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Column: Despite fall, Jordan Spieth still emerges as rising star
April 14, 2014
Alongside the rest of the golfing world, Jordan Spieth was forced to watch Bubba Watson sink putt after crucial putt en route to a final-round comeback that gave him his second green jacket in three years.
Column: Mark Payton is carving his place in Texas history
April 7, 2014
For an average player, two hits over the course of a three-game series would equal a major slump.
Pitching paces Horns' 2014 revitalization
April 1, 2014
After a two-year hiatus from national relevance, Texas baseball has burst back onto the scene thanks to head coach Augie Garrido’s age-old formula of defense and small ball.
Barnes proving worth despite tournament woes
March 28, 2014
This season, Rick Barnes proved why he is the most decorated basketball coach to pass through Texas, earning his fourth Big 12 Coach of the Year honor since arriving in Austin in 1998.
Column: Underdogs run wild in the big dance
March 20, 2014
The NCAA tournament is upon us, and with it comes a welcome dose of chaos.
Why walk-on athletes deserve respect
March 4, 2014
Glory, wealth and fame: These are some of the rewards that drive athletes in the realm of professional sports and act as heavy influences on the culture and motivations of collegiate athletics.
Column: Texas men's basketball lack experience, star power compared to past teams
February 25, 2014
Last Monday, the Longhorns were 9-3 and one game behind Kansas in the Big 12 title race.
Column: Balance highlights Texas men’s basketball success
February 18, 2014
Oftentimes, basketball lends its focus to individuals more than to whole teams.
For Charlie Strong, success will be in development more than recruitment
February 10, 2014
Head coach Charlie Strong has been unable to escape the topic of recruiting since he replaced Mack Brown as Texas’ football coach.
Recruiting future bright for Longhorns
February 3, 2014
Wednesday will mark a milestone in Texas football when the Longhorns partake in college football’s National Signing Day without Mack Brown for the first time since the late 1990s.
Duo drives Horns to AP Ranking
January 28, 2014
After nearly three years, the Longhorns men’s basketball team is ranked again.
Stat Guy: Longhorns offense sparks team’s resurgence
January 21, 2014
Fresh off an 86-76 victory over No. 8 Iowa State — its first win against a top-10 opponent in three years — and an upset victory over Kansas State on Tuesday night, the Texas men’s basketball team is relevant again.
Seniors lead Longhorns in every phase
December 5, 2013
Jackson Jeffcoat had a career-high three sacks last week against Texas Tech and will be looking to build off that performance going into this week's regular season finale against Baylor, as will fellow seniors Mike Davis and Anthony Fera.
Stat Guy: Baylor game last shot at redemption for maligned seniors
December 3, 2013
On the heels of a 41-16 trouncing of Texas Tech, the Longhorns enter their regular season final with a feeling of hope.
Case McCoy, Malcolm Brown need to bounce back
November 26, 2013
Case McCoy and Malcolm Brown, while playing big roles in Texas' six-game winning streak, struggled as that streak was snapped in the Longhorns' last game against Oklahoma State.
Texas and Texas Tech have opposite styles, but the Longhorns’ match up better
November 25, 2013
Texas and Texas Tech could not be more different.
Stat Guy: Vince Young has proven he deserves to be on NFL roster
November 18, 2013
There’s an age-old cliche in football: next man up.
Longhorns receivers Davis, Shipley heating up
November 14, 2013
Starting wide receivers Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley each scored for the Longhorns in their win over West Virginia last week while Adrian Phillips came on strong against the Mountaineers as well. But Johnathan Gray and Chris Whaley, who sustained season-ending injuries in the victory, will be sorely missed.
Case McCoy, Jaxon Shipley combination comes alive
November 12, 2013
For any Texas football fan, the names McCoy and Shipley go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Led by Whaley and Reed, Longhorns defensive line dominating
November 8, 2013
Malcolm Brown, trying to make it healthy through a full season for the first time in his Longhorns career, has emerged as an effective goal-line option while Case McCoy and Mike Davis aren't clicking on offense.
Grueling stretch will put Texas to the test
November 5, 2013
Five games into their conference schedule, the Longhorns stand in what, a month ago, would have been an almost inconceivable position: They are 5-0 and first in the conference.
Explosive sophomore wideout Marcus Johnson turning heads
October 31, 2013
Marcus Johnson has burst onto the scene while Quandre Diggs is settling into his nickelback/rover role and Anthony Fera continues to be an extremely reliable place-kicker and punter. While Case McCoy and Johnathan Gray continue to keep the offense moving, McCoy needs to complete more passes and Gray will be looking to score more touchdowns.
