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All content by Sameer Bhuchar
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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...

McClellan’s outburst paces Texas

December 7, 2011

[Updated at 11:15 a.m., minor copy edits] For about 15 minutes UT-Arlington kept the game interesting. That is, until Texas’ firepower became too much. The Longhorns, a squad full of scoring threats,...

After power outage, Longhorns take down Bruins

December 5, 2011

J’Covan Brown shot lights-out Saturday, scoring 22 points to lead the Longhorns past UCLA amid a power outage on the Bruins’ home floor, 69-59. Myck Kabongo added 13 points, eight rebounds...

Kabongo’s night paces Horns

November 30, 2011

Texas said its recipe for victory was controlling the game tempo and managing space in the half-court offense. Tuesday night, Myck Kabongo was the chef. Kabongo served up 16 points to go along with seven...

Longhorns looking ahead to UNT

November 29, 2011

 After a close call against Sam Houston State on Saturday, the Longhorns are looking to return to the offensive form that helped them win their first two games of the season. To do that, junior guard...

National Notebook: Week 12

November 23, 2011

Former Michigan coach handed keys to Arizona team Arizona announced on Twitter on Tuesday that they hired former Michigan head coach, Rich Rodriguez, as the school’s new head coach. He signed a...

Like aging childhood friends, schools ready to grow past rivalry

November 23, 2011

This rivalry has seen its fair share of just about everything over the last 118 years. Like a pair of college students themselves, Texas and Texas A&M have been through ups and downs together, and...

You Pick: Week 8

November 22, 2011

The "You Pick' Em" contest is back at it this week. For those of you that are new to this here are the rules: 1. Pick a team you think will win each of the college football contests below. 2....

Despite roller coaster careers, seniors leave impression

November 18, 2011

Over the course of nine games, we’ve seen three or four incarnations of this Texas football team. It all started where it left off in 2010, with Garrett Gilbert at the helm and a team that knew...

Live Chat crew talks Kansas State, Fozzy’s injury

November 17, 2011

Editor’s note: Missed our double coverage live chat? Here are a few highlights, but make sure to join us next Wednesday at 4 p.m. at bit.ly/dt_chat. Sameer Bhuchar (Daily Texan): I’m Sameer...

Texas streaks past Rhode Island

November 16, 2011

It came in bunches for Texas, but when it rained, it poured. And no, that isn’t a reference to the precipitation that fell yesterday in Austin. J’Covan Brown scored a career-high 35 points...

Brown steps up as leader, finishes with 28 points

November 14, 2011

In the same play that Texas almost lost its leader, it found him. After sinking a three pointer in the waning minutes of the first half, junior guard J’Covan Brown fell to the floor and clutched...

Freshmen will have to carry load until a leader emerges for Horns

November 11, 2011

The Texas men’s basketball team seems to go from one young team to another just about every season. The same holds true this year as Texas enters the 2011-2012 season with a corps of six freshmen...

Boise State’s decision to leace MWC a poor choice

November 4, 2011

I had an entire column planned out for this week’s issue about how Texas’ “run-first” identity is an advantange in such a pass-happy conference like the Big 12. I was going to write...

You Pick: Week 6

November 3, 2011

The "You Pick' Em" contest is back at it this week. For those of you that are new to this here are the rules: 1. Pick a team you think will win each of the college football contests below. 2....

Time to face the facts: Texas is rebuilding, will be for a few seasons

October 28, 2011

“Texas doesn’t rebuild, it reloads.” Perhaps you’ve heard the saying before. OK, you’ve definitely heard this saying before. Even this publication is guilty of perpetuating...

This week’s picks

October 28, 2011

Double Coverage Readers, Here is your list of this week's picks. Remember to post your picks as a comment below as early as possible, as the time of submission counts towards settling the second tie...

Quarterback play to determine result against Jayhawks

October 27, 2011

Editor’s note: Missed our double coverage live chat? Here are a few highlights, but make sure to join us next Wednesday at 4 p.m. at bit.ly/dt_chat. Double Coverage Editor Sameer Bhuchar: Dear...

