While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:
1. Shaka Smart landed a good one in Courtney Ramey, the 6-foot-3 guard from back-to-back 5A state champion Webster Groves in the St. Louis area. He was Mr. Show Me in the state that always wants proof. Ramey might not be a pure shooter, which Texas desperately needs, but he is a scorer and a playmaker, and he looked good shooting on video. He’s a good buddy of current Longhorn Matt Coleman and wants to play alongside him as dual point guards. Even better, he originally committed to pre-FBI target Louisville and then-coach Rick Pitino, who knows a good guard when he sees one. … Snoop Roach waits to see if he’s invited to the NBA scouting combine before he makes a decision. Andrew Jones is back home in Irving getting treatment for leukemia and doing very limited basketball stuff as everyone roots for his recovery. Coach Fity — as in Smart’s UT record of 50-50 — would love to land Albany grad transfer Joe Cremo (Villanova, Kansas, Creighton) and hope his Horns can make a jump shot or two.
2. As well as Tom Herman has recruited of late, it’s still a huge setback when dynamic Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson not only snubbed Texas in favor of Ohio State but left a parting shot when he said too many Longhorns players were undeveloped. Herman’s got seven months to change Wilson’s mind. Best way to do that? Win big this fall. “I’m still giving Texas a 25 percent chance with Wilson,” our recruiting guru Mike Craven says. … Herman’s biggest rival, Oklahoma, could be hurting if quarterback/center fielder Kyler Murray opts to sign a major league baseball contract this summer. He’s hitting .293 with six homers and 32 RBIs, and Sooners head coach Skip Johnson has compared Murray to Andrew McCutchen. Sure, Murray could play baseball this summer as a pro and still play OU football in the fall, but would his major league team want to run that risk of injury?
3. Wasn’t overwhelmed by last week’s Commission on College Basketball. No mention of letting athletes be paid for their image and likeness. Lifetime bans for coaches caught cheating? Yeah, that’s going to happen. Allowing athletes who declare for the draft and don’t get selected to return to school? I’m all for it. Give athletes options if you won’t give ’em money. … Count me as surprised that Karen Aston would hire former Longhorns great Tiffany Jackson to replace Tina Thompson. Jackson was a terrific player and knows the Dallas area, but can she coach and recruit? Thompson was new at it, too, but this seems to be a gamble when Aston could have used a great offensive mind on her bench.
4. Denver got the steal of the weekend in North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb, with the Chargers close behind by landing safety Derwin James. … Cleveland should have gone for one sure thing at No. 1 and taken Saquon Barkley or Chubb. … Draft winners include quarterback Drew Brees with yet another defensive player (but an asterisk); Arizona with the fearless, strong-armed Josh Rosen; and New England with explosive Georgia speedster Sony Michel, whom I considered the No. 2 back after Barkley and much better than his teammate Nick Chubb. Losers include the Browns with their fourth pick, Denzel Ward, who went too high; the Cowboys with a Boise State linebacker with athleticism but little experience as a one-year starter when they should have taken receiver D.J. Moore or Calvin Ridley; and the Saints with their outrageous trade up to get talented UTSA end Marcus Davenport. … I’m rooting for Lamar Jackson, the oft-criticized, overlooked Louisville quarterback who fell all the way to Baltimore at No. 32.
5. Let’s quit hating on Rosen. When I asked him why nine other teams passed on him, he said those nine teams “made a mistake,” and the UCLA quarterback plans to spend the next decade making them pay for it. We in the media and the public demand transparency and want honest answers rather than robotic replies, and Rosen gives them to us. I love his honesty.
6. The Cowboys are still paying for the too long-sighted draft of Jaylon Smith a few years ago. Yes, the Notre Dame linebacker was an explosive talent, but that Fiesta Bowl injury was catastrophic, and he will never be the same player. Hope Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch hits it big, but I think he’s a bit of a reach. It was funny when someone asked him if he was familiar with Tex-Mex. “Text messages?” he responded. Uh, no. When I posted the exchange on Twitter, some smart soul tweeted, “He now has a teammate named Taco.”
7. Here’s an idea for the 2020 presidential independent ticket — Gregg Popovich and Bob Costas. I’d vote for them. The legendary broadcaster fascinated a UT audience on Monday and made it clear he respects broadcasters who address current social issues, but not over the top at the expense of ignoring the action. On Pop, Costas said after his speech, “He spoke out of common decency.” Costas approaches sports in both “a reverent and irreverent style,” and I couldn’t have said it better. He said he still gets goose bumps walking into Lambeau Field but thinks it’s imperative to mention China’s horrible record on human rights during one of his 12 hostings of the Olympics. … Costas said even the NFL has said 30 percent of its players will have some neurological damage by middle age and is very wary of football’s future because brain trauma “in most sports is incidental but in football it’s fundamental.” The new report out of Boston University that says those who play football before age 12 are much more at risk of brain damage more than a decade earlier than most should open even more eyes.
8. Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to former Texas lineman Jay Humphrey. Was told by friend David Bales that former scattershooting target A.J. “Jam” Jones lives in Atlanta and runs a very successful office cleaning company and that former strength coach Dana LeDuc lives in Austin.
9. Hated “Phantom Thread.” So disappointed that Daniel Day-Lewis, one of my favorites, is retiring after this loser of a movie. He plays a manipulative jerk of a clothes designer. He should have stopped after “Lincoln.” Gave “Thread” only three ducks.
10. Crazy prediction: The Arizona Cardinals win the Super Bowl next year.
BOHLS, GOLDEN PODCAST
Columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden are taking a week off from their weekly “On Second Thought” podcast but will return next week.
HOW CRAZY WAS HE?
Looking back at Kirk’s crazy prediction from April 26, 2017 — that Texas’ Connor Williams would be taken in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. While he deserves credit for getting the fact that Williams — a junior — left UT a year early, he was 18 picks off; Williams was taken with the 50th overall pick in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys.