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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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Volleyball looks for Big 12 title in Norman

November 14, 2014

Texas volleyball entered the season with two goals: win the Big 12 title and win a national championship. However, after a loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 25, the first goal was in jeopardy. While the Longhorns’...


Scenarios: Oklahoma State

November 14, 2014

Texas Wins … If the Longhorn running game sustains its success. Over the past two games, running backs – senior Malcolm Brown and junior Johnathan Gray – combined for 192 rushing...

Step Up: Oklahoma State

November 14, 2014

Tyrone Swoopes This is sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes’ third straight week on the this dubious list. Swoopes’ season continues to be a whirlwind of ups and downs. The 6-foot-4-inch,...


Eckerman dominates in Texas sweep of Mountaineers

November 13, 2014

With 18 kills and four aces, senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman propelled No. 5 Texas volleyball (19-1, 11-1 Big 12) to a sweep against West Virginia (13-12, 3-8) on Wednesday night. “The biggest...

Step Up: West Virginia

November 7, 2014

Cedric Reed Where has the senior defensive end been this season? The 6-foot-2-inch, 272-pound Cleveland, Texas, native hasn’t had the impact he was expected to have this season. Reed was placed...

Scenarios: West Virginia

November 7, 2014

Texas Wins … If the defense plays up to its standard. After poor performances against Iowa State and Kansas State, the Longhorns rebounded against Texas Tech, only allowing 225 passing yards...


Red Raiders present road challenge for Texas volleyball

November 5, 2014

No. 5 Texas volleyball (16-1, 8-1 Big 12) is looking to create a new Big 12 winning streak when it takes on Texas Tech on Wednesday. After Oklahoma snapped the Longhorns’ 23-game winning streak,...


Football Recruits noticing Texas improvements

November 4, 2014

Despite the Longhorns’ 4-5 record, Texas has managed to put together a solid recruiting class for the 2015 football team and are on the trail for more players. Texas currently has 18 players...


Eckerman, Neal help Texas volleyball take down Iowa State

November 3, 2014

After Oklahoma snapped Texas’ 23-game Big 12 winning streak Oct. 25, the No. 5 Longhorns returned to conference action Sunday and defeated Iowa State 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-13, 25-14) in Ames, Iowa. “I...

Scenarios: Texas Tech

October 31, 2014

Texas Wins … If sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes can rebound after a horrible game against Kansas State. Swoopes looked uncomfortable against the Wildcats and had his worst game since the...


Swoopes, Gray among three who need to step up

October 31, 2014

Tyrone Swoopes Before the Kansas State game, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes appeared as if he had turned the corner. Swoopes had put together two phenomenal performances against Oklahoma and Iowa...


Zhejiang exhibition games provide NCAA-like test

October 30, 2014

As the volleyball season enters its final month of regular season play, Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott has been searching for opportunities to replicate the feel of the NCAA tournament. This...


Streaks snapped: Sooners sweep Texas volleyball

October 27, 2014

After the volleyball team won a record 34th straight home game against TCU on Wednesday, the streak was snapped as Oklahoma swept No. 2 Texas (26-24, 26-24, 26-24) on Saturday. The Longhorns came out...


Volleyball set to face rival Oklahoma

October 24, 2014

The Red River Showdown will make its way to the volleyball court Saturday, as No. 2 Texas (15-0, 7-0 Big 12) takes on archrival Oklahoma (14-6, 5-2 Big 12). While it may not get the same attention...


Step Up: Safeties, running backs must improve

October 24, 2014

Safeties Safety Jason Hall may only be a freshman, but his presence was sorely missed against Iowa State. The patchwork rotation of sophomore Adrian Colbert and senior Josh Turner struggled against...


Scenarios: Kansas State

October 24, 2014

Texas Wins … If the defense can rebound from its rough outing against Iowa State. The Longhorns gave up 524 total yards against the Cyclones. If Texas is going to upset No. 11 Kansas State, the...


34 straight: Texas makes history with sweep of TCU

October 23, 2014

In front of a raucous crowd of 2,827, the Longhorns made history Wednesday by winning their 34th straight game in Gregory Gym, with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-22) victory over TCU. “[The win...


Balanced Texas volleyball team sweeps Wildcats

October 20, 2014

After a nine-day break, Texas’ outside hitters — senior Haley Eckerman, senior Khat Bell and junior Amy Neal — led the No. 2 Longhorns in a sweep of No. 25 Kansas State (25-19, 25-22,...

