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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Dan Hurwitz

Religion or football? Dan is forced to make a tough moral choice

October 7, 2011

Good thing the Texas State Fair isn’t debuting a new line of deep fried kosher corny dogs this year. There probably would not be too many bought on Saturday. That’s because the amount of Jews...

Senior sports writer enjoyed wild ride during time with Texan

May 6, 2011

Flashback to September 2009: Texas football had just beaten Texas Tech in the revenge game of the 2008 [Michael] Crabtree disaster. In my burnt orange button-down “gameday shirt,” (which...

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Heartbreaks tarnish four years of wins

May 5, 2011

The class of 2011 has seen some great moments in Texas sports during the four years that most students take to graduate. From the Hunter Lawrence kick heard around the nation to 45-35, there have been...

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The Thunder is America’s favorite team in the playoffs

April 28, 2011

Hear that rumbling coming from the distance? It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No! It’s Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder, that is. The NBA team is on its way to the second round of...

Letters to players, ESPN randomly find Dan’s mailbox

April 21, 2011

Here are a few letters that somehow made their way to my mailbox. Surprisingly, all the opinions from these readers are very similar to mine. Dear Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton, Stay...

Astros desperate for more fans, Sharks could win Stanley Cup

April 15, 2011

After only seven games at Minute Maid Park, new attendance records are popping up day by day. But they are not the type of numbers owner Drayton McLane was hoping for. These records include the...

Playoffs render regular season unnecessary in most sports

April 7, 2011

  Maybe college football is right. Maybe the BCS is the way to determine a champion.   It very well may be the most accurate system in determining the best team at its sport.   The...

Opening day: Astros

March 31, 2011

  The 2011 Astros are not too different from the team that went 32-27 in the final two months of last season.   After trading away veterans Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman prior to...

Johnson’s college career ends too soon with loss to Arizona

March 22, 2011

You’ve got to feel bad for Gary Johnson. He just ran out of time. He picked up the 686th and final rebound of his college career, but before any shot could be taken or any foul could be made,...

Longhorns fall to Wildcats in third round of NCAA tournament

March 21, 2011

TULSA, Okla. — Cory Joseph usually looks for his teammates to make two or three cuts on an inbounds pass. With 14 seconds remaining and Texas up two points, Joseph decided he was only going to...

Longhorns survive physical test against Grizzlies

March 18, 2011

TULSA, Okla. — Cory Joseph looked like he had just got out of a 12-round title fight. In the locker room, bandages of all different shapes and sizes were out. Icepacks were near. And a trainer...

Men’s basketball: Horns recall tourney memories

March 17, 2011

TULSA, Okla. — Every time the video montage is played prior to a Texas home game, someone will either glance over at assistant coach Kenton Paulino and smile or give him a little nudge. One...

A quick look at the West Regional

March 14, 2011

Whether the Longhorns deserve to be a four seed or not, there is nothing they can do about it. The road to Houston would have definitely been much easier had Texas been awarded a two or three seed....

Men’s basketball video: Goodbye from Kansas City

March 13, 2011

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Texas earns Big 12 finals bid with A&M win

March 12, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the Longhorns were about to take the floor for their game against Texas A&M, Kansas’ Markieff Morris, fresh from an interview with the media following the Jayhawks’...

Men’s basketball video: Update from Big 12 tournament

March 11, 2011

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Tournament has share of upsets, nail-biters so far

March 11, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With only three ranked Big 12 teams, it looked like the early rounds of the conference tournament might turn into blowouts. So far, that scenario has not materialized....

Texas takes big lead in first half, refuses to let up against Sooners

March 11, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thursday’s first half brought back memories of Texas’ 11-game win streak to open Big 12 play. The Longhorns got up early. They got up even more. And they didn’t...

Senior role player Lucas propels Texas into semis

March 11, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For most of the season, Jai Lucas has been the ninth man in a nine-man rotation that the Longhorns run. His minutes would vary game by game. He played as much as 30 against...

Longhorns suddenly in slump, need to iron out a few problems

March 4, 2011

Every chance Rick Barnes and his team had, they said that they can still get better. That was two weeks ago. The Longhorns were on an 11-game winning streak in which they were blowing out opponents....

