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Ricky Williams pays tribute to Chad Patmon

Ricky Williams and Chad Patmon, who grew up together in San Diego, seldom were apart when the two played at Texas from 1995-1998. Williams, who broke the NCAA career rushing record and won the 1998 Heisman Trophy, received the significant attention. But roommate and best friend Patmon, a cornerback, always … Read More

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Former Longhorns cornerback Chad Patmon dies

Chad Patmon, who came to Texas from San Diego with his best friend Ricky Williams, has died. The family announced Patmon’s death on his Facebook page Thursday afternoon. Patmon lettered for Texas in 1998. He was a cornerback, but probably was known most for being Williams best friend. The … Read More

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Houston Texans take former Longhorn D’Onta Foreman in NFL draft

Texas All-American D’Onta Foreman will be staying close to home for his pro career. The Houston Texans selected Foreman late in Friday’s third round of the NFL draft. He was the fourth Big 12 player selected and third to go during Friday’s session. TFW … Read More

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Former Longhorn Malcom Brown, other Big 12 stars, skip Super Bowl White House visit

Players from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots made the traditional visit this week to the White House. But the trip made news mainly because of the many no shows. Among the more than 30 players who didn’t make the trip was former Texas star Malcom Brown. He was … Read More

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Longhorns kick off NCAA swimming title defense with American record

The Texas men, who are vying for their third straight national swimming and diving title, broke an American record Wednesday to kick off the NCAA meet in Indianapolis. The 800-yard freestyle relay team finished second to North Carolina State. Both the Wolfpack and Longhorns were faster than the American record, … Read More

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Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy first big upsets at Dell Match Play

Defending champion Jason Day withdrew from WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Wednesday. He broke down in tears as he announced that his mother had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Day, ranked No. 3 in the world, said his mother is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday. He conceded … Read More

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D’Onta Foreman pulls out of combine drills because of injury

D’Onta Foreman’s NFL combine came to an abrupt end, Friday, when he was forced to pull out of the key speed and agility drills because of an injury. His father posted on Twitter that the injury was to his son’s foot. Let's clear this … Read More

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Texas ex D’Onta Foreman proving to be popular prospect at NFL Combine

Former Texas star D’Onta Foreman is having a busy NFL Combine, meeting and touching base with teams that want to gather more information on the tailback. Foreman told reporters in Indianapolis that he’s already met with the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos. He also has plans to chat with … Read More

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D’Onta Foreman drops big weight for 2017 NFL combine

The running backs invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis have been weighed and measured. Former Texas star D’Onta Foreman weighed 233 pounds. That’s down 16 from his listed weight while dazzling with the Longhorns. Oklahoma star Samaje Perine, who like Foreman declared for the NFL a year early, also … Read More

D’Onta Foreman needs a solid scouting combine to up his NFL Draft buzz

Although his team struggled mightily, Texas’ D’onta Foreman enjoyed an amazing season last fall. He missed out on becoming the Longhorns’ first Heisman Trophy finalist since Colt McCoy in 2009, yet Foreman won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back. He also very nearly led the nation … Read More

Can Texas swimming surge back into elite women’s status? It starts with Big 12 meet

Used to be, you could bank on the Texas women’s swim team competing for a national championship. The Longhorns won nine national titles from 1981 through 1991. Then the program gradually fell out of national relevance and more into a competitive afterthought. As Texas’ men’s team, under coach Eddie Reese, … Read More

With a win over OU, streaking Texas women’s basketball would go so retro

Brianna Taylor says her coach insists that she and her Texas teammates “live in the moment.” Don’t dwell, Karen Aston tells them, or look too far ahead. That means the only game that counts is Saturday’s road contest against 19th-ranked Oklahoma. “We’re just looking at the next game as the … Read More

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D’onta Foreman will be lonely Longhorn at NFL combine

The NFL has released its list of invited prospects for its annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. And Texas tailback D’onta Foreman is the lone Longhorn to receive an invitation. He’s one of 30 running backs to be included. The Big 12 running backs invited include Foreman, West Virginia’s Rushel … Read More

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The Longhorns’ first couple of athletics is expanding the family

Former Longhorn stars Aaron Ross and Sanya Richards-Ross chose Valentine’s Day to announce they’re expecting a baby. The couple confirmed the news to People magazine, then posted photos on their social media accounts to let their fans know. “Many parts of our lives have felt like a fairy tale, but … Read More

Arms race: With pitchers crowding Texas’ circle, depth may be a ‘game changer’

Some softball staffs have workaholic aces. More teams these days prefer pitching options. As Texas begins its season Friday, Longhorns coach Connie Clark is trying to figure out how to involve as many as five pitchers. The thought of so many arms is leaving her positively giddy. “I’m so excited … Read More

From Austin to Morgantown, grading the Big 12’s 2017 signing classes

Recruiting experts have considered this a down year for teams in the Big 12. Oklahoma, the two-time defending conference champion, stayed prominent. But Texas, with a new coaching change, toppled in the rankings. Here’s our annual look at how the Big 12 fared: OKLAHOMA Grade: A Biggest star: Justin Broiles … Read More

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Halliburton: Favorite memories of covering recruiting in ancient times include Pinkney, McGarity

National signing day is tomorrow and the thought of recruiting still gives me anxiety. I covered the beat for the Statesman way back in the day before there was such a thing as a recruiting web site. You actually had to perform old-school reporting tricks like pick up the phone … Read More

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Take a look at our re-ranked top 10 from 2012 Fab 55

Florida State signee Mario Edwards was the top-player on the 2012 Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55. Five years later, we’re reevaluating again. If we could do it over, here’s how we’d list the best prospects. 1. Corey Coleman, WR, Richardson Pearce (Baylor) Coleman was troubled by injuries for part of his … Read More

Looking back at our 2012 Fabulous 55: Five years later, just how fab were they?

Recruiting giddiness is swelling to a harsh decibel as national signing day approaches. Everything will be official on Wednesday. Prospects no longer can toy with social media hints of where they might sign. All problems for your favorite teams will have solutions. Whew, no need to peruse message boards to … Read More

There’s no shortage of options now for Texas setter Chloe Collins

The victory Saturday night over Creighton appeared breezy and effortless, with the win pushing the Texas volleyball team to its fifth straight appearance in the Final Four. On Monday, as the Longhorns took a day off from practice to concentrate on finals, what everyone continued to rave about was UT’s … Read More