• Longhorns still owe Strong following South Florida deal

    Texas will have to pay two head coaches significant money over the next two years, even after former head coach Charlie Strong was named to the same position at South Florida on Sunday.

    In addition to the $5 million owed to new head coach Tom Herman in 2017, the Longhorns will shell out over $4.5 million to Strong. Texas’ leader from 2014–16 still had two years left on his contract when he was fired on Nov. 26, each year worth over $5 million.

    Following Strong’s deal with South Florida, Texas’ financial burden is lessened, but not by much. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Bulls will pay Strong $9.8 million over the next five years, but the contract is backloaded. He is set to make just $1 million for the first two years of the contract.

    Strong’s buyout with the Longhorns is structured to be offset by 50 percent should he find another head-coaching job. However, with the first two years at South Florida netting Strong just $1 million, the Longhorns only save $500,000 per year.

    So while things didn’t end well for Strong on the field in 2016, they were appreciably better off it. He was named the head coach of a team that went 10–2 last year and will stand to make $4.7 million per year from his former employer through 2018.

    Texas fired Strong after a 16–21 record over three seasons, replacing him with its top candidate in Herman. The coaching carousel is done in Austin, but it will cost the Longhorns roughly $10 million over the next two years.


  • Longhorn women shine at Texas Invitational

    With five school records broken and a top national time achieved, the Longhorn women washed away any doubts about their ability. 

    The meet started with Texas breaking a school record in the only event of day one, the 800-yard freestyle relay. The Longhorns beat the previous record by nearly two full seconds, finishing with a time of 6:56.52. 

    Day two featured three school records — two individual and one relay — and a national best time. Senior Madisyn Cox finished the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:52.83, the top national time and a school record. The 400-yard medley relay featured two school records in one race, with senior Tasija Karosas notching the record for the 100-yard backstroke with a 51.08 split to lift the team to a record-breaking 3:29.77 time in the 400-yard medley relay. 

    In day three, Karosas lowered her record set the night before from 51.08 to 50.86, winning the 100-yard backstroke while Cox went on to win the 400-yard individual medley with a 4:03.16 finish, the second-fastest time in Texas history.

    Texas picked up four wins on day four. The Longhorns finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the 200-yard backstroke with Karosas (1:51.65) beating freshman Claire Adams (1:52.43). Cox swam a 2:07.21 in the 200-yard breaststroke, good for her third win and the nation’s fourth-fastest time. 

    Texas finished strong, winning the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:12.29. The time was the best in the nation so far this year, even faster than Stanford’s star-studded relay featuring three Olympians. 

    The Longhorns have a lengthy break before starting back up against Auburn on Jan. 12.

  • Longhorn swimmers rack up wins in day two of the Texas Invitational

    Texas swimmers had a big day in the pool Thursday at the Texas Invitational as many Longhorns looked to punch their ticket to the NCAA National Championships. 

    The Longhorn men started strong in the 10 a.m. preliminary round, with senior Clark Smith taking the 500-yard freestyle preliminary with a time of 4:12.83, fast enough to qualify for nationals. Smith again came out on top in the event final during the 6 p.m. session.

    In the 200-yard freestyle relay, sophomores Tate Jackson and John Shebat, junior Brett Ringgold and senior Jack Conger emerged triumphant with a winning time of 1:16.73. The mark was enough to qualify for nationals. In the 50-yard freestyle final, Conger came in third.

    The Longhorn women took down three school records and earned wins in the 200- and 400-yard medley relays.

    Senior Madisyn Cox won the 200-yard medley by three seconds and broke the school record in the event with a time of 1:52:83. The 400-yard medley relay team also beat a school record with their time of 3:29:77. Senior Tasija Karosas led off with a time of 51.08, breaking her own school record in the backstroke split. Cox followed with the breaststroke, sophomore Remedy Rule swam the butterfly portion and junior Rebecca Millard sealed the deal with the freestyle split. 

    Texas also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Joanna Evans placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, and Millard and Rule placed No. 3 and 6, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle.

    The Invitational continues on Friday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

  • Injuries plague Longhorns in the 2016 NFL season

    With only five games left in the regular season, the NFL playoffs are lurking around the corner. Longhorns in the league are buckling down for the last leg of the season. And many have already made headlines this season.

    Texas legend Justin Tucker — who kicked the game-winning field goal in the program’s final game against Texas A&M in 2011 — continued his impressive NFL career on Sunday. A Pro Bowler in 2013, Tucker went 3/3 on kicks against the Cincinnati Bengals, including a season-long 57-yard boot. He has now made all 27 field goals attempted this year. 

    Linebacker Jordan Hicks of the Philadelphia Eagles has been on fire in recent weeks, pulling down two interceptions  and 30 tackles since the end of October. His division rival Keenan Robinson, a linebacker for the New York Giants, has also racked up 59 combined tackles this season.  

    However, injuries have piled up for several former Longhorns.

    Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas missed his the first game in seven seasons this weekend after injuring his hamstring against the Philadelphia Eagles the week prior. 

    Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams also remains sidelined after injuring his neck against the Miami Dolphins in October; he will miss remainder of the season. Dallas Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim will also miss extended time after tearing a pectoral muscle. 

  • Foreman to make decision on NFL soon

    Running back D’Onta Foreman still has one year of collegiate eligibility at his disposal. But the junior has yet to make a decision on whether or not he will return to don the burnt orange for one last season. 

    According to his father, Derrick Foreman, D’Onta’s decision could come at any time this week. 

    “Everyone wants to know when D’Onta’s official announcement will come,” Derrick Foreman tweeted on Tuesday morning. “[I] Don’t know exact day but it will be before or by Friday at the latest.” 

    Derrick Foreman also said that reports this week about D’Onta already signing with an NFL agent are false. D’Onta spoke with his father, his brother Armanti, his mother and newly appointed Texas head coach Tom Herman this week about his looming choice. 

    Should Foreman return, the future looks bright on the 40 Acres. He rushed for 2,028 yards this season on a team that stumbled to a 5–7 record. Herman promised championships for Texas, and an invigorated squad could lead to more individual accolades for Foreman. 

    But if he decides to test the NFL waters, Foreman should still be in good shape at the next level, too. ESPN’s Todd McShay said earlier this month that Foreman could wind up getting selected in the first round of the draft.