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UT Athletics Hall of Fame to open Aug. 30

The Frank Denius Family University of Texas Athletics Hall of Fame will have a public grand opening Friday, Aug. 30, the school announced Wednesday. The $17.1 million project will be the first all-sports Hall of Fame for the university. The hall is located in the Red McCombs Red Zone in … Read More

Investigation in Cedric Benson’s death could take weeks, police say

Officials investigating the motorcycle crash that killed former University of Texas football star Cedric Benson and a passenger said Wednesday that they likely will need several weeks before fully understanding what happened. Detectives are trying to learn what Benson and the driver of a white minivan who collided with … Read More

The Dotted Line: Scouting Texas’ eight defensive commitments in the 2020 recruiting class

The first wave of Texas commitments for the 2020 class were offensive prospects, including quarterback Hudson Card and a trio of offensive linemen led by Jaylen Garth. The class has evened out over time with the Longhorns looting the state’s top defensive … Read More

Our annual Big 12 of the Big 12: The conference’s best dozen players, regardless of position

The best player in the Big 12 could be Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the guy who has been favorably compared to Tim Tebow, SEC royalty, for his on-field passion and instinctive power. Or maybe it’s Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, the one-time best offensive player in the SEC who transferred to the … Read More

UT grad killed in crash with Cedric Benson was ‘ready to change the world’ boss says

Aamna Najam, the 27-year-old University of Texas graduate who died Saturday in the motorcycle crash that also killed Longhorns football great Cedric Benson, was on track to make a big impact in the audiology field, her boss said Tuesday. Before earning her Ph.D. in May, Najam interviewed for a job with … Read More

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Longhorns name five key contributors as team captains for 2019

One way to glimpse inside the locker room is to examine the team captains. Are these truly real impact, game-changers? The five Texas players chosen as team captains for the 2019 season absolutely fit the bill. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger, center Zach Shackelford, receiver … Read More

A tour of Texas’ 2019 schedule, from Tech to Tech (Louisiana and Texas) and everything in between

What’s that buzzing sound that Longhorns fans are hearing this month? Bees? Construction? The Texas football team? The Longhorns, accompanied by plenty of hype, enter their third season under head coach Tom Herman. Texas is  coming off its first 10-win season since 2009. The Longhorns beat Georgia 28-21 in the … Read More

The Dotted Line: Scouting Texas’ nine offensive commitments in the 2020 recruiting class

Texas’ 2020 recruiting class consists of 17 prospects and ranks sixth in the nation. It’s the top-ranked class in the Big 12. That wasn’t true in July as the Longhorns struggled to gain commitments while rivals like Oklahoma and Texas A&M sprinted … Read More

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Earl Campbell on Cedric Benson’s passing: ‘Life after pro sports is the hardest’

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: When discussing the top running backs in Texas football history, the line starts behind Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams. The late Cedric Benson put up 5,540 rushing yards in his career, behind … Read More

Pick Six: Our national college football preview, from the contenders to pretenders

Surveying the national college football landscape with a six pack of lists: National title favorites (According to consensus Vegas odds) Clemson (2.2-to-1): It’s splitting hairs trying to separate the Tigers and Tide, who’ve taken turns alternating titles the last four years. Give Clemson the edge because it’s a lot easier … Read More

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WATCH: Texas walk-on Mason Ramirez earns a scholarship from his hometown team

On Monday, Texas announced that senior defensive back Mason Ramirez is no longer a walk-on. Ramirez was surprised with a scholarship at a recent team meeting. While offensive coordinator Tim Beck broke down one of Ramirez’s plays during a film session, a “Breaking News” alert interrupted the highlight and the announcement … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: Remembering Cedric Benson

The news of Cedric Benson’s death stunned the Longhorn family. American-Statesman staff writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden and Brian Davis discuss Benson’s life, legacy and impact at Texas. Read More

Suzanne Halliburton

American-Statesman Staff

Halliburton: For those who covered Cedric Benson, No. 32 left a long, lasting legacy

I slept in Sunday. Turned the ringer off on my phone. It was one of the last free weekends before the season starts. There were so many messages when I woke up. That’s how I heard the news after everyone else. Cedric Benson, whom I covered for four years when … Read More

Cedric Benson’s passenger in motorcycle wreck identified

Austin Police have identified 27-year-old Aamna Najam as the woman who was the passenger on former University of Texas football star Cedric Benson’s motorcycle when the two were killed Saturday in a crash in West Austin. Benson and Najam were both pronounced dead at the scene, police said Monday … Read More

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With momentum building, Longhorns start the year 10th in AP Top 25

Nobody overestimates Texas’ potential anymore. In 2012 and 2013, Texas started 15th in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, and few argued with that. It was still an eight- or nine-win program. The next three years, the Longhorns were in a virtual desert as far … Read More

The Dotted Line: Love of football, Austin made Texas the right choice for Utah’s Fillinger

DRAPER, Utah — Corner Canyon defensive end Van Fillinger bugged his mom the entire summer before the third grade, begging to play football. The family had moved to Utah from Arizona a year before and his mom, Janel, missed the sign-ups the previous … Read More

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Former Texas linebacker Gary Johnson to resume his NFL career in the NFC East

Former Texas linebacker Gary Johnson opened the 2018 season at FedEx Field, which is the home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins. One year later, will his professional career begin at the same location? Johnson has signed with Washington, the team announced over the weekend. After originally entering … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Cedric Benson did things his way and met his problems head-on

The end came far too soon, much too sadly and probably, if we’re being honest, a little too predictably. Cedric Benson, a true star in every sense of the word, died Saturday night in a tragic, fiery motorcycle accident in the hills of West Austin.  At age 36. Read More

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Mack Brown on Cedric Benson: ‘Sally and I along with a lot of Longhorns are just crushed’

During his Sunday press conference at North Carolina, coach Mack Brown said Texas running back Cedric Benson was “one of our favorites” and called the former Longhorn one of the toughest players he’d ever coached. “Sally and I along with a lot of Longhorns are just … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Cedric Benson pulled no punches in his short time with us

Cedric Benson spoke his truth. Of all the football players that have come through the Texas program, he was the one who always spoke his truth — even when it didn’t line up with the usually politically correct sound bites that dominate the current sports landscape. Sometimes his truth spoke … Read More