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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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All content by Stephen Wagner

Longhorns earn first Big 12 win with dominant defensive performance

Stephen Wagner January 12, 2020

It may have taken Texas a week, but on Saturday night, the Longhorns finally left the Frank Erwin Center with their first Big 12 victory of the season.  Sophomore guard Courtney Ramey caught a...


Longhorns fall to rival Sooners in conference home opener

Stephen Wagner January 9, 2020

Program win No. 1,800 is proving elusive for Texas Basketball.  Fresh off a devastating 59-44 loss to I-35 rival Baylor, in which the Longhorns scored their fewest points under head coach Shaka...


Longhorns ruffled by stingy Baylor defense

Stephen Wagner January 5, 2020

Baylor’s defense flustered, hoodwinked and bamboozled Texas for all of 40 minutes. Clean looks at the basket were sparse, while defensive rebounding struggles and air balls were far too common...


Longhorns fail road test in Providence

Stephen Wagner December 22, 2019

If there’s one positive thing to take away from the Longhorns’ humiliating 70-48 loss to the Providence Friars, it’s that they didn’t give up.  The Friars cruised out to...


Horns continue hot start with 87-76 win over Chippewas

Stephen Wagner December 15, 2019

The force was with the Longhorns on Star Wars Day at the Frank Erwin Center. Texas overcame a sluggish first half and turned a frustrating, hair-pulling game against the Central Michigan Chippewas into...


Febres helps defeat Aggies in rivalry revival

Stephen Wagner December 9, 2019

For the 224th matchup between Texas and Texas A&M, the atmosphere inside Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena was less than the electric aura players anticipated.  While the arena’s energy...

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Longhorns hold off Blazers in 67-57 victory

Stephen Wagner December 4, 2019

With the Longhorns leading by a comfortable 13 points at halftime, it seemed as if Texas was going to finally power through an unranked non-Power Five opponent without fear of a major upset. Coming...


University of Texas breaks ground on Moody Center

Stephen Wagner December 4, 2019

Nearly a year after University officials announced project plans, construction of the Moody Center is officially underway. Tuesday afternoon, UT President Gregory Fenves, athletics director Chris Del...


Heisman watch Week 14: Ohio State’s Chase Young makes the cut

Stephen Wagner November 26, 2019

The best player in college football doesn’t always win the Heisman, or even gain the recognition he deserves.  While Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields and even Tua Tagovailoa have been...


Coleman’s career night not enough as Longhorns fall to Hoyas

Stephen Wagner November 22, 2019

With 14:47 remaining in a two-point game with the Georgetown Hoyas, junior guard Matt Coleman caught a swing pass from sophomore forward Gerald Liddell and sank a 25-foot three-pointer to give Texas a...


Heisman watch Week 13: Burrow takes command

Stephen Wagner November 22, 2019

It wasn’t the play of any Heisman contendors that made waves, a splash or any other oceanic analogy in our Heisman race. It was one injury that not only dramatically ended a player’s Heisman...


Longhorns take on Georgetown in 2k Empire Classic Semifinal

Stephen Wagner November 21, 2019

In 1992, Shaka Smart was just another 15-year-old watching Michael Jordan’s Bulls take on Patrick Ewing’s Knicks in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Smart watched the competitive...


Heisman watch Week 12: A new front-runner emerges

Stephen Wagner November 15, 2019

Week 11 wasn’t the craziest week of college football this season, but it still provided quality entertainment as two playoff-ranked teams squared off in Tuscaloosa. The then-No. 2 LSU Tigers downed...


Despite struggles, four-guard lineup shows promise

Stephen Wagner November 13, 2019

With 3:28 remaining in a nine-point game against a California Baptist team which jumped to Division-I just last year, sophomore Gerald Liddell checked in for Andrew Jones. To the naked eye, this was...


Heisman watch Week 11: Burrow and Tagovailoa to meet in SEC showdown

Stephen Wagner November 8, 2019

Week 10 didn’t add much to the conversation, with all four of our front-runners enjoying a bye week. But as our candidates gear up for the final stretch of the season, the matchups are starting...

Jones shines in emotional return

Stephen Wagner November 6, 2019

When Andrew Jones connected on a running layup with 2:47 left in the first half, it was worth more than the two points added to the scoreboard. Jones, who missed most of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons...

