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After a 21-year career at Georgetown University and being named the University’s 2014 Professor of the Year, geography professor Timothy Beach began his UT teaching career this fall.

The award process at Georgetown is decided by the student body. Once a professor receives a significant amount of student nominations, they are put on a ballot, which is then voted on by the student body. Beach said he was honored to be nominated alongside some of the best educators he’s worked with.

Beach said he made it a point to meet and remember all of the students he taught at Georgetown. When asked about how and if he will change his teaching style, Beach made it clear that even though his class sizes will most likely be larger at UT than they were at Georgetown — where a large class was around 60 people — he believes he will continue to practice teaching at a more personal level.

“Teaching style should not vary,” Beach said.

Beach said, although it’s easy to get excited about one’s own research and higher level aspects of a subject, his job as a teacher is not to put on a show, but rather to help students become as passionate as he is. 

Despite knowing he was leaving the following semester, Beach said he did not let his teaching suffer.

“You should work as hard at the place you’re leaving as the place you’re going to,” Beach said.

Beach said his philosophy behind his consistency is to keep momentum going during a transition, so it will be easier to pick up where it was left off. 

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, UT Department of Geography and the Environment chair and Beach’s wife, said she is proud to welcome such a well respected educator and researcher to the geography department at UT.

“[Beach’s] honor verifies my expectation that we hire the very best educators and researchers in the [department] at UT,” Luzzadder-Beach said. “His award is a recognition long overdue for someone who was among Georgetown’s very best teachers for the past two decades, whose classes grew from a handful of students to having dozens on the waitlists.” 

Another one of Beach’s new colleagues, meteorology professor Troy Kimmel, said he believes Beach will be a great fit at UT.

“[Beach] will round out the department,” Kimmel said.

Although Beach enjoyed his time at Georgetown, he said he looks forward to utilizing the resources UT has to offer.

“I had an incredible experience at Georgetown and can’t wait to have an incredible experience at the University of Texas as well,” Beach said.

2013 NBA Mock Draft - Staff Picks

A few sports reporters compiled lists of who they think will be drafted in tonight's NBA draft. Here are their top ten and where they project Texas' Myck Kabongo will end up.


Sara Beth Purdy, Sports Editor

1. Cleveland: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

2. Orlando: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

3. Washington: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

4. Charlotte: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV

5. Phoenix: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

6. New Orleans: Alex Len, C, Maryland

7. Sacramento: C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh

8. Detroit: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

9. Minnestoa: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

10. Portland: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse


51. Orlando: Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas


Christian Corona, Sports Permanent Staff

1. Cleveland: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

2. Orlando: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

3. Washington: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

4. Charlotte: Alex Len, C, Maryland

5. Phoenix: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

6. New Orleans: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

7. Sacramento: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

8. Detroit: C.J. McCollum, PG, Lehigh

9. Minnesota: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

10. Portland: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana


46. Utah: Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas


Diego Esteban Contreras, Sports Issue Staff

1. Cleveland: Nerlins Noel, C, Kentucky

2. Orlando: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

3. Washington: Otto Porter Jr., SF, Georgetown

4. Charlotte: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

5. Phoenix: Alex Len, C, Maryland

6. New Orleans: Anthony Bernnett, PF, UNLV

7. Sacramento: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

8. Detroit: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

9. Minnesota: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

10. Portland: CJ McCollum, PG, Lehigh


38. Washington: Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas

Students and employees who commute to Austin from surrounding areas such as Georgetown and Kyle may have more public transit options headed their way in the future.

Currently communities that cannot afford full service transit services are unable to work with rapid transit authorities such as Capital Metro, but a bill filed in Texas Senate would allow these communities to create government entities to fund levels of service they need.

The bill would allow rapid transit authorities to create local government corporations, which are nonprofit corporations created by local communities to act on their behalf. State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, and state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, authored the bill.

Transportation authorities such as Capital Metro would be able to work with surrounding cities to provide levels of service most useful to those communities, said Capital Metro spokeswoman Erica Macioge. 

“We are very supportive of this bill and have sought help getting it filed,” Macioge said. “It would allow us to potentially provide transit service to communities outside our area.”

Macioge said CapMetro’s current structure is strict in that it can only accept 1 percent sales tax from communities in order to receive transit service, rather than other sources of funds. Creating local government corporations would allow CapMetro to work with communities that cannot adequately fund full transit service but have needs for other levels of service.

“Our area is growing so rapidly and we’re thinking regionally and planning regionally, but we have a problem because we’re not actually able to provide the service,” Macioge said. “This would allow us to create a local government corporation where we could enter into agreements with those local authorities.”

Areas such as Georgetown, which lost funding from the Capital Area Rural Transportation System because of high urbanization rates in the last U.S. census, would be able to work with CapMetro through a local government corporation to determine what level of service is most beneficial to the local community.

