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Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

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Sports editor makes deadline, saves print journalism

May 10, 2019

I often think about how many times you get to experience the first day of your life. Not literally. That’s weird. I mean, how many times are you awarded a day so significant that it feels...

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Thompson shows strong flashes in Spring Game

April 14, 2019

In a game in which the Longhorns were pitted against their own teammates, Texas’ greatest struggle had nothing to do with game planning and everything to do with the physical conditions. Wind...

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Uncertain NFL futures drive Longhorns on Texas Pro Day

March 28, 2019

Hordes of NFL scouts flocked to Longhorn standouts Charles Omenihu and Lil’Jordan Humphrey during Texas’ Pro Day held Wednesday. But in the background, many participants used the opportunity...

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Texas football, track star Johnny ‘Lam’ Jones dead at 60 after longtime cancer battle

March 16, 2019

Johnny “Lam” Jones, a former renowned dual-sport athlete in football and track at Texas, died at the age of 60 on Friday morning after a long battle with cancer, Texas Athletics announced.  Jones...

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University of Texas fires men’s tennis coach Michael Center in wake of national college admissions scheme

March 12, 2019

Updated, Wednesday, March 13 at 5:10 p.m.: Michael Center has been dismissed from his role as men’s tennis coach, effective immediately, as of March 13. University of Texas President Greg Fenves...

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Former QB Vince Young fired from development officer position at UT

March 9, 2019

The University of Texas has fired former quarterback Vince Young from his position as a Neighborhood Longhorns development officer, a part-time role with a $50,000 annual salary. The Associated Press...

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Dismissed to dominant: Malcom Brown’s journey to Super Bowl LIII

February 4, 2019

ATLANTA — Before Malcom Brown’s successful run at Texas and subsequent leap to the NFL, his immaturity as a freshman at Brenham High School almost cost him his career before it even began. Brown,...

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UT President Fenves says Bevo’s safety procedures don’t need revising

January 25, 2019

It’s been over three weeks since Bevo XV’s breakout at the Sugar Bowl went viral on social media. But make no mistake, the beloved Longhorn mascot is here to stay. During a visit to the...

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Quarterback Casey Thompson returning to Longhorns after transfer speculation

January 19, 2019

After a brief stay in the NCAA transfer database, Texas quarterback Casey Thompson has told coaches he will remain with the Longhorns, a UT spokesperson said Saturday. Thompson, himself, assured Longhorn...

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Texas quarterback Cameron Rising announces transfer to Utah

January 18, 2019

The past 24 hours have seen a carousel of breaking news updates at the quarterback position for Texas. Quarterback Cameron Rising is the latest to add to the news cycle after taking to Twitter on Thursday...

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Report: Shane Buechele planning to enter NCAA transfer portal

January 17, 2019

The Longhorns recently had their strongest season at quarterback since Colt McCoy ran the show, thanks to the stellar play of Sam Ehlinger and the relief efforts of Shane Buechele. But now, Buechele...

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Austin FC unveiled as 27th MLS franchise

January 16, 2019

For nearly a century, Austin’s sports culture has almost exclusively been built on collegiate sporting events at UT-Austin. But now, the city is delving into the professional sports world. Austin...

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Safety Brandon Jones skipping NFL Draft, will return for senior season

January 11, 2019

Texas safety Brandon Jones has decided to forgo the NFL Draft and will return to campus for his senior season. Jones posted a video on his personal Twitter account Thursday afternoon while the team...

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Collin Johnson announces return for senior season

January 3, 2019

Wide receiver Collin Johnson has announced he will return to the University of Texas for his senior season. Johnson posted a statement on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon, saying “The best...

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Texas takes Sugar Bowl on Ehlinger’s shoulders

January 3, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — If there’s one trap Texas players and coaches have avoided falling into, it’s using the B-word. But as orange and white confetti fell from the rafters and quarterback...

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How Texas measures up to Bulldogs in Sugar Bowl

December 31, 2018

The Longhorns and Bulldogs have spent much of the last week in New Orleans hitting tackling dummies, scarfing down Cajun favorites and answering dozens of questions about their respective opponent. But...