Andrew Jones to return in season opener

Stephen Wagner November 5, 2019

After 23 months of waiting, Andrew Jones is ready to go. While Texas’ tip off to its 114th season is the first matchup between UT and Northern Colorado, the center of the Longhorns’ focus...


Heisman watch Week Nine: Tua Tagovailoa set back by injury

Stephen Wagner October 25, 2019

Now nine weeks into the college season, our front-runners are gaining separation from the rest of the herd. With the competition narrowed down to the quarterback position, it’s time to see which...


Heisman Watch Week Eight: Ehlinger falls from contention

Stephen Wagner October 18, 2019

Tua Tagovailoa — Quarterback, Alabama Tagovailoa passed his first test of the season in the Tide’s 47-28 win over an Aggie squad desperate for a win against a ranked opponent. The junior...


Horns gear up for fall practice

Stephen Wagner October 16, 2019

When the Longhorns recorded the final out of the 2019 season nearly five months ago, they did so with a sigh of relief; the team’s 6-4 win on the final day of the season ensured it would finish 27–27...


Comparing Herman, Riley’s tenure

Stephen Wagner October 11, 2019

On paper, Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley share a myriad of similarities.  Both are offensive gurus. Both are in their third year of coaching at a Power Five school, but, most notably, both have won...


Heisman Watch Week Seven: Front-runners set for Red River Showdown

Stephen Wagner October 11, 2019

Aside fom the Top 10 matchup in Austin, Texas last month, most of the Heisman contenders have gone largely untested, though that will likely change soon. Until then, here is our Heisman watch list...


Heisman watch Week Six: Justin Fields emerges

Stephen Wagner October 4, 2019

After another week of college football, our Heisman front-runners are beginning to separate themselves as a new player enters the picture. Here’s who to watch in Week Six: Tua Tagovailoa —...


Heisman Watch Week Four: Front-runners remain unchallenged

Stephen Wagner September 20, 2019

Our Heisman contenders didn’t exactly face challenging defenses in Week Three. Last weekend. Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU and Texas had an unimpressive slate of matchups, the most competitive being...


Heisman watch Week Three: Joe Burrow enters the picture

Stephen Wagner September 13, 2019

With three weeks of college football under our belts, potential is forgotten and performances are embraced. Although a clear breakaway candidate is yet to emerge, new candidates continue to place themselves...


Heisman watch Week Two: Hurts impresses, Etienne enters picture

Stephen Wagner September 6, 2019

Although Week One mostly consisted of tuneup games for our early Heisman candidates, they hardly disappointed. All four candidates won their opening games, but this week’s slew of matchups places...


Heisman watch: Tagovailoa, Lawrence stand as preseason favorites

Stephen Wagner August 30, 2019

The return of college football is upon us.  Although Florida and Miami officially kicked off the 2019 college football season last Saturday, the majority of teams will open their season this week....

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Jackson steps down from Texas basketball

Stephen Wagner August 2, 2019

Texas basketball assistant coach Tiffany Jackson announced that she would be stepping down from her post to pursue opportunities beyond the coaching realm, per a press release from Texas Athletics. “The...


Longhorns in the WNBA: Atkins thrives, McCarty and McGee-Stafford struggle with Wings

Stephen Wagner July 12, 2019

As we edge closer to the WNBA midseason mark and All-Star Weekend, teams are starting to take form.  While the Washington Mystics and Ariel Atkins lie just a half-game behind the first-place Las...


Occupy Left Field: Texas baseball’s biggest tailgate

Stephen Wagner July 2, 2019

For Marc Peña, a Saturday Texas baseball game day starts well before first pitch. Hours before the Longhorns take the field for batting practice, Peña arrives at the field to fill the...


Longhorns in the WNBA: Mystics start hot, McGee-Stafford and McCarty reunite

Stephen Wagner June 25, 2019

Since the start of the WNBA season on May 24, Texas has had three former stars appear in WNBA games. The former Longhorns Brooke McCarty-Williams, Imani McGee-Stafford and Ariel Atkins have all had opportunities...


New records set at historic NCAA championship

Stephen Wagner June 11, 2019

The national championship, regardless the sport, serves as a platform for the best athletes to put their talents on display. The 2019 NCAA track and field championship faired no different. Texas Tech...


