Andrew Luck. Robert Griffin III. Johnny Manziel. All elite quarterbacks from the state of Texas whom the Longhorns didn't offer or land, which exacerbates the signal-caller problems the Longhorns have had since Colt McCoy graduated.
Dylan Fritelli's clutch shot to win the NCAA golf title saved the ending to a down year for the Longhorns' sports teams.
Texas was down, and the young Longhorns were struggling. Rick Barnes got tough, and in getting Texas to the tournament, might have turned in his best effort.
After battling through a tough season, Rick Barnes cobbled his team together to reach the NCAA tournament for the 14th straight year.
Desperation can make for strange bedfellows. That said, the pillow talk between Texas' Rick Barnes and Oklahoma's Lon Kruger is about just who is more desperate.
For the freshman-laden Longhorns to make the NCAA tournament, the Big 12 math looks simple.