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1. Shaking up spring football: Mack Brown wasted little time shaking things up when the Longhorns returned to spring practice yesterday. While the players were on spring break, the Texas coaches were busy evaluating the practices they had seen.
“Now you reset your goals. If you didn't get something accomplished, you go back and try and work on it,” Brown said.
Among the things the Texas coaches are trying to do is build depth and find roles for players where they will be more successful. With that, D.J. Monroe will move from running back to wide receiver and Alex De La Torre will move from linebacker to fullback.
Depth is certainly an issue at fullback with Jamison Berryhill and Cody Johnson graduating. Brown did say that he didn’t know if the move would be permanent for De La Torre who was a four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 11 inside linebacker according to ESPNU.
As for Monroe, he needs the ball in his hands and that’s more the goal than anything else. There is a shortage at receivers, but Monroe should still see work catching, running fly sweeps and probably lining up in the backfield.
“If [Monroe is] going to play more, he needs to expand his package. And we need to expand his package. And to do that, there are places at tailback right now that we need him in there (at receiver). He needs to be outside. That's who he is. And to do that he's got to catch better.”
2. Six in a row on the diamond: It appears as if maybe the Texas baseball team has righted the ship. And it couldn’t come at a better time.
The Longhorns started slow, at one point losing five straight games. With Texas’ 9-1 win over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday, Augie Garrido’s team has now won six straight.
The bigger wins certainly came in a sweep of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., over the weekend. That’s a good way to kick off Big 12 play.
Against the Lumberjacks Tuesday, Jordan Etier had a big game with two RBI and a stolen base. Dillon Baker got the win and struck out four. He was among five Texas pitchers who combined to allow only five hits.
3. UT still making money: In a very comprehensive piece on the financial landscape of college sports, Alecia Jessop is taking a look at the most profitable athletics programs in each conference.
No surprise that Texas had the biggest expense or the largest amount of revenue. The Longhorns again made money in 2010-11. The Texas athletic program made just over $24 million in that time frame, but surprisingly, Kansas State was second with a little more than $23 million made.
She notes another interesting point about the two schools:
Kansas State achieved profits of $23,395,408.00, while Texas had profits of $24,317,815.00. Interestingly, though, is the fact that Kansas State’s revenues in that same year were $68,875,266.00, while Texas’ were $150,295,932.00. Texas’ expenditures, on the other hand, were nearly three-times that of Kansas State’s.
Read the full breakdown here.