Stat Guy: Texas Longhorns overcome delay, show progress
October 29, 2013
Less than two months ago, the Longhorns suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in program history at the hands of BYU following a one-hour 47-minute lightning delay.
Offensive weapons Malcolm Brown, Daje Johnson back in a big way
October 24, 2013
Malcolm Brown ran for 63 yards in his first five games this year before bursting out for 120 against Oklahoma. Daje Johnson, 100 percent healthy for the first time since Texas' season opener, returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in that triumph over the Sooners and will face the team that he decommitted from to sign with the Longhorns this week when they go up against TCU.
Greg Robinson leads a rejuvenated Texas Longhorns' defense
October 14, 2013
Following the dismissal of Manny Diaz as defensive coordinator, Texas’ team and fans were in desperate need of a change.
Cedric Reed, Case McCoy not flashy but effective
October 9, 2013
Defensive coordinator Greg Robinson cited defensive line play as one of the areas he has seen the most improvement in since he joined the team last month. Cedric Reed, who batted down a Sam Richardson pass that fellow defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat picked off to seal Texas' win over Iowa State, is a big reason why Robinson feels that way.
Stat Guy: For Longhorns, avoiding turnovers, early deficits key against Oklahoma
October 8, 2013
The Red River Rivalry is never a game to miss, thanks to the fried food, the State Fair of Texas and a deep-seated hate between Oklahoma and Texas. Well, that is unless you’re a Texas fan trying to duck three-straight years of tough losses.
Jeffcoat, Gray lead the way while Ash recovers from injury, Shipley from poor performance
October 2, 2013
Johnathan Gray came up big for Texas against Kansas State, running for a career-high 141 yards and two touchdowns while Jackson Jeffcoat had his first monster game of the year, making his first two sacks of the year.
Texas should weather Cyclones' attack
September 30, 2013
If ever Texas were ever in need of a winning streak, it’s now.
Texas football in for tough Big 12 stretch
September 24, 2013
Texas can’t seem to catch a break.
Gray, Shipley among few bright spots for Longhorns
September 19, 2013
Jaxon Shipley has taken advantage of the opportunities given to him while Jackson Jeffcoat, heralded as an elite pass rusher and a leader of the Longhorns defense, has left much to be desired through three games this year.
Texas football on track to being worse than 2010 team
September 16, 2013
In 2010, the Texas football team entered the season fresh off a BCS National Championship appearance, ranked fifth in the country. Led by quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who had an impressive showing against Alabama in the Rose Bowl, the Longhorns appeared primed for another title run. But Texas fell flat on its face, finishing with a 5-7 record and failing to play in a bowl game for the first time in the Mack Brown era. With the Longhorns getting blown out in two straight contests and Big 12 play looming, 2013 is beginning to feel a lot like 2010 — if not worse. Let’s take a look and see how the two teams compare to each other after their first three games.
McCoy must be ready if Ash unavailable, Longhorns linemen have to step up
September 13, 2013
David Ash has been listed as questionable with head and shoulder injuries. He's likely to be a game-time decision and if he can't play, Texas will need Case McCoy to have a big game against Ole Miss this weekend.
Stat Guy: Manny Diaz saved his worst for last
September 11, 2013
“Missed tackle,” “blown assignment,” “another missed tackle” and “touchdown Brigham Young.” For those who suffered through Texas’ loss at BYU this past weekend, the firing of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was expected. In fact, any lesser course of action would have been a surprise. Never before did a Longhorn defense look as overwhelmed as it did Saturday, providing one of the most embarrassing moments in program history. As a final salute to Diaz, here is a statistical look at just how bad things got in Provo, Utah, on Saturday.
Davis must improve against Cougars
September 6, 2013
Mike Davis had a sensational touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of Texas' blowout win over New Mexico State but also dropped a pass and lost a fumble. The Longhorns will need him to be more consistent against BYU this week.
For Texas offense, a tale of two halves
September 3, 2013
The Longhorn offense debuted its new up-tempo offensive attack Saturday against New Mexico State. The team racked up 715 yards of offense and 56 points. The Longhorns were also held scoreless until the 1:48 mark in the first half by an underwhelming Aggie defense. The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde contrast between the first and third quarters of offense is a concern going into this Saturday’s game against Brigham Young University. Last week, either Texas finally broke out against an out-gunned opponent, or the second half was a preview of the remainder of the Longhorns’ season.
