Several top recruits to visit Texas for Under the Lights

Five Texas commitments and several of the team’s top targets will be making their way to Austin for the Longhorns’ Under the Lights camp. It’ll go down Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium where Charlie Strong and his staff will put their best foot forward before recruiting dies down with the start of the upcoming season. A list … Read More

Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine: Letting his legs do the talking

DALLAS — Laid up recovering from ankle surgery, Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine went through spring practices without much participation. So he killed time doing something else he enjoys. “Watched ‘Cops,’” Perine said. Perine has been tuning into the real life crime … Read More

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UT President Gregory L. Fenves intrigued by Houston for Big 12 expansion

First the governor, now the president. All of the heavy hitters are coming out Thursday in support of the University of Houston joining the Big 12. Hours after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott posted on Twitter that any Big 12 expansion is a “non-starter” without the addition of Houston, University of … Read More

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David Pierce completes Texas baseball coaching staff with Phil Haig

David Pierce has completed his baseball coaching staff at Texas, and it looks exactly like the staffs Pierce had at his last two coaching stops. Phil Haig will be the Longhorns’ volunteer assistant and help Pierce out with the pitchers, the program announced on Wednesday. It’s the same title Haig, 27, … Read More

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Big 12 media days takeaway: Joe Wickline has landed on his feet

DALLAS — Tuesday reminded us that Joe Wickline, despite two rocky seasons in Austin, is still a pretty good coach. How good? “Arguably the best offensive line coach I’ve been around,” said West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen, who hired Wickline to be his offensive coordinator this offseason. For whatever reason, things … Read More

Texas notebook: A bunch of freshmen, but no kickers — yet

DALLAS — Charlie Strong joked Tuesday that he added recruits from three different signing days — the big day in February, the early one in December, and last month when the Longhorns pounced on Baylor’s misfortunes and snatched four of the Bears’ recruits. Curiously, Strong burned through all three of … Read More

The American-Statesman’s Top 25: No. 12 Ole Miss

Sure, it’s just July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our eighth annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last season’s four College Football Playoff semifinalists were rated Nos. 3, 6, 13 and … Read More

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Big 12 media days: Jim Grobe says Baylor does not have culture of bad behavior

DALLAS — When he looks back at the transcript, Baylor coach Jim Grobe will probably regret a few things he said at Tuesday’s Big 12 media days. For one, Grobe told reporters, “We don’t have a culture of bad behavior at Baylor University.” Yet, Grobe has his job only because of … Read More

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Big 12 media days: Charlie Strong wants to see progress in year three

DALLAS — Like everyone else, Charlie Strong is looking for progress in his third season as Texas’ football coach. “The expectations here are always high, which they should be. Why would you want it any other way?,” Strong said. “There’s no reason for us to go 6-7 … Read More

Big 12 notebook: No longer a two-sport athlete, Mahomes says he’s bigger, better

DALLAS — Last year on Thanksgiving, Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes found the nearest end zone camera at Royal-Memorial Stadium and flexed his arm muscles to celebrate a touchdown against Texas. Guns up? Apparently. No longer splitting time with baseball, his second love, Mahomes … Read More

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Big 12 takeaway: This should be a strong year for quarterbacks

DALLAS — This will be a good year for Big 12 quarterbacks; nine of the league’s 10 teams are returning a passer with solid starting experience. And the lone exception, TCU, will probably go with Kenny Hill, who started to open the 2014 season at Texas A&M. All of this … Read More

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Big 12 media days: Oklahoma State hopes run game improves with Barry J. Sanders

DALLAS — Despite winning 10 games, Oklahoma State had a disappointing run game in 2015. “You’re being polite by saying disappointing,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said of the nation’s No. 114 rush attack. To help correct this, OSU has acquired a running back with a familiar name. Barry J. Sanders, a graduate … Read More

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Big 12 media days: Iowa State’s Matt Campbell finally ready to coach Mike Warren

DALLAS — How close was Matt Campbell to landing running back Mike Warren at Toledo? “This close,” Campbell said, pinching his fingers together at Big 12 media days. Instead, Warren headed to Iowa State, where Campbell, a year later, has followed him to Ames to be the Cyclones’ head coach. “Mike Warren is a … Read More

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Big 12 media days: Kansas coach David Beaty says it’s time to start winning

DALLAS — After trying to establish a winning foundation for his program in year one, Kansas coach David Beaty says the next objective in Lawrence is to start winning. The next victory will be the first for Beaty, whose team was rarely competitive in his first season as a head coach, finishing 0-12. “We gotta … Read More

Big 12 timeline: Baylor departures, Oklahoma arrivals top offseason storylines

So you may have heard, but Baylor had a bad offseason. Confronted with allegations of school officials mishandling sexual assaults on campus, the school steeped in Baptist values was left with little choice in May but to fire football coach Art Briles, who revolutionized the once dormant program with a … Read More

The American-Statesman’s Top 25: No. 16 Georgia

Sure, it’s just July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our eighth annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last season’s four College Football Playoff semifinalists were rated Nos. 3, 6, 13 and … Read More

The American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55: Summer update

Big Marv remains at the top, but overall there have been significant changes to the summer update of the initial American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 published in April. Following impressive showings at The Opening last week in Oregon, Plano East linebacker Anthony Hines and Bellaire Episcopal offensive … Read More

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Malik Jefferson named to Walter Camp watch list

Texas’ Malik Jefferson has been popping up all over preseason watch lists, and on Friday he landed on another one for Walter Camp Player of the Year. Jefferson, a sophomore linebacker, is among 40 players up for the award, whose past winners include former Longhorns Ricky Williams (1998) and Colt McCoy (2008 … Read More

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Texas’ appeal denied in Bev Kearney lawsuit

In a move that was to be expected, the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals says it will not revisit its earlier decision to dismiss the University of Texas’ motion to throw out a lawsuit filed by former Longhorns track and field coach Bev Kearney. This means Kearney, who was dismissed by the university in 2013 for having … Read More

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Texas picked fifth in Big 12 preseason football poll

The media that covers the Big 12 believes Texas will be a middle-of-the-road team in 2016. UT checks in at fifth in the league’s preseason poll, the same spot where it finished in a tie to end the 2015 season. The Longhorns were just 5-7 a year ago but return a talented core of … Read More