Stories

Vic Schaefer joins Texas: ‘I’ve got no desire to just be good. I want to win championships’

For eight years, Vic Schaefer ended his Mississippi State press conferences with the same message. “Praise the Lord and go Dawgs.” Everything in Schaefer’s life, he believes, is driven by a higher purpose. “God has you in a place where he wants you,” … Read More

Texas tabs Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer to coach its women’s basketball team

A key vacancy in the Texas athletic department has been quickly filled. Vic Schaefer has been hired to coach the women’s basketball team at Texas. On Sunday afternoon, UT athletic director Chris Del Conte tweeted out a picture of Schaefer with a caption that read “ … Read More

From injuries to new coaches to depth: The pros, cons of Texas’ spring football called off

March and April were going to be critical months for the Texas football program. And they still are, just for wildly different reasons. Spring football was supposed to be a time UT coach Tom Herman blended seven new assistant coaches with a now-experienced team, led by … Read More

Texas moves on from women’s basketball coach Karen Aston after eight seasons

Texas women’s basketball coach Karen Aston will not return next season, athletic director Chris Del Conte said on Friday. Aston, 55, has coached the Longhorns for the last eight years. The three-year extension that she signed in 2016 is set to expire in August, and she was paid a base … Read More

‘The stars were aligning a little bit for us’: What’s on deck for Texas softball in 2021?

Earlier this week, Texas baseball coach David Pierce told reporters a story about a recent game of catch with two eight-year-olds from his neighborhood. Susan Pierce gave her husband a hard time when she overheard him coaching the kids. But what else was he supposed to do? Pierce argued that … Read More

The Dotted Line: Is Texas commit Billy Bowman Jr. a safety or wide receiver? His dad weighs in

Texas commit Billy Bowman Jr. hates to be tackled. That became apparent early in his football career when he’d choose to fall down in flag football rather than get his flag pulled. As he progressed into tackle football in elementary school, his dad, Billy … Read More

With NCAA eligibility, MLB draft altered, Texas baseball is tackling 2021 roster management

Texas baseball coach David Pierce called this week’s NCAA decision to restore a year of eligibility for all spring sports athletes a “victory” on Wednesday. Monday’s ruling — and uncertainty over this year’s MLB draft — has created a numbers game for Pierce. He currently has 49 players tied to … Read More

The Dotted Line: Competitiveness, toughness are innate in Texas commitment Jalen Milroe

Jalen Milroe was born with a competitive streak that’s as big as the smile that’s constantly on his face. The Texas quarterback commitment has always wanted to win, even when he was a young kid playing car games with his two siblings. Milroe would … Read More

Following shoulder surgery, Texas’ Brandon Jones turns to his studies as the draft approaches

Texas was supposed to host a NFL job fair for its seniors on Wednesday. The Longhorns’ annual pro timing day, which was scheduled for Wednesday, would have given players with professional aspirations a chance to work out in front of NFL scouts and representatives. But UT’s pro day, along with … Read More

The Dotted Line: A closer look at the top five prospects on the 2021 Fabulous 55

The recruiting calendar was altered when the NCAA prohibited in-person recruiting on and off of college campuses and high schools until April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic. March and April are normally important months as recruits take visits to campus and college coaches fan out across the nation … Read More

To make up for coronavirus cancellations, NCAA restores eligibility for spring sports athletes

Miranda Elish will get a chance to pitch again for the Texas softball team. An opportunity now exists for Duke Ellis to steal another base while wearing burnt orange. And it turns out that the Turati twins may not have played their last tennis match at … Read More

Texas’ Tom Herman: ‘Today is the first day of the new normal for us’

Monday was indeed an odd day at the University of Texas. Students from all over the state, from all over the world, opened their laptops from home and logged into online classes. The South Mall was empty at lunch, the grass between the six … 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

The Dotted Line: The Fab 55’s top 10 opens with future Longhorns Jalen Milroe, Billy Bowman

The recruiting calendar was altered when the NCAA prohibited in-person recruiting on and off of college campuses and high schools until April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic. March and April are normally important months as recruits take visits to campus and college coaches fan out across the nation … Read More

With Texas football on hold, Tom and Michelle Herman find new normal in coronavirus stoppage

Being stuck at home isn’t all bad. It’s brought the Hermans closer. Normally, their house is a whirlwind of activity. A married couple with hectic daily lives and three kids — a high school sophomore, a sixth-grader and one in kindergarten — and two dogs barely … 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

Can Texas stake a claim as the No. 1 team of the 2020 softball season?

There won’t be a national champion crowned in college softball this June in Oklahoma City. Texas, though, can still argue that it had one of the country’s best teams in 2020. The Longhorns were 24-3 when the NCAA announced on March 12 that it was canceling … Read More

The Dotted Line: Running backs LJ Johnson, Camar Wheaton ranked among Nos. 15-11 on Fab 55

The recruiting calendar was altered when the NCAA prohibited in-person recruiting on and off of college campuses and high schools until April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic. March and April are normally important months as recruits take visits to campus and college coaches fan out across the nation … Read More

NCAA slashes payouts to schools by $375 million in wake of coronarivus cancellations, a 63% drop of plan

The NCAA will reduce its direct distribution to Division I conferences and schools for 2020 by about $375 million to $225 million, the association announced Thursday. According to its 2020 Division I Revenue Distribution Plan document, the NCAA had been scheduled to distribute just under $600 million directly to conferences and … Read More

Even in coronavirus pandemic, construction continues at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Moody Center

While many workers are stuck at home, construction marches on at Royal-Memorial Stadium and the Moody Center. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said “so far, so good” as workers swing hammers and excavate dirt even after Austin and Travis County’s shelter-in-place orders were put … Read More