Cedric Reed among Longhorns that need to step up most this season
August 29, 2013
Without Alex Okafor, Texas will need a big season out of junior defensive end Cedric Reed while Daje Johnson should get more than the 50 touches he got as a freshman last season.
Does Texas' four-year trend equal another national championship in 2013?
August 28, 2013
Texas fans with a deep belief in the powers of statistical trends could logically have three words in mind: national championship game.
Life after the Draft for Longhorns
April 29, 2013
With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, the Texas football program can now set its sights on a promising 2013 season. Despite the departure of team captains Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor, the Longhorns will be looking to reach double-digit wins for the first time since 2009.
Does in-season success equate to draft day glory?
April 24, 2013
As the bridge from college football to the pros, the NFL Draft is the ultimate measuring stick for prospects entering the world of professional football.
Texas' biggest coaching salaries don't translate to big success
April 16, 2013
Over the past several years, the biggest sports programs at Texas, especially football and basketball, have floundered despite huge budgets and continued national relevance.
Texas baseball's NCAA hopes hanging in the balance
April 8, 2013
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That very well may be the theme of this year’s Texas baseball team, which has struggled mightily with the same issues that plagued the 2012 squad.
Hot starts, solid pitching key for Texas
April 3, 2013
Led by a strong pitching staff that features three workhorse starters, the Longhorns have been all but unbeatable this year when playing with a lead.
Vaccaro, Okafor headline Texas Pro Day
March 25, 2013
The Stats Guy outlines Texas' Pro Day and NFL prospects.
Same story, different year
March 18, 2013
Longhorn baseball fans are having a hard time remaining clear-eyed.
Stanford too strong for second straight season
March 4, 2013
Another year, another disappointing trip to Palo Alto, Calif.
Payton, French pair up to pace the Longhorns
February 25, 2013
Entering 2013, there were plenty of reasons for the Longhorn baseball team to wipe the slate clean and start over after last year’s disappointing season.
Strong Offense Ignites Texas’ Hot Start
February 18, 2013
It may be snowing in New York, but it feels like spring here in Texas. And as any sports fan around will tell you, spring in Austin means only one thing: Longhorns baseball.
Longhorns look forward to playing with most complete team to date
February 12, 2013
Analyzing the math behind the men's basketball team, The Stat Guy gives his analysis on the Longhorns' season so far.
Longhorns’ 2013 recruiting class boasts quality, not quantity
February 7, 2013
Texas signs only 15 players for its 2013 recruiting class, its smallest in eight years, but plenty of talent in the relatively small group.
Horns to be challenged in “The Octagon”
January 29, 2013
Fresh off their first conference victory, the Longhorns head to Manhattan, Kansas to face the Kansas State Wildcats.
Familiar fantasy football names take back seat to breakout candidates
December 5, 2012
Like great hitters in baseball and sharp shooters in basketball, many fantasy football players go through rough patches and slumps.
49er's Kaepernick a hot fantasy commodity
November 28, 2012
Christmas music playing in every office and holiday commercials hitting us from every angle imaginable can only mean one thing: fantasy football playoffs are almost here.
Native Texans headline fantasy must-starts
November 14, 2012
Did you see that Alabama-A&M game? Yeah, it was weird for me to root for the Aggies.
Women's track coach placed on paid administrative leave
November 12, 2012
The University of Texas women’s track and field head coach Beverly Kearney has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Jones to Fly High in New Orleans
November 7, 2012
On Tuesday, millions of Americans cast their ballots and let their voices be heard in this year’s presidential and congressional elections.
Local basketball program breeds hope, solidarity
November 1, 2012
Beyond box scores, beyond accolades and beyond championships, sports have the ability to bring people from all backgrounds together to focus on a common goal.
Texans’ foster set to smash Buffalo
October 31, 2012
By now, many fantasy owners have given up because of player injuries or little success.
Stafford roars in Lions' comeback victory
October 29, 2012
Did your fantasy stars live up to expectations, or did they drop the ball? Check out this week’s fantasy “tricks” and “treats”.
Forte Ready to Run Wild in the Windy City
October 25, 2012
As October winds down and we enter the eighth week of the NFL season, it’s easy to wonder where the time has gone.
October 23, 2012
When the stakes are high and every point matters, some players embrace the pressure while others crumble.
