Charlie Strong: Texas will not be in National Championship Game

Charlie Strong has made it no secret that he is looking to change the culture surrounding the Texas football program. The former Louisville coach believes that the success the Longhorns had five years ago has led to complacency and entitlement. Strong is also looking to temper expectations.

“We have everything available, and I don’t know why we can’t be successful,” Strong said Monday, via Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman. “There’s no reason for us not to be. Now, I can’t tell you how soon it’s going to be. Don’t hold me to that. Don’t say, ‘Ooh, coach said next year we’ll be in the national…’ We will not be in the national championship game.”

Texas fans are not going to want to hear that, but it is probably the truth. The Longhorns are coming off an 8-5 season that ended with a loss in the Alamo Bowl. They are a combined 30-21 since losing in the National Championship Game back in 2009.

“A lot of our guys, they feel entitled and they get a little complacent because of where we are,” Strong added. “So then as a coaching staff, that’s what we have to be so conscious of when the guys feel they are a little better than what they are.”

This is all part of Strong’s overall approach. We learned last month that he won’t even allow his players to flash the hook ‘em Horns sign until they earn the right to do so. Strong is clearly concerned about his team getting overconfident. Saying Texas will not be in the National Championship Game is another way for him to knock his players down a peg while also being realistic.

H/T Dallas Morning News

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Elvis Andrus will do anything possible to protect on hit and run (GIF)

 

Don’t you ever accuse Elvis Andrus of not being a team player. And don’t you ever accuse him of missing signs. Because, my goodness, that guy goes all out when the hit and run is on.

Andrus was up in the ninth inning of Monday’s win over the Oakland A’s with nobody out and a man on first. The Rangers had a hit and run on, and the A’s knew it was coming so they did a pitch out. But that didn’t stop Andrus from doing his job of trying to protect his runner by attempting to make contact, so he swung at the pitch. And the pitch was so far out of the zone he literally got airborne for it:

Give that man an A for effort on that one. Andrus ended up grounding out on the at-bat, but we’re sure the baseball gods paid attention to his attempt on that play. They’ll make it up to him.

 

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Play of the Day: Ian Kinsler scores after the Angels commit three errors on the same play

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was part of one of the stranger plays you’ll see this season. With his team trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Kinsler drew a one-out walk and was standing on first base when Miguel Cabrera stepped up to the plate. With a 3-2 count against Angels lefty Hector Santiago, Kinsler broke for second. Catcher Hank Conger‘s throw sailed high and went into center field, and that’s when the crazy started.

Kinsler broke for third base and got there easily. Center fielder Mike Trout, meanwhile, nonchalantly tossed the ball back into the infield, but it too sailed a bit wide and bounced towards Santiago in the middle of the diamond. Kinsler scampered home and touched home while Santiago’s throw to his catcher sailed to the backstop.

It’s as funny as it sounds:

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Mark Cuban gives great SMH look during Spurs run (Video)

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The San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85 Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, and the game was actually very close until the end.

The Mavs were up 81-73 with seven minutes left in the game, but San Antonio went on a 15-0 run to take a commanding lead that they would not relinquish. It was during that run when cameras caught the priceless reaction from Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who clearly was not impressed by his team’s performance.

If there is a better SMH moment during these playoffs, you’ll have to let me know.

 

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The Morning Report – 4-20-2014 (The Easter Edition)

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Good morning, and happy Easter!

A day that can be classified as a new beginning, a second chance. How can you not be optimistic and positive if you are given a second chance?

This is an adaptation of Mo Willem’s great children’s book that was created to demonstrate how to do animation with Adobe Flash. It is solely for educational purposes only. Check out all the great Pigeon books by Mo Willems as well as the Elephant and Piggie series, which are also excellent.

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Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.

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The Mavs and Stars are in the playoffs!

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And how bout those Rangers?

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The Decorah Eagles are growing up before our eyes. Check them out.

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Have a great day everyone! Happy Easter!

 

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Rangers place Jim Adduci on DL; promote top prospect Luis Sardinas

ESPN’s Richard Durrett reports that the Rangers have placed outfielder Jim Adduci on the disabled list and called up infielder Luis Sardinas from Double-A Frisco. Adduci suffered a fractured left pinky finger sliding into second base in Friday night’s game against the White Sox and is expected to miss four weeks.

Sardinas, 20, was rated the #72 overall prospect entering the season according to Baseball Prospectus. While he doesn’t offer much in the way of power, he has a high contact rate and steals plenty of bases while playing good defense. In 55 plate appearances to start the season with Frisco, Sardinas posted a paltry .519 OPS.

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Rangers break open game in 3rd

The Rangers break open the game in the 3rd inning with a two-out, seven-run rally

Watch the highlights here.

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Choo’s first Rangers home run

4/17/14: Shin-Soo Choo connects for a solo home run, his first with the Rangers, to increase his team’s lead to 4-0 over the Mariners

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Do you have any quarterbacks? Texas Tech says “Go fish!”

Texas Tech is down to just one quarterback on the roster as the spring comes to a close. Davis Webb was named the starting quarterback for the Red Raiders last week, but who will be there to back him up? The Dallas Morning News reports walk-on quarterbacks Tanner Tausch and Mike Richardson are both leaving the program, leaving Webb as the only quarterback left on the roster heading into the summer.

Tausch is not leaving Texas Tech, but he is leaving the football team to focus on academics. Richardson is looking for a chance to compete for more playing time that is not likely to be available at Texas Tech. In all, Texas Tech has lost five quarterbacks over the past six months. Fortuneately for Texas Tech, the future is still bright under center.

Texas Tech will be adding a quarterback through the most recent recruiting class with Patrick Mahomes, a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, and a handful of walk-ons are expected to join the team in the coming months as well, including the son of former Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde, Vincent Testaverde. The Class of 2015 already has one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation lined up as well with four-star recruit Jarrett Stidham already committed.

All head coach Kliff Kingsbury needs to do is get through the 2014 season without any quarterback injuries before he can really get to work with the future leader of his offense.

 

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