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Students cycle from Austin to Alaska with Texas 4000

August 26, 2015

Elan Kogutt The night before Texas 4000 began, I found myself at a house of mourning with close friends who lost their aunt to breast cancer. The first day of the ride and every day thereafter,...

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After four years, a Canadian leaves the Texan with fond memories

December 5, 2014

I knew I brought my winter jacket to Austin for a reason. Coming from Winnipeg, Manitoba — the coldest major city in the world — I wasn’t ready to scratch the down-lined peacoat from...

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Another poor performance puts Swoopes’ future in doubt

December 1, 2014

It was too good to be true. In mid-November, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes trotted off the field at Boone Pickens Stadium looking as though he had finally cemented himself as the Longhorns’...

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Texas loses to TCU on Thanksgiving

November 28, 2014

No. 5 TCU comes to town as the Longhorns host the Horned Frogs on Thanksgiving. Having already gained bowl eligibility, Texas is riding a three-game win streak and looking to pull off a major upset...

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Longhorn staff slowly building a Strong foundation

November 26, 2014

When head coach Charlie Strong first outlined his five core values, Texas safety Josh Turner understood them to be a solid guideline for him and his teammates — a set of rules to help steer the football...

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Despite struggles, football seniors leave proud legacy at Texas

November 26, 2014

He may not have known it at the time, but senior defensive end Cedric Reed, before even enrolling at Texas, had already had a taste of the turmoil that would define the Longhorn football program throughout...

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Stellar defensive effort leads Texas to 28-7 victory over Oklahoma State

November 16, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. — On a night when temperatures dipped below 40 degrees, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes put the game on ice with a 45-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, sealing...

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Longhorn staff quickly developing Strong bond with players

November 14, 2014

The relationship between a player and coach at the collegiate level is unlike any other bond. Many college athletes are able to attend school only because of their ability to play a sport, and, typically,...

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Wintry mix could trouble Longhorns in Stillwater

November 13, 2014

Coming from a school where class has a good probability of getting canceled when temperatures require more than a sweatshirt, this weekend’s trip to Oklahoma State could provide a shock to the system...

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Wickline returns to Oklahoma State amid controversy

November 12, 2014

For Joe Wickline, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, this weekend’s trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma, will be somewhat of an awkward homecoming. On one hand, he will be returning...

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Longhorns snag first top-25 home win since 2008

November 10, 2014

The right Reed It was as if senior defensive end Cedric Reed bottled up all his frustrations from the first 10 weeks of the season and let them out against West Virginia on Saturday. Reed opened...

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Texas-West Virginia: Longhorns take on Mountaineers in Austin

November 8, 2014

After claiming their third Big 12 win last weekend in Lubbock, the Longhorns look to win two straight against the Mountaineers in Austin. West Virginia comes in with a 6-3 record, ranked fourth in the...

Patchwork offensive line finally coming together

November 7, 2014

It’s a term you’re more likely to hear in your grandma’s sewing room than in a football locker room, but for the Texas offensive line, there’s no better description than patchwork. Offensive...

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Superstitious Longhorns hoping for burnt orange bowl eligibility

November 6, 2014

Like Steve Spurrier’s visor, Bill Snyder’s pullover, or Bear Bryant’s fedora, Texas head coach Charlie Strong’s game-day attire is most recognizable by one thing: the mock...

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Big plays lead Longhorns to 34-13 victory over Tech

November 2, 2014

Almost as if he was back at Whitewright High School, taking advantage of overmatched 2A opponents, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes had plenty of time to sit in the pocket and wait for the play to...

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Embattled seniors serve as motivation for Longhorns

October 31, 2014

As far as adversity goes, it’s tough to imagine a group of Longhorns that has been through more than the current fifth-year seniors. Before they arrived at Texas in 2010, Mack Brown had lost a...

Bowl hopes still motivate struggling Longhorns

October 29, 2014

With a 3-5 record heading into November, the football team’s performance thus far  has been described in many ways. Some players say they are disappointed, others find it frustrating, and...

