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The Dotted Line: Texas, Herb Hand face challenges signing offensive line talent

The plan for Texas was to sign the best offensive line class in the country for the 2021 cycle, and the ingredients were in the cupboard. The amount of in-state offensive line talent at the Longhorns’ disposal was boiling over the rim, beginning with the state’s top two … Read More

Senate hearing on NCAA name, image and likeness takes pointed turn toward COVID-19, athlete safety

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing Wednesday that was scheduled to discuss the ability of college athletes to make money from their name, image and likeness. It didn’t take long for the hearing to turn, sometimes pointedly, into a conversation about college athletes’ safety and welfare – particularly amid … Read More

Our 12th annual Top 25 countdown: Boise State enjoying its perch atop the Mountain West

The 2020 college football season is two months away. Right? As it approaches with question marks, our 12th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff, breaks down who we think are the top teams in the country. Last year’s eventual College Football … Read More

The Dotted Line: Where does Texas turn to fill the defensive back position in the 2021 recruiting class?

Texas has offered scholarships to 28 defensive backs, and two of them are committed as the Longhorns head into July. Both pledges came on June 15 when four-star cornerback Ishmael Ibraheem and four-star safety JD Coffey picked the Longhorns over dozens of … Read More

The Dotted Line: Is it Terrence Cooks or bust for Texas recruiting 2021 linebackers?

Recruiting linebackers has become a tricky proposition as the high school game has evolved toward spread offenses, which in turn required defensive coordinators to play their best athletes as edge rushers or safeties. Texas has struggled to recruit linebackers over the past decade because the state is failing … Read More

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WATCH: Tom Herman urges Texans to ‘do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19’ in new PSA

Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Stay home. Those were among the suggestions shared by Texas football coach Tom Herman in a public service announcement on Monday. The 33-second PSA was released by the governor’s office. In the video, Herman states that “we need a team effort to stop COVID-19.” … Read More

The Dotted Line: Four potential additions for Texas along the defensive line in the 2021 recruiting class

Texas’ 2020 recruiting class was headlined by promising defensive tackles Vernon Broughton, Alfred Collins and Sawyer Goram-Welch. The Longhorns hope to repeat the trick again in 2021, except this time the focus is on edge rushers. Texas is potentially two steps there … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas clearly wants another tight end in 2021 recruiting class

Charlie Strong de-emphasized the tight end position when the former Texas coach opted for an Air Raid offense. Tom Herman immediately went about changing the landscape of the tight ends room with his recent recruiting classes, beginning with signing Lake Travis’ Cade Brewer in 2017, then … Read More

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WATCH: Reggie Bush says that Vince Young turned down his forfeited Heisman Trophy

During an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, former USC star Reggie Bush said that UT legend Vince Young once declined to accept his Heisman Trophy. Bush told McAfee that after the 2005 Heisman Trophy was stripped from him, it was offered to Young. The Longhorn quarterback, however, … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: How does the recent news at Texas and Oklahoma State impact recruiting?

The American-Statesman’s Danny Davis and Mike Craven go over JD Coffey and Ishmael Ibraheem’s June 15 commitments. Danny and Mike also discuss whether the recent news coming out of schools like Texas, Oklahoma State and Clemson will have an impact on recruiting. The … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas continues its search for wide receivers in the 2021 recruiting class

Texas has extended more offers to wide receivers — 23 — than any other position so far in the 2021 recruiting cycle. Nine of those receivers remain uncommitted. Texas’ class has only one true wide receiver in Casey Cain, though … Read More

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Reports: Anthony Cook enters the transfer portal after two years in Texas’ secondary

Less than two weeks after he tweeted that he will “not be playing another snap for the University of Texas,” Anthony Cook has reportedly entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. Multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday that Cook’s name now appears in the transfer portal. A 6-1, 185-pound cornerback, Cook has … Read More

The Dotted Line: Where does Texas turn for a second running back in the 2021 class?

After signing Bijan Robinson — a five-star recruit who was the country’s top-ranked running back prospect in 2020 and discovering that 2019 quarterback signee Roschon Johnson was instead a future NFL prospect at running back, Texas can afford to be picky recruiting running backs for the … Read More

The Dotted Line: Each of Texas’ five quarterback offers in 2021 class are committed to a school

The Longhorns were efficient with quarterback offers in the 2021 class, landing four-star Jalen Milroe of Katy Tompkins back in the summer of 2019. Milroe is the longest standing pledge, and it Texas only took five offers at the position to land its man. Read More

Texas keeps voluntary workouts going even as 13 Longhorns test positive for COVID-19

At the moment, Texas has no plans to stop voluntary football workouts even though 13 Longhorns have tested positive or presumed positive for COVID-19, the school announced. Two players were already known to have tested positive last week … Read More

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Almost two dozen Texas players now in self-isolation after COVID testing, contact tracing

The Texas athletic department announced Thursday that 13 football players have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19 while 10 more are asymptomatic and in self-quarantine. These 11 new positive cases follow the two positive cases that UT reported last week. Read More

Sen. Rubio to introduce bill allowing NCAA athletes to cash in on name, image, likeness

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he is planning to introduce a bill Thursday that would require the NCAA to make rule changes regarding college athletes’ ability to make money from their name, image and likeness and give the association protection from legal challenges to the new regulations. The NCAA has … Read More

The Dotted Line: Five prospects Texas hopes to close on in summer, fall

Texas’ 2021 recruiting class now consists of 13 members following the Monday commitments of four-star defensive backs JD Coffey and Ishmael Ibraheem. The Longhorns’ current recruiting class ranks ninth in the nation and first in the Big 12. Ten of the 13 pledges hail … Read More

Interim Texas president, athletic director meet face-to-face with Longhorns players

Interim Texas President Jay Hartzell and athletic director Chris Del Conte met face-to-face with the UT football team on Wednesday evening to hear directly from them about last week’s list of requests posted on social media Neither Hartzell nor Del Conte were … Read More

The Dotted Line: Three questions facing Texas in the 2021 recruiting cycle

Texas’ 2021 recruiting class moved into the ninth spot in the nation and extended its recruiting lead over Baylor and Oklahoma by adding four-star defensive backs JD Coffey and Ishmael Ibraheem on Monday. The Longhorns hold 13 commitments with July approaching despite ongoing travel … Read More