• Jimmy Feigen wins Olympic gold in 4x100-meter relays

    Former Longhorn swimmer Jimmy Feigen is the first Texas Ex to bring home a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    He earned his medal Sunday night while helping Team USA take second in the preliminary round for the 4x100-meter freestyle relay with his 48.55 leadoff leg. Team USA then secured the gold in the final, where Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian clocked in at 3:09.92.

    The gold medal is Feigen’s first after he took the silver in the same event in London in 2012.

    Feigen won two NCAA individual titles at Texas during his tenure from 2008-12. He also helped the Longhorns secure a team national championship in 2010.

    The Texas men’s swimming and diving program has now produced 68 Olympic medals, with 43 of those being gold medals.

  • McNeal suspended following violation of team rules

    Sophomore wide receiver DeAndre McNeal was suspended indefinitely Wednesday for “violating team rules,” according to Anwar Richardson of OrangeBloods.com. McNeal will likely not be with the team when Texas begins fall practices on Saturday. 

    The suspension comes before a critical training camp for McNeal. The 6-foot-2 receiver aimed to move his way up an already-crowded depth chart after primarily contributing on special teams last season.

    McNeal arrived in Austin in 2015 alongside sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson, his teammate at Poteet High School in Mesquite. But off-field issues hindered his freshman season. McNeal told reporters that head coach Charlie Strong guaranteed him the first touch of the season against Notre Dame, and often took to Twitter in order to vent his frustrations.

    McNeal tallied just one rush for nine yards and one special teams tackle in 10 games last season. The timetable for his return is unknown.

  • Texas basketball announces non-conference schedule

    The Longhorns officially finalized their non-conference schedule for the 2016-2017 season, the team announced Thursday.

    There will be no foreign travel to begin the season, like last season’s trips to China and Bahamas in November. Instead, the Texas will begin its season at home against Incarnate Word University on Nov. 11.

    The Longhorns will then play Louisiana Monroe and Eastern Washington at the Erwin Center as part of the Legends Classic Regional Round. They will travel to Brooklyn to play in the Legends Classic Championship.

    Texas ends November with a matchup against in-state opponent UT-Arlington at the Erwin Center. December is highlighted by a home matchup with Alabama on Dec. 2 and a road game against Michigan on Dec. 6. Texas will also play a neutral-site game against Arkansas at the Toyota Center in Houston on Dec. 17. The rest of December features home games against UAB, Kent State and Long Beach State.

    The Longhorns will have one final non-conference game in January against Georgia as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

  • Ryan Newsome to transfer from Texas

    Sophomore wide receiver Ryan Newsome announced on Twitter Sunday that he plans to transfer from the University.

    “This is a decision that has been on my heart for a while now,” Newsome said in his statement. “I’ve realized that it is only necessary for my career going forward.”

    Newsome’s departure comes after the team added two top receiving prospects in freshmen Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay. The competition for playing time at the position is expected to be deep in training camp.

    “My time here has been short lived,” Newsome said. “But I will never the friends and relationships that I’ve built here that will last a lifetime.”

    Newsome played in five games and recorded five receptions as a freshman. He also contributed on special teams, returning six kicks for an average of 18.3 yards.

    He has yet to announce his transfer-destination.

  • Appeals court won't revisit Kearney case

    The Austin 3rd court of appeals struck down the University of Texas’ motion to throw out a lawsuit filed by former Longhorns track and field coach Bev Kearney, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

    Kearney filed the $1 million lawsuit against the University in November 2013 after she resigned from the athletics department. She left her position in January of that year after being informed that her contract would be terminated for having an inappropriate relationship with a student athlete in 2002.

    Kearney is alleging that the University treated her unfairly with the dismissal. She believes she was punished differently than other University employees who had relationships with students.

    Texas must now appeal to the Texas Supreme Court if it hopes the lawsuit be tossed out.

    Kearney led Texas to six national titles during her tenure from 1993-2013.

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