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Big 12 shifts to 10-game schedule, details of Longhorns’ football season remain hazy

August 9, 2020

With less than five weeks until Texas’ football season is scheduled to kick off against South Florida on Sept. 5, the Big 12 conference answered one of the upcoming season’s biggest questions...

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Small sports fight to stay afloat during pandemic

July 27, 2020

Americans long for a post-pandemic world, but what’s waiting on the other side could be far from normal, especially in sports where financial losses are changing the college athletics landscape. The...

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Aston’s departure increases Texas’ gender disparity in coaching

July 14, 2020

When Texas decided not to renew Karen Aston’s contract in April, it left the women’s basketball team without a head coach and the athletics department with one less woman leading a program.  Texas...

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Shipleys’ careers become intertwined again

June 29, 2020

For years, it seemed as if Jaxon Shipley was just following his big brother Jordan’s lead.  When Jaxon attended UT from 2011-2015, he played wide receiver on the Texas football team just...

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Texas takes stand against social injustice in return to campus

June 11, 2020

As football student-athletes return to campus for voluntary workouts, Texas Athletics continues its fight for racial justice.  Last week, Texas football players and coaches marched from Darrell...

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13 Longhorn football players test positive for COVID-19 after new wave of tests

June 11, 2020

Update 6/18 at 11:55 a.m. Thirteen Texas football players have tested positive for COVID-19, Texas Athletics officials said in a statement Thursday morning. All 13 players are now “self-isolating,”...

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Where the caged Longhorns moo: How Longhorn athletes past and present deal with staying inside

May 8, 2020

The world has been without sports for nearly a month and a half, and fans have been looking for anything to fill the void. Multiple channels have played classic games, ESPN hosted an NBA 2K tournament...

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Former Longhorn Cedric Griffin’s barbecue truck is ‘family’ business

April 27, 2020

There’s a saying that athletes die twice: once physically and once when their career is over. Athletes are often stuck in purgatory once they leave a sport, trying to figure out what to do next with...

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Longhorn captains prepare for NFL Draft

April 22, 2020

Even with COVID-19 forcing sports to deviate from regularly scheduled programming, the NFL is still finding a way to hold the annual draft.  Due to the effects of the pandemic, this year’s...

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Finals: The greatest Longhorn of all time bracket

April 7, 2020

With March Madness and the entire sports world coming to a screeching halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Daily Texan created a tournament of its own. Divided into four quadrants, the bracket has matchups...

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Former Texas legend Terry Tausch passes away

March 26, 2020

Texas football legend Terry Tausch passed away Wednesday night at the age of 61, according to a statement from Texas Athletics. During his time at Texas, Tausch was a four-year letterman (1978-81) at...

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The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ tries to recreate, not reinvent

March 24, 2020

The motherf---ing Starboy is back, but not better. Since the release of Starboy in 2016, The Weeknd kept himself busy, dropping an EP in 2018 and appearing in 2019’s “Uncut Gems.” Now, after a...

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Statesman Cap10K canceled due to public gathering ban

March 15, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Due to concerns about the spread...

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Tom Herman: Coaching, position changes expected for Texas offense

February 12, 2020

When Texas lost to Oklahoma last October, it was clear that Texas was off course. The team’s energy screamed dejection and disappointment. Statements made prior to the game weren’t held up...

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Elish wins Big 12, National Player of the Week Honors

February 11, 2020

After an outstanding season-opening weekend, senior pitcher and utility player Miranda Elish raked in the honors. Elish was not only the star of the conference, as she won Big 12 Conference Player of the...

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Texas hopes to finish recruiting cycle with splash

February 5, 2020

With spring ball and the start of the 2020 season on the horizon, Texas’ hectic offseason will come to a close with National Signing Day. The Longhorns, like most of the nation, secured the core...

Former and current Longhorns compete in Olympic Qualifiers

January 29, 2020

As CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship begins this week, Texas sophomore Julia Grosso will be joining her home country of Canada. The top two placing countries at the end of the tournament...

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It’s time for Texas to make the Smart decision

January 23, 2020

If head coach Shaka Smart’s seat wasn’t hot before the week started, it’s scalding now. Texas men’s basketball traveled to West Virginia and received a first-class Mountaineer molly-whopping,...

Longhorns ride Alamo Bowl victory into 2020

January 21, 2020

For every week in the 2019 season, it seemed like a new challenge posed itself to the Texas Longhorns. A series of injuries to running backs and defensive backs left both sides of the ball hanging on by...

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Texas shines as underdog in decade-ending Alamo Bowl against No. 11 Utah

January 1, 2020

Texas struggled throughout the 2019 season. A series of injuries to running backs and defensive backs left both sides of the ball hanging on by a thread at certain points. An underwhelming season put the...

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Texas names Yurcich as new offensive coordinator

December 30, 2019

Texas ended its offensive coordinator search Sunday after announcing the hiring of Mike Yurcich, Ohio State’s passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The announcement comes a day after...

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Recruiting takes spotlight before Alamo Bowl

December 19, 2019

With 2019 drawing to an end, Texas head coach Tom Herman discussed the 2020 recruiting class and the hiring of new defensive coordinator Chris Ash on Wednesday.  Among the 16 December signees that...

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Herman battles ‘win now’ culture of UT football

December 6, 2019

As the decade comes to a close, Texas is still trying to find its way back to the right path.  The 2010s have been a forgettable decade for the Longhorns. Eight seasons of at least five losses...

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Texas makes coaching changes after 7–5 season

December 2, 2019

Texas Football has fired defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer, according to a press release on Sunday. They have also re-assigned offensive coordinator Tim Beck to...

