ESPN lays off reporters, but no changes expected at Longhorn Network

In a broad cost-cutting move that shocked the sports industry, ESPN laid off many of its on-air personalities on Wednesday, including a reporter who covered the Longhorns. However, UT officials indicated there has been no change with the university’s relationship with ESPN, and it’s unlikely the … Read More

Class of 2017: Giving up, going home not an option for Jamari Chisholm

MIAMI, Okla. — There are three different ways to get from Valdosta, Ga., on the state’s southern border, to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. You can go through Mississippi, Alabama or Tennessee. It’s mostly boring interstate from end to end. Jamari Chisholm doesn’t remember which route that cramped … Read More

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Former Texas C Jarrett Allen signs with Tandem Sports

Jarrett Allen is already following in Tim Duncan’s footsteps. In business, at least. The former Texas center has signed with Tandem Sports + Entertainment, the same agency that represents Duncan, Grant Hill, Dominique Wilkins and Tamika Catchings. Derrick Powell, Tandem’s vice president of athlete … Read More

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D’Onta Foreman tells NFL Network about losing infant son during 2016 season

Former Texas running back D’Onta Foreman revealed to NFL Network that he played the bulk of the 2016 season while his infant son was in intensive care and ultimately lost the 1 1/2-month old boy on Nov. 5. In a lengthy profile by NFL Network’s Andrea … Read More

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Former VCU standout Darius Theus joining Shaka Smart at Texas

Darius Theus, who played for coach Shaka Smart at Virginia Commonwealth, will be the new director of player development at Texas. Theus knows exactly what Smart wants out of the Longhorns. He made three trips to the NCAA Tournament and played on the VCU team that … Read More

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Texas president ‘cannot comprehend’ paying UT athletes

His football program is installing new football lockers that cost an eye-popping $10,500 each, but Texas President Gregory L. Fenves “cannot comprehend” paying UT athletes. That’s the main takeaway from an interview Fenves gave for a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed against the NCAA. The lawsuit seeks … Read More

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Next upgrade at Texas: Brighter, better screen coming to Godzillatron

The Texas football locker room isn’t the only thing getting a facelift. Next up: Godzillatron. UT officials are soliciting bids for a company to replace the gigantic south end zone video board inside Royal-Memorial Stadium with an LED display and add smaller ribbon boards around the … Read More

Class of 2017: Hooks DB Montrell Estell is casting his lot with the Longhorns

HOOKS — College recruiters and the clergy have similar pursuits, really. Both want you to join their flock. This map dot about 15 minutes west of Texarkana has only 2,769 people, according to the city limits sign, yet He’s everywhere. The First Assembly of God marquee … Read More

With Texas prospects dimming, Reese Leitao’s tale is one for all parents, students

JENKS, Okla. — With 15 spring practices now behind him, Texas coach Tom Herman rattled off his list of concerns last Saturday and said, “We don’t have a tight end right now.” The Longhorns were anxious to get Reese Leitao enrolled in June. With a 6-4 … Read More

Texas signee Reese Leitao court date pushed back to May 23

TULSA, Okla. — Texas signee Reese Leitao will still appear in court Tuesday morning, however his court date regarding a felony drug charge has been pushed back to May 23, his attorney said. Attorney Allen Smallwood said he will meet with prosecutors at 11 a.m. Tuesday … Read More

Orange-White game caps spring full of psychological challenges for Texas

There’s little doubt that Shane Buechele should be Texas’ clear-cut starting quarterback this fall. Buechele, who will be a sophomore, threw for 369 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s Orange-White spring game at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Freshman Sam Ehlinger threw for 148 yards and one score but … Read More

A Q&A with Shaka Smart: ‘We’re so much still a work in progress’

Shaka Smart doesn’t exactly remember his whereabouts that Sunday, but he knows he was nowhere near a television set. Asked if he watched the NCAA Tournament selection show, Smart said flat-out, “No.” “I don’t remember what I did, but I didn’t watch the show,” … Read More

Longhorns will be ‘vanilla,’ but Texas hopes to show growth in spring game

There was palpable excitement the last time Texas fans got their first public glimpse of a new administration. About 20,000 fans filed into Royal-Memorial Stadium in 2014 to see a new coach, new offense, new everything after 16 years of Mack Brown. The headline the following … Read More

Shaka Smart gets his point guard, but Texas is still chasing Mo Bamba

Shaka Smart was late to his own press conference on Wednesday to announce the signing of someone he hopes is a game-changer for Texas men’s basketball — Oak Hill Academy point guard Matt Coleman. “I was actually on the phone with a recruit, and obviously this … Read More

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Oak Hill Academy G Matt Coleman signs with the Longhorns

Texas coach Shaka Smart needed a point guard. On Wednesday, he got the one he’s coveted for years. Oak Hill Academy point guard Matt Coleman submitted his national letter of intent to the Longhorns on the first day of the spring signing period, the school confirmed. Read More

Freshman Jarrett Allen officially leaving Texas, will stay in the NBA draft

Only the hopeless optimist would deny Tuesday’s news that Texas freshman Jarrett Allen was hiring an agent and staying in the NBA draft. Just about everyone else could see this coming for weeks. A 6-foot-11 talent doesn’t come around often. Once it was clear that Allen … Read More

Questions abound, but new arena requires laserlike focus from Longhorns

Friday’s pronouncement that Texas will probably build a new multipurpose arena in the parking lot just south of Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field should make every Longhorn bolt upright and summon laserlike focus. Now, arguably more than ever, it’s time for Texas … Read More

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Hammer time: Longhorns literally smash their locker room as renovations begin

Decked out in a hard hat and construction vest, Texas coach Tom Herman kicked off the official renovation of the UT football facilities on Friday morning by taking a sledgehammer to the locker room. Literally. All on social media. “Hey, listen up,” … Read More

Shane Buechele moving ahead of Sam Ehlinger in Texas QB race

It’s only April, but it appears Shane Buechele is moving ahead of Sam Ehlinger in the Texas quarterback race. UT coach Tom Herman has acknowledged that Buechele’s full season of collegiate experience shows. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck echoed that thought on Thursday and said Buechele “sees … Read More

Texas running back depth looking thin thanks to twists, sprains, strains

Texas coach Tom Herman loves his receiving corps. And if you held his feet to the fire, linebacker production would be his biggest concern so far this spring. “But again,” he said, “I’m not concerned about a whole lot.” Running back depth sure seems like a problem, though. Read More