Big 12 rebuild? After strong year, league heads into 2018 with more questions than answers

From the looks of things, the Big 12 had a terrific football year in 2017. Oklahoma represented the league in the College Football Playoff and produced a Heisman Trophy winner. Three teams had 10-win seasons, and eight played in bowl games. The league’s 5-3 postseason mark was second among the … Read More

Big 12 media days begin, again, with no Texas quarterback in sight

Mack Brown always embraced symbolism with the game’s most important position. It just didn’t always work out. In July 2010, the former Texas coach brought sophomore Garrett Gilbert to Big 12 media days. The quarterback’s only real experience had been stepping in for the injured Colt McCoy against Alabama … Read More

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Texas DE Breckyn Hager, CB Kris Boyd garner preseason All-Big 12 honors

Momentum continues to gather for Texas defensive Breckyn Hager as one of the Big 12’s breakout stars in 2018. Hager and cornerback Kris Boyd were named to the preseason All-Big 12 team unveiled Wednesday. Those were the only two Texas players mentioned as Oklahoma and West Virginia players dominated the … Read More

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Texas’ David Pierce named Baseball America college coach of the year

Texas coach David Pierce guided a team that stood 9-9 early this season all the way to the College World Series. That type of work was among the nation’s best, according to Baseball America. The well-respected baseball magazine named Pierce its national college coach of the year … Read More

Our 10th annual Top 25 countdown: Their big names gone, No. 20 USC is reloading … or is that rebuilding?

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 14 on our 2017 list. Our … Read More

Texas coaches Mike White, Edrick Floréal to each receive base salaries of $450,000

Oregon officials didn’t want to pay up to keep successful softball coach Mike White. Money didn’t stop Texas. In June 2015, White agreed to a six-year contract with the Ducks worth about $237,500 annually, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. The school wasn’t interested in giving White … Read More

Texas is ranked 25th? The Longhorns don’t belong on anyone’s Top 25 ballot — yet

If we’re being honest, sportswriters hate filling out preseason polls. It’s a total guessing game. Picking the No. 1 team is easy. Filling out the top 10 isn’t much trouble. Then comes slots 11-15, and things slow down. Hey, Google, who’s ranked 18th, 19th and 20th? … Read More

Our 10th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 25 Texas is building, but are we there yet? Are we there yet?

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — we kick off our 10th annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 14 on … Read More

Revisiting the Texas Ten: How did our top preseason UT athletes to watch fare this year?

Last August, the American-Statesman picked 10 Longhorns student-athletes to watch during the 2017-18 academic year, our inaugural Texas Ten. We came up with the list by looking at an athlete’s importance to his or her team as well as the athlete’s career arc. “No one player determines … Read More

Texas athletics, 2017-18: A year of wins on the field, but also transformative change off it

For Texas athletics, the 2017-18 athletic year was successful. Taken on the whole, it always is. Sure, the Longhorns enjoyed their typical success in non-revenue sports. Texas hauled in yet another national championship in men’s swimming and diving, its fourth straight and 14th overall under legendary … Read More

Magic Mo: Orlando grabs Texas freshman Mo Bamba sixth overall in NBA draft

Despite its football reputation, Texas has churned out a staggering amount of basketball talent. Ten Longhorns have become first-round NBA draft picks since 2006. The headliner in that group is obviously Kevin Durant, now a two-time Finals MVP. Don’t forget about LaMarcus Aldridge, Tristan Thompson, Myles … Read More

#FloKnows he’s ready: New Texas track coach Edrick Floréal is ‘prepared for this moment’

New Texas track and field coach Edrick Floréal has done such impressive work at Stanford and Kentucky, he’s got his own hashtag and meme — #FloKnows. It’s darn near universal. As in, #FloKnows history. At Arkansas, Floréal was one of the nation’s top triple-jumpers. The five-time … Read More

New NCAA transfer, redshirt rules shift the balance of power toward the athlete

The NCAA Division I council announced the passage of two blockbuster rule changes on Wednesday that shift the power dynamic in college athletics toward the athlete. Beginning Oct. 15, athletes in all sports can transfer to other institutions without informing their coaches first. Under current rules, … Read More

With coolers and craziness, the ‘OccupyLF’ crowd bringing electricity back to Disch-Falk Field

Most Texas baseball fans under 40 probably never heard of the Wild Bunch. That’s too bad, too. They were like the Rolling Stones or U2. You had to see them live at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. “Back in the day, they intimidated teams when they came in,” … Read More

The Texas turnover: Chris Del Conte hopes a new cabinet, approach leads to Longhorns stability

It’s somewhat mind-boggling how Texas has gone through four offensive coordinators in four seasons. That kind of instability helped produce a 23-27 record. There’s been similar turnover in the administrative suite. With Chris Del Conte now guiding the athletic department, the Longhorns are on their third … Read More

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AJ1 returns: Andrew Jones enrolls in web classes at Texas, first step toward rejoining team

Strictly from a basketball perspective, Andrew Jones’ first step on the road back to the Longhorns was an obvious one. He needed to get back in school. Jones, who is battling leukemia, left the Texas basketball program last January after his diagnosis and … Read More

Texas AD Chris Del Conte hires TCU’s Drew Martin, former Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte is assembling an entirely new administrative team heading into the new academic year. At a department staff meeting on Thursday, Del Conte announced the hiring of two new administrators — TCU’s Drew Martin, a close confidante, and former Nebraska … Read More

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Incoming Texas freshman Kamaka Hepa named to Team USA Under-18 roster

Incoming Texas freshman Kamaka Hepa has earned a spot on the Team USA Under-18 men’s team and is headed off to international competition. The final Under-18 roster was unveiled Tuesday. The team, led by Kansas coach Bill Self, will now depart for the FIBA Americas U18 … Read More

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Texas athletics lays off at least 13 staff members in departmental restructuring

At least 13 Texas athletic department staffers were notified Monday morning they were being laid off, a source told the American-Statesman Monday. Athletic director Chris Del Conte confirmed to the Statesman that some staffers were notified on Monday. But Del Conte has compared the UT athletic … Read More

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Texas legends Vince Young, Kenneth Sims make the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Vince Young lifted Texas to the Rose Bowl and then the national championship. Now, the swaggering, dynamic Longhorn has a chance to run all the way into the College Football Hall of Fame. Young’s name was included on the ballot for the Hall of Fame class … Read More