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In Burned Orange, journalist Kyle Dalton takes a behind-the-scenes examine the collage of Texas basketball software and the ten years within which Tom Penders led it to nationwide prominence. Burned Orange presents a close account of every season and the occasions that experience taken position in view that Penders' departure, in addition to how the lives of these surrounding this system were affected.

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In Dallas, Penders met with Dodds, Helwig and Myers, as well as legendary former football coach Darrell Royal, and Jay Arnette, a former standout basketball player at Texas. Like the first encounter, the meeting was on the informal side, with each member of the committee asking questions of Penders. In retrospect, according to Penders, it was most likely the response to a question asked by Royal near the end of the meeting that got him the job. In his dry, countrified manner, Royal asked Penders exactly what he knew about the University of Texas.

He brought with him one assistant from Rhode Island in Jamie Ciampaglio, while his top assistant, Al Skinner, stayed behind and succeeded him as head coach. Penders kept Oran and Dave Miller of the previous Page 15 Texas coaching staff because they were familiar with the recruiting grounds of Texas and the South. With his coaching staff set, Penders concentrated on generating excitement and enthusiasm for a program that had no national recognition and whose local fan base was severely lacking. Penders hoped to create a home-court atmosphere like other big-time college programs in the country.

The win improved UT's record to 9-1 a considerable improvement from the season before when the team was 5-5 after 10 games. In the final game of 1988, the Longhorns hoped to bring in the New Year with a bang in the finals of the All-College Tournament against their rivals from north of the Red River, the sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Unfortunately, it was Oklahoma who closed out 1988 with a bang as they outscored Texas in a blowout win, 124-95. Mays had a solid offensive performance with 34 points, but it wasn't enough as the Longhorns returned home with a 9-2 record heading into Southwest Conference action.

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