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Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

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Column: Texas, Oklahoma joining Southeastern Conference makes perfect sense for everyone involved

Column: Texas, Oklahoma joining Southeastern Conference makes perfect sense for everyone involved

August 2, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the July 26 flipbook. The Southeastern Conference prides itself in its slogan: “It just means more.” Judging by the stranglehold the SEC has...

Ty Madden leaves behind enormous legacy as he embarks on a professional career

Ty Madden leaves behind enormous legacy as he embarks on a professional career

July 19, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the July 12 flipbook. Ty Madden always had the measurables of a Day One MLB Draft pick, standing at 6 feet, 3 inches with a fastball topping out...

Longhorns focused on football after off-season of turbulence, new law

Longhorns focused on football after off-season of turbulence, new law

July 15, 2021

Sophomore running back Bijan Robinson didn’t stutter at the 2021 Big 12 Media Days on Thursday when he said last year’s Texas football team didn’t handle off-the-field distractions well.  “It’s...

After year of reckoning, negotiation, student-athletes discuss UT’s response

After year of reckoning, negotiation, student-athletes discuss UT’s response

June 28, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the June 22 flipbook. This article originally had the Student Body V.P.'s last name incorrect. It has since been corrected and the Texan regrets...

Three biggest winners from Texas’ spring ball practice

June 11, 2021

Every player on the Texas football team started with a clean slate during the Longhorns’ 2021 spring practice considering the arrival of 10 new coaches and a different face in Steve Sarkisian at the...

Remembering Jake Ehlinger

Remembering Jake Ehlinger

May 7, 2021

Jake Ehlinger, a sophomore linebacker and business major at The University of Texas and a former standout at Westlake High School, died Thursday. He was 20. The Austin Police Department announced that...

Joseph Ossai drafted by Cincinnati Bengals in third round of NFL Draft

Joseph Ossai drafted by Cincinnati Bengals in third round of NFL Draft

April 30, 2021

Former Texas linebacker and team captain Joseph Ossai is headed north to play for the Cincinnati Bengals after being selected with the 69th overall pick in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Ossai,...

Sam Cosmi drafted by Washington Football Team in second round of NFL Draft

Sam Cosmi drafted by Washington Football Team in second round of NFL Draft

April 30, 2021

Former Texas offensive tackle Sam Cosmi is the first Longhorn off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft. Cosmi is headed to the nation’s capitol to play for the Washington Football Team after being selected...

Casey Thompson, Hudson Card compete for starting QB job

Casey Thompson, Hudson Card compete for starting QB job

April 27, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 23 issue of The Daily Texan. For four straight seasons, Sam Ehlinger was the face of the Texas football program. This fall, a new player is replacing...

Sarkisian reflects on Texas football’s progress as spring training concludes

Sarkisian reflects on Texas football’s progress as spring training concludes

April 27, 2021

The Texas football team’s spring practice period officially ended with the conclusion of the Orange-White Spring Game on Saturday, but head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff aren’t taking their feet...

Orange-White Spring Game gives fans first opportunity to see Sarkisian’s program in action

Orange-White Spring Game gives fans first opportunity to see Sarkisian’s program in action

April 24, 2021

The west end of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium was packed nearly shoulder to shoulder Saturday afternoon as eager Longhorns fans waited anxiously for their questions about the new-look Texas football...

Whittington, Robinson cite patience, faith in God as stabilizing force through adversity

Whittington, Robinson cite patience, faith in God as stabilizing force through adversity

April 20, 2021

Arguably the two most buzz-generating Longhorns during spring football have barely scratched the surface of their potential thus far in their collegiate career. Sophomore wide receiver Jordan Whittington...

Spring ball standouts Denzel Okafor, David Gbenda talk improvements, developments in practice

Spring ball standouts Denzel Okafor, David Gbenda talk improvements, developments in practice

April 16, 2021

Head coach Steve Sarkisian praised sophomore linebacker David Gbenda and senior offensive lineman Denzel Okafor Tuesday for standing out in spring ball. On Thursday, those two got the chance to divulge...

