Texas vs. Oklahoma State: Five key matchups

Five key matchups out of the Texas-Oklahoma State game to keep your eye on Saturday:   Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard vs. Texas’ run defense As described by Texas defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham, Hubbard is a “monster.” Oklahoma State’s dynamic junior ranks seventh nationally in yards per game (119.5) … Read More

Stillwater Spooktacular: Texas must summon its A-game, scare the dickens out of No. 6 Oklahoma State

Sometimes, watching Texas football would make even Michael Myers wince. Five games into this season, Texas coach Tom Herman concedes that his Longhorns have yet to play their A-game. “Well, we haven’t this year. That’s for sure,” he said. “But we’ve got it in us. I know we do.” Pennywise … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Player development in 2020 means encouraging Longhorns to register, vote

Marching to the State Capitol raised eyebrows. Forcing University of Texas administrators to address the school’s racial past raised the stakes. The uproar over “The Eyes of Texas” raised everyone’s blood pressure. For some Longhorns, the social justice summer of 2020 was a sobering, eye-opening experience. “Unfortunately, yes,” said Kevin … Read More

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Texas G Matt Coleman, three other Longhorns honored with preseason Big 12 awards

Texas guard Matt Coleman III was named to the preseason All-Big 12 men’s basketball team on Wednesday while three others earned honorable mention status. Coleman is heading into his fourth year as a starting guard for the Longhorns. He has started 101 out of a possible 102 career games and … Read More

With no ‘bell cow’ among the top three, Texas will keep rotating running backs

It’s OK if the quarterback is the team’s leading rusher. That is, if your quarterback is Vince Young. If the team lacks a once-in-a-generation talent, it’s probably not ideal. Texas’ Sam Ehlinger is a lot of things, but he’s not Vince. And yet, the senior is the Longhorns’ leading rusher … Read More

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Big 12 announces 18-game men’s basketball schedule for upcoming season

As promised by the Big 12, Texas will have two league games in December this season as the men’s basketball schedule continues to take shape. The Big 12 unveiled its full 18-game slate on Monday with Texas opening league play on Dec. 13 at Baylor. The next game comes a … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: Breaking down the make-or-break moment Texas faces at Oklahoma State

Texas still controls its own destiny in the Big 12 championship race, but there’s little margin for error. The Longhorns are now headed to face the sixth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater this weekend. American-Statesman writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden and Brian Davis break down the matchup. Each week, Longhorn … Read More

With tougher games ahead, Texas must determine what kind of team it wants to be

Halfway through this 10-game regular season, Texas could easily be sitting here today 1-4 or 4-1. The Longhorns could be considered a top-15 program. Instead, they’re unranked at 3-2. This entire season thus far boils down to three plays: an onside kick at Texas Tech, a goal line fumble against … Read More

Texas 27, Baylor 16: Just what the Horns needed — a big win after a week of chaos

Texas enjoyed a boring 27-16 win over Baylor on Saturday. A big, beautiful, boring blowout — or at least what passes for a blowout these days with this team. To be clear, it wasn’t dull. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger had some big throws. Receivers Tarik Black, Joshua Moore and Jared Wiley … Read More

Mr. Fix It?: After an off week, Texas’ Tom Herman sends retooled Horns out vs. Baylor

Sure, the new Royal-Memorial Stadium south end zone project looks big from the stands. It’s impressive in size and scale, no question. But standing on the 50-yard line, it looks dramatically bigger. It’s hard to accurately describe how the towering new video board flanked by eight suites, new coaches offices … Read More

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Texas regents: ‘The Eyes of Texas is, and will remain, the official school song’

The UT System Board of Regents took a proactive step Thursday to shield new University of Texas president Jay Hartzell from “The Eyes of Texas” hailstorm and left no doubt it will remain the Longhorns’ school song. Regents chairman Kevin Eltife reiterated the board’s approval of Hartzell’s announcement that “The … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Can someone please explain what’s going on around here?

What a week at Texas, where every day is a new adventure. The steer got sued. That was an interesting Monday night call. “I’m an Aggie myself,” Nick Wagner’s attorney Jon Powell said. “When Nick contacted me, it was of immediate interest for an Aggie to … Read More

Longhorn Band may not return in 2020 until ‘The Eyes of Texas’ issue is resolved

The University of Texas marching band, long known as the “Showband of the Southwest,” may not perform again this season if band members can’t come to some agreement about playing “The Eyes of Texas.” A university spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the Longhorn band will not perform during Saturday’s game against … Read More

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Burnt orange vs. Big Blue: Texas-Kentucky set for Big 12/SEC Challenge in January

Texas coach Shaka Smart will take his veteran team to Rupp Arena this January for a date with Kentucky as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Longhorns and Wildcats will meet Jan. 30 in the heart of the Big Blue Nation. Kentucky has won the only two previous matchups … Read More

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Texas basketball will open season against UT-RGV, but after that? Well, it’s complicated

Texas will open the men’s basketball season against UT-Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 25 at the Erwin Center. What happens after that? Well, it’s in flux. The Longhorns’ original non-conference schedule was thrown out of whack by COVID-19 and essentially had to be rebuilt from scratch. A team spokesman said … Read More

Former American-Statesman photographer files lawsuit over Bevo XV’s pre-game Sugar Bowl surge

A former Austin American-Statesman photographer has filed a lawsuit against the owners and handlers of Bevo XV for negligence that caused “permanent injury” when the longhorn steer surged from his holding pen at the 2019 Sugar Bowl. According to a petition filed in Travis Country district court on Friday, Nick … Read More

Texas’ Tom Herman: Players not mandated to stay for ‘The Eyes’ but team is unified going forward

As far as “The Eyes of Texas” goes, Tom Herman laid all his cards on the table Monday. The Longhorns coach said there would be no mandate that players stay on the field for the post-game singing of the school song. Administrators hope that players would stay to show appreciation … Read More

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WATCH: Statesman writers discuss Tom Herman going in depth on ‘The Eyes,’ getting ready for Baylor

Texas coach Tom Herman met with reporters for almost 50 minutes, making it the longest Monday press conference in his four seasons at UT. He discussed “The Eyes of Texas,” off-week fixes and getting ready for Baylor. Austin American Statesman writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls discussed it … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: In other news, Longhorns well on their way to another historic year — in penalties

Let’s turn the eyes of Texas onto all those flags littering the ground. The coaches may change, but referees still earn a full day’s pay working UT games. Texas averaged 6.4 penalties per game in 2015. At the time, Charlie Strong said, “We do it to ourselves.” The next season, … Read More

Texas AD to coaches: Longhorns athletes are expected to be a ‘unified group’ during The Eyes

In his weekly letter to fans, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said he’s spoken with coaches “outlining my expectations” that teams show appreciation to fans by staying on the field as a unified group during the playing of “The Eyes of Texas.” Staying on the field for The Eyes … Read More