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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 6, 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 18, 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...

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Herman, Ehlinger respond to SB 206

October 2, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 206 on Monday. The bill, which was signed on LeBron James’ HBO show “The Shop,” allows college athletes in the state to profit off of their...

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Texas one step closer to full strength

October 1, 2019

Texas went into the bye week on a high note after beating the Oklahoma State Cowboys 36-30 with a dominant performance by the defensive line. Now refreshed, Texas comes out of its first bye week of the...

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Student seating improved, still has faults

September 26, 2019

Despite changing its student seating process after the debacle that was LSU week, students still had doubts and quarrels about the new system that was put into place. While a game creating that level of...

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Bye week helps put Longhorns back on track

September 26, 2019

Texas’ bye week couldn’t have come at a better time. Key positions on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball have been decimated, as injuries have taken their toll after a rough...

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Longhorns’ win comes with a price

September 25, 2019

Texas was able to live up to head coach Tom Herman’s metality and start conference play 1–0. Their 36-30 win over Oklahoma State — Texas’ first win against the Cowboys since 2014...

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Party like it’s ’08: Texas takes down Cowboys at home for first time in over a decade

September 22, 2019

When the Oklahoma State Cowboys arrived to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon in search of their fifth-straight win against No. 12 Texas, their weapons were anything but a secret.  Nearly...

Finding Their Way: Secondary looks to regroup in Big 12 opener

September 20, 2019

The season has already been a roller coaster for the Texas secondary, and they’re just three games in. Filled with youth and inexperience, Texas knew this unit would be a topic of conversation all...

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Following Rice victory, Herman turns attention to Oklahoma State

September 17, 2019

After a dominant bounce-back victory over Rice, the Longhorns turn their attention to the Oklahoma State Cowboys to open Big 12 play. The Longhorns haven’t beaten the Cowboys since 2014, adding more...

Texas follows loss with solid win

September 15, 2019

Week Three could have gone many different ways for the Longhorns. Following a heartbreaking home loss against No. 4 LSU, Texas could have seen Rice, a perennial bottomfeeder in C-USA, and let up on the...

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Injuries pile on Longhorns defense

September 13, 2019

The injury bug has spread from the Texas running back room to the defensive room. Texas head coach Tom Herman announced  Monday that sophomore safety B.J. Foster would not play in Saturday’s...

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Star sophomores fight through mistakes

September 12, 2019

It’s been five days since LSU beat Texas 45-38. Normally, by this time in the week, the Longhorns are fully focused on the next opponent. However, the sting of losing a prime-time matchup at home,...

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Longhorn Stampede: Lack of seating leads to chaos in stadium

September 10, 2019

Long before No. 9 Texas squared off against No. 6 LSU, a stampede of students crowded around the gates of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.  As the gates opened, thousands of students rushed...

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3 takeaways from Herman’s post-LSU presser

September 10, 2019

After a loss to now-No. 4 LSU, Texas fell three slots in the AP rankings to No. 12. It puts the Longhorns in the same position they’ve been in each year of the Tom Herman era — 1–1 after...

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Purple Reign: No. 6 LSU leaves Austin with top-10 win

September 9, 2019

Once the second quarter began, it was evident LSU’s senior quarterback Joe Burrow arrived at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to make a statement — there was nothing Texas could do to...

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Roach’s Baton Rouge roots add extra to LSU matchup

September 6, 2019

Senior defensive lineman Malcolm Roach will play LSU for the one and only time in his collegiate career on Saturday. Because Roach is graduating one year before the series moves to “Death Valley,”...

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Texas’ dire running back situation worsens

September 3, 2019

After Saturday night’s win against Louisiana Tech, Texas head coach Tom Herman said that freshman running back Jordan Whittington had aggravated his groin. The news Herman relayed to the media Monday...

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Eagles displays potential in season opener

September 1, 2019

Brennan Eagles’ 2018 season didn’t exactly go down in the record books: one catch for 35 yards — in 11 games. But, in the midst of Texas’ 45-14 win over Louisiana Tech, the Houston...