Key players separating from pack as Orange-White Game looms

Key players separating from pack as Orange-White Game looms

April 13, 2021

Texas finished their ninth practice of spring ball Tuesday morning, marking less than two weeks until the annual Orange-White Spring Game. Through the first few weeks of spring practice, head coach Steve...

Sarkisian’s coaching staff makes strides with veteran players

Sarkisian’s coaching staff makes strides with veteran players

April 12, 2021
The Texas football program entered spring practice with 12 total coaches on staff. Ten of them, including head coach Steve Sarkisian, were not with the team last year.
Sarkisian’s coaching staff makes strides with veteran players

Sarkisian’s coaching staff makes strides with veteran players

April 9, 2021

The Texas football program entered spring practice with 12 total coaches on staff. Ten of them, including head coach Steve Sarkisian, were not with the team last year. The Longhorns braced for massive...

Texas players settling in with new coaching staff during spring practice

Texas players settling in with new coaching staff during spring practice

April 6, 2021

Texas football, once a stable year-to-year powerhouse, is coming off a five-year period of consistent upheaval due to middling results. Senior defensive back Josh Thompson has experienced it firsthand. “I...

Transfers, ‘The Eyes of Texas’ news consume Longhorns’ return to practice

Transfers, ‘The Eyes of Texas’ news consume Longhorns’ return to practice

April 2, 2021

After missing a full week due to COVID-19 protocols, the Longhorns took the field Thursday morning to resume spring practice. However, there was one key member on the defensive side absent. Junior linebacker...

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Smith injury headlines Longhorns’ first spring practice

March 24, 2021

Spring football practice marks the first time since Dec. 29 that Texas has strapped on its pads, and it didn’t take long for the Longhorns to be struck with a major injury. Head coach Steve Sarkisian...

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The state of Texas Athletics during COVID-19

March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan. Division I football and men’s basketball are the sports that almost entirely fund university athletic departments....

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Sarkisian discusses quarterback uncertainty, growing pains ahead of Longhorns’ first spring practice

March 23, 2021

For redshirt sophomore quarterback Casey Thompson and the rest of the 2018 recruiting class, Texas is starting its offseason practices with new coordinators for a third straight year, something first-year...

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‘The Best of Austin’: Collier donates pizza amid winter freeze

March 4, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 26 print edition. Austin’s citizens are usually prepared for record-high heat waves, but for one week, the city was...

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Sarkisian to make $34.2 million in six-year deal

February 26, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 23 print edition. Just over a month after spending a whopping $24 million to buy former football head coach Tom Herman...

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Texas shakes off rust in convincing win over Kansas State

February 22, 2021

Much like the frigid temperatures the city of Austin endured this past week, the Texas women’s basketball team was ice-cold from the field in the first quarter against Kansas State. After being...

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Sarkisian closes out transitional class with three national signing day additions, one graduate transfer

February 4, 2021

Steve Sarkisian inherited 19 signees in the class of 2021 when he took over as head coach Jan. 2, but he and his newly assembled staff inked four new signatures by the end of national signing day.  Texas...

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Longhorns look to combat road woes on trip to Norman

February 3, 2021

In the midst of a storm of postponements, COVID-19 protocols and an inexperienced roster, head coach Vic Schaefer and his Longhorns have to focus on what they can control. “I have no clue who...

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Longhorns seeking third straight conference win against Oklahoma State

January 27, 2021

Usually, Texas doesn’t have any problems with its men’s and women’s basketball teams playing organized games and practicing on the same court at the Frank Erwin Center. COVID-19, however,...

Celeste Taylor is ready to secure her role as team leader

Celeste Taylor is ready to secure her role as team leader

January 26, 2021

In the eighth grade, Celeste Taylor suited up for the Long Island Lutheran girl’s varsity basketball team, taking a commanding presence on the court with girls who were as much as five years older...

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Sarkisian finalizes new Texas football coaching staff two weeks after hiring

January 22, 2021

New Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian attacked his staff hiring process in a manner indicative of his new mantra: “All Gas, No Brakes.” Just over two weeks after he was officially hired...

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Longhorns bounce back against TCU, riding Collier’s 20-20 night

January 21, 2021

Texas was stumbling coming into Wednesday night’s tilt against TCU. The women’s basketball team had lost two of its last three games, including a dazzling upset to unranked Texas Tech, and...