Manning proves a giant option for fantasy picks
October 18, 2012
The environment of these games is sure to be electric and players will be looking to elevate their performances against hated foes.
McCoy a slick pick this week
October 10, 2012
With fantasy contenders beginning to emerge in many leagues, the emphasis now is on staying competitive and not falling behind in the standings.
Colston has field day against Chargers
October 8, 2012
Week after week, the NFL never fails to prove why it is the pinnacle of sporting competition.
RG III shows no signs of slowing down
October 4, 2012
Fall is upon us, and so are the early rounds of bye weeks for players.
Hartline blows past Cardinals in record-setting effort
October 1, 2012
Another week and another group of players have shocked the fantasy football world, for better or for worse.
Benson leads the pack in fantasy football this week
September 27, 2012
As we approach October and cap off the first month of NFL action, there is little certainty in the fantasy football world.
Former 'Horn Charles explodes to lead all fantasy scorers
September 24, 2012
The NFL’s third batch of games was filled with surprises!
Bush a solid fantasy pick
September 19, 2012
With two weeks of NFL games in the books, fantasy football frenzy has once again taken over.
Houston Texans season preview
September 7, 2012
Here are some key things to look for as the Texans attempt to improve on last year’s 10-6 season.
Informal classes offer laidback learning
August 31, 2012
Two years after they were almost scrapped, UT’s informal classes are thriving once again and gaining popularity.
Board of Regents Approves Plan For McCombs Grad School
August 28, 2012
Students looking to pursue a graduate business education at UT may have to look beyond the iconic Red McCombs School of Business.
Plans for UT medical schools progressing
August 26, 2012
Plans for UT medical schools in Austin and South Texas are being carried out simultaneously
Fixtures symbolize UT's complicated racial past, present and future
May 1, 2012
A simple stroll around the 40 Acres tells you a lot about UT’s complicated history with racism on campus.
Insect festival provides fun and learning for all
April 23, 2012
Insecta Fiesta offered the chance to learn about insects in various ways, such as an insect petting zoo and arts and crafts.
SAC Atrium, Ceremony Celebrate Berrys Contributions to UT
April 15, 2012
UT historian becomes a part of history with events held on campus to celebrate her service.
UTPD holding survey, results of which will be used to improve efficiency
April 8, 2012
The UTPD is giving the UT community the opportunity to answer questions about the department’s performance.
Austin-area toll roads increase speed limit
April 2, 2012
Drivers in Austin can now more easily satisfy their need for speed with a 5 mph increase to the speed limit on toll roads.
Lecture Explores Israel-Palestine Conflict and Possible Solutions
March 29, 2012
Finkelstein gave a lecture Wednesday night titled “Palestine: Roots of the Conflict & Prospects for Peace.”
Local art festival commemorates former first lady, beauty of nature
March 19, 2012
Festival allowed patrons to view and purchase artwork highlighting the beauty of Texas' environment.
CPR training prepares participants for crisis
March 5, 2012
Knowledge allows for greater emergency response and a safer campus.
Explore UT inspires next generation
March 5, 2012
Event planned to show the young that anything is possible through UT.
'Project' unites longhorns, communities around the world
February 27, 2012
An event organized by numerous University volunteer organizations teamed with the Texas Exes to orchestrate the largest day of community service in UT history.
Indian arts showcase focused on Hindu yoga background
February 20, 2012
Hindu Students Association educates public on the spiritual aspects of yoga 'exercises.'
Speaker addresses birth control controversy
February 19, 2012
Planned Parenthood President believes birth control to be essential.
'Mr. McCombs' pageant presents talent, supports food bank
February 13, 2012
The pageant collected over 3,500 canned-goods and raised awareness of hunger in Texas.
Mandate change provokes religious issue with contraception services
February 13, 2012
Religiously-oriented organizations are now exepmted from being responsible for covering the costs of contraceptive medication.
Japanese photographs, art display cultural importance
February 6, 2012
Gennifer Weisenfeld spoke about the depictions of the Tokyo 1923 earthquake in Japanese artwork and mass media in a lecture on campus Friday.
Study shows marijuana use declining, prescription drug abuse skyrocketing
January 30, 2012
A government study revealed a decrease in the use of marijuana and cocaine since the 1960s, along with a large increase in the abuse of prescription medication.
Upcoming racetrack might start new trend
January 26, 2012
As contruction continues on the Circuit of Americas racetrack, promoters are still working to inform Austinites of the sport.
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