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March madness is upon us, that’s right the NCAA men’s basketball tourney is here. The best playoffs in sports is about to kick off, and sports fans across America are filling out their brackets, looking to pick the right upsets, wondering what team can survive the tourney. Some of the biggest schools in the nation are in the big dance, and then you’ll see some of the small no name schools who also punched their ticket.
What you won’t see, in any of your bracket is a team from the state of Texas. That’s right, not one single team from the lone star state is in the big dance. No Longhorns, no Aggies, Bears, or even a small school like UTSA or Sam Houston State. The schools in Texas really dropped the ball this season, a big reason why we’ve pretty much ignored college basketball this season, apparently so have the Athletic Directors in the lone star state.
So Texans have fun this March, fill out those brackets, and look on the bright side. At least you don’t have to pick your alma mater to win a few games in your bracket you know they have no chance of winning, now you can have a clear head and no ties to any of the schools as you try and dominate your office pool. As for all you Universities in Texas, get your act together, it’s hard to have state pride in March when not one of you even make the round of 64.
Myck Kabongo has been sitting on the sidelines all season, waiting for the NCAA to let him play. Wednesday was that day, and he came back just in time. Myck scored 13 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds to spark UT to a hard fought double OT win at Iowa State. Sheldon McClellan scored all 10 of the horns points in the 2nd OT to push Texas to victory, giving Texas their 3rd Big 12 victory this season. Time will tell if Myck and the horns can salvage this season, or if it’s too little too late.
This past weekend was a horrible and roller coast weekend for Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns football team. 1st came the unusual story that new offensive coordinator and Texas legend Major Applewhite had an affair with a student trainer at the Fiesta bowl in 2009. The story probably won’t have any long term effects on the team or Major, but it does come 5 days before national signing day. Speaking of national signing day, UT already has a pretty weak class this season, ranked #21 by rivals.com. Well, per rivals Texas only had one 5 star recruit, A’shawn Robinson. Well, this weekend UT learned that Robinson will be signing with Alabama, not Texas, even though he’s been committed to Texas for a year now. And to make matters worse, Texas redshirt Freshman QB Connor Brewer was arrested in Austin for public intoxication and using a fake ID. To Connor’s credit, he picked a great week to be arrested, since most of the fan base is talking about Major and losing Robinson. With national signing day approaching on February 6, this is not the time for the wheels to be coming off the program. Mack Brown needs to look in the mirror, and get his ship back on track.
Now, he could very well turn this bad weekend into a really good signing day. Texas is hoping to add a few more recruits to the 2013 class, and if he can land a few of these prospects the Mack Brown ship looks like it might make it through these turbulent waters. Dontre Wilson, an Oregon commit from Desoto Texas visited the 40 Acres this weekend, and the horns are hoping he decides to stay home in Texas now that Chip Kelly has left Oregon. Ohio State is also after this kid, and seems to be UT’s biggest challenge for Mr. Wilson.
Another unexpected recruit visited Texas this weekend, defensive end Frank Herron, a kid out of Memphis that is committed to LSU. This visit came out of nowhere, nobody even though the horns were on this kid’s radar, and if Mack can steal this kid from LSU this would be a huge feather in his cap. And with A’shawn gone, the horns desperately need defensive tackle Andrew Billings from Waco Texas. Billings has narrowed his choices down to UT, TCU, and Baylor.
So even though this week, and this past year, has been rough on Mack and the gang, Wednesday’s signing day could turn the tide, or it could be another pot hole on Mack’s road back to the top. Texas sports junkie will have all day coverage of National Signing day, Texas style.
Today brings us two Texas sized games in the Big 12, Baylor vs Texas, Texas Tech vs TCU. 3 of the 4 teams are in the BCS top 25, and Baylor could sneak back in with a win in Austin today. All 4 teams still have an outside shot at a Big 12 title, with how balanced the conference is the Big 12 champ will probably have at least 1 loss. Another thing at stake today is bowl game positioning, nothing is better in Texas (besides a BCS bowl) than playing in the historic Cotton Bowl Classic. The Cotton Bowl will land the #2 or #3 Big 12 team, so the Longhorns, Red Raiders, Horned Frogs, and Bears would all love to be “home” at the Cotton Bowl. If not the Cotton Bowl, at least a shot at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The Alamo Bowl picks right after the Cotton Bowl, so the winners of these games today might set themselves up to look good for the Alamo Bowl committee. But aside from conference titles and Texas Bowl games, is the biggest thing of all at stake today, bragging rights. All 4 of these teams are big time programs within the state of Texas, and all 4 of alumni and fans all across the Lone star state. Baylor fans would love to brag all across central Texas that they beat the Longhorns 3 years in a row. Tech and TCU are both wanting to grab the #2 spot in the state, now that Texas A&M is gone. TCU and Tech have both had great success in the BCS era, and the now annual head to head match ups in the Big 12 could determine not only bragging rights, but also who lands a few Texas recruits. So Texans sit back, drink a shiner, and enjoy these 4 Texas schools go at it. And just remember, if your team wins, feel free to call your friends and brag. If they lose, you might have to throw down a few more shiners and put your phone on silent.