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‘All Gas No Brakes’: Sarkisian ready to get to work at Texas

January 13, 2021

Less than 24 hours before his first official press conference as Texas football’s head coach, Steve Sarkisian won a championship as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. There, he emphasized his...

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Runaway third quarter propels Texas to convincing win over Iowa State

January 4, 2021

The Texas women’s basketball team found themselves in uncharted territory, only leading by three points at the end of the first half against Iowa State Sunday afternoon.  Texas needed to...

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Stifling defense secures Longhorns’ first Big 12 win of season

December 22, 2020

Ashley Chevalier stands at only 5-foot-7-inches tall, but the freshman guard imposed the largest defensive presence for the Texas women’s basketball team in its 62-52 win over Kansas State Monday...

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Texas takes care of business after weeklong hiatus

December 19, 2020

The Texas women’s basketball team dominated the Drake Bulldogs from start to finish Friday night at the Frank Erwin Center, coming away with a 101-80 victory after undergoing a nine-day break from...

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Texas recruiting takes a hit as on-field performance continues to disappoint

December 11, 2020

The Texas football team once again failed to live up to lofty expectations in the 2020 season. The middling play on the field, combined with questions surrounding head coach Tom Herman’s job security,...

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Longhorns go nuclear from three-point range in bounce-back win over Idaho

December 10, 2020

Vic Schaefer challenged his guards after their inept three-point shooting in the Longhorns’ loss to Texas A&M Sunday. The Texas women’s basketball team responded to the head coach by hoisting...

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Longhorns fail to overcome lackluster first quarter, suffer first loss of season to A&M

December 7, 2020

The Texas women’s basketball team shot 18.8% from the field and turned the ball over five times in the first quarter of their game against No. 12 Texas A&M Sunday night. The Longhorns’...

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Opponents to watch: Vaughn, Hubert lead way for Wildcats

December 6, 2020

The Kansas State Wildcats are in a free fall, dropping four straight contests after starting the season 4–1 and flirting with Big 12 Championship hopes. The Wildcats beat then-No.3 Oklahoma 38-35...

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Warren emerges as offensive threat as Texas rolls to convincing win

December 3, 2020

Junior forward Audrey Warren continued her scorching start to the 2020 season as the Texas women’s basketball team notched its third-straight blowout victory, winning 84-57 Wednesday night against...

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Collier’s career-day lifts Longhorns past North Texas

November 30, 2020

The Longhorns started off slow in their Sunday afternoon game against North Texas, but junior center Charli Collier saved the day en route to a 106–69 Texas win. Collier, a Preseason All-Big 12...

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Swarming defense leads Texas to blowout victory over SMU

November 26, 2020

The Vic Schaefer era got off to an explosive start Wednesday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center as the Texas women’s basketball team forced 35 turnovers en route to a 90-51 win against an overmatched...

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Opponents to watch: Hall, Rose bolster Cyclones

November 25, 2020

The Iowa State Cyclones are first in the Big 12 standings with a 6–1 conference record, but they must beat Texas on Friday if they want any chance of playing in the conference championship game....

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Depth emerges as issue for Texas women’s basketball ahead of season opener against SMU

November 25, 2020

Vic Schaefer’s highly anticipated debut in burnt orange will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday when the Texas women’s basketball team tips off against a veteran-led SMU program at the Frank Erwin Center. Leading...

Vic Schaefer still establishing women’s basketball culture before season tips off

November 19, 2020

Vic Schaefer didn’t shy away from the rising expectations his team has garnered throughout the preseason during the Big 12 women’s basketball coaches’ preseason teleconference on Wednesday. The...

Texas’ Big 12 title hopes remain following 3-game win streak

November 12, 2020

The Texas football team’s 2020 season appeared to be heading off the rails after a shocking 1–2 start to conference play, but three straight victories after a loss to Oklahoma in the Red River...

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Schaefer excited about future of Texas women’s basketball after landing 3 blue-chip recruits

November 12, 2020

Vic Schaefer couldn’t contain his enthusiasm Wednesday after signing three of the nation’s top-20 prospects in his inaugural 2021 recruiting class, which currently ranks No. 4 in the nation. The...