You Pick: Week 5

October 12, 2011

Double Coverage Readers, Here is your list of this week's picks. Remember to post your picks as a comment below as early as possible, as the time of submission counts towards settling the second tie...

Big 12 conference could have been saved

October 11, 2011

DALLAS — If it were all about maximizing revenue, the Big 12 as it had existed until two years ago may have been saved, said former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe. “If they had done what I...

Texas’ young players can’t be sidetracked by shock of rivalry

October 6, 2011

Few people will ever be fortunate enough to walk through the tunnel and onto the manicured Cotton Bowl field. Even fewer are fortunate enough to do it on the day of the Red River Rivalry. For the Texas...

You Pick: Week 4

October 5, 2011

Ok Double Coverage Readers, last week was a tough one for most our contestants, as well as our staff. The winner, Rahul Lanka, ended up with a solid 7-3 record, and with his victory he will not only be...

Live chat crew talks Iowa State

September 29, 2011

Editor’s note: Missed our double coverage live chat? Here are a few highlights, but make sure to join us next Wednesday at 4 p.m. at bit.ly/dt_chat. Double Coverage Editor Sameer Bhuchar: What...

You Pick: Week 3

September 29, 2011

The "Fan Pick 'Em" contest is back after Double Coverage had its own bye week last week along with the Longhorns. Last contests' competitors had a tough time choosing winners, and the...

Attitude change a plus for Texas program

September 16, 2011

Last year’s Longhorn team would not have come back to beat BYU the way this year’s team did. Those are Mack Brown’s words, not mine. After Texas’ grinding come-from-behind win...

Starting quarterback, run defense hot topics as UCLA rematch nears

September 15, 2011

Missed our live chat? We’ve got you covered. Make sure you join us next week at 4 p.m. Double Coverage Editor Sameer Bhuchar: Hey there, Double Coverage fans! We are excited about getting our...

You pick

September 14, 2011

Double Coverage readers, I would like to first congratulate all who participated in last week’s “Fan Pick ‘Em” contest. Everyone did exceptionally well, with many respondents...

Big 12 realignment drama has drawn on for far too long

September 9, 2011

The Big 12 is like a family. A big, dysfuntional, The Osbournes-meet-the-Jersey-Shore-meet-the-Kardashians type of family. We can all agree that watching a reality show encompassing characters from all...

You pick this week’s winning college football teams

September 8, 2011

Hello Double Coverage readers! As many of you have seen, the Double Coverage staff likes to test our football knowledge against each other by setting up a pool of staff picks. We take ten of the week’s...

BYU game, Gilbert hot topics in football chat

September 8, 2011

Sameer: Hello Double Coverage readers! We are pumped for our third live chat of the year! I’m Sameer Bhuchar, Double Coverage editor, and joining us are football beat writers, Austin Laymance...

Sports editors discuss season opener, depth chart surprises

September 2, 2011

As a primer for tomorrow’s game against Rice, our beat writers Austin Laymance and Christian Corona as well as Double Coverage editor Sameer Bhuchar participated in a live chat Wednesday to discuss...

To save Big 12, Beebe must explore other universities

August 26, 2011

The Big 12 is nearly 18 — about as old as the freshman class that stepped on to the Forty Acres this fall. If it were an incoming college student, it seems like it would flunk out before making it...

Double Coverage Live Chat

August 25, 2011

Missed our first live football chat? Fear not, here are some highlights. Question from Jake15: Do you think Texas will use multiple QBs against Rice? Double Coverage Editor Sameer Bhuchar: Great question. Sports...

New recruit Javan Felix tweets his thoughts about UT

August 25, 2011

As a journalist, it is sometimes difficult to snag interviews from high profile athletes, but when Texas’ 2012 basketball recruit, Javan Felix, announced his commitment to the Longhorns two weeks...

