• Longhorns gear up for action-packed sports weekend

    Men’s swimming and diving

    After a second straight national title and an off-season filled with Olympic triumph, the Texas men’s swimming and diving team is set to make a splash in Bloomington, Indiana, for the first meet of the season against Indiana and Florida.

    Head coach Eddie Reese, who coached the Singapore national team at the Olympics, said the team didn’t do anything special to prepare for its first meet.

    “We’ll do a few starts and turns and relay takeoffs,”  Reese said. “But other than that, it’s just a measure to see where we are and work out and see what we need to work on … when you’re in a race it magnifies whether your turns are good or your starts are good especially against other teams.”

    The meet also gives the swimmers their first chance to work towards their season-long goals. Senior Clark Smith said the team has a variety of both team and individual achievements to look forward to.

    “Obviously [an NCAA Championship] three-peat would be great,” Smith said. “But right now we’ve got a meet coming up this week, and most of us will be going for NCAA cuts in December at the Hall of Fame Invite here, so that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

    Texas hits the pools on Friday and wraps up competition on Saturday.

    — Wills Layton

    Men’s Golf

    The No. 5 Longhorns are in Alpharetta, Georgia, this weekend as they get set for the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate. Seventeen teams begin play on Friday, Oct. 21 on two courses.

    Tee times for Friday and Saturday begin at 9 a.m. On Sunday, all the teams will play the Lakeside course with tee times at 8 a.m.

    The Longhorns team fields sophomore Steven Chervony, juniors Doug Ghim, Scottie Scheffler, and Taylor Funk and senior Gavin Hall.

    Texas looks to recapture the tournament’s title after winning the event in 2014.

    — Russell Jones

  • Men, women’s tennis head to ITA Texas Regional Championships

    Texas looks to solidify its place as the top tennis program in the state at this weekend’s ITA Texas Regional Championships, hosted by TCU.

    The four-day tournament includes a singles and doubles draw and features players from every Division I program in the state. The winners qualify for next month’s USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York, where they’ll match up with the victors from the remaining regional events.

    For the men, freshman Christian Sigsgaard is the only Texas player to have already earned a place in the New York tournament, after advancing through the round of 16 at the ITA All-American Championships in early October. The newcomer lost in the semifinals but finished the event with a stellar 11–1 record.

    At last year’s regional, sophomore Harrison Scott fell in the round of 16 to Texas Tech’s Alex Sendegeya, marking the furthest any Texas player advanced. The Longhorns are expected to have a far more favorable showing this time around, with promising new additions and a more experienced roster.

    The Longhorn women also bring a talented team to the event. Senior Neda Koprcina is ranked No. 82 in singles, while junior Dani Wagland sits at No. 113.

    This tournament comes two weeks after a disappointing showing for the women at the ITA All-American Championships in Los Angeles, California. Koprcina won her first match against Mississippi State’s Anastasia Rentouli in a sweep, but was unable to clinch a spot in the qualifying rounds with a three-set loss in her second match to Michigan’s Kate Fahey.

    The tournament begins Thursday and concludes Monday.

     

  • Longhorns valued at nearly $700,000

    The average football player at Texas is worth roughly $670,000 to the University per year according to Business Insider. 

    The publication calculated the athlete’s “Fair Market Value” using data from the Department of Education, which stated that Texas rakes in $121.4 million in football revenue per year. Then, it used the NFL’s revenue sharing model to determine the monetary value of each player. NFL players receive a collective 47 percent of all revenue made by the league. 

    Texas’ athletes are over $100,000 more valuable than players at the next most profitable school, the University of Alabama. There, players are worth just over $530,000. The burnt orange’s greatest competition in the Big 12 comes from Oklahoma, where players are worth an average of just over $435,000. No other school in the conference falls in the top 20 of revenue generation.

    Revenues at Texas far outpace that of any other athletic program in the nation. The average division-one college football program makes just over $29 million in revenue each year for its respective school, falling $92 million behind Texas.