New Texas football coach Tom Herman, left, and UT president Gregory Fenves, right, leave a news conference where Herman was introduced to the media, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Bohls: It’s a ‘huge gamble’ for Fenves, Herman to let Reese Leitao join team

Posted May 24th, 2017

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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:

On the impending decision to let 2017 signee Reese Leitao enroll at Texas:

(Greg) Fenves and Longhorns football coach Tom Herman are weighing whether to allow tight end recruit Reese Leitao, who pled guilty to misdemeanor drug possession on Tuesday in an Oklahoma court, to join the team. It’s a huge gamble for all of them and ill-advised. Texas should cut its ties to Leitao, who’s one lucky young man to dodge a felony charge, because bringing him to campus sets a dangerous precedent. Charlie Strong always won the high moral ground although he didn’t win much of anything else.

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On the Big 12 behind in television revenue:

Big 12 schools can expect to receive robust paychecks of about $33 million each next week when the league’s presidents and athletic directors convene for their annual meeting in Irving, but the conference’s take still lags behind that of the SEC and Big Ten. One source said more lucrative television revenue and operational savings will bump the money about 10 percent from last year when the 10 schools earned about $30.4 million apiece. The league also will elect a new president to replace Oklahoma’s David Boren, whose term is expiring. It won’t be Texas President Gregory L. Fenves, who’ll remain as secretary-treasurer.

Oak Hill Academy’s Matt Coleman #2 in action against Nathan Hale during the second half of a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Monday, January 16, 2017, in Springfield, MA. Nathan Hale won 80-77. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

On the 2017-18 basketball season:

So the starting lineup for the 2017-18 Texas basketball team could well include point guard Matt Coleman, shooting guard Andrew Jones, power forward Mohamed Bamba and rebounding center Dylan Osetkowski. The fifth man could be Eric Davis Jr. or Jase Febres. I’d expect a whole lot of pick and rolls out of Coleman and Bamba.

On next year’s baseball recruits:

You can expect big things out of several of Texas’ baseball recruits next season, assuming they don’t sign major-league contracts. First and foremost would be top-100 recruit Tristen Lutz. “He’ll have an instant impact if he shows up,” Longhorns hitting coach Sean Allen said of the powerful outfielder, who will likely be drafted in the first three rounds next month. Shortstop Masen Hibbeler out of Odessa College “is a super athlete who hit 10 home runs this season. He has some power. He’s a versatile kid with a chance to steal 15 to 20 bags in a season.” Kamron Fields is a bit raw, but a five-tool center fielder and a pitcher besides being a quarterback for two years at Lakeview Centennial High in Garland.

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on what the San Antonio Spurs need to do this summer, intentional walks in college baseball and Shaka Smart’s thoughts on the one-and-done rule, click here.

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