Rich Tijerina

American-Statesman Staff

A California-born, Texas-raised Aggie overseeing the Statesman's Longhorns coverage. I've worked in New Braunfels, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi again and now Austin, since 2002. Words matter.

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Breakfast with Bevo: And with the first pick of the 2018 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select …

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Thursday, April 26th. On this date: The Chiefs took Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher with the top pick of the NFL draft (2013); the Lions drafted Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford No. 1 overall (2009); Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 250th career home run (1997); … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Putting a bow on spring for Texas, rest of Big 12

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Wednesday, April 25th.   How ’bout them Horns? There are only two Big 12 schools left — Oklahoma State and Kansas — who haven’t yet played or canceled their spring games. Both the Cowboys and Jayhawks play theirs this Saturday. On Tuesday, conference coaches … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: What Mack Brown had to say about Texas, Herman, and Ehlinger vs. Buechele

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Monday, April 23rd. On April 23, 1989 the Dallas Cowboys took UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman with the first overall pick of the NFL draft. The year before, Dallas took Miami wide receiver Michael Irvin with the 11th overall pick; the year after, the Cowboys … Read More

Orange-White game: Our four pregame questions for Texas — answered

On Saturday morning, we asked four questions about the Orange-White game. Here’s how they played out: 1. WHICH QUARTERBACK LOOKED BETTER? It was a push. Both looked good (at times) and not so good (at times). Neither Shane Buechele nor Sam Ehlinger were able to separate themselves last … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Texas won’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Friday, April 20th. On this date, the wrestler Chyna died (2016); BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and creating an oil spill that lasted six months (2010); Danica Patrick became the first female drive to win an Indy … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Putting the ‘student’ in ‘student-athlete’ at Texas

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Thursday, April 19th. On this date: Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison (2017); in the final game of the 1998 regular season, Chicago’s Michael Jordan scored 44 points in a win over the Knicks, securing an NBA-record 10th career scoring title. He averaged … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know’s on third? Hint — they’re all Jake McKenzie

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Wednesday, April 18th. On this date: The Colts picked Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning with the first pick of the NFL draft (1998); Joe Montana retired at age 38 after 16 seasons with the 49ers and Chiefs, having won four Super Bowls (1995); Philadelphia’s Mike Schmidt hit his 500th career … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Texas women’s basketball gets hit with another departure

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Tuesday, April 17th. On this date, the Dallas Stars recorded their first playoff victory, a 5-3 win over St. Louis at Reunion Arena. It was one year after the franchise moved to Texas from Minnesota. Also on April 17: A fertilizer plant explosion in … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: And, just like that, Texas’ Ariel Atkins is now a Washington Mystic

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Friday, April 13th. On this date, Barry Bonds hit his 661st career home run, passing Willie Mays on the all-time list (2004); NHL legend Mario Lemieux played his final regular-season game (1997); Lou Carnesecca retired as St. John’s men’s basketball coach (1992); Pete Rose … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: And with the first pick of the 2018 WNBA Draft, the Las Vegas Aces select …

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Thursday, April 12th. On this date, Jordan Spieth finished a wire-to-wire effort at the Masters, winning his first green jacket and his first major back in 2015. He shot an 8-under on Thursday, was at 14-under after Friday, 16-under heading into Sunday and ended … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: … and it’s goodbye to A&M (till next time for Texas, anyway)

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Wednesday, April 11th. On this date, the Texas Rangers opened their new stadium — at the time it was known as The Ballpark in Arlington — with a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Also on April 11, Apollo 13 launched — two days before … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Texas bids a fond, final farewell to Augie Garrido

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Tuesday, April 10th. Major League Baseball will observe Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday, marking Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier with his debut game on April 15, 1947. But it was on April 10, 1947 that the Dodgers announced they had purchased the contract … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Spieth and Ghim shine at the Masters, aka the ‘Longhorn Invitational’

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Friday, April 6th. On this date in 2013, Texas wide receiver Kendall Sanders was arrested for DWI in Brazos County, becoming the third Longhorn to run into legal problems since that February. “We take a strong stance against drinking and driving and will continue … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: It’s never too early for Texas volleyball

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s Thursday, April 5th. On this date in 2005, the Baylor women won their first NCAA championship with an 84-62 win over Michigan State behind Sophia Young’s 26 points. Kim Mulkey became the first woman to win an NCAA title as a player and a … Read More

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Third and Longhorns: Inside Texas 33, Missouri 16

A deeper look inside Texas’ 33-16 Texas Bowl win over Missouri: Why Texas (7-6) won Maybe there was some backs-against-the-wall mojo going on. The Longhorns, after all, were missing four of their best players — heck, arguably their four best players, actually — in Connor Williams, DeShon Elliott, Malik Jefferson … Read More

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Our 4 Texas-Missouri pregame questions — answered

Revisiting our four pregame questions Wednesday that were facing the Longhorns: Here’s how they played out: 1. Who’s Texas’ quarterback heading into the offseason? Sam Ehlinger. The freshman shined, taking over for a banged-up Shane Buechele by taking all the snaps in the second half. Ehlinger, whose late-game mistakes cost … Read More

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Texas 33, Missouri 16: The Texas Bowl expanded boxscore

A look back at how it all happened Wednesday night: First quarter Texas 14, Missouri 0. The Longhorns scored on their opening drive for the fourth time this season — three of those four have been directed by Shane Buechele, who found a wide-open Daniel Young out of the backfield. Read More

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Texas 33, Missouri 16: Texas Bowl win gives Horns their first winning season since ’13

It’s over at NRG Stadium in Houston. Texas, which was a 2 1/2-point underdog, has beaten Missouri 33-16. The win gives Texas its first winning season since 2013, when the Longhorns went 8-5 in Mack Brown’s penultimate season. It also is Texas’ first bowl win since 2012, when the Longhorns … Read More

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It’s halftime, and Texas is leading Missouri 21-7

It’s halftime at NRG Stadium. Texas is leading Missouri in the Texas Bowl, 21-7. The Longhorns are 2 1/2-point underdogs tonight. Both teams are making their first bowl appearance since 2014. With all that’s working against the Longhorns — key starters Connor Williams, DeShon Elliott, Holton Hill and Malik Jefferson out; … Read More

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Chris Del Conte: Texas’ new athletic director lays out his thoughts on his UT vision, goals

Texas introduced former TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte as the new Longhorns athletic director on Monday, and Del Conte did not disappoint. It lasted for 40 minutes, as he fielded questions about Texas, Texas’ future, his old job at TCU, his thoughts on the immediate challenges he’ll be facing … Read More