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Texas can end put opening game demons to rest

August 30, 2019

Texas Football has a perfect opportunity in front of itself. For the first time since 2010, the Longhorns are ranked in the top 10 in the Preseason AP Top 25 poll heading into their Saturday night matchup...

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Johnson proves Texas has bought in

August 29, 2019

The Texas football program has many questions to answer heading into its season opener. How will the cornerbacks perform? Can they survive with only two running backs? Will this team live up to expectations? There’s...

Former Texas star dies in motorcycle crash

August 18, 2019

Former NFL running back and Texas legend Cedric Benson died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash, family members confirmed Sunday morning.  Saddened by the reports on the passing of Cedric Benson....

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White shines in season-opening scrimmage

August 18, 2019

Texas opened up Gregory Gym and its 2019 campaign with the Orange-White scrimmage on Saturday. It was the first action for the Longhorns since being swept by BYU in the NCAA Regionals last season.  All...

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Injuries pile on during Sunday scrimmage

August 11, 2019

The Longhorns continued their training camp Sunday with an intrasquad scrimmage. The offense finished victorious over the defense, needing a two-minute drive at the end to pull out the win. After the scrimmage,...

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Longhorns finding identity in fall camp

August 10, 2019

Fall camp is the time to forge team identities and create internal momentum heading into the season. With Texas now practicing in full pads, it’s full steam ahead for the beginning of the season....

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3 takeaways from day one of fall camp

August 2, 2019

The hottest song of the summer, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” played across Wright Sports Complex on Friday as Texas opened fall camp for the 2019 campaign. The first day of fall camp...

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Tulowitzki joins Texas staff hours after retirement

July 25, 2019

Texas Baseball announced that five-time MLB All-Star Troy Tulowitzki will join the coaching staff as an assistant coach. “Tulo and I had an opportunity to spend some time together, and I came...

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All Eyes on Him: Ehlinger’s maturity positions him to carry the weight of Texas

July 23, 2019

Over 50 reporters crowded around the podium where Sam Ehlinger was expected to speak at Big 12 Media Days. The junior quarterback, along with five other Texas representatives, ran slightly late. With...

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Big 12 Media Days: Player safety highlighted in rule changes

July 16, 2019

Tuesday was Day 2 of 2019 Big 12 Media Days, signaling the start of football season closing in. Each year, several changes and tweaks are made to the game in order to improve the safety and quality of...

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Bromberg solidifies Olympic berth

July 16, 2019

Paired with Olympian Katrina Young, Murphy Bromberg has earned a spot to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The tandem of Young and Murphy were able to clinch the spot for Team USA by finishing third...

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Ehlinger named Big 12 preseason Offensive Player of the Year; three others named to Big 12 preseason team

July 9, 2019

While the Longhorns reload for another season this fall, four players are already earning preseason recognition around the Big 12 conference. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger, kicker Cameron Dicker, offensive...

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Texas gears up for interesting season after adding young talent

July 9, 2019

Only one team can raise a championship trophy at the end of the year. But even without much hardware to show, seasons can still be fulfilling. Overcoming adversity, meeting or surpassing expectations,...

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Durant, Hayes key dominoes in NBA offseason

June 18, 2019

Days after the NBA Finals concluded and days leading into the NBA Draft, Longhorns are serving as focal points in the NBA’s landscape for the present and the future. Jaxson Hayes For the second...

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Seniors steal the show for Texas at national championships

June 11, 2019

The women’s portion of the NCAA track & field championships got off to a less-than-ordinary start. A thunderstorm rolled through Austin in the hours leading up to the start time, forcing delays...

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Texas makes program history with second-place championship finish

June 2, 2019

It was a historic Sunday morning for Texas, as the Longhorns placed second during the NCAA Championships — the highest finish in Texas Rowing history. All three boats placed on the water came...

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Longhorns unable to advance after being plagued by errors, home runs

May 25, 2019

After Friday night’s furious comeback, Texas found itself playing for its season once again in a decisive Game 3 against Alabama. This time, a rally and a win were not in the cards for the Longhorns....

