JOIN CHIP'S MONDAY CHAT! columnist Chip Brown holds live chats for HD's amazing, attack-free, message-board community on Mondays and Fridays - in other words, right now! Chip has been covering Texas athletics for 24 years - so put those years of hiding in Dumpsters on the 40 Acres to get the scoop - to good use!


* TYRONE SWOOPES, SHANE BUECHELE BOTH SHINE: I was told in his 10 possessions at QB in Saturday's second scrimmage of the spring, Swoopes led 5 TD drives and 1 FG drive and Shane Buechele led 8 possessions with 4 TD drives and 2 FG drives.


The performances from the QBs were both good enough that there is still not enough separation for coaches to announce a starting QB at the end of spring.


* SPIETH WILL LIVE AND LEARN FROM THE MASTERS: I do think Jordan Spieth's busy schedule early in the year taking appearance fees to play in Asia and the United Arab Emirates probably disrupted his routine/preparation for The Masters a bit, so that when he came into Augusta with problematic iron play, he didn't feel like he had the time off to get everything fixed.

It's just my opinion. I mentioned it last week on the radio as a concern, and then Spieth came out and shot 6-under in the first round. But when the winds picked up, and his leaky iron play started to become something he had to overcome, he started looking more and more unsettled.

I was standing on the green at 16 in the second round, when Spieth missed an easy 4-footer. He seemed to be frustrated with how long U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau was taking on the greens (both Spieth and DeChambeau were put on the clock a few times at The Masters). And that was after he went to 6-under on Friday and DeChambeau had birdied 15 to go to 4-under. (DeChambeau would later melt down on 18 with a triple bogey.)

I think Spieth lives and learns from this. He's made mistakes in the past and overcome them - and, again, we're talking about a 22-year-old.

The U.S. Open course at Oakmont favors the world's best putters (because the greens are maybe even more undulated and diabolcal than at Augusta National), and Spieth is absolutely a king with the flat stick.



* WILD WEEK FOR TEXAS HOOPS RECRUITING: The spring signing period begins Wednesday, and Texas still doesn't have an announcement from 5-star big man Jarrett Allen.

Allen performed well at the USA Nike Hoops Summitt in Portland over the weekend and said he'd have no announcement until after the hoops summitt.

Well, if Allen hasn't announced something by Wednesday, I guess it's officially time to worry. (I still hear Texas feels like it's in a good position.)

Texas also appears to be the potential destination of 2016 4-star PF Clevon Brown of SA Churchill if he decides to use his release from Vanderbilt (now that coach Kevin Stallings has taken the job at Pitt) to go somewhere else. I hear Brown will meet with new Vandy coach Bryce Drew Tuesday.

I also hear the Power 5 small forward in the mold of P.J. Tucker who seemed like a likely Texas transfer candidate is wavering about leaving the school where he's currently enrolled, because those close to him don't think it's a good idea to sit out a year. We'll see how that plays out.

Also, Tulane PF Dylan Osetkowski was at Texas for an overnight visit over the weekend, and I heard the visit went well. Osetkowski won't be confused for an All-Big 12 player. But he's a versatile 6-8 player who will next visit Arizona. He's being recruited by Cal, Stanford, Michigan and Tennessee, among others.



* SCHEDULE TRYING TO HELP TEXAS BASEBALL: Obviously, opening Big 12 play vs TCU was a tall order. But Texas got the Horned Frogs at the Disch and put together two good games in a row and won the series 2-1.

Since then, Texas has been served a steady diet of the worst teams in the Big 12 - at Oklahoma (lost the series 2-1), at Kansas State (won the series 2-1) and will next face Kansas in Austin this weekend.

The Jayhawks are 2-6 in Big 12 play and 12-18 overall. 

Texas is 5-4 (14-18 overall) and in third place in Big 12 play behind Texas Tech (11-1, 24-9) and TCU (6-3, 24-7).

After the Kansas series, the schedule gets real: at Texas Tech, home vs Oklahoma State and at West Virginia.

The schedule was set up for Texas to get things figured out before facing the best in the league.

But after jumping on Kansas State in Games 1 and 2 victories with home runs and hits and offense and quality starting pitching (the way Texas is supposed to against bad teams), the Longhorns went back to finding a way to lose in Game 3 of the series (no offense and struggling relief pitching).


* SPURS BENCH WAS MIA: One reason the Spurs have been so hard to beat is they can bring in guys off the bench who can hurt you - David West, Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, etc.

But the Spurs' bench (and even a couple starters - Danny Green and Tony Parker) was MIA vs Golden State on Sunday night.

The Spurs' defense in the first half (even without Boris Diaw playing) was good enough to overcome really poor offensive performances from Green, Mills, Paker and Manu. 

But when the Warriors picked it up in the second half, the Spurs' defense wasn't enough to beat the Warriors, who won 92-86 in San Antonio, ending the Spurs' attempt to become the first NBA team to win all 41 of their home games in an NBA season.

Of course, Golden State also tied the 1995-96 Bulls' 72 regular-season wins.

The Spurs' bench will have to be much better than Sunday night for the Spurs to see Golden State again this season with any hope of beating the Warriors in a 7-game series.


Horns Digest Top Stories