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All content by Stephen Wagner
Sports writer exits the press box after 3.5 Red Bull-driven years

Sports writer exits the press box after 3.5 Red Bull-driven years

Stephen Wagner May 4, 2021

Ten semesters with the Texan taught me a few things, but nothing could have prepared me for the chaos that was covering sports during a pandemic. I was in the basement when sports stopped last March,...

Junior Pierceson Coody rises to top of golf amateur rankings with standout junior season, sets sights on PGA Tour with debut at AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament

Junior Pierceson Coody rises to top of golf amateur rankings with standout junior season, sets sights on PGA Tour with debut at AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament

Stephen Wagner April 30, 2021

Walking into the Texas men’s golf locker room, junior golfer Pierceson Coody can feel the pressure of being a Longhorn –– pressure set by college All-Americans and Masters Tournament winners like...

Cole Hammer finishes first at Big 12 Championships, Texas men’s golf finishes third as team

Cole Hammer finishes first at Big 12 Championships, Texas men’s golf finishes third as team

Stephen Wagner April 28, 2021
While the Texas men's golf team went home with third place overall at the Big 12 Championships this week, junior Cole Hammer earned the tournament's first-place individual medal.
Texas men’s golf collapse after leading first two rounds, finish third at Aggie Invitational

Texas men’s golf collapse after leading first two rounds, finish third at Aggie Invitational

Stephen Wagner April 11, 2021

Traditions Golf Club in College Station can’t compare to the greens at Augusta National Golf Club. But on Masters Sunday, the Aggie Invitational carried its own magic, even though it ended up cursing...

Longhorns tie for 4th in Calusa Cup after struggling in final round

Longhorns tie for 4th in Calusa Cup after struggling in final round

Stephen Wagner April 6, 2021

The Longhorns’ trip to Florida wasn’t as kind as they would have hoped. Whether it was the Calusa Pines Golf Club’s challenging terrain, a physical factor or a mental block, the Texas men’s...


Texas men’s golf takes third at National Invitational Tournament

Stephen Wagner March 22, 2021

The Longhorns are finding their groove at the perfect time.   The Texas men’s golf team finished third at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, over the weekend, picking...


Texas men’s golf defends home turf in George Hannon Invitational

Stephen Wagner March 17, 2021

Texas men’s golf couldn’t have asked for an easier travel schedule over the last two weeks. The Longhorns have traveled less than 100 miles from the Forty Acres for each of their last two...


No. 10 Texas golf finish 7th in Cabo Collegiate tournament

Stephen Wagner March 4, 2021

Travel-wise, Texas golf’s appearance at the Cabo Collegiate at the Tournament Players Club in San Antonio was as easy as it gets for junior Pierceson Coody.  As far as performance, the three-day...

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Texas men’s golf takes 2nd at Border Olympics

Stephen Wagner February 24, 2021

After 3 ½ months of waiting, Texas golf is back. It wasn’t the spring season opener the Longhorns anticipated, which was originally scheduled to be last week at the All-American Intercollegiate...


Texas Ultimate Frisbee players find outlet from COVID-19 in disc golf

Stephen Wagner January 29, 2021

David Garcia is familiar with Circle C Ranch’s disc golf course.  The physics senior and Texas Ultimate team member has played the course’s unforgiving trees, rocky terrain and 500-foot...


Texas hires Steve Sarkisian as football head coach

Stephen Wagner January 2, 2021

Texas has officially hired Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as its next head football coach, the University announced less than six hours after it fired Tom Herman.  “Hiring...


Texas fires head coach Tom Herman

Stephen Wagner January 2, 2021

The University of Texas has fired head football coach Tom Herman after four seasons, the University announced in a statement Saturday morning. “With our football season coming to a close, our...


Ehlinger’s Alamo Bowl shoulder injury draws parallels to Texas icon Colt McCoy

Stephen Wagner December 30, 2020

Sam Ehlinger didn’t take the field for the second half with the rest of the team. Instead, Texas’ senior quarterback stayed behind in the locker room for a few minutes as he traded his helmet,...


