The world is on the cusp of a new year, and with a new year comes a fresh 12 months of Longhorn athletics.
Here are several important dates to mark on those Longhorn calendars mom and dad got you for Christmas.
Jan. 2: The Big 12 men’s basketball season begins with Texas taking on Texas Tech. Will Shaka Smart enter the new league in style?
Jan. 17: It’s the basketball game that should take center stage nationwide and definitely Texas. The Longhorns’ women’s basketball team (ranked No. 5 on New Year’s Eve) takes on the conference’s biggest power, No. 4-ranked Baylor, in Austin at 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 23: Men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart talked the talk when he was introduced as the new Longhorns coach last spring when it came to challenging Kansas, the league’s most accomplished program. Smart, then the coach at VCU, once beat Kansas in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Final Four. Texas plays Kansas at 1 p.m. in Lawrence.
Jan. 30: The Big 12-SEC Challenge features Texas hosting the currently 8-4 Vanderbilt Commodores at 11 a.m.
Feb. 3: National signing day is Christmas for college football coaches, and last year the Longhorns had a great day. What will it look like this year?
Feb. 6: Baseball is back! Texas hosts the alumni game on this date, then begins the regular season 13 days later at home against UNLV.
Feb. 11: Softball season begins when Texas hosts the aptly named Texas Classic and plays Arkansas, North Carolina and North Dakota State over a three-day period.
Feb. 24: Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships begin at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center in Austin.
Feb. 29: Remember what we said about Shaka Smart and reigning 11-time Big 12 regular season champion Kansas? Well, Texas’ last home game of the 2015-16 season— senior night— is against the Jayhawks at 8 p.m.
Feb. 29: Texas women’s basketball finishes the regular season with Baylor on the road at 8 p.m.
March 4: The Big 12 women’s basketball tournament begins in Oklahoma City.
March 9: The Big 12 men’s basketball tournament begins in Kansas City, Mo.
March 15: The NCAA basketball tournaments begin and last until early April.
March 23: NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships begin in Atlanta.
March 24: The Big 12 baseball season begins when Texas hosts TCU for a three-game series.
March 25: The Big 12 softball season begins when the Longhorns play Baylor.
March 30: The Texas Relays take over the University of Texas. The massive track and field tournament finishes on April 2.
April TBA: The Texas Longhorns will likely host their annual spring football game in late April like they did in 2015.
April 22: Big 12 Women’s Golf Conference Championships begin at the Dominion Country Club in San Antonio.
April: 29: Big 12 Conference Men’s Golf Championships begin at Whispering Pines Golf Course in Trinity, Texas.
April 28: The Big 12 women’s tennis tournament begins in Stillwater, Okla., and lasts until May 1.
April 29: The Big 12 tennis quarterfinals begin in Stillwater, Okla.. The tournament runs till May 4.
May 5: The NCAA women’s golf Regional Championships begin at a time and date TBD.
May 13: The Big 12 Conference Outdoor Championships begin for track and field in Fort Worth.
May 14: Rowing! Yes, the Big 12 holds a championship tournament, and the Longhorns will head to Oak Ridge, Tenn., at Melton Hill Lake from May 14-15.
May 16: NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Championships begin at a place TBD.
May 20: The NCAA regionals begin in softball. The super regionals begin May 26, and the NCAA Women’s College World Series is June 2-8.
May 20: The NCAA Women’s Golf Championships begin in Eugene, Ore., at the Eugene Country Club.
May 25: The Big 12 baseball championships begin at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The tournament ends May 29.
May 26: NCAA West Preliminary Rounds for track and field begin in Lawrence, Kan.
May 27: The NCAA Rowing Championships begin in Gold River, Calif., at Lake Natoma and go from May 27-29.
May 27: NCAA Championships for men’s golf begin at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
June 1: NCAA Baseball Tournament begins.
June 6: NCAA Outdoor Championships for Track and Field begin in Eugene, Ore.
July 1: Track and field Olympic trials begin in, where else, Eugene, Ore., and a handful of Texas athletes are expected to compete.
August TBA: The volleyball and soccer seasons will begin in August; check back for complete schedule.
Sept. 3: The football season starts with Texas hosting the Irish of Notre Dame. Hopefully it goes better than it did in South Bend in 2015.
Oct. 1: Texas begins the Big 12 football season in Stillwater, Okla., against the Cowboys.
Oct. 8: Remember when Texas stunned Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in 2015? Of course you do. Well, the Sooners will try to get revenge.
Oct. 15: We used to not have to circle the date of the Texas-Iowa State game. Not anymore, apparently.
Oct. 29: Baylor and Texas football play in Austin as the Bears will try to avenge the surprising loss they suffered to Texas at home.
Nov. 24: You should be thankful for Texas football on this day, and you’ll be thankful that even though it’s not the team you really want to see them play on Thanksgiving, it is against Texas Christian University, which handed Texas one of the worst losses in program history in 2015.
Dec. TBA: Bowl game? Basketball schedules? NCAA volleyball final four and tournament games? These will and could possibly all happen in December.
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