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The Dotted Line: Who will be this year’s top senior football player in Texas?

The approaching early signing period and the winding down of the high school season in Texas translates to an upcoming update to the 2020 Fabulous 55. Our last update was done before the season. Don’t expect a ton of major changes or an influx … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: How do the recent coaching changes at Texas impact recruiting?

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to talk recruiting with the American-Statesman’s Danny Davis and Mike Craven. This edition of the Longhorn Confidential podcast looks into the recruiting-related storylines tied to the coaching changes at Texas.  Plus, offensive lineman Jake Major checks in during Prosper’s run in the Class 6A, Division … Read More

The Dotted Line: Seven future Longhorns remain in Texas high school football playoffs

Four of the 17 Texas commitments in the 2020 class are still alive in the Texas high school playoffs. That’s assuming Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card is back and healthy for the Class 6A Division I Region IV championship game against Converse Judson on … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 162: Broadcast legend Brent Musburger on the CFP, Tom Herman’s coaching slump

Broadcasting legend Brent Musburger joins Episode of 162 of the On Second Thought podcast and gives his odds on who will win the national college football title from his home in Las Vegas. Musburger also talks about the struggles of the Oakland Raiders — including the Antonio Brown saga — … Read More

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Longhorns mostly excluded as Big 12 announces its all-conference accolades

The Big 12 announced on Wednesday that only four Longhorns had seasons worth recognizing on the conference’s honor roll. Senior receiver Devin Duvernay and offensive lineman Zach Shackelford earned first-team accolades on the Big 12’s all-conference team. Duvernay’s 103 receptions lead the country and no receiver … Read More

The Dotted Line: What to expect from Texas’ seven potential early enrollees?

Seven of the 17 current Texas commits are expected to enroll early and participate in spring football, which includes offseason workouts and spring practices. It’s a definite advantage for incoming freshmen, and it helps programs build depth with the growing presence of the transfer … Read More

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Texas AD Chris Del Conte ‘clarifies’ post-game comments, says he’s not satisfied with 7-5

Texas President Gregory L. Fenves expressed no worries Tuesday about football coach Tom Herman and the direction of the program. Asked about all the changes Herman has made to his coaching staff, Fenves said, “I think they’re good changes, and I’m optimistic for the future.” … Read More

Big 12 football power poll: Sooners finish at No. 1; Texas mired in meh

1. (Prev: 1) Oklahoma (11-1) A loss by Alabama cracked the door for Oklahoma to return to the College Football Playoff. It’ll take an impressive win over a Baylor squad playing with house money. The pressure is firmly on the Sooners as Oklahoma searches for its fifth consecutive Big 12 … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas’ 2020 recruiting wish list as early signing day approaches

Texas head coach Tom Herman decided to overhaul his coaching staff less than three weeks away from the early signing period, which starts on Dec. 18. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was fired, as was wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer. Other members of the staff … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Herman to make new hires, but to coach new or old schemes?

So Tom Herman had the guts to pull the trigger. Several times, in fact. Now can he do it again? In four previous years spanning two jobs, Texas’ head football coach had never fired a single assistant, but on Sunday he gave pink slips to two assistant coaches, including his … Read More

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DeGabriel Floyd retires while other Longhorns reportedly enter the transfer portal

A medical retirement has ended DeGabriel Floyd’s time at Texas. Floyd announced on Monday that he was medically retiring from football. A freshman linebacker, Floyd sat out the entire 2019 season after a spinal stenosis diagnosis. Initially, Texas coach Tom Herman said that Floyd would be … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: What comes next after Texas coach Tom Herman made key staff changes?

On this week’s Longhorn Confidential, American-Statesman staff writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden and Brian Davis discuss all of the Texas coaching changes, what UT’s bowl prospects look like and who has the advantage in the Big 12 championship game. Read More

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Big 12 recognizes Devin Duvernay and Roschon Johnson for 100-yard efforts against Texas Tech

Texas senior receiver Devin Duvernay and freshman running back Roschon Johnson have both been applauded for how they closed out the regular season. Duvernay was named the Big 12’s offensive player of the week on Monday. Meanwhile, Johnson was honored as the conference’s top newcomer. This marks the second time … Read More

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Former Texas coach Charlie Strong fired after three seasons at South Florida

When South Florida opens its 2020 football season at Texas next September, a reunion won’t occur at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Former Texas football coach Charlie Strong was relieved of his duties at South Florida on Sunday. Strong went 21-16 and reached two bowl games during his three seasons with the Bulls. Read More

The Dotted Line: Offensive line commit Majors insists the 2020 class is ‘solid’ to Texas

WACO — Help is on the way. Texas closed out its regular season at 7-5, a disappointing year for everyone involved. Still, the young commitments across the state continue to back Tom Herman and his vision in Austin. The latest to assert … Read More

Texas coach Tom Herman fires Todd Orlando, demotes others as Longhorns chart new course

Every Texas coach gets one major chance to overhaul the coaching staff when things go south. It’s their one get-out-of-jail free card, so to speak. Tom Herman used his Sunday. The university announced major changes on the football staff, including the firing of defensive coordinator Todd … Read More

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Defensive lineman Van Fillinger de-commits from Texas

The losses for Texas on Sunday didn’t just include assistant coaches. Texas lost the commitment of three-star defensive lineman Van Fillinger. The big man from Corner Canyon High School in Utah announced the re-opening of his commitment on Twitter. Texas’ 2020 class is now down to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Opening a path for Oklahoma, Baylor

Thank you, Auburn. The Tigers kicked entitled Alabama out of the running for a College Football Playoff berth and opened a path for the Big 12 champion as well as potential Pac-12 champ Utah and the eventual SEC runner-up and maybe even a Big Ten runner-up. I bumped the Crimson … Read More

Five key plays: Texas 49, Texas Tech 24

There were 158 snaps taken in Texas’ 49-24 win over Texas Tech on Friday. Here are five that ended up making a big difference:   1. A post-Thanksgiving stuffing For the 10th time this season, Texas failed to force a punt on its opponent’s first drive. Read More

Texas 49, Texas Tech 24: Seniors finish strong as Tom Herman believes ‘We’re going to be OK’

Piling up 610 yards against the second-worst defense in the Big 12 sure felt good considering how Texas struggled offensively throughout November. Bouncing back from a 14-point deficit and forcing two turnovers will have some rethinking whether coach Tom Herman should shake up his coaching staff … Read More