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Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Robert Larkin
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Sports writer says thank you, goodbye to journalism

May 10, 2019

I was in the middle of a disastrous golf round when Alex Briseño called me last August. Normally, I wouldn’t have taken a phone call during a round like that. But to be honest, everything...

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Texas forward Jaxson Hayes declares for NBA Draft

April 12, 2019

For the third consecutive season, Texas head coach Shaka Smart will send a big man to the NBA Draft who is projected to be a lottery pick. Forward Jaxson Hayes declared his intention to enter the draft...

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Texas forward Jaxson Hayes declares for NBA Draft

April 11, 2019

For the third consecutive season, Texas head coach Shaka Smart will send a big man to the NBA Draft who is projected to be a lottery pick. Forward Jaxson Hayes declared his intention to enter the draft...

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Longhorns handle Lipscomb to clinch NIT title

April 5, 2019

Dylan Osetkowski walked up to Texas head coach Shaka Smart and gave him a long hug with a smile on his face. Kerwin Roach II went through each of his teammates and handed out high fives, laughing and celebrating...

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After his suspension, Kerwin Roach II rebounding during Longhorns’ NIT run

April 4, 2019

Following Texas’ win over Colorado in the NIT quarterfinals, Kerwin Roach II let out a laugh in the locker room that echoed throughout the room. Leaning forward in his chair, the senior guard was...

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Seniors lead Longhorns to dominant win over Colorado

March 28, 2019

When they look back on Wednesday night years later, Dylan Osetkowski and Kerwin Roach II will call this their senior night. March 9 may carry that title on the Texas basketball schedule, but they will...

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Despite playing in NIT, Longhorns finishing season with pride

March 27, 2019

During the first half of Texas’ game against Xavier, Kerwin Roach II wanted to let the Texas fans inside the Frank Erwin Center know that he cared. After sinking a layup despite being fouled at the...

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Unlikely hero Jericho Sims saves Texas in OT win over Xavier

March 25, 2019

While a large crowd of reporters gathered around Jericho Sims, Royce Hamm, Jr. and Dylan Osetkowski snickered in the locker next to him. For a player who never speaks up and never wants the world’s...

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Longhorns miss NCAA Tournament bid

March 17, 2019

After finishing the season at 16–16 following a loss to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament, Texas will not be going dancing in March.   The Longhorns will miss out on the NCAA Tournament for...

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Texas faces tall task in order to achieve NCAA Tournament bid

March 14, 2019

A defeated Jaxson Hayes sat at the media podium following Texas’ 69-56 loss to TCU with his head buried into his chest. The weight of disappointment hung on his shoulders not just because of the...

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Texas faces tall task in order to achieve NCAA Tournament bid

March 14, 2019

A defeated Jaxson Hayes sat at the media podium following Texas’ 69-56 loss to TCU with his head buried into his chest. The weight of disappointment hung on his shoulders not just because of the...

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Postseason future in doubt, Longhorns reflect before Big 12 Tournament

March 10, 2019

This was supposed to be Texas’ chance to end the year on a positive note. An opportunity to solidify its NCAA Tournament chances was on the table. The feel-good narrative of sending out seniors Kerwin...

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Assistant coach Neill Berry helps Texas in his first season with a new perspective

March 8, 2019

Before every game, Neill Berry finds the third chair on the Texas bench and takes his seat. The 36-year-old assistant coach is close enough to advise head coach Shaka Smart during the game and only a few...

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Abysmal offensive performance results in Texas’ worst loss of the season

March 5, 2019

Some coaches will urge their players to immediately discard a game from their minds following a bad loss. If Texas head coach Shaka Smart believes in that mantra, Monday night will certainly qualify for...

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Jase Febres continues his excellence behind the arc in win over Iowa State

March 3, 2019

At 17 years old, Jase Febres came to Texas as a younger and underdeveloped player with an immense amount of talent in shooting the basketball. Some saw a project, but Texas head coach Shaka Smart thought...

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Longhorns collapse in Waco, fall 84-83 to Baylor

February 28, 2019

WACO —  The entire Texas team walked to its locker room in disbelief. Some had tears in their eyes, other had sullen faces. After 45 dizzying minutes of basketball, there was one thought on...