Texas football’s 2020 season comes to disappointing end after final game canceled

Stephen Wagner December 15, 2020

This season hasn’t gone the way the Longhorns expected it to. Losses to TCU, Oklahoma and Iowa State have dashed Texas’ hopes of returning to the Big 12 Championship game and left the Longhorns...


Texas vs. Kansas canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak in Longhorn football program

Stephen Wagner December 10, 2020

Texas’ upcoming game against Kansas on Saturday has been canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Longhorns’ football team, the Big 12 announced in a statement Thursday afternoon. “In...


Notes from the opponent: The Kansas State Collegian

Stephen Wagner December 6, 2020

The Daily Texan spoke with Cameron Bradley, sports editor of The Kansas State Collegian, ahead of this weekend’s matchup between Texas and Kansas State. The Daily Texan: Kansas State got off to...


Herman not concerned with job security after loss, is ‘full steam ahead’ toward Kansas State

Stephen Wagner December 4, 2020

Tom Herman said he doesn’t have an answer for why Texas fell short to Iowa State for the second-consecutive year last Friday, or why the Longhorns haven’t lived up to their annual expectation...

Defensive focus not an issue ahead of Kansas State, Ash says

Stephen Wagner December 3, 2020

Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash has sat on head coach Tom Herman’s increasingly hot seat before. Ash was in the same position as Herman just a season ago when he was the head coach at Rutgers...


Ehlinger’s final drive falls just short in 23-20 senior day loss to No. 13 Iowa State

Stephen Wagner November 28, 2020

Sam Ehlinger couldn’t save the Longhorns one final time on his senior day. It wasn’t because of a poor performance. The senior quarterback threw for 298 yards, rushed for another 65 and...


Flexing all the way: Chris Brown’s infectious swagger rejuvenates Texas’ defense

Stephen Wagner November 25, 2020

Flexing comes to Chris Brown’s mind when he breaks up a pass or delivers a big hit to a ball carrier. The motion wasn’t intended to be the redshirt senior safety’s signature celebration....


Ehlinger, Longhorn seniors ‘wouldn’t want it any other way’ ahead of senior day matchup with Cyclones

Stephen Wagner November 25, 2020

Sam Ehlinger doesn’t regret his infamous, “Longhorn Nation, we’re back!” proclamation at the 2019 Sugar Bowl. The senior quarterback was able to learn from it, he said in a Tuesday...


Ehlinger, Longhorns adopt ‘playoffs’ mindset going into Kansas

Stephen Wagner November 18, 2020

Sam Ehlinger doesn’t remember Texas’ 2016 loss to Kansas, but Chris Brown does. The then-redshirt freshman didn’t travel to Lawrence, Kansas, that week. Instead, he lay on his bed...

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Freshman running back Robinson settling into offense, not ready for Williams comparisons

Stephen Wagner November 13, 2020

Bijan Robinson has lived up to the hype so far in his freshman season.  The Texas running back rushed for his first 100-yard game as a college athlete in a 17-13 win over West Virginia Saturday...


Notes from the opponent: The Daily Athenaeum

Stephen Wagner November 8, 2020

The Daily Texan spoke with Matthew Digby, sports editor of The Daily Athenaeum, ahead of this week’s matchup between Texas and West Virginia. The Daily Texan: This week was obviously very complex...


Texas defensive line shines bright in 17-13 win over West Virginia

Stephen Wagner November 8, 2020

After struggling to pressure the quarterback and stop the run early in the season, Texas’ defensive line has found its stride in the last three games. The unit’s dominant performances against...


Chris Ash, Texas defensive coaches not coaching ‘to play scared’

Stephen Wagner November 5, 2020

Texas’ defensive stats may not look promising on paper, but they don’t tell the whole story.  The Longhorns’ defensive unit ranks 60th in total defense out of 103 FBS schools,...


