Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo-related items:
On Texas Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele’s thoughts on his son’s freshman season:
Texas Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele said Tuesday he was fiercely proud of his son Shane for starting every game for the Longhorns as a freshman and enduring the fatiguing, 5-7 football season. “I was very proud of him, being an 18-year-old kid who started every game, grinding and competing through it,” Buechele said. He said he didn’t think his son ever suffered a concussion as was once speculated, but said the season did take a toll on him. Asked if it wore Shane down, Steve said, “It could have. It’s just a long season to go through that grind.” He added that it was “incredible” to watch games as a fan and a father, especially the season-opening, double-overtime win over Notre Dame. He saw all but four of Texas’ games.
On Tom Herman’s hire of former Baylor staffer Casey Horny:
This may not be a popular stance among Longhorns fans, but I don’t have a severe problem with Tom Herman’s hire of Baylor’s special teams quality control coach Casey Horny. Yes, Baylor has been toxic, but do we need to paint everyone at Baylor with the same paint brush? Is that casting too much blame? Is that guilt by association? Horny wasn’t mentioned in the Pepper Hamilton report or called out by Baylor. He was guilty of terrible judgment with some really awful and offensive tweets in defense of Art Briles. But I’d give him a chance.
On Shaka Smart’s program with the commitment of point guard Matt Coleman:
Shaka Smart will be just fine. Landing four-star point guard Matt Coleman on Monday gives him a centerpiece of his program and terrific complements to other four-star additions, power forwards Royce Hamm and Jericho Sims as well as shooting guard Jase Febres. Febres is supposed to be a top gunner, but then so was freshman Jacob Young. Coleman may not be a one-and-done guy and could solidify Smart’s program because he’s got a terrific handle and outside shot and can get to the rim. Point guards are the best currency lately; most mock NBA drafts list at least three point guards at the top in UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Washington’s Markelle Fultz and North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith. France’s Frank Ntilikina and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox are also point guards in most top 10s. If center Jarrett Allen returns for a second season, Smart could have a team worthy of contending for the Big 12. It’s unfortunate Smart lost to Northern Iowa on that miracle half-court shot, because Texas is unlikely to make this year’s NCAA Tournament, which would make two straight seasons without an NCAA post-season win. While that smacks of Charlie Strong’s last two bowl-less seasons, it doesn’t have the same chaotic or disorganized feel of the football program.
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys’ future and other NFL playoff thoughts, click here.
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