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One last adequate from a sports writer

Wills Layton May 8, 2020

I found out I got the job as a sportswriter in the silent library of the RLM. Despite the fact that I was in the RLM, a factory of sadness, my brother and I silently fist pumped as we disturbed many who...

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‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ brings whim, brightness to island life

Wills Layton March 27, 2020

Nineteen years ago, the world was introduced to a wonderful universe seemingly owned completely by Tom Nook. The first installment of the Animal Crossing franchise was released for the GameCube in...


Former Longhorn Kevin Durant tests positive for COVID-19

Wills Layton March 17, 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. At a time when the country is seemingly...


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...


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...


NCAA football transfer portal provides more opportunity

Wills Layton March 6, 2020

Every offseason, NCAA football coaches will leave a program in the middle of their contracts without penalty. This leaves the program in a tricky position. That program has to find a new coach on the...

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Hamm, Cunningham key to success against Oklahoma

Wills Layton March 3, 2020

Over the course of a month, Longhorn fans have gotten to know two different versions of the men’s basketball team. In the first half of February, Texas not only lost four games in a row but also...

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Courtney Ramey moves Texas forward

Wills Layton February 25, 2020

Coming into Monday night, the Texas men’s basketball team had lost more games than they’d won in February. However, inspired play from select Longhorns has brightened up this rough period.  In...


Longhorns win on the road against Kansas State

Wills Layton February 23, 2020

A week ago, Texas’ season looked like it was practically over. After losing four games in a row, three of which were against either ranked teams or teams receiving votes, it looked like getting...


Freshmen show there is hope for the future

Wills Layton February 20, 2020

With three starters out after a slew of injuries and an NCAA Tournament appearance likely out of reach, the Longhorns seemingly had little to play for on Wednesday night other than pride. Yet that pride...


Smart’s upbringing drives passion beyond on-court success

Wills Layton February 19, 2020

Shaka Smart’s five-year head coaching career at The University of Texas has been nothing short of a roller coaster. While this ride may be approaching its end as the banged-up Longhorns are set to...

On last legs, Texas men’s basketball travels to Ames

Wills Layton February 14, 2020

Seven games. That’s the number of games the Texas men’s basketball team has left to prove itself as a tournament team. There are still several opportunities remaining, with games against...

Injuries continue to make Longhorns’ postseason push more difficult

Wills Layton February 11, 2020

The basketball gods have not been kind to the Longhorns this season. Early on in the season, Texas was spared, only losing a player to injury after a concussion to sophomore forward Gerald Liddell sidelined...


Late collapse allows season to continue to slip away

Wills Layton February 9, 2020

The Longhorns were missing a key advantage before even taking the court Saturday. Any home-court advantage the Longhorns had quickly evaporated as the sea of red in the stands turned the environment...

Longhorns have no margin for error heading into Texas Tech matchup

Wills Layton February 7, 2020

Following another inconsistent performance that saw the Longhorns give away another halftime lead, the margin of error for the Texas team has gone from slim to razor thin as they head into a crucial matchup...


Longhorns miss opportunity against Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence

Wills Layton February 4, 2020

Winning on the road is difficult, and winning on the road against a ranked team is even more so. But beating No. 3 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse is almost impossible, and Texas found that out Monday. The...


Longhorns deliver in must-win nail-biter against Iowa State

Wills Layton February 2, 2020

In what was supposed to be one of the easier home games of the season, the Longhorns found a way to make life more difficult. But in a narrow 72-68 victory over Iowa State, Texas found a way to deliver...

Longhorns look to continue rolling against Iowa State

Wills Layton January 31, 2020

To say Texas’ backs are up against the wall would be an understatement. The Longhorns have entered must-win territory as they head into Saturday’s crucial home matchup against Iowa State.  Texas...

Longhorns still have realistic path to NCAA Tournament

Wills Layton January 29, 2020

Texas men’s basketball began the year with a four-game winning streak, including a win over then-ranked Purdue on the road. It seemed as if after several years of mediocrity the Longhorns were finally...


