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All content by Christian Corona
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Sports editor hits last basement homerun

December 6, 2013

I used to hate that my mom never taught me how to speak Spanish. She’s fluent, as is most of her side of the family. But my dad isn’t, so it was more convenient for her to talk to both of...

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Regular season finale will determine whether Mack Brown deserves to keep job

December 6, 2013

The rebuilding process was supposed to be over. Texas was supposed to be in reloading mode again. The Longhorns were recruiting well despite going 5-7 three short years ago. They won eight games the...

Closer look at the numbers show that Isaiah Taylor may be Texas’ MVP so far

December 2, 2013

Texas has needed a late second-half comeback to secure the majority of its wins this year. Five times in seven contests the Longhorns have trailed in the final seven minutes of a game – winning four...

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Texas Tech the perfect opponent to get Texas back on track

November 27, 2013

Texas’ six-game winning streak was impressive. Even if, with the exception of Oklahoma, the Longhorns feasted on the weakest of the Big 12 teams to put that streak together. Were the Longhorns...

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Four teams still in the mix for Big 12 title

November 21, 2013

The Longhorns no longer control their own destiny in the conference title race and really hurt their chances in what was the worst home loss of the Mack Brown era this past Saturday. But they’re...

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Longhorns lose Johnathan Gray at a time they needed him most

November 15, 2013

Like Joe Bergeron last season, Malcolm Brown has been the thunder to Johnathan Gray’s lightning.  But with Gray sidelined for the rest of the year with a ruptured Achilles tendon, Brown and...

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Injuries piling up for Texas, but Longhorns keep on winning

November 15, 2013

QB David Ash (Jr.) For the first time in his career, Ash came into this season as the unquestioned starting quarterback. It took a concussion in the fourth quarter of Texas’ loss to BYU to knock...

Contrary to what Mack Brown said, this week features true “trap” game

November 8, 2013

Just like it did last year, Texas, like it usually does, walked off the field a winner over Kansas.  Unlike last year, the Longhorns didn’t need a last-minute touchdown pass from Case McCoy...

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KU’s Heaps to see much better defense than the Diaz-led unit he saw in 2011

November 1, 2013

The way the game was played, it was hard to believe each team had a blue-chip prospect starting at quarterback. Garrett Gilbert, the nation’s third-best quarterback prospect coming out of high...

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Texas can prove it’s team it says it is by beating TCU

October 25, 2013

Think back to the situation Texas was in going into its game against TCU last year. The Longhorns had won four in a row since being demolished by Oklahoma for the second straight season. At 8-2, Texas...

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Texas can prove its team it says it is by beating TCU

October 25, 2013

Think back to the situation Texas was in going into its game against TCU last year. The Longhorns had won four in a row since being demolished by Oklahoma for the second straight season. At 8-2, Texas...

Applewhite needs to adjust playcalling approach for Texas to have shot at beating OU

October 9, 2013

Major Applewhite is no stranger to the Red River Rivalry. He beat the Sooners twice as a quarterback and has helped Texas triumph over Oklahoma twice as an assistant coach. So when the Longhorns...

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Even before Red River Rivalry, Texas has already had a roller coaster of a season

October 9, 2013

New Mexico State - W, 56-7 Twenty-eight minutes into the season, Texas was trailing, 7-0, against a New Mexico State team that had not beaten an FBS team since 2011 and gave up the fifth-most points...

Texas needs to give freshman Tyrone Swoopes more snaps

October 3, 2013

Ten years ago, a freshman dual-threat quarterback with game-changing ability and little experience battled a senior with little game-changing experience and a ton of experience. Texas head coach Mack...

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DeLoss Dodds stepping down at the perfect time

October 2, 2013

As is the case with Mack Brown and Rick Barnes, the fact that certain standards have not been met recently should not overshadow the fact that athletic director DeLoss Dodds was responsible for those standards...

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After being called a team that “laid down” last year, Texas hasn’t done much to prove doubters wrong

September 20, 2013

When asked if he thought there is a Big 12 team out there that can run the table in conference play, Chris Whaley hesitated. Hesitated like so many of his fellow Longhorns defenders have done on the...

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Texas, Ole Miss football programs going in vastly different directions

September 13, 2013

The last time Texas played Texas A&M, the Longhorns came out on top. The Aggies have since gone to the SEC and taken the college football world by storm, elevating their program to a place where they...

