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Ten seasons later, what a long, strange trip it’s been for Texas, USC

To the best of Mack Brown’s memory, President Bush called around 6 a.m. that morning. Adrenaline had kept the Texas coach going all night long in California, but it was 9 a.m. in Washington. Brown’s wife, Sally, barely awake herself, answered. At first, Mack joked to tell the President of … Read More

Flashback to 2005: Key moments to the big game, season

Taking a look back at 2005 — with the top moments from the Texas-USC national championship game as well as the top moments from the season itself: TEXAS VS. USC: TEN KEY PLAYS Vince Young’s fourth-down touchdown run with 19 seconds left obviously goes down as the play of the … Read More

Texas vs. USC: By the numbers

Breaking down the Texas-USC game, by the numbers: 1 — Combined passing touchdowns. 3 — TDs produced by Vince Young. 3 — Despite the win, Texas was only 3 of 11 in third-down conversions. USC was 8 of 14. 3 — Sacks for the Texas defense. And for USC’s? Zero. 4 — Young announced he was skipping his senior season and entering the NFL Draft just four days after the game. He ended up going No. 3 overall, to the Tennessee Titans; USC tailback Reggie Bush went No. 2 overall, to New Orleans. Read More

Texas vs. USC: A tale of two NFL-quality rosters

There were 49 players listed on the participation report of the 2006 Rose Bowl who went on to play in the NFL. That included 15 combined Longhorns and Trojans who were playing their final game before getting drafted three months later. And four of those — Texas quarterback Vince Young … Read More

No. 3 Texas volleyball sweeps Rice to open season

It was a new season with the same familiar outcome. Actually, it was better than most. The Texas volleyball team looked as sharp Friday as in any of Jerritt Elliott’s 15 season openers as coach. “One of the best,” Elliott said. The nation’s third-ranked team swept Rice 25-12, 25-23, 25-15 … Read More

The Statesman Interview: David McWilliams

David McWilliams can barely maneuver around his tiny Longhorn Foundation office cluttered with boxes numbered in black ink as he works his final days on the seventh floor of the north end zone in Royal-Memorial Stadium. The 12-pound, 10-ounce mounted black bass that he took out of a private lake … Read More

Golden: In 2005, Texas’ big uglies were a thing of beauty

Texas was a wrecking machine in 2005. By the time the Big 12 opener at Missouri rolled around, the Horns were ranked No. 2 in the country and No. 1 in trash talking. Vince Young was the best quarterback in the country that season, but wasn’t even in the top … Read More

Texas’ offensive hopes fall on Shawn Watson, his quarterbacks

Shawn Watson told reporters earlier this month that he’s had to “forget everything that I knew for 34 years” in order to implement Texas’ new spread offense. It’s presumed he held on to the good stuff. Like when Watson sat through Ray Dempsey’s class on becoming a college football coach … Read More

From Mack to Strong, a review of Texas’ past five seasons

TEXAS: THE PAST FIVE YEARS A look at the five years since the Longhorns’ last national championship game appearance at the end of the 2009 season. Since then, Texas is 36-28 overall, 23-21 in Big 12 games and 2-2 in bowl games: 2014: Charlie Strong’s first year. Texas went 6-7, … Read More

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A guided tour of Texas’ roster, position by position

QUARTERBACKS: Competition was promised, but Jerrod Heard hasn’t provided much of it to incumbent Tyrone Swoopes, whose poor first season as the starter had some critics believing his time is already up. Swoopes excelled on the handful of occasions the offense went up-tempo, as he seemed liberated by the free-flowing pace that will be more constant this season in Shawn Watson’s revamped spread system. Freshman Matthew Merrick is headed for a redshirt year, but fellow newcomer Kai Locksley could push Heard for snaps. Read More

Four keys to Texas’ season

TEXAS: KEYS TO THE SEASON 1. Establish some kind of quarterback consistency. The Texas football program will wander in the darkness until this riddle is solved. In many respects, it doesn’t matter who excels, either. Tyrone Swoopes, Jerrod Heard, Kai Locksley or Matthew Merrick — someone, anyone — must step … Read More

If it truly does start up front, how is Texas’ O-line set up for 2015?

Joe Wickline stood in silence during the final moments of last season’s opener against North Texas, dismayed by the shaky effort put forth by the Texas offensive line. No one dared approach Wickline, the surly new line coach of the Longhorns, but had anyone mustered up the courage, he probably … Read More

A burnt-orange youth moment? Texas could go all-in with freshmen

Before August practices even started, Texas linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary told reporters this coaching staff is willing to go all-in with freshmen. Just by eyeballing the roster, it appears anywhere from 15 to 17 players could make their Texas debut. That includes quarterback Jerrod Heard, linebacker Malik Jefferson, offensive tackle … Read More

Texas volleyball preview: Chiaka Ogbogu aiming for new heights

Before they took on Texas in last year’s NCAA volleyball tournament, Northwestern State practiced against snow shovels. Coaches raised the shovels high above the net to simulate the disparity in length their hitters would face against the stretched-out Longhorns. Chiaka Ogbogu has a chilling effect on opponents. Texas recently measured the vertical jump of each of its players, and no one was … Read More

Texas safety Jason Hall wants more hits in 2015

Heading into his second season, safety Jason Hall is the Texas football team’s equivalent to the folks who recorded the Macarena. Or “Ice, Ice, Baby.” Or “Who Let the Dogs Out?” Which is to say he’s something of a one-hit wonder. Like those ubiquitous jams from yesteryear, Hall’s vicious spear … Read More

All eyes on Johnathan Gray

In early August, Johnathan Gray offered a welcome diagnosis. “I feel great,” the Texas senior running back said. He repeated it for emphasis. “I feel great,” Gray said. “My body feels better than ever, and I just want to go out and help my teammates any way possible.” After years … Read More

Make a wish: Transfer Ebony Nwanebu comes home

June 5 was an eventful day in the life of Ebony Nwanebu. On her 20th birthday, Nwanebu announced she was coming home to finish her volleyball career at Texas. “I wanted my birthday to be memorable,” she said. Read More

Breaking down the schedule: Baylor

DEC. 5: AT BAYLOR McLane Stadium, Waco Two years ago, Texas and Baylor met in Waco in the regular-season finale to decide the Big 12 championship. The Bears blew open a 3-3 game at halftime with an explosive second half, sounding the death knell for Mack Brown’s tenure as Longhorns … Read More

Breaking down the schedule: Texas Tech

NOV. 26: TEXAS TECH Royal-Memorial Stadium, 6:30, FS1 Texas is 34 games over .500 on Thanksgiving and 34 games over .500 all-time against Texas Tech. Last year, the Longhorns recorded their first individual 100-yard rushing game of the season against the Red Raiders. In game nine, Malcolm Brown rumbled for … Read More