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Man, do I resemble your remark. Maybe I just do not know about the free sites that provide basketball information. I came to this site because at the time there seemed to be more basketball information available than on the free sites that I knew about. Or, at least should I say that there was some information and tantalizingly so, the information that I could not access without subscribing. So, now that I have been here for more than two years, I have found that, as much as I appreciate the football information that I did not come here for, I do not give a rat's ass about holding my breath about where some high school sophomore wants to play football. I do not pay attention to that, much. I am not interested in participating in fomenting a rebellion against Hookem.com because of their basketball coverage ... for now, but I would be very interested in any input into where I might find some Longhorn-centric basketball coverage that would not require subscription. I do know about Hornfans, Shaggy, and Barking Carnival. Derka Derka is very entertaining at Shaggy and Barking Carnival's blogosphere can be interesting, and Hornfans is pretty useless, pero necesito mas!
I agree with both you and Glynch. The football recruiting coverage is over board while the basketball coverage needs to be initiated. There is almost zero from the mods regarding the thinking of players who have played substantial minutes for Texas and could play more while they wait breathlessly for the thoughts of a high school sophmore who may never play for anyone at the college level.
Well put, VaLonghorn! I like that! ;)
Interesting ... while I am posting this, this thread has 78 posts and 1,853 looky lous, and the "basketball coach" thread at the bottom of the first page has 256 posts and 7,681 looky lous. Out of all of the threads on the first page of Hookem.com as it appears on my computer screen, these two threads have more posts and the "coach" thread has more looky lous than any other threads on the first page as exhibited on my monitor ... interesting.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BudreauReye 12 months ago
I think part of the problem (problem may not be the right word?) is that Gerry is/was the Texas basketball expert. He was one of the biggest reasons I joined hookem247 because I really enjoyed his insights back when he ran the basketball board on orangebloods. Obviously he is quite talented when it comes to analyzing football recruits and thus has taken on more of a national role in that regard. Thus we have lost the majority of the basketball expertise that we could count on a year or two ago.
I know that it has been hinted at already but the cost to benefit ratio of bringing on a basketball expert just isn't there for Bobby and company. I have no idea how much they make, but you'd have to sell quite a few subscriptions to cover a $50,000 salary. I suspect I'm in a pretty small group that would subscribe off of additional basketball coverage.
I hear what you are saying. When we get basketball content from the mods, I cannot say that I can complain ... it is the rest of the time that I can complain. My wife already complains about why we have to pay this subscription ... if push ever came to shove, I must admit that she would have to pry my cold stiff pawns off of my chess website subscription before I would give it up ... though I do find this web site quite entertaining.
Gerry is the reason I joined the site. I did the free route until I saw all the basketball coverage and decided to join because there was no other site that was even close. No there is nothing and no explanation that makes actual sense why.
That's exactly what happened. Its probably a plus for the 247 network, but a big negative for this site. Like many, Gerry's basketball coverage was the primary reason I moved over here..
It is Sunday night, and we have received no word about any Texas coach or assistant coach going anywhere this weekend to scout anyone for the 2014 class or to look at people who might be able to help in 2013-14. I hope some of the coaches did. I'd hate to think they all stayed home and watched golf, even if Scott and Cabrera put on a very good show today.
With Lewis's status being somewhat unknown and Croaker's ACT score not being in yet, I fear for 2013-14 as well. A nine scholarship roster with Felix, Holland, Harris, and Taylor as the only guards will probably make for a rough season.
Gerry was the guy who had "inside" info. on the basketball program. He's moved on to bigger fish as national recruiting guru. Good for him, bad for us. Reality though, when was the last time desperation late year recruiting paid any real benefit. Bond and Gibbs have left the 40. If Lewis does leave, then Holland will give us minutes next year, but it will be in the weakest back-court that we've had in well over a decade. Really no reason to expect a savior to show up. If we are going to keep our fingers crossed for miracles, lets hope that Lewis decides he would rather come back for another year rather than red-shirting somewhere else.
Damion James? Maybe there is a more recent example, but James comes to mind.
That was seven or eight years ago, but even then it was a Texas kid who we had a relationship before he decommitted from O.U. He didn't come completely out of the blue. We had been recruiting the kid for a couple of years. When Sampson left O.U. and headed to his denouement at I.U., we were the natural fall back position. No one out there fits that equation. I guess it makes for good discussion; but we basically are looking at our 2013-14 roster. Lets hope Lewis comes back and Croaker makes his grades. I'm afraid I'm unrepentant realist.