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Herman ‘excited’ about ninth-ranked recruiting class on early signing day

December 20, 2018

Texas is just 13 days away from its biggest postseason appearance in nearly a decade, but head coach Tom Herman and his staff were fixated on the long term Wednesday as 21 future Longhorn players put pen...

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Texas adds 21 members during early signing period

December 19, 2018

Here’s where The Daily Texan will be reporting each member of Texas’ 2019 signing class. Follow along throughout the day for updates on all future Longhorns. All rankings are from 247Sports’...

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Herman, Smart reflect on 2015 Sugar Bowl ahead of renewed coaching clash

December 4, 2018

When Texas head coach Tom Herman and Georgia head coach Kirby Smart gameplanned against each other as coordinators in the 2015 Sugar Bowl, they were entirely unaware they’d be facing off in the exact...

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Unforced errors plague Longhorns in Big 12 Championship loss to Oklahoma

December 2, 2018

The Longhorns watched their chances of hoisting the Big 12 trophy dwindle as they trailed Oklahoma by 12 points with only two minutes remaining. Wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey then nearly revived...

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Hager’s hope for a haircut just one game away

November 30, 2018

The Texas Longhorns have an opportunity to win their first Big 12 title game in nearly a decade, but Breckyn Hager, their captain with the boisterous presence and golden locks, hopes to break a spell of...

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Herman prepares for Texas-sized stage against Sooners

November 27, 2018

Texas head coach Tom Herman is five days away from the biggest game of his career. Ahead of the title fight between Herman’s Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners, the second-year coach met with...

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Longhorns edge Jayhawks to earn shot at Big 12 crown

November 24, 2018

As wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey held a tight grip on the ball during Kansas’ final onside kick attempt, Texas players knew they could rejoice. Defensive backs Kris Boyd, Josh Thompson...

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Longhorn defense shows new life in resounding win over Iowa State

November 18, 2018

Even though the Longhorns held a commanding three-score lead with just over two minutes of play remaining, many members of the defensive squad stood frozen in the middle of the end zone as Iowa State running...

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Texas begins to embrace late-game theatrics

November 16, 2018

Texas fans shouldn’t be surprised when they’re biting their fingernails during every fourth quarter. In fact, they should be expecting it by now. The Longhorns’ last six games —...

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Legacy of James Street lives on 500 miles away through Little Rock high schoolers

November 15, 2018

Many Texas football fans are fully aware of the contributions brought to the program by recent quarterbacks Vince Young and Colt McCoy. However, others aren’t as knowledgeable of the impact left...

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Ehlinger, Humphrey end Longhorns’ slide in win over Texas Tech

November 12, 2018

Texas fans have endured many heartaches over the last decade, but one that has been imprinted for years is the moment former Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree famously tiptoed down the sideline...

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Ehlinger’s rise: From heartbreaker to playmaker

November 9, 2018

Will Grier, a former SEC prodigy turned West Virginia transplant, and Kyler Murray, the 4.7 million dollar man from Allen, Texas — those are the two quarterbacks everybody mentioned in the top tier...

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Watson and Ingram’s brotherhood reviving Texas rushing attack

November 8, 2018

While many point to the rise of Sam Ehlinger as the most important factor in the Texas Longhorns’ improved offense, a pair of running backs who weren’t even on the team last year are also playing...

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Concerns continue for Texas defense after marquee matchup against Mountaineers

November 4, 2018

For the second consecutive week, the Longhorns watched the final seconds tick off the game clock, knowing their path to a Big 12 Championship just became more difficult. Texas fans left Darrell K Royal-Texas...

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‘We’ll play them in the parking lot’: Longhorns look to bounce back versus West Virginia

November 2, 2018

Last season during this time, the Longhorns were looking at each of their final four games as must-win scenarios in order to reach bowl eligibility. The scenarios are the same this time around, but the...

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Herman, defense look to rebound after Stillwater loss

November 1, 2018

When Oklahoma State capped off its opening drive with a touchdown less than two minutes into last Saturday’s game against the Longhorns, the groans from Texas fans didn’t represent confusion....

