Ant's Blog: March Madness And Sadness - 04/08/13
First off, I would like to say, I'm sorry I haven't blogged in a while. I hope you and all your loved ones had a Happy Easter!! But now I'm back and want to reflect on a few things.
First, it April so let's start by talking football!! Yes, football is all year round here in Texas and we can never get enough football talk. It was great to see Vince Young at Texas pro day. Vince just wants another chance in the NFL and I believe someone will take a chance on him. At pro day, Vince looked in-shape -- he was accurate, fluid, and really good. His college coach, Mack Brown said, "Someone will hit the lottery with this workout". I agree and I think Vince deserves one more opportunity.
Also at pro day, I was really impressed with Marquise Goodwin, Kenny Vaccaro, and Alex Okafor. I expect Goodwin to get drafted by the 4th round. We know he has speed but Goodwin revealed he can make the tough catches and run good routes. I think former Pflugerville standout Alex Okafor helped his draft stock at pro day. I think he goes either in the 3rd or 4th round. Alex has proven a versatile defensive stalwart who can be a force along the defensive front or a hybrid linebacker. And then there is Kenny Vaccaro who should be a 1st or 2nd round pick. Kenny has everything you want in a defensive back at the next level.
For some in these parts March has been literally madness and sadness. Texas men's basketball team failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in the Rick Barnes era. The Horns did keep their post-season streak under Barnes by making the CBI. However, Texas was ousted in their first game against Houston. The Horns finished the season 16-18. Before the Houston game, forward Jaylen Bond announced he was transferring. And weeks after the Houston game, guard Sheldon McClellan announced he was transferring. I don't think Rick Barnes job is in jeopardy. Rick is fine and should stay at Texas as long as he wants. He isn't going to push the panic button. Speaking of panic button, I'd like to say to Texas baseball fans it's not time to push the panic button. The season is still young and the Texas baseball has yet to their stride. Augie will get this team going and I expect them to make a charge for the Big 12 title.
What did you think of March Madness this year? Well, I thought it was lame -- too many blowouts and too many bad games. I did think Austin, Texas did a phenomenal job of hosting the 2nd and 3rd rounds. All the teams and fans were great. I think Austin will host again within the next seven years. Only two Cinderella's in this year's tournament and it goes to Florida Gulf Coast and the Wichita State Shockers. Congrats to both teams and I think we will hear more from them in the coming years. Wichita State can be that next Butler or Gonzaga. Now we are down to the Final Four. I'm taking Louisville over Syracuse to win the national championship of college basketball!!