The Daily Texan

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Four years as Texan staffer provides lifelong lessons

May 4, 2012

As I write this column on Thursday (yesterday), the sports office of The Daily Texan, as I’ve known it for the last four years, has remained relatively unchanged. The red couch with pillows bursting...

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Ben Carrington discusses a variety of topics

May 3, 2012

The Daily Texan sat down with associate professor Ben Carrington to discuss a variety of topics, including UT’s slow integration process to the Rooney Rule, to what the University athletic department...

Weeden may emerge as top QB in NFL

April 26, 2012

Do something, anything other than watch the first 20 minutes of the NFL Draft. Surf YouTube, start whatever research paper you’ve neglected for the semester, figure out your summer plans, but just...

Robinson ready to work way through NFL ranks

April 24, 2012

Follow Keenan Robinson on Twitter and you can really pick the Texas linebacker’s brain. He’s a realist. “U better believe it’s gone bro,” Robinson (@KeenanRobinson1) tweeted...

Volleyball to take on Texas State in third game of spring

April 13, 2012

Texas has had most of this semester to rest up, but it’s time to get back into the swing of things for the Longhorns.   Texas will host Texas State in the fourth game of its spring schedule....

Ridley and Holland sign with Texas

April 12, 2012

Texas took a step back, then two steps forward. After announcing that guard Sterling Gibbs planned to transfer following the spring semester, the Longhorns inked two big names in high school basketball...

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Baylor hoops investigated for violating text, call rules

April 10, 2012

Baylor’s men’s and women’s basketball programs are currently under investigation regarding a series of more than 1,200 impermissible texts and calls to potential recruits. According...

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Unlikely golfers elevate excitement of sport without help of big names

April 9, 2012

He’s had his shot to wow me, but after yesterday’s exciting finish at the Masters, I’ll just admit it: Yes, golf is exciting without Tiger Woods, and no one proved that more than the...

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Texas teams hoping to tune up before playoffs

April 4, 2012

If the NBA season were to end today, every Texas team would have a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The tried-and-true San Antonio Spurs, young Houston Rockets and reigning champion Dallas Mavericks...

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Brown to leave 40 acres for greener pastures

April 3, 2012

It’s official. J’Covan Brown will forgo his senior year and enter the 2012 NBA Draft. “There were a lot of reasons to come back to school next year, most importantly getting my degree...

Brown to forgo senior year, enter NBA draft

April 2, 2012

It’s official. J’Covan Brown will forgo his senior year and enter the 2012 NBA Draft. "There were a lot of reasons to come back to school next year, most importantly getting my degree...

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Mack Brown, Rick Barnes among the highest-paid coaches in college and pro athletics

March 27, 2012

If Rick Barnes’ salary determined how his team would perform, the Longhorns may have had a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, rather than a first round bow out to Cincinnati. Barnes...

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Big 12 teams face off in Elite 8

March 26, 2012

Two Big 12 teams faced top-level basketball programs in the Elite 8 round of the NCAA tournament this weekend. Second-seed Kansas and third-seed Baylor entered as technical underdogs in their match ups...

Some Texas sports are still ranking high

March 19, 2012

A die-hard Longhorn fan and a friend of mine recently complained about the “awful athletic year” Texas is having. If you are a Texas sports fan, you’ve had a few reasons to sulk this...

Texas to face Cincinnati in tournament

March 12, 2012

Texas (20-13) earned the 11th seed in the NCAA tournament and will face No. 6 Cincinnati (24-10) in the first round. Riding a roller coaster of a season, the Longhorns were never a sure thing to make...

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Horns blow away Cyclones

March 9, 2012

J’Covan Brown came through when Texas needed him most. With 36.3 seconds left in the game and the teams tied at 65, Brown split two Cyclone defenders and hit a shot in the lane while getting fouled....

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KU shrinks Longhorns’ tournament chances

March 5, 2012

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson led the Jayhawks with 25 points and 14 rebounds to a 73-63 win over the Longhorns on Saturday, effectively forcing Texas’ NCAA tournament hopes on the shoulders of...

