Demetrius Knox decommitted from the Longhorns on Monday, according to an ESPN report, just days after telling the Dallas Morning News that his pledge to Texas was “100 percent solid.”
The Fort Worth All Saints offensive guard had been committed to Texas since November, but continued to take unofficial visits to schools across the country throughout the spring.
He is the first decommit of this year’s class, but comes on the heels of a frustrating 2013 class in which five players decomitted from the Longhorns. In response to that year, head coach Mack Brown instituted a no-visit policy for Texas commits, but that did not dissuade Knox from taking trips to other schools and ultimately leaving.
Texas commit and All Saints teammate, running back Daniel Gresham, was initially thought to be a package deal with Knox, but Gresham told ESPN that he has no plans to decommit.
For many Texas Longhorn football fans, 2013 is not just another season but one of retribution, redemption, and the opportunity to return to a past glory that hasn’t been attained for a number of years. Any diehard football fan will tell you that the last thing they want to hear about their beloved program is that they are “rebuilding.”
Much like an eager parent wanting to help their struggling child, Texas fans have longed to help their Longhorns since the 2009 season. Head coach Mack Brown has made a number of excuses over the past couple of years as to why his team has not performed up to their expectations although they have top recruiting classes, top-notch facilities, and are undoubtedly the richest athletic program our country has ever seen.
The Longhorns are expected to finish nowhere short of 10 wins this upcoming season with the most experienced quarterback in the Big 12 conference along with all but three returning starters on both sides of the ball. Texas has a reputation for “dropping the ball” when it counts in terms of winning crucial games.
Mack Brown is 2-5 against Kansas State’s Bill Snyder and has sustained back-to-back 40-point blowout losses to Bob Stoops' Oklahoma squad. The Longhorns have undoubtedly had problems with their program, but 2013 marks not only the potential beginning of the end of a long drought, but could also mean the beginning of new era without Mack Brown if he is not able to give the results that Texas fans so desperately want.
If you scale the MLB schedule to an NFL schedule, the league would just be wrapping up Week 1 of a 17-week season. As the season’s first month gets set to wind down, each team is still in the mix regardless of their early record, minus the few that didn’t have a chance before the season even started (looking at you, Houston and Miami).
The Rangers have started the season well, despite some early injuries, leading the American League with a 12-6 record. The Angels have started on the other end of the spectrum, winning just seven of their first 17 while also dealing with an injury to ace Jered Weaver.
Yet here we are, in the last week of April, with a big division series getting ready to fire up on the West Coast between the two rivals. Each team heads into the three-game series having created a bit of momentum for themselves, the Rangers sweeping the Mariners over the weekend and the Angels completing a sweep of the Tigers.
Derek Holland and Joe Blanton will toe the rubber tonight for their respective teams as Holland looking to try to continue to bury the Angels while Blanton hopes to continue the Angels' ascent from the AL West basement they saw themselves in a week ago.
The two squads met in the opening week of the season with the Angels traveling to Arlington, bringing Josh Hamilton back to his old stomping grounds for the first time as a member of the enemy. The Rangers took two of three in the series, the beginning of the trajectory each team has been on early in the season.
A series win for the Angels would help them continue to claw back from the early hole they dug for themselves, but a bad showing this week could be pretty damning. With Erick Aybar and Jered Weaver sidelined on the DL, and Josh Hamilton still in the midst of one of his patented hellacious slumps, the Angels are just trying to keep their heads above water until the reinforcements come.
This series won’t be the turning point of the season for either team, but the old adage “you can’t win the division in April, but you can lose it” still rings fresh in the minds of the Angels. They found out the hard way a year ago, when they found themselves with the exact same record at this point of the season. It won’t be season-defining, but as far as April series are concerned, this is important.
Bob Shipley, who served as a high school head football coach and athletics director around the state of Texas, has been hired as a football analyst at UT, Texas announced Monday morning.
Shipley’s newly-created position is part of the player personnel department and will involve administrative work, showing potential student athletes and their families around campus and planning summer football camp and the high school coaching clinic. Shipley will work closely with fellow new hire Patrick Suddes, director of player personnel.
“Having been a college coach, a longtime high school coach and having been around the program for almost 10 years with my sons, this is a position that just seemed right for me,” he said. “Assisting with recruiting is something that I have experience in and love to do.”
Shipley will start his new role after spending four years as head coach and athletics director at Brownwood High School. Of his four children, two are former or current Texas players. Jordan Shipley holds Texas’ record for receptions and is currently a wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Bob's younger son, Jaxon, has started at wide receiver for the Longhorns each of the last two years.