Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

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

Social media arsonists were rampant when Texas-Oklahoma week started in earnest on Monday with the weekly news conferences. But not for the reasons you’d think. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield just happened to make some factual points about the Lake Travis-Westlake rivalry back home. Twitter … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: By sticking with his teammates, Lorenzo Joe strengthens his UT family

No matter how strong you may be, none of us are ever really prepared for that phone call. Sometimes the news reaches us in the middle of the night. Other times it’s like a lightning bolt on a clear day. Losing a loved one is a body blow, one that … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Tom Herman’s refusal to allow ‘moral victories’ is another rebuilding step

Let’s start today with a quick reality check for any Texas fan still high on last Saturday’s 27-24 double-overtime loss to USC. The Longhorns are 17-23 since the end of the Mack Brown era. That’s six games below .500. Nothing to brag … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Just like 2006, can these Longhorns put it all together for one night vs. USC?

LOS ANGELES — Think USC fans aren’t jacked up this week? When the wheels hit the runway in Los Angeles on Thursday, the captain of our Southwest flight blasted the Trojans’ fight song on the intercom. Fight on, indeed. Texas fans have spent the week … Read More

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Texas offensive lineman Patrick Hudson out for season with knee injury

Texas lost some key offensive line depth late Monday when the school announced that Patrick Hudson had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will be lost for the season. Hudson, a 6-foot-5, 325-pounder from Silsbee, redshirted last season after earning All-American accolades in high school. He was projected to … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Urban Meyer is piling on, but Tom Herman ‘ain’t changing’ his methods

Thursday morning started with some eye-opening comments out of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes boss came after Texas coach Tom Herman for Herman’s post-game comments after Saturday’s opening loss to Maryland. Herman said that after nine months if anyone thought he could “sprinkle some … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Longhorns grapple with the realities of Harvey disaster, season opener

Texas officials have been quietly conducting business as normal this week in preparation for the start of another football season. But let’s be honest, this week has been anything but normal. “Opening game is almost here,” Texas men’s athletic director Mike Perrin tweeted on Monday. “Our facilities and game operations … Read More

After 13th national title, Texas swim coach Eddie Reese to get pay increase

Texas swimming coach Eddie Reese will start his 40th season with a huge pay raise. The UT System Board of Regents are set to approve a new pay increase for the most successful coach on campus, according to the agenda book posted online Monday. Reese will … Read More

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