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Herman calls Boyd’s response to Acho ‘ill-advised’

October 30, 2018

Texas fans tuned in to the flurry of emotions that took place during the final moments of Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma State, but as the game concluded, even more drama ensued on social media. Emmanuel...

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Longhorns’ momentum crumbles in loss to Oklahoma State

October 28, 2018

With a restful bye week and quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s shoulder injury in the rear-view mirror, Texas made the trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Saturday looking more like the squad that lost to Maryland...

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Tradition of number 60 lives on at Texas

October 25, 2018

Countless Texas football players have stepped onto the field since the program was established over a century ago. But only a select few have been given the opportunity to wear a burnt orange jersey with...

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Herman gives update on Ehlinger’s shoulder before Oklahoma State game

October 23, 2018

After a week of resting his throwing shoulder, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is going to spend this week working toward recovery ahead of Saturday’s trip to Oklahoma State. During his weekly...

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Texas rolls into bowl eligibility with win over Baylor

October 17, 2018

A year ago, Texas fans were on the edge of their seats week after week as the season winded down, hoping the Longhorns could reach some sort of bowl game. Last Saturday, they achieved bowl eligibility...

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‘I might say an F’: Ingram grades himself critically despite breakout game

October 14, 2018

When quarterback Sam Ehlinger headed for the tunnel after suffering an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder, the Longhorns needed an offensive spark to keep their winning streak alive. Then, Keaontay Ingram...

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Sam Ehlinger using confidence to become one of Big 12’s best

October 12, 2018

Sam Ehlinger walked onto the field three times in the final minutes of Texas’ season-opening game against Maryland with a chance to lead the Longhorns to a victory. Each attempt ended in failure. As...

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Tim Beck details hospital stay during win over Kansas State

October 11, 2018

Texas has prided itself on having a stout defensive unit led by Todd Orlando since last season, but in the program’s biggest win of the decade during last weekend, offensive coordinator Tim Beck’s...

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Herman praises Ehlinger’s late-game leadership

October 9, 2018

Fresh off a monumental win over Oklahoma, head coach Tom Herman walked to the podium Monday with comments about Sam Ehlinger’s strides, congratulatory text messages and Baylor’s “ridiculously...

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Longhorns pull off Oklahoma upset in Red River classic

October 7, 2018

Floods of Oklahoma fans emerged from their seats and headed for the exits as Texas took a commanding 21-point lead over the Sooners. But what those fans would soon miss was an electrifying fourth quarter...

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Red River Rivalry: A History

October 5, 2018

As Texas and Oklahoma meet in the Red River Rivalry for the 113th time on Saturday, the two programs are both ranked for the first time since 2012, giving this game huge implications for the Big 12 title...

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Tom Herman addresses Texas’ need for ‘A+ game’ against Oklahoma

October 2, 2018

For the first time since 2012, the Longhorns and Sooners will face off as ranked opponents at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Head coach Tom Herman addressed the media on Monday ahead of the blockbuster...

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Texas survives Kansas State comeback attempt in Manhattan

September 30, 2018

As Kansas State cut into Texas’ two-score lead late in the fourth quarter, the situation looked all too familiar for the Longhorns. They had been here before in Week One, which resulted in a loss...

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Nelson’s patience paying off for Texas defense

September 28, 2018

Three days after senior defensive tackle Chris Nelson was named a team captain by head coach Tom Herman, he answered questions during a media availability session on the ninth floor of Belmont Hall in...

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Orlando being cautious with key reserves, Hand names top offensive linemen

September 27, 2018

As the Longhorns prepare to travel to Manhattan, Kansas, for Saturday’s game, defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and offensive line coach Herb Hand shed some light on the current state of the team. Here’s...

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Herman tackles decade-long losing streak in Manhattan

September 25, 2018

The Longhorns jumped to No. 18 in this week’s AP Top 25 rankings, but next Saturday, Texas head coach Tom Herman will be faced with a task that the program hasn’t achieved since 2002. Here’s...

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Texas answers legitimacy questions with win over TCU

September 23, 2018

There’s one question Texas players and coaches most frequently answered this week: How would this team respond after a win over USC when a bigger, tougher opponent in TCU was lurking ahead? To...

