• No. 6 Texas men’s golf in first after opening round in Hawaii

    The No. 6 Texas men’s golf team picked up right where it left off just over two weeks ago.

    The Longhorns followed up their win in Arizona with a roaring start on Wednesday in Hawaii at the John Burns Intercollegiate. Texas opened with a 12-under par outing in the first round, finishing 12 shots ahead of California.

    Junior Beau Hossler, who also won in Arizona, made five birdies and no bogeys to shoot a 5-under 67 and take a two-shot lead in the individual standings. Hossler has yet to shoot over par in a tournament this season, having broken par in all 10 rounds played.

    Junior Gavin Hall and sophomore Scottie Scheffler finished the day tied for second at 3-under par after each posted 69s. Sophomore Doug Ghim finished in a tie for 10th at 1-under par after firing a 71. Redshirt sophomore Branson Davis, making his second career start, shot a 7-over 79 and sits in a tie for 81st.

    Competing as individuals, junior Kalena Preus and freshman Steven Chervony each shot even par 72s to finish in a tie for 16th. Chervony is making the first start of his career.

    Also competing as individuals, redshirt senior Tayler Termeer finished the day in a tie for 34th after shooting a 2-over par 74, and redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk ended in a tie for 69th after shooting a 6-over 78.

    Second round action starts Thursday at 12:30 p.m. central.

  • No. 6 Texas ready to compete in Hawaii at John Burns Intercollegiate

    No. 6 Texas men’s golf will play in its second tournament of the spring season today through Friday at the John Burns Intercollegiate at the Wailua Golf Course in Lihue, Hawaii.

    Wailua Golf Course is a Par 72 and 6,991 yards long. The three-day tournament will be 54 holes over three rounds.

    The tournament will host 16 teams, including No. 20 Washington and No. 22 Virginia. Washington finished runner-up to Texas just over two weeks ago in Arizona. 

    At the Arizona Intercollegiate, the Longhorns kicked off the spring with a five-shot win. Junior Beau Hossler won by two shots in the individual standings, giving him his third career victory.

    Since then, Texas has risen four spots in the Golfweek rankings to No. 6, and Hossler has jumped to No. 1.

    The lineup for the Longhorns includes Hossler, sophomore Doug Ghim, junior Gavin Hall, sophomore Scottie Scheffler and redshirt sophomore Branson Davis. 

    Davis won the first tournament of his career at the Arizona Medalist, a separate event from the Arizona Intercollegiate for players competing as individuals.

    Redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk, redshirt senior Tayler Termeer, junior Kalena Preus and freshman Steven Chervony will compete as individuals. Chervony will make the first start of his college career.

  • Texas hires Anthony Johnson as running backs coach

    Former Longhorn Anthony Johnson will be the running backs coach for the Longhorns, Texas athletics announced Saturday.

    Johnson played at running back at Texas from 2001-05 and has been coaching ever since, most recently as the co-offensive coordinator at Toledo. He replaces Tommie Robinson, who left in January for USC.

    “There’s no way I could put into words how excited I am about the opportunity to come back to Texas and be the running backs coach,” Johnson said in a statement. “I grew up a Longhorn fan, played at Texas and bleed orange through and through.”

    Head coach Charlie Strong said Johnson adds collegiate experience to the coaching staff and likes his passion for the game and the university.  

    “Our entire staff thought that Anthony was a perfect fit to coach our running backs,” Strong said. “He’s a tremendous young coach with great energy and enthusiasm.”

    Under Johnson, Toledo’s offense led the Mid-American conference in rushing, ranking 12th in the country in 2014 (256.4 ypg), and 27th in 2015 (207.9 ypg). Johnson is hoping to bring the same level of production to Texas.

    “I’ve obviously been watching the program from afar for years, and I have great admiration for Coach Strong,” Johnson said. “After spending some time in Austin with him and his staff recently, you can really feel the energy of what’s going on at Texas. I know there are big things in the future for Texas football, and I can’t wait to get down there and be a part of it.”

    The Longhorns still have two holes to fill on the coaching staff after defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn was not retained by Texas and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell left for Arizona State on Friday.

  • Report: Norvell leaves Texas to join Arizona State staff

    Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell has left Texas and joined the staff at Arizona State, according to multiple reports Friday morning.

    Norvell is the fifth member of the coaching staff to leave this offseason and the second to do so in the last 24 hours. Texas confirmed Thursday night that defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn would not return to the staff.

    Norvell served as the interim playcaller for the last 11 games of the season after head coach Charlie Strong removed Joe Wickline and Shawn Watson from the position. Wickline and Watson were let go after the end of the season, and Texas hired Sterlin Gilbert in December as offensive coordinator.

    The move leaves Texas with two holes on the offensive coaching staff. The Longhorns are also looking for a running backs coach after Tommie Robinson joined USC in January.

    An ESPN report said Norvell will be the passing-game coordinator for the Sun Devils in addition to his wide receiving coaching duties.

  • Report: Defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn let go by Texas

    Defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn and the Longhorns have parted ways, per the athletics department.

    Texas head coach Charlie Strong brought Vaughn on to his coaching staff on two years ago. Vaughn signed a two-year deal to coach the secondary for an annual base salary of $245,000. His two-year contract expired on Jan. 30, but it was speculated that Texas would resign Vaughn.

    While at Texas, Vaughn has been one of the team’s best recruiters and has been in charge of developing the team’s young defensive backs. He also was the Longhorns’ special teams coordinator in the 2014 season.  

    From 2008 to 2011, Vaughn was the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Ole Miss, who is facing allegations from the NCAA. According to a report by ESPN, four of the violations against Ole Miss are involved with former members of the Rebels coaching staff under former head coach Houston Nutt. The Austin-American Statesman reported that Texas thought the NCAA has “a think file” on Vaughn about the Ole Miss allegations.

    “Chris did a tremendous job for us,” Strong said in a statement. “He’s a terrific football coach and a great person. However, circumstances have put us in a position that we are going to part ways.”

    A report by Horns247 said that those allegations are likely the reason Vaughn will not return next year.