For Texas fans who believe in karma, good times may soon be heading your way. That’s the only way to interpret what’s happened this offseason for the Longhorns and coach Charlie Strong. Skeptics will look at Strong’s 11-14 record and think the end is near after the 2016 season. The coach himself admitted that going 6-7 and 5-7 was unacceptable. UT hasn’t had endured three consecutive losing seasons since 1936-38. “You want to see progress,” Strong said at Big 12 media days. “I totally agree with that.” Optimists have the edge, though. When the Longhorns start fall practice on Aug. 6, they’ll be lifted by the knowledge that too many things have gone right this offseason instead of wrong. Strong has a new offensive coordinator and a talented freshman quarterback. The roster has been stockpiled with athleticism, thanks to two dynamite recruiting classes. The coach has the full support of UT administrators, and a capacity crowd of 100,000-plus should pack Royal-Memorial Stadium for the … Read more

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Report: Big 12 officials want expansion done before 2016 season begins

Big 12 officials would prefer to wrap up the conference expansion process before the start of the 2016 football season, according to a report from CBS Sports. Three sources told CBS Sports that league officials do not want expansion talk to drag into the … Read More

Texas countdown to football: How the last 5 UT coaches fared in year 3

The football season is approaching fast, and Texas fans are getting excited.  Counting today, there are 38 days until the start of the football season. To help celebrate, we’re counting down five things every day until the start of the season. Charlie Strong is a few weeks way from starting his … Read More

David Pierce’s goal for Texas baseball: Get to the regional

It’s becoming apparent the many differences between new Texas baseball coach David Pierce and his predecessor. Pierce plays for the home run. Augie Garrido famously said that, given the chance, he’d bunt with Babe Ruth. Whereas Pierce speaks on the intricacies of the game, Garrido, the Zen Master, was something of a … Read More

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Longhorns in 2016: Offensive line, defensive line

Leading up to the start of August training camp, the Statesman will examine each position on the Texas roster.  OFFENSIVE LINE Last season, this unit had major question marks and little depth. It was the ultimate keep-your-fingers-crossed proposition. Now, first-year assistant Matt Mattox has … Read More

Texas baseball notebook: David Pierce has renovation plans — for the team and the stadium

At long last, the outfield walls at Texas’ baseball stadium could be moving closer to home plate. This is reason for a home run celebration for run-starved Longhorns supporters, whose new coach, David Pierce, is pushing for a modification of cavernous UFCU Disch-Falk Field because “we … Read More

Back in Austin wearing gold, Longhorns ready to focus on upcoming season

Shaka Smart is back in his element this week, back at work inside Cooley Pavilion and back wearing his normal clothes, too. The Team USA threads are packed away, and on Tuesday Smart was wearing his Texas workout gear. “I actually changed in the airport,” Smart said. Smart and his … Read More

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Texas lands commitment from TCU pledge Josh Thompson

Days after extending an offer, Texas picked up a commitment from Nacogdoches three-star cornerback Josh Thompson. Thompson, the No. 53 player on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55, had been committed to TCU for more than a month but changed his mind in the wake of an offer from Texas that … Read More

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Running back Roderick Bernard likely out for 2016

Texas wide receiver/running back Roderick Bernard suffered an injury from a car crash earlier this month and will likely be out for the 2016 season. Roderick Bernard's HS coach confirms reports that Texas WR was injured in car crash earlier this month. He's now likely out … Read More

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David Pierce says it’s time to bring in the fences at the Disch

In a move that would please run-starved Texas fans, new Longhorns baseball coach David Pierce says he wants to bring in the fences at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. It won’t happen this year, but Pierce told reporters on Wednesday that shortening the playing field is being discussed by himself and his administration. Read More