Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items:
Malik’s got work to do to live up to 2018 NFL draft hype:
Did you notice the sixth pick in Todd McShay’s 2018 NFL mock draft? It’s Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson, who McShay predicts will be selected by the Denver Broncos. McShay noted Jefferson’s 15 1/2 career tackles for loss even though two of Jefferson’s linebacker teammates had more tackles than he did. The pressure’s on, Malik. Curiously, two-time All-American left tackle Connor Williams was not in McShay’s first round. I think that will change. He’s that good.
Texas baseball could still host a regional:
Apparently, the Texas baseball team still might host a regional if it can finish strong against West Virginia in two weeks and in the Big 12 tournament. Its RPI stands at 22. Kendall Rogers of D1baseball.com in a live chat said the Longhorns, if they win their series at West Virginia, “would look good for a two (NCAA Tournament) seed. The Longhorns could, and I mean could, get back into the hosting mix by taking care of WVU and storming through the Big 12 tournament, but I’m saying that scenario is still unlikely at this point.” Texas’ 9-11 conference record doesn’t look great. Rogers called Texas’ Kyle Johnston maybe the best No. 3-in-the-rotation pitcher in the nation, and I’d agree. The right-hander allowed just two hits in 6 1/3 innings at TCU and was the lone bright spot for the Longhorn starters since neither Morgan Cooper nor Nolan Kingham lasted more than three innings. Texas continues to struggle at the plate and had just four extra-base hits to TCU’s 12 in the three-game series, including Kody Clemens’ solo home run on Sunday.
Head coach Connie Clark should be fired if softball team doesn’t improve:
If the Texas softball team doesn’t make a strong rush this month, women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky should replace head coach Connie Clark, who did a solid job building this program but has slumped. Her fourth-place finish in the Big 12 is her lowest since 2009. A team that had eight returning starters and five pitchers has seriously underachieved, going 2-11 in its last 13 one-run games and 3-13 against ranked teams, including 0-5 against top 10 competition. Texas has reached the WCWS five times without winning, advancing that far just once since 2006, and has won only four Big 12 titles in 21 seasons. Her addition of hitting coach Tripp McKay from Oklahoma to replace Corrie Hill didn’t help. Texas hit .300 as a team with 47 home runs last year and is hitting .284 with 26 long balls this season.
On former UT point guard Isaiah Taylor’s relationship with former teammates:
Isaiah Taylor said he still talks regularly to teammates like Cam Ridley (playing in Japan) and Prince Ibeh and still believes in Shaka Smart, but admits it was rough on him when Texas didn’t even make the NCAA tournament this past season. “When I was in the locker room, whenever the tournament came on, I’d walk out of the room or be real quiet. I hope they turn it around soon. Shaka, he’s my guy. He’s one of the best coaches in the league.” He also had some advice for freshman guard Andrew Jones, who’s testing the waters and will compete in the combine workout: “Follow your dreams.” Jones should, but he should probably follow them in college for the short-term.
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on former UT hoopster Corey Joseph, Tony Romo as a golfer and Eddie Lacy’s garage sale, click here.
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