Herman, Longhorns look to overcome woes with unranked opponents against West Virginia

Stephen Wagner November 4, 2020

Texas’ 41-34 victory over then-No. 6 Oklahoma State on Saturday didn’t show head coach Tom Herman anything he didn’t already know about his team. Herman said in a Tuesday press conference...


Notes from the opponent: The O’Colly

Stephen Wagner November 1, 2020

The Daily Texan spoke with Sudeep Tumma, sports editor of Oklahoma State’s student newspaper The O’Colly, ahead of Saturday’s matchup between the Longhorns and the No. 6 Cowboys. The...


Longhorns buck No. 6 Cowboys 41–34 in Stillwater

Stephen Wagner November 1, 2020

Joshua Moore is an overtime hero for the second time this season. Tied with Oklahoma State at 34 on the first possession of overtime, the redshirt sophomore receiver lined up in the slot right of senior...


Graham, Longhorns confident ahead of game against No. 6 Oklahoma State

Stephen Wagner October 28, 2020

Ta’Quon Graham said he just wants to win. The Texas senior defensive lineman has had enough of the Longhorns losing games in their closing moments because of careless penalties or a lack of execution.  In...


Friendly foes: Human connections tie Texas, Baylor football programs

Stephen Wagner October 25, 2020

To say the Texas and Baylor football teams are familiar with each other is an understatement. The teams have played each other annually since 1945, and the Bears aggressively flash the “Horns...


Longhorns end two-game skid with 27-16 win over Baylor

Stephen Wagner October 25, 2020

Texas’ problems may not be solved, but its 27-16 win over Baylor on Saturday helped cool over some of the program’s glaring issues — at least for the next week. Saturday’s...

Texas football coordinators look to right ship against Baylor

Stephen Wagner October 22, 2020

Last week’s bye couldn’t have come at a better time for the Texas football team. The Longhorns are riding their fourth two-game losing streak since head coach Tom Herman took over the program...

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Ehlinger, Graham say players found ‘common ground’ over ‘The Eyes of Texas’

Stephen Wagner October 21, 2020

The optics weren’t as they appeared when Sam Ehlinger stayed on the field to sing “The Eyes of Texas” following a quadruple-overtime loss to Oklahoma two weeks ago, the senior quarterback...


Longhorn comeback against Oklahoma falls short in Red River Showdown overtime thriller

Stephen Wagner October 10, 2020

Texas may have lost to Oklahoma 53-45 on Saturday, but Sam Ehlinger’s late-game heroics etched him into the Red River Rivalry record books. Down 31-17 with 4:38 remaining, the senior quarterback...


Schooling on the field: Texas’ new receiver learns quick as he becomes key player

Stephen Wagner October 10, 2020

Brenden Schooler is new to the Red River Showdown, but he’s no stranger to intense rivalries. Texas’ graduate transfer slot receiver played in the annual rivalry between Oregon and Oregon...

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Former Texas volleyball player discusses mental health after career-ending injury

Stephen Wagner October 9, 2020

Editor’s note: This story discusses suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour support...


Tom Herman, Longhorns not panicking after football’s upset loss against TCU

Stephen Wagner October 6, 2020

Tom Herman is no stranger to adversity, so he isn’t panicking after the Longhorns’ 33-31 loss to unranked TCU on Saturday. In a Monday teleconference, the Texas head coach recalled losing...


Notes from the opponent: TCU

Stephen Wagner October 4, 2020

The Daily Texan spoke with Colin Post, sports editor of TCU’s student newspaper TCU 360, ahead of Saturday’s game between the Longhorns and the Horned Frogs. The Daily Texan: TCU just played...


Penalties haunt Longhorns in 33-31 upset loss to TCU

Stephen Wagner October 3, 2020

Penalties have been Texas’ kryptonite since head coach Tom Herman took control of the program in 2017. The Longhorns haven’t finished higher than 107th in the nation in fewest penalties in...


Texas coordinators continue chase for perfection against TCU

Stephen Wagner October 1, 2020

First-year Texas coordinators Chris Ash and Mike Yurcich are chasing perfection this season. The Longhorns made mistakes against Texas Tech on both sides of the ball last Saturday. The defense missed...

