• Former Longhorn breaks career tackling record for Kansas City Chiefs

    Derrick Johnson, a first round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, is now a part of Kansas City Chiefs history. On Monday night, Johnson broke the team record for the most tackles of all time. Gary Spani, who had 999 tackles during his eight years with the Chiefs, formerly held the record.

    Johnson spent the majority of last season out with a torn Achilles tendon and the majority of his 2009 season on special teams. Before the game against Green Bay on Monday, Johnson was only five tackles away from breaking the record. He recorded eight tackles in that game to officially become the new record holder. Johnson also currently holds the record for most tackles in a single season with 179 tackles in 2011.

    Johnson played football for the Texas Longhorns from 2001–2004 under head coach Mack Brown. He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season during which the Longhorns defeating the Michigan Wolverines to win the 2005 Rose Bowl. He is considered one of the most dominant linebackers in Longhorns history.

    After breaking this franchise record, Johnson will likely be considered one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ greatest linebackers, too.

  • With TOUR Championship win, Spieth reclaims No. 1 ranking

    Former Longhorn golfer Jordan Spieth won the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup on Sunday in Atlanta to cap off his “dream season.” The 22-year-old is the youngest player to win the TOUR Championship, and his $12,030,465 season winnings is the most in golf history.

    Spieth’s season total includes $1.485 million for winning the TOUR and a $10 million bonus for the FedExCup victory. Spieth’s notable season includes wins at the Masters and the U.S. Open earlier in the year. He has more than $22 million in career earnings since turning pro at age 19. 

    “Jordan, the entire Longhorn Nation joins me in congratulating you on a great victory today to cap off a great year,” said Texas interim men’s athletics director Mike Perrin. “I look forward to extending congratulations in person when we can meet. Until then — Hook ‘Em Horns!”

    Spieth’s weekend victories powered him past Australian golfer Jason Day to the top of the world standings.

  • Oklahoma State requests new depositions from Strong, Swoopes

    Oklahoma State requested new depositions from Texas if a contract lawsuit continues against offensive line coach Joe Wickline, according to a report by the Associated Press. Head coach Charlie Strong, three assistant coaches, junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and former athletic director Steve Patterson are among those requested.

    Oklahoma State sued Wickline last fall for nearly $600,000, alleging he breached his contract by making a lateral move to Texas. Wickline, the school says, didn’t receive a promotion with “play-calling duties” as he says.

    The case resurfaced after Strong demoted Wickline and assistant head for offense/quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson on Sept. 8. Wide receiver coach Jay Norvell became Texas’ play-caller after the Longhorns’ 38-3 loss to Notre Dame.

    Oklahoma State wants to hear new depositions from Strong, Wickline, Watson, Norvell, Swoopes and Patterson.

    Strong, Wickline and Watson were deposed earlier this year. Oklahoma State argues that Watson had the “final voice” over plays when the two served in co-offensive coordinator roles.

    A tentative trial date has been set for March 2016 by Oklahoma Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler.

  • Player to Watch: Julia Beck

    While at UT, junior women’s golfer Julia Beck has made a tradition — even a ritual — of marking her balls with a neon orange Sharpie for every tournament. Each tournament has its own distinct marking, but the orange Sharpie stays the same.

    Beck is not the only player to bring a good luck charm with her to tournaments, but she is unique in decorating her golf balls.

    And it seems to work.

    Beck finished last season second in scoring average on the team at 74.24, behind then-senior golf superstar Bertine Strauss. With Strauss graduated, Beck now has the opportunity to take the lead of the team.

    Beck was the only underclassman to compete in all 11 tournaments last season and is set to have another successful year.

    At the Alamo Invitational last season, Beck broke par for the first time and took the lowest score for that tournament, even beating out Strauss.

    The team kicks off the season Sunday with a dual match tournament against Texas A&M, and Beck will be a player to keep an eye on as the season gets started.