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Four Texas sophomores named preseason All-Big 12

According to the media who covers the Big 12, Texas’ top football players are sophomores. Four members of Charlie Strong’s acclaimed 2015 recruiting class — linebacker Malik Jefferson, cornerback Davante Davis and offensive linemen Patrick Vahe and Connor Williams — have been named preseason All-Big 12. Additionally, Jefferson was selected defensive player … Read More

The Opening: Assessing the 22 Texans who participated

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Here’s a look at the 22 Texans who finished up at The Opening on Sunday.   WR Tylan Wallace, Fort Worth South Hills, Oklahoma State — Sam Ehlinger’s 7-on-7 teammate had a big drop during a loss on Saturday. Will Texas get him? No. DB Grant Delpit, IMG Academy, … Read More

The Opening: Texas target Marvin Wilson named MVP of defensive linemen

BEAVERTON, Ore. — In front of a national stage, Marvin Wilson showed why he’s the top senior in Texas, earning MVP honors among the 20 defensive linemen at The Opening. Wilson, the Bellaire Episcopal defensive tackle who’s ranked No. 1 on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55, was honored at Sunday’s closing … Read More

The Opening: Sam Ehlinger’s team finishes runner up in 7-on-7 tournament

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Though he did not play much on the final day of competition, Sam Ehlinger’s Team Fly Rush finished runner up in the 7-on-7 tournament at The Opening. Ehlinger, a University of Texas quarterback commit from Westlake, took a backseat to Stanford commit Davis … Read More

The Opening: Round Rock’s James Lynch takes coaching from the best

After losing a battle in a lineman drill, Round Rock’s James Lynch stepped aside and got some pointers from one of the best to ever play in the trenches. Ndamukong Suh, a multi-time pro bowler who once harassed Colt McCoy in the 2009 Big 12 title … Read More

The Opening: Sam Ehlinger’s squad goes 1-2 in 7-on-7 tournament

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Dropped balls played a role in all three of Team Fly Rush’s 7-on-7 games at The Opening. Unfortunately for Sam Ehlinger, most of the drops broke against his team. Fly Rush is 1-2 after Saturday’s pool play but with slightly better luck could easily have been undefeated. To … Read More

The Opening: Five-star LB Dylan Moses no longer considers Texas his favorite

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Three months after he named Texas the leader in his recruitment, five-star linebacker Dylan Moses is no longer so sure. Like many marquee prospects with interest in Texas, Moses, the nation’s second-ranked player, says he wants to sit back and see what happens in … Read More

The Opening: Malik Jefferson to coach Sam Ehlinger’s 7-on-7 team — plus other notes

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson has made his way to The Opening where he’ll be an assistant coach in the 7-on-7 tournament. His team’s quarterback: Sam Ehlinger. The present and future leaders of the Longhorns are joining forces with Team Flyrush in the two-day tournament. Their squad opens Saturday against Team Lunarbeast, … Read More

The Opening: Notes on J.K. Dobbins, Anthony Hines and Baron Browning

BEAVERTON, Ore. — A few takeaways from Friday evening’s media availability at The Opening. DeSoto offensive lineman Xavier Newman is reconsidering his commitment to Texas after Oklahoma came through with an offer the other day. Where does Newman stand with Texas? “About a seven or eight.” And how about with Oklahoma? … Read More

The Opening: La Grange back JK Dobbins wins title as top athlete

BEAVERTON, Ore. — If there was any debate before, it’s now over: The top athletes in the 2017 football recruiting class reside in Texas. On Friday morning, all 166 participants at The Opening went through various combine drills, and no one did it better than La … Read More

The Opening: Omar Manning, the state’s top WR, says Texas is ‘moving in the right direction’

BEAVERTON, Ore. — It makes for a good debate on which side has been slighted more this week: Lancaster wide receiver Omar Manning, who, because of various injuries has been limited from participation at The Opening, or spectators who have been robbed of a good glimpse of the state’s … Read More

The Opening: Sam Ehlinger’s strength coach keeps him — and his hips — in line

BEAVERTON, Ore.  —  Last month, when word came down that Texas quarterback recruit Sam Ehlinger had received an invitation to The Opening, his personal strength coach broke into celebration. Jessica Vaiana, the architect of Ehlinger’s powerful physique, had vowed to tag along for a much deserved … Read More

The Opening: Lewisville’s Tyrell Shavers is a big man with a small number

BEAVERTON, Ore. — As football trends go, the younger generation of wide receivers is turning away from traditional wide receiver numbers. Consider that none of the 27 receivers at The Opening this week are wearing a jersey in the 80s. In fact, the only skill-position players with digits … Read More

The Opening: Despite shoulder pain, Sam Ehlinger excels in day one

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Anyone with even a basic understanding of football can appreciate Sam Ehlinger’s power and speed and his ability to drive the ball down the field. Yet on Wednesday — the first day of The Opening — Ehlinger unveiled something deeper: He can perform through … Read More

The Opening: Sam Ehlinger among 22 Texans heading to Oregon

This week, the nation’s top high school football players will gather at Nike’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. and participate in drills on Bo Jackson and Ronaldo fields. Visitors are instructed to park at a lot near the Mia Hamm Building. Media members will crank out reports … Read More

31 days for Texas: An insider’s look into the baseball coaching search

Over a span of 31 days, from the day that Texas reassigned Augie Garrido on Memorial Day and introduced David Pierce on Thursday, we chased the Longhorns’ prolonged baseball coaching search. It lasted longer than the combined hunts in the hirings of football coach Charlie Strong and basketball coach Shaka Smart. Read More

Courtney Okolo might be America’s next big thing — just don’t ask her

According to just about everyone, University of Texas graduate Courtney Okolo qualifies as the favorite in a stacked field competing in the women’s 400 meters at this week’s U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Everyone, that is, except for Okolo. “I feel like everyone … Read More

Longhorns’ nationwide baseball search ends with a Texan — Tulane’s David Pierce

After a month of swings and misses, Texas ended up hiring a baseball coach who would have said yes back on day one. It took a little while — 31 days to be exact — but the Longhorns have their man in Tulane’s David Pierce, a … Read More

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Augie Garrido on David Pierce: ‘A very fine choice’

Texas’ new baseball coach has the backing of his predecessor. Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball history, broke his silence from the past month and gave a glowing review of UT’s hiring of David Pierce. Garrido, who was moved to an administrative role on Memorial Day, released a statement through UT. Read More

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Source: Texas hires Tulane’s David Pierce

Texas has hired Tulane’s David Pierce to be its next baseball coach, according to multiple sources. Pierce accepted the job on Wednesday morning — 31 days after Texas fired Augie Garrido on Memorial Day. Pierce, a Texas native who graduated from the University of Houston, becomes the program’s sixth head coach since Billy … Read More