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Longhorns learn from Texas Tech scare, look forward to TCU

Stephen Wagner September 30, 2020

The Tom Herman era at Texas has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride for Longhorn fans.  Texas narrowly avoided the biggest upset of the college football season last year by hitting a field...


Joshua Moore making most of second chance on Texas football team

Stephen Wagner September 29, 2020

The first play of Texas football’s season brought tears to the eyes of Joshua Moore’s family.  Just weeks before the start of the 2019 season, the redshirt sophomore receiver was arrested...


Notes from the opponent: The Daily Toreador

Stephen Wagner September 27, 2020

The Daily Texan spoke with Zach Richards, sports editor of The Daily Toreador, ahead of Texas’ Big 12 opener against Texas Tech. The Daily Texan: What’s your overall evaluation of the team...


Texas football ‘ready to roll’ into Texas Tech’s limited-capacity stadium

Stephen Wagner September 23, 2020

Texas football’s journey to Lubbock this year won’t be the trip players have grown accustomed to.  The traditionally hostile crowd that packs Jones AT&T Stadium is limited to 25%...

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Texas tailgaters party on, but struggle in football season-opening weekend

Stephen Wagner September 18, 2020

Texas Athletics may have banned football tailgates due to COVID-19 concerns, but Longhorn fans who still want to tailgate are finding ways to partake in game day fun. On Saturday, Horn-Ball Texas Tailgaters...


No. 9 Longhorns find comfort in new defensive scheme, young depth

Stephen Wagner September 16, 2020

Texas’ defense may not have executed perfectly in its season opener against the UT-El Paso Miners this past weekend, but its players are finding comfort in the new defensive scheme. The Longhorns...


Big Ticket holders split on new COVID-19 testing requirements for Texas Football attendance

Stephen Wagner September 15, 2020

Being tested for COVID-19 before a football game is part of the price Texas’ student Big Ticket holders will have to pay to watch the Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium this fall. In...


No. 14 Longhorns wallop UTEP Miners 59-3 in season opener

Stephen Wagner September 13, 2020

There may have been limited crowds and masks on the sideline, but watching Texas crush the UT-El Paso Miners 59-3 in its season opener Saturday night resembled the closest thing to normalcy the Longhorns...


Built different: Recounting Sam Ehlinger’s high school dominance

Stephen Wagner September 12, 2020

Before Sam Ehlinger was beloved by Texas fans for his heroics on the biggest stages, the Longhorn quarterback was a 6 foot, 1 inch, 207-pound high school kid who broke Drew Brees’ and Nick Foles’...

Texas coordinators ready to resume play-calling as UTEP game approaches

Stephen Wagner September 10, 2020

First-year Texas coordinators Chris Ash and Mike Yurcich have different boxes to check off in the Longhorns’ season opener against UTEP Saturday. Ash, returning to the role of defensive coordinator...


No asterisk needed: Longhorns ready to kick off 2020 season

Stephen Wagner September 7, 2020

If there is an asterisk next to the Longhorns’ 2020 season, it won’t matter to Texas head coach Tom Herman.  Never before has a college football season been played with limited or no...


Tailgating banned at home football games, Longhorn Band won’t perform home opener, Texas Athletics says

Stephen Wagner September 3, 2020

Texas Athletics will not permit tailgating at any home football game this fall, and the Longhorn Band will not perform at the Sept. 12 home opener against UTEP as part of UT’s COVID-19 safety measures,...


Texas Athletics announces salary reductions, furloughs due to COVID-19

Stephen Wagner September 1, 2020

Texas Athletics plans to reduce salaries for 26 coaches and 273 staff members, and temporarily furlough 11 employees to ensure Texas’ financial stability during the coronavirus pandemic, Texas Athletics...


‘I’m the best coach today that I’ve ever been:’ Ash looks to reestablish himself as elite defensive coordinator

Stephen Wagner September 1, 2020

If you search “Chris Ash Media” on YouTube, one of the first suggestions to pop up is a nearly five-minute-long video titled “In Memoriam: Rutgers Football Coach Chris Ash 2016-2019.”  The...