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Opponents to watch: Doege, Fields II lead way for Mountaineers

November 8, 2020

Like Texas, the West Virginia Mountaineers are sitting at 4–2 on the season and are riding high after upsetting the then-No. 16 Kansas State Wildcats last Saturday. Despite being ranked No. 8 in...

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‘Blessed to see another day,’ Elena Lovato fights on despite loss of mother

November 3, 2020

Elena Lovato sends out the same tweet to her 9,403 Twitter followers every morning.  “Blessed to see another day!” Lovato writes. “Good morning to my beautiful Angel in heaven!...

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Opponents to watch: Hubbard, Harvell-Peel star for Cowboys

November 1, 2020

Fresh off snapping a two-game losing streak last weekend, the Longhorns will face their toughest test of the season when they travel to Stillwater to face off against No. 6 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys...

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Schaefer instills winning culture in women’s basketball despite uncertainty

October 30, 2020

Head coach Vic Schaefer said he still does not know how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact his inaugural season at the helm of the Texas women’s basketball program. The only semblance of certainty...

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Opponents to watch: Brewers, Bernard lead way for Bears

October 25, 2020

Baylor’s 2020 season has been characterized by disorder. The Bears are sitting at 1–1 having played the lowest total number of games in the Big 12. That figure is thanks to the cancellation...

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Collier, Gaston join forces after competing together in high school

October 20, 2020

When Charli Collier was a senior at Barbers Hill High School three years ago, she posed with a standout sophomore from Pearland, Texas, for a photo in front of a VYPE poster. Texas’ junior center...

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Opponents to watch: Rattler, Perkins lead way for Sooners

October 10, 2020

Texas and Oklahoma are both stumbling into this weekend’s Red River Rivalry after losses to unranked opponents. Oklahoma, standing at 1–2 on the season, has lost consecutive games for the first...

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Gaining an Edge: Charli Collier grows into mentor role as volunteer for girls’ basketball program

October 6, 2020

Charli Collier is used to watching the basketball bounce off the rim as she hustles for a rebound, but the junior center is seeing the game from a different perspective this fall as a youth coach. Collier...

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Opponents to watch: Barber, Wallow pose challenge for Texas

October 4, 2020

Fresh off of an improbable victory over Texas Tech, the Texas football team will be back at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium this Saturday to face off against the 0–1 TCU Horned Frogs. The...

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Texas Athletics’ huge weekend brings sense of normalcy to starving fan base

October 2, 2020

Longhorn students and fans could forget about the world’s issues for a little while as they sat on the edge of their seats, rooting for Texas victories in what amounted to an undefeated weekend for...

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Opponents to watch: Anderson, Jeffers lead way for Texas Tech

September 27, 2020

The Texas football team will travel to Lubbock this weekend to face Texas Tech at the Jones AT&T Stadium. With the current pandemic, the Red Raiders will not have their trademark home-field advantage....

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Texas women’s basketball rides unpredictable offseason into Vic Schaefer era

September 22, 2020

With a roster full of young prospects and an all-new coaching staff, the Texas women’s basketball team knew the 2020 offseason would be an important transition period. However, the COVID-19 pandemic...

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Opponents to watch: DeHaro, Amaewhule lead way for UTEP

September 12, 2020

Texas will face an undefeated team to open its 2020 college football season. The University of Texas-El Paso comes into Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium boasting a 1–0 record after a 24-14...

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Shae Routt continues mother’s Texas basketball legacy

September 4, 2020

Junior guard Shae Routt first suited up for the UT women’s basketball team in 2018, but burnt orange has been in her blood since she was born. Routt’s mother Erica was a standout forward...

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Students weigh in on UT’s plans for stadium attendance

August 27, 2020

It was strange for students to have an extended spring break and then finish the semester online. It will be just as strange to see a sparsely populated student section at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial...

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Texas football is not adequately represented in the NFL

August 26, 2020

In May, four-star defensive lineman Tunmise Adeleye sparked outrage among the Longhorn faithful when he gave his reason for verbally committing to Ohio State over Texas. “In the past 5 years (Texas...