Former McDonald’s All-American Prince announces transfer

Stephen Wagner June 7, 2019

It’s been a tough week to be a Longhorn fan. A week after Texas Football lost its top overall recruit of the 2019 class, Texas Women’s Basketball finds itself in a similar predicament. Sedona...

Top-ranked recruit Bru McCoy announces transfer after short stint in Austin

Stephen Wagner June 1, 2019

The No. 1 athlete of the 2019 recruiting class has announced his transfer from the University of Texas. Bru McCoy has been one of the more talked-about recruits of Tom Herman’s 2019 class, which...


Alabama gets best of Elish in game one victory

Stephen Wagner May 24, 2019

Just days after All-American candidate Miranda Elish’s heroic performance lifted the Longhorns to their first super regional since 2013, the ace suffered her worst performance of the postseason in...


Elish, Washington power Longhorns to first super regional since 2013

Stephen Wagner May 20, 2019

On an evening when it appeared pitcher Miranda Elish would have to pitch another shutout for the Longhorns to have a chance to survive the Austin Regional, outfielder Kaitlyn Washington provided some much-needed...

Second-half turnovers haunt Longhorns in season-ending loss

Stephen Wagner March 23, 2019

Quintessential turnovers have become an unfortunate part of the identity of this year’s Longhorns. In a 69-65 season-ending upset loss to Indiana in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday,...


Texas gets No. 7 seed in NCAA Tournament, will face Indiana on Friday

Stephen Wagner and Donnavan Smoot March 18, 2019

An appearance in the NCAA Tournament was nearly a foregone conclusion for the Longhorns, but knowing who they would play during the opening weekend was still unknown. Texas, as well as the rest of the...


Texas’ comeback efforts fall short against Cyclones

Stephen Wagner March 11, 2019

The Longhorns’ Big 12 Championship hopes couldn’t have ended in a more frustrating way. Taking on the Cyclones on the second day of a back-to-back in the Big 12 Tournament wasn’t an...


Longhorns squeak by TCU, prepare for Iowa State

Stephen Wagner March 10, 2019

In the postseason, style points and statement victories don’t matter. A win is a win, and Texas will take a victory in any scrappy way it can. Head coach Karen Aston only has one thing on her mind:...


Pressure mounts on seniors as season winds down against TCU

Stephen Wagner March 5, 2019

Following Saturday’s disappointing loss against Iowa State on senior night, head coach Karen Aston sat at the podium with a look of concern, stress and disgruntlement on her face. She didn’t...


Baylor bigs swat away Texas hopes of hosting first round

Stephen Wagner February 26, 2019

In Kim Mulkey’s 18-plus seasons as the Baylor head coach, she has more than established her program as the perennial powerhouse of the Big 12 and a production factory for WNBA forwards. Baylor...


Longhorns unmask Red Raiders in 81-57 blowout win

Stephen Wagner February 23, 2019

Fans who have followed Texas at length will be the first to say it: These aren’t the same Longhorns of years past. A litany of injuries and inexperience have proven that Texas has room to grow,...


Longhorns fail to avenge Manhattan meltdown in heartbreaking defeat to Kansas State

Stephen Wagner February 18, 2019

Only one word could accurately describe what happened to the Longhorns on their Jan. 16 visit to Manhattan, Kansas: meltdown. After their 18-point defeat to a Kansas State team which now sits sixth...


Texas bucks Cowgirls in Stillwater, completes season sweep

Stephen Wagner February 13, 2019

The NCAA’s reveal of the top 16 seeds is always one of the most anticipated events of February. With three-fourths of the season nearly completed and the postseason picture shaping up, the eyes of...


Longhorns look to get back to winning ways in Lawrence

Stephen Wagner February 8, 2019

It’s been a rough two weeks for the Longhorns.   Texas has uncharacteristically struggled in Big 12 play, which is something Karen Aston has not been accustomed to in her seven years as the...


Despite heartbreaking loss, Williams’ late heroics gives Longhorns hope moving forward

Stephen Wagner February 5, 2019

In a season full of the unpredictable and the unknown, Danni Williams has been one of the few things Karen Aston has been able to rely on consistently.    Williams has rarely put the ball...