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From retweet to redemption: Kris Boyd’s evolution

September 21, 2018

Kris Boyd has taken on a veteran leadership role on the Texas defense, but it wasn’t an easy path to his senior season. Three years earlier, during a previous encounter with the Horned Frogs, Boyd’s...

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Herman moves on to TCU matchup, talks recruiting visits

September 18, 2018

Tom Herman is two days fresh off his biggest win as the head coach at Texas, but he’s not celebrating for long. At his press conference Monday, Herman was asked about how his players have...

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‘We’re kind of proving that we’re back’: Texas shines on national stage

September 16, 2018

There’s no question — the Longhorns faced a must-win scenario Saturday night. Over the first two weeks of the season, Texas only managed to tally a bad loss and a seemingly unsatisfying...

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Longhorns look to avenge overtime loss in rematch versus Trojans

September 14, 2018

It’s only Week Three of the college football season, but the stage is already set for Texas’ biggest game of the season. The Longhorns are preparing to face No. 22 USC this Saturday —...

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Herman discusses USC rematch, rules out Ingram

September 12, 2018

Texas is now 1–1 on the season after an underwhelming performance against Maryland and a win over Tulsa that, at times, was too close for many fans to be joyful about. But when Texas head coach...

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Herman discusses USC rematch, rules out Ingram

September 11, 2018

Texas is now 1–1 on the season after an underwhelming performance against Maryland and a win over Tulsa that, at times, was too close for many fans to be joyful about. But when Texas head coach...

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Texas survives late scare to top Tulsa

September 9, 2018

As the Longhorns walked off the field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday night after their first win of the season, it was apparent that this wasn’t their best showing. But to...

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Texas prepares to bounce back against Tulsa

September 7, 2018

Things may not have gone as planned in Week One for Texas, but fortunately for them, there’s 11 more opportunities this season to prove to fans that the program can move back to its winning ways. This...

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Orlando, Beck hoping to improve upon sluggish start

September 6, 2018

Mistakes on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball were apparent in Texas’ season-opening loss last Saturday. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando know...

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Herman talks Texas’ overexcitement versus Maryland

September 4, 2018

As Texas head coach Tom Herman reached the podium for his press conference Monday afternoon, he didn’t begin by discussing the turnovers or the quarterback play. He began by comparing the Longhorns’...

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Three takeaways from Texas’ brutal loss at Maryland

September 2, 2018

It may be a new season for Texas, but it was the same result as last year’s opener — an undisciplined Longhorn team getting upset by underdog Maryland. Saturday’s 34-29 loss had plenty...

Q&A: Diamondback Sports football writer talks Maryland investigation

August 31, 2018

The Daily Texan spoke with Andy Kostka, associate sports editor and football beat writer at Diamondback Sports ahead of Texas' matchup against Maryland. Here's some of the questions that Andy...

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‘This is a different team’: Texas football seeks revenge in opening road test

August 31, 2018

Texas head coach Tom Herman has preached all offseason that everything about this year’s Texas team is different. From the personnel to the attitude, this year’s Longhorns are a different...

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Orlando talks overcoming depth issues at linebacker

August 30, 2018

With only a few days left until Longhorn football returns, defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and offensive coordinator Tim Beck talked about the challenge ahead of them this weekend in the season opener...

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Texas steals White from powerhouse program

August 29, 2018

On the morning of June 25, Mike White was in the process of recruiting for the Oregon Ducks at a softball camp in Colorado. Twenty-four hours later, he stood at a podium wearing burnt orange at an introductory...

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Tom Herman confirmed as former Ohio State assistant coach in Florida strip club visit

August 29, 2018

Ohio State University spokesman Chris Davey has confirmed that Texas head coach Tom Herman was the previously unnamed assistant coach who accompanied former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith to...

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‘It’s good to be back’: Coach Tom Herman holds firm on Texas offensive playcalling duties

August 27, 2018

Texas head coach Tom Herman’s opening remarks echoed sentiments of football fans across the country this week: “It’s good to be back.” At Herman’s first weekly news conference...