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Last week’s first-half mistakes will prove more costly if repeated in Provo

September 6, 2013

There shouldn’t be a lot to complain about after a team racks up a school-record 715 yards and scores 56 points.  But when you consider that none of those points came in the first 28 minutes,...

Newly named starter Duke Thomas poised for breakout sophomore season

August 30, 2013

By its standard, Texas’ secondary struggled mightily last year. Longhorns defensive backs occasionally looked like they had cement in their cleats trying to make tackles. Texas, accustomed to fielding...

Newly named starter Duke Thomas poised for breakout sophomore season

August 30, 2013

By its standard, Texas’ secondary struggled mightily last year. Longhorns defensive backs occasionally looked like they had cement in their cleats trying to make tackles. Texas, accustomed to fielding...

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Recent disappointments behind them, Longhorns poised to take shot at national title

August 6, 2013

The Longhorns’ last two mottos have been “Brick by Brick” and “R.I.S.E.”, both signifying a rebuilding process that began after a disugstingly disappointing 5-7 campaign in...

Johnny Football is far from perfect but that’s no reason to kick him out of a frat party

August 6, 2013

As controversial as his offseason was, once the college football season kicks off, Johnny Manziel promises to be just as exciting.  And those on the 40 Acres should learn to appreciate him for...

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Texas RHP Nathan Thornhill looking forward to senior season after putting pro career on hold

June 26, 2013

The day after a national champion was crowned in Omaha, Longhorns right-hander Nathan Thornhill talks about hoping that he’s a part of the dogpile there this time next year. Thornhill was selected...

Spurs’ Finals loss to Heat about as painful as it gets

June 25, 2013

Did you feel that? That kidney shot, that dagger to the heart, that excruciating experience that was watching the Spurs fall to the Heat in this year’s NBA Finals? When Tony Parker hit that...

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Eight years after helping Texas win national title, Tarell Brown still upholding “DBU” legacy

June 17, 2013

It seems like everyone knows him here. Tarell Brown shakes dozens of hands and signs hundreds of autographs after running his sixth football and cheerleading camp in Mesquite since beginning his NFL...

This year’s Longhorns softball team proved in Oklahoma City it was the best ever

June 10, 2013

Like the last couple squads before them, Texas was expected to go to the Women’s College World Series. Unlike those previous teams, they did. Once the Longhorns arrived in Oklahoma City, the expectations...

Barring a miracle, baseball in for another long offseason

May 3, 2013

As hard a pill as it will be to swallow, the Longhorns won’t reach the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.  Despite boasting a Big 12-best 2.56 team ERA, Texas is 5-12 in conference...

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DeLoss Dodds: Rick Barnes changing culture of basketball program, recruiting more guys that will stick around longer

May 2, 2013

Rick Barnes has made a habit of losing players before they graduate. It’s a habit that, with a change to his recruiting philosophy, he’s hoping to break. Sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo...

Texas leaves much to be desired in 1-0 win over Prairie View A&M

May 1, 2013

For a Texas team whose NCAA Tournament chances are hanging by a thread, its sense of urgency should be increasing with every loss. But despite their baffling inability to win a series in Big 12 play...

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Christian Corona’s mock draft

April 25, 2013

1. Kansas City - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M Before signing Alex Smith, the Chiefs were in desperate need of a quarterback. Now that they’ve got one, they’re going to need someone to...

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The Power List

April 23, 2013

1) William Powers, Jr., UT President While the top pick here is obvious, it is easy to forget the breadth of responsibility and influence of the man at the top. Since stepping into office in February...

Men’s basketball signs Demarcus Croaker, Isaiah Taylor and Kendal Yancy

April 19, 2013

Guards Demarcus Croaker, Isaiah Taylor and Kendal Yancy signed letters of intent on Thursday to play at Texas next season. Yancy and Croaker are four-star prospects, according to rivals.com, with Taylor...

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Former Longhorn great Kevin Durant concedes scoring title, but becomes youngest to join 50-40-90 club

April 18, 2013

Someone wins the NBA scoring title every year. Each of the last three seasons, that someone was Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.  But former Longhorn Kevin Durant did something this year accomplished...

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Texas has to be better against than it was last year, Jordan Hicks can help

April 18, 2013

It had been more than six months since Texas had lined up with Jordan Hicks in the middle of its defense during a game when he suited up for last month’s Orange-White Scrimmage.  “Not...