Following West Virginia loss, Texas try to rebound ahead of Red River rival

Stephen Wagner February 1, 2019

Texas hasn’t looked great this season. A team that has been on the border of being considered a powerhouse the last two years has been uncharacteristically inconsistent throughout the season,...


Longhorns’ comeback efforts fall short against West Virginia

Stephen Wagner January 29, 2019

Twenty-two days ago, the Texas Longhorns made a trip to Morgantown over winter break. Naomi Davenport, West Virginia’s leading scorer, dropped a cool 26 points, but it ultimately wasn’t enough...


Longhorns overcome slow start, escape from Lubbock

Stephen Wagner January 27, 2019

In a rollercoaster season filled with countless injuries, inconsistent play, and transfer students, nothing has been guaranteed. Not even a game against the last-place team in the Big 12. Going into...


Texas topples Kansas despite critical self-assessment

Stephen Wagner January 24, 2019

Early in the second quarter, Kansas’ Kylee Kopatich launched a wide-open 3-pointer. She missed the shot off the back of the rim, but the shot clock failed to reset and resulted in a turnover. The...


Texas rebounds from Manhattan trip with 73-67 victory over TCU

Stephen Wagner January 20, 2019

The Longhorns are banged up, emotionally and physically. Coming off a disastrous trip to Manhattan, Kansas, the eleventh-ranked Longhorns held an average scoring margin in Big 12 play of just plus-three...


Sutton’s career high leads Longhorns to victory in Ames

Stephen Wagner January 13, 2019

It’s no secret the injury bug has infected the Longhorns this season, or that it’s affected their team identity through 16 games.   Karen Aston’s squad in the 2018–19 campaign...


Longhorns escape Sooners in renewal of Red River Rivalry

Stephen Wagner January 10, 2019

Wednesday night’s game felt every bit like a typical Texas-Oklahoma showdown from the opening tip: chaotic. The undersized underdog Sooners jumped out to an early lead, which they maintained for...


UT System Board of Regents approves new $338 million arena on UT campus

Stephen Wagner December 21, 2018

Texas Athletics revealed in a press release Thursday that the University of Texas has partnered with Oak View Group, C3 Presents and Live Nation to bring a new basketball arena to the 40 Acres, just south...


Longhorns overcome season-high 26 turnovers to defeat Stetson

Stephen Wagner December 17, 2018

Karen Aston has repeatedly said this year’s Texas squad is “going to need to find their identity more than once.”   The Longhorns have certainly been on a journey to find it early...


Longhorns sing the Mississippi blues in loss to Bulldogs

Stephen Wagner December 3, 2018

Midway through the second quarter, Destiny Littleton split a double team and crafted her way across half-court. She hesitated for a moment at the three-point line, caught her defender off-guard and...


Longhorns take care of business in win over UTSA

Stephen Wagner November 29, 2018

The Frank Erwin Center had a different atmosphere than its usual antagonizing college-student crowd Wednesday morning. Texas welcomed more than 6,800 fourth through seventh grade field trip attendees as...


The light at the end of the tunnel: How Sedona Prince overcame her bullies

Stephen Wagner November 28, 2018

Throughout her career, Sedona Prince has evolved into a dangerous weapon on the basketball court. But her journey toward becoming a highly touted Texas athlete was filled with bullying from her peers,...


Lashann Higgs suffers season-ending injury

Stephen Wagner November 27, 2018

Texas guard Lashann Higgs has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in the Longhorns 56-55 victory over Quinnipiac on Friday. It has been confirmed that Higgs...


Longhorns defeat Fordham to capture Gulf Coast Showcase championship

Stephen Wagner November 26, 2018

The Longhorns capped off a wacky Gulf Coast Showcase tournament with a 72-54 victory over the Fordham Rams on Sunday night, following a nail-biting victory over Quinnipiac and a triumphant blowout over...


Longhorns buck McNeese State in blowout

Stephen Wagner November 16, 2018

There’s a popular adage for repeating events: same song, different verse. Texas walloped McNeese State last year, 100-34, and things didn’t look much different Thursday night. The Longhorns...


Longhorns tip-off season against Duquesne

Stephen Wagner November 8, 2018

The No. 11 Texas Longhorns will tip-off its season against Duquesne Thursday night, marking the official beginning of the season after defeating West Texas A&M 91-63 in an exhibition match last week. The...


