A rejuvenated Karen Aston on Texas’ outlook: ‘Just own your senior year. This is it.’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new basketball season finds Karen Aston at peace. All the dysfunction and frustration from last season’s 23-10 campaign is now a distant memory. Maybe Texas should’ve done better than finish third in the Big 12. Maybe Aston’s club … Read More

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Texas’ 2020 football schedule now complete with Big 12 lineup announced

Texas and Baylor fans should start thinking about their Halloween costumes for 2020. A fascinating mid-season matchup on Oct. 31 at Royal-Memorial Stadium is one of the dates on next year’s Big 12 football schedule. The league released all conference schedules on Tuesday for next season. Read More

Despite rough times, Texas’ Tom Herman not lowering the bar or his aspirations for 2019

Flashback to Big 12 media day in July. Tom Herman took questions from all directions about the Longhorns’ expectations for 2019. “What constitutes success?” said Herman, a coach who, like many of them, hates questions about predicting a win total. “First, I’ll ask how many … Read More

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LISTEN: Texas coach Tom Herman: ‘None of us are OK or satisfied with that defensive performance’

Texas coach Tom Herman breaks down the 50-48 win over Kansas and does a deep dive into the team’s defensive performance and looks ahead to TCU. Read More

Texas’ Tom Herman wanted questions about Kansas, now plenty of questions about Kansas

Texas coach Tom Herman was a little agitated last Monday when reporters wanted to dissect the Oklahoma loss instead of look forward to Kansas. He must be new here. “We actually play a game this week?,” Herman joked when someone finally mentioned the Jayhawks. He meant … Read More

No. 15 Texas 50, Kansas 48: Dicker saves the day, but as for that defense? ‘Next question’

The genesis for what happened Saturday night at Royal-Memorial Stadium actually happened last Tuesday. It’s every Tuesday, really. Before every Tuesday practice truly begins, the Longhorns work on their two-minute drill. The whole idea is to get a field goal. So Saturday night, quarterback Sam Ehlinger … Read More

For No. 15 Texas, mapping out a journey back to Arlington sounds easy, but will it be?

Sam Ehlinger was asked Tuesday why the Texas running game never got on track against Oklahoma. “I don’t know. I’m focused on Kansas right now,” the quarterback said. OK, Joseph Ossai, how did the Longhorns miss so many tackles against the Sooners? … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Missed tackles are nothing new around here, but Todd Orlando’s got to stop it

Todd Orlando won’t share his secrets, but it’s clear he’s been losing weight since the season began. The 1993 Wisconsin roster listed the 6-foot linebacker at 225 pounds. He’s bound to be well under that now. On Wednesday, Orlando met reporters with multi-day scruff poking out … Read More

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Big 12 coaches pick Texas to finish fourth during the 2019-20 men’s basketball season

Coming off last season’s NIT championship, Texas was picked to finished fourth this season by the Big 12 men’s basketball coaches, according to the preseason poll released Thursday. The Longhorns did not have anyone named to the preseason All-Big 12 team, although guard Matt Coleman did … Read More

Whys of Texas: Longhorns should expect to see more exotic blitz looks going forward

Texas coach Tom Herman said the offensive line would shoulder some of the blame for Oklahoma’s nine sacks last Saturday, “but they are not to be blamed entirely.” He’s right. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger held the ball too long on some plays. The “hot” receiver, Ehlinger’s quick … Read More

Horns at the halfway point: Injuries, inconsistency aside, Texas still has fighting chance to win Big 12

Here at the turn, the Longhorns have so far done exactly what oddsmakers figured they would. Texas won the four games in which it was favored. The Horns lost two games against top-10 opponents when they were underdogs. Texas (4-2, 2-1 Big … Read More

In wake of Oklahoma loss, Texas coach Tom Herman ‘obviously disappointed in everything’

Coaches are supposed to remain even-keeled, be the waters choppy or calm. But there’s a mad scramble for life jackets after any Red River capsizing. Texas coach Tom Herman kept his head above water during a 27-minute news conference on Monday where he indicated that “everything’s … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: Unpacking the Oklahoma loss and wondering about Texas’ future

On Longhorn Confidential, American-Statesman writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden and Brian Davis discuss the stunning loss to Oklahoma, how the wheels shot off UT’s wagon and whether the Longhorns can turn it around for a run to the Big 12 championship in Arlington. Read More

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LISTEN: Texas coach Tom Herman on the Oklahoma loss, all those missed tackles

Texas coach Tom Herman said “the sun came up” after Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma. He discussed what went wrong, how the Longhorns can fix their defensive woes and his anger level at a 4-2 start halfway through the season. Read More

Blame injuries or inexperience, Texas defense on pace to set some bad records

DALLAS — Anything worse than the numbers put up during the Charlie Strong era can’t be good. Halfway through the regular season, the statistics indicate Texas is on pace to have the worst defense in school history. The Longhorns are allowing 453.3 yards per game. That’s … Read More

No. 6 Oklahoma 34, No. 11 Texas 27: Make no mistake, this was a Red River rout

DALLAS — The Cotton Bowl scoreboard said Texas lost to rival Oklahoma by a touchdown, 34-27 for those who care about specifics. Somebody will see that score Sunday and think it was another close, epic shootout. But this felt like a Red River rout, authored by OU’s … Read More

Texas vs. Oklahoma: Five key matchups to watch

Here are five key matchups to watch Saturday in the 115th installment of the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl. OU quarterback Jalen Hurts vs. Texas nickel back B.J. Foster Foster raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he praised Hurts’ running and passing ability. Read More

Rocket man: Texas’ Sam Ehlinger can launch himself into Heisman race vs. Oklahoma

No, Jalen, this isn’t the Iron Bowl. It may not be the SEC championship game or the College Football Playoff, either. Texas-Oklahoma is none of those things, as OU quarterback Jalen Hurts will discover Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. “It’s very different,” UT … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Horns’ ‘stone cutters’ up front happy to hammer away at the Sooners

Smack talk is one thing. Speaking to reporters with unmistakable confidence is another. Texas left tackle Samuel Cosmi triggered Oklahoma fans on Tuesday with his comments about OU defensive linemen Ronnie Perkins and Neville Gallimore. “I wouldn’t say they’re super special, but they’re good … Read More

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After blazing start, Texas WR Devin Duvernay named Longhorns’ sixth team captain

Texas coach Tom Herman held a rare mid-season team meeting this week. He called the Longhorns together for an announcement, something “I’ve done once before in my time as a head coach.” In a video posted by UT, Herman stood before the Horns and announced a … Read More