Horns watch Nebraska replay to learn, prepare for Cyclones

February 22, 2011

The Longhorns had to go to class on Sunday. Taught by head coach Rick Barnes, Texas sat through an extended version of its film study so they could learn what exactly went wrong Saturday against Nebraska. The...

Hamilton’s first half sets tone against Pokes

February 17, 2011

Jordan Hamilton scored all 15 points in the first half of Wednesday’s 73-55 win over Oklahoma State. The early spark helped Texas once again to get off to a first-half double-digit lead. He...

Hamilton’s first half sets tone against Pokes

February 17, 2011

Jordan Hamilton scored all 15 points in the first half of Wednesday’s 73-55 win over Oklahoma State. The early spark helped Texas once again to get off to a first-half double-digit lead. He...

Texas starting out quickly, focusing on strong finishes

February 16, 2011

Texas has had little difficulty getting off to fast starts in recent games. Since trailing by as much as 15 points in the first half against Kansas on Jan. 22 and by 11 at halftime of that game,...

Team hesitant of No. 1 ranking with six games left in Big 12 play

February 14, 2011

Who would not want to be considered the best at what they do? “We don’t want No. 1,” said Texas forward Jordan Hamilton after Saturday’s 69-60 win against Baylor. “I...

Texas tops OU to remain undefeated

February 10, 2011

The cold weather outside in Norman only translated to cold shooting for Oklahoma. Texas once again shut down the Sooners 68-52 — a game in which the Longhorns never trailed. Texas now has...

Texas finding groove as favorable schedule nears

February 9, 2011

Texas began the season outside The Associated Press Top 25. The Longhorns were picked to finish third in the Big 12 preseason poll. In short, neither the media nor league coaches expected Texas...

Problems overshadow Super Bowl week

February 8, 2011

As of today, at least to my knowledge, no technology exists that can prevent poor weather. It happens. Neither Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving, Highland Park, Grapevine, Mesquite, Denton,...

Barnes loves the lockdown

February 4, 2011

The best place to start when holding a team below its scoring average: the best player. Shutting down opponents’ top scorers has been a major factor in Texas starting Big 12 competition 7-0. In...

Horns handle A&M second time around in easy road victory

February 1, 2011

COLLEGE STATION — As the few Longhorn fans at Reed Arena snuck down to seats directly behind the Texas bench, senior Gary Johnson turned around with a huge smile and responded to the “Texas...

Texas triumphs on somber anniversary

January 27, 2011

Check Stillwater off as another tough road environment in which Texas thrived. The seventh-ranked Longhorns (17-3, 5-0 Big 12) remained undefeated in conference play after beating Oklahoma State...

Turn the lights on

January 25, 2011

A tradition of the Jewish people involves the youngest person at the Passover Seder to sing “The Four Questions.” As the youngest person in my entire extended Jewish family, every year...

We’re not in Kansas anymore

January 24, 2011

Texas likely had its greatest regular season win in school history Saturday. The Longhorns beat a team that even at halftime of Saturday’s game was being called the best in the nation. They...

We’re not in Kansas anymore

January 24, 2011

Texas likely had its greatest regular season win in school history Saturday. The Longhorns beat a team that even at halftime of Saturday’s game was being called the best in the nation....

Longhorns roll over rival Texas A&M in rout

January 20, 2011

When this week’s two college basketball polls were released, the voters had a tough time distinguishing between the No. 10 and No. 11 ranked teams. The AP voters had the Longhorns 10th and the...

Fearless Brown quickly gaining Barnes’ trust

January 19, 2011

J’Covan Brown is fearless. So when it came to the Longhorns being down by one point with two seconds remaining against then-No. 8 Connecticut, Rick Barnes knew exactly who he wanted making...

Longhorns face tough schedule during holidays

December 8, 2010

When we return to school on Jan. 17, we will have a lot better picture of what Texas is capable of. Six weeks from now, Longhorn fans may start circling their calendars for an early April Final Four...

Hamilton heads home to face USC

December 3, 2010

Jordan Hamilton was in attendance when Texas played UCLA during the first Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series in 2007. Only a junior in high school at the time, the Los Angeles native witnessed a 63-61 Longhorn...

Texas routs Cardinals in sloppy victory

December 2, 2010

The ball clanking off the rim, the referee’s whistle and the thump of bodies hitting the floor were the most notable noises that echoed throughout the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday. A sloppy...