Mechanical engineering senior Brian Roppolo commuted to campus from Georgetown until fall 2012. Roppolo said having regular bus service or train service from the Georgetown area would be useful to commuting students because of irregular class and study schedules.

“I think I would have [used it] because I would have saved on gas,” Roppolo said. “I could drive down to Cedar Park and take the train if I wanted to, [but] being that I was an engineering student and I would stay after 11 o’clock. When the train started it would come twice a day or something like that, it’s not conducive to someone who doesn’t have that flexibility.”

Policy staff from Watson’s office said though smaller communities have other options for funding public transit, such as contracting separate companies, this bill would be an additional way to coordinate public transportation with local government. 

“This just allows [Capital Metro] other tools in our toolbox and tools for other communities as they grow,” Macioge said. “We are supportive of the bill and hope that it moves forward.”

He faced allegations that he received impermissible benefits to pay for out-of-state trips earlier this year. He came into this season with extremely high expectations but began the year on the bench while the NCAA investigated those allegations.

Sound familiar?

It does for UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad, who missed the Bruins’ first three games this year and paid back $1,600 for accepting payment for unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina while he was still in high school.

Texas sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo, on the other hand, is still being investigated by the NCAA, which is looking into whether an agent paid for a trip to Cleveland during the offseason. He has missed each of the Longhorns’ eight games this year and his void has been sorely noticeable.

The Longhorns committed 21 turnovers in a 64-41 loss to No. 15 Georgetown during Tuesday night’s Jimmy V Classic at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. They set Rick Barnes-era lows for points (41) and field goal percentage (29.2) in the loss. Kabongo’s replacement, freshman Javan Felix, scored four points on 1-for-9 shooting while committing five turnovers on his own.

“In a 40 minute game not everything is going to go well,” Barnes said. “I have to do a better job of helping them understand — they don’t understand what goes into losing. If you understand the will to win then you won’t make the same mistakes over and over again.”

Muhammad, who scored 15 points in his UCLA debut, a 78-70 loss to that same Georgetown team, was the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2012, according to He is one of many talented players on the Bruins’ roster, but UCLA, like Texas, currently sits at 5-3.

The Bruins and Longhorns will square off on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at Reliant Stadium in Houston as part of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase. UCLA’s and Texas’ women’s basketball squads face each other to kick off the event with a game that tips off at 1:30 p.m.

While the Longhorns have struggled offensively, averaging just 61.9 points per game and committing 19.1 turnovers per game, the eighth-most in the country, their defensive numbers are stellar. Texas is allowing only 56.8 points per game, the 25th-fewest in the nation, and is holding opponents to 32 percent shooting from the floor — the best mark by any Division I team.
Texas is a young team. Barnes has three freshmen in his starting lineup — Felix, Cameron Ridley and Demarcus Holland — with Jaylen Bond nursing a foot injury and Sheldon McClellan, the team’s leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, coming off the bench.

But the Longhorns, whose schedule is unforgiving this month, may have to grow up fast.

Sheldon McClellan shoots over Greg Whittington during the second half of Georgetown’s win over Texas.  McClellan led the Longhorns with 12 points.

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Many great games have been played in Madison Square Garden in its storied past. But Texas turned in a flat performance Tuesday night that likely won’t be remembered as anything besides its value as another learning experience for the youthful Longhorns.

Georgetown dominated in the 64-41 win, snapping Texas’ three-game win streak and further cementing the notion that the Longhorns are going to struggle without suspended point guard Myck Kabongo on the court.

“I am really disappointed in the lack of will and that we did not continue to fight,” head coach Rick Barnes said. “We talked over and over about turning the ball over. The way we turned it over and the decisions we continue to make and the fact that we do not do what we practice. Georgetown did not do one thing tonight that we weren’t expecting and I don’t understand.”

Kabongo did not travel with the team, a decision the NCAA made Monday after previously allowing Kabongo to travel to Hawaii for a tournament last month. Texas officials have stated that the NCAA has yet to notify the team of any progress, or lack thereof, in the investigation surrounding a summer training session Kabongo participated in during the off-season.

Jaylen Bond also sat out his fifth straight game after re-aggravating a foot injury against Chaminade in the Maui Classic.

The Hoyas led by as many as 17 points in the first half, as Otto Porter scored eight of his game-high 14 points in the first period. The Hoyas’ deliberate offensive style, made effective by crisp team passing, allowed players to find open areas near the basket all game and led them to 41 percent shooting from the field.

Entering the game, Texas had led the nation in field goal percentage defense, but Georgetown overpowered the Longhorns on the boards and converted baskets around the rim. The Longhorns had a bit of success slowing down the Hoyas by switching to a zone defense, but any momentum Texas had entering halftime had dissipated once the second half started.

