Monday began with the surprising and saddening news of former Texas quarterback James Street's passing. Street went 20-0 under center during his time at UT, and stayed very involved with the university until a heart attack took his life early August 30th.
Mack Brown addressed the unexpected news at his weekly press conference Monday, saying he will miss James' smiling face, his enthusiasm, and his friendship. Street and Brown were close professionally and personally, and Brown made a point to make sure his players remember Street's untouched legacy, starting with honoring the passionate quarterback on their uniforms against Iowa State on Thursday. The team will wear a 'JS' on the back of their helmets, and Brown joked there might even be a 'Wishbone" play - the style of offense Street and Darrell K. Royal are known for running in the late sixties.
As the Texas family says goodbye to Street, they might also be saying goodbye to another long-time Longhorn. News circled Monday afternoon that their will likely be a press conference Tuesday regarding Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds' retirement. Kirk Bohls of the Statesman first reported the news of the anticipated press conference, after Orangebloods.com's Chip Brown reported the potential for Dodds' retirement, saying he might step down before the end of the calendar year. The university was unable to confirm or deny the reports, but the Associated Press also reported the story early Monday evening.
Among all the hubbub, the football team still has to focus on heading to Iowa State Wednesday for their game against the Cyclones Thursday night. The Horns head to Ames with a still-lengthy injured list: Josh Cochran and Jordan Hicks are out, Mike Davis and David Ash are 'questionable' while Daje Johnson should be healthy in time for kick off. The Horns are 0-1 on the road this year, their only loss coming against BYU in Provo, UT, and one the Horns are not too quick to forget. Mack and the players commented Monday that they need to feed off the momentum of the most-recent Kansas State win, and be sure to not overlook the Cyclones, with Oklahoma and the Red River Rivalry right around the corner.
Beyond the world of football, Ricky sits down with Circuit of the Americas Chairman and Founder, Bobby Epstein, who walks us through the U.S. Grand Prix, which is just about a month away. It will be the second time COTA hosts the event and he walks us through all the new things they have in store for fans and spectators this November.
All that and the Rangers fate in Monday's rendition of Your Sports Now.