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Texas lineman Denzel Okafor puts name into NCAA transfer portal

Texas offensive lineman Denzel Okafor has put his name into the NCAA transfer portal and will explore his options, according to a team spokesman. When reached by phone Wednesday, Okafor declined comment. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound junior has played in 39 career games and … Read More

Impact of coronavirus means NCAA faces $475 million decrease in revenue, credit-rating firm estimates

The NCAA is facing decreases of $475 million in revenues and $380 million in expenses for its current fiscal year, according to estimates in a report released Tuesday by one of the nation’s three major credit-rating firms. The amounts for 2020 would represent a 42% decline in revenue and a … Read More

The Statesman Interview: Cat Osterman on the Olympics, her future and Texas softball

Due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it’s postponing the Olympics for a year. That decision impacts the summer plans for thousands of the world’s top athletes — including former Texas softball star Cat Osterman, who was set to play … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas targets Jordon Thomas, Clayton Smith lead Fab 55 Nos. 25-21

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

Several current, former Texas athletes are impacted by Olympic postponement

After years of wearing burnt orange, a handful of Longhorns were looking forward to donning gold, silver or bronze this summer. Texas was poised to send a contingent of current athletes and former athletes to the Olympics in Tokyo. Those plans, however, were postponed Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee. Read More

Texas swim coach Eddie Reese praises Olympics postponement: ‘We’re playing this by ear’

Long-time Texas swimming coach Eddie Reese, a former U.S. Olympic swimming coach, said Tuesday he wasn’t the least bit surprised that the 2020 Games are being postponed. “They had to do it,” said Reese, who has served as head coach of the Olympic swim team three different times. “I really … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commit Derrick Harris Jr. headlines Fab 55 members Nos. 30-26

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

The Dotted Line: Recruits believe coronavirus pandemic will alter commitment timelines

The longer the COVID-19 crisis spreads across the country, interrupting daily life in America, the more likely it is that the 2021 recruiting cycle will be unlike any other in memory. Campuses across the country have closed, … Read More

Their baseball careers on hold, ex-Longhorns look for some spring training

Seven weeks ago, Nolan Kingham appeared at Texas’ baseball alumni game and answered questions about his future. How was the former Longhorn progressing as a professional? Was he happy with the way he pitched in 2019? Where did he think he’d start out the 2020 season? Kingham, a … Read More

How would Texas athletics hold up financially in an economic downturn?

In this environment where people are pulling back financially, Ross Moody is leaning in. This week, the trustee of the Moody Foundation announced $2.25 million in gifts to various non-profits in Austin, Dallas and Galveston. Locally, organizations like Mobile Loaves & Fishes and the Central Texas … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commit Hayden Conner among prospects ranked Nos. 35-31 on our 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

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: Where do we go from here — A look at 2020-21 teams

12. What just happened What are we doing here this week not talking about the NCAA Tournament? There’s no sense in complaining about a sporting event being canceled during a pandemic only to say that there were a lot of things that could have been done if more people in … Read More

Texas, Michigan social media teams collaborate, spread new message #UnitedAsOne

Texas officials have pulled back and taken a conservative public stance this week as COVID-19 continues to bring the world to a halt. Still, the Longhorns are leading the way with a positive tone on social media. The NCAA unveiled the #UnitedAsOne campaign on Thursday in … Read More

The Dotted Line: James Brockermeyer, Shemar Turner headline Nos. 40-36 on the 2021 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

The Dotted Line: Texas offers Erick Cade, Latrell Neville highlights Nos. 45-41 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 … Read More

As coronavirus impacts continue, Texas is bracing for cancellation of spring football

The coronavirus has infected the NCAA’s spring calendar, and now Texas spring football is likely next to be canceled. Big 12 athletic directors are scheduled to meet Wednesday via teleconference, according to sources. The situation is fluid, but it’s expected the league will announce … Read More

The Dotted Line: Examining prospects Nos. 50-46 on the 2021 Fabulous 55

The recruiting calendar was altered when the NCAA decided to prohibit in-person recruiting on and off of college campuses and high schools until April 15 due to the COVID-19. March and April are normally important months on the recruiting calendar, as recruits take visits … Read More

The Dotted Line: Examining the 2021 Fabulous 55, staring with Nos. 55-51

The recruiting calendar was altered when the NCAA decided to prohibit in-person recruiting on and off of college campuses and high schools until April 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. March and April are normally important months on the recruiting calendar, as recruits take … Read More

Texas athletes, coaches come to grips with stoppage, all wonder what’s next

Those in the stands cheered the NCAA’s decision to cancel March Madness and all spring championships over coronavirus fears. The competitors in the arena were devastated. “Speechless,” Texas guard Sug Sutton tweeted Thursday. Her Longhorns teammate Joyner Holmes tweeted, “Absolutely speechless… … Read More

Game over: Title dreams become a nightmare for Texas as coronavirus concerns lead to cancellations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On paper, Texas’ women’s basketball team had their schedule set for the next few days. The Longhorns were supposed to practice on Thursday afternoon before meeting West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament Friday night at the Municipal Auditorium. If things went well, the Big 12 … Read More