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Texas men qualifies trio of divers for NCAA championships

  Texas, looking to extend its streak to five straight national titles, qualified three divers in the first day of zone qualifying. The goal is to get as many divers as possible into the NCAA swimming and diving championships. Texas is playing host to both the men’s and women’s swimming … Read More

Looking for the finish line: Texas’ Daniels wants to finish the way she started, with 60-meters gold

Imagine a day where you’re the best you’ve ever been. Now, think about trying to get back there. You’re Teahna Daniels, sprinting for Texas. Three years ago, you faced your first NCAA indoor championships. And because you were a teenager, your mind wasn’t cluttered with self doubt. You had no … Read More

NFL combine: Kyler Murray won the weekend in Indy; will he also be the draft’s first pick?

Want to know who’s trending now that the NFL scouting combine has finished in Indianapolis? Kyler Murray. He stepped on the scale, weighed 207 pounds and was a shade over 5-foot-10. He talked to some teams, but didn’t throw a ball, run a 40-yard dash or try to jump to … Read More

Big 12 swimming and diving: UT’s Ryan Harty breaks league record in his comeback from severe elbow injury

For Ryan Harty, his swimming career can be divided into what happened before and after he decided to kill time by climbing a tree. Two-plus years ago, Harty and some of his Texas teammates were awaiting a ride outside their dorm. They were headed to Barton … Read More

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Big 12 swimming and diving: Joanna Evans and Townley Haas star in distance events

This time a year ago, Joanna Evans couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t shake a swimming funk. At last year’s Big 12 championships, Evans said, she had “no zap.”  She struggled in her distance freestyle events. Then between the conference championships and the NCAA meet, Evans … Read More

NFL scouting combine: For Kyler Murray, other Big 12 prospects, it’s all about the measurables

The most talked about plot line of this year’s NFL scouting combine has nothing to do with a clocking in the 40-yard dash or how many times a prospect can push up a 225-pound bar bell. Rather, it’s about a scale and a tape measure. Specifically, it’s about how much … Read More

Hello, again: Former Texas/SMU/NFL quarterback Garrett Gilbert shining early in the new AAF

SAN ANTONIO — Leigh Steinberg, the long-time agent to some of the NFL’s biggest-name quarterbacks, joked Monday that his firm could represent two league MVPs. There’s Patrick Mahomes, the NFL’s It quarterback, who led Kansas City to the AFC championship game. And there’s Garrett Gilbert, the 27-year-old former Lake Travis … Read More

Bill Bradley, Duke Thomas bridging Texas football generations for AAF’s San Antonio Commanders

SAN ANTONIO — Texas players sometimes refer to the photos adorning the hallways in the football complex as ghosts. They’re the Longhorns who have played before them, the ones who achieved All-American status or other wow kind of honors when they competed at UT. Duke Thomas, who was a three-year … Read More

Grading the Big 12’s signing classes: Texas, OU dominate as new coaches scrambled

The Big 12 is all about the new. There were four new head coaches trying to attract recruits. The top two classes were put together by coaches who’d just completed their second seasons on campus. The league’s identity will be retooled this fall. That started with the coaching hires and … Read More

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30 years of the American-Statesman’s Fab 55: The 30 No. 1s

In 1989, Dallas Carter linebacker Jessie Armstead topped the American-Statesman’s initial Fabulous 55. Football recruiting has changed a lot in 30 years. RELATED: The Fabulous 55 is celebrating 30 years, and oh how recruiting has changed since 1989 Suzanne Halliburton takes a look back at all 30 No. Read More

The Fabulous 55 is celebrating 30 years, and oh how recruiting has changed since 1989

Jessie Armstead represented everything that’s still so gloriously ostentatious about recruiting in the state of Texas. Three decades ago, he was the best player starring for possibly the best high school football team in the country. The linebacker from Dallas Carter High School called a press conference the first Wednesday … Read More

Revisiting our 2014 Fabulous 55: If we had to do it all over again …

If we knew then what we know now, the top 10 prospects on our 2014 Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits would have looked like this: 1. Myles Garrett, defensive end: The Texas A&M defensive end from Arlington Martin was the top player taken in the 2017 NFL … Read More

Revisiting our 2014 Fabulous 55 (and no, you won’t find Patrick Mahomes or D’Onta Foreman on it)

This recruit was so important to his program that Kevin Sumlin, then the coach at Texas A&M, borrowed a maroon helicopter from a booster so he could drop in for a high school football game. Back in September 2013, Sumlin didn’t have time to waste. He was preparing his team … Read More

The 2018 Big 12 of the Big 12: QBs, WRs dominate our annual list of conference’s 12 best players

Can the Big 12 change its name to WRU? Seriously, there are so many quality receivers in the league that it’s difficult to name them all in a who’s who list of the conference’s best players. There are seven Big 12 wideouts who already have 1,000 receiving yards for the … Read More

In a role reversal, it was Oklahoma’s defense that made the big plays this time

ARLINGTON — When making comparisons to other elite teams, the knock on Oklahoma always has been its defense. As in, the Sooners didn’t have much of a defense that could stop anyone with any consistency. National analysts have pondered whether the Sooners are a complete team, especially after they survived … Read More

Oklahoma 39, Texas 27: Our five pregame questions for Oklahoma — answered

ARLINGTON — Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Sooners ahead of Saturday’s 39-27 win in the Big 12 championship game. 1. Did Oklahoma hit the 300/300 combo? No. The Sooners didn’t come close to 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing. They’d done it in five games … Read More

Texas vs. Oklahoma: Five questions facing the Sooners

Texas and Oklahoma meet for the second time this season in Saturday’s Big 12 championship game. Five questions facing Oklahoma: 1. Will Oklahoma hit the 300/300 combo? The Sooners’ offense, statistically, is the best in the country. And it’s incredibly balanced. OU has pulled off at least 300 yards … Read More

Red River roadmap: How Texas and Oklahoma each navigated their way to Arlington

A look back at each game of the season for Texas (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) and Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1), which meet on Saturday in the Big 12 championship game: Sept. 1: An opening stumble Maryland 34, No. 23 Texas 29: Goodbye, national ranking. The Longhorns started off in a funk, … Read More

For Oklahoma, there are two opponents this week: Texas for a Big 12 title, Ohio State for a CFP berth

You’ll have to forgive Lincoln Riley if he thinks he must prepare for two teams this week. The first is obvious. Riley’s Sooners take on Texas for the Big 12 title Saturday morning at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. That’s already an unusual game. It’s the first time OU and the … Read More

Time for a change? Kansas State could feature a new starting quarterback for the Texas game

Bill Snyder sometimes steps on a pedestal to preach about how schools are putting too much money into big, gaudy sports palaces. He doesn’t like excess. That’s a big no for the 78-year-old, so he doesn’t mind gigging administrators (including his own) who are all in on the building trend. Read More