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As Longhorns approach March, their focus stays on the present

February 27, 2019

With only four games left on their schedule, the Longhorns are preparing for their final push before the start of the postseason. At 15–12, including a 7–7 mark in Big 12 play, Texas still...

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Eager to show he belongs, Royce Hamm Jr. looks to contribute in Texas’ final games

February 21, 2019

Royce Hamm Jr. remembers the doubt starting to creep into his mind. After playing in only one of the Longhorns’ first nine games and playing only briefly when he entered games in the weeks after,...

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Hamm, Mitrou-Long deliver off the bench in Longhorns’ win over Oklahoma State

February 17, 2019

Prior to Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State, Texas head coach Shaka Smart made himself, and his team, a promise. If he saw that his players weren’t in the right place on the court, he would...

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Longhorns fall short against Kansas State

February 13, 2019

Kerwin Roach II felt the shot attempts were good. The dribble-drive kick outs to the open man, the open 3-point shots outside the arc, the runners into the lane.  They just didn’t execute.  It’s...

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Hoping not to repeat history, Longhorns look to clinch three-game conference win streak

February 12, 2019

Shaka Smart painfully remembers the last time his team had a chance for a three-game win streak in conference play. Over a month ago, Texas was riding high after victories against Kansas State and West...

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Texas captures dominant victory against West Virginia

February 10, 2019

Texas has battled inconsistency for its entire season. Players on the Longhorns’ roster consider themselves capable of beating any team in the country, but they’ve also faced the blunt reality...

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Matt Coleman III flashes his potential in Longhorns’ win over Baylor

February 7, 2019

Shaka Smart will be the first to admit he’s tough on Matt Coleman III. When the sophomore guard stepped on the Texas campus, Smart warned Coleman he was going to push him harder than other coaches...

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Texas falls short in upset bid of No. 20 Iowa State

February 3, 2019

The fans inside Hilton Coliseum exploded with a roar when the three went in. Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton stood up and turned toward a buzzing red and gold crowd, while a frustrated Dylan Osetkowski...

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Motivated to finish strong, Osetkowski flourishing in conference play

February 1, 2019

Dylan Osetkowski could see the lead dwindling on the scoreboard. After a break at halftime, Texas’ offense had fallen into an unproductive motion of missed shots and turnovers, allowing Kansas to...

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Shaka Smart’s Longhorns earn first victory against Kansas in five seasons

January 30, 2019

It felt like it could all slip away. The 11-point lead, the win against the No. 11 team in the country, Shaka Smart’s first ever victory against Big 12 tyrant Kansas. All of it.  Four points...

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Failure to execute the details preventing Texas from consistently winning games

January 25, 2019

Following Texas’ loss to TCU, Kerwin Roach II looked visibly frustrated. Roach admits he’s never happy after a defeat, but yet another missed opportunity in conference play certainly added...

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Longhorns halt three-game losing streak, take down Oklahoma 75-72

January 20, 2019

Kerwin Roach II knew the night offered a chance for atonement. The entire Texas team did. After three consecutive losses in conference play where late-game execution escaped the Longhorns and the breaks...

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Texas topped by Oklahoma State after disappointing start

January 9, 2019

As the Longhorns headed to the locker room Tuesday night, Shaka Smart was enveloped in frustration. On the stat sheet, his team had fallen just short on the road in a conference game where it’s always...

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Texas wideout Lil’Jordan Humphrey declares for NFL Draft

January 8, 2019

After a breakout junior season, Texas wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey announced Tuesday afternoon that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. “It has not been an...

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Febres’ 23 points leads Texas to win over Kansas State

January 3, 2019

Just six days ago, Jase Febres was pulled out of the Texas starting lineup and moved to bench. The sharpshooting guard had lost his rhythm and touch from outside, going 4-of-16 in his previous two games...

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Lineup changes and second-half effort help Texas to 76-56 win over UT-Arlington

December 29, 2018

Shaka Smart could feel his team stalling. After a loss to Providence, where his team looked disjointed on the offensive end, the fourth-year head coach decided to make a change in his rotation. Jaxson...

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Poor shooting dooms Longhorns in 71-65 loss to Providence

December 22, 2018

Jase Febres hadn’t seen a 3-point shot fall all night, but surely this one had to be it. With his team trailing Providence by only three with a minute left, the sophomore guard caught a pass in the...

