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

Whys of Texas: Once-forgotten mailbag now overflowing over ‘The Eyes,’ penalties and Tom Herman

Mothballing the Whys of Texas mailbag seemed like a good idea this season. People don’t send emails anymore. It’s the electronic pen and quill, and who’s got time to dabble in the electronic ink? Most people prefer being catty in my Twitter mentions, all while staying anonymous, of course. And … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: Tom Herman addresses “The Eyes of Texas” issues, Horns’ own issues, too

On Longhorn Confidential, American-Statesman writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden and Brian Davis discuss Texas coach Tom Herman’s thoughts on the “The Eyes of Texas” and the issues involving his 2-2 Longhorns.     … Read More

Anger over ‘The Eyes of Texas’ threatens to engulf the Longhorns’ entire season

Things have somehow reached a point where Texas coach Tom Herman started his weekly press conference Monday by reading a statement about the school song. It’s a nuclear bomb that nobody at UT can disarm. “I do want to address something I know that continues to be a point of … Read More

Texas falls out of AP Top 25, fan anger growing as Tom Herman sits 2-2 with mistakes galore

DALLAS — The Monday before the Oklahoma game, Texas coach Tom Herman insisted that his team was improving. “Any time you get better week in and week out, that’s progress,” he said. These Longhorns simply don’t pass the eye test. Herman’s club has lost back-to-back Big 12 games, and fan … Read More

Oklahoma 53, No. 22 Texas 45 (4OT): Another sloppy performance that Sam Ehlinger can’t completely save

DALLAS — Only in 2020 could the Red River Showdown test everyone’s emotions in ways that force you to question everything. Saturday was shaping up to be the most embarrassing loss in Texas coach Tom Herman’s four-year tenure. It was sloppy football through three quarters as Oklahoma pulled ahead on … Read More

Texas vs. Oklahoma: Five key matchups

Five key matchups out of the Texas-Oklahoma game to keep your eye on Saturday:   Texas QB Sam Ehlinger vs. Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler Granted, these two gunslingers won’t meet head-to-head on the field, but everyone knows this game is all about the quarterback. Ehlinger is 1-2 in Dallas, having … Read More

Texas-Oklahoma meet again in Dallas, but where are these programs truly headed?

First, get a corny dog. OK, now let’s address what will possibly be the strangest Texas-Oklahoma game ever. “It’s gonna be weird,” UT defensive tackle Keondre Coburn said. Sorry, folks. Big Tex isn’t welcoming you to the State Fair of Texas this year because of the pandemic. Somehow, we must … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Brenden Schooler’s quick adjustment speaks to his football professionalism

Brenden Schooler’s long hair and wild transfer story make for interesting data points about his college football journey. But let’s talk about the Texas receiver’s football professionalism. It’s a rare character trait, frankly, but one that’s unmistakable. How many players can transfer in late August, learn a new offense and … Read More

Texas will pay back coaches who are taking salary reductions due to pandemic

Football head coach Tom Herman and other coaches at the University of Texas are taking salary reductions. That is until they all get the money back. Documents obtained Monday by USA TODAY Sports show the athletics department plans to reimburse coaches who are taking voluntary pay … Read More

Texas’ Tom Herman refusing to panic, still sees ‘a ton of improvement from week to week’

Texas coach Tom Herman braces for impact after every loss and even the close wins, too. Probably smart. “Well, I haven’t gotten on anything other than Yahoo News,” Herman said Monday. “So I know a lot more about our president’s health condition and some of the celebrity gossip than I … Read More

Yet again, Tom Herman’s Longhorns must get off the mat after sloppy, disjointing loss

Every time Texas puts itself in position to take another step forward, Tom Herman’s program gets punched square in the face. How many times will the Longhorns accept being knocked down? The Horns went 10-4 in 2018, and Herman got a guaranteed contract extension through 2023. Then came third-and-17 against … Read More