Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s Wednesday, April 18th.
On this date: The Colts picked Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning with the first pick of the NFL draft (1998); Joe Montana retired at age 38 after 16 seasons with the 49ers and Chiefs, having won four Super Bowls (1995); Philadelphia’s Mike Schmidt hit his 500th career home run (1987); Eddie Murray hit his first career homer (1977); one day after the Celtics lost Game 1 to the Lakers in the NBA Finals, Celtics coach Red Auerbach announced he would step down after the season and that star center Bill Russell would take over (1966), ending Auerbach’s run of 16 years as Celtics coach, allowing him more time to devote to being the general manager and paving the way for Russell to become the NBA’s first black coach; Albert Einstein died (1955); ever wonder why Yankee Stadium was known as “The House that Ruth Built”? Maybe because on April 18, 1923 the stadium was officially christened — and Babe Ruth homered in a 4-1 win over the hated Red Sox; and, during World War I, French pilot Roland Garros was shot down and glided to a landing on the German side of the lines (1915). Three years later, he escaped from a POW camp, rejoined the French army and, a few months after that, was shot down and killed — one day before his 30th birthday.
Ten years after his death, Roland Garros Stadium opened in Paris in 1928; its signature red clay courts have been home to the French Open ever since.
And, on April 18, 1831, the University of Alabama was founded in Tuscaloosa. The Tide probably won the national championship that same year.
Happy birthday, David McWilliams (76).
How ’bout them Horns?
He hits, he pitches, he catches and he throws. Seriously. Is there anything Jake McKenzie can’t do?
The Texas senior — oh, he’s listed as a pitcher and an infielder on the Longhorns’ baseball website — did it all Tuesday night, playing ALL NINE POSITIONS in Texas’ 13-2 romp at home over UT Rio Grande Valley. And the game lasted only seven innings. For one night, Kody Clemens bashing a grand slam or the fact that he and David Hamilton each knocked in six runs all took a back seat to McKenzie’s golden lineup card.
Danny Davis was there at UFCU Disch-Falk Field and his game story ($) not only breaks down McKenzie’s nine-position tour but also gives the back story of how McKenzie — the lone senior on the roster — talked David Pierce into letting him do it. He started at catcher, then moved to his regular spot at first base for the second inning, played the third at second base, was at third base for the fourth inning, then shortstop for the fifth. He made stops at left, right and center field in the sixth and then entered as a relief pitcher in the seventh. Whew.
“Tonight was not any disrespect to Rio Grande Valley and it definitely was not any disrespect to baseball,” the UT coach said. “It was a tribute to our true utility guy. It was exciting to watch and (I’m) really excited that we pulled it off.” It’s a good read. Danny also wrote a feature ($) on McKenzie back in March.
IN OTHER NEWS
Softball falls to Baylor: Texas dropped its first Big 12 game of the season, a 3-0 shutout loss at home to No. 21 Baylor on Tuesday. All three runs came in the second inning off Paige von Sprocken (10-7), who pitched the complete game. The Waco Tribune-Herald’s game story centered around Baylor pitcher Gia Rodoni, who certainly looked like the Bears’ ace once again at McCombs Field.
The Horns (26-16, 9-1) host Oklahoma State this weekend (4:30 Friday, noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, all on LHN, all on 105.3). The Texas-Baylor series will close out the regular season, May 5-6 in Waco.
Aston, on Thompson: It came a day later, but women’s coach Karen Aston released a statement on Tuesday about Tina Thompson, her former assistant coach who was hired at Virginia on Monday.
“I am so thrilled and proud, not only for her, but for women’s basketball that Virginia had the vision to hire Tina,” Aston said. “I am thankful that she took a chance on Texas and was able to grow as a coach here. Tina impacted our program in many ways but, most importantly, she helped a lot of young women see the future in a positive light. I wish Tina the very best as she embarks on her next coaching challenge. She will always be part of the Longhorn Family.”
