Ringing endorsement: After 60 years, the T-Ring still holds special allure for Texas athletes

On the first Thursday of every month, a collection of some of the most well-known figures in University of Texas athletics history meets for lunch at Rosie’s Tamale House just off Texas 71 near Spicewood. A timeless BYOB haunt, it was one of Darrell Royal’s favorites. T. Jones, 86, looked … Read More

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Tom Herman: Longhorns shed 500 pounds of fat, gained 380 pounds of muscle

Last August, former Texas coach Charlie Strong said his team looked “as good as anybody” when they walked on the field. Physically speaking, some looked phenomenal. New strength coach Yancy McKnight has turned the screws even tighter, apparently. First-year UT coach Tom Herman casually threw out some eye-popping numbers about … Read More

As camp opens, Texas needs all QBs, RBs to remain upright

The Longhorns open training camp on Monday, and unfortunately nobody will be encased in bubble wrap. Granted, the first practice is a time for uber-optimism. But the depth and health of the offensive backfield will require constant monitoring throughout August. It’s far more fragile than it looks. Texas has only … Read More

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Syracuse TE Kendall Moore earns diploma, gets green light to join Texas

Tight end Kendall Moore finished up his required summer work, graduated from Syracuse and will join the Longhorns when practice begins next week, a school spokesman said Friday. Moore had been expected to join the Horns for a while. However, he wasn’t officially cleared until he … Read More

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The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 3 USC

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 3 … Read More

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A&M Chancellor John Sharp: ‘I’d like to put the Texas-A&M game back together’

In a wide-ranging interview with Texas Monthly, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp indicated he wants to restart the Texas-A&M football rivalry. “I’d like to put the UT-A&M game back together,” Sharp told the magazine. “I know the governor wants to put it … Read More

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Texas swimmer Will Licon named Big 12 men’s athlete of the year

Texas swimmer Will Licon has joined a rare group that includes Ricky Williams, Derrick Johnson and Vince Young. The four-time NCAA champion was named the Big 12 men’s athlete of the year. Licon, a senior from El Paso, shared the award with Kansas guard Frank Mason. Read More

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Texas officials finalize men’s basketball trip to Australia

Texas officials have finalized the itinerary for the men’s basketball team’s upcoming trip to Australia. It’s clear this will be no free-wheeling junket. The Longhorns are leaving Aug. 12 for a 12-day tour through Australia and will play four professional teams during that stretch. Read More

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Former Texas lineman Brandon Hodges headed to Pitt

Former Texas offensive guard Brandon Hodges will finish his collegiate career at Pittsburgh. “Next stop!,” Hodges tweeted on Tuesday. He’s certainly cutting it close. The Panthers’ first workout is Tuesday. Hodges did not complete spring drills with the Longhorns as the school said he … Read More

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Texas coach Tom Herman clarifies remarks about IMG Academy

Texas coach Tom Herman issued a statement late Tuesday in an attempt to clarify comments he made two days ago in Houston about the growing popularity of IMG Academy. Speaking at the Texas High School Coaches Association convention, Herman said he “didn’t understand” why Texas high … Read More

Tom Herman is welcomed, bear-hugged by Texas high school football coaches

HOUSTON — When Charlie Strong got the Texas job in 2014, he got off to a rocky start with Texas high school coaches. Judging from his later recruiting efforts, he overcame whatever misconceptions people initially had. At this year’s statewide high school coaches convention, new … Read More

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Texas still waiting on Syracuse tight end graduate transfer Kendall Moore

HOUSTON — Perhaps it was merely unabashed optimism, but Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck said Monday that “we’ve got a graduate transfer” at tight end. Texas coaches expect Kendall Moore, a graduate transfer from Syracuse, to enroll this summer. But it hasn’t happened officially yet, a … Read More

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Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando seeking out depth this August

HOUSTON — Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and some friends ate dinner Sunday night at El Tiempo, a Houston restaurant that generated good food and good vibes for his old employer. “To sit there and think that we didn’t lose a game here, in this city. Read More

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With only 2 QBs, expect Tim Beck to watch Longhorns’ workload

HOUSTON — The Longhorns will start practice on July 31 but won’t start the season until Sept. 2 against Maryland. That’s a long time for quarterbacks Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger to throw a lot of footballs. A lot. Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck … Read More

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Texas ex Jordan Spieth conquers The Open

Jordan Spieth’s done it again. He’s hooked another major championship.  The former Longhorn captured the third leg of his personal grand slam by winning The Open Championship on Sunday with stunning back nine that will leave golf fans talking for years to come. PHOTOS: … Read More

Egos aside, when could the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry realistically restart, anyway?

Texas coach Tom Herman said this week that he wants to play Texas A&M but added, “That’s well above my pay grade.” Is it? Longhorns and Aggies fans can turn up their noses and dismiss the rivalry’s renewal. But school officials in Austin … Read More

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Michigan, Alabama, Ole Miss all make Texas men’s hoops schedule

Michigan is coming to the Erwin Center, and Texas coach Shaka Smart will get a decidedly unwelcome reception when he returns to VCU this upcoming men’s basketball season. The Longhorns released the non-conference portion of the 2017-18 schedule on Thursday. The Big 12 half of the schedule … Read More

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Big 12 media days takeaway: Matt Rhule is off to a great start in Waco

FRISCO — A Big 12 media days takeaway from Tuesday: Tuesday was the first chance I had to hear new Baylor coach Matt Rhule. Suffice to say, it was quite impressive. Rhule never ducked any question, including those about Baylor’s troubles, and handled it all in an honest, straight-forward nature. Read More

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Where’s Malik? Top Texas linebacker back home, focusing on upcoming season

FRISCO — Texas coach Tom Herman was proud to bring Naashon Hughes, P.J. Locke III, Connor Williams and Michael Dickson to Big 12 media days. But there was a notable absence. Linebacker Malik Jefferson, long considered a face of the UT program, was back in … Read More

Tom Herman’s primary mission? Help struggling Texas escape its vortex of losing

FRISCO — Only three players inside the Texas locker room have ever been on a winning team. Defensive end Naashon Hughes, defensive back Antwuan Davis and kicker Mitchell Becker are all that remain from the Longhorns’ 8-5 squad of 2013, Mack Brown’s final team. Seventy-five … Read More