Chat with Sean Adams
Welcome to HornsNation! On Friday, writer Sean Adams stops by to chat about the Longhorns and everything else Texas.
Adams joined ESPN.com in 2012 after covering the University of Texas and national college football since 2001, most recently for Rivals. Each afternoon he hosts the top-rated show "The Adams Theory" on 104.9 The Horn - ESPN Austin. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send your questions now and join Adams Friday at noon ET/11 a.m. CT!
Rasean (Pensacola )
How are the DBs doing in practice? What are Duke Thomas and Leroy Scott doing to become elite?
Sean Adams (12:11 PM)
Well the good thing is that Duke Thomas and the other corners are probably going to allow for Quandre Diggs to go ahead and make the move to safety. They need to develop depth, but I think the starting group will be better than last year even with Vaccaro gone. He was a stud, but Byndom and Phillips struggled. Both those guys will be much better in 2013.
Cannon (Austin, TX)
Which of the average programs at Texas (football, basketball and baseball) will emerge as a national program first?
Sean Adams (12:19 PM)
I really want to say baseball, but they still struggle to put the ball in play and support the pitching staff with runs. Basketball needs scorers and passion. Football has future NFL players, and regardless of their schedule, they have shown growth over the last three years. David Ash has to perform against the best teams on the schedule (TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State). If he does, Texas football will be back in national conversations.
Seems like spring ball has been deja vu. Media reports hyping up the team, saying that players x, y, and z have finally turned the corner and are ready for the big-time stage. Only to be disappointed once the state fair rolls around. Give me three reasons to be optimistic.
Sean Adams (12:21 PM)
1. These media reports have to be right at some point, right? 2. Having a quarterback named in the spring should be a good move for the Longhorns. 3. The spring game is wide open for everyone to see. All of us members of the media have sources and get reports. I trust my eyes more than anything, and I'm ready to see the spring game for myself.
George (Dallas, TX)
What does the basketball team need most to turn this mess around in 2013/14?
Sean Adams (12:25 PM)
They struggle scoring. They don't have an AJ Abrams-type player who can just fill it up. J. Lewis played great scoring the ball, but that was just the last five games. They need scoring talent and they need to get it any way they can.
Would Mack Brown seriously burn Tyrone Swoopes' redshirt if he keeps exceeding expectations and takes over the No. 2 QB spot? Regardless of how well he plays, Swoopes wants as many years as possible to be the starter, not waste a year as a backup.
Sean Adams (12:31 PM)
Unless the quarterback position imploded, I would not burn his shirt. I keep remembering what Trent Dilfer said after the Elite 11 camp about how much Swoopes needs to redshirt. David Ash is the guy in my mind, and unless he falls apart, I would do all I could to redshirt Swoopes.
Dave Nelson (WYNX)
Is Dodds becoming Jerry-like? Is he holding back our football program (smoke being his recent ridiculous comments) the way Jerry's ridiculousness holds back the Cowboys?
Sean Adams (12:37 PM)
I don't think he is Jerry Jones-like. That is a stretch for anyone. I think Dodds firmly believes that he has the right guys in place. There are differing opinions, including mine, on whether that is true. We know one thing, the field and the court will always tell the truth, and we may learn a lot in 2013/14.
Do you think Raulerson will redshirt this year? I would think it's a good idea just to let him get up to size, plus recover from his surgery.
Sean Adams (12:44 PM)
I don't know that he will if he is healthy, because they will need him in 2014. Tough to ask guy to play huge minutes in 2014 when he got nothing but practice reps in 2013.
Montana (Fort Worth, America)
Be honest with me here: Do you really, truly think Mack Brown has enough drive/energy/passion left in the tank to get this thing back to where it needs to be, or is it time to turn the page?
Sean Adams (12:46 PM)
I think he has all of that because his pride, and yes, even part of his legacy, is at stake. The bigger question is whether he can change the culture of the program. That is the bigger need right now. Leadership and accountability. They have the talent. It's not like 2010. Drive/energy/passion have to coupled with leadership and accountability.
Rasean (Pensacola )
What are the chances Myck Kabongo will stay?
Sean Adams (12:50 PM)
Chad Ford, ESPN's NBA draft expert, says he is 50-50. I think if he is projected to go in first round, he will go to the NBA. That is my hunch based on nothing.
Lisa (Round Rock, TX)
Love your radio show and what you do for ESPN, but do you really believe everything you say about Texas?
Sean Adams (12:56 PM)
Yes. I may dress it up some. As my mom says, "I say what I mean and mean what I say, I'm just not mean when I say it." As a former athlete, I know these kids are giving all they have to give. It's cool to be honest, not cool to be mean-spirited.
Sean Adams (12:59 PM)
Thanks for the questions. See you next week.