Robinson, Kansas take down Texas, win regular season title.

March 5, 2012

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson led the Jayhawks with 25 points and 14 rebounds to a 73-63 win over the Longhorns on Satuday. Kansas’ squad of pro-ready athletes put Texas away in the second half...

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Freshman helps Texas outlasts Sooners on Senior Night

March 1, 2012

Freshman Sheldon McClellan netted 24 points and junior J’Covan Brown added 22 points and six assists to help Texas outlast the Sooners on senior night in the Frank Erwin Center. Texas’ seniors...

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Texas to take on Sooners in possible trap game

February 29, 2012

The Longhorns are walking on pins and needles right now. That’s not good for a team still trying to prove that it’s tournament worthy, and Oklahoma (14-14, 4-12 Big 12) will try to be the edge...

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Barnes, players slipping into quiet resignation of team woes

February 23, 2012

For about 10 minutes after every game, Texas head coach Rick Barnes addresses the media and assesses his team’s performance. He could have saved himself a lot of time after losing to Baylor —...

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Same old Texas shows up, drops another close one

February 21, 2012

Just when Texas looked like it had grown up, it played the final ten minutes of the second half like the same team that was 1-7 in games decided by six points or less coming into Monday. The Longhorns...

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Page explodes for 40 points, OSU beats Longhorns

February 20, 2012

In a game where the Longhorns came in with all the momentum — riding high on a four-game win streak and improved play by Texas’ supporting cast — they hit a wall against an inspired Oklahoma...

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Rowers take first and third

February 13, 2012

Somehow the Longhorns managed to beat the Longhorns in rowing this weekend. The Texas rowing team took six of the top nine spots in the Fighting Nutria race on Lady Bird Lake Saturday morning against...

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Wangmene’s career day helps Texas beat Kansas State

February 13, 2012

It’s not often an opposing player dominates a coach’s team and he can’t do anything but revel in awe of it. “You think about the game [Alexis] Wangmene had, and that’s awesome,”...

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Ricky Williams an idol, enigma

February 8, 2012

Ricky Williams was Texas’ best football player of the last two decades, and arguably one of the best in school history. He ran for 7,206 yards and 72 touchdowns, won a Heisman Trophy and earned back-to-back...

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Brown’s layup in final minute pushes Longhorns past Aggies

February 7, 2012

When what you are doing isn’t working, it’s time to try something new, and the Longhorns learned that Monday night. “It’s a play we have never run before,” Texas head coach...

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Chapman peaking at right time for Texas

February 6, 2012

Freshman guard Myck Kabongo drove the length of the floor with the ball and glided to the rim for what looked like a sure two points, but Clint Chapman wasn’t taking any chances. The 6-feet-10-inch,...

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Aggies haven’t lived up to expectations

February 6, 2012

In their final year of Big 12 play, the Aggies were supposed to be one of the conference's best. More importantly, they were supposed to be better than the Longhorns. That story hasn't played...

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Texas not taking lowly Red Raiders lightly

February 3, 2012

The Longhorns have lost so many close games lately, they must be due for one to go their way sooner or later, especially with the cellar-dwelling Red Raiders coming into town. But even though Texas is...

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Speedster Sanders fills need at WR

February 2, 2012

Kendall Sanders caught two picks as a defensive back in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January. It’s hard to think a performance like that may jeopardize a player’s spot on a team,...

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Texas miscues earn another loss in tight game

January 31, 2012

It was an all too familiar scene. Missouri had a 10-point lead with three minutes left, but the Longhorns still had some fight left in them. Texas clawed back into the game, but with five seconds left...

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Barnes pleads for commitment from players

January 30, 2012

You can see it on head coach Rick Barnes’ and J’Covan Brown’s faces when they walk in for the post-game press conference. The frustration from another loss sets in and they may have private...

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Longhorns fail to convert chances into points against Baylor

January 28, 2012

WACO — Texas mounted yet another furious second-half comeback against the Baylor Bears, but came up short against the size and length of the Bears. Baylor’s Perry Jones III scored 22 and Quincy...

