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Chris Hummer reflects on his time at The Daily Texan

May 2, 2014

I didn’t deserve to be hired at the Texan. Freshman year, I couldn’t string a sentence together, let alone craft a story, but Dan, my first editor, took a chance on me. I didn’t know...

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Texas sports didn’t go as planned for the class of 2014

April 24, 2014

You’re almost there, class of 2014. In less than a month you’ll stand in front of the Tower and watch the building light up with the most spectacular “2014” you’ll...

Steve Patterson says A&M “not at top of his list”

April 2, 2014

Texas men’s head athletic director Steve Patterson met with members of the media Tuesday morning and discussed, among other things, Texas A&M, collective bargaining for collegiate athletes and...

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With Frank Erwin Center’s days limited, many questions remain about venue’s future

March 26, 2014

The Frank Erwin Center has hosted stars ranging from Kevin Durant to Paul McCartney, but, after serving Austin as a major event hub for the past 37 years, the site’s future residents will tend to...

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Men’s basketball falls, but program future is bright

March 24, 2014

Michigan manhandled the Longhorns in a 79-65 loss during the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, but the team can still fly home from Milwaukee, Wis., with a few ounces of moxie intact. After...

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Cory Jefferson, Baylor’s magical Big 12 tournament run end in disappointment

March 16, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Head to the floor and towel over his head, Cory Jefferson slowly unlaced his shoes and set them to his right side. The senior forward had just walked slowly into the locker...

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Baylor zone confounds Texas as Longhorn guards fail to attack

March 15, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baylor packed the paint and Texas’ jump shots weren’t falling. That's a negative recipe for the Longhorns on any night, and in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament...

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Texas pops West Virginia’s NCAA tournament bubble, wins 66-49 in Big 12 quarterfinals

March 14, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas wanted a win. West Virginia needed one. But in the end, desire proved more bountiful than survivor’s instinct. The Longhorns blitzed the Mountaineers from the...

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Andrew Wiggins’ size, athleticism too much for Texas to handle

February 24, 2014

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It didn’t take long for the blue and white wave to hit Texas. And, when it did, the swell proved too much to handle. Led by freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins, the Jayhawks...

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In UT football, historic first-year performances show mixed results

February 4, 2014

While there may be soaring expectations for football head coach Charlie Strong, his predecessors can attest to the challenges — both on and off the field — of being a first-year head coach...

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Depth, attitude have led Texas basketball’s historic turnaround

January 27, 2014

Three straight wins over top-25 teams and three different heroes in each game. Perhaps no one description defines Texas’ season more than that unselfishness. There isn’t a superstar on the...

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Texas topples No. 8 Iowa State in 86-76 victory

January 19, 2014

The Longhorns have not toppled a top-10 team since a win over No. 2 Kansas in 2011, which is also the last season Texas was ranked in the AP poll. On Saturday, that streak ended with a win over No....

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Texas working on NCAA Tournament resume

January 16, 2014

Head coach Rick Barnes had never missed an NCAA tournament in 14 years at Texas until the Longhorns’ 16-18 campaign last season. Now, a team led by only two upperclassmen and a wiry, hardworking...

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Longhorns trample Mountaineers in Morgantown

January 14, 2014

The Longhorns blitzed the Mountaineers with a 12-2 run at the end the first half to grab a 14-point lead they never relinquished en route to an 80-69 win in Morgantown, W.Va. on Monday night. Texas...

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Strong set to make his mark at Texas

January 13, 2014

Charlie Strong became the 29th head coach in Texas football history on Jan. 5, replacing Mack Brown after 16 seasons. It wasn’t a splashy hire. Instead, Strong’s resume is based on his 23-3...

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Texas taps Louisville’s Charlie Strong as the new football coach

January 5, 2014

After a month of speculation, Texas’ next head coach didn’t come from the NFL or the college football pantheon. Instead, the Longhorns’ opted for Louisville head coach Charlie Strong. It’s...

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Report: Louisville’s Charlie Strong accepts Texas job

January 4, 2014

Update: 10:17 p.m.: Nearly a full day after the reports began circulating, it is official. Charlie Strong will leave Louisville to become Texas' next head coach, according to multiple reports.   Strong...

