Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s March 5th — 64 down, 301 to go.
And 11 till Selection Sunday.
YESTERDAY: Texas baseball won its fifth straight. The Rockets held off the Heat, the Spurs crushed the Cavs, and Kevin Durant put up 42 in OKC’s win over Philly. And the Cowboys asked DeMarcus Ware to take a paycut.
TODAY: The Texas men play their last home game, vs. TCU (7, LHN, 1300, 98.1). No. 18 SMU gets No. 11 Louisville at home. Texas A&M has its pro day — kind of, anyway, since Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans and Jake Matthews likely won’t work out. Texas Tech opens spring football practice. And Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden hold their weekly live chat (11 a.m., right here on Bevo Beat).
TOMORROW: The UIL boys state tournament gets underway. The Spurs host the Heat.
March 5 has a sports history — or, at least, March 5, 1993 does. On this date, 36-year-old Larry Bird underwent back fusion surgery, less than a year after his back forced him to retire (1993) and Joe Gibbs, after winning three Super Bowls, retired as coach of the Washington Redskins (1993).
Last year on March 5, Mack Brown announced that David Ash was Texas’ starter heading into spring football.,
Today’s sports birthdays: Paul Konerko (38), Michael Irvin (48), Scott Skiles (50), Kent Tekulve (67), Rocky Bleier (68) and Randy Matson (69). Other notables: Eva Mendes (40) and Joel Osteen (51).
TODAY’S TRIVIA: Michael Irvin is the only player in Dallas Cowboys history with more than 10,000 career receiving yards and has more touchdown catches than anyone else in team history, but he’s No. 2 in career receptions. Who’s the Cowboys’ all-time leading pass catcher? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
TODAY’S LEAD: TWITTER. While most of Austin braced for the latest IcePocalypse on Monday night, Mack Brown was all a-Twitter. Literally.
What has Brown been up to since stepping down as Longhorns coach in December? Golf? Fishing? Yes to both, apparently. But he’s also figured out how much fun Twitter can be. Case in point: His Monday night Tweetocalypse.
Mack, for whatever reason, decided to answer questions ranging from Texas football to barbecue to his future. In all, there were more than 165 tweets from his @UT_MackBrown account. Some questions were obvious. Others were out of the box. Those of us who covered him during his 16 years leading the Longhorns certainly had the opportunities to ask him questions, but they primarily were more of the Xs and Os, game, matchup or program variety, not the “who’d win a footrace between Marquise Goodwin, Ramonce Taylor and Jamaal Charles?” lines of questions.
Mack got things started with a tweet early Monday that was an old Audrey Hepburn quote: “You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what other say about him.”
Then, the barrage, as he began answering question after question that had been tweeted to him.
Mack’s Top 25 tweets:
Hardest stadium to play at? “Ohio State”
Done coaching? “I’ll back away for awhile & look @ options”
Where would you play Lebron James in football? “WR”
Any chance of doing TV work in the future? “Maybe.”
Best non-football memory at UT? “Meeting four US Presidents”
Ever thought about coaching in the NFL? “Nope”
Favorite movie? “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”
Toughest player to game-plan against? “Lots but Oregon QB was tough”
What do you look for in a QB? “A guy who has it. Just leads & wins”
Coaches you looked up to? “Royal, Bowden, McCay, Paterno, Schembechler & Dietzel”
Would you make the same decision today in the Simms vs. Applewhite controversy? “I look forward not back”
Your most stressful game at Texas? “All of them. Can’t lose any”
Which former non-football UT athlete would’ve made the best football player? “Kevin Durant”
Why? “Great WR”
Since you’ve coached at both, Memphis or Texas BBQ? “Yes!”
iPhone or android? “I-phone”
If you could coach a UT football player who attended before you became head coach, who would it be? “Tommy Nobis”
Ever consider running for state office? “Nope”
Your first thought when VY ran that touchdown at the championship game? “No flags. Go for 2”
Should college football players be paid? “Stay amateurs”
Will you still host a women’s clinic this year? “No”
If you weren’t a coach, what profession would you have pursued? “Law”
Your most exciting comeback? “Okie St 04”
Favorite Matthew McConaughey movie? “A Time to Kill”
Favorite moment of the 2009 season? “Nebraska game”
So what else is being written out there about the Longhorns?
Texas got some good news Monday night when it was announced that the Dish Network had been added as a Longhorn Network carrier. It leaves only DirecTV among the major carriers not on board, which means LHN has reached the point that the Texas A&Ms and Oklahomas of the old Big 12 were so worried about — national saturation ($), and UT athletics available coast to coast. What does it all mean? Our own Brian Davis blogged some lingering questions over this deal that have yet to be answered.
We all know the Texas men aren’t quite the same when they play away from the Erwin Center. But why? Coach Rick Barnes thinks it comes down to his guards, the Dallas Morning News wrote.
