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Going, going, gone

May 2, 2014

Let’s be honest, few people can sum themselves up or explain their college experience in roughly 500 words. I’m no different. For the record, I tried to freestyle my response rather than write...

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Column: Could this year be Augie Garrido’s last as Texas baseball head coach?

April 29, 2014

After a couple of embarrassing seasons, 2014 has been better for head coach Augie Garrido. In the past three months, he has become the winningest college baseball coach of all-time and instilled a renewed...

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Column: Arrival of Charlie Strong provides golden opportunity for defensive tackle Malcom Brown

April 22, 2014

In large part because of monster seasons by defensive ends Jackson Jeffcoat and senior Cedric Reed, the defensive line was a clear area of strength for the Longhorns last year. With Jeffcoat now gone and...

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Column: Despite fall, Jordan Spieth still emerges as rising star

April 15, 2014

Alongside the rest of the golfing world, Jordan Spieth was forced to watch Bubba Watson sink putt after crucial putt en route to a final-round comeback that gave him his second green jacket in three years....

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Column: Mark Payton is carving his place in Texas history

April 8, 2014

For an average player, two hits over the course of a three-game series would equal a major slump. Fortunately for the Longhorns, senior center fielder Mark Payton is not just any average player. Payton...

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Pitching paces Horns’ 2014 revitalization

April 2, 2014

After a two-year hiatus from national relevance, Texas baseball has burst back onto the scene thanks to head coach Augie Garrido’s age-old formula of defense and small ball. The Longhorns currently...

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Barnes proving worth despite tournament woes

March 28, 2014

This season, Rick Barnes proved why he is the most decorated basketball coach to pass through Texas, earning his fourth Big 12 Coach of the Year honor since arriving in Austin in 1998. But once again,...

Column: Underdogs run wild in the big dance

March 20, 2014

The NCAA tournament is upon us, and with it comes a welcome dose of chaos. As usual, the big dance was full of surprises last year, including Wichita State becoming the first No. 9 seed to reach the...

Why walk-on athletes deserve respect

March 4, 2014

Glory, wealth and fame: These are some of the rewards that drive athletes in the realm of professional sports and act as heavy influences on the culture and motivations of collegiate athletics. For...

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Column: Texas men’s basketball lack experience, star power compared to past teams

February 25, 2014

Last Monday, the Longhorns were 9-3 and one game behind Kansas in the Big 12 title race. But, after consecutive road losses to Iowa State and Kansas — two teams Texas defeated in Austin earlier this...

Column: Balance highlights Texas men’s basketball success

February 18, 2014

Oftentimes, basketball lends its focus to individuals more than to whole teams. A few select players steal the attention deserved by many others, largely because of the small team size, which allows star...

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For Charlie Strong, success will be in development more than recruitment

February 11, 2014

Head coach Charlie Strong has been unable to escape the topic of recruiting since he replaced Mack Brown as Texas’ football coach. Unsurprisingly, this has only worsened in the week since the Longhorns...

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Recruiting future bright for Longhorns

February 4, 2014

Wednesday will mark a milestone in Texas football when the Longhorns partake in college football’s National Signing Day without Mack Brown for the first time since the late 1990s. With the nation’s...

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Duo drives Horns to AP Ranking

January 29, 2014

After nearly three years, the Longhorns men’s basketball team is ranked again. Texas enters a pivotal week ranked No. 25 in the latest AP poll, a number that will improve if they are able to slay...

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Stat Guy: Longhorns offense sparks team’s resurgence

January 22, 2014

Fresh off an 86-76 victory over No. 8 Iowa State — its first win against a top-10 opponent in three years — and an upset victory over Kansas State on Tuesday night, the Texas men’s basketball...

Seniors lead Longhorns in every phase

December 6, 2013

STOCK UP:   DE Jackson Jeffcoat (SR.) Prior to the Texas Tech game on Thanksgiving, Jeffcoat had already logged two multi-sack games en route to a total of seven on the season. Apparently...

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Stat Guy: Baylor game last shot at redemption for maligned seniors

December 3, 2013

On the heels of a 41-16 trouncing of Texas Tech, the Longhorns enter their regular season final with a feeling of hope. A showdown against Baylor is all that stands in the way of a Big 12 championship...

