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Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: UT’s moment to reassert itself, rearrange the Big 12 pecking order has arrived

Last January when offseason workouts began, Texas strength coach Yancy McKnight directed every player on the field to look up. Look at the numbers, the history, on Royal-Memorial Stadium’s east facade, McKnight told them. Texas has won only three Big 12 championships since the league … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: A Big 12 championship game? No thanks. Who really needs a 13th data point, anyway?

One piece of advice for the Big 12. And it’s got not a thing to do with Horns Down or Horns Up or Horns Sideways. Here it is: Dump the Big 12 championship game. That’s right. Get rid of it. Cancel it. Hit the delete button. Adios, mofo, as our … Read More

Texas vs. Oklahoma: A Q&A with a Sooners beat writer on Kyler Murray, the first game and that Sooners defense

What’s up with the Oklahoma Sooners? We reached out to Sooners beat writer Ryan Aber (@ryaber) of the Oklahoman to offer his insight: Oklahoma has had to sweat out some wins over the past month. What’s been the key in those close calls? It’s been their ability … Read More

The Dotted Line: Three Texas commits set to play in title games; four in-state pledges still alive

Three in-state 2019 commits remain in the playoffs, while three out-of-state pledges compete for state titles on Saturday. Four-star junior quarterback Hudson Card and Lake Travis are also still alive. Here is where to watch each of the prospects this weekend. The in-state commits  Cuero vs. Corpus Christi West Oso … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 119: ABC’s Todd Blackledge and coaching legend Barry Switzer on Texas-Oklahoma

In Episode 119 of the On Second Thought podcast, ABC color analyst Todd Blackledge gives his take on Saturday’s Big 12 title clash between Texas and Oklahoma while coaching legend Barry Switzer breaks down Lincoln Riley’s coaching style and the problems with the Oklahoma defense. Read More

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Big 12: Game officials to use judgment before throwing a ‘Horns Down’ flag

Is “Horns Down” worth a 15-yard flag? The Big 12 says it’s a judgment call for officials on Saturday in the Big 12 championship game. The league office tweeted a small statement on the issue on Wednesday and said it will be left to officials to … Read More

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Texas DE Charles Omenihu, S Caden Sterns honored by Big 12 coaches in annual awards

Texas defensive end Charles Omenihu has said numerous times he returned for his senior season because he “left some plays out there.” He must’ve gotten a bunch of them in 2018. Omenihu was named the Big 12’s defensive lineman of the year when the league announced … Read More

The Dotted Line: Even as Texas, others prepare for December, mixed feelings remain on early signing period

Gone are the days of three-hat Monte in February. That’s so 2016. The new rage begins in December when prospects can sign national letters of intent during a three-day period from Dec. 19-21. In December 2017, there were 21 prospects committed to Texas when the first early … Read More

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Big 12 clarifies that ‘Horns Down’ gestures in its championship contest will be penalized

According to the Big 12, the Horns go up. The Oklahoman reported on Tuesday that Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley had told a radio station that evening that the Sooners will be penalized for any “Horns Down” signals in this weekend’s Big 12 Championship Game. Riley had previously … Read More

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Longhorns in the NFL: Week 12 a mixed bag of results

Is there such a thing as a former Longhorn? These players will always be Longhorns to University of Texas fans, even though they’ve graduated to the next level of football. Every week we’ll update you on how they performed the previous weekend. Here’s a look at the Longhorns in the … Read More

Safe bet? Despite what Las Vegas says, ‘being an underdog isn’t a part of that plan’ for Texas

On Tuesday, Texas offensive lineman Patrick Vahe learned how to gamble. When asked about the Longhorns being underdogs for this weekend’s rematch with Oklahoma, Vahe replied “I don’t know the point system.” After a reporter explained betting lines, the 325-pound left guard shrugged. “If they claim us as their underdog, … Read More

Texas lawmaker files bill to force return of UT, A&M football game

Frustrated after watching another rivalry weekend pass quietly in Texas, a state lawmaker thinks it’s time for the Legislature to step in to require the University of Texas and Texas A&M University to get back to playing football once a year around Thanksgiving. State Rep. Lyle Larson, a San Antonio … Read More

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No Breckyn Hager appearance, but Longhorns still expecting a dogfight vs. Sooners

In case anyone’s wondering, Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager — who calls himself “a young prophet,” one unafraid to proclaim that “OU sucks” — was not made available to reporters on Tuesday. That’s probably for the best considering Hager was reprimanded by the Big 12 … Read More

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‘Are you serious?’: Longhorns laugh at Sooners asking Big 12 about doing the Horns Down

Texas players were slightly amused when told on Tuesday that Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley would ask the Big 12 conference if the “Horns Down” hand gesture would be permitted on Saturday. Two West Virginia players were flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for doing the Horns … Read More

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Texas QB Sam Ehlinger: ‘I don’t remember what I said’ to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger said Tuesday he couldn’t remember what he said to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray when the two met at the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 6. “Oh, I went up to him and congratulate him on a great game. That was all,” Ehlinger said. “I … Read More

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‘We’re planning on winning next year’: Mack Brown agrees to 5-year, $17.5 million deal to coach North Carolina

Mack is back. In Carolina Blue. Twenty-one years after leaving North Carolina for the Texas coaching position, Mack Brown was introduced today as the next Tarheel football coach. Athletic director Bubba Cunningham called Mack “the most positive, most enthusiastic coach I’ve ever met in my life” before officially bringing Brown … Read More

The Dotted Line: What’s left for Texas to accomplish in the 2019 recruiting class?

Crunch time arrived for the 2019 class when contact period began Monday. The Longhorns won’t be on the road this week; instead, the coaching staff is preparing the team for a Big 12 showdown with Oklahoma. Texas’ class consists of 22 members and ranks … Read More

For Oklahoma, there are two opponents this week: Texas for a Big 12 title, Ohio State for a CFP berth

You’ll have to forgive Lincoln Riley if he thinks he must prepare for two teams this week. The first is obvious. Riley’s Sooners take on Texas for the Big 12 title Saturday morning at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. That’s already an unusual game. It’s the first time OU and the … Read More

It’s only Monday, but Texas-Oklahoma emotions are already stirring for their Big 12 rematch

Emotions have started bubbling up for this week’s Texas-Oklahoma rematch in the Big 12 championship game. And to think, it was only Monday. In Austin, Texas coach Tom Herman acted surprised why anyone would care whether he has consulted with recently-fired Kansas coach David Beaty about … Read More

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LISTEN: Longhorn Confidential examines Texas’ chances against OU, Mack Brown’s return

The American-Statesman staff discusses this week’s Big 12 championship rematch between Texas and Oklahoma and whether the Longhorns will be able to contain OU’s Kyler Murray for a second time. Also, we discuss Mack Brown’s return to coaching at North Carolina.  … Read More