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Sports editor reflects on reporting, leadership, memes

December 4, 2015

I wanted to join the Texan as soon as I committed to UT. The decision: Which section? I felt unqualified to offer opinions when I barely knew my way around campus. News reporting was tempting, but I heard...

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Horns must treat Baylor as a rival to chance an upset

December 4, 2015

A decade has passed since Texas last won a national championship. Its last title game appearance, too, dates back six years. In Austin, even winning seasons have become a luxury. The burnt orange’s...

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Perrin loses “interim” title, receives two-year contract extension

December 4, 2015

University President Gregory Fenves extended Mike Perrin’s contract as the men’s athletic director through 2017–18 on Thursday. Perrin had filled the position on an interim basis...

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Royal continues fundraising effort at 90

November 12, 2015

Friends, family, celebrities and Alzheimer’s researchers flocked to Edith Royal’s 90th birthday party last week. The party did more than just celebrate Edith’s life. It also marked the...

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Longhorns need to learn from Malik Jefferson’s attitude

November 6, 2015

Texas’ freshman class ranked No. 9 in the nation. The team touted ample talent and the freshmen have stepped up on the field and in the locker room. Eleven of them played defense against Iowa State...

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Texas buys out Patterson in $3 million deal

November 5, 2015

The University released its final contract with former athletic director Steve Patterson on Wednesday. The contract guarantees Patterson $1.48 million for UT fiscal year 2015-2016 and $1.52 million for 2016-2017.  Patterson...

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Texas must focus mentally to continue winning

October 23, 2015

Head coach Charlie Strong is excited to play Kansas State at 11 a.m. this Saturday. A 5:30 a.m. staff meeting doesn’t faze the early riser, and he loves waking the players at 6 a.m. “I tell...

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Longhorn mascot Bevo XIV dies after 11 years of service

October 19, 2015

In hindsight, Bryant McKenzie says, it makes sense. For months, Bevo XIV had stopped eating as much. McKenzie and the longhorn’s other handlers thought Bevo XIV was trying to outsmart them. “We...

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Texas must plug leak to stay afloat at Red River Rivalry

October 7, 2015

Before Texas’ matchup with Oklahoma State two weeks ago, no Longhorn football team had ever lost three games by September’s end. Sure, two of the Horns’ losses this season combined...

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Tejas Club hosts Lance Armstrong in weekly speaker series

October 2, 2015

Lance Armstrong has battled cancer, biked for hours on end and lost claim to seven Tour de France titles. He says he can’t count the number of times he has been called a “disgrace.” But...

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Longhorns need to quell third quarter struggles

September 25, 2015

In Greek mythology, a universal storyline drives each tale. A hero emerges, with great ability and competence. The hero encounters a challenge, the action rises and a tragic flaw – colloquially,...

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With Perrin in as interim athletic director, Plonsky says focus shouldn’t be on her

September 17, 2015

At interim athletic director Mike Perrin’s introductory press conference Wednesday, women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky said Perrin is a great choice to replace Steve Patterson. “Mike,...

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Confusion rampant on offensive line

September 11, 2015

In Texas’ 38-3 loss at Notre Dame last week, confusion abounded. The offense seemed confused which plays it was running. The defense didn’t maintain its coverage, despite studying the routes...

Column: Athletics paves way for transgender policies

September 10, 2015

Editor’s note: A version of this column previously ran in The Daily Texan opinion section. Xiaomin Xue always felt like something was off. He grew up in an Asian Christian household in Houston...

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Stat Gal: Johnathan Gray needs to get more touches

September 9, 2015

In Texas’ 38-3 loss to No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday, the Horns set FBS records for their inability to produce offense. Racking up just 163 total yards, Texas’ average of 3.13 yards per play...

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Horns’ full roster touts better luck than in 2014

September 4, 2015

I’ve been asked countless times this week my prediction for the Notre Dame game. There’s confusion that as sports editor, I foresee the news rather than reporting it. I don’t. I can’t...