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Longhorns show out for seniors

November 30, 2019

On a gray and gloomy Black Friday, Texas — even if just for a game — got its swagger back. The circumstances weren’t ideal, though. The Longhorns didn’t have a conference championship...

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A tough pill to swallow: Longhorns face reality before senior day

November 26, 2019

For the fifth time this season, the Longhorns were forced to put into words what yet another loss meant for the Texas program. The final thing several players and coaches saw after their loss to Baylor...

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Herman reflects on internal culture

November 26, 2019

With the season nearly over, the next step for Texas is to hit the recruiting trails. Texas is consistently at the top of recruiting rankings. However, there has been some concern about the development...

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Baylor puts Texas’ season to rest

November 24, 2019

However you want to put it, Texas’ season is over. Technically, there is still one more game: a rather meaningless matchup between a pair of reeling Texas teams.  Texas had an opportunity...

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Roach presses on after crucial game-changing mistake in Ames

November 20, 2019

The Longhorns have a 24-hour rule around the program. The rule states that players have 24 hours to react to whatever happens in Saturday’s game before moving on to the next opponent. Since the loss...

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Texas tries to move on — again

November 19, 2019

For the third time this season, Texas head coach Tom Herman stepped up to the podium following a road loss to a conference opponent. He wore a black shirt, appropriate for the mournful mood surrounding...

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Texas bowl predictions: What must happen next?

November 15, 2019

For the Texas Longhorns, the chances of making the College Football Playoff is less than 1%. Currently, they rank as the No. 3 team in the Big 12 conference and the No. 19 team in the nation. At face value,...

Preparation paying off for Longhorns

November 14, 2019

Texas’ week following its 27-24 win over then-No.16 Kansas State has been up and down. On one hand, the Longhorns are still in the hunt for a Big 12 Championship Game berth and are inching closer...

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Texas to battle cold in Ames

November 13, 2019

Texas will try to extend its three game winning streak against Iowa State when it battles the Cyclones and the cold Saturday night. When the Longhorns walk into Jack Trice Stadium, they’ll see two...

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Survive and advance: Dicker keeps Texas’ Big 12 hopes alive

November 10, 2019

For the second time this season, fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium left feeling relieved after watching sophomore kicker Cameron Dicker kick another game-winning field goal. This time,...

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Up against the count

November 8, 2019

Texas football was in nearly this exact same spot last year. It was 6–2, coming off a road loss to a team that didn’t look that intimidating on paper. 2018, however, was filled with a six-game...

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NCAA permits student athlete compensation

October 29, 2019

The NCAA Board of Governors unanimously voted to “permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with...

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Bye week helps Texas football

October 29, 2019

It wasn’t time to sound the alarm after Texas’ 45-38 loss to LSU on Sept. 7.  The Longhorns had faced a quarterback that is now No. 1 on many people’s Heisman list, a wide receiving...

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Defense comes up short again

October 27, 2019

Before sophomore kicker Cameron Dicker stepped in and saved the Longhorns against Kansas, Texas had just given up a 75-yard drive in just over a minute and a half. Dicker’s kick won the game but...

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Ossai’s rise provides consistency

October 25, 2019

The structure of a college football team changes drastically every year. Seniors graduate, newly minted under classmen begin to handle the system and new voices emerge as leaders on the team. For Texas,...

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Despite win, Texas tries to recover

October 22, 2019

Texas avoided catastrophe Saturday, escaping with a 50-48 win in one of its worst defensive performances of the season. The Longhorns left relieved, but acutely aware of the issues they need to fix —...

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Saturday night scare: Dicker saves Texas

October 20, 2019

Longhorn fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium put their hands above their heads in angst as (2-4) Kansas took a 48-47 lead with 1:11 left in the game. The Jayhawks and Longhorns spent the majority...

Players put front of resilience

October 16, 2019

Rivalry games are different than normal games. Players move faster, fans seem louder and the outcome means more. Texas plays its rival in the middle of the season, which is different than other programs...

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Longhorns recovering following OU loss

October 15, 2019

Head coach Tom Herman walked to the podium at his weekly press conference and delivered some much-needed reassurance to Texas fans everywhere. “The sun came up,” Herman said. After...

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OU leaves Longhorns hurtin’

October 12, 2019

Every October, the Sooners cross the Red River to meet the Longhorns at the State Fair of Texas — regardless of statistics, human nature almost always finds a way to unleash chaos. Saturday was no...

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Big 12 Power Rankings: Baylor moves up with dominant win

October 11, 2019

With the Red River Showdown officially ramping up the Big 12 race, here are the latest conference rankings: No. 1 Oklahoma For a quick moment in the first quarter,  Kansas looked like it would...

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Texas blocks out hype for Red River

October 10, 2019

Texas-OU is one of the most highly anticipated matchups in all of college football. Fans travel to Dallas to enjoy the state fair and indulge in a rivalry that spans over 100 years and 114 matchups. The...

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‘I think we’re maybe too physical for the Big 12’: Physicality stands out for Texas

October 9, 2019

Texas was reviewed for targeting not once, but twice against West Virginia on Saturday. The first instance came in the first quarter when sophomore safety B.J. Foster launched himself into West Virginia...

Defense jumpstarts Longhorn offense

October 6, 2019

Before its bye week, Texas beat Oklahoma State 36-30. The Longhorns were never truly dominant, had issues on special teams and were less than their best. After the game, head coach Tom Herman spoke about...

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Hostile atmosphere awaits Texas in West Virginia

October 4, 2019

Saturday marks the first time Texas will leave the state in the 2019 season. The last time the Longhorns made the trip to Morgantown, West Virginia, it was to clinch a bowl berth in 2017. Although this...