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Longhorn Hellraisers look to promote safety, spirit in upcoming year

August 24, 2020

The Longhorn Hellraisers will be front and center in the student section as the Texas football team takes on UT El-Paso to open the 2020 season, but this fall will look far different for the spirit group...

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‘Ball don’t lie’: Jaylan Ford poses diamond in the rough potential as linebacker

August 14, 2020

From an outsider’s perspective, Jaylan Ford’s commitment to The University of Texas seemed predictable: a high school standout choosing a team he has adored since childhood. “Growing...

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A trailblazer memorialized: Friends, family react to Julius Whittier statue

August 2, 2020

Nearly 50 years after Julius Whittier’s last game as a Longhorn, the University announced July 13 he would be memorialized with a statue honoring his legacy as Texas’ first Black football letterman. “It...

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3 Texas football players with most to lose in canceled season

July 27, 2020

With the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announcing the implementation of a conference-only schedule and several conferences canceling fall sports entirely, a canceled or postponed college football season...

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Semifinals: The greatest Longhorn of all time bracket

April 4, 2020

With March Madness and the entire sports world coming to a screeching halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Daily Texan created a tournament of its own. Divided into four quadrants, the bracket has matchups...

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Best Moment of 2020: Texas Softball defeats No. 1, No. 2 ranked teams in consecutive nights

March 31, 2020

The sudden end to the 2020 NCAA softball season due to coronavirus concerns also marked the early conclusion of a promising campaign for the No. 3 Longhorns. Texas played its final game on March 8 against...

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T-Town Showdown in Alabama canceled amid coronavirus concerns

March 12, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Texas softball’s weekend trip...

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Jefferson’s hot bat fuels Texas’ 2 Saturday victories

March 8, 2020

Junior second baseman Janae Jefferson went 3-for-5 over two games Saturday as the No. 2 Texas Longhorns defeated the Texas Southern Tigers and the Liberty Flames by scores of 13-5 and 3-0, respectively. Saturday...

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Long at-bats power Texas softball to first win in 2020 Longhorn Invitational

March 7, 2020

Three separate Longhorns battled Liberty freshman pitcher Karlie Keeney for at-bats of at least nine pitches in Friday’s 2-0 win against the Flames. In the end, that’s what it took for the...

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Shannon Rhodes breaks offensive slump to bring Texas softball over Boise State

March 2, 2020

The Texas Longhorns, who had beaten two top-15 teams in the Judi Garman Classic tournament, were in trouble through three innings Sunday. Trailing 2-1 to unranked Boise State, the Texas bats had fallen...

Texas displays plate discipline in win over No. 2 Washington

February 29, 2020

On the second night of a West Coast road trip, Texas went out and made history. For the first time in school history, the Longhorns beat the country’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams on back-to-back nights,...

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Texas travels west for matchup with No. 1 UCLA

February 27, 2020

Just two days removed from splitting a doubleheader against No. 10 Louisiana on Tuesday, the No. 3 Longhorns are making a trip to the west coast for a matchup with No. 1 UCLA. The Longhorns are now...

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Texas opens up daunting week with doubleheader Tuesday

February 25, 2020

Saturday night marked the first time the Longhorns weren’t the superior team in the diamond this season.  Despite a gutsy, complete game from senior pitcher Miranda Elish, No. 4 Texas fell...

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Longhorns remain undefeated with extra-inning victory over North Texas

February 20, 2020

The No. 4 ranked Longhorns needed all seven innings and then some to defeat in-state foe North Texas in a thrilling 3-2 walk-off victory.  The Longhorns trailed 2-1 in a game that seemed all but...

Undefeated Texas opens up homestand against North Texas

February 19, 2020

Texas, who just moved up to No. 4 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll, is looking to continue its red-hot start to the season. Sitting at 10–0, the Longhorns are just three games...

Longhorns improve to 3-0 in Puerto Vallarta College Challenge

February 15, 2020

For the first time in this young season, the No. 6-ranked Texas Longhorns had their backs against the wall. In the first game of Friday’s doubleheader in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Longhorns...

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Longhorns look to take hot streak to Mexico

February 13, 2020

Fresh off of a dominant six-game start to the season in the Texas Classic, the No. 6 Texas Longhorns resume play with a tournament this weekend. But instead of playing in front of a few hundred fans at...