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The latest Longhorn news and notes from the Austin American-Statesman.

Longhorns to open three practices to public

Three Longhorns football practices will be open to the public next week, coach Mack Brown announced Thursday at the Gridiron Kickoff Classic luncheon. The practices, to be held at the Denius Fields on Red River Street, will be open on Thursday, Aug. 8, (beginning at 5 p.m.), Friday, Aug. 9, … Read More

UT swimmers again excelling at worlds

Former Longhorn sprinting star Jimmy Feigen won the silver medal in the 100 meters Thursday at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona. And Texas ex Karlee Bispo earned a gold medal, swimming a leg of the winning 800 free relay. Australia’s James Magnussen was the champion in the 100 free. Read More

Former Longhorn sets American record, wins silver

Former Longhorn swimming star Michael McBroom earned a silver medal and broke an American record Wednesday at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona. McBroom finished second in the 800-meter freestyle behind China’s Sun Yang, last year’s Olympic gold medalist. Canada’s Ryan Cochrane was third. McBroom’s time of 7 minutes, 43.60 … Read More

Connor Brewer to transfer to Arizona

Connor Brewer is going home. The former Texas quarterback, who recently announced he planned to transfer after getting caught in a numbers game at the position for the Longhorns, posted on Twitter Monday night that he will enroll at the University of Arizona, not far from his hometown of Scottsdale, … Read More

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Searels putting together another strong class

Before the prized 2013 offensive line class even begins its first football season, the Longhorns are putting together a group in the 2015 class that could be even better. Euless Trinity guard Patrick Vahe, ranked by both 247Sports and ESPN as a top 80 overall player nationally, pledged to the … Read More

Longhorn Network to carry the UT-Kansas football game

As expected, Texas’ Nov. 2 home game with Kansas will be the third and final contest to be televised on the Longhorn Network during the 2013 season, the network announced Monday. The game will start at 2:30 p.m. at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Previously, the LHN announced it will televise Texas’ Aug. Read More

Brown among ‘most intriguing’ coaches for 2013

Who’s No. 4 on the list of most intriguing college football coaches for 2013? Why, that would be Mack Brown. In a list compiled by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, the Longhorns’ coach makes the top five of most intriguing coaches to watch in 2013. Says Forde: One of … Read More

Former Horn Keenan Robinson out with pectoral injury

What is it with current Longhorns and former Longhorns and pectoral muscles? The Washington Post reports that former Texas linebacker Keenan Robinson, a second-year member of the Washington Redskins, likely will miss three to five months after tearing his left pectoral muscle on the first day of training camp. Read More

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Five-star RB to visit Texas

So you’re saying there’s a chance. Miami (Fla.) Central’s Dalvin Cook has been committed to the Florida Gators since April, but now, the five-star 2014 running back is planning a trip to Austin next week to check out the University of Texas, according to reports. The Longhorns already have two … Read More

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Horns set for first ‘Texas Stampede’

Times are changing on the football recruiting trail. Especially in Austin. For years, Mack Brown and the Texas staff led the recruiting charge with their junior days in the spring – when they would land almost their entire recruiting class for the cycle. Lately, however, the Longhorns have been playing … Read More

A few changes for Longhorns football uniforms this year

About 40 days before the Longhorns kick off their 2013 season against New Mexico State, Texas has released a video showing some changes to their uniforms. Yes, they’ve kept the classic design: burnt orange home jerseys, white pants and white helmets with a longhorn on the side. The changes are … Read More

Big 12 Media Days, part II

Bleary-eyed media members are making their way into a downtown Dallas hotel for the second and final day of the Big 12 Conference football media days. The session kicks off at 9 a.m. with Walt Anderson, the league’s coordinator of officials, doing his annual presentation of new rules changes for … Read More

The Belldozer starts? We’ll see

The guy asking the first question to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops began with the premise that Blake Bell will replace Landry Jones as the Sooners’ starting quarterback this fall. Not so fast, my friend. Stoops quickly set the record straight, saying Bell, the big junior who was so effective in … Read More

Targeting rule big change

Big 12 officiating supervisor Walt Anderson spent an hour Tuesday explaining what will likely be a very controversial targeting rule, which for the first time will include an automatic ejection for the offending player for the rest of that half and the subsequent half . If  the rule had been … Read More

A Cougar becomes a Mountaineer

DALLAS – Charles Sims rushed for 851 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in his senior season with Houston a year ago. That was good enough for third best in Conference USA. He graduated from the school with a health degree, yet decided he wanted to play more college football. Because … Read More

What will Horns do with Duke Thomas?

Duke Thomas arrived at Texas last fall as a talented cornerback who appeared in all 13 games as a freshman, recording 12 tackles and forcing one fumble. So what will he do for an encore in 2013? And where will he do it — in the secondary or wide receiver? … Read More

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Evans pulls shocker, commits to Ole Miss

Dallas Skyline defensive end Victor Evans pulled a mild shocker over the weekend when the 2014 defensive end committed to Ole Miss over Texas. Recruiting experts had the 6-foot-3, 220-pound three-star prospect pegged to choose the Longhorns over a host of other offers – Baylor, Kansas State and Ole … Read More

Big 12 media day begins

The Big 12 media days begin this morning at the Dallas Omni hotel with commissioner Bob Bowlsby expected to announce a new branding initiative for the conference. After his press conference, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and his players kick off the two days of media coverage to kick off … Read More

Gundy loves the uptempo offense

With all due respect to Alabama coach Nick Saban, there’s one coach in the Big 12 Conference that heartily disagrees with Saban’s criticism of the uptempo offenses that are becoming the rage in college football. Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy thinks they’re great. Of course, he would think that. The Cowboys … Read More

Bowlsby rails on NCAA

Bob Bowlsby touched off huge debate about the future of the NCAA when the Big 12 commissioner began Big 12 meetings by railing on the ineffectiveness of that organization in dealing with like-minded institutions of varying size. However, he stopped short of suggesting the five power conferences are threatening to … Read More