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On the rebound: Texas picked 4th in Big 12 men’s basketball preseason poll

Big 12 men’s basketball coaches don’t expect Texas to stay down long. The Longhorns were picked to finish fourth in the league’s preseason coaches poll released Thursday. No surprise that Kansas was picked to win its 14th consecutive league title. The Jayhawks received all nine possible first-place votes. Kansas coach … Read More

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New-look Longhorns make quite the first impression during Texas Tip-Off

This Texas basketball season is already off to an impressive start. Freshman Mo Bamba entered the post-game news conference and shook hands with every person in the room. Talk about first impressions. “This is home,” Bamba said. “This place is for me.” Two hours beforehand, Bamba and the Longhorns made … Read More

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Johnathan Gray, Tommy Jeter both going into Texas High School Football Hall of Fame

Two Longhorns, one of the most prolific high school running backs ever along with one of the toughest, are both going into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. Running back Johnathan Gray and defensive end Tommy Jeter were both selected as part of the Class of 2018 by … Read More

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The Whys of Texas: No, Texas doctors did not send an injured Sam Ehlinger back onto the field

Texas coach Tom Herman left no doubt last week that the Oklahoma game held an elevated standard. Kudos to him for sticking with that same thought process afterward, when it he could have easily shrugged it off. Herman even praised Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Lake Travis product who will … Read More

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Texas Tip-Off event a chance for Longhorns fans to see Mo Bamba, retooled roster

The Texas marketing department thinks long and hard before choosing which players’ photos get plastered across billboards, city buses or game programs. It’s a signal to fans that this is a player to watch. Usually, the marketing department builds its season ticket campaigns around veterans, someone who fans have come … Read More

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Just plain average: Longhorns’ 3-3 record mirrors the inconsistent offensive play

Tom Herman can’t stand mediocrity. He inherited a Texas football program that went 46-42 from 2010-16. His Longhorns are 3-3, the definition of average. What’s worse, six games into the season, the offense can be equally exciting, frustrating and just plain blah at times. Taken on the whole, it’s average. Read More

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Texas coach Shaka Smart sees no easy fix to basketball recruiting issues, discusses anthem

The Longhorns will unofficially start to the men’s basketball season on Wednesday with the Texas Tip-Off event at Gregory Gym. Coach Shaka Smart said flat-out “we expect to take a very big jump this year.” The environment in which Smart operates sure makes coaching more difficult, though. The National Association … Read More

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Sam Ehlinger’s the starter, but Texas definitely needs Shane Buechele, too

DALLAS — The Texas medical staff now has one of those fancy pop-up tents that are all the rage in the SEC. When players go down grabbing their knees or ankles, they get ushered into the tent, ostensibly so fans can’t see trainers working on their knees or ankles. Quarterback … Read More

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Oklahoma 29, Texas 24: Magical rally falls short, but the Sam Ehlinger era is underway

DALLAS — Sam Ehlinger flashed the “Hook ‘em” hand sign in his baby photos. The Austin-raised quarterback has bled orange his entire life. Starting against 12th-ranked Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl had to go beyond his wildest dreams. “This is a kid who has grown up hating Oklahoma since he … Read More

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Red River rejuvenation: Surging Texas faces early crossroads moment vs. Oklahoma

Most college coaches have become so vanilla, they’re boring. Every game is important, they say. Each one is just as critical as the next. Sure, whatever, coach. It’s refreshing to know that Texas’ Tom Herman doesn’t think Texas-Oklahoma is just another game. It’s not. Far from it. “I would be … Read More

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Mike Perrin: Longhorns have ‘no reason’ to worry about college basketball recruiting scandal

DALLAS — Texas men’s Athletic Director Mike Perrin believes the Longhorns have nothing to worry about as a major college basketball recruiting scandal starts to unfold. “No. I have no reason to believe that,” Perrin said Friday during a meeting with reporters. “Nobody has contacted me about that. I’ve inquired … Read More

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Texas vs. Oklahoma: 5 key matchups to watch

Here are five key matchups in the Texas-Oklahoma game to keep your eye on Saturday: OU’s Baker Mayfield vs. Texas’ DeShon Elliott One of Mayfield’s best attributes is his ability to throw home run balls. But that same propensity to go for the big play also can backfire, like last … Read More

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Eyes on Texas: Mayfield, Ehlinger represent the best of Lake Travis-Westlake rivalry

Come Saturday morning, everyone east of the Pedernales River and west of MoPac should come together for Texas-OU, a matchup that showcases the best of what the Austin-area communities are all about. The post Eyes on Texas: Mayfield, Ehlinger represent the best of Lake Travis-Westlake rivalry … Read More

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From the sound of things, Texas OC Tim Beck may go all in with Sam Ehlinger

Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck hasn’t told the players which quarterback will start against 12th-ranked Oklahoma. “We haven’t said anything to anybody about what we’re doing,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. Oh, but it sure sounds like Beck is pushing all his chips in on freshman Sam Ehlinger. Asked how … Read More

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Heading into Texas-OU, who truly is the Longhorns’ best running back?

The Texas-Oklahoma stage is where superstars shine. Ricky Williams blasted his way for 223 yards as a junior in 1997. The next year, he won the Heisman Trophy. Adrian Peterson had a dazzling freshman debut in 2004, rushing for 225 yards. Eight years later, he was the NFL’s MVP. Just … Read More

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The Whys of Texas: Fans hope to see OU’s Mayfield planted in Dallas

Every week when I compile the Whys of Texas mailbag, I’m looking for thoughtful, well-reasoned messages from any and all Longhorns fans. Sometimes, the material is what it is. Such is the case when the subject matter is Texas-Oklahoma. The Longhorns (3-2, 2-0 Big 12) are feeling good after two … Read More

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Dede Westbrook’s thankfully long gone, but the Texas secondary is eager for redemption

Brandon Jones remembers being on the Cotton Bowl field last year against Oklahoma. Frankly, it was awful. “Oh yeah, sadly,” the Texas safety said. Jones was an overwhelmed freshman at the time. The Nacogdoches product had four tackles in his first Red River rivalry appearance. But mostly, he remembers the … Read More

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Will Sam Ehlinger start? If Tom Herman isn’t saying, it must be Texas-OU week

Crank up the hype machine for this week’s mega-matchup between Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Texas’ Sam … wait! What? Hold up just a moment. Texas coach Tom Herman isn’t ready to name his starting quarterback against the 12th-ranked Sooners (4-1, 1-1 Big 12). Instead of announcing Sam Ehlinger was the … Read More

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Texas, Oklahoma arrows pointed in different directions heading into Red River rivalry

The tone and tenor of the postgame news conferences in Norman, Okla., and Austin could not have been more different on Saturday. This week’s Red River rivalry now looks totally unpredictable. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley stood before reporters with a dazed expression and said, “Very, very disappointing.” That’s life in … Read More

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Texas 40, Kansas State 34 (2OT): Longhorns pushing their way to Big 12 forefront

Anyone who missed the double-overtime nail-biter against USC got another chance Saturday night to chomp on their cuticles against Kansas State. Watching a team grow up isn’t easy, and this Texas team can sure make it difficult. Another backup quarterback ran wild inside Royal-Memorial Stadium and UT’s wildly inconsistent kicker … Read More