I'll grant you all that AND the fact that none of the guys whose names I have tossed out in recent days for discussion are near James in talent. Well, except Holton. Sponge can ball, but I guess in his case that is a poor choice of words.
I think we both know that our 2013 roster is set after Lewis makes his decision and Croaker gets his scorers. Not a pretty picture.
Being a believer in team offense, I never before wanted a UT guard to score 70+. I sure want that from Croaker, but I don't know enough about his GPA to know exactly what he'll need.
What is this "grade" stuff on Croaker? First I'm hearing of it.
He tweeted yesterday that he thought he did pretty well on the ACT, which he took last week. Since there were questions about his eligibility and test scores last fall, that tweet has me thinking his eligibility is still up in the air.
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F I thought he was qualified already, something else to worry about. When does anything to right for this program. And yes are theses guys even out there trying to land someone else for 13 season. They should be now more then ever with this now known. They sit back and do nothing. Why would anyone watch this team next year, yes I will still watch, without Lewis and Croaker you will be able to sit anywhere you want in the Drum
When does signing period start?
It could be worse. OB actually has a BB recruiting front page and has two articles talking about recruits coming in "this weekend". The article was dated February 27th. They don't even care enough to change the articles out or to report on the results of the visit.
The University of Texas men’s basketball program was found comatose in Denton Cooley Pavilion at 7:15 a.m. this morning and failed to respond to attempts to revive it, thus passing away in what has been termed a “tragic case” by one observer but “a necessary passing” by at least one UT official. A member of the building maintenance staff had entered the building earlier in the morning and found the program unresponsive after being accidentally locked in a closet for an undetermined period of time. The program, which had last been seen at a banquet last Thursday, was rushed to nearby Bellmont Hall where economedics attempted to resuscitate it, but no neural activity was found.
When asked about the death of the basketball program, UT Athletic Director Deloss Dodds said, “What program? Oh, right. Forgot about that for a bit. That was Rick’s thing, right? How is he, by the way? He's been doing a fine job, you know.”
Forensic examiners from the Austin Police Department suggest this to be a case of death by neglect. “It is a tragic situation, but one that we see too often in our community when those who are helpless are left unattended for too long. It’s too early to entirely rule out malicious intent by someone, but all evidence suggests this was a simple case of too many people simply thinking it was someone else’s concern, and the poor thing simply died from the lack of attention,” said a spokesman. "We'd get a call about once a month from someone about the program being missing, but we always referred the callers to the UT PD. Since there was no next of kin, we weren't authorized to follow up on our initial contact with the university for information regarding the whereabouts of the program, so we came to consider it an internal university affair and closed our case."
“Well, this is a sadappy day for the University,” said Dodds in a prepared statement several hours later. “We lost a part of our community, and that’s always a shame, but it’s in a better place now. On the bright side, that’s 13 scholarships we don’t have to fill, not that we’ve gotten anywhere close to that recently, but now we’ve freed up all 13, and that allows us to cut an equal number from women’s athletics, so the savings are substantial. Furthermore, it becomes the perfect program in that we don’t have to worry about any misbehavior by the non-present members of the team. Coach Barnes has done an admirable job in making the program operate without a fuss and cutting expenses, so he’ll be getting a $200,000 raise as soon as the regents meet. We anticipate Durant jersey sales will continue to cover Rick’s salary for the foreseeable future, and he’ll be free to narrate LHN programs of past NCAA trips and to host tours of our world-class training facilities.”
When asked whether the university would continue to employ Springmann, Lanier, and Ogden, Dodds appeared puzzled. Dodds shared a brief whispered exchange with an aide, then said, “So that’s who those guys were. You know, it was kind of embarrassing when the police showed up trying to locate missing persons, and I didn’t know who they were talking about. I bet they’re the ones who kept submitting those requests for travel funds that I kept rejecting, thinking they were just some prank. Haha. Joke’s on me, then. Well, I guess not. No need for them to go recruit now, is there? We can probably find them openings soliciting donations for the Longhorn Foundation. Wait. They weren’t trapped in the closet, too, were they?"
This post was edited by bierce 12 months ago
This is what I was trying to say with my "in other news post". This is so much better. Eddie Oran is passed out under the bleachers.
So since the signing period starts tomorrow I guess we are only getting two new players. One of which has not passed his test. Any other player we may get will have to sign financial aid package.
Signing period lasts until May 15, and we are getting three players--Taylor, Croaker, Harris (in order of dates they committed).
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