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Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year a ‘well-deserved honor’ for Texas’ Andrew Jones

Texas basketball player Andrew Jones has been named the Big 12’s male sportsperson of the year, the conference announced on Wednesday. Since the 2000-01 school year, the Big 12 has annually honored athletes who display “an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement.” Jaci Jones, a three-year captain … Read More

More than 3,500 miles from Austin, Texas’ Kamaka Hepa getting along in Alaska

Thursday was a halfway decent day in Barrow, Alaska. Temperatures were in the mid-20s. Should get up to 27 this weekend, too. Texas forward Kamaka Hepa went back home for spring break and ended up staying put, courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic. Like other Longhorns, … Read More

12 Things about Big 12 basketball: The best Big East Challenge games and conference’s top recruits of all time

12. Greg Brown headed to Texas Greg Brown is the cherry on top for the Texas basketball offseason. With or without Brown, Texas was set to have a strong team next year despite all the baggage that may have come with it. The first step was avoiding a reset by … Read More

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Texas generates 66.2 million impressions during its #MyTexas digital campaign

Even with no games and no students on campus, Texas found a way to win on the internet. The athletic department’s wide-ranging #MyTexas campaign generated an eye-popping 66.2 million impressions across all of UT’s social media platforms, according to an internal report. The majority … Read More

Former Texas student manager and grad assistant Chris Mudge moving up basketball coaching ranks

In the summer of 2003 following his freshman year at Texas, Chris Mudge was interviewing for internships with chemical companies. Mudge, a member of Stony Point’s first graduating class in 2002 and a point guard for the Tigers on the basketball court, planned to become a chemical engineer. Seventeen years … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Swear to God, former Texas basketball coach Leon Black is ‘one of the finer persons ever’

Jimmy Blacklock wanted to set the record straight about his straight-laced college basketball coach. Seems that Leon Black did cuss. At least once. His Texas basketball team had just been overwhelmed by UCLA sophomore Bill Walton and the eventual national champion Bruins at Pauley Pavilion by 50 points, and Black … Read More

With Brown signed, sealed and delivered, Texas’ Shaka Smart shifts to hiring an assistant

Officially, the last Texas men’s basketball game of the season was an 81-59 loss at home to Oklahoma State. But before that thumping on March 7, Texas had won five straight. The late-season run had helped the Longhorns (19-12) bounce back onto the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. With a … Read More

Now that Greg Brown is a Longhorn, how will Texas’ Shaka Smart divvy up playing time?

Five-star recruit Greg Brown III has become a Longhorn. Now comes the next question: Who’s going to lose playing time? Every college basketball game has 200 minutes available for each team. It’s impossible for all five players to play a full 40 minutes each night, so … Read More

After years of pursuit, Texas’ Shaka Smart lands five-star Greg Brown from Horns’ backyard

Say whatever you will about Shaka Smart. But as a recruiter, whenever a five-star athlete lands his crosshairs, Smart doesn’t miss. Smart spent years building relationships with Jarrett Allen and Mo Bamba and their families. To them, he was more than just the Texas basketball coach. Read More

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High-flying Greg Brown staying home as Vandegrift standout commits to Texas

Greg Brown III spent four years dunking on all comers at Vandegrift. Can he do it at the next level? After months of playing coy, Brown finally made the announcement Friday that most expected all along. The 6-foot-9, five-star standout committed to Texas during a broadcast … Read More

Live events still uncertain, Texas athletics planning a virtual day-long tailgate party

Zoom will become a four-letter word in Drew Martin’s house, if it’s not already. No amount of webcasting can supplant face-to-face interaction, especially when your job is to interact with Texas fans. As UT’s director of external operations, Martin and his staff were ready for the … Read More

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Report: Texas basketball to host Villanova in Big 12/Big East Battle next season

Texas’ non-conference home schedule will get a major boost next season with Villanova coming to Austin as part of the Big 12/Big East Battle, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Rothstein reported all 10 matchups on Wednesday, however a Texas spokesman said he could not confirm UT’s slot. Read More

Recapping our Texas Ten: Joseph Ossai, Charli Collier were both breakout Longhorns

This was supposed to be a typically busy weekend in a whirlwind spring semester at Texas. Baseball, softball, track, tennis and golf should be going strong. Instead, it’s quiet. Nobody knows when this coronavirus stoppage will end, and everybody is now worried about football season. School … Read More

12 Things about Big 12 basketball: The race to the bottom and a conference history lesson

12. The race to the bottom: What is going on at Iowa State? In the last column I was pretty positive on Iowa State. But in what seemed like a few hours, their 2020-2021 outlook completely changed. The Cyclones lost Tyrese Haliburton, which was expected, then lost Terrence Lewis, Zion … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 175: ESPN’s Jake Trotter: Is it all on Baker Mayfield in Cleveland?; Shaka’s back but what about Karen Aston?

Austin’s Baker Mayfield didn’t get it done with the Cleveland Browns last season and Browns beat writer Jake Trotter of ESPN.com joins Kirk and Ced to discuss why it didn’t work out and if Mayfield can turn it around. With Chris Del Conte announcing he will retain basketball coach Shaka … Read More

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Texas to host Gonzaga in home-and-home men’s basketball series on Nov. 13

Texas has reached a home-and-home agreement to play Gonzaga in men’s basketball beginning next season in Austin, according to a UT spokesman. The Longhorns will play the Zags at the Erwin Center on Nov. 13. They would then play a return game in Spokane, Wash., during … Read More

His future now certain, Texas coach Shaka Smart can plow headfirst into the offseason

Now that there’s more clarity about his future, Shaka Smart can plow headfirst into the offseason. But the coming months will be no regular offseason for the Texas men’s basketball coach. Students begin classes this week as the spring semester starts up again, albeit … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Is Shaka Smart settling in — or is Texas just settling?

The Shaka Smart Redemption Tour continues. Practically everything else in the world has been shut down thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but the never-ending saga that is the Texas head basketball coach continues to lurch forward. Smart will return next season. RELATED: ‘Shaka’s our coach’: Texas … Read More

‘Shaka’s our coach’: Texas AD Chris Del Conte is sticking with Shaka Smart for 2020-21

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte faces serious questions daily from parents about the well-being of nearly 525 student-athletes and the Longhorns’ financial health in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. But he hasn’t wavered in his support of men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart, who will … Read More

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Texas assistant Luke Yaklich ‘extremely excited’ to take over at Illinois-Chicago

Luke Yaklich has always been a Chicago guy. He was raised in LaSalle, Ill., about 100 miles west and went to school at Illinois State. So it made perfect sense for Yaklich to get his first head coaching job near home. As expected, Illinois-Chicago … Read More