Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items:
On Vince Young inclusion on the TSHOF ballot:
Our 17-member selection committee for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame convened in Waco for our annual meeting on Tuesday, and I nominated — are you sitting down? — Vince Young. Did my research and seems he had a pretty decent year in 2005. Even won a big award. It’s been 12 years since the Davey O’Brien Award winner took down USC in the biggest Longhorns football game in the last 40 years. Other Longhorns I’m pushing on the ballot include Jerry Sisemore, arguably the best offensive tackle in school history; running back Chris Gilbert, the first college back in history to rush for more than 1,000 yards three consecutive seasons; end Hub Bechtol; and Angels closer Huston Street.
On Tom Herman’s 2018 recruiting success:
With four more huge commitments, Tom Herman is off to a sensational start with his 2018 recruiting class without even winning a game here yet. Some might think the pledges of so many out-of-state players could work against him because Charlie Strong faced a backlash using his Florida pipeline. According to Statesman recruiting guru Mike Craven, “Herman will get a pass in the 2018 class because he isn’t passing up equal in-state talent in favor of out-of-state prospects. It’s a down year in Texas for quarterbacks, defensive linemen and linebackers. Four of his out-of-state commits play those positions.” Craven predicts Texas will sign about 20 players, and at least a dozen will be Texans. “In a perfect world, Herman would sign a team full of Texans. But he’d be short-sighted to only recruit within the state,” he said. “His job is to win games. Making people happy comes second.”
On Texas’ 2017 baseball season:
Texas’ baseball team lost to a better, more balanced team in Long Beach State. Hard to win with four hits and one run. David Pierce had a good debut — but not a satisfying one because he squandered a 2-0 start in the regional — and must recruit and develop better hitters if he wants to get this program back on its feet. … Texas played a fabulous game with its 5-3, 12-inning victory Saturday night, and superb freshman third baseman Ryan Reynolds’ bare-handed catch of an errant outfield throw and his relay toss to catcher Michael Cantu to nail the tying run will rank as one of the best Longhorns plays ever. … Loved the sharp commentary and great insight of ESPN college baseball analyst Kyle Peterson, who knows the game inside and out. He raved about Texas pitcher Morgan Cooper, who is ranked 94th among Baseball America’s Top 100 college prospects, and also is high on second baseman Bret Boswell. … Texas reliever Chase Shugart was absolutely nails in the regional.
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on the Big 12, Steve Kerr and the best story about Albert Pujols’ 600th home run, click here.
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