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Longhorns rally in fourth, extend series

May 25, 2019

Only one win separated Alabama and the Women’s College World Series on Friday night, but Texas had other plans. Overcoming a rough start, the Longhorns came back to win Game 2 of the Tuscaloosa Super...

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ACL tear takes Higgs on year-long journey to recovery

May 7, 2019

Texas was 3–0, coming off a 56-point win and a week-long Thanksgiving break. Then, in an opening tournament game against Quinnipiac, Lashann Higgs tore her ACL. “I pushed it on the break,”...

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Sug Sutton brought the Longhorns into March, to win, she’ll need to do even more

March 21, 2019

Two years ago at this time, Sug Sutton was riding the bench. A backup who averaged less than five points a game in her freshman year, Sutton rarely saw the court. Now a junior, Sutton is the proverbial...

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Texas gets No. 7 seed in NCAA Tournament, will face Indiana on Friday

March 18, 2019

An appearance in the NCAA Tournament was nearly a foregone conclusion for the Longhorns, but knowing who they would play during the opening weekend was still unknown. Texas, as well as the rest of the...

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Texas handles road challenge leading into Big 12 tournament

March 6, 2019

With back-to-back losses for the first time since December, Texas was in a peculiar spot. Their final game against TCU was a must-win with conference tournament implications. After being outplayed against...

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Cyclones wipe out Longhorns on senior night

March 3, 2019

It’s always hard for seniors to say goodbye. Many of them won’t play basketball on a highly competitive level again. Senior night is often a night to celebrate the culmination of a college...

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Texas suffers beatdown at Baylor

February 26, 2019

Things got ugly — quickly. And this time there wasn’t an invigorating run to save Texas from a humiliating end result. By the end of Monday’s game at Baylor, the Longhorns walked off...

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Texas gets home opportunity to rectify Kansas State loss

February 21, 2019

“It sucks.” That was the statement Texas guard Danni Williams used to sum up Sunday night’s game after blowing a substantial third-quarter lead to an unranked Kansas State team. “(It...

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Littleton struggles in second half as Texas falls

February 18, 2019

For Destiny Littleton, Sunday’s game exposed her to both ends of the emotional spectrum. In the first half, she nearly couldn’t miss. In the second half, she couldn’t buy a basket. Her...

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Texas goes to Stillwater for Oklahoma State rematch

February 12, 2019

The Longhorns have finally hit the home stretch of their season. After going on the road to beat Kansas on Saturday, Texas will make one more stop to play the Oklahoma State Cowgirls on Tuesday for...

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Jayhawks’ home-court advantage no match for Texas in bounce-back performance

February 10, 2019

Texas had a hard pill to swallow Monday night. The Baylor Bears were able to dismantle the Longhorns in the first half and fend off their furious rally in the second. For Texas, the week that ensued...

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Longhorns’ late comeback halted by top-ranked Baylor

February 5, 2019

Baylor arrived on the scene with the hype expected from the country’s No. 1 team. The fans packed the Frank Erwin Center with energy and Texas was able to feed off of it early. But the Longhorns...

Longhorns get back on track in Norman

February 3, 2019

Texas was skating on thin ice prior to Saturday’s 76-67 win. The Longhorns went into Norman following a disappointing 64-58 loss to West Virginia at home. Their second loss in conference play...

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Martin’s hot hand carries West Virginia in upset over Texas

January 29, 2019

Tynice Martin is usually the focal point of any opposing coach’s game plan. However, the last time that the West Virginia guard faced Texas, teammate Naomi Davenport became the center of attention....

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Aston’s Longhorns hope to regain focus versus Red Raiders

January 25, 2019

After being criticized by head coach Karen Aston for sloppy play and a lack of mental toughness, the Longhorns will make the trek to the Lubbock to not only get another Big 12 win, but to correct their...

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Longhorns get routed by Wildcats

January 17, 2019

For the third time in the new year, the Longhorns went on the road, but this is the first time they left with a loss on their record. While no loss is ideal, this one was particularly bad. Texas left Manhattan...