Bohls: Steve Adler touts professional soccer for Austin


While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:

1. Count Steve Adler as a strong proponent of bringing the Major League Soccer franchise in Columbus, Ohio, to Austin before next season. The Austin mayor followed the final pairing of Bubba Watson and Kevin Kisner in Sunday’s championship round of the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play and spoke about the likelihood of the Crew relocating here on the city-owned land at McKalla Place near the Domain. “I think it’s ours if we want it,” Adler told me. “It now looks like a fit. I think we’ve found a site that could work for the team and for the city council. Now it’s time to sit down with the team and see what that means.” Asked if he’d put a percentage on Austin finally having its first professional franchise in a major sport, he said, “It’s hard to say. I just think it’s ours if the community wants it. It’ll come down to who does that. We need more information to assess, so we can talk specifics. We have to look at the opportunity costs and benefits and take a look at everything. I’m excited to have a soccer team here. We just don’t have events like that here which can bring everybody together to our city. Soccer would do that.”

2. Jim Nantz will call both this weekend’s Final Four and next week’s Masters and predicted during a taping of our “On Second Thought” podcast that 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago “has a chance to win two games” and capture its second national championship and first since 1963. He also said San Antonio “might be the best Final Four city of them all.” The voice of CBS said it’s taken him a while to get over the pain of his Houston Cougars’ loss to Final Four-bound Michigan on Jordan Powell’s last-second three-pointer in the Sweet 16. “That one hurt,” Nantz said, a former golf teammate of Fred Couples at Houston who told a riveting story about how he shot a 77 in his one and only golf tournament as a freshman for the Cougars. He’d shot 1-under par on the front nine but, when his coach showed up to watch, responded with a pair of double bogeys. “I can say I never made a bogey in my college career. Now I did make three double bogeys.” … He said he also wonders about “that Kansas mojo (in San Antonio where it won it all in 2008). There may be something there.

3. So when are they going to build that statue of Eddie Reese on the Texas campus? He just won his fourth consecutive and 14th overall national championship in men’s swimming and diving to go with 11 runner-up finishes. Of the Longhorns’ individual scorers, Reese will lose only 60 points of the team’s total of 449. Add that to arguably the top recruiting class in the country with talent like Matthew Willenbring, a local 7-foot freestyler who is coached by former Longhorn Brendan Hansen, and one of the top two national recruits in Drew Kibler from near Indianapolis. Matt Scoggin’s divers totaled 81 critical points for the meet without a single senior. Throw in the fact that Texas will host the NCAA championships next March, and Reese may well be keeping the Tower lit up.

4. I have to say Bubba Watson is one of the most refreshing personalities in sports. He’s so genuine and wears his many emotions on his sleeve, on his golf bag, on whatever and never shies away from candid responses. Like during his interview in the media center after his second win in five weeks on the PGA Tour, he admitted he’s easily distracted on the course and in life, then he blurted out, “Squirrel,” and looked to the side as if to spot the imaginary animal. He’s real people.

5. Mo Bamba has his sights set high. Rated one of the top five picks in the NBA draft, the extroverted Texas center on Tuesday said, “I definitely want to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Absolutely, I do. There’s not a clear-cut No. 1 guy.” Asked about the Arizona big man who’s also being considered as the best lottery pick, Bamba said he beat Deandre Ayton’s teams three times in AAU or high school play. So is Bamba the next Bill Russell? Or is that way too fanciful? When asked what he’d think about getting drafted by the Dallas Mavericks, he said, “That’d be awesome.” But he added he “wouldn’t mind” getting drafted by his hometown New York Knicks. … He said he has “mixed emotions” about the one-and-done rule, but I think the NBA will change it to none-and-done before next season. … Junior guard Kerwin Roach II is testing the NBA waters, which is smart, but unless NBA teams see more than his terrific athleticism, his length and his defensive efficiency, he really should come back for his senior season. He’s not that good a shooter, and he could work on being an elite defensive player like a Jevan Carter or an Avery Bradley.

6. If you’re looking for an exciting event in this week’s Texas Relays, check out the elite men’s pole vault Saturday. Five Olympians will be competing, including world indoor record-holder and 2012 olympic gold Renaud Lavillenie of France.

7. Texas golfer Doug Ghim’s dream comes true next week when, as the U.S. Amateur runner-up, he qualified to play in the Masters. “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to test my game against the best players in the world at arguably the coolest golf course in the world.I’m humbled. I’m nervous, but it’s a good kind of nerves,” he said. “Words can’t describe the feeling I’ll have when my name will be called next Thursday.” The senior from Arlington Heights, Ill., outside Chicago leads the Longhorns in stroke average and has posted 17 rounds or par or under par in his 21 rounds this spring. His dad, Jeff, who became a certified coach to help Doug with his game, will caddie for him at Augusta, but he hopes his mother, Susan, will caddie during the Par-3 tournament next Wednesday.

8. Forgive the indulgence, but my 11-year-old great nephew, Conrad Bohls, competed on the Highland Park elementary school archery program that won the state championship held by Texas Parks and Wildlife in Belton last week and also won the boys individual championship. He overcame something called “target panic,” and was taught by his dad and assistant coach, Josh, how to shoot left-handed just six weeks ago. The nationals are in Louisville in May. … Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to former Longhorns outfield star Dustin Majewski.

9. Rented “Last Flag Standing” and was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. Excellent script by Richard Linklater. Bryan Cranston rocks any movie he’s in. Gave it 7 1/2 ducks.

10. Crazy prediction: Loyola-Chicago head coach Porter Moser, a former Aggies assistant under Tony Barone, will become Texas A&M’s basketball coach whenever Billy Kennedy retires.



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