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Another bummer: Texas QB Shane Buechele sidelined with shoulder injury

A quarterback injury in the season opener ruined Charlie Strong’s maiden voyage at Texas in 2014. Now the same fate may befall Tom Herman. Managing the laundry list of problems from the season-opening loss to Maryland is challenging enough. But on Monday, Herman announced that quarterback Shane … Read More

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Was Maryland a one-game hiccup or a true reflection of what the Longhorns really are?

Last week, Texas coach Tom Herman said “our starting 22 could play with anybody in the country.” He compared UT’s offensive line to Ohio State’s starting five that won the 2014 national title. Deep down, Herman must’ve had some doubts, right? When faced with adversity, “do we … Read More

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Maryland 51, Texas 41: New coach, same problems as Longhorns fall in opener

Tom Herman refused to watch last year’s game film of Charlie Strong’s 5-7 Longhorns. Texas’ new coach didn’t want to be influenced by what he saw on the screen. The past didn’t matter anyway, in Herman’s mind. The last nine months were different. “I know how they’ve been trained,” he … Read More

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Texas academics, athletics officials respond to help hurricane victims

University of Texas academic and athletic officials responded in different ways this week to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. UT President Gregory L. Fenves said that roughly one-third of the school’s undergraduate population comes from counties that were declared natural disaster areas. That includes Harris County, where Houston is … Read More

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Texas officials provide 500 free Maryland tickets to hurricane evacuees

University of Texas officials announced late Friday the school is working with the Red Cross to provide 500 free tickets for the Longhorns’ season opener to Austin-area evacuees displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The school is working to organize transportation to the game Saturday against Maryland and will provide food vouchers … Read More

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Now that things are stable with Texas football, can the Longhorns start winning again?

Stop for a moment and think about all the dysfunctional upheaval the University of Texas has been through this decade. Members of the UT System Board of Regents were at war with each other. A UT president who battled with regents was ultimately pushed out. The school hired an athletic … Read More

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Texas to host Kansas on Dec. 29; Longhorns get four spots on ESPN’s ‘Big Monday’

After finishing 10th last season, the Longhorns were likely to get one appearance on ESPN’s “Big Monday” broadcast. Two maybe on the strength of brand recognition, a Big 12 source said. Once Texas signed five-star standout Mo Bamba, the source said, “Now, it’s how many do they get?” Big 12 … Read More

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Total alignment: Tom Herman is transforming Texas with his vision, messaging and plan

At Texas, the head football coach must be half-coach, half-CEO. Leaning too far either way results in disaster. Sure, Tom Herman knows he must win football games. At 42, he’s now the most recognized face of a colossal athletic enterprise that’s inching closer to $200 million in … Read More

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Texas senior Naashon Hughes honored at being named team captain

Texas senior Naashon Hughes has played for three head coaches, a slew of assistants and practically seen it all with the Longhorns. His teammates rewarded that longevity and work ethic by naming him a team captain last week. In fact, Hughes got the most votes of any Longhorn. The fifth-year … Read More

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Top keys to Texas’ season: Growth at quarterback, finding defensive playmakers

Here’s a look at four keys to the 2017 season: 1. Growth at quarterback The last two years at Houston, Greg Ward Jr. saw incredible growth as a quarterback under coach Tom Herman. He threw for 2,010 yards as a sophomore in 2014 and then for a staggering 3,557 yards … Read More

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History indicates Texas QB Shane Buechele will only improve under Tom Herman

If history is any guide, Shane Buechele should have a terrific sophomore year. Sure, he already has a full year of experience under his belt. But quarterbacks simply get better under coach Tom Herman. Buechele is 5-7 as Texas’ starting quarterback. Yet he’s the only player in school history to … Read More

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Texas’ Tom Herman feels Longhorns can win, ‘but again, that remains to be seen’

In many instances, the physical transformations among those toiling inside the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center over the last nine months defy belief. After nine months with Texas strength coach Yancy McKnight, the average Longhorn can now bench press 315 pounds and back squat 467. Running back Chris Warren III can bench … Read More

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Bright, burnt-orange stars: The top 10 Texas athletes to watch in 2017-18

Inside the Texas athletic department, there is undeniable enthusiasm about this upcoming athletic year. Everyone has their fingers crossed. New football coach Tom Herman is going to turn things around, insiders believe. Men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart pieced together a blockbuster recruiting class. So did women’s coach Karen Aston. Baseball … Read More

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Texas officials open their doors to Houston Cougars as hurricane bears down

Tom Herman’s old team is coming to see him faster than anyone thought. Thanks to Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Cougars will spend the next few days in Austin to get ready for their season opener. UT President Gregory L. Fenves tweeted Friday afternoon that his school will host the Cougars … Read More

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Preseason poll ranking eclipses a not-so-sunny past for recent Texas history

Texas coach Tom Herman’s attention to detail knows no bounds. He was even prepared for Monday’s solar eclipse. “We advised them don’t freakin’ look at the damn thing,” Herman said Monday, about 90 minutes before the moon passed in front of the sun. Staring into the Associated Press Top 25 … Read More

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The Tom Herman effect: Longhorns ranked 23rd in AP Top 25 preseason poll

Pollsters no longer give Texas the benefit of the doubt. Is that changing under new coach Tom Herman? The Longhorns, a team that’s endured three straight losing seasons, will start the 2017 campaign ranked 23rd in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. It’s the first time UT has made the … Read More

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After third scrimmage, Texas coaches closer to finalizing depth chart

Texas coach Tom Herman spent the entire offseason instilling a culture of winning. Everything was a competition. You were either a winner or a loser, one who dined on surf-and-turf or baloney. Now comes the results from all that scorekeeping. The Longhorns are likely to firm up their depth chart … Read More

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Tyler John Tyler WR Damion Miller will not join the Longhorns

Tyler John Tyler receiver Damion Miller, a member of Texas’ 2017 recruiting class, will not enroll and join the Longhorns, the school confirmed on Friday. The university offered no further comment, but Miller had not yet joined the team due to academics. Miller has wanted to attend Texas for years. Read More

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Training camp grind, injuries are exposing Texas’ lack of overall depth

Nearly three full weeks into a rugged training camp, the Longhorns are showing serious wear and tear. The lack of quality depth is readily apparent. This cake, as former coach Charlie Strong indicated, is nowhere near fully baked. New coach Tom Herman may feel good about his 22 starters. But … Read More

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Texas TE Andrew Beck suffers fractured foot, creating real depth concerns

Texas coach Tom Herman has always had this uneasy feeling about the tight end position. Those fears may be justified. Late Wednesday, the school announced that senior Andrew Beck suffered a fractured foot injury during practice earlier in the day. The Longhorns’ medical staff was currently reviewing treatment options, the … Read More