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56-point first half guides Longhorns to victory over Grand Canyon

December 16, 2018

An offensive possession nearly 14 minutes into the game encapsulated Texas’ first half on Saturday evening. Mixing dribble penetration with a series of dizzying passing combinations, the Longhorns...

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Turnovers, missed opportunities cost Longhorns in 54-53 loss to VCU

December 6, 2018

Courtney Ramey crouched to his knees on the court in disappointment while Matt Coleman lifted his jersey to his face and shook his head. And as VCU’s entire bench rushed the court in jubilation after...

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Longhorns look to move away from reliance on outside shot

December 5, 2018

Jase Febres caught the pass just behind the 3-point arc and elevated to shoot with three seconds left. His team trailing by three, Febres’ shot was Texas’ final prayer to avoid a devastating...

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Despite fast start, Longhorns fall to No. 11 Michigan State

November 24, 2018

As the clock wound down with two and a half minutes to play, Shaka Smart tried one last effort to save the Longhorns’ winning chances. With his team trailing by eight, the Texas head coach called...

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Kerwin Roach wills Longhorns to 92-89 victory against No. 7 North Carolina

November 23, 2018

If anyone inside Orleans Arena questioned who the best player on the court was Thursday night, Kerwin Roach II reminded them with under nine minutes remaining in the game. With the Longhorns leading...

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Texas looks to make a statement at Las Vegas Invitational

November 20, 2018

Dylan Osetkowski hates talking about last year’s loss against No. 1 Duke. The senior forward has watched the game’s final minutes countless times, reviewing how his team lost a 16-point lead....

Kansas running back Pooka Williams leads Jayhawks against Texas

November 20, 2018

Two years ago, Charlie Strong’s fate was sealed when the Longhorns dropped a late season matchup against lowly Kansas. On Friday, Texas returns to the same spot with the hopes of avenging one of...

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Freshman Brock Purdy leads streaking Cyclones into Austin

November 16, 2018

Three months ago, few people thought the Iowa State-Texas matchup would influence the contenders for the Big 12 title. But those are the stakes for both teams with only two weeks remaining in the regular...

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Texas shrugs off bad offensive start, beats Louisiana Monroe 65-55

November 13, 2018

The Texas faithful inside the Frank Erwin Center sat mostly in silence, stunned at what they were seeing. In what was supposed to amount to a tuneup game Monday night, the Longhorns instead found themselves...

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Freshmen Courtney Ramey and Jaxson Hayes fill early season roles

November 12, 2018

With under two minutes to play in overtime against Arkansas, two Longhorns who stood on the floor weren’t expected to play in the closing minutes. Not yet at least.  It was a pair of freshmen,...

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Longhorns outlast Arkansas for 73-71 victory in Armed Forces Classic

November 10, 2018

Kerwin Roach II found himself in a familiar position. In 17 games last season, the senior guard and the Longhorns had competed in close games that went to the final minute. So with the Longhorns...

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Opponents to Watch: Former ‘Last Chance U’ star leads Tech defense

November 9, 2018

After riding a six-game win streak, Texas has dropped its last two contests against Big 12 opponents in poor defensive performances. Now, the Longhorns will travel to Lubbock to face a talented Texas Tech...

Elijah Mitrou-Long provides needed spark in Texas debut

November 7, 2018

For much of the first half on Tuesday night, Texas looked unprepared for a test against Eastern Illinois. Turnovers, missed defensive assignments and stagnant offensive play defined the Longhorns in an...

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Guided by team-first approach, Longhorns look to impress in season opener

November 6, 2018

The Longhorns will enter Tuesday night’s season opener in a different position than its previous two campaigns. There are no heralded big men or one-and-done prospects on the roster. No Mo Bambas,...

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Longhorn defense looks to rebound against West Virginia’s Grier

November 2, 2018

When No. 13 West Virginia rolls into Austin on Saturday, it will present the most talented team the Longhorns have faced since taking down Oklahoma in early October. And with both teams jostling for positioning...

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Hill poses biggest threat in Stillwater showdown

October 26, 2018

Despite not playing a game this past weekend, the No. 6 Longhorns continued their ascent in the rankings thanks to Purdue toppling then-No. 2 Ohio State. But Texas will put its ranking on the line this...

