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Texas has not filled all scholarships in the last 3 years. I will not count walkons who inherited a scholarship due to open spots. This in a sense has doomed Barnes by imposing a self-induced probation with reduction of scholarships.
2012-2013 11 scholarships
2011-2012 9 scholarships
2010-2011 10 scholarships
2009-2010 13 scholarships
2008-2009 12 scholarships
That is 9 spots (2-3 players) left open by Barnes in last three years, plus two more spots if he signs nobody else this year. He certainly has to be accused of mismanaging the roster and this is a key reason why many are asserting an early post-mortem for Barnes.
The 2009-2010 season is the key to Barnes’ demise. He finally got the roster he wanted and then found out he couldn’t form them into a championship contender. He tried to change the team in midseason and robbed them of their strengths and instead emphasized the weaknesses of the team. Future ramifications were that players left or were soon on their way out and they weren’t happy.
Barnes said he learned not to coach angry after that season and put together a quality team that had little momentum or energy by the end of the season. Much of the end is obscured by the incorrect five second call of the Arizona game, but Barnes’ team went .500 in last 10 games of what started out as a sterling season. Barnes gets the credit for a good season but he also gets the blame. Thompson was always a threat to be a one and done and it was fairly clear that Joseph wanted to leave after a year, especially knowing that Kabongo was coming into play point guard. And so it happened and then there were nine.
The party line changed in that Barnes was falling back to rosters of three-four year blue collar players with much less emphasis and effort on the OAD’s. Mission accomplished, except when going after solid but not spectacular players, it is wise to increase odds of hits by having full rosters. It doesn’t make sense to get “just a guy” to fill the roster, but there are guys out there that are under scouted and overlooked.
Maybe Barnes roster of eleven surprises next year, but the safer bet is that his time is soon to be done. I wonder what he’d be like on ESPN?
"Fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life man"
That assumes Lewis stays and Croaker qualifies. Neither appears to be certain.
It would help not to lose an entire recruiting class by the end of their second season.
That one begs for Oscar Wilde.
To lose 1/2 of your sophomore class, Mr. Barnes, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose it all looks like carelessness.
In Rick's defense, same thing happened to Calipari after the end of the 2012, and probably will happen again next year.
If our entire team was leaving to go in the first half of the first round of the draft after winning the championship then we could probably accurately make that comparison.
One would hope that distinction was obvious to everyone.
Well, if you dress it up right, an NCAA champion could look like a CBI one and doner.
Bonus points to anyone who can identify the two women. (One is easy if you remember late 60's, early 70s TV.)
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Croaker signed yesterday. I don't know about the other two.
Sorry, I knew you didn't actually feel that way. My response was one out of frustration with the program and not an attack on your thoughts.
Wait, I thought the reason we couldn't get Smart is because he couldn't afford the package deal.
Was that not true?
I would like to think that they could get him if the vacancy sign goes up next year. But we still don't know what all these parts are going to look like until we see the games next year. And then as they go into conference towards March.
the easy one is Ruth Buzzi. I don't know the other one.
Oh, yes you do. You just don't recognize her. I'll post the answer at 10 pm CDT.
I'm going to guess Jo Ann Worley.
No, and someone PM'd a guess of Madeline Kahn, but that isn't right, either. Remember the clue is a comparison between an NCAA champion and a CBI one and done team.
I'll go ahead and spoil the fun...Raquel Welch. Please tell me I win a new University of Texas basketball coach!
Another photo from the set.
Your requested award is outside my power to grant.
Edit: Ah, just noticed that was a copyrighted picture. Deleting.
But, yes, that was Ms. Jo Raquel Tejada. Well, if Michael Sarne can turn her into a man, I suppose Ruth Buzzi could turn her into Gladys.
I'll spend the rest of the evening concentrating on breaking into Dodd's brain and planting the seed. I would never gotten that one.
What if I admit to cheating? As a 29-year-old, my late 60's/early 70's TV show knowledge is pretty limited but my internet sleuthing has to be at least a B- (you can do a google image search for pictures). I had to do a little bit of additional visual research on Ms. Welch just to make sure I got the joke.
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