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Texas will pay back coaches who are taking salary reductions due to pandemic

Football head coach Tom Herman and other coaches at the University of Texas are taking salary reductions. That is until they all get the money back. Documents obtained Monday by USA TODAY Sports show the athletics department plans to reimburse coaches who are taking voluntary pay … Read More

After admissions scandal, Texas says no other athletes improperly admitted

Months after a former University of Texas men’s tennis coach pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from the nation’s largest ever college admissions scandal, UT leadership announced Monday morning that it had completed its review of its athletic admissions, finding no other misconduct. The federal investigation, which spanned across eight … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: This year’s Texas Ten has some not-so-obvious picks on our list of 10 Horns to watch

Your trusted scribe visited Texas men’s basketball practice earlier this month. Chatting with coach Shaka Smart, it was interesting to hear him reflect on the players’ emotions after winning the NIT. As nice as that was, winning the NIT isn’t the goal. “You know, … Read More

‘Made in Austin’: Texas taking emotion-based approach this weekend to engage with fans

Two hours before the NIT championship game, Chris Del Conte was busy shaking hands and taking photos with Texas fans in the basement of Stout, the official bar of New York-based Texas Exes. “It’s like Pace picante sauce. ‘New York City?!’ Who knew?,” the Texas athletic … Read More

Sources: Texas AD Chris Del Conte to receive $200,000 annual pay raise

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte will receive a $200,000 pay raise for his performance over the past year for energizing his department, two sources told the American-Statesman. Del Conte’s contractual status and pay bump is part of the UT System Board of Regents agenda that … Read More

Texas athletics smashes its own record by generating $219.4 million in 2017-18

The University of Texas athletic department smashed its own record during the 2017-18 academic year by generating $219.4 million in revenues, easily topping the $214.8 million from the previous year. But the Longhorns continue to spend money at a torrid pace, too. The athletic department spent … Read More

Ten Longhorns with a Lil’Talent: A guide to the top 10 Texas athletes to watch in 2018-19

Just in case any Texas coach wasn’t paying attention this spring, it’s worth repeating athletic director Chris Del Conte’s mission statement. “All of our athletic programs are in the top 10 in the country and need to be competing for national championships,” Del Conte said at … Read More

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Track and field, softball staff overhauls to come at a price for Texas

In terms of salaries, Texas will pay a pretty penny for the overhaul of its softball and track and field programs. Texas has almost doubled the base salaries of its softball team’s coaching staff. The Longhorns will also be paying the coaches in its track and field program more in … Read More

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Texas AD Chris Del Conte on creating ‘Longhorn Live,’ women’s athletics, new arena

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte is one of the Big 12’s most accessible and progressive administrators. He’s something of an open book, as sports editors from around the state discovered Friday during a panel discussion at the American-Statesman. Del Conte met with members of the Associated Press Sports Editors … Read More

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Former Longhorns Derrick Dockery, Michael Griffin, J. Brent Cox among the 2018 Texas Hall of Honor class

Football stars Derrick Dockery, Michael Griffin and Justin Blalock and suffocating closer J. Brent Cox are among the 15 former Texas athletes that will be inducted into the UT Hall of Honor. The T-Association, the organization for former letter winners, announced the entire class of 2018 … Read More

A Title IX lawsuit casualty, gymnastics program could have been a success for Texas

In a Title IX lawsuit settled in 1993, three club teams — rowing, soccer and gymnastics — and softball, a popular intramural sport, had sued the University of Texas. Three of those sports were rewarded with varsity status. The fourth — gymnastics, the one that could have most become nationally … Read More

Twenty-five years later, is Texas still a ‘shining light’ for Title IX, women’s college athletics?

Monday is the 25th anniversary of one of the most significant events in women’s college athletics history — the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit in which the University of Texas agreed to add three women’s programs. The settlement, signed late at night on July 16, 1993 by the lonely … Read More

Revisiting the Texas Ten: How did our top preseason UT athletes to watch fare this year?

Last August, the American-Statesman picked 10 Longhorns student-athletes to watch during the 2017-18 academic year, our inaugural Texas Ten. We came up with the list by looking at an athlete’s importance to his or her team as well as the athlete’s career arc. “No one player determines … Read More

Texas athletics, 2017-18: A year of wins on the field, but also transformative change off it

For Texas athletics, the 2017-18 athletic year was successful. Taken on the whole, it always is. Sure, the Longhorns enjoyed their typical success in non-revenue sports. Texas hauled in yet another national championship in men’s swimming and diving, its fourth straight and 14th overall under legendary … Read More

The Texas turnover: Chris Del Conte hopes a new cabinet, approach leads to Longhorns stability

It’s somewhat mind-boggling how Texas has gone through four offensive coordinators in four seasons. That kind of instability helped produce a 23-27 record. There’s been similar turnover in the administrative suite. With Chris Del Conte now guiding the athletic department, the Longhorns are on their third … Read More

Texas AD Chris Del Conte hires TCU’s Drew Martin, former Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte is assembling an entirely new administrative team heading into the new academic year. At a department staff meeting on Thursday, Del Conte announced the hiring of two new administrators — TCU’s Drew Martin, a close confidante, and former Nebraska … Read More

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Texas athletics lays off at least 13 staff members in departmental restructuring

At least 13 Texas athletic department staffers were notified Monday morning they were being laid off, a source told the American-Statesman Monday. Athletic director Chris Del Conte confirmed to the Statesman that some staffers were notified on Monday. But Del Conte has compared the UT athletic … Read More