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Ten years later, senior guard Javan Felix reflects on Katrina evacuation

August 28, 2015

When senior guard Javan Felix evacuated New Orleans, he and his family left nearly everything behind. Felix, then 11, brought just three sets of clothes. “We left under the assumption that it...

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2015 schedule breakdown

August 12, 2015

Sept. 5 at Notre Dame This game will truly set the tone for Texas’ season. If Texas upsets Notre Dame — and it would be an upset, as the Fighting Irish slotted No. 11 in preseason rankings...

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Other football-related news while you were away

August 3, 2015

From some angry boosters to the extra bucks in student athletes’ pockets, Texas Athletics has been abuzz while students were away for summer. To catch you up, here are four things to know before...

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UT’s model adoption of Title IX in 1970s is partially to thank for rise of women’s athletics today

July 25, 2015

Editor’s Note: This column is a part of a series exploring the Title IX Amendment at UT. When the U.S. won the Women’s World Cup final July 5, this country had plenty to celebrate....

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If Texas Athletics is the front door of the University, Steve Patterson is the doorman

July 20, 2015

When head coach Charlie Strong assumed leadership of the football team last year, he made national headlines before the season even started. Strong’s five core values — honesty, treating women...

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A writer’s request: Visit the Nazi Olympics exhibit

July 13, 2015

Imagine Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. At capacity, it can hold roughly 100,000 people  — a greater number of people than many students can imagine ever being in the same place with...

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With new NCAA pay policy, give student athletes financial literacy, too

July 7, 2015

Why are so many college athletes hungry or even homeless? They’re employees of the school and are being exploited. The amateur spirit is the beauty of college sports, and their education is a valuable...

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Regulations protect transgender athletes in intramural sports

June 30, 2015

Xiaomin Xue always felt like something was off. He grew up in an Asian, Christian household in Houston after moving from China at the age of eight. He played and managed sports teams through high school,...

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In athletics department ‘reorganization,’ longtime staffer John Bianco to leave University

June 16, 2015

Texas Athletics is beginning a “reorganization of its communication division,” according to a media release Monday. The reorganization includes a search for two new staffers, one...

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Recent student-athlete cheating allegations symptomatic of a greater problem

June 14, 2015

When the Chronicle for Higher Education released its allegations of academic misconduct in the University’s athletics department this week, a collective groan was issued across the 40 Acres. Legal,...

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Fenves must continue sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts

June 9, 2015

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of columns exploring the Title IX amendment at UT. Since its enactment in 1972, the Title IX amendment has been a hot topic on college campuses. Its...

Students’ social media activities have real-life consequences

March 26, 2015

As the only time college ball supersedes professional sports, the NCAA Tournament bestows a maddening amount of attention on colleges. When lower-seeded teams pull off scintillating upsets, fans laud their...

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Austin’s ‘street community’ deserves respect

February 18, 2015

One sector of Austin’s street community may be seen ambling down the stairs of the University Baptist Church each Sunday, ready to spend a few hours in the safety and comfort of the church basement...

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Texas finishes losing season with loss to Arkansas in AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

December 30, 2014

HOUSTON-- For Texas, Monday night epitomized head coach Charlie Strong’s first year struggles and sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes’ inconsistent play.  At NRG Stadium...

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Texas faces Arkansas in AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Monday night

December 28, 2014

For Texas head coach Charlie Strong, Monday’s night bowl game marks a career milestone. Texas’ matchup with Arkansas in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl reignites a historical rivalry...

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Texas will play Arkansas in AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

December 8, 2014

Texas accepted its invitation to play in the 2014 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on December 29 in Houston. The Longhorns (6-6, 5-4) will face the Razorbacks (6-6, 2-6) at 8 p.m. at NRG Stadium, where the Houston...

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Even at regular season’s end, offense still looks inexperienced

December 2, 2014

Heading into the home matchup against BYU in September, Texas’ offensive line made headlines. Following a series of suspensions and injuries, the linemen boasted just five combined starts, making...

