• UT employees abused football ticket privileges, per report

    University of Texas Athletics employees abused football ticket access, per a report from the Austin American-Statesman

    The Statesman obtained a University audit that found allegations of employees accepting gifts and selling their complimentary tickets. In addition, the audit found employees had relationships with ticket brokers.

    The allegations are the result of a 16-month UT investigation that began in 2012 and ended roughly in June 2013. The audit was made official on Nov. 30. No employees were named or held responsible in the audit, per the Statesman. It’s unclear how much revenue the department lost.

    In response, Athletics officials sent an email Sunday to season ticket holders explaining changes that have been made. The email claims the issues have been resolved.

  • UPDATE: Tulsa co-OC Sterlin Gilbert accepts Texas offensive coordinator job

    Update (12/11, 11:15 p.m.): Tulsa co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Sterlin Gilbert has agreed to become Texas’ offensive coordinator, according to a report by HornsDigest later confirmed by Tulsa’s FOX 23.

    The Golden Hurricanes coach had reportedly accepted the job Thursday, but then declined the position Friday afternoon.

    Texas head Charlie Strong, University president Gregory L. Fenves and Athletic Director Mike Perrin traveled to Tulsa on Friday evening to discuss the position with Gilbert.

    The Longhorns have interviewed Gilbert, TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie and California offensive coordinator Tony Franklin for the position.

    Texas has yet to make a decision on the remaining offensive staff members.

    Update (12/11, 1:50 p.m.): Tulsa co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Sterlin Gilbert has turned down the Texas offensive coordinator position, according to Tulsa FOX23 sports director Nathan Thompson.

    Gilbert had reportedly agreed to become the new offensive coordinator. According to Fox23, a Tulsa official denied that Gilbert had ever agreed to a deal with the Longhorns.

    Texas head coach Charlie Strong has now interviewed three candidates: Gilbert, TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie and California offensive coordinator Tony Franklin.

    Click here to read the full report on Fox23.

    Original Story: Tulsa co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Sterlin Gilbert has agreed to become Texas’ new offensive coordinator, according to Horns247

    The Golden Hurricane offense under Gilbert’s direction is ranked No. 11 in passing yards per game and No. 25 in scoring offense. The Golden Hurricanes have passed for an average of 329.8 yards per game and have rushed for 171.9 yards per game.

    Gilbert is expected to hire at least two assistant coaches, according to Horns247. The report also states quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson, offensive line coach Joe Wickline and running backs coach Tommie Robinson will not remain at Texas. Current tight end coach Jeff Traylor is the only offensive coach to remain on the staff.

    Gilbert comes from the Art Briles offensive system, as he’s served under Tulsa head coach Phillip Montgomery and Syracuse head coach Dino Babers.

    Texas head coach Charlie Strong interviewed TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie and California offensive coordinator Tony Franklin before Gilbert made his decision.

    Click here to read the full report on Horns247.

  • Longhorn defense prepares for potent Baylor offense

    Bedford excited to test defense against Baylor

    Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said Wednesday he has “no clue” how to contain No. 12 Baylor’s top-ranked scoring offense. But he’s still excited to test his defense against the Bears’ high-powered attack.

    “I’m looking forward to it – I know that sounds crazy,” Bedford said. “If you don’t like a challenge, why would you want to play? I love playing the Baylors, TCUs and Oklahomas of the world. … It’s a great opportunity.”

    Bedford said Baylor’s offensive success stems from its physicality. He emphasized the Bears’ reputation of an explosive air attack, which overshadows their efficient run game — No. 4 in yards per game.

    “People say they’re a passing team, but they run the ball on everybody,” Bedford said. “Most people in this conference don’t do that – [it’s] a physical brand of football. And then they [can] throw it over your head too.”

    Longhorns search for more big plays on defense

    Texas ranks No. 24 in the nation in turnover margin, but Bedford believes the Longhorns must make more big plays to have a chance against Baylor. 

    “Defense starts with big hits and takeaways, and we haven’t had many on the road,” Bedford said. “Whether it’s a quarterback sack, pressure, we get an interception or whatever that may be – we need to find a way to do those things.”

    Bedford said big plays do more than just help the team in the short term. He emphasized that defenses can energize the team for the rest of the game with a turnover or big hit. The defense hopes to channel that energy with big plays on Saturday.

    “When you play good defense you bring excitement to the team,” Bedford said. “When you get big hits and takeaways on defense I think the team gets excited [and] the fans get excited. We’re lacking in those areas at this time.”  

  • Update: Fenves removes Perrin's interim tag

    Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

    Update (2:32 p.m.): Mike Perrin has been named the men’s athletic director through 2017-2018, UT President Greg Fenves said.  

    The Austin American-Statesman reported a high-ranking UT source confirmed to them late Wednesday night that Fenves would extend Perrin’s contract as athletic director by two years. Horns247 first reported Wednesday that Fenves was “strongly considering” extening Perrin’s contract. 

    Thursday, the University sealed the deal. Fenves said he's confident Perrin will bring "positive change and pride" to the athletics department. 

    “His experiences as a student-athlete and a successful lawyer and businessman have given him unique insight that complements his strong leadership,”  Fenves said. “I am confident Mike will continue bringing positive change and pride to our Men’s Athletics Department.”

    Perrin was hired in September as the interim athletic director after Steve Patterson and Texas parted ways. Fenves initially hired Perrin to a one-year contract worth $750,000 following Patterson’s resignation after 22 months as AD.

    Perrin lettered as a linebacker under legendary Texas coach Darrell K Royal in the 1960s. Prior to his interim appointment, he practiced law in Houston. He joined women's AD Chris Plonsky to close a record-breaking $250 million deal with Nike in October.

    “I am excited to continue the work I’ve begun over the past three months in moving Texas Sports forward, and I thank President Fenves for this opportunity,” Perrin said. “I am already working closely with coaches in all sports to provide the support they need to win on the field and prepare their students for life off the field. And I have been humbled and overwhelmed by the backing I’ve received from alumni, faculty and fans.”

    Additional reporting by Akshay Mirchandani

  • Texas 2016 football schedule announced

    Texas’ 2016 football schedule was released Tuesday with the Longhorns opening the 2016 slate against Notre Dame on Sept. 3. The game will be played at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

    Following two more out-of-conference matchups with UTEP and California, the Longhorns will start Big 12 play Oct. 1 against Oklahoma State. Texas will have few breaks throughout the 2016 season, as it will not have a bye week throughout the entirety of conference play. Starting with the battle against Oklahoma State, the Longhorns will play in nine consecutive weeks. Their regular season calendar ends Nov. 24 when they face TCU at home.

    See the full schedule here.