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Andrew Jones returns at Texas Tip-Off

October 23, 2018

The crowd rose to applaud the player in black sweatpants and a hoodie. Andrew Jones waved back. Jones didn’t expect to play last Wednesday night at Gregory Gymnasium after a toe injury on Oct....

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Smart talks Andrew Jones’ return, emerging leaders ahead of Texas Tip-Off

October 17, 2018

Before the Longhorns make their public debut for the 2018–19 season at the Texas Tip-Off on Wednesday night, head coach Shaka Smart addressed the media with updates on Andrew Jones’ injury...

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Hometown quarterback returns to Austin as Baylor Bear

October 12, 2018

For the first time since 2010, Texas is ranked in the top 10. Tom Herman knows his team will need to play its best every week to preserve that status, and it starts this weekend against a stingy Baylor...

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Oakland A’s center fielder Kyler Murray set to lead Sooners

October 5, 2018

With both teams ranked heading into the Red River Rivalry for the first time since 2012, Saturday’s matchup between Texas and Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl has all the ingredients for another classic...

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Shelley, Walker headline opponents to watch versus Kansas State

September 28, 2018

The Longhorns have won three straight games, but with an 0–1 road record following the team, they'll head to Manhattan to face Kansas State. Here are a few members of the Wildcats to watch for...

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Shaka Smart: Longhorns are ready for ‘big step’ forward

September 25, 2018

Entering the fourth episode of his tenure as Texas’ head basketball coach, one number has defined Shaka Smart thus far: zero. That’s how many NCAA tournament wins the Longhorns have collected...

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Turpin, Banogu among Horned Frogs to watch against Texas

September 21, 2018

Riding high after last week’s demolition of USC, the Longhorns enter Saturday’s pivotal matchup against No. 17 TCU with a renewed sense of energy. However, the Horned Frogs have dominated the...

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Ware to pose challenge for Longhorn defense

September 14, 2018

Following two ugly games against Maryland and Tulsa, the Longhorns will now prepare for their most important test to date in the form of the No. 22 USC Trojans.   The Trojans’ roster is outfitted...

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Tulsa’s Brooks presents challenge for Texas defense

September 7, 2018

This week, the Longhorns host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane for the home opener at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Here are this week's opponents to watch: Shamari Brooks, No. 3 - Running...

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Timeline: Maryland’s off-season

August 31, 2018

As Saturday approaches for Maryland’s season opener with Texas, what takes place at FedExField will almost feel like a “sideshow,” University of Maryland sports editor Andy Kostka told...

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Longhorns seek redemption in final Big 12 series against No. 19 Baylor

May 4, 2018

The narrative of a college softball season can turn quickly. On April 17, Texas sat top the Big 12 standings carrying a nine-game conference win streak and hopes for a Big 12 title slowly shifted to...

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Longhorns fall to No. 3 Oklahoma, 5-4, in extra innings

April 30, 2018

For a brief moment, the Longhorns felt like their efforts would be enough. The two-out rally. Senior captain Randel Leahy’s clutch single. Malory Schattle’s towering home run. It all pointed...

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No. 3 Oklahoma blanks Texas in Norman, 6-0

April 28, 2018

Heading into this weekend’s series against No. 3 Oklahoma, Texas head coach Connie Clark predicted her team would need to be aggressive and take advantage of key opportunities in order to succeed. But...

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Longhorns face difficult road series with No. 3 Oklahoma

April 27, 2018

When Texas faces Oklahoma, the stakes tend to escalate. Many times, a coach’s or player’s record against the Sooners will often determine his or her legacy on the 40 Acres, for better or...

Despite two-hour rain delay, Texas downs Texas Southern 6-0

April 26, 2018

During a rain delay, you can find softball players entertaining themselves in any way they can. Some take batting practice. Others watch movies. With the rain pouring down on McCombs Field during a...

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Senior Paige von Sprecken leads Longhorns into critical Big 12 stretch

April 20, 2018

Two and a half years ago, senior pitcher Paige von Sprecken packed her bags and left California for Austin, after deciding that it was time to explore what a different part of the country had to offer....

