1. Jean Delance Won Me Over After In-Depth Interview
Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing stories on the Longhorns 2016 signees to give you an insight into who they are both on and off of the football field. In my discussions with many incoming freshman, I have to admit that Jean Delance won me over.
In case you missed it, I wrote Delance's story for HD Only this week, and I must say, that guy is one of my favorite prospects in the 2016 class.
We talked for 24 minutes, where he gave me an insight into the road that led him to Austin and how he has become the person he is today.
Here are some notes that did not make the HD Only piece:
"It would be between Shane and Collin. Those two guys I'm most excited to play with because I know they are getting the job done already and are guys I can count on."
- Ever wonder how solid Jordan Elliott was in his initial decision to go to Michigan over Texas? Here's Delance's take:
"I took my recruiting trip with (Elliott) to Michigan. He was all about trying to get me to go there. I told him he needed to go to Texas and he was like, 'No. Straight up, no. I am not going to Texas.' We got him to come to Texas but it was kind of hard to do."
- The biggest recruiting weekend in 2016 happened January 16. Delance and the other verbal commits witnessed all of the pieces moving in the Longhorns direction, which is something he referred to as "scary." (But good scary)
"It was kind of a scary sight seeing all of the pieces coming together. When you look at what we already had in the 2015 class, and seeing a lot of guys we knew were coming but other people didn't know about, I started to realize we are going to be sick and we are going to be really good in the future. It was a scary sight just looking at it."
- Delance has been working hard to prepare for summer conditioning at Texas, but is concerned most with the amount of cardio he will have to face.
"I am more so worried with my endurance and cardio. I've been trying to just keep running and getting mentally prepared for the running portion of it all. Besides that, I'm in pretty good shape. I just need to focus on the mental and running parts."
Delance is expected to move in to the dorms June 1, and he has hopes to potentially major in chemical engineering at Texas.
2. Delance Knew Zach Shackelford Would Make An Early Impact
I asked the Longhorns signee if he was surprised to hear Zach Shackelford was taking first team reps at center after only being on campus for two months. The short answer: No.
"For me, it was not (a surprise). I met Shack maybe two years ago at a Texas Tech satellite camp, so I had seen him play. I knew he was a Kansas State commit when he visited, so I wanted to get on him because at that point, it was a do-or-die type of thing.
"I knew that if we got him, he would play right away. He's big enough, strong enough and smart enough, so I knew he would play right away. And everyone knew we had to get this guy because he will help make our team and everyone else a lot better."
3. Dear Baylor: Enough Is Enough! Sincerely, Every Decent Human Being
The scandals at Baylor do not appear to be going away anytime soon. On Wednesday, Outside the Lines released yet another damaging report involving more allegations of sexual assault and violence against Baylor football players.
This is a horrific situation that has gone practically untouched by Baylor coaches and officials, media, etc. for years, and frankly, enough is enough.
One of the more horrifying issues with this situation - aside from the crimes Baylor football players have made against multiple victims - is the lack of awareness from people at the university.
Lindy's Sports released its regional covers for its annual college football preview magazine. Malik Jefferson and Myles Garrett graze the cover of the magazine that will be distributed in this region of the country.
This apparently upset the media relations department in Waco, which led to Assistant AD for Media Relations Heath Neilsen to tweet the following:
While I understand football may be everything to some people, it is becoming more and more apparent that the folks in Waco may not fully understand the magnitude of its current situation.
And that is frightening.
There's a reason why Baylor football is not grazing the covers of magazines right now, and it has nothing to do with the Bears being an underdog or overlooked on the gridiron.
I'm pretty confident that if female Baylor students were claiming sexual assault against a homeless man in Waco that the university, police department and judicial system would not be so dismissive of the allegations. Why is this different?
The entire situation is nauseating in itself, and seeing Baylor officials be so unaware of the magnitude of the current state of Baylor football is alarming.
News flash to all Baylor faithful: This is situation is much, much bigger than football, and it's time to start recognizing it.
4. Will This Weekend Mark the End of an Era at The Disch?
For those of you who do not know much about me, I grew up in a baseball family. My father, Rod Gaspar, was a member of the 1969 Miracle Mets and scored the winning run in Game 4 of the World Series against the Orioles. (He was also called out by Brooks Robinson for claiming the Mets would with four-straight against the O's. Robinson did not like hearing that very much, but it ended up being true.) My oldest brother, Cade Gaspar, was the No. 18 overall draft pick to the Detroit Tigers in 1994 after playing for Andy Lopez and the Pepperdine Wave's in college.
Needless to say, I have witnessed A LOT of baseball games, drama and hoopla in my lifetime.
That brings me to Augie Garrido and the future of Texas baseball.
Questions about Garrido's future have been raised in recent years. The Longhorns are 51-56 over the last two seasons, and unless the team can pull through to win the Big 12 championship next weekend, could finish with its first losing record since 1998.
Texas faces Baylor this weekend, in what could be Garrido's final time coaching at Disch Falk Field.
I would imagine there are various HD members who have different opinions on the future of Garrido. While his recent record is not ideal, the baseball nerd in me cannot help but to take in all of the drama following Texas baseball because we are in fact watching history.
There will only be one Augie Garrido, and whether it happens in 2016 or beyond, we are currently witnessing the end of the era for a college baseball legend.
5. The Biggest Change of My Life Happens in 8 Days
The last year of my life has been a complete whirlwind and full of changes.
While I bet on myself and walked away from my long-time job last May, and accepted an offer to work for a new network at Scout, the biggest change will occur in eight days when I get married.
I have been planning a destination wedding in Cancun, Mexico for the last 15 months and I can honestly say am shocked at my ability to hold it together. I always joke that I was born without the "bride gene," but the reality is it is not a joke. It's 100 percent real.
While all of my friends were playing dress up and dreaming up their fairy tale wedding as young girls, I was busy playing sports and earning the nickname "T-Bone" because, as my soccer coach put it, I was "tougher than a t-bone steak."
So you could imagine the shock I experienced when I saw everything that not only goes into planning a wedding, but also planning a destination wedding in a foreign country and having to do so via telephone and email.
I cannot say I have been perfect. I had one significant explosion on someone a few weeks ago, which ended my 15 month streak of being blowup free. But overall, I managed to hold it together.
With that said, I'm starting to think I should be prepared for some serious hiccups going down right before the wedding.
No bride manages to remain 99 percent calm throughout the wedding planning process, right? Am I overthinking this or should everyone at the resort be prepared for Hurricane Taylor to demolish everything in its path once it touches land?
Since I am feeling this way, I am asking for my HD family to share your thoughts/stories from your wedding and offer up any advice you have for me during this time.
Also as a heads up, today will be my last day of work and I will be entirely away from HD through June 5. I expect all of you to be on your best behavior while I am gone, but feel free to hammer Chip and Higs as much as you want.