From the Bahamas to college basketball: Freshman Kai Jones develops potential at UT

Wills Layton January 28, 2020

It didn’t take much for Shaka Smart to become enamored with Kai Jones. After watching film on his phone of the 6-foot-11-inch forward dominating high school games, Smart knew he had found someone...


Lack of offensive identity factors into Longhorns’ spiral against LSU

Wills Layton January 26, 2020

For the third consecutive contest, Texas men’s basketball found itself on the wrong side of the final score in season-defining losses. Saturday’s 69-67 loss to LSU at home exposed the primary...

Longhorns have much to prove against LSU

Wills Layton January 24, 2020

When Shaka Smart was named the next head coach of the Texas men’s basketball program in 2015, there was much fanfare. Smart was coming off an impressive six-year run at Virginia Commonwealth University,...

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Defense continues to define Longhorns’ season

Wills Layton January 19, 2020

The best teams in the country rely heavily on defense, and Texas men’s basketball is no different. However, inconsistent defense has caused the Longhorns problems in both their victories and in their...


Longhorns avenge loss against Cowboys in Stillwater

Wills Layton January 16, 2020

In last year’s game on the road against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the Longhorns went into halftime down by 17 points with little chance to mount a comeback. Yet the talented team fought their way...


Longhorns open Big 12 play with loss to No. 6 Baylor

Wills Layton January 5, 2020

On Feb. 27, 2019, the Longhorns traveled up Interstate 35 to Waco for a road matchup that defined the 2018–2019 season: good, but not consistently good enough. The team lost by one in an overtime...


Longhorns finish decade on a High Point

Wills Layton December 31, 2019

Playing at home has a lot of advantages. There’s the comfort of one’s own locker in the home team’s locker room, familiar routines before the game starts and the home fans. The last element...


Febres starting to heat up at right time

Wills Layton December 15, 2019

There have been moments this season when the Longhorns’ best shooters failed to perform. For junior guard Jase Febres those moments have come far more often than he would prefer. Expected to be...

Longhorns turn eyes toward Aggies

Wills Layton December 5, 2019

For years, the annual Texas versus Texas A&M Thanksgiving football game would divide households across the state and give one school bragging rights for the following year until the next matchup. Since...

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Ramey finds rhythm before rivalry game

Wills Layton December 4, 2019

For sophomore guard Courtney Ramey, success has come in waves this season. Earlier this season, Ramey tied his career high in scoring with 19 points against California Baptist, scoring 15 of those points...


Longhorns prepare to take on Blazers

Wills Layton December 3, 2019

The first month of the 2019-2020 college basketball season is in the books, which means teams are evaluating and determining which areas need work after an offseason of practices, scrimmages and several...


Longhorns win nail-biter over McNeese State

Wills Layton December 1, 2019

One year ago today, the Longhorns were upset at home against Radford in one of the more disappointing games of the season. On Saturday, Texas almost suffered a similarly shocking upset to the McNeese State...

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Texas wins if, Texas loses if: Texas Tech

Wills Layton November 26, 2019

Well that’s a wrap, folks. The Longhorns can no longer reach the Big 12 Championship after their loss to Baylor, and will now be jockeying with Iowa State and Kansas State for positions in some minor...

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Texas wins if, Texas loses if: Baylor

Wills Layton November 22, 2019

If you listen closely, you can hear the sighs of Longhorn fans from across the country hanging in the air after last week’s loss to Iowa State. While Texas’ chances of reaching the Big 12 Championship...

Longhorns squeeze past Panthers before trip to NYC

Wills Layton November 16, 2019

Big 12 play does not start until the new year, and the goal for a school like Texas is to escape from the nonconference schedule without suffering a résumé-altering loss. The Longhorns have...

Texas wins if, loses if: Iowa State

Wills Layton November 15, 2019

There is hope in Austin! After Texas took down then-No. 16 Kansas State on Saturday with another Cameron Dicker game-winning field goal, it has another chance to turn this season into a success. In addition...


