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 what schools should be the first two if the Big 12 expands:
“I’m sure many fans were astonished to learn the Big 12 still has a pulse. The league discovered it could stay intact, keep Texas and Oklahoma happy and still make huge sums of money. As OU president David Boren said, ”If we’re in the same ballpark, the same neighborhood, we’re going to be extremely competitive. We’re not in any sort of crisis, in which we have to decide something very, very quickly. I think we are blessed with the situation.” … As for expansion, I think Houston could be in the most appealing position because, with the death of any ambitions for a Big 12 Network, the need for new, healthy television markets has lessened. The desire for more competitive football — and basketball — brands is on the rise. Selling season tickets is more critical. “Yes, TV markets are important. Yes, the financial aspect is important,” Boren said, “but our fans want to see our teams play against great teams. They don’t want to see them play mediocre teams. We have to determine what that’s going to do to the long-time reputation of the brands at each of the schools and what quality of opponents we’re having.” To me, BYU is the no-brainer and now wouldn’t have to worry about BYUtv antagonizing the Big 12. And Houston is hot at the moment.”
On women’s hoops coach Karen Aston’s recruiting prowess:
“Karen Aston is on the fast track to build a powerhouse in women’s basketball at Texas. She landed two more prizes Tuesday, grabbing a notable transfer in 6-foot-4-inch forward Jatarie White — a two-time North Carolina Miss Basketball and a former McDonald’s All-American — and receiving a commitment from point guard Chasity Patterson, the No. 4-ranked junior prospect in the nation who is a terrific shooter. White will be a great complement to Alecia Sutton, who is recovering from a knee injury. Sutton’s already on campus and “moving along really well,” one source said. Patterson and Sutton could team up to be a dynamic tandem.”
On whether Texas golfer Beau Hossler will turn pro:
“Texas golfer Beau Hossler is still considering whether to turn pro, Longhorns coach John Fields told me Tuesday morning. The decision has been complicated by the shoulder injury that Hossler suffered last week in the semifinals match at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., where the short-handed Longhorns still finished second. Fields said Hossler had decided to turn pro, using a sponsor exemption at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis this week, but he’s awaiting a second opinion from a doctor about whether he should undergo surgery for what Fields called “a significant injury.” Fields was named national coach of the year, winning the Dave Williams Coach of the Year Award on Monday, and Hossler won the Haskins Award given to the nation’s most outstanding golfer. He’s the fifth UT golfer to win the award, joining Brad Elder (1997), Justin Leonard (1994), Bob Estes (1988) and Ben Crenshaw (1971, ‘72, ‘73). .”
On football season ticket sales progress this year:
“Season ticket sales for the Texas football team are ahead of last year’s pace, a school spokesman tells me. So far, Texas has sold more than 51,000.”
On who Mike Perrin should tab as the new baseball coach for the Bevos:
“Texas athletic director Mike Perrin will receive input, but he make the decision on a new baseball coach himself with the president’s approval. I’d still make TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle my top candidate. His Horned Frogs play at one of just four schools that have advanced to the super regional round in at least six of the past eight years. The others are Florida — whose coach, Kevin O’Sullivan, is my second choice — Florida State and Virginia.”
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things including his thoughts on the Texas Rangers’ plans for a new stadium and who he nominated for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, click here.
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