Doyle, Hutchins among three who need to step up

October 17, 2014

Taylor Doyle Prior to the Red River Showdown, redshirt junior Taylor Doyle had made three starts at guard this season. But last Saturday, Doyle lined up at center against Oklahoma for the first time...

Scenarios: Iowa State

October 17, 2014

Texas Wins … If sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes plays as he did against Oklahoma — how he played  in the fourth quarterback to be specific. Despite throwing a pick-six in the...


Texas challenged in sweep over Texas Tech

October 10, 2014

In its third game in five days, No. 2 Texas (12-0, 4-0 Big 12) received a challenge against Texas Tech but managed to sweep the Red Raiders (25-19, 25-17, 25-19) to remain undefeated this season. “Texas...


Longhorns look to continue home domination against Texas Tech

October 9, 2014

Senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman stepped back to serve in the middle of the first set against Baylor. She threw the ball into the air and slapped it ferociously across the net for a service ace. While...

Swoopes, Raulerson need to step up for Texas

October 8, 2014

Tyrone Swoopes In his first two starts, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes started off hot, but, since then, he hasn’t had the same success. The Texas offense has only averaged 13.5 points per...

Scenarios: Oklahoma

October 8, 2014

Texas Wins … If the offense is able to find the end zone consistently. The Longhorns have struggled to score points this season. Texas’ offense has only averaged 13.5 points per game in...


Depth, lack of balance helps Longhorns cruise past Baylor

October 8, 2014

The No. 2 Longhorns (12-0, 3-0 Big 12) cruised to victory Tuesday night with a defeat against Baylor (25-12, 25-13, 25-17). Texas continued to use its depth to its advantage while committing fewer...


Longhorns overcome errors to defeat Jayhawks

October 6, 2014

After No. 2 Texas swept Iowa State on Wednesday, head coach Jerritt Elliott worried the errors Texas made against the Cyclones would resurface and prevent the team from beating Kansas. “Kansas...


Volleyball looks to improve in road match against Kansas

October 3, 2014

The Texas volleyball team (10-0, 2-0 Big 12) hasn’t been a stranger to the road this season. Coming off of their first home game in nearly three weeks — a sweep of Iowa State — the No....

Offensive line, Rose, Harris and Edmond must step up against Baylor

October 3, 2014

Offensive Line This is already the second time this year the offensive line has been put on this list.  This time, it’s because they aren’t opening running lanes for its running...

Scenarios: Baylor

October 3, 2014

Texas Wins … If it is able to contain Baylor’s high-flying offense. It’ll be a difficult task as the Bears average 56.8 points per game, best in the nation. Baylor’s passing...


Horns breeze past cyclones in three

October 2, 2014

After being pushed to a fifth set in their last two games, the No. 2 Longhorns (10-0, 2-0 Big 12) were able to ease their way past Iowa State (7-5, 0-2) on Wednesday night. “We made a few too...


Baylor no longer pushover in Big 12

October 1, 2014

Before Art Briles became the head football coach at Baylor, the Bears went 3-9 in 2007. Since then, Baylor has won 48 games and claimed its first Big 12 Championship in school history in 2013.  While...


Longhorn’s depth continues to contribute

September 26, 2014

As No. 2 Texas clawed its way back from a two-set deficit against West Virginia, it relied on its depth, as it has time and time again this season, to come back and remain undefeated. Throughout the...

Seniors, Hassan Ridgeway and Linebackers must step up for Texas against Kansas

September 26, 2014

Seniors There are 28 seniors on Texas’ roster – 12 are starters. Head coach Charlie Strong called out those veterans at his weekly press conference Monday. “I told the seniors it’s...

Scenarios: Kansas

September 26, 2014

Texas wins… - If the offensive line provides solid run blocking and adequate time for sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes to throw the ball. Swoopes has exceeded expectations during his first...


Upsetting Oklahoma and Baylor key to Texas success

September 23, 2014

Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes declared Texas to be college football playoff material Monday, despite already losing two games this season.  This came as a bold statement by the sophomore...


Collins finally settled in at the court

September 18, 2014

On and off the volleyball court, Texas is chock-full of personality, something noticeable during many games. But it’s sophomore setter Chloe Collins’ goofy nature that stands out the most. ...


Longhorns ease past competition in first home stand

September 15, 2014

In front of a raucous crowd, No. 2 Texas (7-0) rolled past its competition in its home opening tournament this past weekend. The Longhorns dominated throughout the tournament, beating No. 21 Arizona,...


Texas volleyball ready for homecoming

September 12, 2014

After defeating No. 10 Florida last weekend in front of a crowd of nearly 5,000, the No. 2 Longhorns are ready for their home opener Friday in the 26 West Longhorn Classic.  “We’re...

