• Report: Norvell leaves Texas to join Arizona State staff

    Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell has left Texas and joined the staff at Arizona State, according to multiple reports Friday morning.

    Norvell is the fifth member of the coaching staff to leave this offseason and the second to do so in the last 24 hours. Texas confirmed Thursday night that defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn would not return to the staff.

    Norvell served as the interim playcaller for the last 11 games of the season after head coach Charlie Strong removed Joe Wickline and Shawn Watson from the position. Wickline and Watson were let go after the end of the season, and Texas hired Sterlin Gilbert in December as offensive coordinator.

    The move leaves Texas with two holes on the offensive coaching staff. The Longhorns are also looking for a running backs coach after Tommie Robinson joined USC in January.

    An ESPN report said Norvell will be the passing-game coordinator for the Sun Devils in addition to his wide receiving coaching duties.

  • Report: Defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn let go by Texas

    Defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn and the Longhorns have parted ways, per the athletics department.

    Texas head coach Charlie Strong brought Vaughn on to his coaching staff on two years ago. Vaughn signed a two-year deal to coach the secondary for an annual base salary of $245,000. His two-year contract expired on Jan. 30, but it was speculated that Texas would resign Vaughn.

    While at Texas, Vaughn has been one of the team’s best recruiters and has been in charge of developing the team’s young defensive backs. He also was the Longhorns’ special teams coordinator in the 2014 season.  

    From 2008 to 2011, Vaughn was the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Ole Miss, who is facing allegations from the NCAA. According to a report by ESPN, four of the violations against Ole Miss are involved with former members of the Rebels coaching staff under former head coach Houston Nutt. The Austin-American Statesman reported that Texas thought the NCAA has “a think file” on Vaughn about the Ole Miss allegations.

    “Chris did a tremendous job for us,” Strong said in a statement. “He’s a terrific football coach and a great person. However, circumstances have put us in a position that we are going to part ways.”

    A report by Horns247 said that those allegations are likely the reason Vaughn will not return next year.

  • Longhorns look to continue success against Rice

    Senior Breaunna Addison won in straight sets to help the Longhorns earn their second straight home win. Addison now boasts a 19-2 singles record.
    Senior Breaunna Addison won in straight sets to help the Longhorns earn their second straight home win. Addison now boasts a 19-2 singles record.

    The Texas and Rice women’s tennis teams have a lot in common.

    Both teams are ranked in the 30s, and both started the team season 3-1 overall and 1-1 against ranked opponents. They also both have nationally-ranked players — the Owls with No. 34 junior  Katherine Ip, followed by No. 84 sophomore  Lindsey Hodge and the Longhorns with No. 8 senior Breaunna Addison.

    Now the two teams will square off against each other on Saturday in Houston as they each try to build early season momentum. 

    Addison returned to the ITA top 10 on Wednesday, becoming the first Longhorn to do so since Aeriel Ellis in 2011.  She currently sits at 89 career wins, but for win No. 90 will have to go through a familiar foe, Ip. 

    Addison faced Ip in September in the semifinals of the Rice Invitational, and the two met again in October in the semifinals of the UTSA/ITA DI Women’s Texas Regional Championship. Addison emerged victorious in both matches. 

    Texas sophomore Dani Wagland also competed against Ip in the quarterfinals of the Rice Invitational, in which Ip came out on top. 

    Rice is currently ranked seven spots higher than the Longhorns, but Texas has had the upper hand in recent years. The Longhorns have beaten the Owls the last two years, winning 4-1 in 2014 and 4-3 in 2015.

    Saturday’s match is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the George R. Brown Tennis Center in Houston.

  • Texas adds Rice, Louisiana Tech to future football schedule

    Texas announced on Thursday that it’ll play three future games with Rice. 

    Texas, who beat Rice 42-28 in September, will head to Houston to play the Owls in 2019 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Rice will travel to Austin play the Longhorns in 2021 and 2023. The meetings between these two teams historically fall in the Longhorns’ favor. Texas has won the last 13 meetings since 1994 by an average margin of 28 points. Overall, the Longhorns lead the all-time series 72-21-1. Texas also added a home contest against Louisiana Tech to the 2019 football schedule. It will mark the first matchup between the two football programs. While specific dates have not been chosen yet, Rice and Louisiana Tech are in good company among the teams Texas has already added to its non-conference schedule.

    The Longhorns’ schedule includes future matchups with LSU in 2019 and 2020, as well as a Rose Bowl rematch with USC in 2017 and 2018.