As season opener approaches, Herman discusses game-planning, social issues, position battles

Stephen Wagner September 1, 2020

Texas football head coach Tom Herman is faced with more questions than answers right now.  What will fall football look like during the pandemic? Are players who speak out on racial injustice having...


Longhorn players look forward to fall football season

Myah Taylor and Stephen Wagner August 27, 2020

Football is going to look a little different this year for the Texas Longhorns.  Forget the fact that the team will be playing in the middle of a global pandemic with limited fans in the stands...

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Texas football tailgaters adapt to fall restrictions

Stephen Wagner August 26, 2020

Tailgating before Texas football games is about more than football for Todd and Andrea Summy. Over the last 14 years, tailgating has been a medium for making new friends, fostering relationships and developing...


#WeWantToPlay: College football players fight for 2020 season

Stephen Wagner August 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has left more questions than answers for the fall 2020 college football season, but one thing is certain: student-athletes want to play. Since several Football Bowl Subdivision...


Big 12 to move forward with fall season, releases revised schedule

Stephen Wagner August 12, 2020

Update as of 8/12 at 2:58 p.m.:  The Big 12 is still on course to play the 2020 fall football season after meetings with the conference’s Board of Directors and athletic directors Tuesday,...


‘(People) don’t feel unified by the song, they feel more excluded by it:’ Some Longhorn Band members say they won’t play ‘The Eyes of Texas’ in fall

Stephen Wagner August 10, 2020

If the Longhorn Band plays “The Eyes of Texas” again, it won’t be because senior drum major Ally Morales conducted it. Growing up in Austin with parents who were avid UT fans, “The...


Masks on: Texas football returns to practice

Stephen Wagner August 7, 2020

Although practicing in 100-degree August heat is a long-standing norm for the Longhorns, the 2020 football season appears to be anything but normal. Friday’s practice marked Texas’ first...


Texas to require masks, mobile ticketing at 2020 football games

Stephen Wagner August 3, 2020

Texas Athletics is incorporating new safety measures at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for football game days this fall, a spokesperson announced in a statement on Monday. “The safety...


Longhorn Band members concerned about performing at fall football games

Stephen Wagner July 27, 2020

When Judson Hayden first heard that Big 12 schools had reached an agreement restricting travel for visiting bands during the 2020 football season, he wasn’t frustrated or angry — he was thankful.  “At...


Texas athletes, coaches react to University changes combating racial injustice

Stephen Wagner and Myah Taylor July 13, 2020

The University will rename Joe Jamail Field in honor of Longhorn Heisman winners Earl Cambell and Ricky Williams, among other campus and athletics actions, according to a Monday statement from Interim...


Coaching while Black: Looking into lack of Black Division I coaches

Stephen Wagner July 4, 2020

Black student-athletes comprise a majority of Division I football and basketball players, but a discrepancy between the number of white and Black head coaches still exists throughout the college ranks. Of...


Student-athletes are calling on UT to drop ‘The Eyes of Texas.’ Here’s what former athletes say

Marcus Krum, Stephen Wagner, and Myah Taylor June 16, 2020

Throughout her four years at UT, Celina Rodrigo sang “The Eyes of Texas,” dozens of times. But the 2016 women’s basketball alumna said she was later shocked to learn of the University’s...


Texas athletes call on UT-Austin to rename buildings, drop ‘The Eyes of Texas’ as school song

Stephen Wagner June 12, 2020

One week after The University of Texas football team marched to the Texas Capitol in honor of George Floyd, several UT student-athletes are calling on the University and athletics programs to address racial...


13 Longhorn football players test positive for COVID-19 after new wave of tests

Donnavan Smoot and Stephen Wagner June 11, 2020

Update 6/18 at 11:55 a.m. Thirteen Texas football players have tested positive for COVID-19, Texas Athletics officials said in a statement Thursday morning. All 13 players are now “self-isolating,”...


