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Texas to host Gonzaga in home-and-home men’s basketball series on Nov. 13

Texas has reached a home-and-home agreement to play Gonzaga in men’s basketball beginning next season in Austin, according to a UT spokesman. The Longhorns will play the Zags at the Erwin Center on Nov. 13. They would then play a return game in Spokane, Wash., during … Read More

Texas’ Tom Herman: ‘Today is the first day of the new normal for us’

Monday was indeed an odd day at the University of Texas. Students from all over the state, from all over the world, opened their laptops from home and logged into online classes. The South Mall was empty at lunch, the grass between the six … Read More

His future now certain, Texas coach Shaka Smart can plow headfirst into the offseason

Now that there’s more clarity about his future, Shaka Smart can plow headfirst into the offseason. But the coming months will be no regular offseason for the Texas men’s basketball coach. Students begin classes this week as the spring semester starts up again, albeit … Read More

With Texas football on hold, Tom and Michelle Herman find new normal in coronavirus stoppage

Being stuck at home isn’t all bad. It’s brought the Hermans closer. Normally, their house is a whirlwind of activity. A married couple with hectic daily lives and three kids — a high school sophomore, a sixth-grader and one in kindergarten — and two dogs barely … Read More

‘Shaka’s our coach’: Texas AD Chris Del Conte is sticking with Shaka Smart for 2020-21

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte faces serious questions daily from parents about the well-being of nearly 525 student-athletes and the Longhorns’ financial health in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. But he hasn’t wavered in his support of men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart, who will … Read More

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Texas assistant Luke Yaklich ‘extremely excited’ to take over at Illinois-Chicago

Luke Yaklich has always been a Chicago guy. He was raised in LaSalle, Ill., about 100 miles west and went to school at Illinois State. So it made perfect sense for Yaklich to get his first head coaching job near home. As expected, Illinois-Chicago … Read More

Even in coronavirus pandemic, construction continues at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Moody Center

While many workers are stuck at home, construction marches on at Royal-Memorial Stadium and the Moody Center. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said “so far, so good” as workers swing hammers and excavate dirt even after Austin and Travis County’s shelter-in-place orders were put … Read More

Texas lineman Denzel Okafor puts name into NCAA transfer portal

Texas offensive lineman Denzel Okafor has put his name into the NCAA transfer portal and will explore his options, according to a team spokesman. When reached by phone Wednesday, Okafor declined comment. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound junior has played in 39 career games and … Read More

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Texas coach Tom Herman: ‘Join us in helping our most vulnerable fellow Texans’

Texas coach Tom Herman posted a message on social media Wednesday encouraging people to “join us in helping our most vulnerable fellow Texans by sharing our time and resources.” Herman, who has already given a personal donation to the Central Texas Food Bank, highlighted multiple non-profit … Read More

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Texas assistant Luke Yaklich leaving Longhorns to becoming Illinois-Chicago head coach

Texas assistant coach Luke Yaklich will be named the new men’s basketball head coach at Illinois-Chicago, according to a source familiar with the situation. UIC could make it official on Tuesday.  Neither Yaklich nor UT coach Shaka Smart could not be reached. Yaklich came … Read More

How would Texas athletics hold up financially in an economic downturn?

In this environment where people are pulling back financially, Ross Moody is leaning in. This week, the trustee of the Moody Foundation announced $2.25 million in gifts to various non-profits in Austin, Dallas and Galveston. Locally, organizations like Mobile Loaves & Fishes and the Central Texas … Read More

Texas, Michigan social media teams collaborate, spread new message #UnitedAsOne

Texas officials have pulled back and taken a conservative public stance this week as COVID-19 continues to bring the world to a halt. Still, the Longhorns are leading the way with a positive tone on social media. The NCAA unveiled the #UnitedAsOne campaign on Thursday in … Read More

As coronavirus impacts continue, Texas is bracing for cancellation of spring football

The coronavirus has infected the NCAA’s spring calendar, and now Texas spring football is likely next to be canceled. Big 12 athletic directors are scheduled to meet Wednesday via teleconference, according to sources. The situation is fluid, but it’s expected the league will announce … Read More

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Report: Texas ex Kevin Durant tests positive for coronavirus

Former Texas standout Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets who have tested positive for COVID-19. Durant told The Athletic he had indeed tested positive. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” Durant told the website on … Read More

Texas athletes, coaches come to grips with stoppage, all wonder what’s next

Those in the stands cheered the NCAA’s decision to cancel March Madness and all spring championships over coronavirus fears. The competitors in the arena were devastated. “Speechless,” Texas guard Sug Sutton tweeted Thursday. Her Longhorns teammate Joyner Holmes tweeted, “Absolutely speechless… … Read More

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NCAA Tournament canceled, Big 12 suspends all activities over coronavirus outbreak

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — March Madness is over because of the novel coronavirus. Less than an hour before tipoff Thursday, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte called Shaka Smart, who was in the Sprint Center locker room. The Longhorns’ coach then gave his lieutenant Cody … Read More

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Texas banning fans from home athletic events until March 22 over coronavirus fears

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas athletics announced late Wednesday that fans will not be allowed attend any home sporting event through March 22 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The decision dovetails with an announcement from UT administrators that spring break will be extended to March 30. Read More

March minus the madness: Big 12, NCAA ban fans from basketball tournaments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby looked downtrodden Wednesday when he announced the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would have limited fan access over COVID-19 fears. The league made the decision at the end of a whirlwind day where the NCAA took … Read More

Are Texas, Texas Tech facing off in an NCAA play-in game? ’It may be or it may not’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fears over COVID-19 rattled college administrators this week. But at least things were somewhat normal Wednesday inside the Sprint Center. Music blared as Texas Tech went through a 45-minute shoot-around. Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, The Notorious B.I.G. and, of course, “One Shining … Read More

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Big 12 announces ‘limited attendance’ policy for men’s, women’s basketball tournaments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Wednesday that only a small number of fans would be allowed into the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this week in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The league made the decision at the … Read More