BY: Richard W. Humphrey
UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas – Scatter shooting while wondering whatever happened to Byron Hunt. If that opening sounds familiar, it was the format of Blackie Sherrod’s Sunday columns for years. William Forrest Sherrod passed away recently at the age of 96. He is generally regarded as the preeminent North Texas sportswriter ever. He was voted the Texas sportswriter of the year 16 times, easily more than anyone else.
He was part of the greatest generation, having served on the USS Saratoga in World War II. He was a torpedo plane tailgunner. At one point, his plane went down in the Pacific. The buckle on his seat restraint jammed, and he had to cut the harness to get loose, which he did literally seconds before the plane sank.
Readers have enjoyed his writing style and treasured his opinions. He retired from writing in 2003, so we have missed his columns for 13 years. RIP Blackie.
The SMU athletic department announced that Harry Froling has officially signed at SMU. The 6-10″ power forward/center is expected to be a key player for next year’s basketball team with Jordan Tolbert and Markus Kennedy having exhausted their eligibility.
At this point, it looks like neither Ted Kapita nor Fernando Bruno will be coming to SMU. Both had given verbal commitments, and both are center/power forward types that were expected to shore up SMU’s inside game next season. However, both apparently have academic issues. Bruno has officially de-committed.
The talent seems to just keep on coming though. Arkansas guard Jimmy Whitt has indicated that he will be transferring to SMU. Whitt was a four star prospect a year ago. He had an up and down season at Arkansas averaging 6.1 points and 17 minutes per game. He’ll have to sit out the 2016-17 season per the transfer rules, but he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining when he becomes eligible.
New Women’s Head Basketball Coach Travis Mays recruited a top player for his program. Former Duncanville High School star Tiara Davenport is transferring from Louisiana Tech. She will have two years of eligibility remaining. The 6′-0″ guard was All-State her senior year, leading Duncanville to a 36-1 record. She was named to the Conference-USA All-Freshman team and played in 60 games the last two years at Louisiana Tech.
On the football front, no Mustangs were drafted by NFL teams, but immediately after the draft, defensive back Shakiel Randolph signed a free agent contract with Kansas City. The Waco native is a four-year letterman that played in 40 games, starting 27. Also, Zachary Wood signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.
SMU’s Evan Brown was named to the 2016 spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy. The Rimington Award is given the top center in college football. Brown is a junior that has started 22 games in his first two years.
The football team is getting a boost from two transfers. Denzell Evans is a running back transferring from Arkansas. He has already graduated, so is immediately eligible and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He was a three star prospect coming out of high school at Houston Bellaire. At Arkansas, he played mostly on special teams.
Trey Quinn is a wide receiver transferring from L.S.U. He has verbally committed to SMU after playing two years for the Tigers. He was a highly recruited player out of high school in Barbe, Louisiana, where he was rated as a top 10 receiver in the 2014 recruiting class. He will have to sit out a year per the transfer rules, and will be eligible for the 2017 season. He will also have two years of eligibility remaining.
Chad Morris is busy on the recruiting trail for the “Stang Gang 17″. He now has 12 verbal commitments for next year’s recruiting class after getting three verbal commitments last weekend.