Men’s golf kudos: Three men’s golfers — Steven Chervony, Nick Costello and Drew Jones — landed spots on the Big 12’s all-academic second team on Tuesday. It was the second year in a row for Chervony, a junior economics major. To qualify, student-athletes must have a 3.00 GPA or higher and have participated in 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests.
… and for the women, too: Three women’s golfers — Maren Cipolla (first team), Emilee Hoffman (first team) and Greta Isabella Voelker (second team) — also made the Big 12 women’s academic list.
Curtis Cup-bound: Senior golfer Sophia Schubert was named to the U.S. Curtis Cup team on Tuesday, one of eight players who’ll compete against Great Britain and Ireland on June 8-10 outside New York City.
Big 12 honors Sigsgaard: Sophomore tennis player Christian Sigsgaard was named the Big 12’s men’s player of the week on Tuesday. He swept his singles matches against No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 14 Oklahoma over the weekend. He also teamed with Harrison Scott for the first time this season and posted a pair of doubles wins.
Around the Horns
Football: Tuesday was media availability day over at the Denius practice fields, which meant we also were given a sliver of time to watch some of the workouts. Danny, per usual, posted three observations from Tuesday. Brian Davis’ main story revolved around Tom Herman’s run-down of where the Longhorns are at — position by position — as they head toward Saturday’s Orange-White game.
In advance of the spring game, the Dallas Morning News took a shot at its Longhorns two-deep. Spoiler alert: Sam Ehlinger’s QB1, Shane Buechele is QB2.
Oh, and the Houston Chronicle had a short report on a list of NFL draft prospects who have visited the Houston Texans. That list includes Malik Jefferson. It’ll be interesting to check back later to see if anyone on that list ends up a Texan through the draft — Middle Tennessee State WR Richie James, BYU DL Tomasi Laulile, Florida International QB Alex McGough, Toledo RB Terry Swanson, Pitt TE Matt Flanagan, Limestone WR Vyncint Smith, Temple DL Jullian Taylor, San Jose State DB Jermaine Kelly, Cal WR Jordan Veasy, Wagner OT Greg Senat, Ohio State LB Chris Worley, Fordham OT Anthony Coyle, Clemson LB Dorian O’Daniel and Indiana CB Rashard Fant.
Baseball: No. 21 Texas (25-14) plays Texas Southern at 6:30 tonight at Constellation Field in Sugar Land (104.9). Jake McKenzie probably plays only one position. Probably.
Men’s tennis: Texas, ranked No. 15 in the country, resumes Big 12 play on Thursday night at Texas Tech.
Around the Big 12
Tuesday night was classic good news, bad news for TCU baseball. The good news: Jared Janczak — the Horned Frogs’ ace — was back on the mound for the first time since March 30. The bad news: Big-hitting Luken Baker suffered a broken leg. And the Frogs lost 4-2 in 11 innings to Abilene Christian. Here’s the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s account of the night. … The Waco Tribune-Herald wrote about Shawn Bell, who’s been coaching Baylor’s offensive line this spring in place of George DeLeone, who’s out with a hip injury. … Texas Tech freshman Zhaire Smith, who sparked the Red Raiders’ NCAA Tournament run, won’t be back. He plans to enter the NBA draft and sign with Jay Z’s sports agency. Here’s the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s story. … The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel wrote about the impact of getting Notre Dame transfer defensive lineman Jay Hayes will have on the Sooners. The Oklahoman also had a story on OU linebacker Kevin Henry, who suffered a torn ACL last August but has been cleared for full contact this spring. … And will this football season be move over, Thurman Thomas at Oklahoma State? Tramel also wrote about Cowboys running back Justice Hill, who has a shot at breaking OSU’s career rushing record. … Maybe the read of the day: the Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig wrote about how the coaching styles of Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Tulsa’s Philip Montgomery have actually softened in their approach to players yet have remained very successful.
OK, Breakfast is over. Back on Thursday.
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