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Longhorns shutout in 23-0 loss to Kansas State

October 25, 2014

MANHATTAN, Kan. — For the first time in over 10 years, the Longhorn football team was held off the scoreboard Saturday. Texas dropped to 3-5 in a 23-0 loss to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas...

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Honest Swoopes beginning to look like quarterback of the future at Texas

October 24, 2014

There is perhaps no college quarterback more honest than sophomore Tyrone Swoopes. After a rough outing against Baylor, he admitted to being nervous in the game’s early stages. He looked a little...

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Wildcats’ option attack similar to Cyclones’, but better

October 24, 2014

Last week, against a struggling Iowa State team, the Longhorn defense turned in its worst performance of the season. Save for a few well-timed turnovers, the Texas defense had a miserable time slowing...

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Texas football looks for upset in Manhattan

October 22, 2014

The last time Texas won in Manhattan, Kansas, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes was learning to write cursive, head coach Charlie Strong was at South Carolina and people were listening to music on...

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Longhorns overcome poor defensive performance in win over Iowa State

October 20, 2014

The Texas defense gave a ranked UCLA team fits, stifled Baylor’s top-ranked offense and virtually slammed the door on then-No. 11 Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. But just when Longhorn fans thought...

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Longhorns, Cyclones trading touchdowns, tied at half

October 19, 2014

Fifty-six combined points, 31 combined first downs and 578 combined yards of total offense. Just the first half shootout we all expected from Texas and Iowa State, right? After the Longhorns and Cyclones...

Special mistakes: Longhorn special teams proving to be huge weakness

October 17, 2014

The Longhorn special teams have been far from special in 2014. A bad punt and poor coverage led to the game-winning drive for UCLA in Arlington, a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown swung the...

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First half of 2014 all too familiar for Strong, Texas coaching staff

October 16, 2014

It was just his second year at Louisville, but Charlie Strong surely had high expectations for his Cardinals in 2011. With a full season under his belt, Strong had already had the chance to instill...

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Big plays cost Longhorns in Red River Showdown

October 11, 2014

All week long, Longhorn players and coaches talked about the importance of big plays in the Red River Rivalry. They stressed how helpful it would be if Texas could score on defense or come up with a momentum...

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Strong’s presence makes for new era in Red River Showdown

October 8, 2014

For the past 15 years, there were a few things to count on at the annual Red River Showdown in Dallas: greasy food, a stadium divided and Mack Brown and Bob Stoops pacing opposite sidelines, leading their...

Heard but Not Seen: Star freshman not in the equation for Texas

October 8, 2014

For the first time in program history, the Longhorns have three losses on their record heading into their annual rivalry game with Oklahoma. At 2-3, Texas has been historically bad this season, and,...

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Longhorn offense struggles as Baylor topples Texas

October 5, 2014

A week after slamming the door on Kansas, Texas came within a couple minutes of being on the other end of a shutout Saturday, losing to Baylor, 28-7, at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Until...

Strong’s core values garnering national attention, praise

October 3, 2014

As Texas head coach Charlie Strong sat in his Moncrief office last Sunday morning, still savoring his team’s shutout victory over Kansas the day before, he received an unexpected phone call. Troy...

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Struggling rushing attack staying patient, confident

October 2, 2014

In their last year together, senior Malcolm Brown and junior Johnathan Gray were expected to make up one of the most dominant backfield tandems in the country for Texas. Ranked as the second best and...

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Healthy Hicks off to a hot start in 2014

October 1, 2014

A stud coming out of high school, senior linebacker Jordan Hicks faced new, defining challenges at Texas. In addition to missing 19 games because of injuries over the last two seasons, Hicks was...

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Texas defense bails out its offense against Kansas

September 29, 2014

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas’ 23-0 loss to Texas on Saturday proved to be the last straw for the Jayhawks, as they fired head coach Charlie Weis on Sunday morning. But, if it weren’t for...

