas football was starting practice over at Denius Fields. We’ve been getting a small window to watch workouts at the beginning of Tuesday and Thursday practices; here are some practice observations from Brian Davis as well as the story he filed after Tom Herman’s post-practice availability ($). Herman and coaches are taking it slow working with quarterbacks Sam Ehlinger, Shane Buechele, Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson.
As promised, Danny Davis took a deeper dive into Texas’ volleyball team ($) and what it’ll look like this fall in a post-Ogbogu/McCoy/Nwanebu/Sun world. The Horns’ next spring match is at home next Thursday against Texas State.
Texas baseball opens a three-game series with Baylor on Friday. Danny wrote on sophomore infielder Ryan Reynolds, a switch-hitter who’s having success this season by concentrating his efforts as a right-handed hitter. So far, it’s working. Here’s the story ($).
Mike Craven’s Dotted Line recruiting notebook ($) on Thursday took a look at the state’s top 10 recruits off our Fabulous 55 list for 2019 with projections on where they’d end up signing. Mike’s predicting Texas will end up with five of them.
In other news:
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Texas will join North Carolina, Michigan State and UCLA in the field for the Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 22-23. That’s Thankgsiving and the day after. … Also, former UT player and assistant coach Chris Ogden is expected to be named UT-Arlington’s head coach on Friday. Here’s our story on that. Ogden played 85 career games under Rick Barnes and then became Barnes’ administrative assistant and then one of Barnes’ full-time assistants before following Barnes to Tennessee in 2015.
BASEBALL: One day after Kody Clemens was named to the Perfect Game/Rawlings midseason All-American team, the junior second baseman was listed as a first-teamer on the D1Baseball Midseason All-America team. He’s hitting .357 with 8 HRs and 30 RBIs.
SWIMMING AND DIVING: It was a Texas sweep in the Big 12 men’s and women’s postseason awards. The UT men, coming off their fourth straight NCAA championship, saw junior Townley Haas named the swimmer of the year, freshman Jordan Tindle the diver of the year, freshman swimmer Austin Katz the newcomer of the year and Eddie Reese the league’s coach of the year — his 16th Big 12 coach of the year honor. …. On the women’s side, sophomore Claire Adams is the swimmer of the year, junior Murphy Bromberg is the diver of the year and Carol Capitani (swimming) and Matt Scoggin (diving) are coaches of the year.
Around the Horns
Baseball: Texas (19-12, 6-3), which is in second place in the Big 12 standings, hosts Baylor (14-13, 3-6) this weekend. The Longhorns have won 10 of their last 13 games.
Friday (6:30, LHN, 104.9) — UT RHP Nolan Kingham (4-2, 3.92) vs. RHP Hayden Kettler (3-2, 2.93)
Saturday (4, LHN, 104.9) — UT RHP Chase Shugart (2-2, 5.72) vs. Baylor TBA
Sunday (1:30, LHN, 104.9) — UT RHP Blair Henley (4-3, 3.19) vs. Baylor TBA
What’s up with those Baylor TBA’s? Injuries have the Bears’ rotation all in flux. “You know, I’ve had a lot of success with a guy who comes in and pitches named TBA,” Baylor coach Steve Rodriguez told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “TBA can be a pretty good pitcher for us, somewhat deceptive.” Here’s that story.
Softball: Texas (20-14), which slipped past UTSA late on Wednesday night, hosts Samford this weekend (Saturday doubleheader at 11 a.m./1:30 p.m.; 11 a.m. Sunday — all on LHN, 105.3).
Golf: The Texas men play at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif. on Saturday and Sunday. The Horns are ranked 15th by the Golf Coaches Association of America. … The Texas women are ranked 18th by the GCCA. They’re at the Silverado Showdown this coming Sunday through Tuesday in Napa, Calif.
Tennis: The men, ranked 20th, open Big 12 play at home against No. 10 TCU on Saturday at 2. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 fans and the first 100 UT students at the Texas Tennis Center. Free pizza and team posters will be there as well. Admission is free and paid parking is available at the East Campus Garage. … The sixth-ranked women (14-4, 4-0) continue Big 12 play this weekend at TCU (9-8, 0-2) at 5:30 Friday and then at No. 15 Texas Tech (13-4, 2-1) on Sunday at noon. The Horns are coming off a win over No. 12 Florida on Easter Sunday.
Here’s a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about 10th-ranked TCU, which has won seven straight heading into its match with Texas.
Rowing: Texas, ranked No. 3 in the country, resumes its spring season at the Big 12 Double Dual on Saturday in Norfolk, Va.; Texas races West Virginia early in the morning and then gets Old Dominion around noon.
Around the Big 12
Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer, who’s been nursing a sore shoulder, has been cleared to practice, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports. TCU’s ace, Jared Janczak, is dealing with a neck issue; his scheduled start Friday night against Oklahoma has been pushed back to Sunday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Texas and TCU don’t face each other till mid-May. The Horned Frogs have lost four straight games heading into its series with OU, but they’re not panicking, the Star-Telegram reported. Nice read from the Tulsa World on Oklahoma’s Brendan Radley-Hiles, a 5-star defensive back from IMG Academy who’s turning heads this spring. Up in Lawrence, Kansas’ quarterback battle is still too early to call but the Jayhawks like what they’re seeing in JUCO transfer Miles Kendrick, according to the Kansas City Star. Speaking of Kansas quarterbacks, Jayhawks offensive coordinator Doug Meacham is now coaching KU quarterbacks, too. And West Virginia has canceled its spring football game scheduled on Saturday because of snow. That caps what’s been a downer spring for the Mountaineers — linebacker Brendan Ferns suffered a torn ACL for the second time, projected starting linebacker Quondarius Qualls also suffered an ACL injury, and starting nose tackle Lamonte McDougle announced he’s transferring, following the announced departures of defensive end Adam Shuler and defensive backs Kevin Williams and Fontez Davis.
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