Case McCoy, Malcolm Brown need to bounce back

November 27, 2013

STOCK UP:   S Mykkele Thompson (Jr.) Although the Texas secondary struggled as a unit against Oklahoma State, allowing Clint Chelf to complete 16 of 22 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns,...

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Texas and Texas Tech have opposite styles, but the Longhorns’ match up better

November 26, 2013

Texas and Texas Tech could not be more different. Led by its former quarterback-turned-coach Kliff Kingsbury — who may or may not moonlight as Ryan Gosling’s stunt double — the Red Raiders...

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Stat Guy: Vince Young has proven he deserves to be on NFL roster

November 19, 2013

There’s an age-old cliche in football: next man up. This phrase rings truest at the professional level, where the competition is fierce and the margin for error is zero — especially at the...

Longhorns receivers Davis, Shipley heating up

November 15, 2013

STOCK UP:   WR Mike Davis (Sr.) Well, hello there Mr. Davis. Apparently he saw himself on the “Stock Down” portion of last week’s segment and decided to do something about...

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Case McCoy, Jaxon Shipley combination comes alive

November 12, 2013

For any Texas football fan, the names McCoy and Shipley go together like peanut butter and jelly. But this isn’t the older McCoy and Shipley sibling combination. Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley are...

Led by Whaley and Reed, Longhorns defensive line dominating

November 8, 2013

STOCK UP: DT Chris Whaley (Sr.) The big man in the middle of the Longhorn defense has been everywhere lately, returning a third-quarter fumble 40 yards to the house against Kansas on Saturday, his...

Grueling stretch will put Texas to the test

November 5, 2013

Five games into their conference schedule, the Longhorns stand in what, a month ago, would have been an almost inconceivable position: They are 5-0 and first in the conference. Texas rebounded from a dreadful...

Explosive sophomore wideout Marcus Johnson turning heads

November 1, 2013

STOCK UP: WR Marcus Johnson (So.) After managing a pedestrian six catches over the first five games of the season, Johnson burst onto the scene two weeks ago against Oklahoma, hauling in a 59-yard...

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Stat Guy: Texas Longhorns overcome delay, show progress

October 29, 2013

Less than two months ago, the Longhorns suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in program history at the hands of BYU following a one-hour 47-minute lightning delay. Fast-forward to Saturday’s...

Offensive weapons Malcolm Brown, Daje Johnson back in a big way

October 25, 2013

STOCK UP: RB Malcolm Brown (Jr.) Before last week’s Red River Rivalry game against Oklahoma, Brown had been a ghost, carrying the ball 23 times for 63 yards through the first five games of...

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Greg Robinson leads a rejuvenated Texas Longhorns’ defense

October 15, 2013

Following the dismissal of Manny Diaz as defensive coordinator, Texas’ team and fans were in desperate need of a change. So naturally, when head coach Mack Brown named Greg Robinson the new defensive...

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Cedric Reed, Case McCoy not flashy but effective

October 9, 2013

STOCK UP: DE Cedric Reed (Jr.) With Jackson Jeffcoat playing like a man possessed the last several games, it’s easy to forget about Reed, who had been quiet since racking up 14 tackles against...

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Stat Guy: For Longhorns, avoiding turnovers, early deficits key against Oklahoma

October 8, 2013

The Red River Rivalry is never a game to miss, thanks to the fried food, the State Fair of Texas and a deep-seated hate between Oklahoma and Texas. Well, that is unless you’re a Texas fan trying...

Jeffcoat, Gray lead the way while Ash recovers from injury, Shipley from poor performance

October 3, 2013

STOCK UP:  DE Jackson Jeffcoat (Sr.)  Entering the Longhorns’ game against Kansas State, Jeffcoat’s season could be summed up in one word: disappointing. However, the senior...

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Texas should weather Cyclones’ attack

October 1, 2013

If Texas were ever in need of a winning streak, it’s now. Fresh off their bye week after a 31-21 win over Kansas State, the Longhorns now head to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State. Although few people...

