Five months out, what should be the right level of hype for the 2019 Texas Longhorns?

Just for grins, go dig through the Texas spring football clippings from April 2010, four months removed from the national championship game loss to Alabama. One local columnist wrote simply, “Garrett Gilbert will do great things here.” Another wrote, “it’s safe to say that quarterback is … Read More

Orange-White game: Swirling winds scramble Texas’ offensive plans but not its enthusiasm

When Texas athletic director Chris De Conte convenes his cabinet on Monday to discuss the weekend, he’ll say the Orange-White spring game was a raging, if wind-blown, success. Thousands packed Bevo Boulevard on Saturday afternoon in the sunny but windy conditions. Hundreds stayed afterward for a … Read More

Tense about the Orange-White spring game? Relax, Texas fans, and just use the eye test

Here’s some free advice for Texas fans. Don’t spend much too much time Saturday night dissecting position battles, measuring whether this junior has fractionally better explosiveness than that sophomore. Don’t worry about whether a freshman receiver gets behind a young defensive back. And for goodness … Read More

‘Made in Austin’: Texas taking emotion-based approach this weekend to engage with fans

Two hours before the NIT championship game, Chris Del Conte was busy shaking hands and taking photos with Texas fans in the basement of Stout, the official bar of New York-based Texas Exes. “It’s like Pace picante sauce. ‘New York City?!’ Who knew?,” the Texas athletic … Read More

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NBA-bound Jaxson Hayes becomes latest one-and-done Longhorn

Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes was supposed to be an anchor for the future. Instead, he’s merely the latest one-and-done Longhorn headed to the NBA draft. The school announced Thursday what practically everyone inside Cooley Pavilion already knew. Hayes will hire an agent and start immediately on … Read More

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Big 12, ESPN reach new streaming deal without disrupting Longhorn Network

The Big 12 has found a backdoor way to create its own league TV network without disrupting the Longhorn Network or Oklahoma’s deal with Fox. The league announced Wednesday a new arrangement with rights holder ESPN that will bring a wealth of content to the network’s … Read More

Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando can’t hide his enthusiasm about Texas’ offense

Typically in spring practice, the defensive coaches talk up the defensive players and leave the offensive hyperbole to their offensive counterparts. Nobody steps on anyone’s toes. Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando couldn’t help himself, though, as offensive coordinator Tim Beck waited for his turn behind … Read More

Texas freshman LB DeGabriel Floyd medically ruled out for 2019 with stenosis

Texas freshman linebacker DeGabriel Floyd has been medically ruled out for the 2019 season after being diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, coach Tom Herman said Saturday. Herman said Floyd, an early enrollee who made waves with his energy, will continue to seek treatment … Read More

Offseason lift: Shaka Smart balances NIT excitement over Texas’ real goals of NCAA glory

There’s a weird balance one strikes at the end of an NIT championship run. Sure, any college basketball coach would be happy to win a postseason tournament. But this wasn’t the goal. It’s never the goal at a major school like Texas. Shaka Smart has … Read More

NIT notebook: Royce Hamm’s layup, block, energy stabilized Texas in first half

NEW YORK — Royce Hamm Jr. is remarkably consistent in one crucial way. When Texas coaches put the sophomore into the game, something good usually happens. Hamm is known for his energy off the bench, and the Longhorns needed a spark midway through the first … Read More

Texas 81, Lipscomb 66: After up-and-down season, Longhorns are NIT champions

NEW YORK — Eventually, the specifics about what happened this season in various outposts like Stillwater, Athens or Lubbock will fade into oblivion. How big were those leads against Michigan State and Baylor? What was the name of that dude who blocked the shot at … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 81, Lipscomb 66

NEW YORK — Texas players were insistent. They came all this way. Why not win the NIT? “Man, I just feel like it would cap off our season,” freshman Courtney Ramey said after the semifinals. “The ups and down and turns, it would be a great … Read More

With an NIT championship win, Texas can complete its own Broadway revival

NEW YORK — In this town, nothing ever dies. It always finds new life. Theater houses have put up Porgy and Bess revivals darn near every decade since the 1940s. Guys and Dolls always draws a crowd. They’ll be doing The King and I and … Read More

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NIT championship preview: Texas vs. Lipscomb

NIT championship preview: Texas vs. Lipscomb When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Madison Square Garden (capacity 18,746) TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn Line: Texas by 1 1/2 About the series: Texas has a 2-0 all-time series lead in games that … Read More

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Texas’ Shaka Smart downplays UCLA as Bruins reportedly focus on TCU’s Jamie Dixon

NEW YORK — Texas coach Shaka Smart downplayed a report in the Los Angeles Times that he was being considered among the second tier of candidates should UCLA not get its top pick, most likely TCU’s Jamie Dixon. “I’m focused on our team. My plan is … Read More

Texas 58, TCU 44: Longhorns suffocate Frogs, now one win away from NIT championship

NEW YORK — There was really no need to come all this way to the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” The Longhorns would’ve played the Horned Frogs again on a blacktop in Waco. Beat somebody bad enough, long enough — as TCU has done to Texas the … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 58, TCU 44

NEW YORK — It’s been a bumpy ride all year long full of inconsistencies and frustration. But the Longhorns are now one win away from winning a championship. Texas nearly frittered away another double-digit lead against TCU, but coach Shaka Smart’s club held tight down the … Read More

New York sights, sounds energize Dylan Osetkowski, Longhorns heading into NIT semifinals

NEW YORK — Dylan Osetkowski has the right state of mind this week. “Let’s go talk by the window,” the Texas senior said. “I want to look out and see Central Park.” Sure enough, it’s a hell of a view from the sixth floor … Read More

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NIT semifinals preview: Texas vs. TCU

NIT semifinals preview: Texas vs. TCU When: Approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Madison Square Garden (capacity 18,746) TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn Line: TCU by 1 1/2 About the series: Texas has 108-66 lead in the all-time series that … Read More

Cal’s overall depth pushes Golden Bears past Texas at NCAA men’s swim championships

Home-pool advantage isn’t what it used to be. At least not for Texas, anyway. The Longhorns were happy to welcome the nation’s best inside the spectacular Texas Swim Center over the years, provided they all dragged along a cinder block. Texas hosted the NCAA men’s championships … Read More