Bevo Beat

The latest Longhorn news and notes from the Austin American-Statesman.

The Belldozer starts? We’ll see

The guy asking the first question to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops began with the premise that Blake Bell will replace Landry Jones as the Sooners’ starting quarterback this fall. Not so fast, my friend. Stoops quickly set the record straight, saying Bell, the big junior who was so effective in … Read More

Targeting rule big change

Big 12 officiating supervisor Walt Anderson spent an hour Tuesday explaining what will likely be a very controversial targeting rule, which for the first time will include an automatic ejection for the offending player for the rest of that half and the subsequent half . If  the rule had been … Read More

A Cougar becomes a Mountaineer

DALLAS – Charles Sims rushed for 851 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in his senior season with Houston a year ago. That was good enough for third best in Conference USA. He graduated from the school with a health degree, yet decided he wanted to play more college football. Because … Read More

What will Horns do with Duke Thomas?

Duke Thomas arrived at Texas last fall as a talented cornerback who appeared in all 13 games as a freshman, recording 12 tackles and forcing one fumble. So what will he do for an encore in 2013? And where will he do it — in the secondary or wide receiver? … Read More

Evans pulls shocker, commits to Ole Miss

Dallas Skyline defensive end Victor Evans pulled a mild shocker over the weekend when the 2014 defensive end committed to Ole Miss over Texas. Recruiting experts had the 6-foot-3, 220-pound three-star prospect pegged to choose the Longhorns over a host of other offers – Baylor, Kansas State and Ole … Read More

Big 12 media day begins

The Big 12 media days begin this morning at the Dallas Omni hotel with commissioner Bob Bowlsby expected to announce a new branding initiative for the conference. After his press conference, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and his players kick off the two days of media coverage to kick off … Read More

Gundy loves the uptempo offense

With all due respect to Alabama coach Nick Saban, there’s one coach in the Big 12 Conference that heartily disagrees with Saban’s criticism of the uptempo offenses that are becoming the rage in college football. Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy thinks they’re great. Of course, he would think that. The Cowboys … Read More

Bowlsby rails on NCAA

Bob Bowlsby touched off huge debate about the future of the NCAA when the Big 12 commissioner began Big 12 meetings by railing on the ineffectiveness of that organization in dealing with like-minded institutions of varying size. However, he stopped short of suggesting the five power conferences are threatening to … Read More

Pachall MIA from media days

DALLAS _ Texas Christian quarterback Casey Pachall recently was selected as the media’s preseason offensive player of the year in the Big 12 Conference. But despite the accolade, Pachall isn’t even here for the annual league Media Days. There are two days of sessions featuring all 10 head coaches and … Read More

Is Brewer the starting QB at Tech?

New coach Kliff Kingsbury has two quarterbacks competing for the starting spot to replace Seth Doege. Sophomore Michael Brewer, a Lake Travis High graduate and the son of a former Texas Longhorn quarterback, is in the running, along with redshirt freshman Davis Webb. They were the top two after spring … Read More

Weis says pick KU last

DALLAS – How many times does a head coach actually agree with a sportswriter? Answer, it’s rare. But Kansas coach Charlie Weis opened off his press sesssion Monday at the Big 12 media days by telling print reporters he agreed with their vote that ranked his Jayhawks last among the … Read More

Jeffcoat named to Walter Camp watch list

The spate of watch-list announcments for college football post-season awards ended Friday, with Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat included on the list for the Walter Camp Award, presented to the sport’s player of the year. Jeffcoat, a senior, now is on five preseason lists — the Bednarik Trophy, Nagurski Trophy, … Read More

Several Horns sidelined with medical issues

Several prominent Longhorn football players, including starting wide receivers Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley, and preseason All-Big 12 cornerback Quandre Diggs, will be limited at the start of fall practice for various injuries but are expected back for the season opener, UT announced Friday night. Diggs and Shipley, as well … Read More

Texas picked fourth in Big 12

Apparently the media that covers the Big 12 Conference doesn’t agree with Phil Steele. Steele, who produces a college football magazine, recently predicted Texas will finish fourth in the nation in 2013. The conference media also picked the Longhorns fourth — in the Big 12. In the poll released Thursday … Read More

Longhorns hoops receives award

The Longhorn men’s basketball team received a Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The award acknowledges teams with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2012-13 season. Read More

Texas announces fan appreciation day

The 2013 Texas Football Fan Appreciation Day will be held Aug. 3 at Moncrief Athletics Complex from 12-2 p.m. An online lottery is scheduled for noon on July 24 to determine the 250 winners — who may bring one guest. Winners will receive a confirmation email, which must be brought … Read More

Horns must add QB depth in ’15 class

With the transfer of backup Connor Brewer, the Longhorns should be even more interested in how the quarterbacks in the 2015 class mature over their last two seasons of high school. As it stands today, Texas could be entering the 2014 season with just senior David Ash, sophomore Tyrone Swoopes … Read More

Ash on O’Brien watch list

Texas’ David Ash, the Longhorns’ junior-t0-be quarterback entering his third season as a starter, is on the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate quarterback. The expectations are high for the Belton product, who has started 18 games in his career after being … Read More

Greg Robinson returns to Longhorns

Greg Robinson, who served as co-defensive coordinator on Texas’ team that defeated Michigan in the Rose Bowl after the 2004 season, is returning to the Longhorns. UT announced Wednesday that Robinson will be a football analyst in the recently formed player personnel department. According to a release, Robinson “will handle … Read More

Two Horns on Biletnikoff watch list

Two Longhorns have made the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top collegiate wide receiver, and it’s pretty easy to figure out who they are. Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley were Texas’ leading receivers in 2012 by a wide margin. Shipley caught 59 passes for 737 … Read More