Ranking Big 12 schools with best home-field advantage

Stephen Wagner May 7, 2020

Nothing in sports gives teams a home-field advantage quite like a raucous crowd, but it’s not a luxury every Big 12 school has.  Here’s a look at which schools have the best home-field...


Longhorn basketball: Ranking Texas’ best recruiting classes

Stephen Wagner April 30, 2020

There’s a reason Texas head coach Shaka Smart has never been accused of being a bad recruiter, and we were reminded why last week.  But Texas’ men’s basketball recruiting is something...

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Smart’s one-man recruiting class brings excitement to Texas basketball

Stephen Wagner April 28, 2020

Shaka Smart’s 2020 one-man recruiting class might be his best yet as Texas’ head coach.  Although the 2020 class is Smart’s smallest since he assumed the reins of the program...


5-star basketball recruit Greg Brown III verbally commits to Texas

Stephen Wagner April 24, 2020

Vandegrift High School five-star basketball recruit Greg Brown III will stay in his hometown to play college basketball at UT, he announced via Instagram Live on Friday afternoon. Brown joins a growing...


Shaka Smart to return to Texas for 2020-21 season

Stephen Wagner March 27, 2020

Shaka Smart’s hot seat has officially cooled off. A Texas basketball spokesperson confirmed a report Friday that the Texas men’s basketball head coach will return to the Forty Acres for the 2020-21...


Best moments of 2020: Coleman’s heroics sink Sooners

Stephen Wagner March 26, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. You lose answers when a season unexpectedly...


NCAA cancels March Madness tournament

Wills Layton and Stephen Wagner March 12, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. The NCAA has officially canceled...


Big 12 cancels tournament

Stephen Wagner March 12, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. One day after the Big 12 announced...


UT, NCAA close upcoming sporting events to fans

Robert Trevino, Stephen Wagner, and Wills Layton March 11, 2020

Editor's Note: This story was updated to include breaking updates. On the same day that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, UT and the NCAA both made announcements...


Texas basketball prepares for Big 12 Tournament

Stephen Wagner March 11, 2020

Shaka Smart is acutely aware of how many days are left until Selection Sunday. He knew how many days were left after Texas’ upset win over Texas Tech in Lubbock almost two weeks ago. He knew how...

Oklahoma State Cowboys end Longhorn men’s basketball winning streak in blowout

Stephen Wagner March 9, 2020

Texas’ season finale was over right as it started. After winning five consecutive games with only nine scholarship players to throw the Longhorns to the forefront of the NCAA Tournament discussion,...


Cowboys end Longhorn winning streak in blowout

Stephen Wagner March 8, 2020

Texas’ season finale was over right as it started. After winning five consecutive games with only nine scholarship players to throw the Longhorns to the forefront of the NCAA Tournament discussion,...

Longhorns look to continue win streak in season finale against Oklahoma State

Stephen Wagner March 6, 2020

What looked like a lost season that could have cost Texas head coach Shaka Smart his job may turn into his best coaching performance ever.  Just over two weeks ago, the Longhorns were 14–11...


Coleman’s late heroics sneak men’s basketball past Sooners

Stephen Wagner March 4, 2020

It only took the madness of March three days to set in for the Longhorns. In hitting a near buzzer-beater to sneak past Oklahoma 52-51 Tuesday night, junior guard Matt Coleman III is the first to attest...


Men’s basketball silences Texas Tech crowd in résumé win

Stephen Wagner February 29, 2020

Playing No. 22 Texas Tech in Lubbock was just another game for sophomore guard Courtney Ramey. He followed his usual pregame routine, staying on the court for a few minutes after the team finished...


Donovan Williams’ relationship with his sister ignited his basketball career

Stephen Wagner February 27, 2020

It’s hard to describe the relationship between freshman guard Donovan Williams and his older sister, Las Vegas Aces center Kelsey Bone. They’re separated by 10 years of age and about 1,000...