Ramey ties career high in win over Lancers

Wills Layton November 13, 2019

The California Baptist Lancers recently made the jump to Division I athletics in 2018 and are not eligible to make the NCAA until the 2022-23 season. Conversely, the Longhorns have played in Division I...


Longhorns look to continue hot start to season against California Baptist

Wills Layton November 12, 2019

This season’s Longhorns are starting to mirror last season’s team through the first two games of the season in terms of early performance.  Last year, the team started the year with...


Longhorns upset No. 23 Purdue on the road

Wills Layton November 11, 2019

On the day when the Moody Foundation donated $130 million to UT for a new basketball arena and the Longhorn football team defeated then-No. 16 ranked Kansas State, the men’s basketball team refused...


Longhorns face big test against Purdue

Wills Layton November 8, 2019

During every season, teams try to notch signature victories or collect impressive wins on the road to boost their NCAA tournament résumés. Last year, the Longhorns were able to beat a highly...

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Williams shows promise in limited action

Wills Layton November 6, 2019

The Longhorns’ season opener against Northern Colorado was the start of many things: the 2019-2020 season, head coach Shaka Smart’s fifth year with the team and the freshmen’s careers...


New faces, new season

Wills Layton November 5, 2019

Last season, the Longhorns won one of the more disappointing national championships in Texas sports history. A season filled with March Madness expectations ended without an NCAA Tournament berth but with...


Texas wins if, Texas loses if: TCU provides tough road matchup

Wills Layton October 25, 2019

Oof. In one of the more disappointing victories of the Herman era, the Longhorns escaped what would have been a season-defining loss to the Kansas Jayhawks thanks to the leg of sophomore kicker Cameron...

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California law amplifies Pay to Play conversations

Wills Layton October 22, 2019

On Sept. 30, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 206, otherwise known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, into the law. This law is in direct opposition to NCAA bylaws, which prohibit college athletes...

Texas wins if, Texas loses if: Williams presents problems out of backfield

Wills Layton October 18, 2019

Last week, the Longhorns fell to the Oklahoma Sooners in the 115th edition of the Red River Rivalry. There were some bright spots, such as the defense showing up to play with several injuries to key contributors....


Freshmen adjust to new life as student-athletes

Wills Layton October 18, 2019

For most freshmen joining the University of Texas, the adjustment can be difficult. A 437-acre campus, dorm living, time management and other factors make it challenging for students to develop a routine...


Texas wins if, Texas loses if: Kendall could present problems to Texas secondary

Wills Layton October 4, 2019

Last year, a two-point conversion stood between Texas pulling off an impressive home win and a disappointing loss. Then West Virginia quarterback Will Grier lit up the Longhorn defense and scored on a...

Texas wins if, Texas loses if: Longhorns open up Big 12 play against Oklahoma State

Wills Layton September 20, 2019

After a strong rebound against Rice following the disappointing loss to No. 4 LSU, the Longhorns will begin Big 12 play this week against Oklahoma State. Recent history suggests Texas should be concerned,...

Texas wins if/loses if – With LSU game behind them, Longhorns look for win in first road matchup

Wills Layton September 13, 2019

This week Texas takes on Rice, a team that has won just six games over the past three seasons. The Owls lost both of their games to start the 2019 season, although they gave Army a good run in the season...


Texas wins if, Texas loses if: Showdown with No. 6 LSU

Wills Layton September 6, 2019

ESPN’s College GameDay has returned to Austin for the first time in a decade, and for good reason. This week the No. 9 Longhorns will take on the No. 6 LSU Tigers in college football’s first...

Texas wins if, Texas loses if: Week One presents matchup with Louisiana Tech

Wills Layton August 30, 2019

While the much awaited matchup with that other school from Louisiana is next week, the 2019 season opener against Louisiana Tech has arrived. Longhorn nation is excited to see what this year can be after...


For the sake of our summers, release the finals schedule sooner

Wills Layton August 8, 2019

There are life lessons to be learned from vacations. An individual can try new foods, learn a new skill and maybe even learn a new language. And, on top of all of this, a person can recharge and ready...


