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PODCAST: Longhorn Blitz (5.16.13)

On this episode of Longhorn Blitz presented by Kettler Roofing Horns247's Jeff Howe, Austin radio veteran Matt Butler and lifetime Longhorn, six-year NFL veteran and current sideline reporter for Texas Longhorn football Rod Babers take Longhorn fans through more than an hour of Longhorn football talk.

This week the guys catch up with lifetime Longhorn and former Dallas Cowboys linebacker, Kalen Thornton. He explains what he is up to these days working in brand marketing at Nike. He also talks about his playing days at Texas and he goes into detail about what he had to do to become a successful player coming from a small private school.

The guys also discuss the recent uproar from some fans regarding the Alamo Bowl rings that were awarded to players. Rod also explains what the bowl rings he received as a player mean to him.

In addition to that, Matt breaks down the production that the Texas basketball team will be returning next season after the recent transfers.

Longhorn Blitz presented by Kettler Roofing (70:09)

Segment 1: “Behind the Burnt Orange Curtain” presented by Callahan's General Store (10:56)

12:07 – How split is the fanbase's opinion of Mack Brown
15:17 – On Kirk Herbstreit's comments about Texas having to prove their worth
18:12 – Rod explains what bowl rings mean to players
22:37 – Rod shares what his bowl rings and bowl gifts mean to him
31:07 – Why some fans reacted so negatively to the Alamo Bowl rings

Segment 2: V.I.P. Hotline – Kalen Thornton (36:07)

37:07 – On playing for the Dallas Cowboys and his current marketing job with Nike
38:46 – He explains his current job with Nike
40:00 – How Nike uses alternate jerseys and other new age products to stay popular with young people
41:56 – On players being rewarded with bowl rings
43:58 – On his transition from playing at a private high school to playing at Texas as a true freshman
45:33 – How he developed his edge on the field
47:51 – On his recruitment and how he adjusted to Texas coming from a private school
49:58 – What the Texas/OU rivalry has meant to him through his life

Segment 3 (53:47)

53:47 – Rod on Kalen's current career
54:35 – The guys revisit a hilarious piece audio
63:29 – On the future demolition of the Frank Erwin Center

Segment 4: Matt’s Stats for the Week (67:13)

67:13 – Matt’s rant
68:18 – The Next Episode

Click HERE to listen to this week's edition of the show

  • Jeff Howe

    Longhorn Blitz presented by Kettler Roofing (70:09)

    Segment 1: “Behind the Burnt Orange Curtain” presented by Callahan's General Store (10:56)

    12:07 – How split is the fanbase's opinion of Mack Brown
    15:17 – On Kirk Herbstreit's comments about Texas having to prove their worth
    18:12 – Rod explains what bowl rings mean to players
    22:37 – Rod shares what his bowl rings and bowl gifts mean to him
    31:07 – Why some fans reacted so negatively to the Alamo Bowl rings

    Segment 2: V.I.P. Hotline – Kalen Thornton (36:07)

    37:07 – On playing for the Dallas Cowboys and his current marketing job with Nike
    38:46 – He explains his current job with Nike
    40:00 – How Nike uses alternate jerseys and other new age products to stay popular with young people
    41:56 – On players being rewarded with bowl rings
    43:58 – On his transition from playing at a private high school to playing at Texas as a true freshman
    45:33 – How he developed his edge on the field
    47:51 – On his recruitment and how he adjusted to Texas coming from a private school
    49:58 – What the Texas/OU rivalry has meant to him through his life

    Segment 3 (53:47)

    53:47 – Rod on Kalen's current career
    54:35 – The guys revisit a hilarious piece audio
    63:29 – On the future demolition of the Frank Erwin Center

    Segment 4: Matt’s Stats for the Week (67:13)

    67:13 – Matt’s rant
    68:18 – The Next Episode

    Click HERE to listen to this week's edition of the show

  • Jeff Howe

    Kalen Thornton interview is a must-listen this week. Great stuff from him.

  • Here are my numbers from my stats segment...

    Texas basketball lost the following production...

