Texas head coach Charlie Strong announces his 2016 recruiting class during a national signing day press conference in the Moncrief Athletics Complex at Royal-Memorial Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman

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Bohls: Does Charlie Strong just have good karma?

Posted June 30th, 2016

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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 Charlie Strong’s good karma:

“Charlie Strong has welcomed a windfall of talent as a result of such Baylor defections as wideout Devin Duvernay. Karma could be part of it. Ever since Strong kicked off his team two wide receivers who were involved in a sexual assault case just a week after the accusations, not a single Texas football player has been arrested. (Neither player was convicted.)”

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Texas pitcher Morgan Cooper, shown in a file photo from 2014, got the start Tuesday night against Prairie View A&M.
Texas pitcher Morgan Cooper, shown in a file photo from 2014, has the “biggest upside” for the 2016-17 season according to former pitching coach Skip Johnson.

On former Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson’s thoughts on the rotation for 2016-17:

“Skip Johnson, Texas’ longtime pitching coach, leaves Austin begrudgingly. Over nine seasons, he milked the most out of hurlers who really haven’t taken off in the major leagues. Johnson, who has accepted a job as the pitching coach at Oklahoma, said Longhorns sophomore-to-be Chase Shugart had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum but should be recovered by the fall. “They’re going to be really good,” Johnson said of Texas’ pitchers. “There’s a lot of talent on there. They’ve got a lot of grit, Texas grit.” He added that sophomore Nolan Kingham and junior Morgan Cooper have “the biggest upside.” Johnson also raved about Texas signees Blair Henley, Kevin Roliard and Tate Sandford. The 6-foot-3-inch, 195-pound Henley, a 22nd-round draft choice of the Yankees, threw consecutive no-hitters for Arlington Heights. Roliard broke his hand in the spring but could become “an elite starter” or closer for the Longhorns. Sandford, whose grandfather played football for Bear Bryant’s Aggies, has an outstanding fastball, breaking ball and change-up.”

On hoops coach Karen Aston’s future in recruiting:

“(Karen) Aston just returned from watching the women’s under-17 world championships in Zaragosa, Spain — where the U.S. team includes Liberty Hill junior-to-be Sedona Prince — and Aston’s interested in landing more international recruits. “There were a ton of (coaches) there,” she said. “I think the midmajors do a lot of their recruiting (overseas).” … Aston said she hasn’t spoken recently to former assistant Travis Mays, SMU’s new head coach. Texas and SMU don’t play next season, but Aston said, “I’m hoping we can do that soon.”

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For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things including tidbits on Pat Summitt’s death, Kevin Durant’s free agent options and Isaiah Taylor’s future in the NBA, click here.

 

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