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Texas bats fall silent in 3-0 loss to No. 21 Baylor

April 18, 2018

It was an ideal situation for the Longhorns as they entered their matchup with No. 21 Baylor on Tuesday afternoon at McCombs Field. Winners of its first nine Big 12 games, a win would have cemented Texas’...

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Longhorns prepare for meat of Big 12 schedule

April 17, 2018

Shortly after her team’s three-game sweep of Texas Tech, Texas head coach Connie Clark delivered a quick, optimistic refrain regarding whether or not her team is prepared for its brutal upcoming...

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Longhorns sweep Texas Tech to stay perfect in Big 12 play

April 16, 2018

It wasn’t an ideal start for Longhorns early on Sunday morning. Trailing by two runs heading into the bottom of the third inning, Texas didn’t look anything like its dominant self from its...

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Texas stays undefeated in Big 12 play with 3-0 win over Texas Tech

April 15, 2018

When the Longhorns have needed a victory this season, they’ve consistently turned to their senior pitcher Paige von Sprecken. Looking to clinch an important series victory against Texas Tech on...

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Texas returns to Big 12 action with weekend series at home against Texas Tech

April 13, 2018

It was only two weeks ago that the Longhorns (23–15, 6–0 Big 12) were playing with extreme confidence and a playful swagger. Fresh off three-game sweeps over Big 12 foes Kansas and Iowa State,...

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Offense struggles in 2-1 loss to No. 24 Texas State

April 12, 2018

In a season marked by inconsistency, one of the routine problems that has plagued the Longhorns has been their struggles at the plate. The story was once again similar on Wednesday night in San Marcos,...

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Texas searching for offensive identity in weekend series against Samford

April 6, 2018

Entering the week, prospects appeared to be turning up for the Longhorn softball team. Riding a seven-game winning streak with an improving offense, Texas appeared positioned to make noise in the second...

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Texas rallies in seventh inning to knock off UTSA 1-0

April 5, 2018

Sophomore left fielder Kaitlyn Washington knew her course of action before junior center fielder Ki’Audra Hayter even put the ball in play. Standing at second base in the middle of a scoreless stalemate,...

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Longhorns ride seven-game winning streak into Tuesday’s road game

April 3, 2018

In every postgame interview with Texas head coach Connie Clark, you’ll hear the 22-year head coaching veteran preach how important momentum is to her team. For most of 2018, it’s been hard...

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Longhorns sweep Kansas to kick off Big 12 play

March 26, 2018

For nearly three innings, the Longhorns dugout sat lifeless at McCombs Field, awaiting a sign of life during a scoreless stalemate. Then, with two outs in the bottom of the third, junior outfielder Bekah...

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Texas finds its footing on offense in 3-0 win over No. 25 Texas State

March 22, 2018

Head coach Connie Clark gathered her team four days ago. Frustrated by her team’s uninspired start to the season, she explained how expectations differ for the Texas softball program. “(Coach...

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Formidable Texas State squad stands between Texas and start of conference play

March 21, 2018

Twenty‍-five games into the season, it’s safe to say the 2018 Longhorns (12–13) haven’t lived up to expectations. For a coach who has mentored Texas to five Women’s...

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Longhorns go 2–2 at Charleston Invitational

March 19, 2018

Only one week away from the beginning of Big 12 play, the Longhorns realize the time is now to fine-tune their game before a difficult conference slate.   Although a weekend tournament in Charleston,...

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Connie Clark picks up 850th career victory in comeback victory over Coastal Carolina

March 16, 2018

While it’s just a number, 850 signified something greater for 22-year coaching veteran Connie Clark on Thursday night. Lifted by a three-run shot from senior first baseman Paige von Sprecken in...

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Longhorns hope to get back on track at UTSA

March 7, 2018

Texas head coach Connie Clark has consistently preached patience with her young team, saying the Longhorns will experience their fair share of ups and downs.  But 18 games into the 2018 season,...

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Longhorns dismantle Islanders in much needed 8-0 victory

March 1, 2018

In the midst of a five-run rally in the first inning, Texas head coach Connie Clark broke from her usual coaching stance at third base and cracked a quick smile.  This victory, while expected,...