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Athletic Boykin leads surprising Horned Frogs

November 26, 2014

Junior quarterback Trevone Boykin isn’t your typical student-athlete.  In 2013, Boykin became the first TCU player ever to tally a 100-yard rushing game, 100-yard receiving game and 200-yard...

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SEC efforts to halt Texas-Texas A&M bowl game detrimental to school spirit

November 25, 2014

It was already a beautiful day: sunny, 70 degrees and a cool breeze after days of thunderstorms. College Station almost could have been nice. Except that it’s College Station.  On Sunday,...

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When giving thanks, also give two dollars to The Challenger

November 20, 2014

Nestled beneath an overhang at Dean Keeton and Guadalupe sits a man named David. Many of you have likely seen him there — he’s become practically a fixture in recent months. With copies of...

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Freshman wide receiver makes impact early

November 18, 2014

There’s always a benefit to a fresh perspective — something head coach Charlie Strong is well aware of. Entering his first year at Texas, Strong didn’t bring preconceived notions of...

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Oklahoma State’s Jacobs motivated by family, pain in breakout season

November 14, 2014

At season’s start, sophomore linebacker Seth Jacobs was excited.  Coming off a redshirt freshman season in which he saw limited action in six games, Jacobs had earned a starting spot for...

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Freshman Andrew Beck exhibits versatility in first year

November 13, 2014

In the multi-faceted world of Texas football training, coaches hold an all-freshmen practice each preseason to identify young talent. Watching as the newcomers run a series of drills, the coaching staff...

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Offensive line practices, plays big

November 11, 2014

Texas’ offensive line doesn’t do anything on a small scale.  Against West Virginia on Saturday, junior center Taylor Doyle and company weren’t just trying to open small gaps for...

Transfer Trickett enjoying success at final destination

November 7, 2014

Much of the West Virginia team travelling to Austin this weekend will enter Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium with fond memories.  Boasting a 2-0 all-time program record in Austin, veteran...

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Clearer vision helps Mykkele Thompson

November 4, 2014

Although senior safety Mykkele Thompson hasn’t missed a game in his four years at Texas, a few of his competitions are a little hazy.  It’s not because the multitude of games blur...

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Adversity all too familiar for Texas Tech’s Fehoko

October 31, 2014

When Texas Tech’s defense gave up 82 points in its 55-point loss last weekend, spectators around the country took note in amazement.  Word spread of TCU’s dominance, as it scored the...

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Texas fails to live up to standards

October 28, 2014

Although head coach Charlie Strong first came to Texas in January, he understands traditions that date back long before his arrival. Texas historically secures winning records, glides smoothly to...

Oklahoma State sues Texas coach Joe Wickline

October 24, 2014

Joe Wickline, Texas’ offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, thought he was done dealing with Oklahoma State administrators in January when he left Stillwater, Oklahoma, to work for Texas.  But...

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Kansas State’s Waters making move from JUCO to FBS look easy

October 24, 2014

It seems that everyone — opponents, teammates, coaches and scouts — sees Jake Waters, Kansas State’s senior quarterback, a little differently.  Some say he’s tough, others...

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As a starter and scholarship player, Haines reflects on walk-on days

October 21, 2014

The first time defensive coordinator Vance Bedford called Dylan Haines’ name on the first-team list, Haines, a redshirt sophomore defensive back, thought Bedford had made a mistake. “I looked...

Richardson carries Cyclones, sets school records

October 17, 2014

Sam B. Richardson, Iowa State’s redshirt junior quarterback, likes to play to his opponents’ weaknesses. If defenders are moving slowly, as he felt Toledo was last weekend, he’ll change...

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Doyle welcomes new challenges at center

October 14, 2014

Taylor Doyle isn’t sure what’s more challenging: starting against Oklahoma in a position he had never played before or drinking the team-mandated beet juice. Both challenges energize him —...

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The Red River Rivalry, from a fan’s perspective

October 13, 2014

At the Red River Rivalry, it’s always the rivalry that stands out the most. The win, the players and the level of play certainly matter, but tidbits from the rivalry atmosphere often stick in fans’...