Offensive line, running backs must step up for Texas

September 12, 2014

Offensive Line The Texas offensive line doubled its starts in one game. The Longhorns enter this weekend’s game with the same line that had started just five games before facing BYU, so the issue...

Scenarios: Week 3

September 12, 2014

Texas Wins... —If the running game is more effective and is able to spark an otherwise inexperienced offense. The running backs, senior Malcolm Brown and junior Johnathan Gray, will need to rush...

Weekend previews

September 12, 2014

Men's golf The No. 4 men’s golf team opens its season this weekend at the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational after a runner-up finish at the event last year.    Coming...

Texas downs Florida in four sets

September 8, 2014

Led by sophomore middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu and freshman libero Cat McCoy, No. 3 Texas took down No. 11 Florida 3-1 in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday. “I’m pleased with our performance,”...

Texas wins if, Texas loses if: Week 2

September 5, 2014

The promises of an improved defense under new head coach Charlie Strong came to fruition last week, as the Texas defense held North Texas to less than 100 yards of total offense. But after the Longhorns...

Swoopes, Raulerson must step up for Texas

September 5, 2014

The absolute worst case scenario for the Longhorns this season has already happened. Junior quarterback David Ash, yet again, is struggling with concussion symptoms. So, as Texas head coach Charlie...

Texas faces tough challenge against Florida

September 5, 2014

No. 3 Texas looks to remain undefeated when it travels to face No. 11 Florida on Saturday. The Longhorns (3-0) had an easy time against last weekend’s competition in the Lobo Classic, but the...


Through recovery, Baker becomes team leader for young team

September 5, 2014

Though she’s been in Austin for over a year, redshirt junior Tiffany Baker stepped onto the court as a Longhorn for the first time last week.  Last season, Baker suffered a knee injury...

Texas finishes fourth in cross country season opener

September 2, 2014

The Longhorn cross country team kicked off its season Friday night at the Bear Twilight Invitational, where the men’s and women’s teams finished in fourth place. Texas assistant coach...

Cross Country teams prep for Baylor Invitational

August 29, 2014

After finishing 14th at the 2013 NCAA Championships, the men’s cross country team is prepping for its first meet of the season, the Baylor Invitational. The Longhorns enter the season ranked...


Texas takes down Hawaii 2-1

August 27, 2014

Texas women’s soccer scored a late goal Monday night, securing a 2-1 victory against Hawaii at Waipi’o Peninsula Stadium in the Outrigger Resorts Shootout. Texas fell behind early...


Longhorns on redemption tour after shocking end in 2013

August 25, 2014

After its 2013 season came to a disappointing end in the NCAA Final Four, Texas put itself on the road to redemption. Head coach Jerritt Elliott was shocked by the team’s poor performance on college...

Top freshmen to watch in 2014

August 25, 2014

Myles Turner: men’s basketball, forward When McDonald’s All-American Myles Turner put on a burnt orange bucket hat, signaling that he would sign a letter of intent to play for the Longhorns,...


Coach Wickline and senior Dom Espinosa bringing toughness to offensive line

August 4, 2014

There is one word to describe what Texas coach Charlie Strong and his staff are trying to bring to the Longhorn football program: toughness. Texas was labeled “entitled” and “soft”...


Top non-football games to watch

August 4, 2014

Every fall, Texas students pack Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to watch the Longhorn football team. Football is certainly king in Texas, especially on the 40 Acres, but over the last few years,...


Top non-football players to watch

August 4, 2014

The Longhorn football team is full of big names this year, a few of whom you might see playing on Sundays in the near future. But off the gridiron, there are several other Longhorn athletes who, although...

Report: Three more football players facing suspension

July 30, 2014

After last week’s purge, where six players were dismissed from the team, multiple sources are reporting that three more players are facing suspension. According to Horns Digest, senior offensive...


Mack Brown lands job with ESPN

July 28, 2014

Former Texas coach Mack Brown has inked a deal with ESPN to become a college football studio analyst starting this season. Brown joins ESPN after spending 16 years as head coach of the Longhorns. Brown...


Updated: Four Longhorn football players kicked off team

July 25, 2014

Update (July 25): Two more players were dismissed from the team according to multiple reports: senior running back Joe Bergeron and senior defensive back Josh Turner. Bergeron, a North Mesquite...


Two UT football players charged with sexual assault

July 24, 2014

UT football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were taken into custody after being arrested and charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony on Thursday. If convicted, the accused...