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Horns face challenge against bears

January 27, 2012

Texas’ key players played their most influential game against Iowa State Tuesday night, and it will take an even better effort tomorrow against the third ranked team in the country, Baylor, to avoid...

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Texas fought hard for their win against the Cyclones

January 25, 2012

Freshmen Myck Kabongo and Julien Lewis finished with 13 and 12 points respectively to help the Longhorns pull off a sloppy 55-62 win against a scrappy Iowa State team. “As long as we are making...

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Baylor’s two-game skid a testament to conference strength

January 24, 2012

The No. 7 Baylor Bears began the season playing at a top-tier level. They won 17 games in a row and looked well on their way to being the outright frontrunner’s for the conference crown, until consecutive...

Texas unable to beat Virginia despite strong play in doubles

January 23, 2012

Despite playing well in doubles, the No. 21 Texas women’s tennis squad dropped this weekend’s matchup against No. 9 Virginia at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. The...

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Both good and bad derived from Paterno legacy

January 23, 2012

Before last November, Joe Paterno’s legend was cemented. Now, remembering JoePa as the role model everyone hoped to becomes a little more difficult. On the one hand, he devoted his life to the Penn...

Texas rides strong doubles matches to 5-2 victory over Rice

January 23, 2012

The No. 19 Longhorns beat No. 39 Rice 5-2 by way of a doubles sweep and a strong singles outing on Friday in Houston. Texas quickly posted doubles victories and never looked back. Junior Alex Hilliard...

Chapman plays best game of season, emerges as senior leader

January 23, 2012

Clint Chapman had his best game of the season against one of the best teams in the conference Saturday afternoon, but even that wasn’t enough to help the Longhorns pull out the upset. And don’t...

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Young Horns face tough challenge

January 20, 2012

As if things couldn’t get any tougher for the Longhorns, now they have to prepare for a battle against one of the most storied programs in college basketball, No. 7 Kansas. Coming from a heartbreaking...

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Offense, calm nerves key to immediate success for Longhorns

January 18, 2012

The learning curve for this Texas basketball team (12-5, 2-2 Big 12) is steep considering the light-years ahead the elite Big 12 teams are in terms of experience and size, and assistant coach Chris Ogden...

Longhorns’ lack of experience will hold them back

January 17, 2012

In light of the current state of political news around the country, allow me to extend this metaphor. The Texas basketball team is the Jon Huntsman of the Big 12 this year. Everyone wanted him to win,...

Offensive coordinator calls best game of season in Holiday Bowl

December 30, 2011

For the first half of the Holiday Bowl, it seemed like we would see much of the same Texas team we had all year: an all-world defense carrying a stalled offense. By the second half, that all changed. David...

Tarheels outmatch Longhorns, end seven-game win streak

December 22, 2011

It was revenge for No. 6 North Carolina and a sad dose of reality for the Longhorns who were undersized and outmatched in Wednesday night’s 82-63 loss. Led by Harrison Barnes’ 26 point 10...

Texas wins again with help from Kabongo

December 18, 2011

Myck Kabongo turned in a career-high 18 point performance and the Longhorns overcame a poor first half to topple Temple 77-65 for their seventh straight win. Down 34-31 at halftime, the Longhorns...

J’Covan Brown brings his a-game

December 14, 2011

J'Covan Brown finally found his groove, as he turned in an 23 point performance to lead Texas to a 93-40 victory over Nicholls State Tuesday Night. Brown's leading performance broke a five game...

Lewis takes the lead

December 11, 2011

The Texas freshmen have taken turns controlling games when they need to. Last night, it was Julien Lewis' turn. Lewis scored 14 of his career-high 19 points in the second half to help Texas (7-2)...

Hard to say if season was success or not

December 8, 2011

So here we are. 7-5 and a trip to the Holiday Bowl. It feels good and underwhelming at the same time. The bid is both a reflection of an accomplishment and a let down. All year, my columns have acknowledged...