Art Briles will not be Texas’ next head coach: ‘I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions.’

January 3, 2014

Texas will have to look outside of the I-35 interstate to find its next head coach it seems. Friday, amid much speculation about his possible interest in the Longhorns' job, Baylor head coach Art...

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Texas AD Steve Patterson announces 8-person search committee, search firm to find next head coach

December 19, 2013

UT men’s head athletic director Steve Patterson approved an eight-person advisory committee and hired a recruiting firm to help the program find a new head football coach, the school announced Wednesday. The...

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Steve Patterson, Bill Powers discuss hiring process for Texas Longhorns’ next head coach

December 15, 2013

A day after football head coach Mack Brown stepped down as the head coach at Texas, Brown, President William Powers Jr. and men's head athletic director Steve Patterson reflected on his 16-year...

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Reports surface Mack Brown will step down: Texas, Brown deny the report

December 10, 2013

According to Orangebloods.com, Mack Brown, who led the Longhorns to a national championship in 2005, will step down as Texas’ head coach after 16 seasons. The University would not confirm the news...

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Life after football, former Texas Longhorn Tre’ Newton’s road back, Pt. 2

December 4, 2013

Did you miss Part 1 of this story? Read it here. Editor’s Note: This series explores personal and institutional responses to concussions, which have become an increasingly integral point...

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Life after football, former Texas Longhorn Tre’ Newton’s road back, Pt. 1

December 4, 2013

Editor’s Note: This series explores personal and institutional responses to concussions, which have become an increasingly integral point of discussion surrounding football. Come back tomorrow for...

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Texas men’s basketball moves to 6-1 with win over UT-Arlington

December 2, 2013

Check out photos from Friday's game. Texas hasn’t made the second half easier on itself this season, but the Longhorns have still come up clutch. Texas showed yet another example of that Friday...

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Texas Longhorns’ movie-like season about to reach its peak

December 2, 2013

The Longhorns strutted off the field after their win over Texas Tech, the merriness of the “Eyes of Texas” radiating from their faces. Seniors, especially, in their last night at Darrell K...

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Thanksgiving not same without Texas facing Texas A&M

November 27, 2013

Texas fans, remember the Hex Rally? UT students and the Longhorns players would light candles to place a curse on the Aggies before every Thanksgiving game. A mostly harmless process, it served as an...

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Longhorns fall to BYU, 86-82

November 26, 2013

Texas pounded BYU inside for most of the game, but the Longhorns could not stop Cougar junior guard Tyler Haws down the stretch. The 6-foot-5-inch guard scored 19 of BYU’s final 21 points leading...

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Men’s basketball blows out Houston Baptist, 89-61

November 19, 2013

It took some time, but the Longhorns finally got a Texas-sized victory on Monday night, blowing out Houston Baptist 89-61 at the Erwin Center. After opening up the season with three close wins...

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Fans’ faith in Mack Brown, Texas football fading

November 18, 2013

Fans scurried to the exits at the end of the third quarter as though the cloudy sky would momentarily release its frustration on the masses.  But the weather remained stable.  Instead,...

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Texas Longhorns defeat Stephen F. Austin 72-62 for third-straight win

November 16, 2013

Stephen F. Austin is known as the Father of Texas, and on Friday, the capital city bearing his name held a blow-by-blow clash featuring the school bearing his name sake and the University of Texas. The...

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Texas basketball adjusts offensive, defensive philosophy for rule alterations

November 15, 2013

Through two games last season, the Longhorns averaged 62 points a game. Two games into the 2013-14 campaign that average has ballooned to 80. This is a staggering shift from one season to another, especially...

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Texas deep on the defensive line, but there’s no replacing Chris Whaley

November 15, 2013

When Chris Whaley toppled after a West Virginia player collided with his knee, Texas fans held their breath in collection. When the cart came out to remove Whaley from the field, people had to think...

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Case McCoy, Mack Brown do it again as Longhorns continue to roll

November 11, 2013

Case McCoy couldn’t do it again — at least in regulation. The senior quarterback, whose confidence oozes out of him and seems to build as every second melts off the clock, only managed to...