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Longhorns lead Jayhawks, 13-0, at halftime

September 27, 2014

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Despite a sloppy first 30 minutes, the Longhorns lead the Jayhawks, 13-0 at half-time in Lawrence, Kan. Texas fumbled a snap, turned the ball over on downs and had a three-and-out on...

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Injury-riddled Ash deserved better at Texas

September 26, 2014

When David Ash committed to play at Texas in February 2010, he wasn’t expected to leave much of a legacy as a Longhorn. Garrett Gilbert, former Gatorade Player of the Year, had just held his own...

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Despite his slow start, teammates, staff still confident in Reed

September 24, 2014

Before he’d even played a down in 2014, senior defensive end Cedric Reed was one of the hottest players in the country. A consensus preseason All-American and one of the favorites to win the Ted...

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Longhorns look to duplicate 2013 resurgence

September 17, 2014

One of the great things about the Big 12, or any of the six power conferences in college football, is that no matter how poorly one team performs in non-conference play, there is still a shot at a BCS...

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Swoopes settling into starting role for Longhorns

September 15, 2014

Coming into the season, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes was just an inexperienced backup quarterback whom Longhorn fans were hoping they wouldn’t have to see in 2014. Swoopes struggled in...

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Texas vs. UCLA: Longhorns lead 10-3 at halftime

September 14, 2014

In his second career start, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes led the Longhorns to a 10-3 lead over No. 12 UCLA at halftime. Swoopes completed his first 11 passes of the game and finished the half...

Depleted Texas offense struggling to keep up

September 12, 2014

Imagine buying your dream car. It has all the bells and whistles you can imagine, but just two weeks after you drive it off the lot, two of the tires are flat; the air conditioning breaks; the power windows...

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Strong’s message still not getting across

September 10, 2014

Last week, head coach Charlie Strong redecorated the Longhorn locker room, filling it with images from last year’s loss to BYU in Provo, Utah. He posted photos of BYU quarterback Taysom Hill running...

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BYU all over again: Cougars romp Texas for second year in a row

September 7, 2014

Fans watching Saturday’s game might have thought they were seeing a replay of last year’s contest against BYU, as the Cougars trounced Texas for the second consecutive year, picking the Longhorns...

Haines writing feel-good story for Longhorns

September 5, 2014

Amid all the dismissals and suspensions that would make for a great “Survivor”-esque reality TV show, Texas walk-on safety Dylan Haines is writing a feel-good, “Rudy”-esque story...

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Longhorn linebackers each have their own story

September 5, 2014

There is no Longhorn position group as interesting as Texas’ linebacking corps. From fifth-year senior starters to some of the lesser-known reserves, each linebacker has an interesting story to...

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Players try to fill void left by veteran injuries

September 3, 2014

Mere hours after learning their starting quarterback won’t play against BYU this weekend, head coach Charlie Strong and his players faced the media, and one thing was clear: Sophomore quarterback...

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Ash to miss BYU game because of concussion symptoms

September 2, 2014

It took just one game, and possibly just one hit, for Texas junior quarterback David Ash’s concussion symptoms to return in 2014. Longhorn head coach Charlie Strong announced Monday that Ash,...

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Texas vs. UNT: Longhorns lead 21-0 at halftime

August 31, 2014

A dominant effort by the Longhorn defense has given Texas a 21-0 halftime lead over the North Texas Mean Green at Darrel K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Walk-on safety Dylan Haines and veteran linebacker...

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Much improved Reed excited to lead defense

August 29, 2014

Last August, senior defensive end Cedric Reed was nothing more than “the other guy.”  Star defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat was returning for his senior season as the leader of the...

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Texas football re-introduction

August 25, 2014

Gone are the days of seeing head coach Mack Brown standing on the sidelines of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in his usual pose — with his hands on his knees, nervously awaiting Texas’...

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Fall Previews

August 4, 2014

Football: Strong making his presence felt as new boss It didn’t take new football head coach Charlie Strong long to demonstrate the toughness and discipline that his teams have been known for....