Texas-Iowa State notebook: Brennan Eagles has career day, but Horns can’t find him late

Texas coaches clearly saw something they liked about the Iowa State defensive backs. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger was dialing up one deep ball after another Friday. Nobody benefited more than Brennan Eagles. Eagles’ best day of the season will be largely forgotten after Texas lost 23-20. But he finished with a … Read More

No. 13 Iowa State 23, No. 17 Texas 20: ‘Wish it didn’t have to go this way’

In the end, after multiple last gasp passes fell incomplete and an inspired kick hooked left, Sam Ehlinger stood, then kneeled and ultimately jogged off the field alone. The Texas quarterback hustled out of Royal-Memorial Stadium after watching his last home game go awry and the last flicker of a … Read More

Texas vs. Iowa State: Five key matchups

Five key matchups out of the Texas-Iowa State game to keep your eye on Friday:   Iowa State running back Breece Hall vs. Texas’ run defense Hall is sensational. The 6-1 sophomore leads the nation with 1,169 rushing yards six multi-touchdown games and eight 100-yard games. Teams can slow him … Read More

Last chance: In final home game, Texas seniors face No. 15 Iowa State in key Big 12 showdown

For 17 Texas seniors, Friday will bring about a moment of introspection. It’ll be the last time they run onto the field at Royal-Memorial Stadium. “I walk around the locker room and I’m like, I remember when I was a freshman looking at seniors and thinking that they looked really … Read More

No. 19 Texas 91, UT-RGV 55: Plenty of Longhorns thankful for a strong start in season opener

Texas’ season-opening win Wednesday night over UT-Rio Grande Valley looked like the family dinner table on Thanksgiving. There was so much to choose from, where do you start? It’s tempting to dive right into Greg Brown. The freshman from Vandegrift had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his Longhorns debut, … Read More

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Men’s preview: No. 19 Texas vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley

No. 19 Texas vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: First meeting About the Longhorns: Coach Shaka Smart said that six players have separated themselves in practice above the others. Where does that leave forwards Gerald … Read More

No. 19 Texas’ optimism cannot be masked: ‘Our guys feel like we can be really good’

There was real joy in Shaka Smart’s voice that could not be masked. “Game week is finally here for us,” the Texas men’s coach said Monday. “It’s been a long time coming.” Of course, that’s only if reality doesn’t hit some half-court, buzzer-beater. “Hopefully, knock on wood,” Smart said, “we … Read More

Rearrange the schedule all you want, No. 20 Texas must keep winning to stay in Big 12 hunt

The Kansas postponement didn’t really change anything for Texas. The 20th-ranked Longhorns (5-2, 4-2 Big 12) are still in the conference championship hunt. They still must have a “playoff” mindset. Coach Tom Herman said there’s no reason to explain to his players where Texas sits in the league standings because … Read More

‘AJ1’ back full throttle: Having dunked on leukemia, Andrew Jones ready to lead Texas

Andrew Jones is entering this season with a green light. The greenest of lights, actually. Texas coach Shaka Smart has practically hung a lantern. “Andrew Jones, he needs to shoot as much as he possibly can,” Smart said. Jones has to play defense, too, and force steals. He’s got to … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: With Kansas delay, Tom Herman believes Longhorns ‘lucky and good’ with COVID-19

Craig Way opened Tom Herman’s radio show Thursday with an honest query. “Got any weekend plans?” the Texas radio broadcaster asked. “No!” the Longhorns football coach said with a laugh. “I don’t.” Not anymore, at least. Not after Kansas postponed Saturday’s game against 22nd-ranked Texas because of COVID-19. The game … Read More

Texas keeps bolstering its 2021 recruiting class with 6-5 center Femme Sikuzani

The Texas women’s team signed another standout junior college transfer Wednesday for the 2021-22 season, further bolstering an already stellar recruiting class. Femme Sikuzani, a 6-foot-5 center, is ranked the No. 1 junior college prospect, according to All Star Girls Report. She’s originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo … Read More

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Saturday’s No. 22 Texas-Kansas game postponed to Dec. 12 after COVID-19 testing

Saturday’s game between No. 22 Texas and Kansas has been postponed according to the Big 12’s game interruption guidelines, the league announced Wednesday. The game will be rescheduled for Dec. 12. Kansas officials announced the Jayhawks could not “meet the minimum position requirements” established by the league office. “The position … Read More

‘We’re in the playoffs right now’: For No. 22 Texas, beating Kansas means another step toward Arlington

Sometimes, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. For example, nobody asked Texas coach Tom Herman during his weekly press conference on Monday about making the Big 12 championship game. But he noted that the Longhorns are about to embark on “a four-game stretch” to end the … Read More

Texas bolsters its No. 4 recruiting class by signing nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect

Texas women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer last week hinted there were more signees to come and the newest Longhorn is coming all the way from Australia. Texas announced the signing of Kobe King-Hawea, a 5-11 guard from Point Cook, Australia, as the latest addition to the … Read More

Texas coach Tom Herman takes Urban Meyer speculation, job rumors head on

It’s Kansas week, and since nobody ever really wants to talk about Kansas, the spotlight always falls on the head football coach at Texas. Tom Herman has no doubt heard the swirling rumors about his job status after a rocky 2-2 start this season. It’s hurt the Longhorns in recruiting, … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Turn around, look for the ball! Chris Ash explains what he’s teaching these DBs

If you’ve been watching TV the last few weeks, you’ve probably been screaming. At the Texas defensive backs, that is. Turn your head around! Look for the ball! Sigh. Oh dear. Look, nobody ever said playing defense in the pass-happy Big 12 was easy. To those playing cornerback in this … Read More

Texas signs four players in anticipation of Shaka Smart’s roster makeover next season

Texas coach Shaka Smart has a veteran team now, but he’ll be starting a complete rebuild project next season. The Longhorns took the first step Wednesday by signing four players to national letters of intent. The four-man class is ranked 21st nationally, according to the 247Sports composite ratings, and the … Read More

Greg Brown’s welcome to Texas has been a hair-raising experience for Shaka Smart

Freshmen normally make coaches pull out their hair. Shaka Smart has been growing his. The Texas men’s basketball coach, who normally shaves his head, has let his hair run wild during the pandemic. He would have preferred to see freshman Greg Brown running wild and dunking with abandon in Cooley … Read More

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Texas DT Keondre Coburn’s ankle injury not as bad as feared, could play vs. Kansas

There was good injury news Tuesday with Texas defensive tackle Keondre Coburn. Coach Tom Herman said that his defensive anchor had just “a mild high ankle sprain, as those do go,” during an interview with UT play-by-play voice Craig Way on 104.9 The Horn. Coburn appeared to get rolled up … Read More

Bye week gives No. 21 Texas a chance for passing game retooling, offensive tune up

Texas’ passing game is flashing something akin to the Check Engine light. It is serious? Is it nothing? Everything sounds OK, and the car has driven the 21st-ranked Longhorns to three straight victories. Still, it’s worrisome enough to look under the hood, change the oil and check the air filter … Read More