Can Texas swimming surge back into elite women’s status? It starts with Big 12 meet

Used to be, you could bank on the Texas women’s swim team competing for a national championship. The Longhorns won nine national titles from 1981 through 1991. Then the program gradually fell out of national relevance and more into a competitive afterthought. As Texas’ men’s team, under coach Eddie Reese, … Read More

With a win over OU, streaking Texas women’s basketball would go so retro

Brianna Taylor says her coach insists that she and her Texas teammates “live in the moment.” Don’t dwell, Karen Aston tells them, or look too far ahead. That means the only game that counts is Saturday’s road contest against 19th-ranked Oklahoma. “We’re just looking at the next game as the … Read More

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D’onta Foreman will be lonely Longhorn at NFL combine

The NFL has released its list of invited prospects for its annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. And Texas tailback D’onta Foreman is the lone Longhorn to receive an invitation. He’s one of 30 running backs to be included. The Big 12 running backs invited include Foreman, West Virginia’s Rushel … Read More

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The Longhorns’ first couple of athletics is expanding the family

Former Longhorn stars Aaron Ross and Sanya Richards-Ross chose Valentine’s Day to announce they’re expecting a baby. The couple confirmed the news to People magazine, then posted photos on their social media accounts to let their fans know. “Many parts of our lives have felt like a fairy tale, but … Read More

Arms race: With pitchers crowding Texas’ circle, depth may be a ‘game changer’

Some softball staffs have workaholic aces. More teams these days prefer pitching options. As Texas begins its season Friday, Longhorns coach Connie Clark is trying to figure out how to involve as many as five pitchers. The thought of so many arms is leaving her positively giddy. “I’m so excited … Read More

From Austin to Morgantown, grading the Big 12’s 2017 signing classes

Recruiting experts have considered this a down year for teams in the Big 12. Oklahoma, the two-time defending conference champion, stayed prominent. But Texas, with a new coaching change, toppled in the rankings. Here’s our annual look at how the Big 12 fared: OKLAHOMA Grade: A Biggest star: Justin Broiles … Read More

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Halliburton: Favorite memories of covering recruiting in ancient times include Pinkney, McGarity

National signing day is tomorrow and the thought of recruiting still gives me anxiety. I covered the beat for the Statesman way back in the day before there was such a thing as a recruiting web site. You actually had to perform old-school reporting tricks like pick up the phone … Read More

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Take a look at our re-ranked top 10 from 2012 Fab 55

Florida State signee Mario Edwards was the top-player on the 2012 Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55. Five years later, we’re reevaluating again. If we could do it over, here’s how we’d list the best prospects. 1. Corey Coleman, WR, Richardson Pearce (Baylor) Coleman was troubled by injuries for part of his … Read More

Looking back at our 2012 Fabulous 55: Five years later, just how fab were they?

Recruiting giddiness is swelling to a harsh decibel as national signing day approaches. Everything will be official on Wednesday. Prospects no longer can toy with social media hints of where they might sign. All problems for your favorite teams will have solutions. Whew, no need to peruse message boards to … Read More

There’s no shortage of options now for Texas setter Chloe Collins

The victory Saturday night over Creighton appeared breezy and effortless, with the win pushing the Texas volleyball team to its fifth straight appearance in the Final Four. On Monday, as the Longhorns took a day off from practice to concentrate on finals, what everyone continued to rave about was UT’s … Read More

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D’Onta Foreman named All Big 12, but only third best offensive player in league

Texas tailback D’Onta Foreman was one of five Longhorns to earn spots on the Associated Press All Big 12 team. But Foreman, who led the country in rushing and had 13 straight games of 100 yards or more, finished third in the balloting for the league’s offensive player of the … Read More

Now West Virginia’s defense, built to stop the pass, must stop D’Onta Foreman

The fierce play of the West Virginia defense, with its three fleet linemen and a stacked trio of linebackers, has been one of the prime success stories of the Big 12. The Mountaineers already have handled the league’s top passing offense, limiting Texas Tech to only 17 points. And Tech … Read More

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Field goals do matter: Baylor reopens its kicking competition for UT

Even with Art Briles no longer at the helm, Baylor is aggressive on offense, shunning field goals if there’s a reasonable chance of converting a fourth down. The Bears are 11 of 17 on fourth down attempts this season. Coach Jim Grobe isn’t adverse to field goals. But he’s got … Read More

Is Baylor’s defense legit? Texas will find out Saturday

WACO — The Baylor Bears are undefeated and nationally relevant because of the excellent play of their defense. Yes, you’re reading this correctly. Sure, Baylor still is dynamic on offense. That’s as automatic as sweating through a Texas summer. The Bears’ up-tempo mix of run and pass is the trendiest … Read More

One year later, Baylor’s Seth Russell has moved on from his 2015 neck injury

WACO — Baylor quarterback Seth Russell checked his watch, looking for a specific date. Was it that painful date? He didn’t know for sure. He paused a few seconds and said, “It’s past.” Russell moved on. It’s a busy week for the fifth-year senior. His undefeated and eighth-ranked Bears play … Read More

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Baylor’s Seth Russell applauds Texas’ defensive “heart”

WACO – – The Texas defense is just below middle-of-the-road in the Big 12. But that’s not much to brag about since teams in the league outside of West Virginia and Baylor have been abused by opposing offenses. Still, Baylor quarterback Seth Russell was complimentary of the Longhorn defense Monday … Read More

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Injured K-State starting quarterback likely to play against Texas

Texas probably will see Kansas State starting quarterback Jesse Ertz when the two teams meet in Manhattan this Saturday. Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said Monday of Ertz playing: “we’re anticipating he will.” Ertz injured his shoulder last Saturday in a loss to Oklahoma. K-State then turned to Joe Hubener, the … Read More

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OU’s Dede Westbrook earns Big 12 weekly honors for Texas game

Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, who enjoyed a record-setting performance against Texas, was named Monday as Big 12 offensive player of the week. Westbrook caught 10 passes for a school-record 232 yards in his team’s 45-40 victory over the Longhorns. And he amassed those yards in the first three quarters of … Read More

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Sooners starting defender ruled out for Longhorns

Charles Walker, one of Oklahoma’s top defenders, will not play Saturday against Texas. OU coach Bob Stoops confirmed the news Wednesday. Walker, an end, suffered a concussion during the Sooners 52-46 road victory last Saturday over TCU. Before his injury, he’d posted his best game of the season, deflecting two … Read More

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Watch out Longhorns: OU tailback Joe Mixon could be most versatile player in country

Joe Mixon, who is in Oklahoma’s tailback rotation with Samaje Perine, was recognized Monday as one of the country’s most versatile players by the Paul Hornung Awards committee And he truly is. Mixon’s running, catching, blocking and return game was key in the Sooners’ 52-46 victory on the road against … Read More