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HURRY UP AND WAIT: Texas player personnel director Mike Giglio tweeted this out over the weekend:

S/O to our coaches for grinding out on the road these last 5 weeks. Finished our 1st spring eval period by visiting 944 schools in TX!

— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) June 1, 2014
With Texas A&M getting some more commitments, including 2015 QB Kyler Murray and 2015 WR Kemah Siverand (a Texas target), Texas fans want some good, recruiting news.


But it didn't happen this past weekend. OT Madison Akamnonu didn't commit. He may take until the end of the summer.

The bottom line is Charlie Strong and Co. have offers out to players who are going to take more time before committing. Some want to see Texas play before making a decision.

The Texas staff spent most of the weekend sizing up a lot of 2016 and even 2017 players and coaching them hard.

And we know from Giglio's tweet the coaching staff has laid the ground work with 944 Texas high schools.

But for now ... it's time for patience over panic.


LONGHORNS v AGGIES PART 3: It sure seems like the best time to have gotten A&M was last night, after the Aggies had used 5 pitchers in a 9-8, 10-inning victory over Rice.

But things didn't go Texas' way thanks to:

1) An erratic, early pitching performance from Lukas Schiraldi

2) A couple errors at third base by Zane Gurwitz (including a wild throw to first that allowed a run to score),

3) A balk by Travis Duke that helped move A&M's game-winning run into position in the 5th inning

4) Cray, cray hitting by A&M senior Krey Bratsen of A&M, who has 12 hits in the regional so far and scored the game-winning run vs Texas.

5) Heroic pitching by A&M freshman Tyler Stubblefield, who retired UT's last 20 hitters.

So, when you look at tonight's game (6 pm CT, ESPNU), the Aggies have the momentum. But Texas has the better pitching. Or at least UT should.

Or did that go away with Dillon Peters' elbow injury?

Chad Hollingsworth, Morgan Cooper and John Curtiss look like the last men standing to get the job done tonight.


BIG 12 BASEBALL IS ALIVE: TCU and Oklahoma State are through to the Super Regional.

Texas Tech can close out the Miami Hurricanes in the Coral Gables Regional today. Texas can do the same to the Aggies in the Houston Regional.

Only Kansas has been eliminated so far (losing in the Louisville Regional).


CRITICISM FOR DURANTULA?: Should Kevin Durant be getting more criticism for OKC's Game 6 loss to the Spurs and for that series loss altogether?

While Durant is one of the most well-liked players in the NBA and is only 25 (so just now entering the prime of his NBA career), he is a four-time scoring champion and the league's MVP.

You could argue after three straight trips to the Western Conference Finals that Durant has more to work with than LeBron had to work with in Cleveland, when LeBron was heavily criticized for not taking the Cavs to a title.

(Durant has an All-Star in Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. LeBron had Boobie Gibson and Anderson Varejao. The biggest difference is LeBron was the clear king in Cleveland, while Durant - either by his own doing or by Scott Brooks' doing - defers too much to Westbrook.)

Durant was 0-for-3 in overtime in the Game 6 loss to the Spurs. He only went to the FT line 7 times, compared to 18 trips to the FT line by Russell Westbrook (who made 17 of those).

Westbrook was the more aggressive player, while Durant settled for jumpers.

Sam Presti has to figure out what it's going to take for OKC to take the next step as a team, including how to balance out Westbrook's shoot-first mentality as a PG with Durant becoming more aggressive. And it sounds like Presti is going to rely on Scott Brooks (instead of going after a coach like Doc Rivers).

This is a critical point in OKC franchise history, because the Thunder are no longer getting better. They've leveled off at best or are getting worse. Weird to say OKC's window could be closing unless changes are made.



* Here's 5 Reasons I'm taking the Spurs in 7 over the Heat:

1) The Spurs' bench is stronger

2) Kawhi Leonard is at least capable of defending LeBron

3) With Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw, Spurs can go big or small against Heat in the post

4) Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Spurs seem motivated to avenge last year's Finals loss

5) Gregg Popovich



* Interested to see how critical Mack Brown will be as a college football studio analyst for ESPN in 2014.

Mack has always been critical of critical media. Now, he's part of the media.

* Cowboys are looking at Jon Vilma and Brian Urlacher as possible replacements for Sean Lee.

That do anything for you? Hell, the Cowboys brought in Keith Brooking under Wade Phillips when Brooking was well past his prime (and he seemed to help).

* The LA Kings are unreal. They have won three Game 7s already in these playoffs and are 7-0 in elimination games.

On Sunday night, the Kings battled back from being down 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 before winning 5-4 in overtime of Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

There's not much better in sports than OT in a Game 7 of the NHL playoffs. Great stuff from the Kings, who seem to have too much for their Stanley Cup Finals opponents - the New York Rangers.

* The Texas Stars can close out their AHL series with Toronto tonight at the Cedar Park Center. (I'm a closet hockey fan. Don't judge me.)


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