Longhorns grab top-choice point guard

August 11, 2011

Texas has been known for its reliable point guards in the last decade, and now the Longhorns are hoping their newest commitment can continue that trend. St. Augustine High School senior and point...

Texas players motivated by young coaching staff

July 28, 2011

It may be Mack Brown’s 14th season as Texas’ head coach, but a majority of his staff has barely been on the 40 Acres for more than a few months. Nonetheless, the players have warmed up to...

Texas coaches still searching for true leader at quarterback position

July 28, 2011

The same school that produced recent college greats such as Colt McCoy and Vince Young is currently without a quarterback to continue the tradition. Texas coach Mack Brown made it very clear at...

Texas A&M’s quarterback ready to shine

July 26, 2011

Ryan Tannehill has been saying he is Texas A&M’s best option at quarterback even when he was third on the depth chart behind Jerrod Johnson and Stephen McGee. Now he’s got a chance to...

NCAA unsportsmanlike conduct rule change has coaches worried

July 26, 2011

The Big 12 Media Days kicked off with a refresher course in the rules. The NCAA emphasized and clarified two new amendments to their “unsportsmanlike conduct” rule Monday that has some of...

Beebe again guiding Big 12 through troubled waters

July 25, 2011

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe will, yet again, have a lot of explaining to do. With Texas A&M and Oklahoma threatening to leave the Big 12 for the SEC because of potential recruiting conflicts...

Rangers hold open tryouts for would-be major leaguers

July 21, 2011

It was the chance of a lifetime, an opportunity that only seems to emerge from big-budget Hollywood movies. Hundreds of hopeful ballplayers descended upon Round Rock to take a crack at being the newest...

Japan ends magical run on high note

July 18, 2011

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times — sports have this uncanny way of mimicking real life in some form or fashion. When Japan won the 2011 Women’s World...

Big 12, Big Ten continue tradition of inter-conference series

July 15, 2011

Though the Big Ten has 12 members and the Big 12 has 10 this year, the conferences kept something consistent that makes sense — the Big 12/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge will be back. The...

Fond memories rekindled as Yao calls it quits

July 11, 2011

When the Houston Rockets used the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft on a tall man from China named Yao Ming, I forced my mom to drive me home in the middle of whatever errands we were running so I wouldn’t...

A closer look at the ins and outs of the NBA lockout

July 7, 2011

For a sport that brought in more than $4 billion dollars this season, it is hard to believe that there isn’t enough of it to go around. But it is not how much money there is coming in; it...

Longhorn Network to carry two 2011 season football games

July 6, 2011

The Longhorn Network announced it will exclusively carry two of Texas’ football games in the 2011 season. The 24-hour all-access Longhorn channel, which launches on Aug. 26, will televise...

Looking back on the top moments in Big 12 history

June 30, 2011

1. Young leads Texas over USC (Jan. 4, 2006) Vince Young threw for 267 yards and ran for another 200 yards and three touchdowns, including an 8-yard game winner with 19 seconds left. His virtuoso...

NBA-bound Longhorns may face uphill battles at professional level

June 27, 2011

The three Longhorns drafted into the NBA last week spent about as much time on the draft board as they did playing college ball. Tristan Thompson, Jordan Hamilton and Cory Joseph were all taken in the...

Thompson needing improvement to succeed in NBA

June 23, 2011

Tristan Thompson was never expected to stay in Texas long. After his first year with the Longhorns, Thompson decided he was ready to take his talents to the NBA. However, if a singular look at his...

Summer sports schedule provides plenty of chances for excitement

June 16, 2011

Watching my Facebook newsfeed Sunday night after the Mavericks capped off the championship run was equally as fun as watching the roller-coaster series itself. Though I decided to troll all the “Congrats...

It’s more than just a game for some fans

June 6, 2011

For much of the world, modern professional sports are often points of social and cultural contention. For the athletes, there is a greater sense of camaraderie, the feeling that practice pays off. But...

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