AROUND THE BIG 12: A big win for the Baylor men on Tuesday night — 71-64 over No. 16 Iowa State. Big because it might mean an NCAA tourney bid come March 16. Here’s how the game was covered (and interpreted) by the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Waco Tribune-Herald and the Des Moines Register. The Baylor women, meanwhile, won their fourth straight Big 12 title with a win Tuesday night at Iowa State. For those interested in Texas Tech football, the Red Raiders start spring practice today. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal has been breaking down the Tech roster in a pre-spring series. Today’s centered on the outside linebackers. Other recent stories in the A-J series — a feature on safety J.J. Gaines and a look at the Raiders’ young cornerbacks. Nice read by the Daily Oklahoman on OU center Cam Clark‘s career-long transformation. He plays his final home game tonight. As is Kansas’ Justin Wesley, whose story is told by the Kansas City Star.
AROUND THE FORTY ACRES: A quick sweep of what’s going on around UT’s various teams …
Football: On the former coaches front, Greg Robinson has landed at San Jose State (defensive coordinator) and Oscar Giles is now Louisiana Tech’s defensive line coach. Spring football starts March 18. The spring game is April 19.
Volleyball: Texas, which lost associate head coach Salima Rockwell to Penn State last month, has hired Georgia Tech head coach Tonya Johnson to replace her. Johnson spent six years, including one as associate head coach in 2008, at UT before leaving for Georgia Tech. During her tenure, Texas made back-to-back regional finals in 2006 and 2007 and then the 2008 Final Four. She went 85-72 in her five years at Georgia Tech.
Men’s basketball: Texas hosts TCU tonight in the final home game of the season (7 p.m., LHN, 1300, 98.1).
Women’s basketball: Texas is the No. 3 seed for this weekend’s Big 12 tourney. The Horns open up Saturday against Oklahoma (8:30 p.m.). … Five Horns made the Academic All-Big 12 first team — GiGi Mazionyte, Ashley Roberts, Celina Rodrigo, Brady Sanders and Imani McGee-Stafford.
Baseball: No. 10 Texas (10-3) beat Valparaiso last night, 7-1. Ben Johnson was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs. Here’s our game story ($). On deck? A four-game series with Hawaii, starting Friday
Softball: Sophomore OF Lindsey Stephens is this week’s Big 12 player of the week. Texas went 5-0 at its Texas Invitational last weekend, when Stephens hit .706 with 10 RBIs and seven runs scored. She currently leads the Big 12 in hits, homers, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage. … Texas (13-9) plays in the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. this week, starting Thursday.
Men’s track: Two Longhorns have qualified for the NCAA indoors March 15 in Albuquerque — Zack Bilderback in the 400 and shot putter Ryan Crouser. Crouser’s the No. 1 seed in the shot.
Women’s track: Seven members of the No. 6-ranked Longhorns will compete in the NCAA indoors — Morolake Akinson (60 meters), Ashley Spencer (400), Courtney Okolo (400), Kendall Baisden (400), Sara Sutherland (5,000 meters), Shanay Briscoe (high jump) and Kaitlin Petrillose (pole vault). Spencer is the No. 1 seed in the 400.
Men’s swimming & diving: Freshman Michael Hixon (three-meter), and junior Will Chandler and sophomore Cory Bowersox (three-meter synchro) will compete in the FINA Grand Prix, set for May 15-18 in Guanajuato, Mexico. … Fourteen Horns were on the All-Big 12 academic team, including a third straight appearance for Matt Belecanech, Ian Carbone, Charles Moore and Reid Walker.
Women’s swimming & diving: Longhorns competing in the FINA Grand Prix in May — Maren Taylor (three-meter, three-meter synchro), Emma Ivory-Ganja (three-meter), Murphy Bromberg (platform), Meghan Houston (three-meter synchro).
Women’s soccer: Sophomore goalkeeper Abby Smith was one of 20 players — and one of only two goalkeepers — selected for the U.S. U-23 national team. Last year, she had a shutout victory against Sweden and a three-save match against England on the U.S. team’s sweep of the Four Nations Tournament in Spain. Texas Tech defender Jaelene Hinkle was the only other Big 12 player chosen.
ON MARCH 5 …
1982: We lost John Belushi. Speedball. He was only 33.
1946: Winston Churchill coined the phrase “Iron Curtain” during a speech in Missouri. We wouldn’t get the Steel Curtain for another 30 years.
1770: The Boston Massacre happened, as British troops killed five Americans and helped spark the Revolutionary War.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Michael Irvin is the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receiving yards (11,904) and receiving TDs (65), but is No. 2 on career catches. No. 1 is tight end Jason Witten, with 879. Irvin finished with 750.
TODAY’S LITTLE NUMBER: 5. Consecutive wins for the Texas baseball team.
TODAY’S BIGGER NUMBER: 13. Hitting streak for Texas softballer Lindsey Stephens.
TODAY’S BIG NUMBER: 100/1. Current odds in Vegas for Texas to win this year’s National Tournament. Florida, at 5/1, is the favorite.
OK, Breakfast is over. Thanks for stopping by. Gotta go tweet this blog link over to @UT_MackBrown.
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