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Breakfast with Bevo, 8.10.16: Tracking the Longhorns in Rio

Posted August 10th, 2016

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Good morning. Breakfast is served.

It’s August 10th — 223 down, 143 to go.

And 17 till Mack Brown’s 65th birthday.

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YESTERDAY: Michael Phelps won his 20th — and 21st — Olympic gold medals. The U.S. women dominated their way to team gold in gymnastics. Word got out that Jerrod Heard is cross-training at receiver. Reports from Arlington say that the Rangers’ Prince Fielder‘s career is done due to neck problems.

TODAY: The Olympics continue in Rio. Fielder and the Rangers have called a 4 p.m. press conference, likely to announce Fielder’s retirement. Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden hold their live chat at 11 a.m., here on Hookem. And UT players and coaches meet the media again this evening, so look for our coverage later on here.

TOMORROW: More Rio. And the Patriots and Saints kick off the NFL preseason.

Aug. 10 has a sports history. On this date, Rory McIlroy (2014), Padraig Harrington (2008) and Jack Nicklaus (1975 and 1980) all won PGA Championships; the Atlanta Braves signed Greg Maddux to a record five-year, $575 million deal (1997); in the Trip Heard ‘Round the World, Mary Decker’s duel with South Africa’s Zola Budd ended in U.S. heartbreak in the 3000-meter run at the LA Olympics (1984); Pete Rose recorded his 3,631st career hit, breaking Stan Musial’s NL record — and it came on the first day back from the MLB players’ strike (1981); the Twins’ Harmon Killebrew slammed his 500th and 501st career homers in the same game, against Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar (1971); American Buster Crabbe set an Olympic record at the LA Games with a 4:48.4 in the 400-free, winning swimming gold (1932); and American Johnny Weissmuller broke his own Olympic record to win his second 100-free gold medal at the Amsterdam Games (1928).

Last year on Aug. 10, former NASCAR driver Buddy Baker died from lung cancer. He won the 1980 Daytona 500.

Today’s sports birthdays: Andre Drummond (23), Walt Harris (42), Gino Torretta (46), Riddick Bowe (49) and John Starks (51). Other notables: Kylie Jenner (19), Antonoi Banderas (56).

Wednesday trivia: Former U.S. Olympic gold-medal swimmers Johnny Weismuller and Buster Crabbe each ended up in Hollywood. What famous role did they share playing in their acting careers? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)

Top of the menu: The Rio Olympics.

More gold medals for Texas athletes on Tuesday. Three, actually. The winning 800-meter freestyle relay team that featured three Longhorns on it — rising seniors Jack Conger and Clark Smith and rising sophomore Townley Haas. Rising junior Joseph Schooling swam for Singapore in the 100 free.

Haas swam with Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in the 800 free relay final, combining for the winning time of 7:00.66. That was three seconds better than Great Britain, which won silver. Dwyer got things started, swimming his 200 meters in 1:45.23, and then Haas produced a 1:44.14, which led the team (Lochte’s third leg was 1:46.03 and Phelps’ anchor leg was 1:45.26).

Conger and Smith earned their golds by taking part in the team’s prelims round; Conger had that team’s fastest split, at 1:45.73.

The U.S. 800-freestyle relay team (from left), Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, Townley Haas and Michael Phelps, celebrate with their gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The U.S. 800-freestyle relay team (from left), Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, Townley Haas and Michael Phelps, celebrate with their gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It was the eighth straight Olympics in which at least one UT swimmer was on the U.S. 800 free relay team. The U.S. has won four straight gold medals in the event.

In all, there have been 42 UT swimmers and divers that have won 71 total Olympic medals (46 golds, 16 silvers and nine bronzes).

Schooling, swimming for Singapore, made it to the semifinals in the 100-meter freestyle, but finished eighth in his semifinal heat with a 48.70 and didn’t advance to the finals.

Today in Rio:

  • Women’s volleyball: Team USA plays Serbia at 1 p.m. Former UT standout Rachael Adams is on the squad. It’ll be carried on NBC.
  • Men’s basketball: Kevin Durant leads Team USA, which has blown out its first two opponents by 50-point margins, against Australia at 5 p.m. Should be on NBCSN.

So far, there have been four Longhorns medalists — Jimmy Feigen’s gold as part of the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay; and Haas, Conger and Smith in the 800 free relay.

So, what’s being written out there about the Longhorns?

What to do with Jerrod Heard? Looks like he won’t be the starter, and it looks like Tyrone Swoopes will probably stay in his come-off-the-sideline 18-Wheeler role. But Heard? Maybe move him to receiver, Kirk Bohls contends.

AROUND THE BIG 12: Let’s start off with expansion. The news of the day centered on BYU and whether its anti-LGBT philosophy may ultimately sabotage any efforts to move into the Big 12. One source told the Dallas Morning News, “It is a serious issue.” Eventually on Monday, BYU AD Tom Holmoe took to Twitter to let everyone know that LGBT players, coaches and fans are welcome to the Provo campus. The Salt Lake Tribune’s Gordon Monson, though, made the case that the Big 12 (and everybody else for that matter) should just let BYU believe what BYU wants to believe. And the Oklahoman is wondering if Texas and Oklahoma are really working together just to squeeze more money out of ESPN and Fox. … Art Briles was in Oxnard, Calif. on Monday visiting the Dallas Cowboys. He told the Morning News that the scandal that cost him his job at Baylor won’t prevent him from getting another coaching job in the future. (Speaking of which, let’s just note for the record that Kirk Bohls’ crazy prediction today says Briles ends up back at Houston after Tom Herman leaves for LSU.) Over in Fort Worth, the Morning News wrote about TCU’s prospects of replacing Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson. “We’re starting back at ground zero again,” the Horned Frogs say. The thought is that TCU lean on its defense, but Gary Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the unit’s not as experienced as many say it is. The Waco Tribune-Herald took a step back after Baylor’s first five practices of fall camp, noting that new coach Jim Grobe hasn’t, in the big picture, changed hardly anything since arriving. Same assistants, same coordinators, same uptempo pace. Texas Tech has a new kicker — Clayton Hatfield; the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal wrote about him. The Oklahoman wrote about OU’s Michiah Quick‘s transition from wide receiver to cornerback. And Oklahoma State needs someone to handle kickoff duties, so the Cowboys are looking to recruit from the student body.

OPPOSITION RESEARCH: The South Bend Tribune wrote about Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey, who may be the Irish’s third straight tackle taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.

AROUND THE FORTY ACRES:

Men’s golf: Texas will join Oregon, Illinois and Vanderbilt in a match play tournament called the East Lake Cup in Atlanta, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. It’ll be televised live on the Golf Channel. Oregon edged Texas for this past season’s national championship.

On Aug. 10, 1995: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were indicted for their roles in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

On Aug. 10, 1981: The remains of missing 6-year-old Adam Walsh were discovered in Florida. The case spawned the 1983 movie “Adam” and the John Walsh-hosted “America’s Most Wanted” TV show in 1988.

On Aug. 10, 1821: Missouri was admitted into the United States, as the 24th state.

Trivia answer: Weismuller and Crabbe both eventually played the role of Tarzan.

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