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All content by Wills Layton

One last adequate from a sports writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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...