Longhorn legend Cat Osterman, record-breaking pitcher, announces retirement on 30th birthday

April 17, 2013

Former Longhorns pitcher Cat Osterman announced her retirement from competitive softball Tuesday.  The four-time All-American is the only player in college softball history to win national college...

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Horns win snoozefest, 6-1, over UTPA but still have lot of work to do to avoid missing out on NCAA Tournament

April 17, 2013

You couldn’t tell Augie Garrido was leading a team in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row by his demeanor after Texas’ 6-1 sleep-inducing win over The University...

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Up-tempo offense, improved passing game won’t matter if Horns running backs can’t stay healthy

April 16, 2013

Texas won eight games two years ago, then nine the year after that. No team in the country has more returning starters than the 19 the Longhorns have.  Everything is perfectly set up for Texas...

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Texas point guard Myck Kabongo declares for NBA Draft

April 15, 2013

Myck Kabongo played 45 games, averaged 10.8 points and 5.3 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from the floor during his Texas career.  But there’s one number that people will remember...

Longhorns’ new recruiting approach paying off as Texas racks up Class of 2014 commits

April 11, 2013

If Texas took one step back with its 15-member recruiting class this year, it’s taking two steps forward with the progress it’s making with the Class of 2014. The Longhorns already have...

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After scoring just four runs in three games against OU last weekend, Texas bats wake up against Texas State

April 10, 2013

For a team that had lost four of its last five games, had yet to win a series in conference play this season and was in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, this was exactly...

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Early enrollee QB Tyrone Swoopes could be the future of Texas football

April 9, 2013

He went 1-9 as a starting quarterback last year. He completed less than half of his passes against 2A defenses as a senior. And he may not even play this year. But Tyrone Swoopes is the future of Texas...

Allegations against former Texas defensive coordinators Will Mushcamp, Gene Chizik characterize a new culture of cheating in college sports

April 9, 2013

They were known as great defensive coordinators at Texas, but now Will Muschamp and Gene Chizik have both been accused of being involved in a wide-ranging scandal at Auburn. Chizik, who served as the...

Longhorns WR Kendall Sanders arrested, charged with DWI

April 8, 2013

Texas rising sophomore wide receiver Kendall Sanders was arrested and charged for DWI on Saturday morning in Brazos County and released on $3,000 bond. He was confined at 5:10 a.m. and released at 7:43...

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Those that proved themselves in Orange-White Scrimmage must get chance in real games for Texas

April 3, 2013

It seems to happen every year. A handful of skill position players impress at Texas’ annual spring game and are practically never heard from again. Last year, tight end D.J. Grant...

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Up-tempo offense a nice wrinkle, but Longhorns still have some kinks to work out

April 1, 2013

Like many things Texas has done this offseason to get with the times, the Longhorns have installed a new, up-tempo offense. It’s not anything like Oregon’s quick-strike, high-flying attack...

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Longhorns’ leading scorer Sheldon McClellan to transfer

March 28, 2013

Texas sophomore guard Sheldon McClellan plans to transfer, a Texas spokesman confirmed to The Daily Texan on Wednesday. McClellan led the Longhorns with 13.5 points per game last season and becomes...

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A proven winner, Vince Young deserves a second chance in the NFL

March 27, 2013

How could a quarterback who’s won 62 percent of his starts, played twice in the Pro Bowl and been named Rookie of the Year not earn a place in the NFL? Since leading the Longhorns to a national...

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NFL teams would be crazy to let Marquise Goodwin slip past second round

March 26, 2013

After one of Texas’ media availabilities two Novembers ago, I rode down a Belmont Hall elevator with one of the fastest men on campus — Marquise Goodwin. When I asked him how fast he was,...

Miami squeaks past Illinois to move on to Sweet 16

March 25, 2013

For the state of Florida in this year's NCAA Tournament, good things are coming in 3's. Miami became the third team from the Sunshine State to advance to the Sweet 16 when the second-seeded Hurricanes...

Florida holds off Minnesota to set up all-Sunshine State showdown in Arlington

March 25, 2013

No upset here. No. 3 seed Florida earned the chance to play more basketball in the Lone Star State after pounding No. 11 seed Minnesota, 78-64, in the Round of 32 at the Erwin Center on Sunday. The...