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Save the Catus Cafe!…or not

The Texas Tribune reports that Austin’s beloved Catus Cafe is set to close this coming August.  UT administration cite budgetary constraints as the reason to shut down the modest but tradition rich venue.  As a semi-regular, it hurts me to see the place go.  It still is one of my favorite places to enjoy a drink, and the only place that I can between class.  However if the cafe is struggling it should not be permanently propped up by the administration.  It is shocking how few students know about the place tucked away in a corner of the Union.  I have not seen the management put any effort to engage the student population (in fact I have seen the management do little else than read the newspaper at the bar.)  I am all for letting the place be took over by the Texas Exes, or allowing private donations to subsidize the place if it cannot turn a profit.  But at the end of the day the Catus Cafe cannot cite its tradition as the only reason to keep the doors open.  The place needs to find a way to make money, or at the bare minimum, look like it is trying to.

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Longhorn recruiting

Big  news for Texas recruiting today.  We landed 5-star prospects DE Jackson Jeffcoat and LB Jordan Hicks.  We had already landed 4-star recruits at every defensive position- 2 at DE, 2 at LB, 2 at DT, and 3 DB’s.  We also have this guy waiting in the wings from last year.  Will our defense ever be scored on again?  That remains to be seen.  On the offensive side of the ball we turned in some nice recruits as well.  A slew of 4-star wide receivers committed, and a couple of them are expected to compete for playing time next year.  We also received some 4-star recruits on the offensive line, but the biggest thing here should be getting last year’s 5-star recruit Mason Walters back from injury.  The biggest wild card of this class seems to be the running back position.  We only had one recruit here, Traylon Shead, and it’s hard to know how good he’ll be as he played  at the single A level in high school.  He absolutely dominated at that level, but it’s hard to know how that projects.  He is the first single A player Mack Brown has ever recruited.  We’ll also have Chris Whaley coming off his red shirt season, but some people think that he will be moved to tight end.