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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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


‘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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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’...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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!...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


‘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...


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...