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Midweek game presents Longhorns an opportunity to bounce back

February 28, 2018

A quick glance at the Longhorns’ record (6–8) suggests they’re a mediocre ball club. A closer look reveals a more ominous picture.  Through 14 games this season, the Longhorns...

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Longhorns struggle to 2-3 finish at the Texas Invitational

February 26, 2018

Heading into a three-day tournament weekend, the Longhorns emphasized the importance of two things: Bring high energy and remain consistent, every night. This weekend, they struggled to do just that. On...

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Longhorns split doubleheader on Day 1 of Texas Invitational

February 24, 2018

Two steps forward, one step back. That’s been the mantra for the Texas softball team so far in 2018. On a Friday where the Longhorns showed promise in a 3-0 victory against No. 20 Michigan,...

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Longhorns fall short against No. 1 Washington in 2-1 defeat

February 22, 2018

There are no moral victories in softball. They don’t show up in the box score or a team’s overall record. On Wednesday night at McCombs Field, however, the Longhorns pieced together one...

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Longhorns finish 2–2 at Puerto Vallarta College Challenge

February 19, 2018

The 2018 Texas Longhorns stress that their early season success will not be measured by their wins and losses, but rather how they handle adversity and grow as the season presses on. This weekend, the...

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Longhorns go 2-2 in Texas Classic to open season

February 12, 2018

Prior to the season’s arrival, Texas head coach Connie Clark predicted the Longhorns would either surprise people or hit early-season turbulence thanks to her team’s youth. After a 2-2 stretch...

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Led by strong pitching and timely hitting, Longhorns go 2-0 on first day of 2018 season

February 10, 2018

Entering the 2018 season with a rare six-pitcher rotation, many questioned whether Texas softball truly had an elite ace on its staff. On Friday, however, senior Paige von Sprecken and junior Brooke...

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Led by new mindset, Longhorns aim for successful 2018 campaign

February 8, 2018

Head coach Connie Clark knows expectations are high at the University of Texas — she’s the one who created them. So when the Longhorns struggled to put together a consistent winning formula...

Andersen realizes dream as UT Golf Club superintendent

October 18, 2017

Each morning begins the same way for University of Texas Golf Club superintendent Tyler Andersen. Like most men with his job, he’s a creature of habit. After drinking his morning coffee, he arrives...

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Ghim leads Texas to ninth-place finish at Nike Collegiate Invitational

October 4, 2017

Senior Doug Ghim’s previous trip to Oregon with the Texas men’s golf team was one he may never forget. Only a sophomore at the time, Ghim watched his team’s title hopes evaporate in front...

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Chervony powers Texas to strong finish at Trinity Forest

September 27, 2017

Junior Steven Chervony usually isn’t one for the spotlight. Playing alongside two of the nation’s best players, seniors Scottie Scheffler and Doug Ghim, he prefers to sit back comfortably in...

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Longhorns finish eighth at OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational

September 19, 2017

The Longhorns teed off for the first time in their 2017–18 campaign this weekend at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational in Olympia Fields, finishing eighth at the conclusion of the three-day tournament. Texas...

Former Longhorns continue to impress in NBA playoffs

May 3, 2017

The second round of the NBA postseason is underway, and seven former Longhorns have assisted their teams in advancing to the conference semifinals. Here’s a quick look at how those players and their...

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Longhorns in the NBA: Former Texas push towards playoffs

April 6, 2017

With the NBA regular season concluding in the coming days, teams across the NBA will be making their final playoff pushes. Here’s a look at a few former Longhorns who have helped their teams into...

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Texas-Ex Isaiah Taylor finds own path to the NBA

March 30, 2017

Step inside the Rio Grande Valley Vipers locker room after a shoot around and you will find rookie guard Isaiah Taylor in his comfort zone — joking with his teammates while boasting an infectious...

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Wild Monday night begins big week of conference play

February 15, 2017

Kansas survives West Virginia in close battle With three minutes remaining in the game, it seemed West Virginia would escape Allen Fieldhouse with a crucial road victory. Then, the unthinkable...

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Big 12 Notebook: Women’s basketball whiparound

February 14, 2017

Baylor returns to winning ways against TCU After suffering their first loss in Big 12 play last week against Texas, the Lady Bears bounced back on Sunday with a 91-73 victory against TCU. Marked...

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