Longhorns need financial literacy programs

Wills Layton July 19, 2019

I don’t know how to do a whole lot. I don’t know how to paint. I don’t know how to change a tire. I really don’t know how to ride a bike. But like many students in college,...


Add collaborative research to the curriculum

Wills Layton July 16, 2019

The professor-student relationship is a fickle thing. Every semester, students take classes with a completely new set of professors, often with the large class sizes that are common at the University of...


Grad students are Longhorns too

Wills Layton July 4, 2019

The University of Texas is known for its distinct culture. Whether it be the passionate fans, the burnt orange that bathes the campus, the blessed mascot Bevo or the logo, UT-Austin is known and felt across...


UHD can do a better job of helping freshmen build community

Wills Layton June 28, 2019

Being a freshman is hard. From acclimating to a new environment and meeting new people to — worst of all — registering for classes, there are many challenges everyone faces. Of those challenges,...

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Longhorns win NCAA Regionals

Wills Layton May 9, 2019

The Texas women’s golf team was able to do what every Longhorn sports team tries to do. Win a sporting event in Norman, Oklahoma. In dominant fashion, the team lapped the rest of the field on...


Longhorns win third consecutive Big 12 title

Wills Layton April 17, 2019

Sustained success in sports is hard to come by. Winning championships takes hard work, patience and a little bit of luck. However, Texas seems to have figured out how to get the triad to fall into place...


Augusta experience comes to a close for Papp, Laisne

Wills Layton April 8, 2019

One started at the front of the pack, only a couple of shots off the lead. The other barely made the final round of the tournament, winning a coveted spot in an 11-person playoff to finalize the top 30....


Cooper takes first at Bruzzy Challenge, Texas trio prepares for Augusta

Wills Layton April 3, 2019

While the top three players on the women’s golf team were preparing for a tournament at Augusta National, the rest of the team traveled to the not-as-renowned Lantana Golf Club in Argyle, Texas,...


Longhorns falter in final round, finish second at Evans Derby Experience

Wills Layton March 26, 2019

For the second tournament in a row, the Longhorn women’s golf team failed to capitalize on a second round lead, finishing tied for second in the Evans Derby Experience. The Longhorns entered the...


Win streak continues for Longhorns in Hawaii

Wills Layton March 14, 2019

Winning in collegiate sports is usually reserved for one team per match, game or tournament. However, in a sport like golf, teams can walk away co-champions. That is exactly what happened with the No....


Longhorns add second Sugar Bowl victory to 2019

Wills Layton February 20, 2019

The football team was not the only group of athletes from Texas to win the Sugar Bowl this season, as the No. 3 women’s golf team captured its first title of the new year at the Allstate Sugar Bowl...


Laisne, Longhorns finish just short in LA

Wills Layton February 6, 2019

National champions are not born overnight. It takes years of practice, a little luck and a ton of talent for a team to contend. This year, the No. 2 Texas women’s golf team is in a position to do...


Three Longhorns set to make history at inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship

Wills Layton January 31, 2019

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Those are just some of the biggest names in golf who have played at the beautiful and exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, known for its greenery and...


Longhorns win thriller in Provo against Wolverines

Wills Layton December 10, 2018

Texas’ Sweet 16 match against the Michigan Wolverines can be best described in three different acts: A blowout, two marathons and one final closeout. The Longhorns won the match by scores of 25-10,...


Longhorns battle nerves, Michigan in Sweet 16

Wills Layton December 7, 2018

For the 13th straight year, Texas has made the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. In order to extend this impressive streak, the team will need to get past the Michigan Wolverines on Friday. The Longhorns...


Texas advances to second round with sweep of SFA

Wills Layton November 30, 2018

Texas is no stranger to the postseason. The Longhorns are seeking a return to the Final Four after falling in the quarterfinals last year. Before that, the team had made the Final Four five times in a...


Longhorns win on Senior Day

Wills Layton November 25, 2018

Seniors Morgan Johnson and Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani both started their careers for Texas with a win over Rice way back in August of 2015. Since then, both have contributed to three Big 12 Championships and...


