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This is getting troubling. First there was the report that Texas had been looking to take a trip to play in Canada in August but canceled. Now here is a report that Texas is backing out of a season opener in Dallas.
Unless Texas has the opportunity to schedule a better non-conference game and needs to lose a game on the schedule to make room for another game, I don't understand this move at all.
This post was edited by bierce 10 months ago
LSU is scared to play Texas.
Maybe we've realized we won't be a D-I team next season.
LSU is an up and coming team that won 19 games last year...and they have some very good freshman coming in to add to a good group of players. LSU's head coach, Johnny jones used to coach at North Texas and knows how to recruit Texas...we don't need to give LSU any positive exposure.
This game would be a recipe for complete disaster given all the young freshman guards we have coming in.
I have a bad feeling about this upcoming season.
Texas basketball is just bizzaro world. We should just wipe the slate and start clean.
LSU will still get its game in Dallas, and right now the sponsors are looking at replacing Texas with either A&M or OSU, so the only effect will be that Texas won't play in Dallas, but nearly all the other big conference schools within 300 miles of Dallas will. Texas will thus have a single game in DFW (road game against TCU in little Daniel Meyer) and no games in Houston.
If we suck so bad that we can't schedule a game to be played on national TV, in the Dallas area, and against a non-top 25 team, because we don't want to be embarrassed by our sucktitude, then the program needs to be burned to the ground. Seriously.
Agreed...this news does not bode well for the upcoming season.
Lame duck season???
We may have an intramural game that night. The varsity team is considered in the top 10 at Gregory.
Report confirmed by McConnell. Texas is looking for an opponent for a home game on the same date. I'm going to be pretty irritated if the game is something along the lines of UT-Pan Am on LHN.
Oh...it will be guaranteed.
This is just more evidence of the ineptitude of Deloss at this point. This guy needs to be run out of town. It is inexcusable for an AD with the resources that Dodds has at UT to allow such a lucrative athletic department crumble at his feet. It amazes me that alumni continue to support him.
I always feel like I should say something in these threads but I'm just too depressed. Nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all blah blah blah.
Wanted to take the short drive from Austin to Dallas to check this game out. Sucks that it wont happen.
We need to schedule someone we can actually beat. That's getting really hard to do.
9 and 4 at Texas sucks!
- Jeff Howe
Well, to be fair, pussies probably don't schedule Temple, UNC, Michigan State and Vanderbilt. LSU would probably be easier than any of those. Maybe it was the addition of the Big 12-SEC challenge series and the game with Vandy that led to cancelling LSU.
The Vandy game was announced May 14, 2013.
The American Airlines thing to tip off the season was first reported on May 25, 2013.
Maybe there was some kind of a premature announcement, but I just don't see a good reason for not playing the game. My best guess at this point is that the decision has nothing to do with fear of the opposition or anything like that; it is due to pressure to get another game on the LHN.
Time to break out the Everclear.
Seems like a reasonable guess to me.
Playing another Southland game won't even move the LHN meter, though.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
But give us a SWAC or Great West opponent . . .
On a more serious note, I have to say in-depth coverage of an August foreign tour could have been interesting.
Not a good indicator of the confidence level of what the team will be it appears. In the past Barnes was always up for playing anybody at any time it seemed.
I guess the question would be whether, if given the chance, Barnes would dump UNC and Michigan State, or at least put them off.
I know that Michigan State postponed a home game against KU for years until Izzo was confident MSU could win it.
They want to throw another game on the LHN against a div. 2 opponent so we call our cable providers and request the channel.
Anytime you run from lsu in basketball, it's time to change your pink panties!!
I guess an annual contender for the A-Sun crown is better than most of us were expecting. It's definitely better than I feared.
Texas will host Mercer on Nov. 8.
I'll still wager a small amount of my dignity that the game will be on the LHN.
Edit: This is a game Texas can lose, btw. Mercer won the A-Sun regular season title by one game over Florida Gulf Coast (the guys that made the Sweet Sixteen), won road games over Florida State and Alabama, and beat Tennessee in the first round of the NIT. Mercer returns four starters and 8 of the top 9 in minutes played. They lost Travis Smith who was their leading scorer and a 90% ft shooter, but all other key players are returning.
This post was edited by bierce 9 months ago
We're DOOOOOMED!!!! ;)
I don't know about that, but I do think a home loss to Mercer would be a lot more embarrassing than a neutral site loss to LSU.
But I still think the decision to drop the game against LSU was motivated by a desire to put another game on the LHN. I give them credit for finding a relatively strong opponent for that game. I don't give them credit for putting it on a network so few people can see, whoever "they" are. If that is where the game finds itself, that is.
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