Karen Aston previews Texas Tip-Off and upcoming season

Stephen Wagner October 16, 2018

Texas basketball starts the 2018-19 basketball season this Wednesday with the fourth annual Texas Tip-Off, a free event at Gregory Gym with admission to the first 3,000 fans. This year, for the first...


Texas sets sights on Big 12 title yet again

Stephen Wagner August 29, 2018

Mistakes are expected at summer practices. Turnovers, bad shots, missed layups, miscommunication — it all happens when a team plays together for the first time after a long summer.  But if...


Texas sets sights on Big 12 title yet again

Stephen Wagner August 9, 2018

Mistakes are expected to be made at summer practices. Turnovers, bad shots, missed layups, miscommunication — it all happens when a team plays together for the first time after a long summer.  But...


Texas’ season-defining storylines for 2018

Stephen Wagner August 9, 2018

As the final buzzer sounded at the close of a thrilling overtime Longhorn upset against West Virginia, head coach Shaka Smart breathed a sigh of relief. Texas basketball was on the bubble to make the NCAA...


Hamm’s ticket out of Greenspoint

Stephen Wagner July 31, 2018

Growing up in North Houston, Royce Hamm Jr.’s goal was the same as that of most kids in his neighborhood: get out. Royce’s parents separated when he was just 3 years old. His father moved...


Texas basketball to face North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day

Stephen Wagner July 20, 2018

The Longhorns are set to play the North Carolina Tar Heels in the semifinal round of the 18th annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Thanksgiving Day, a Texas Athletics press release announced...


University of Texas selected as 2021 women’s basketball regional host

Stephen Wagner July 19, 2018

The road to the 2021 women’s basketball NCAA championship will go through Austin, Texas Athletics announced in a press release on Wednesday afternoon. The Austin area was one of four sites selected...


Ariel Atkins nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year award

Stephen Wagner July 12, 2018

Former Texas women’s basketball standout Ariel Atkins has been nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award, Texas Athletics announced in a press release. The NCAA Woman of the Year program...


Longhorns in the NBA: Durant wins second championship, Bradley re-signs with Clippers

Stephen Wagner July 10, 2018

On June 21, Texas center Mo Bamba was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 6th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, making him the twelfth Longhorn drafted in the first round since 2006. From Kevin...


Texas linebacker Edwin Freeman announces graduate transfer

Stephen Wagner July 1, 2018

Texas linebacker Edwin Freeman is leaving Texas and will complete his college career at another program as a graduate transfer, Texas Athletics confirmed Saturday afternoon. “Forever a Longhorn...


With NBA draft approaching, Smart looks to fill 7-foot hole

Stephen Wagner June 21, 2018

Three hundred and ninety-eight days ago, a 7-foot center from Harlem, New York, signed his letter of commitment to the University of Texas.   One of the most spotlighted prospects in the country,...


From homeschool to the highlight reel: Alison Gibson won’t let anything stand in her way of success

Stephen Wagner April 5, 2018

Most student-athletes are recruited out of high school — scouts gain wind of their talents throughout their high school careers and athletes are eventually courted by a university’s recruiting...


Longhorns complete strong season with sixth-place finish at NCAA Championships

Stephen Wagner March 19, 2018

“This meet is like the Wild West. Not one team has had a perfect meet.” While women’s swimming and diving head coach Carol Capitani may not believe this to be true, Texas still managed...


Longhorn women complete sweep of Big 12 Championships

Stephen Wagner February 25, 2018

It’s no secret that Texas women’s swimming and diving is a perennial powerhouse in the Big 12.   Few would dare to contradict that statement as the Longhorns flexed their muscles Saturday...


Longhorn women continue dominance at Big 12 Championships

Stephen Wagner February 24, 2018

“Swim fast.” That was junior Remedy Rule’s race plan for the 100-yard butterfly Friday at the Big 12 Championships, where she earned yet another victory for Texas women’s swimming...


Longhorn women sweep on second day of Big 12 Championships

Stephen Wagner February 23, 2018

In swimming, sometimes you can be your best competitor. This has certainly been the case through the first two days for the Texas women’s swimming and diving team at the Big 12 Championships. Texas,...


Longhorn swimming and diving prepares for Big 12 Championships

Stephen Wagner and Ross Burkhart 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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