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Texas football in for tough Big 12 stretch

September 24, 2013

Texas can’t seem to catch a break. Despite opening up their Big 12 schedule with a 31-21 victory over Kansas State — and taking some momentary heat off head coach Mack Brown —...

Gray, Shipley among few bright spots for Longhorns

September 20, 2013

STOCK UP: RB Johnathan Gray (So.) Gray was one of the lone bright spots for the Longhorns in Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss, pacing the offense with 91 rushing yards and his first touchdown of...

Texas football on track to being worse than 2010 team

September 17, 2013

In 2010, the Texas football team entered the season fresh off a BCS National Championship appearance, ranked fifth in the country. Led by quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who had an impressive showing against...

McCoy must be ready if Ash unavailable, Longhorns linemen have to step up

September 13, 2013

QB Case McCoy (Sr.) If David Ash is too banged up to play this week, it’s up to McCoy to lead the Texas offense against the Rebels. While McCoy has had his bright spots in the past, including...

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Stat Guy: Manny Diaz saved his worst for last

September 11, 2013

“Missed tackle,” “blown assignment,” “another missed tackle” and “touchdown Brigham Young.” For those who suffered through Texas’ loss at BYU this...

Davis must improve against Cougars

September 6, 2013

1. WR Mike Davis (Sr.) By most standards, Mike Davis didn’t have a bad game against New Mexico State last Saturday, hauling in five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. However, he did open the...

For Texas offense, a tale of two halves

September 4, 2013

The Longhorn offense debuted its new up-tempo offensive attack Saturday against New Mexico State. The team racked up 715 yards of offense and 56 points. The Longhorns were also held scoreless until the...

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Cedric Reed among Longhorns that need to step up most this season

August 30, 2013

1. DE Cedric Reed (Jr.) With Alex Okafor now in the NFL, Reed is the man expected to fill the void at defensive end for a Texas defense that has plenty to prove this season. Fortunately for the Longhorns,...

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Does Texas’ four-year trend equal another national championship in 2013?

August 28, 2013

Texas fans with a deep belief in the powers of statistical trends could logically have three words in mind: national championship game. Since 2005, when the Longhorns won the national championship with...

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Life after the Draft for Longhorns

April 30, 2013

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, the Texas football program can now set its sights on a promising 2013 season. Despite the departure of team captains Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor, the Longhorns...

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Does in-season success equate to draft day glory?

April 25, 2013

As the bridge from college football to the pros, the NFL Draft is the ultimate measuring stick for prospects entering the world of professional football. The importance of this event has grown exponentially...

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Texas’ biggest coaching salaries don’t translate to big success

April 16, 2013

Three years have produced only two combined conference titles by Texas football, basketball and baseball teams. For anyone watching, it has become clear Texas athletics are no longer at the elite level...

Texas baseball’s NCAA hopes hanging in the balance

April 9, 2013

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That very well may be the theme of this year’s Texas baseball team, which has struggled mightily with the same issues that plagued the 2012...

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Hot starts, solid pitching key for Texas

April 4, 2013

The Texas baseball team doesn’t always win but when it does, it prefers to jump out to an early lead. Led by a strong pitching staff that features three workhorse starters, the Longhorns have been...

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Vaccaro, Okafor headline Texas Pro Day

March 26, 2013

Over the past two decades, Texas has established itself as a perennial producer of NFL talent. In fact, it has gotten to the point where not seeing a Longhorn name near the top of the draft board is downright...

Same story, different year

March 19, 2013

Amid the news that the men’s basketball team was not even invited to the NIT, the NCAA Tournament’s ugly stepsister, Longhorn fans are having a hard time remaining clear-eyed.  Like...

Stanford too strong for second straight season

March 5, 2013

Another year, another disappointing trip to Palo Alto, Calif.  For the second consecutive season, the Texas baseball team was swept by Stanford, casting a shadow of doubt over what appeared to...

Payton, French pair up to pace the Longhorns

February 26, 2013

Entering 2013, there were plenty of reasons for the Longhorn baseball team to wipe the slate clean and start over after last year’s disappointing season. Two Texas players have instead used last...