“We don’t have the winning attitude as a group yet that you need to have,” Barnes said. “We are better than how we are playing. Obviously I am going to hold myself responsible for that. I know how hard we are working, but you come to a point in time where they are the ones that are going to have to execute it.”

Sheldon McClellan led the Longhorns in scoring once again with 12 points, and the only other player to score double figures for Texas was Cameron Ridley with 11. The Longhorns’ starting five of Ridley, Javan Felix, Jonathan Holmes, Demarcus Holland and Julien Lewis accounted for 17 of the team’s 21 turnovers and Texas shot its lowest percentage from the field since 1996 (28.6). The Longhorns’ 41 points were also the lowest during Rick Barnes’ 15 years at Texas.

Printed on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 as: Shooting thwarts Texas during loss

Javon Felix looks to pass the ball.  He went one-for-nine in field goals and caused five of Texas’ 22 turnovers.

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Killer instinct. It is necessary to play any sport at its highest level. It’s what gets a pitcher a strike out in the bottom of the ninth. It’s what a quarterback uses to convert a third and long on a game-winning drive. And it’s what a two guard has when he nails a corner three in the final minute of the game.

Some athletes are lucky and they are born with a knack for it. For everyone else, it has to be cultivated. It has to be developed. It comes from experience, work, determination and effort. And it is what Texas has none of.

The Longhorns are listless on offense and undisciplined on defense. When Texas actually did manage to get into a scoring position, Georgetown was at times surgical on offense and aggressive on defense.

When Georgetown controls the ball, either it or the players are constantly on the move. When Texas played man-to-man, it used backdoor cuts, screens and shot fakes to get lay-ups. When Texas was in zone, it used ball movement and ball reversals until a shot opened up or a lane cleared.

That is not the case for the Texas offense. The Longhorns stand around with the ball. They’ll run one off-ball screen and if it’s not open, nothing happens. There is no ball movement except for when a guard wears a hole in the court with it.

Even when Texas began to show some semblance of an offense, it was shut down. The Hoyas took control of the game. Their length on the perimeter was too much, and when they shut down the initial pass into the post, the offense became stagnant.

This is a team in search of everything right now. The Longhorns are not assertive on defense and they don’t have an identity on offense. They don’t have anyone that is “the guy.” There is no one on the court who doesn’t just want the ball, but needs the ball. No one who takes control of the game is the leader of the team on the court.

All eyes have been looking toward Myck Kabongo to provide that missing element for the team. But there is no guarantee that he will provide it even when he is eligible.

Texas has no mean streak in it. It doesn’t play with an edge. It doesn’t have any nasty and doesn’t know how to go for the throat. These are all essentials that the championship-level athletes and teams have. Indiana has it. Duke has it. Georgetown has shown a bit of a knack for it. Texas has none. Until it is able to play with an assertiveness and an attitude, it will be the same story after every game: Texas got muscled around on offense, dissected on defense and treated the ball like a plague. This team needs someone who can slap them all in the face and command effort from them. If they can’t get that, then it will be another long season for the Longhorns.

Printed on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 as: Longhorns lacking edge, need discipline on defense

Sophomore Guard Sheldon McClellan.

Photo Credit: Elisabeth Dillon | Daily Texan Staff

Texas has won three straight games since a pair of disappointing losses in Maui. Extending that winning streak to four games will be tough.

The Longhorns begin a difficult five-game stretch that includes three contests against teams ranked in the Top 20 of the AP poll, the first being No. 15 Georgetown. Texas faces the Hoyas in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

“I think it’s just another game,” freshman Ioannis Papapetrou said. “We have to do our job. We’ve got to come out and play our game. I think, if we play good defense and do whatever [head] coach [Rick Barnes] says, we’re going to have a good chance.”

Georgetown is 5-1 on the year, its only loss coming in overtime to top-ranked Indiana. In their last game, the Hoyas took down Tennessee, 37-36. The one-point win marked Georgetown’s lowest-scoring game since 1985. The Volunteers’ football team averaged more points per game this year (36.2) than their men’s basketball squad scored in that loss.

“They were in a high-scoring game the other night,” Barnes said about his upcoming opponent. “They’re a very disciplined team. I know [Georgetown head] coach [John] Thompson [III], his players believe in his system. They’re a mentally tough team.”

Texas is coming off arguably its best game of the year, a 70-54 win over UT-Arlington. The Longhorns shot 50 percent from the three-point line while sophomore guard Julien Lewis scored 18 points, hitting six three-pointers by himself. Georgetown could be in for another low-scoring affair against Texas, which has held each of its seven opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from the floor this year.

“We’ve got a big game coming Tuesday against Georgetown,” Lewis said. “You watch that game against Tennessee and I think we’ll come out and play a lot better on Tuesday because it’s another good team we’ll be playing. We just have to do our jobs.”

Printed on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 as: Horns head to basketball mecca