Work in Sports
Mihm's the word as the Longhorns unveil their new, improved and imposing front line
Now the scary news: Already imposing in the post, Mihm is improving his range. All summer long, he worked on facing the basket, driving and kicking, and shooting the three. "Last year I was getting double- and triple-teamed whenever I had the ball," he says. "This year's going to be harder, so I need to be able to move around."
Barnes has also had numerous sitdowns with forward Gabe Muoneke, who led the Longhorns in scoring (16.5 points a game) but had a disturbing tendency to throw sucker punches at foes and whine to officials. Muoneke had his own epiphany, though, during a tour of Greece with a college all-star team. He was on the bench when a teammate, angry at a call, grabbed the European ref's whistle and flipped it in the official's face. Muoneke turned to his coach and criticized the player, only to be told that's how he behaves. "I'm a grown man, but I've been a baby," says Muoneke. "That's a habit I want to lose."
Blessed with a talented frontcourt, Texas should improve on last year's 19-13 record as long as its guards, Ivan Wagner and William Clay, cut down on their turnovers and bad shots. If that happens, Muoneke's temper might be one of the few Longhorns losses this season.
Issue date: November 15, 1999