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#WeAreOne: All kinds of Texas exes show support for current players pushing for change

Texas exes across the athletic spectrum were tweeting their support Tuesday for the current Longhorns engaged in campus activism to change UT’s racial environment. Former football players Lance Gunn, Mike Adams, Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson, Tim Crowder, Sam Acho, Quandre Diggs and Johnathan Gray and more … Read More

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 50% stadium capacity is ‘more than just the seating strategy’

Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed Tuesday that he met with college athletic directors around the state of Texas last week to discuss limiting stadium capacity to 50% this fall due to COVID-19. While Abbott did not get into specifics about the call itself, he said basketball and … Read More

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Texas exes Dan Neil, Kenneth Sims both named to 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Texas exes Dan Neil and Kenneth Sims are both on the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot unveiled Tuesday. Neil was a four-year starter on the offensive line from 1993-96. A finalist for the Outland Trophy, Neil started 49 games and became a first-team All-American … Read More

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Texas tennis star Yuya Ito, a three-time All-American, will forgo extra season at UT

Texas senior Yuya Ito, a driving force on the 2019 men’s tennis national championship team, will not return for the extra year of eligibility he received due to the coronavirus shutdown. Ito leaves UT as “one of our program’s all-time greats,” coach Bruce Berque said. Read More

Texas officials listening while Oklahoma State, Texas A&M athletes take stands on race issues

The activism that starts at Texas may indeed change the world. While those in the Tower were getting their arms around a list of requests from athletes, others around the region were raising issues tied to racial equality. Interim Texas president Jay Hartzell … Read More

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Interim Texas president Jay Hartzell addresses race issues, avoids ‘The Eyes’ for now

In a statement, interim Texas president Jay Hartzell announced Monday he would “listen closely” to those on campus about racial inequities and formulate a plan this summer but did not address the furor created over the Longhorns players’ requests last week. Hartzell mentioned nothing about changing … Read More

What’s in a name?: A look at the names on buildings that Texas athletes want changed

The University of Texas has a long tradition of naming campus buildings after school presidents, influential donors and members of the UT System Board of Regents. On Friday, dozens of Texas athletes requested that four specific building names be changed due to the individual’s personal … Read More

A history of ‘The Eyes of Texas’: Song performed at minstrel shows is now part of every-day UT life

“The Eyes of Texas” is nearly as old as the University of Texas itself. The school song was written in 1903 and is played before and after every UT sporting event. But the song’s origins, lyrical tune and meaning has been a sore subject with minorities … Read More

In show of unity and force, Texas athletes call for changes to address UT’s racial past, future

In a show of unity and force, multiple University of Texas athletes asked for a series of changes Friday that, if enacted, would radically alter UT’s racial landscape, from changing building names to replacing “The Eyes of Texas” as the school song. Nearly 40 student-athletes from seven different … Read More

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Texas CB Anthony Cook abruptly announces he’s leaving the Longhorns

Texas defensive back Anthony Cook abruptly announced late Thursday that he was leaving the Longhorns for undisclosed reasons. The tweet was later deleted.  “Due to unfortunate situations I will not be playing another snap for the University of Texas,” Cook tweeted. “Has nothing to do with … Read More

Texas will start voluntary workouts next week, but first, how are those COVID tests looking?

As it turns out, this is not Tom Herman’s first pandemic. “Eleven years ago, we went through H1N1,” the Texas coach said Thursday. “I was at Iowa State and we traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska, and we had to play Ndamukong Suh with like nine starters … Read More

Even with social distancing, Texas officials believe all season ticket holders can fit in stadium

As long as Gov. Greg Abbott allows at least 50% stadium capacity this fall, Texas officials believe they can squeeze all football season ticket holders into Royal-Memorial Stadium. Speaking on a conference call with other college administrators, UT’s director of external operations Drew Martin said coronavirus … Read More

‘That can be me’: Texas players march to State’s Capitol with higher purpose, raise awareness for inequality

Thursday, a hot, humid Texas day in early June, brought about what should stand forever as one of the most memorable moments in Texas football history. Dozens of Longhorns, their coaches and support staff members walked from Royal-Memorial Stadium to the steps of the State Capitol, … Read More

New coronavirus manual details how Texas football athletes return to on-campus workouts

Texas football athletes and their families received a 19-page manual on Thursday from the athletic department that spells out how the Longhorns will return for summer workouts while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The “Texas Athletics Football Student-Athlete Return To Campus Plan” has detailed instructions about … Read More

Texas coach Tom Herman opens up on race relations as his Longhorns speak up in team meeting

It’s a simple question, but the answer forces some hard truths. Does the average fan truly understand what it’s like to be a black athlete at Texas? “Absolutely not. No. No way,” Texas coach Tom Herman told the American-Statesman on Monday. “Well, one, if … Read More

Texas athletes, coaches take to Twitter; ‘Last time I checked burnt orange ain’t get murdered and oppressed’

With protests unfolding blocks from campus, Texas athletes and coaches expressed their feelings on social media about race relations, last week’s death of George Floyd and even digitally pushed back against those wanting them to stick to sports. “It’s an unpleasant time right now but not … Read More

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Texas men’s coach Shaka Smart: ‘We have an opportunity to LISTEN to each other’

After a weekend full of nationwide protests, Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart posted a heartfelt message Monday that said “we have an opportunity to LISTEN to each other.” “I’ve struggled to articulate the sadness and anger I’m still feeling days after hearing George Floyd’s final … Read More

‘The Sheriff’ gets his degree: At 52, Stanley Richard is now officially a Texas graduate

Each spring, the Texas athletic department publishes a list of its spring graduates. Most of the names are those you’d expect, current seniors from various sports. One name this semester was stunning. Or rather, it was Shocking. Stanley Richard is now 52. His name wouldn’t register with most current Longhorns. Read More

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Austin health officials skeptical of large crowds gathering for Texas football in 2020

Austin health officials are still skeptical large crowds will be able to gather at Texas football games this fall without good treatments or tests upon entry. “As much as we want things to be back to normal, they are not back to normal yet,” Austin-Travis County … Read More

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All 20 Texas sports earn high marks for NCAA’s Academic Progress Rates

Texas athletes continue to excel in the classroom and move toward degrees, according to the most recent Academic Progress Rates issued by the NCAA. Data released by the NCAA on Tuesday showed that all 20 UT sports recorded at least a 968 out of possible 1,000. Read More