A couple of news-worthy items on a slow news day, especially if you're a Spurs fan. You're not Spurs fans, are you?
- An interesting tidbit from the Dallas Morning News. Earlier this week the SEC announced who the permanent cross-division rivals for each team would be going forward and, as expected, Arkansas and Missouri drew one another. (Quick off-topic: How should we brand this game? The Moonshine and Meth Mayhem? The Deliverance Cup? The "We should've just saved money and gotten a GED" Bowl? Piggies and Tigers and sister-wives, oh my!? Yours in the comments). From there, rumors immediately started circulating that the annual Arkansas/LSU post-Thanksgiving game, which has been played at that point in the schedule since 1992, would be moved in favor of Arkansas/Missouri and aggy/LSU filling that last weekend slot. This is fine on the surface, except for this bit of information: Ex-aggy Coach Jackie Sherrill let it slip that, starting in 2014, aggy and LSU would start playing their series in prime time on, wait for it, Thanksgiving Night. But wait, you say, aren't WE supposed to be playing Texas on Thanksgiving Night? My thoughts exactly. Of course, the game this year hasn't been moved so nothing is set in stone, but it's long been expected that we will be facing the Longhorns in Austin on Thanksgiving Night in Primetime in even numbered years. If aggy and LSU ARE moved, what would this do to that series? Would the networks really play aggy and UT against each other like that? Looks like the rivalry didn't die out so easily after all. It'll be interesting to see where this goes, but if the rumors continue to heat up, don't be surprised if the B12 announces that switch from Saturday to Thursday soon than later.
- By now you may have heard the news that the unthinkable happened: The University of Texas lost a top tier recruit. Ricky Seals-Jones, A WR out of Sealy and Rivals' 18th ranked overall prospect for the entire nation, recently reopened his commitment status due to his desire to play both football and basketball, pretty much a no-no at a school like Texas. In fact, it's not that common anywhere - outside of Julius Peppers and Matt Jones, I can't think of anyone who played both sports and had an impact - simply because the seasons partially overlap and the time demands are unreasonable. Yet RSJ wants to attempt to bridge that gap, so here we are. The latest rumor I've seen has LSU and aggy at the top of his list, followed closely by Baylor, but there are some odd names out there like Kansas, Kentucky and, wait for it, SMU. Now, looking at that list makes one wonder if the kid doesn't actually value basketball over football and whether or not he might drop the pigskin altogether given an opportunity, but, my question is why on earth isn't TCU at least making a call? Now, I'm no recruiting guru, but from the little spelunking I've done it doesn't look like Jones and TCU ever jibed - we are not on his list at this time - so it's entirely possible that the interest was never there for either party, and I accept that, but S-J is 6'5", 220 and clearly extremely athletic. Can you IMAGINE pairing him with Ladarius Brown on the outside Why aren't we at least putting some feelers out? SMU!!! is in the mix for goodness sake! Wouldn't this be the easiest sales pitch ever? "Ricky, come catch passes from a future NFL player Casey Pachall and, when he's done Tyler Matthews, as well as be the absolute face of TCU's Basketball program for the forseeable future?" Trent Johnson wouldn't care if he missed the early part of the season, I can guarantee you that. And here's the best part - RSJ came to UT as sort of a "packaged deal" with, you guessed it, Tyrone Swoopes! Is it possible Swoopes, a kid who loved TCU but couldn't resist the allure of Austin, would think about jumping ship? Alas, it will never happen because our basketball program is shit and God clearly hates us this offseason, but just in case, don't let, "We don't want UT's leavings" stand in the way of what could be a huge get.
That's all I got. Just some food for thought. Also, will a Celtics/OKC Finals be the lowest rated broadcast in history? Would you be fine with an epic comeback by Miami to take the East if it meant the end of the career of noted Bostonite Dane Cook? And after losing 15 pounds in 2 weeks and being moved to the disabled list, is it possible that Derek Holland has followed the national craze and become addicted to bath salts? Mitch Moreland and his fail bat better watch their backs in the locker room...