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Longhorn sophomores Curtis, Fitzgerald leave football program

August 24, 2018

A pair of Texas football players from the 2016 recruiting class announced they are leaving the program Thursday. Sophomore wide receiver Davion Curtis was redshirted his freshman year and then appeared...

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Herman names starting defensive backs, offensive linemen

August 20, 2018

After practice on Monday, Texas head coach Tom Herman was more vocal than usual about where many players sit on the depth chart going into week one at Maryland. Herman said the offensive line could...

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Season preview: Texas aims for nothing short of conference crown

August 19, 2018

The 2017 season was head coach Angela Kelly’s most impressive to date as the face of Texas soccer. A 14-win campaign hadn’t previously been achieved in nine years. Their record-tying 11-game...

Austin scores future in MLS after City Council vote

August 16, 2018

It’s official — a professional sports team is on its way to Austin for the first time in history. For months, the city has followed speculation that a Major League Soccer team would be arriving...

Texas goes indoors for day 6 of camp

August 10, 2018

Almost one week since the start of fall camp, the Longhorns finally headed indoors for Thursday’s practice at Frank Denius Fields. While the practice was closed to media members, here’s...

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Four lasting Longhorn quotes from the summer

August 8, 2018

From Kody Clemens’ home runs to Mo Bamba’s jump to the NBA, the last three months have been filled with memorable Texas sports moments. With those, come quotes from some of UT’s most...

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Longhorns close opening weekend of fall camp on high note

August 6, 2018

With one full weekend of fall camp in the books, head coach Tom Herman feels like his team is practicing right at the level they should be. The Longhorns have shown they have a lot of veteran presence...

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Ehlinger set to take first snaps at fall camp

August 3, 2018

After an offseason full of speculation surrounding who will be the man under center for Texas come Sept. 1, against Maryland, head coach Tom Herman revealed who the first quarterback to take reps on the...

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Renowned Longhorn alumnus Frank Denius dies at 93

July 29, 2018

Legendary Texas booster and University supporter Frank Denius died Sunday morning. The 93-year-old was a Longhorn alumnus and longtime booster for the football team as well as a contributor to academic...

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West Virginia unveils Will Grier’s Heisman campaign

July 25, 2018

When you open to page two of West Virginia’s football guide provided at the Big 12 Media Days, it doesn’t reveal facts about the team or its history. Instead, the Mountaineers placed a two-page...

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Hager’s emergence from the dark side

July 24, 2018

Texas senior linebacker Breckyn Hager has made headlines more than once throughout his Longhorn career — they just haven’t always been for what he does on the field. Two years ago, Hager...

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Former Longhorn DB Elliott fires off on Texas coaching staff

July 19, 2018

DeShon Elliott is no longer on the 40 Acres, but he apparently still has some unresolved feelings toward members of the UT coaching staff. On Wednesday morning, Elliott sounded off on Twitter, saying...

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Herman holds poker face at Media Days as expected

July 18, 2018

If you ask Texas fans who this season’s signal caller should be, some will say to roll the dice with sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Others will say to stick with the more experienced junior,...

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Texas set for Big 12 Media Days

July 17, 2018

The most crucial college football questions never find answers in July. That doesn’t mean they aren’t asked time and time again at Media Days every summer.  Conferences around the country...

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Head coach Herman, seniors Boyd, Hager highlighted as preseason award favorites

July 12, 2018

Senior defensive back Kris Boyd and senior defensive lineman Breckyn Hager were both selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 team, the conference announced Wednesday. The same afternoon, the Bobby Dodd...

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Recap: The year in Texas sports

July 10, 2018

Texas fans are accustomed to drama. From Kody Clemens lighting up the Disch to Texas breaking Longhorn fans’ hearts after a double-overtime loss to USC, the Longhorns’ 2017–2018 sports...

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Texas announces nonconference schedule featuring Purdue, VCU, others

June 29, 2018

The 2019 Texas men’s basketball nonconference schedule, featuring nine home games at the Frank Erwin Center, was released by the team in a press release. Matchups against Purdue, Providence and...

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Longhorns introduce White to Texas

June 27, 2018

On Monday morning, Mike White was in the process of recruiting for the Oregon Ducks at a softball camp in Colorado. Twenty-four hours later, after Texas Athletics released the news of White’s hiring...