Horns rely on threes to edge Rice

November 29, 2010

The Longhorns nearly fell victim to a Thanksgiving hangover as they narrowly defeated Rice 62-59 on Saturday. A 3-point barrage in the second half led by Cory Joseph and Jordan Hamilton helped Texas...

Longhorns return from NYC with heads high

November 22, 2010

Pittsburgh’s Travon Woodall’s missed free throw with 12 seconds remaining was exactly what the Longhorns needed. But the off-balance and unwise heave of the ball by Cory Joseph missed...

Scoring barrage lifts Texas in overtime

November 19, 2010

Texas scored on its first four possessions early in overtime to go up eight and gain a lead that they would not let go in beating No. 16 Illinois 90-84 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Two...

Scoring barrage lifts Texas in overtime

November 19, 2010

Texas scored on its first four possessions early in overtime to go up eight and gain a lead that they would not let go in beating No. 16 Illinois 90-84 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Two...

Scoring barrage lifts Texas in overtime

November 19, 2010

Texas scored on its first four possessions early in overtime to go up eight and gain a lead that they would not let go in beating No. 16 Illinois 90-84 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Two...

Freshman guard goes far, fills out stat sheet

November 11, 2010

Cory Joseph doesn’t get tired. He can play all night. On Wednesday, he did. “He can play forever,” said Texas head coach Rick Barnes. The freshman played 37 of 40 minutes...

Longhorns sink Midshipmen in opener

November 9, 2010

It took more than the first half for the Longhorns to start having fun Monday night in routing Navy 83-52 in the season opener. The light turned on for Texas early in the second half as they quit...

Canadian duo know one another very well

November 8, 2010

Upon seeing Cory Joseph for the first time, Tristan Thompson noticed three things. “This is a curly haired guy with big ears,” Thompson recalls. “But he can shoot.” While...

Texas’ rough season not easy for fans to witness

November 3, 2010

Some teams make scoring points look too easy. It’s contagious. They can’t stop. Texas is not one of these teams. For the Longhorns, getting touchdowns is like pulling teeth. And as difficult...

Diverse stories, humor offer twist on sports TV

November 2, 2010

Burnt out on your favorite sports team? Can’t bear to watch the Longhorns or Cowboys anymore? While you may have to wait for another run to a championship next season, this season there are still...

Austin Aztex announce their move to Orlando next season

October 26, 2010

The Austin Aztex announced that the team will move to Orlando, Fla. beginning next season. Team president Phil Rawlins confirmed today that an agreement with a UK led consortium was reached to relocate...

Horns derail Huskers’ title hopes

October 18, 2010

En route to beating the Cornhuskers 20-13 on Saturday, the Longhorns avoided making the major mistakes that doomed them in their previous two games in which they combined for seven turnovers and 17...

Little to lose for Horns against Cornhuskers

October 12, 2010

We have all had our week to gripe about the Longhorns. Now it is time to rally around them. The team hasn’t given up, and neither should you. Yes, Texas has lost its last two games. But...

Little to lose for Horns against Cornhuskers

October 12, 2010

We have all had our week to gripe about the Longhorns. Now it is time to rally around them. The team hasn’t given up, and neither should you. Yes, Texas has lost its last two games. But...

Sooners sting Horns as frustration mounts

October 4, 2010

On the patio of an uptown Dallas bar on Saturday night, a young man with beer in hand dressed in Oklahoma crimson bumped into a burnt-orange wearing male. The slightest contact of the two bodies...

Unexpected first round exit raises questions about future

March 23, 2010

Three years into her tenure at Texas, Gail Goestenkors has made $3 million. But has she really earned it? The Longhorns have not gotten past the second round of the NCAA Tournament since Goestenkors...

Longhorns rendered speechless as layups won’t even fall in loss

March 22, 2010

For the second time in two minutes, Brittainey Raven received an outlet pass on a fast break and was unable to convert on the point-blank, uncontested layup. With an opportunity to narrow San Diego...

Raven’s quickness, speed make immediate impact

December 14, 2009

Coming off the bench has not stopped Brittainey Raven from being an emotional leader on the court. Whether it is chasing down an opponent on a fast break or taking a charge, Raven always gives her...