Big 12 Media Days Recap: Day 2

July 23, 2014

DALLAS ‒ Big 12 media days concluded Tuesday at the Omni Dallas Hotel, and while new Texas coach Charlie Strong was the main event, his counterparts left their mark on the second day of the event...


Texas’ Strong instills new attitude, expects different team

July 23, 2014

DALLAS ‒ Texas’ Charlie Strong attended his first Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday and his message was simple: The Longhorns’ new and improved attitude should lead to a different team. “Within...


Big 12 Media Days: Day 1 Recap

July 22, 2014

DALLAS ‒ The Big 12 unofficially kicked off the 2014 football season at the conference’s media days at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Monday. The event began with Commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s...


Big 12 rebrands itself heading into 2014 football season

July 21, 2014

The Big 12 conference has given itself a new look featuring a more modern logo and a new slogan: "One True Champion." With the lack of a conference championship game, the Big 12 has made...

Bowlsby delivers stark State of the Big 12 Address

July 21, 2014

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby didn’t shy away from the truth during his State of the Big 12 Address Monday. “Change is coming,” Bowlsby said. “If you like what you see in intercollegiate...


Austin Aces provide fun atmosphere despite rough inaugural season

July 21, 2014

The Austin Aces’ inaugural season hasn’t exactly been a smash hit, but it has provided a new experience for many fans. The Cedar Park Center, the Aces home arena, is filled with music, cheering...

UPDATE: Agent buys Texas football players meals, NCAA investigating

July 16, 2014

Two Texas football players’ could lose their NCAA eligibility after an agent bought their meals, according to a report from the Austin American-Statesman. According to the report, the incident...


Aztex provide soccer haven for Central Texas soccer fans

July 14, 2014

The Capitol serves as a backdrop as cars zoom past House Park and thousands of fans begin to pack the home stands. It’s an American football field but for Austin’s Premier Development League...


Aztex overcome sloppy start, draw against Sockers

July 13, 2014

The Austin Aztex salvaged a frustrating night with a game-tying goal in the waning minutes of their game against the Midland/Odessa Sockers Friday. Entering the game, Austin already clinched the Premier...


Longhorn Notebook: Augie Garrido gets two-year extension

July 7, 2014

The Longhorns head baseball coach Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in NCAA history, will be staying in Austin at least a little while longer. Texas athletic director Steve Patterson announced July...

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U.S. exits World Cup with loss to Belgium

July 2, 2014

American goalkeeper Tim Howard played the game of his life Tuesday but it wasn’t enough to keep the Americans in the World Cup. After 120 minutes of play, the Belgians walked off the pitch...


Rare baseball collection comes to Texas campus

June 30, 2014

In 1993, Randy Kaplan met President George H.W. Bush, igniting an interest that would become his lifelong passion. For the most avid baseball fans, it’s a dream to get a ball autographed by their...

UTPD looking into reported sexual assault on campus

June 25, 2014

After a reported sexual assault, UTPD officers are investigating the incident that occurred Saturday at the San Jacinto Residence Hall. UTPD said the three individuals involved knew each other and the...

NCAA Track & Field Recap

June 16, 2014

No. 1 Texas women’s track and field team fell just short of winning the title, finishing second, at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.   Although senior Marielle...

San Antonio crowned NBA champions

June 16, 2014

The San Antonio Spurs are NBA champions once more.  For the fifth time in franchise history, the Spurs hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy Sunday night. San Antonio overcame a horrendous start...


Team mentality key to Texas run to Omaha

June 16, 2014

Three whole years — that’s how long it took for the senior Longhorns’ to return to Omaha for the College World Series.  After making the trip to Omaha as freshmen, Texas’...

Track & Field National Championship: Day 3

June 14, 2014

Texas’ Courtney Okolo won the 400-meter final Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Okolo is one of just three women to win the 400-meter title as a Longhorn. “It feels...


Track and Field National Championship: Day 2

June 13, 2014

Heading into Day 2 of the NCAA Track & Field Championships, it appeared as if Longhorn sophomore Johannes Hock would win his second decathlon title. With only one event — the 1,500 meter run...


Spurs blowout Heat, take 3-1 series lead

June 13, 2014

The San Antonio Spurs inched closer to a fifth NBA Championship Thursday night with a dominating 107-86 victory over the Miami Heat. 
The Spurs' destruction of the Heat in Game 4 was San Antonio’s...

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Crouser wins third consecutive shot-put at NCAA Championships

June 12, 2014

Texas opened up the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a bang Wednesday, as junior Ryan Crouser successfully defended his shot-put title. With a toss of 69 feet, 3 ½ inches, Crouser...