    Myck Kabongo - 14.6 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.5 APG, 2 STL/GM
    Shelden McClellan - 13.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, STL/GM (38.2 FG%, 27.3 3PT%)
    Julien Lewis - 11.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, STL/GM (39.8 FG%, 35.1 3PT%)
    Jaylen Bond - 2.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG

    Which translates to the following production...

    Combined for 42.1 PPG in games in which they appeared -- 64.2% of average PPG (65.6)
    Combined for 7.7 APG in games in which they appeared -- 67.0% of average APG (11.5)
    129 total assists -- 33% of all assists (this is a huge total considering Kabongo missed 23 games)
    Combined for 102.6 minutes/GM -- 51.3% of minutes in games in which they appeared
    Combined for 4.2 STL/GM – 65.6% of average STL/GM (6.4)
    Combined to shoot 77.8% from the free-throw line last year (288/370).
    The players that will return to Texas next season combined to shoot 54.8% from the free-throw line last year (217/396). Jevan Felix is the only player on the roster that shot better than 66% from the free-throw line last season (78.9%).

    Some other quick numbers on the players that will return to Texas next season...

    Papi – 8.5 PPG
    Felix – 6.8 PPG (Felix and Papi combined for 185 assists and 140 turnovers)
    Holmes – 6.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 12 assists/39 turnovers, 38 combined steals and blocks
    Lammert – 4.5 PPG, 61% 2-PT FG (53/87), 24% 3-PT FG (11/46), 48.1% FG%
    Ridley – 4.1 PPG, 62 combined steals and blocks, 45 turnovers
    Holland – 3.6 PPG, 17.4% 3-PT FG (8/46)
    Ibeh – 2.2 PPG, 46 combined steals and blocks, 18 turnovers

    Active NBA players by school...

    Kentucky – 20 (most since the stat was created in 1986 so it is pretty safe to say this is the most ever)
    Duke – 18
    North Carolina – 17
    Kansas – 14
    Texas, UConn, UCLA – 12
    Florida – 10

    Average number of NBA players produced by conference

    ACC – 5.3 NBA players per school
    Pac 12 – 4.4 NBA players per school
    SEC – 4.1 NBA players per school
    Big 12 – 4.0 NBA players per school
    Big East – 3.5 NBA players per school
    Big 10 – 2.1 NBA players per school

    Crazy stat of the day... Texas and Kansas have combined to produce more NBA players (26) than the entire Big 10 conference (25).

    NBA players produced by Rick Barnes (12 active, 5 retired)....

    Lamarcus Aldridge
    D.J. Augustin
    Avery Bradley
    Kevin Durant
    Mo Evans (retired)
    T.J. Ford (retired)
    Daniel Gibson
    Jordan Hamilton
    Royal Ivey
    Damion James
    Cory Joseph
    Chris Mihm (retired)
    Chris Owens (retired)
    Dexter Pittman
    James Thomas (retired)
    Tristan Thompson
    P.J. Tucker

    NBA players produced by Texas prior to the Rick Barnes era (12)

    Jay Arnette (1963-65)
    Lance Blanks (1990-1992)
    Dexter Cambridge (1992)
    John Hargis (1949-1950)
    Alvin Heggs (1994-95)
    Slater Martin (1949-1959)
    Travis Mays (1990-1992)
    Johnny Moore (1980-1989)
    Terrance Rencher (1995)
    B.J. Tyler (1994)
    LaSalle Thompson (1982-1996)
    Danny Wagner (1949)

    This post was edited by Mbutler 11 months ago

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  • I really enjoyed our discussion about the program and Mack Brown. We stayed on the topic for six or seven minutes starting around the 12-minute mark.

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  • Which days and times do you come on Jeff?

    9 and 4 at Texas sucks! - Jeff Howe

  • Rod, Jeff and myself record a new episode every week during the off-season. Starting May 29th we will be uploading the show every Wednesday morning until fall camp starts. During the season we upload two different shows every week (preview/review episode).

    The link below will bring you to all of our previous shows which you can download.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your interest.

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