Our 10th annual Top 25 countdown: The ‘C’ in No. 15 TCU doesn’t stand for consistency (but it could)

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 14 on our 2017 list. Our … Read More

Our 10th annual Top 25 countdown: For No. 19 West Virginia, when there’s a Will, there’s a way

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 14 on our 2017 list. Our … Read More

Five years later, Texas, Bev Kearney agree to settle former track coach’s discrimination lawsuit

Former women’s track Bev Kearney and the University of Texas have agreed to settle a lawsuit that claimed the school discriminated against her because of her gender and race when it fired her more than five years ago. Jody Mask, Kearney’s attorney, confirmed on Wednesday to the American-Statesman that the … Read More

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UT, Bev Kearney agree to settle discrimination case against school

A lawyer who represents former Texas women’s track coach Bev Kearney said Wednesday that the five-year-old case is nearing its end. Kearney’s lawyer, Jody Mask said: “The parties have reached an agreement to settle this case.” Kearney, one of the most successful coaches in school history, filed suit against the … Read More

It’s always the year of the quarterback in the Big 12: Looking ahead to the 2019 NFL draft

In the Big 12, it’s always the year of the quarterback. You saw that in this year’s NFL draft. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield was the top selection. He’d headed to Cleveland. Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph was a third-round pick and through luck of the football gods, Pittsburgh also drafted Rudolph’s favorite … Read More

Texas’ Connor Williams heads to Dallas in second round of NFL Draft

Connor Williams, the former Texas Longhorn, became the newest member of the Dallas Cowboys on Friday night. The offensive lineman was on hand at AT&T Stadium in Arlington to walk on stage and put on a Cowboys hat. He grew up in nearby Coppell, which was a suburb away from … Read More

Close call this time: Texas men earn 4th straight national championship in swimming

Right before he left for nationals, Texas coach Eddie Reese declined to give a prediction on whether the Longhorns swimmers and divers would win the NCAA men’s championship. He just promised it would be really close. Keep in mind that the Longhorns had won the last three national titles in … Read More

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Texas men’s swimming wins 4th straight national title

Texas won its fourth straight NCAA swimming and diving title Saturday night, surging ahead of the field on the final session of competition. California was second, followed by Indiana. Freshman Jordan Windle gave the Longhorns a 13.5-point lead thanks to his second-place finish in platform diving, the next-to-last event of … Read More

Back for more, back for four: Texas eyes another NCAA men’s swimming and diving crown

Shhh. If you’re over at the Jamail Texas Swim Center, don’t even talk about the streak. Rather, just quietly count the banners hanging from the left side of the building to see what’s at stake for the Texas men’s team this week. Eddie Reese’s Texas squads have won three straight … Read More

Back for more: Alison Gibson — Texas’ ‘Big Al’ — has tall hopes for a second NCAA diving crown

She’s called “Big Al” by a ton of people who hang out on the deck, in the pool or at the diving well at Jamail Texas Swimming Center. That’s because the best sorts of nicknames are comically ironic. Alison Gibson, a Texas sophomore diver and a defending NCAA champion, is … Read More

Springing forward, Big 12 football teams have several questions to answer

Spring football can be tedious. It’s all about honing technique, installing new plays and allowing younger players to test their green skills. But we love it because in all its forced banality, it’s still football, even if it’s March. The blare of an air horn signaling the end of a … Read More

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Texas men will be fully stocked for defense of its NCAA swim title

Texas, the three-time defending national champions, have qualified a full contingent of swimmers this month’s NCAA title meet. The NCAA announced who qualified Wednesday. The Longhorns have 15 swimmers who qualified. All five of their relay squads also made the cut. The site SwimSwam.com scored the meet based on seed … Read More

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Texas divers pick up six more NCAA qualifying spots

Six Texas divers _ three men and three women _ earned spots Tuesday for the NCAA championships. The Longhorn men were led by Grayson Campbell, who won the qualifying on the 1-meter springboard. Jordan Windle was fourth and Jacob Cornish was seventh. Campbell and Windle already had qualified for the … Read More

Fate brought Texas’ Jordan Windle to the U.S., he hopes it takes him to the Olympics

Sometimes life can be full of such delicious serendipity. Jerry Windle was waiting for a client, who was late for a meeting. He picked up a random magazine, flipping through the pages and discovering an article about a single man who adopted a child from Cambodia. That was in 2000. Windle, … Read More

Spotlight is on quarterbacks at the NFL combine, but keep an eye on those six Longhorns, too

Quarterbacks always are the rock stars of the NFL draft. A handful of them will be sucking the attention away from everyone else this week as the annual NFL scouting combine convenes in Indianapolis. The first group of players, including offensive tackles Connor Williams of Texas and Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown, … Read More

Holy career goals, Brett Ringgold! Texas swimmer balances sports, academics and astronaut dreams

Brett Ringgold is full of fun facts to offer folks a playful glimpse of who he is. The Texas All-American swimmer loves all things Batman. He’ll pull out his phone case to prove his point. It’s a miniature Batmobile, which even projects the Bat-Signal as a pen light. And while … Read More

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Texas men, women churn through field and are well on way to Big 12 swim titles

It’s almost a given that the Texas men and women’s swim and diving teams will win a Big 12 title. The Longhorn men are aiming for their 39th straight, dating back to the old Southwest Conference days. The women are going for their sixth straight league championship. And on Thursday, … Read More

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Baylor hires former Longhorn star Frank Okam as new assistant coach

Former Texas star defensive tackle Frank Okam, who was a member of the 2005 national championship team, has been hired by Baylor as an assistant coach.   Okam, 32, will coach the Bears’ defensive line. Baylor coach Matt Rhule announced the hiring on Wednesday. “Frank is a living embodiment of … Read More

Texas swim teams bring big plans into this week’s Big 12 meet in Austin

The Texas men’s swim team, the three-time defending national champions, went through an ugly stretch of the schedule, which generated unexpected results. The mighty Longhorns, who had been so invincible at the previous national championships, suddenly looked pedestrian. And beatable. UT lost four dual meets in a row. There was … Read More

Remember that 25-point defeat? Texas women are looking to correct things against Baylor

The game happened nearly a month ago. And for Texas, an 81-56 loss to Baylor still is difficult to truly explain. The sixth-ranked Longhorns and No. 3 Bears face off again Monday night at the Erwin Center. Both teams are among the best in the nation and should be expected … Read More