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Longhorns escape Mercer in season opener

November 11, 2013

The first game of a new rebuilding era of Texas basketball kicked off with an uneven performance from the Longhorns in a 76-73 win over Mercer. It was a scrappy effort as Texas endured multiple...

Texas Basketball: Longhorns defeat Mercer 76-73 in season opener

November 9, 2013

The first game of a new, rebuilding era of Texas basketball kicked off with an uneven performance from the Longhorns in a 76-73 win over Mercer. It was a scrappy effort, as Texas endured multiple runs...

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Texas Longhorns PG Isaiah Taylor looks to restore Texas back to national relevance

November 8, 2013

Isaiah Taylor believed in himself. The only problem was that college coaches in his home state of California weren’t quite so certain of his prospects after the sophomore guard injured his knee. So...

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Stellar play from Texas offensive line proving how tough Longhorns really are

November 8, 2013

This offseason Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker took a shot at the Longhorns. He stepped out and labeled one of the country’s most successful programs soft. “They kind of laid down a little...

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Report: Texas hires Arizona State AD Steve Patterson as next athletic director

November 5, 2013

The University of Texas has hired Steve Patterson as its new men’s athletic director, according to University officials.   The Arizona State athletic director interviewed with an eight-member...

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Texas Longhorns survive against Kansas but lack of energy troubling

November 4, 2013

The silence was deafening. Everything anyone needed to know about the Longhorns’ game against Kansas could be heard in the stands or at home on mute. Silence. A few minutes into the third...

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Former running back Chris Whaley making moves at defensive tackle for Texas

November 1, 2013

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle slinked back in coverage and, much to the chagrin of Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell, plucked his pass out the air for an interception. But Chris Whaley didn’t...

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Mack Brown made the right decision by playing Tyrone Swoopes

October 28, 2013

Lightning flashed and fans scattered as rain pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area Saturday evening during Texas’ 30-7 win over TCU, a contest that stretched into Sunday morning after a three-hour six-minute...

Oklahoma win huge but Case McCoy must do more to define Texas legacy

October 25, 2013

In the week before Texas toppled Oklahoma senior quarterback Case McCoy showed great perspective, and a sense of timing, when he said the Red River Rivalry game could define his legacy. “This...

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Texas’ upset of Oklahoma makes Big 12 aspirations a reality

October 14, 2013

DALLAS — Head coach Mack Brown fumbled a bit, but he eventually snagged the Golden Hat and lofted it proudly with a smile so bright it took years off a face withered over the past few seasons. Texas’...

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The Red River Rivalry Drinking Game

October 9, 2013

It’s that time of year Texas fans. When you migrate in masses to Dallas ready to indulge in a wide variety of fried foods and a massive amount of alcohol, and in some cases both at the same time...

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Texas Longhorn wide receiver Mike Davis deserves suspension after cheap shot block

October 7, 2013

Mike Davis played injured on Thursday night against Iowa State. He battled through a painful ankle injury, caused a mismatch every down and had a good game with six catches for 64 yards. Yet, none of that...

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Texas reveals new gold-trimmed uniforms for Red River Rivalry

October 7, 2013

Monday, Texas revealed a new gold-trimmed jersey for this Saturday's Red River Rivalry matchup with Oklahoma. Nike Pro Combat Red River Rivalry uniforms with gold accents, referencing the Golden...

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Texas Longhorns have their prayers answered, but for how long?

October 4, 2013

The football gods have finally answered the Longhorns’ prayers. With the clock at zero, senior quarterback Case McCoy reared back and tossed a 44-yard floater into the end zone, which a crowd...

More experienced and less turnover-prone, McCoy needs to start

October 3, 2013

The Case McCoy vs. Tyrone Swoopes debate is simple, and it just comes down to math. If you were Mack Brown who would you start? The quarterback with four years of college experience and more than 2,000...

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DeLoss Dodds a quiet giant at the University of Texas

October 2, 2013

DeLoss Dodds spent most of his time in the background during his 32-year tenure at Texas, making deals and silently elevating the program. His steps were quiet; the shadow he cast, anything but. The...

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Former Texas quarterback, legend James Street dies

September 30, 2013

Former Longhorn quarterback James Street, who led Texas to an undefeated season in 1969, died Monday morning at the age of 65. “When we got the call Monday morning, I just couldn’t believe...