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to be fifth at best. Money was the whole rea­son for the move. It was re­ally a no-brainer to move, but it made it harder for foot­ball. I think the fans are al­ways go­ing to see them­selves as an ACC school. I think time will tell. Mary­land’s (wild) uni­forms are unique, but they don’t win you games. If it’s about uni­forms, Mary­land would be un­de­feated.”


Sophia Schu­bert said the Texas women’s golf team is ready to chal­lenge the men’s team in a mano-y-wom­ano match. Well, kinda. “Yeah, we were go­ing to do the girls against the guys. I think they did (chicken out),” the Longhorns se­nior joked Mon­day. “They didn’t want to do it.” She added that “see­ing what the men have ac­com­plished mo­ti­vated us girls.” Schu­bert is com­ing off a wire-to-wire cham­pi­onship in the U.S. Women’s Am­a­teur, fresh­man Agathe Laisne won the Euro­pean Ladies Cham­pi­onship in July, fresh­man Kait­lyn Papp was part of the win­ning U.S. Ju­nior Sol­heim Cup team, and sopho­more Emilee Hoff­man helped the U.S. team win a gold medal in the World Univer­sity Games. Texas women’s coach Ryan Mur­phy cad­died for Schu­bert and said, “She’s been fan­tas­tic. She’s es­sen­tially played in my No. 1 spot since she ar­rived here (as a trans­fer from Auburn). Sophia’s a great ball-striker. That’s the cor­ner­stone of her game. She has good length, she’s a good iron player, she’s re­ally im­proved her wedge play and she can be a streaky good put­ter.”


Se­nior sec­ond-team All-Amer­i­cans Doug Ghim and Scot­tie Sch­ef­fler will com­pete in next week’s Walker Cup match­ing the best col­le­gians against their coun­ter­parts in Great Bri­tain and Ire­land. Ghim will play along­side Clem­son’s Doc Red­man, who just edged him out for the U.S. Am­a­teur ti­tle with the help of a 60-foot ea­gle putt. “So many peo­ple think of nerves as a neg­a­tive thing and they try to get rid of them,” Ghim said. “Nerves can help pro­duce in­cred­i­ble shots. I’ve felt good about my game for awhile now, but it’s good to get af­fir­ma­tion.” He can’t wait to play in next year’s Mas­ters. Sch­ef­fler com­peted in the U.S. Open and won low am­a­teur sta­tus. “We have a re­ally tal­ented team com­ing back and a good amount of mo­ti­va­tion,” Sch­ef­fler said of six­thranked Texas. They’ll be joined by in­com­ing fresh­men Christof­fer Bring of Den­mark, Kristof­fer Rei­tan of Nor­way and High­land Park’s Cash Carter, whose dad Chris was a team­mate of the late Payne Ste­wart at SMU.


Was im­pressed with the poise and ac­cu­racy of Red­skins backup Colt McCoy. Even Troy Aik­man opined, “A lot of teams have shown in­ter­est” in trad­ing for the for­mer Longhorns quar­ter­back . ... Eric Dick­er­son is sign­ing a one-day con­tract with the Los An­ge­les Rams. Is there any­thing sil­lier that these one­day con­tracts? Just have a press con­fer­ence in the city where you made your bones. It’s dumb, like wait­ing for the next “30 for 30” on Art Briles’ CFL ca­reer.


As poorly as Char­lie Strong’s South Florida team per­formed for much of its sea­son-open­ing 42-22 win over a San Jose State team com­ing off a 4-8 sea­son — the na­tion­ally-ranked Bulls trailed 16-0 — it should be noted that his loss to lowly Kansas in his penul­ti­mate game at Texas could turn out to be the best loss in UT his­tory. Had Texas beaten the Jay­hawks and qual­i­fied for a bowl game, I think Texas Pres­i­dent Gregory L. Fenves was pre­pared to keep Strong and give him an ex­ten­sion since he would have been start­ing the 2017 sea­son with only one ex­tra year left on his con­tract. Against the Spar­tans, Strong’s kick­off man kicked the ball out of bounds for a penalty to start the game be­fore a se­ries of other spe­cial teams mis­steps.


Tampa Bay has been pretty lame on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” although you have to love Ger­ald McCoy’s per­son­al­ity. I won’t lie. It was hard to watch the Bucs cut­ting kicker Roberto Aguayo. That’s tough.


Did you see the fan base mis­ery in­dex on ESPN that rates the hap­pi­ness level of col­lege foot­ball faith­ful? Texas ranked 37th ( just be­low Syra­cuse) with the “Content” de­scrip­tion. Dead last? Texas State at 128th un­der Dis­traught with a power rat­ing of 1 on a scale of 1 to 100.


Scat­ter­shoot­ing while won­der­ing whatever hap­pened to Mark McBath, one of the two Texas quar­ter­backs who went down with knee in­juries in the Ok­la­homa game, paving the way for hero Randy McEachern in 9. 1977.So Be­low,” an ex­tra

Watched “As Above, creepy movie about ex­plo­ration in the cat­a­combs un­der the streets of Paris. The fact that my wife, son Zachary and I have vis­ited those same dark cav­erns made it even scarier. Gave it 6 ducks.

Crazy pre­dic­tion: Chad Mor­ris will re­place Kliff Kings­bury as the next Texas Tech coach.

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