Rich Tijerina

American-Statesman Staff

A California-born, Texas-raised Aggie overseeing the Statesman's Longhorns coverage. I've worked in New Braunfels, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi again and now Austin, since 2002. Words matter.

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Breakfast with Bevo: Will a Texas player hear the words ‘And the winner is …’?

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s December 8th — 343 down, 23 to go. And 9 till the very first bowl games. YESTERDAY: Baylor introduced its new coach. Oregon found its coach, too (South Florida’s Willie Taggart). A former Texas coach got a new head coaching job — and it … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Twenty years later, a look back at Texas’ decision to Roll Left

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s December 7th — Happy National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, folks. We’re at 342 down, 24 to go for 2016. And 3 till we find out this year’s Heisman Trophy winner. YESTERDAY: The Texas men led in the final minute, but fell 53-50 at Michigan, dropping … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: In terms of Big 12 kudos, a tip of the cap to 5-7 Texas

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s December 6th — 341 down, 25 to go. And 11 till the very first bowl game. YESTERDAY: The Heisman Trophy finalists were announced, and D’Onta Foreman didn’t make the cut. But Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson did. The Colts manhandled … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Our report card for Texas’ 2017 season

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s December 4th — 339 down, 27 to go. And 245 till Texas kicks off its 2017 season at home against Maryland. YESTERDAY: Alabama beat Florida for the SEC title, Clemson beat Virginia Tech for the ACC title, Penn State topped Wisconsin in the Big Ten, … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: So how did Tom Herman end up on that parade float, anyway?

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s December 2nd — 337 down, 29 to go. And 30 till New Year’s Day. YESTERDAY: The Cowboys’ 17-15 win over the Vikings wasn’t pretty, but their 11-1 record sure is. The No. 14 Texas women fell at home to No. 3 South Carolina, 76-67, while … Read More

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Tom Herman makes his debut at Texas

New Texas coach Tom Herman started his introductory press conference by thanking the University of Houston for the opportunity he’s had the last two seasons. But the one-time UT grad assistant is ready for the new stage. “Now we are home,” Herman said, … Read More

Third and Longhorns: Inside TCU 31, Texas 9

WHY TEXAS (5-7, 3-6) LOST: Your guess is as good as ours. Why hasn’t this team, with its collection of highly-rated recruiting classes over the past two years, shown up and played like it’s had to? The Longhorns won their fifth game back on Nov. 5, giving them … Read More

TCU 31, Texas 9: The expanded boxscore

FIRST QUARTER TCU 7, Texas 3: Kenny Hill completed all six of his attempts on TCU’s opening drive, then scored his eighth touchdown run of the season. Texas’ lone highlight was a 48-yard bomb from Shane Buechele to Devin Duvernay, who hasn’t had a grab that long since Kansas State. Read More

Texas vs. TCU: Our four pregame questions — answered

On Friday morning, we asked four questions about the Texas-TCU matchup. Here’s how they played out: 1. WHOSE SENIOR STAR SHINED THE BRIGHTEST? Paul Boyette Jr. — by default. It was a rough ending for the seniors, who were lauded before their final game. Which one … Read More

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TCU 31, Texas 9 final recap: The season ends with a loss — and lots of questions

It’s over at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas, in last-game desperation mode trying to earn a sixth win to make it to a bowl game and also — maybe, depending on whose reports you choose to believe or not believe — save Charlie Strong’s job, rolled over and showed up flat, falling to a … Read More

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At the half: Listless TCU leads listless Texas, 7-6

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. And Texas, in a must-win game for a couple of important reasons, is trailing TCU, 7-6. The difference so far in this game, which has faded into a battle of punters and missed opportunities, has been Texas’ inability to finsh drives. One first quarter drive … Read More

Staff takes: With so much on the line, which Texas will show up on Friday?

Our staff takes on Friday’s Texas-TCU game: BRIAN DAVIS: Who knows which Texas we’ll get? One of this team’s biggest problems under Charlie Strong has been unpredictability. Nobody knows which Texas team will show up on any given week. So on a must-win Friday, will we get the team that … Read More

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Charlie Strong comments on his future; Wants to return

Charlie Strong’s weekly, regularly-scheduled game-week press conference has come and gone. Here’s the important stuff. Strong hasn’t been fired. Strong wants to come back in 2017. And he thinks that despite the win-loss record, he’s got the program trending upwards. Strong has talked to UT President Gregory L. Fenves and … Read More

Kansas 24, Texas 21: The expanded boxscore

FIRST QUARTER Texas 7, Kansas 0: The Jayhawks won the coin flip and opted to give Texas the ball to start the game. Bad idea. It took 11 seconds for the Longhorns to strike when Jacorey Warrick turned a missed tackle into the longest scoring play of his career and … Read More

Third and Longhorns: Inside Texas-Kansas

WHY TEXAS (5-6, 3-5) LOST: We’re not normally into pointing fingers, but this was a historic loss, so here goes. Texas lost for lots of reasons. The Longhorns didn’t look particularly interested to play at a reasonably high level, especially in the first half, when they were anything … Read More

Texas vs. Kansas: Our four pregame questions — answered

  On Saturday morning, we asked four questions about the Texas-West Virginia matchup. Here’s how they played out: 1. DID D’ONTA FOREMAN BREAK EARL CAMPBELL’S RECORD? Yes. Foreman, who rushed for 250 yards, not only broke Earl Campbell’s 39-year-old school record with his 12th straight 100-yard game, but … Read More

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Kansas 24, Texas 21 final recap: A shocking, costly loss — on so many levels

It’s all over in Lawrence. Define “it’s all over” how you want. Texas’ bowl chances, Charlie Strong’s job, the Longhorns’ chance at a winning season — all that’s on the table for discussion because the Kansas Jayhawks have just knocked off Texas in overtime, 24-21. That’s right. The Longhorns, who … Read More

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At the half: Texas trails — that’s right, trails — Kansas, 10-7

It’s halftime in Lawrence. And Texas is facing its nightmare scenario: The Longhorns — 24-point favorites — are trailing the 1-9 Jayhawks, 10-7. Let’s get the good out of the way first: Kansas won the coin flip and chose to let Texas start on offense. Bad decision. On the Longhorns’ first play, … Read More

Staff takes: Not that we’re taking this one for granted, Texas, but …

Our staff takes on Saturday’s Texas-Kansas game. Brian Davis, Danny Davis and Cedric Golden will be covering the game in Lawrence. Brian Davis: Time to do what’s expected, Texas The best thing that could happen for Charlie Strong on Saturday would be for a burnt-orange wrecking crew to … Read More

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Charlie Strong: Focusing on Kansas and a bowl, not job security or elections

Charlie Strong’s weekly press conference has come and gone. The highlights: 1. Kansas may be as close to a sure thing as you can get in the Big 12, but Strong says Texas isn’t taking anything for granted. It’s a road game, and the Longhorns have certainly had their issues … Read More