Leonard shines in Spurs rout of Heat

June 11, 2014

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was a non-factor in the first two games of the 2014 NBA Finals, but Leonard put his stamp on the series with a dominating performance in game three. Leonard was...

James, Heat squeeze past Spurs in Game 2

June 9, 2014

LeBron James pushed the Miami Heat to a 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the NBA Finals at the AT&T Center Sunday night.  After receiving plenty of criticism for leaving...


Intro to Texas Football

June 9, 2014

Football is king in the state of Texas. To many, it may seem strange to see the brutal game of football revered in Texas. Yet once you step into the University of Texas’ Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial...

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Miami overcome by Texas heat, Spurs

June 6, 2014

The San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Miami Heat, and the Texas heat, in the first game of the NBA Finals. Temperatures at the AT&T Center in San Antonio rose into the nineties after an electrical...


Texas Athletic Department unveils new student ticketing

June 5, 2014

On Wednesday the Texas athletic department unveiled a new student ticketing system that is being branded as “The Big Ticket.” The Big Ticket will replace the old LASP ticketing system. The...


2015 recruiting class key to Charlie Strong’s success at Texas

April 30, 2014

The year was 1998, and a new coach had arrived on campus to pull the Texas football program out of the depths of a 4-7 season. Expectations were high for Mack Brown, as they always are at a program as...

Houston Texans Mock Draft 2.0

April 27, 2014

As the NFL Draft draws near the Houston Texans are in an interesting position with the first overall pick. The Texans could use a quarterback but many scouts believe that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney...

Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft 2.0

April 20, 2014

The Dallas Cowboys have had a lackluster offseason. Due to its salary cap issues, Dallas couldn’t do too much to bolster its roster. In order to create cap space, the Cowboys parted ways with their...

Quarterbacks in the Draft: Johnny Manziel

April 12, 2014

Known for his on the field antics and his questionable off the field conduct, quarterback Johnny Manziel is set to take the NFL by storm. Love him or hate him, the Heisman-winner is projected to be a first...

Quarterbacks in the Draft: Teddy Bridgewater

April 5, 2014

When the offseason began, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was the consensus number one pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. During his three seasons at Louisville, Bridgewater threw 72 touchdowns...

Quarterbacks in the Draft: Blake Bortles

March 27, 2014

Before the 2013 college season, Blake Bortles was an unknown commodity. If you search his name on Google, there are more pictures of Bortles’ girlfriend than there are of himself. However, after...

NFL Free Agency: Winners and Losers

March 23, 2014

It has been over a week since the NFL’s free agency period began and most of the damage has already been done. Did your team fall into our list of winners or losers? 
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Ware’s departure best for both parties

March 19, 2014

Next season the Dallas Cowboys all-time sack leader DeMarcus Ware will no longer have a star on the side of his helmet. Instead, Ware will wear a Bronco logo as the outside linebacker - defensive end hybrid...

NFL Free Agency Preview: Dallas Cowboys

March 6, 2014

As the NFL’s free agency period draws near, the Cowboys have a great opportunity to improve their playoff chances. Here are our suggestions: 1. Resign/Restructure Key Players Contracts Dallas...

NFL Combine: Studs and Duds

February 27, 2014

The NFL’s top prospects gathered at Lucas Oil Stadium over the past week to participate in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. The first opportunity for many potential draftees to showcase their raw...

Houston Texans Mock Draft 1.0

February 21, 2014

After two consecutive trips to the playoffs, 2013 was supposed to be the year the Houston Texans made their run to the Super Bowl. 
Unfortunately for Texan fans, the season that transpired was far...

Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft 1.0

February 20, 2014

It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have been mediocre of late. They are long removed from the glory days when they won three super bowls in five years.   With three consecutive 8-8 seasons,...

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February 13, 2014

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Seattle shuts down Denver’s offense; Seahawks win Super Bowl 43-8

February 3, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl Champions for the first time in their 38 years of existence. The Seahawks defense suffocated the Denver Broncos number one scoring offense from the very start of...

Super Bowl XLVIII Preview

January 31, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII: Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. TV: FOX Time: 5:25 p.m. CST Spread: Denver (-3) This year’s Super Bowl features...

Different paths bring Manning, Wilson to Super Bowl

January 29, 2014

Russell Wilson Stepping into the batter’s box used to be a part of Russell Wilson’s normal routine. The Colorado Rockies drafted Wilson in the fourth round of 2010 MLB Draft. Wilson had...

NFL Pro Bowl Preview

January 26, 2014

For football fans, the week preceding the super bowl is the worst. The various media outlets are trying to force narratives, like how this week’s weather will effect next week’s game—here’s...