Longhorns gobble Tech in time for Thanksgiving

Wills Layton November 23, 2018

After clinching the Big 12 Championship against Baylor last week, the team continues to play for postseason seeding. The team was able to improve its stock heading into the yearly tournament, sweeping...


Keys to the Game: Kansas

Wills Layton November 20, 2018

One more win and the Longhorns will make an appearance in the Big 12 Championship thanks to Oklahoma State’s upset over West Virginia. The Longhorns will face either Oklahoma or West Virginia should...


Keys to the Game: No. 16 Iowa State

Wills Layton November 16, 2018

Just when it seemed like the Longhorns’ season was going to crumble, a game-winning drive against Texas Tech saved the season. Texas is still in a position to make the Big 12 Championship with a...


Keys to the game: Texas defense faces yet another test

Wills Layton November 9, 2018

While the Big 12 Championship may be just out of reach for Texas, the team still has plenty to play for. The Longhorns sit at a 6–3 record and are guaranteed a bowl game. But the quality of the bowl,...


Keys to the Game: West Virginia

Wills Layton November 2, 2018

Any hopes of Texas reaching the College Football Playoff were dashed by the Oklahoma State Cowboys last Saturday. However, that does not mean the Longhorns have nothing to play for. The team controls its...


Longhorns prepare to take on Horned Frogs at home

Wills Layton October 31, 2018

It feels good to be home. After having traveled for a majority of the season, the Longhorn volleyball team is in the midst of a four-game staycation in Austin. After beating Oklahoma on Saturday, 3-0,...


Keys to the game: Oklahoma State

Wills Layton October 26, 2018

Texas is ranked sixth in the country, and sophomore Sam Ehlinger is recovering from an AC sprain in his shoulder. That’s great news for the Longhorns, who look to continue their dominance over Big...


Longhorns sluggish in road victory

Wills Layton October 25, 2018

While the Longhorn volleyball team successfully extended its winning streak to three against Iowa State on Wednesday, the signs of fatigue were very apparent. Texas limped through the first set, with...


Longhorns top Texas Tech in front of home crowd

Wills Layton October 20, 2018

Fans coming to the Longhorns’ home matchup against Texas Tech were treated to a Bevo sighting outside of Gregory Gym before the game. While the fans’ beloved Bevo got a lot of people out of...


Run defense proves pivotal in matchup with Baylor

Wills Layton October 12, 2018

After defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry, Longhorn fans have a lot to be excited about. Not only is the team ranked in the Top 10, but it also has an inside track to the Big 12 Championship...


Red River Rivalry: Volleyball edition

Wills Layton October 12, 2018

Sports are defined by rivalries. The best rivalry is often debated, but UT and OU have made up their minds. They choose the Red River Rivalry every time. After the Longhorn football team won in the...


Kansas snaps Texas’ hot streak

Wills Layton October 11, 2018

The Longhorn volleyball program is used to winning. Regular trips to the Final Four, countless wins and ten Big 12 Championships make up one of the most successful volleyball programs in the country. Fast...


From Iowa to Austin, a freshman’s journey

Wills Layton October 5, 2018

Anybody from a rural area can relate to the overwhelming feeling that comes with moving to a big city like Austin. However, very few can relate to moving from a small town in Iowa to playing for the highly...

Keys to the Game: Oklahoma

Wills Layton October 5, 2018

The biggest game of the season is finally here, and it’s bringing both national and conference implications with it. Saturday will feature the 113th edition of the Red River Rivalry, and one of the...

Longhorns survive blown lead in road victory at TCU

Wills Layton October 4, 2018

Texas fans sat on the edges of their seats as No. 4 Texas found itself in a decisive fifth set against an unranked TCU team on the road. After blowing a two-match lead, the Longhorns clawed their way...


Keys to the Game: Kansas State

Wills Layton September 28, 2018

As much as it might feel like Texas is “back,” the Longhorns still need to get their first road win of the season. The past three wins have been nice, but they have all been at home. Since...