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Guards carry Texas past West Virginia in home win

Stephen Wagner February 25, 2020

It’s been Shaka Smart’s belief this season that strong performances from two of his guards gives Texas a chance against any opponent. Smart was initially referring to guards sophomore Courtney...

Texas looks to keep tournament hopes alive against West Virginia

Stephen Wagner February 24, 2020

The Longhorns are running out of time to make their case for the NCAA Tournament. Back-to-back wins over TCU and Kansas State have given Texas hope that there’s still time for a late win streak...


Tom Herman’s new coordinators don’t make Texas a national contender

Stephen Wagner February 21, 2020

On paper, Texas is having a great offseason.  A 38-10 beatdown of then-No. 11 Utah without a permanent defensive coordinator proved Texas’ potential, particularly when its players are put...


A Baker’s dozen: Will Baker shines in win over TCU

Stephen Wagner February 20, 2020

Compared to some of Texas’ great teams of the past, this year’s squad has left much to be desired. It’s hard to remember that Texas was once a Final Four team with, at the minimum,...


Longhorns haunted by Sims’ absence in loss to Iowa State

Stephen Wagner February 15, 2020

Texas’ season keeps going from bad to worse. Less than a week after the Longhorns lost freshman forward Kai Jones and junior guard Jase Febres in the same afternoon, head coach Shaka Smart announced...


Longhorns bear Baylor beatdown at home

Stephen Wagner February 11, 2020

It only took the No.1 Baylor Bears 38 seconds to prove a Texas team ravaged by injuries was no match for them in the Longhorns’ 52-45 loss on Monday night. After the Bears knocked the ball out...


Andrew Jones’ explosive first half not enough as Longhorns fall to Red Raiders

Stephen Wagner February 9, 2020

To say that college basketball is unpredictable would be an understatement. So unpredictable, in fact, that a Texas team that suffered a 38-point loss nearly three weeks ago in West Virginia can pull...

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Longhorns remain poised ahead of three-game stretch

Stephen Wagner February 3, 2020

You don’t have to tell Shaka Smart how important Texas’ next three games are. The Texas head coach  regularly discusses Big 12 standings and NCAA Tournament hopes with the team. Currently,...


Ramey’s late heroics keep Longhorns’ NCAA Tournament hopes alive

Stephen Wagner February 2, 2020

Courtney Ramey is no stranger to the pressure. The sophomore guard from St. Louis has faced it all season from his coaches, from his teammates and from himself. Saturday afternoon, with Texas struggling...


Longhorns wreak ‘Havoc’ in Fort Worth

Stephen Wagner January 30, 2020

Texas head coach Shaka Smart has historically struggled against TCU. But, the last two times the squads have matched up — in the NIT in 2019 and in Fort Worth on Wednesday night — the Longhorns...


Longhorns search for résumé win in Fort Worth

Stephen Wagner January 29, 2020

Hours before each game, Texas head coach Shaka Smart makes time for a quick workout either right before or right after the team meal. Then Smart waits, patiently but anxiously, for the game to start. Smart...


Friends, former rivals share emotions on Twitter over Kobe Bryant’s death

Stephen Wagner January 27, 2020

Legendary Laker and future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning, TMZ reported.  His 13-year-old daughter,...


Longhorns’ late rally comes up short against LSU

Stephen Wagner January 26, 2020

Shaka Smart didn’t get the result he wanted in the win column, but he seems to have finally found some semblance of passion, something that was absent in Texas’ 38-point loss on Monday. Saturday...


Longhorns suffer worst loss of Shaka Smart era in Morgantown

Stephen Wagner January 21, 2020

The days of “Press Virginia” may be behind West Virginia men’s basketball, but escaping the West Virginia University Coliseum with a victory is no simple feat. This is not new information...

Sims, Longhorns overwhelmed by No. 6 Jayhawks

Stephen Wagner January 19, 2020

Wins against a perennial basketball powerhouse like the Kansas Jayhawks are as rare as a photo of Shaka Smart with his jacket on.  In his five years as Texas’ head coach, Smart has only managed...

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