Her­man has at­ten­tion of Longhorns

New coach doesn’t need to swing fry­ing pan to face to make a point.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Kirk Bohls

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy pre­dic­tion: 1. Tom Her­man said the culture shock ex­pe­ri­enced by Longhorns foot­ball play­ers upon his ar­rival in De­cem­ber was so se­vere, it was like “they were hit in the face with a fry­ing pan.” Her­man might be the most com­pet­i­tive coach I’ve been around in 40-plus years. Asked why he’s so in­tense, he told our “On Sec­ond Thought” pod­cast that he “was raised on the value of hard work, and I fell in love with the in­tox­i­ca­tion of win­ning. And win­ning at the high­est level is even more in­tox­i­cat­ing. Win­ning be­came like a drug to me. I wanted it all the time.” 2. Stan Dray­ton’s look­ing for a lead op­tion among the Longhorns run­ning backs he’s coach­ing for the first time, and he hasn’t found one yet in what will pri­mar­ily be a one-back set, Chris War­ren III in­cluded. “I wish I had a bell cow,” Dray­ton said. “Right now I have a com­mit­tee of backs, to be hon­est with you. The com­pe­ti­tion is good. No­body has sep­a­rated

him­self yet.” While it’s fair to say Dray­ton isn’t in love with the backs yet, he likes the ef­fort they’re show­ing. Sopho­more Kyle Porter shows prom­ise, but “he needs to be more ex­plo­sive.” Dray­ton raves about fresh­man Daniel Young, who he says has “nat­u­ral in­stincts. He is a very tough run­ner with a big body and can ac­cel­er­ate, but he’s still green be­cause he wasn’t here in the spring.” .... Dray­ton was em­phatic that ev­ery spe­cial-teams player will be a starter on of­fense or de­fense. “We put our best play­ers on spe­cial teams,” he says. That’s fine in prin­ci­ple, but it’s also ex­tremely risky, es­pe­cially when you have concerns about depth. 3. The PGA Cham­pi­onship will move to May on fu­ture golf cal­en­dars, start­ing in 2019, and the shift will in turn force the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship into March, prob­a­bly dur­ing the sec­ond week of the month. It’s an as­tute move for the PGA be­cause it avoids a con­flict with Olympic golf ev­ery four years and ends com­pe­ti­tion against the NFL pre­sea­son, base­ball pen­nant races and the run-up to the col­lege foot­ball sea­son. Pete Be­vac­qua, CEO of the PGA of Amer­ica, en­dorses the move, say­ing it will make it pos­si­ble to play the PGA Cham­pi­onship in other parts of the coun­try. “It’s more com­fort­able (in May) in Florida. It’s more com­fort­able in Texas.” Mean­while, the guess here, based on sev­eral in­ter­views, is that the Dell Tech­nolo­gies Match Play tour­na­ment at Austin Coun­try Club will stay where it is in March for the third straight year. The Dell has never be­gun ear­lier than March 22. 4. Ben Cren­shaw isn’t bet­ting against Jor­dan Spi­eth win­ning the ca­reer Grand Slam at age 24 af­ter he tees off in the PGA Cham­pi­onship this week at Quail Hol­low. “That’s pretty out­stand­ing. He’s a re­mark­able com­peti­tor,” Cren­shaw said. “I hope he keeps the ball in play. I know he has to work on his driv­ing a lit­tle bit. You’ve got to look at Rory McIl­roy be­cause of his track record. He loves that place. My God, what a win that Open was (for Spi­eth). It was spec­tac­u­lar.” McIl­roy holds the course record at Quail Hol­low and has won there twice. ... Seven Longhorns golfers have qual­i­fied for the PGA Cham­pi­onship field: Dy­lan Frit­telli (2009-12), Spi­eth (2012), Bran­don Stone (2013), Matt Dobyns (2001), Omar Uresti (198791), Jhonat­tan Ve­gas (2003-07) and Cody Grib­ble (2009-13). 5. Ma­jor Ap­ple­white said on our “On Sec­ond Thought” pod­cast that All-Amer­ica de­fen­sive tackle Ed Oliver re­minds him of for­mer Longhorn Mal­com Brown, now a starter for the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots. “Ed plays with such good pad level and vi­sion,” the new Hous­ton coach said. “He does ev­ery­thing a line­backer does.” 6. An­other rec­ol­lec­tion of Don Bay­lor, who died Mon­day at age 68. He pre­pared early on for a long pro­fes­sional base­ball ca­reer, de­vel­op­ing a three-year plan as far back as high school. That in­cluded tak­ing Por­tuguese at Austin High be­cause he knew he might spend win­ter ball in, uh, Puerto Rico. Oh, well. He was al­ways bet­ter at base­ball than ge­og­ra­phy. 7. Texas needs to come up with a bet­ter base­line stan­dard for dis­ci­plin­ing play­ers, coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors who are found guilty of drunken driv­ing of­fenses. Longhorns vol­ley­ball coach Jer­ritt El­liott this week de­clined to com­ment on pos­si­ble pun­ish­ment for All-Amer­ica out­side hit­ter Micaya White, who was charged with DWI last spring. Texas foot­ball coach Char­lie Strong sus­pended guard Kent Perkins for one game — a con­fer­ence game against Ok­la­homa State — af­ter a DWI ar­rest last year and trot­ted him out for a very pub­lic news con­fer­ence, a great step to­ward ac­count­abil­ity. The school also sus­pended for­mer Longhorns base­ball coach Augie Gar­rido for a three-game se­ries for the same of­fense. “We’ve taken care of it in-house,” El­liott said re­gard­ing White, who led the Longhorns in kills last sea­son. Her court ap­pear­ance for the first week in Au­gust was reset for Oct. 3. White did par­tic­i­pate in the Longhorns’ spring scrim­mage a month af­ter her ar­rest. Asked by our UT vol­ley­ball beat writer Danny Davis if we should as­sume White has been sus­pended if she doesn’t play in the sea­son opener Aug. 25 at Florida, El­liott said, “You can as­sume what you want. We’re not go­ing to let out­side in­flu­ences (dic­tate pun­ish­ment). We’ve done a real good job of han­dling it with her and her fam­ily, and I think it’s the best thing for our team.” He needs to sus­pend her for at least a match. 8. Scat­ter­shoot­ing while won­der­ing what­ever hap­pened to for­mer Longhorns run­ning back A.J. “Jam” Jones of Youngstown, Ohio. Jam gave me one of the best in­ter­views I’ve ever had when he talked about how crazily Woody Hayes talked to him about the Civil War and how Notre Dame of­fered him a car dur­ing re­cruit­ing. The NCAA in­ves­ti­gated the claim and found no wrong­do­ing. 9. Dou­ble fea­ture: I loved “Won­der Woman.” Ter­rific cast­ing of hero­ine Gal Gadot and her love in­ter­est, Chris Pine. Both played very lik­able char­ac­ters, and the movie of­fered laughs and in­ter­est­ing twists. Sec­ond-best movie I’ve seen this year. Gave it 8½ ducks. ... I have al­ways liked the “Planet of the Apes” fran­chise, but “War for the Planet of the Apes” was far too long and dragged. It needed much bet­ter edit­ing. Gave it five ducks. C razy pre­dic­tion: Jor­dan Spi­eth will win the PGA Cham­pi­onship. Con­tact Kirk Bohls at 512-445-3772. Twit­ter: @kbohls

TONY DE­JAK / AP

The jer­sey of for­mer Rock­ies man­ager Don Bay­lor hangs in Colorado’s dugout be­fore Tues­day’s game at Cleve­land. Bay­lor, of Austin, died Mon­day at 68.

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