Longhorns take on Baylor in Big 12 home opener

Wills Layton September 26, 2018

One would think that after playing six ranked teams in the first nine games of the season, it would be nice to take it easy and play some less talented squads. But instead, the Texas volleyball team embraces...


Texas’ not-so-secret weapon for TCU showdown

Wills Layton September 21, 2018

As great as the win against USC felt, Texas must turn its attention to the next big test on the schedule: TCU. The Horned Frogs, Texas’ first Big 12 opponent of the year, are coming off of a 40-28...

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Longhorns rally past Kansas State to win Big 12 Opener

Wills Layton September 20, 2018

After losing the first set of the match, Texas was in familiar territory. Having dropped the opening sets in their previous two matches, both of which they ended up losing, the Longhorns had to make...


Keys to the Game: No. 22 USC

Wills Layton September 14, 2018

Last week’s win against Tulsa was anything but easy. While the Longhorns never trailed, it felt as if Texas was trying to give the game away to the Golden Hurricane. This week is a chance to show...


Longhorns look to rebound at home versus No. 2 Stanford

Wills Layton September 14, 2018

In a matchup of top five teams, the higher ranked squad came away with the win. Unfortunately, for the No. 3 ranked Longhorns, they weren’t the higher seed. The game was a rematch of the 2016...


Texas takes on Stanford in Palo Alto

Wills Layton September 11, 2018

The Longhorns are hitting the road again, this time heading out to Palo Alto, California. Texas will be playing No. 2 Stanford on Tuesday, marking the No. 3 Longhorns’ fifth ranked opponent inseven...


Longhorns beat Bobcats in first home game

Wills Layton September 7, 2018

The energy before the game started was something special to behold. The student section was raucous, the players were singing along to the music being played and almost everyone in the stadium was wearing burnt...


Keys to the game: What Texas needs to do to beat Tulsa

Wills Layton September 6, 2018

As much as last week’s loss to Maryland hurt the hearts of all Longhorn fans, head coach Tom Herman put it best: The sun is going to come up tomorrow. This week, Texas will play Tulsa at home, in...


Longhorns fall to Badgers in Madison

Wills Layton September 2, 2018

Saturday was not a great day for Texas Sports against the Big Ten Conference. In addition to the football team’s loss to unranked Maryland, the women’s volleyball team fell to the No. 8 Wisconsin...


Three keys to Texas starting 1–0

Wills Layton August 31, 2018

The return of Texas football is upon us, and the storylines are plentiful. Last year, Maryland came into Austin and stole a win. On Saturday, Texas will look to write a new narrative.  Here are...


Late comeback lifts Texas over Florida

Wills Layton August 26, 2018

Texas’ 2018 campaign was just over 24 hours old when head coach Jerritt Elliott and his team faced a season-defining moment. The No. 3 Longhorns found themselves in a less than ideal situation...


Connie Clark out as head coach of the softball program

Wills Layton May 25, 2018

When UT’s softball program began in 1996, there was one woman at the head of the charge: Connie Clark. In her first year at Texas, Clark led the softball team as a club sport before it transitioned into...

Season ends with two losses in one day

Wills Layton May 25, 2018

After the Longhorns upset the No. 25 Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday, it looked like Texas was on its way to triumph. However, that victory soon turned to ash in the mouths of fans and players...


Longhorns win close game versus Minnesota

Wills Layton May 19, 2018

In the closest, most pivotal games of the season, the Longhorns came out on top, beating the Golden Gophers of Minnesota 2-1 on Friday night. In the double-elimination format of the tournament, a win...


Longhorns take down Tech, earn third place at Big 12 tournament

Wills Layton May 15, 2018

The bronze medal is a compelling idea: just good enough to place, but not good enough to be at the top. That has been the epitome of the Longhorns’ softball season, as the team has played top-teams...

Longhorns head west for the Seattle Regional

Wills Layton May 14, 2018

Texas softball (32-24) is headed west for the Seattle regional to take on Big 10 champion Minnesota (39-15) this Friday. The Longhorns received the news late Sunday night during the NCAA Selection show,...

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