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Preview: Texas vs. Arkansas, Armed Forces Classic

Texas-Arkansas, Armed Forces Classic When: 6 p.m. Friday Where: Soto Gym (capacity 1,200), Fort Bliss, El Paso TV/Radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn About the series: Arkansas leads the all-time series 87-67. The longtime Southwest Conference rivals last played at the Toyota Center … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Ten years later, Blake Gideon refuses to let one play define his Longhorns career

Sam Ehlinger has never been to Lubbock. He’s heard a lot about it, though, and can’t wait for Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium. “I always think back to the 2008 game, of how wild that was and how wild that environment was,” Ehlinger said. Read More

Texas 71, Eastern Illinois 59: New Longhorns, Andrew Jones overcome opening-night jitters

Butterflies can throw just about anyone off their game on opening night. The Longhorns had five newcomers make their burnt-orange debuts on Tuesday at the Erwin Center. That had to be the main reason why Texas sputtered early against Eastern Illinois before ultimately cruising to … Read More

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At The Buzzer: Texas 71, Eastern Illinois 59

Eastern Illinois provided just enough resistance to make things interesting in the first half of Texas’ season opener on Tuesday. But Matt Coleman III helped spark a late first-half run to give UT some space. All of coach Shaka Smart’s freshmen had chances to flash. Andrew … Read More

Unsportsmanlike decision?: Should throwing the ‘Horns Down’ be a 15-yard penalty?

If you root for Texas, hold up one index finger and a pinkie to show school pride. Get your Horns up. The late Harley Clark, a UT cheerleader credited with first holding up that now-famous hand sign during a game in 1955, probably never dreamed … Read More

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The Whys of Texas: Ehlinger-to-Humphrey was a mixture of film study, practice, execution

There’s a lot to unpack from Saturday’s West Virginia-Texas game, but let’s start with one of the best non-scoring plays of the season. Texas faced third-and-4 from the West Virginia 24-yard line in the first quarter. Those who scouted the Mountaineers knew they liked to max … Read More

Tom Herman: Texas defense ‘playing a bit tentative’ in season’s most-important games

The upshot of Texas’ two-game losing streak? Tim Beck is off the hook. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is now the one in fans’ cross-hairs after the meltdowns against Oklahoma State and West Virginia. The Longhorns have given up 80 points and 1,080 total … Read More

As the curtain rises, quiet Jericho Sims finds himself in the Texas men’s basketball spotlight

Jericho Sims’ teammates swear he’s starting to open up. Pulling words from the 6-9 freshman last season was like pulling teeth. Nowadays, the Texas sophomore is a regular Chatty Cathy. “Something that goes into winning. It’s something that I have to do,” Sims said of his … Read More

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LISTEN: Longhorn Confidential addresses all the angst over West Virginia, ‘Horns Down’

American-Statesman writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden, Danny Davis and Brian Davis try to figure out what’s happened to the Texas defense and look ahead to this week’s trip to the South Plains for a prime-time matchup against Texas Tech. Read More

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Preview: Eastern Illinois vs. Texas

EASTERN ILLINOIS VS. TEXAS When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/Radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: This is the first meeting between the two schools. EIU is 0-5 all-time against Big 12 teams with losses coming to Iowa … Read More

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LISTEN: Texas coach Tom Herman discusses defensive breakdowns, Texas Tech

Texas coach Tom Herman discusses the breakdowns in the Longhorns’ defense the last few weeks during his Monday press conference leading up to the Texas Tech game. Read More

Seven-and-shoot: Texas’ bid to go uptempo could create more offensive chances

In a bid to jump-start his team’s offense, Texas coach Shaka Smart has been pushing somewhat of a run-and-gun philosophy during the preseason. If the Longhorns score within the first seven seconds on the shot clock, that’s worth five points during practice scrimmages. Read More

Bolts are coming loose, but Texas’ Big 12 title hopes are still holding together — for now

Texas’ six-game winning streak grossly distorted the outlook on what is still a program in rebuilding mode. Texas was back to being competitive again, sure. But back to winning championships? Well, not just yet. That was plainly obvious against Oklahoma State and again in … Read More

Breaking down the Texas men’s basketball schedule

The Texas men open their season at home Tuesday night against Eastern Illinois. Here’s a look at their season schedule: November The early non-conference portion features some brand-name matchups against Arkansas, North Carolina and either Michigan State or UCLA. The Razorbacks are projected to be a middling … Read More

West Virginia 42, Texas 41: QB Will Grier dashes past Longhorns late to win Big 12 shootout

Quintessential Big 12 football always comes down to one key element: Who gets the ball last. That was never more apparent than Saturday’s wild finish at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Both Texas and West Virginia had more than 500 yards of total offense. Both had exactly … Read More

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Rub that belly: Texas DT Chris Nelson now cleared to play despite ankle injury

Texas fans will rub their bellies about some good injury news. Defensive tackle Chris Nelson has been cleared to play Saturday against West Virginia despite an ankle injury suffered mid-week. Nelson, a senior captain known for rubbing his tummy after big plays, … Read More

Frank Denius’ family to make lead donation for new Texas athletics hall of fame

The family of Frank Denius, a die-hard Longhorns fan and one of the most decorated soldiers in World War II, has agreed to make the lead donation for the school’s new athletics hall of fame at Royal-Memorial Stadium. School officials will start construction inside the stadium’s … Read More

Hand it over: West Virginia QB Will Grier meets Texas again, both pointing toward Big 12 title

Dana Holgorsen was so frustrated about last year’s loss to Texas, he wanted to give the Longhorns the finger — only Will Grier broke his. Deep down, the West Virginia coach believes his Mountaineers could have prevailed on that cool, overcast day last November in Morgantown … Read More

Texas vs. West Virginia: Five key matchups to watch

Here are five key matchups in the Texas-West Virginia game to keep your eye on Saturday: 1. Texas’ Sam Ehlinger vs. WVU’s Will Grier The two quarterbacks won’t face each other directly, but whoever gets the upper hand statistically is the likely winner. Ehlinger looked … Read More

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Texas DT Chris Nelson suffers ankle injury, will not play vs. West Virginia

Texas defensive tackle Chris Nelson rolled his ankle during Wednesday’s practice and will not play against West Virginia, coach Tom Herman said. It’s not expected to keep the senior captain out for multiple games, though. “Weird deal. He just rolled it,” Herman said. “It was an … Read More