Posted by Tom Fornelli
Last week in the blog's Spring Practice Primer on the Texas Longhorns, I wrote that the most interesting thing to follow in Austin this spring will be whether or not Garrett Gilbert is able to hold on to his starting job. Which is still the case, it's just that it's going to be a lot harder for us to follow now.
The Longhorns began practice on Thursday, and Mack Brown says he plans on keeping all of the drill closed to the public. No fans, no media, just players and coaches.
"We've got to start over and we're rebuilding a foundation at every level: offense, defense, special teams, credibility, strength and conditioning, swagger, body language, chemistry, everything," Brown said.
"I don't want our players and our coaches trying to please other people to start practice. We've got a lot to do. I don't want media, I don't want people in the stands, I don't want autographs. Nothing right now. This is only about getting better."
Brown has closed practices in the past, but never all of them. I guess this is what happens when you have a losing season in Austin. The first time anybody will have a chance to get a glimpse of the Longhorns will be on April 3, when Texas has its spring game.