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Bamba heads to Sunshine State to join Orlando Magic

June 22, 2018

After five picks flew across the board at the 2018 NBA draft, Mo Bamba’s name was finally announced as the newest franchise cornerstone of the Orlando Magic. Bamba’s sixth overall selection...

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Draft preview: Bamba awaits NBA destination

June 21, 2018

A few minutes after the final buzzer sounded at Texas’ preseason Tip-Off event in October, freshman phenom Mo Bamba carried himself humbly across Gregory Gym as he signed autographs for young Texas...

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Worley cements place as future of Texas track

June 9, 2018

Most track athletes would be thrilled with the idea of capping off their first season as the fifth-best athlete in the nation. Freshman Sam Worley is not like most athletes. In the finals on Friday,...

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Dohmann ends career on podium at NCAA Championships

June 8, 2018

For the last three seasons, senior javelin thrower Fabian Dohmann’s career has been hampered by a string of injuries. But as he took the stage for his final act as a Longhorn, Dohmann looked...

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Eddie Reese leads Texas to fourteenth national championship in school history

March 26, 2018

Some dove in head-first, others jumped hand-in-hand. Head coach Eddie Reese opted for the pencil dive. Then finally, the team’s three competing seniors all dropped into the water together, one last...

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Longhorns look for Reese’s guidance in search of fourth-straight national championship

March 20, 2018

Over the last 40 years, a lot has changed for the Texas swimming and diving program. Perhaps the biggest common denominator, however, is the man at the helm: head coach Eddie Reese. Under Reese’s...

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With Cambodia calling, Jordan Windle doesn’t shy away

March 1, 2018

At Texas, freshman diver Jordan Windle is seen as one of the best collegiate athletes in the country. But nearly halfway across the world, Windle is seen as a beacon of hope for many Cambodian orphans. That’s...

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Windle’s record performance propels Texas to Big 12 championship

February 25, 2018

In November of 1998, Jordan Windle had just been born in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. By that time, Texas head coach Eddie Reese had already won his 19th straight conference championship with the Longhorns. Fast...

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Jonathan Roberts captures third straight Big 12 title

February 24, 2018

Senior Jonathan Roberts is no stranger to the podium. Friday’s events at the Big 12 Championships resulted in Roberts’ third consecutive title in the 400-yard individual medley. Roberts...

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Freshman Parker Neri earns trip to NCAA Championships

February 23, 2018

Joining a 13-time NCAA championship team is no small feat. But it does hold big expectations. Not to mention it presents the tall task of swimming alongside Olympians like senior Joseph Schooling and...

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Longhorn swimming and diving prepares for Big 12 Championships

February 20, 2018

Texas men seeking 39th straight Big 12 championship It’s no secret that when it comes to men’s swimming and diving, Texas is the crown jewel of the Big 12. The Longhorns will try...

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Swimming roundup: Longhorn women cap off undefeated regular season in win over TCU

February 5, 2018

Senior Day at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center brought smiles all around as No. 8 Texas earned a win against TCU in the team’s final dual meet of the regular season. With a 162-105...

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Texas set to honor seniors during Friday meet versus TCU

February 2, 2018

All-Americans. National champions. Olympic medalists. Their list of accomplishments goes on and on. But soon, nine Texas athletes will have another title to add to their resumes: UT graduates. On...

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Texas tops Arizona, falls short against Arizona State

January 29, 2018

The Longhorns had their sights set on bringing a fourth consecutive NCAA championship to Austin. But first, they had to face two of the nation’s top programs in a trip to Arizona this past weekend. On...

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Longhorns travel to Arizona to face a pair of Pac-12 foes

January 26, 2018

The Longhorns’ men’s swimming and diving teams look to further cement a strong start to 2018 as they head to Tempe, Arizona, on Friday and Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday for head-to-head meets...

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Gold medal Olympian Shawn Johnson shares triumphs, challenges with UT students

November 9, 2017

Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson is no exception to being a student who feels overwhelmed by the constant pressures of everyday life. The unusual challenge of being a 16-year-old girl representing...