People gather in front of the Littlefield Fountain to take pictures of the UT Tower. The tower was lit in burnt orange with the number "1" after Texas' football team won the national championship by beating USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. (American-Statesman photo)

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Texas to celebrate its tennis team’s national title with a traditional tower lighting

Posted May 24th, 2019

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What’s better than one tower lighting? For the men’s tennis team at Texas, the answer is lighting the tower twice.

The UT Tower will be lit on Monday night in celebration of Texas’ NCAA championship. The numeral “1” will appear in burnt orange lighting on all four sides of the tower. Fans are invited to gather at the Littlefield Fountain at 8 p.m. The team will take group photos 25 minutes later.

Texas traditionally lights the tower in celebration of Big 12 and NCAA titles. (The UT Tower is simply lit in burnt orange for the conference championships). The men’s tennis team celebrated this season’s conference championship on April 30.

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En route to the first title in program history, Texas won six matches in the NCAA’s tournament earlier this month. In the NCAA’s season-ending showcase, the Longhorns swept Tennessee Tech and California, recorded 4-1 wins over South Florida and rival TCU and beat No. 4 Florida by a score of 4-2. In the championship match on May 19, Texas used a 4-1 win to dethrone reigning champion Wake Forest.

This Thursday, Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte announced that interim coach Bruce Berque would become the program’s permanent head coach.

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