Taylor's Thursday Thoughts: Satellite Camps, 2016 Texas Signess, NBA Playoffs and More!

HD's senior reporter Taylor Gaspar weighs in on satellite camps, 2016 Texas signees, NBA playoffs, her bachelorette party and more!

A lot of folks at HD don't know me personally since I am fairly new, so my goal is to do a weekly column every Thursday to give everyone an inside look into what I am hearing from recruits and sources around the Texas program, my thoughts on various subjects, what it's like to be the lone female beat writer/reporter covering Texas and even some personal information about myself.

I have been on a bit of a hiatus this week due to illness, but I'm back and have a number of things on my mind ...

1. 2016 Signees Most Excited to Play with ...

I have been working on feature stories on some 2016 Texas signees that I will release in the coming weeks.

I have had fantastic conversations with a number of incoming freshman, and have learned a lot about who these guys are away from the football field. (_*_Spoiler alert: A certain person enrolling later this month was a really good tuba player before he focused on football.)

While I will release these individually over the next few weeks, I had to pass along one note that I have heard from various members of the 2016 signing class.

In asking these guys who they are most excited to play with after they enroll, the majority have mentioned Shane Buechele and Collin Johnson.

In fact, I did three interviews Tuesday and all three said Buechele and Johnson.

It is very apparent the 2016 signees have recognized the talent Buechele and Johnson bring to the table and there is no doubt they are eager to be playing alongside of them.

2. Texas Doesn't Plan to Hold Out-of-State Satellite Camps

Charlie Strong spoke with reporters at Big 12 meetings in Phoenix earlier this week and mentioned the Longhorns' plans to begin satellite camps. However, Strong does not anticipate hosting camps outside the state of Texas.


This is a little surprising to me.

There's not doubt the state of Texas is ripe with some of the best football players in the country, but I fully expected Strong would want to host a camp on his old stompin' grounds: Florida.

Maybe this will change in the future, maybe not. But it is intriguing, to say the least.

3. What in the World was Aaron Moorehead Thinking?

Seriously, I was at a loss of words when I saw the tweets from the Aggies' WR coach this morning.

In case you missed it, five-star QB prospect Tate Martell announced his decision to decommit from Texas A&M Wednesday evening. Aaron Moorehead released a number of tweets following the decommitment that essentially ripped kids these days for not staying true to their word and not having any loyalty. (I'm including screenshots because I fully expect these tweets to be deleted soon.)

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While that is bad, his cover up may have been his worst decision of the night:


I hate to break it do you buddy, but nobody believes the timing of those tweets was a coincidence.

Those tweets were out of anger because the Aggies lost one of the highest ranked players in 2017 at a position where the team is in dire need of help. His actions also caused the decommitment of four-star WR Mannie Netherly - a prospect Texas really likes.

To be fair, I don't necessarily disagree with what was said (covering recruiting can be a roller coaster so I cannot even imagine what coaches go through in the process), but I emphatically disagree with his decision to rant his opinion on a public forum.

This rant should have been saved for a coaches meeting or even for a buddy, and should have never been posted on social media.

As the movie Social Network taught us, "The internet isn't written in pencil, it's written in ink." And even if Moorehead wanted to take back what he said, it is too late.

Coaches always preach the importance of maintaining a positive public image to recruits, college and pro athletes, and Moorehead did exactly what coaches tell their players to never do.

My advice to Moorehead: Don't drink and Tweet. It will never end well for you.

4. Hawks Upset About Cavs' Record-Breaking Performance

The Cleveland Cavaliers put on a show with a record-breaking 25 three-point performance against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night. And Hawks' forward Paul Millsap was not amused by the lack of professionalism by the Cavs.

According to Cleveland.com, Millsap said the following about Wednesday's game.

"It's a certain way of being professional. I'm not mad about it, but just being professionals man. If that's how you want to approach it, that's how you approach it. I think our team and our organization has class and I don't think we would have continued to do that, but other organizations do other things so what can you do about it?"

I read this and my first reaction was simple: Quit whining.

I can only imagine the level of frustration and embarrassment Millsap and the Hawks felt following the three-point assault.

I would understand if a high school or college basketball player had this reaction. Heck, I would maybe understand if it happened in a preseason game. But this is the NBA Playoffs and you get paid millions to play in the league.

I am not a big Lebron James fan but his response to Millsaps' comments was classic: "So if the Warriors are at 72 wins, they shouldn't go for 73?"

I may not be a big fan of his, but kudos, Lebron.

5. Bachelorette Party Time

I have been to plenty of bachelorette parties in my life and have always had great times.

But if you know me, you know I am one of the least girly people you will ever meet.

While many of my friends enjoy shopping, spa days and wine tasting, I'm more of a sit at a bar, drink beer and watch the game type of girl.

Well this weekend is my turn to be the bachelorette, and I have never felt more out of my element.

As much as I will try, I don't think I can fake acting like I'm excited to drink out of genitalia themed straws or discussing intimate details about my life.

So if anyone has advice on how to act like a happy bachelorette without coming off as phony, I'm all ears!


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