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Texas starts the season ranked 14th in Amway Coaches Poll, one spot behind Texas A&M

When judging the state’s two most high-profile 8-5 college football programs, coaches nationwide currently give the nod to Texas A&M over Texas. The Longhorns will start the unpredictable 2020 season ranked 14th in the Amway Coaches Poll, one spot behind the 13th-ranked Aggies, in the debut poll released Thursday by … Read More

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Austin mayor Steve Adler ‘hopes’ that Texas chooses to have no fans in the stands

Austin Mayor Steve Adler pulled no punches Wednesday during his annual State of the City address about the University of Texas’ plan to allow fans into Royal-Memorial Stadium this fall. “I hope they don’t really try to do this,” Adler said. “I’m not sure there’s anywhere in the world that’s … Read More

NCAA: Athletes who opt out because of COVID will have their scholarships protected

Conference and school administrators, already fed up with what they perceive as a lack of leadership from the NCAA, received guidance Wednesday that established protocols for a safe return to play and guidelines that protect athletes’ scholarship should they opt out. Most athletic directors around the nation were waiting on … Read More

Texas interim president Jay Hartzell: ‘I remain optimistic that there will be football in the fall’

Interim Texas President Jay Hartzell has sat in all the meetings and heard other Big 12 presidents’ concerns about playing football and having athletics in the fall. His sprawling campus will already be half-empty this fall. About half of UT’s student body has opted for online-only classes. Still, Hartzell said … Read More

Following others, Big 12 announces football teams will play only 10 games in 2020

Following the lead of other Power Five leagues, the Big 12 announced Monday night that its teams will play only 10 games this season — nine conference games and one non-conference matchup — because of the coronavirus. The Big 12 made the announcement after its board of directors, a group … Read More

In email to Texas season ticket holders, AD Chris Del Conte signals belt-tightening times ahead

In an email to season ticket holders late Sunday, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte hinted at budget cuts, or at least a strong belt tightening, for Longhorns athletics in the coming year because of COVID-19. Citing “these challenging times,” Del Conte asked season ticket holders to consider leaving “all … Read More

Geauxing, geauxing, gone: Texas-LSU now off as SEC goes to conference-only schedule

The Longhorns won’t be calling Baton Rouge any time soon. The much-anticipated Texas-LSU rematch on Sept. 12 is off as the SEC announced Thursday its teams will play a 10-game, conference-only schedule this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Texas spokesman said the school would withhold comment until the … Read More

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Austin health official: Even 25% stadium capacity a challenge for Texas football this fall

Austin Public Health director Dr. Mark Escott continues to believe that having fans at Texas football games this fall would be problematic as far as COVID-19 is concerned. School officials have said previously they are not bound to any city mandates and will adhere to all state-issued guidelines. “The challenge … Read More

Hartzell: Texas now looking at 25% capacity at Royal-Memorial Stadium for 2020

Texas officials are now looking at the possibility of a 25% stadium capacity — about 24,000 fans — this football season at the request of school leaders, interim UT President Jay Hartzell wrote Wednesday in a campus-wide email. In June, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide mandate for a 50% … Read More

No Texas athletes currently positive for COVID-19 as school will ramp up testing

Looking for some good news regarding college football? Texas has no football players testing positive for COVID-19 and none in self-isolation, either. In fact, the Longhorns have no positives on their volleyball or men’s and women’s basketball teams, according to UT athletic director Chris Del Conte. The soccer team begins … Read More

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Texas lands commitment from 3-star guard Emarion Ellis, multi-sport star from Iowa

Multi-sport talents can emerge from anywhere, and the Texas men’s basketball program just plucked one from Davenport, Iowa. The Longhorns landed a commitment from Emarion Ellis, a three-star guard for the recruiting class of 2021. He becomes the second player in what’s expected to be a pivotal class designed to … Read More

Big 12 presidents could wait two more weeks, maybe longer, before making fall sports decisions

Big 12 presidents are comfortable waiting two more weeks and maybe longer before making any definitive decisions about the upcoming college football season. In a wide-ranging interview with the American-Statesman, Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said league presidents generally want to play a full 12-game season. Still, the league must … Read More

Even in a pandemic, Texas coach Tom Herman would ‘love to play’ Texas A&M

Texas coach Tom Herman has always been polite but firm when asked about restarting the rivalry with Texas A&M. Simply put, the Longhorns want to play. The Aggies still don’t. Then came COVID-19. It’s still unclear whether the global pandemic will derail the entire college football season. But Herman made … Read More

Our 12th annual preseason Top 25: No. 5 Oklahoma is making a habit of Big 12, CFP, Heisman runs

The college football season is less than two months away. Right? As it approaches with question marks, our 12th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff, breaks down who we think are the top teams in the country. Last year’s eventual College … Read More

Our 12th annual preseason Top 25: For No. 11 Texas and Sam Ehlinger, it’s now or never

The 2020 college football season is less than two months away. Right? As it approaches with question marks, our 12th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff, breaks down who we think are the top teams in the country. Last year’s eventual … Read More

Texas renames Joe Jamail Field in honor of Heisman greats Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams

Dahr Jamail saw the George Floyd video and cried. “I was just weeping, thinking how low have we gone?” Jamail said. “That we just stand around and allow this. It’s murder! And it’s become the norm.” Floyd’s death at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers, captured on video and … Read More

UT making sweeping changes in response to athlete requests but keeps ‘The Eyes of Texas’

In response to requests from Longhorn football players, University of Texas officials announced sweeping changes Monday to address the university’s racial landscape but is not changing “The Eyes of Texas” school song. The university addressed most requests made by members of the UT football team, such as changing the name … Read More

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Report: Big 12 schools agree to bench visiting bands, spirit squads over coronavirus fears

Big 12 schools have reached an agreement where visiting bands and spirit groups will not travel to conference road games this season because of COVID-19 concerns, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The decision comes as Texas-based athletic directors grapple with how to space out season ticket holders to meet Gov. Read More

State Fair canceled for 2020 over coronavirus, but Texas-OU still a go at Cotton Bowl

State Fair of Texas officials announced Tuesday they were canceling the annual extravaganza over COVID-19 concerns, but their decision has no impact on the Texas-Oklahoma football game. Calling it “an extremely tough decision,” State Fair board chairwoman Gina Norris said health and safety was the top priority. More than 2.5 … Read More

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Texas basketball, volleyball teams start onboarding process with coronavirus testing

Texas men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball players started the onboarding process Monday to resume voluntary offseason workouts at the UT facilities. All players are tested for COVID-19 and must follow a strict set of protocols should anyone test positive. It’s the same protocols established for the UT football players’ … Read More