Triplets of the Big 12: Kansas’ David Beaty knows he needs an offensive revival to survive another season

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: Kansas. QB: Peyton Bender (2017 — 148 of 273 for 1,609 yards, 10 TDs and 10 INTs; Texas history — He’s never faced the Longhorns.) RB: Khalil Herbert (2017 — … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Iowa State may have the top tailback in the conference (and next year’s draft)

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: Iowa State. QB: Kyle Kempt (2017 — 161 of 243 for 1,787 yards, 15 TDs and 3 INTs; Texas history — He’s never faced the Longhorns.) RB: David Montgomery (2017 … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Baylor’s Charlie Brewer offers the Bears their only experienced quarterback

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: Baylor. QB: Charlie Brewer (2017 — 139 of 204 for 1,562 yards, 11 TDs, 4 INTs; Texas history — 17 of 27 for 181 yards, no TDs and no INTs … Read More

Our 10th annual Top 25 countdown: SEC heavyweight Auburn hoping things break its 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

West Virginia’s Will Grier may not be focused on the Heisman, but his family is

FRISCO — Heisman candidates often have gaudy statistics to push their award causes. There also are emotional hooks that’ll bring a player publicity. And stars for the blue-blood programs have near automatic entry into the annual award’s posh ceremony in New York. Then there’s Will Grier, the West Virginia quarterback … Read More

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Big 12 media days: recruiting, filibustering, the Masters and a mullet

FRISCO — It’s unusual for an athletic director to take such public shots at the school’s football coach, especially when said football coach has put together three straight seasons of at least 10 wins. But Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder is saying coach Mike Gundy should be recruiting better. Holder … Read More

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Big 12 media days: Fishing, defensive trolling, the color purple and ring bling

Iowa State’s David Montgomery could be the top Big 12 player selected in next year’s NFL draft, with some way-too-early projections listing him as the top tailback available. But Montgomery, a junior, swears he’s not paying attention to any draft buzz. Instead, he’s just the guy who likes to read, … Read More

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Big 12 media days: Bob Bowlsby talks betting, Baylor, league reputation

FRISCO — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is bullish on the Big 12. He kicked off Big 12 media days early Monday at the Ford Center, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, by congratulating the league on what it accomplished in 2017-18. “As I look back, we were the only team … Read More

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