Texas lineman Denzel Okafor puts name into NCAA transfer portal

Texas offensive lineman Denzel Okafor has put his name into the NCAA transfer portal and will explore his options, according to a team spokesman. When reached by phone Wednesday, Okafor declined comment. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound junior has played in 39 career games and … Read More

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Texas coach Tom Herman: ‘Join us in helping our most vulnerable fellow Texans’

Texas coach Tom Herman posted a message on social media Wednesday encouraging people to “join us in helping our most vulnerable fellow Texans by sharing our time and resources.” Herman, who has already given a personal donation to the Central Texas Food Bank, highlighted multiple non-profit … Read More

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Texas assistant Luke Yaklich leaving Longhorns to becoming Illinois-Chicago head coach

Texas assistant coach Luke Yaklich will be named the new men’s basketball head coach at Illinois-Chicago, according to a source familiar with the situation. UIC could make it official on Tuesday.  Neither Yaklich nor UT coach Shaka Smart could not be reached. Yaklich came … Read More

How would Texas athletics hold up financially in an economic downturn?

In this environment where people are pulling back financially, Ross Moody is leaning in. This week, the trustee of the Moody Foundation announced $2.25 million in gifts to various non-profits in Austin, Dallas and Galveston. Locally, organizations like Mobile Loaves & Fishes and the Central Texas … Read More

Texas, Michigan social media teams collaborate, spread new message #UnitedAsOne

Texas officials have pulled back and taken a conservative public stance this week as COVID-19 continues to bring the world to a halt. Still, the Longhorns are leading the way with a positive tone on social media. The NCAA unveiled the #UnitedAsOne campaign on Thursday in … Read More

As coronavirus impacts continue, Texas is bracing for cancellation of spring football

The coronavirus has infected the NCAA’s spring calendar, and now Texas spring football is likely next to be canceled. Big 12 athletic directors are scheduled to meet Wednesday via teleconference, according to sources. The situation is fluid, but it’s expected the league will announce … Read More

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Report: Texas ex Kevin Durant tests positive for coronavirus

Former Texas standout Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets who have tested positive for COVID-19. Durant told The Athletic he had indeed tested positive. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” Durant told the website on … Read More

Texas athletes, coaches come to grips with stoppage, all wonder what’s next

Those in the stands cheered the NCAA’s decision to cancel March Madness and all spring championships over coronavirus fears. The competitors in the arena were devastated. “Speechless,” Texas guard Sug Sutton tweeted Thursday. Her Longhorns teammate Joyner Holmes tweeted, “Absolutely speechless… … Read More

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NCAA Tournament canceled, Big 12 suspends all activities over coronavirus outbreak

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — March Madness is over because of the novel coronavirus. Less than an hour before tipoff Thursday, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte called Shaka Smart, who was in the Sprint Center locker room. The Longhorns’ coach then gave his lieutenant Cody … Read More

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Texas banning fans from home athletic events until March 22 over coronavirus fears

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas athletics announced late Wednesday that fans will not be allowed attend any home sporting event through March 22 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The decision dovetails with an announcement from UT administrators that spring break will be extended to March 30. Read More

March minus the madness: Big 12, NCAA ban fans from basketball tournaments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby looked downtrodden Wednesday when he announced the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would have limited fan access over COVID-19 fears. The league made the decision at the end of a whirlwind day where the NCAA took … Read More

Are Texas, Texas Tech facing off in an NCAA play-in game? ’It may be or it may not’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fears over COVID-19 rattled college administrators this week. But at least things were somewhat normal Wednesday inside the Sprint Center. Music blared as Texas Tech went through a 45-minute shoot-around. Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, The Notorious B.I.G. and, of course, “One Shining … Read More

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Big 12 announces ‘limited attendance’ policy for men’s, women’s basketball tournaments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Wednesday that only a small number of fans would be allowed into the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this week in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The league made the decision at the … Read More

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Big 12 tournament men’s preview: No. 4 seed Texas vs. No. 5 seed Texas Tech

No. 4 seed Texas vs. No. 5 seed Texas Tech When: 11:30 a.m. Thursday Where: Sprint Center (capacity 18,972) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 87-61. The Red Raiders have a 6-4 edge in … Read More

Texas athletic director comfortable sending athletes into competition over virus fears

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As coronavirus fears grow, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said Tuesday he’s comfortable sending Longhorns athletes into competition this week because “we’re following every protocol that we know.” The Texas men’s and women’s basketball teams are headed to Kansas City to … Read More

If Longhorns follow Smart’s mantra, they’ll focus on the moment in Big 12 Tournament

If Texas coach Shaka Smart has stressed anything over the past five seasons, it’s the importance of focusing on being in the moment. Rarely has that been more important than this week. The Longhorns finished the regular season in a four-way tie … Read More

Oklahoma State 81, Texas 59: With a big crowd and high hopes, Longhorns blown out

Well, now what? What needs to happen at the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, which begins Wednesday? What does the NCAA Tournament selection committee do with Texas? What does UT athletic director Chris Del Conte do with coach Shaka Smart? … Read More

Like the Longhorns, home finale gives Texas fans a chance to bounce back as well

Can’t find a bottom in the stock market? Try selling men’s basketball tickets at Texas. Attendance at Longhorns men’s basketball games dwindled this season down to staggering levels as apathy took root. Fans support winners, and by mid-February, the Horns hadn’t done much winning. Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. Oklahoma State

Texas vs. Oklahoma State When: 3 p.m. Saturday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 52-44. The Longhorns led from start to finish in Stillwater on Jan. 15, capturing a … Read More

Texas’ Brock Cunningham is hell-bent on stirring things up for surging Longhorns

It was impossible to watch the Westlake boys basketball team the last few years and not notice Brock Cunningham. The guy was literally everywhere, diving for everything and battling everybody. The 6-6 forward was not one of Texas coach Shaka Smart’s typical recruits. He wasn’t one … Read More