• Texas lands four-star cornerback Eric Cuffee

    Cornerback Eric Cuffee, a four-star recruit from Waco High School, is taking his talents to the University of Texas. Cuffee made his announcement official on ESPNU’s Thursday edition of “Recruiting Nation.”

    According to the ESPN Top 300, Cuffee is ranked as the nation’s 11th best cornerback and the state of Texas’ 19th best recruit.

    Cuffee says the deciding factor in his commitment was how comfortable he felt with Texas head coach Charlie Strong.

    “I love Coach Strong and the entire coaching staff,” Cuffee said on ESPNU. “I had a great time with Coach Strong when he came for the in-home. My family really liked him. He was really straightforward, and I appreciated that from him. I loved my official visit, and my mom loved it, too.”

    Cuffee says the program is heading in the right direction and it will only be a matter of time until Texas returns to prominence.  

    “Texas is definitely a program on the rise,” Cuffee said on ESPNU. “They had a bad year last year, but there is a lot of talent for a bounce back year. Deshon [Elliott], Malik [Jefferson] and P.J. [Locke] all recruited me. And they are all young and will help the program grow. It’s going to be good in the future.”

    Cuffee is the 14th player in Texas’ 2016 recruiting class and is the first big domino to fall in the Longhorns’ last big push before National Signing Day on Feb. 3.

  • Former Texas quarterback Danny Akers dies of cancer

    Danny Akers, son of former Texas head coach Fred Akers and a former Texas quarterback, has died of cancer, according to a report by the Austin American-Statesman.

    Akers was in a four-year battle with Stage 4 renal cell carcinoma. He was 54 years old.

    “It’s just a heart-breaker,” Fred Akers told the Austin American-Statesman on Monday night.

    Akers played for his father during the early 1980s as a reserve quarterback. In a limited role, Akers played in a total of 11 games from 1982-84, making an appearance in all 11 games in 1985. Throughout his career at Texas, Akers completed 10 of 25 passes for 132 yards and had a passer rating of 76.4, according to College Sports Reference. The Longhorns, led by his father, finished 11-1 and won the Southwest Conference title in 1983. Texas lost to the Georgia Bulldogs 10-9 in the 1984 Cotton Bowl Classic following the 1983 season. 

    Akers is survived by his three children: Alix, Hunter and Danielle.

  • Vince Young to remain University employee

    Former Texas quarterback Vince Young watches his old team take on West Virginia in 2012.
    Former Texas quarterback Vince Young watches his old team take on West Virginia in 2012.

    Update: Vince Young will remain a University employee, per a statement from the school. Young currently serves as a diversity and community engagement officer, and was arrested on a DWI charge late Sunday night. 

    “Vince Young will continue to be an employee at The University of Texas at Austin,” said Gary Susswein, executive director of media relations and issue management, in a statement. “We are working directly with Mr. Young to address the issues related to this situation, as we would with any other employee.”

    Young was hired by the University in 2014.

    Original Story: The Longhorn Network has not said whether Young will retain his position as an analyst for the network.

    Former Texas quarterback Vince Young was arrested on a DWI charge while driving on the 4600 block of the Interstate 35 service road Sunday night, according to an arrest affidavit.

    Young, 32, was arrested at 11:16 p.m. The affidavit said Young pulled up to a red light on the I-35 service road at Sixth Street. Young’s car didn’t move until 10 seconds after the light turned green.

    Young then drove between 25–30 mph on the service road before entering the highway near 15th Street, according to the affidavit. The officer noted Young drove between 42–60 mph on the highway while drifting in his lane. At one point, Young went up to 68 mph while drifting over the solid yellow line in the left lane.

    The affidavit said Young smelled strongly of alcohol and his eyes were glassy. Young was booked into jail at 12:46 a.m. on Monday. Young has posted bail.

    “I specifically want to apologize to the young men and women who look up to me as a role model and to my employers at the University of Texas and the Longhorn Network,” Young said in a statement.

    Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for Diversity and Community Engagement, released a statement on Young’s arrest.

    “We are aware of Vince Young’s situation and are working with UT’s human resources department to determine any appropriate action, given Mr. Young’s position with UT Austin and DDCE,” Vincent said.

    Young, who led the Longhorns to the 2005 National Championship, currently serves as diversity and comunity engagement officer at UT.

    “I understand the seriousness of the situation I am in and take full responsibility for not having met the standards of my own personal conduct,” Young said. “Thank you for everyone who has reached out to me for you love and support.”

  • Longhorns serve first at ITA Kick-Off Weekend

    The Longhorns return to action this weekend at home at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Texas welcomes No. 21 Florida, No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 17 Ole Miss.

    The tournament will take place in 15 different locations across the country, each showcasing four college teams. All teams will be competing for 15 available spots in the upcoming ITA National Team Indoor Championship at The University of Virginia.

    Texas will have a nine-man roster competing in the event. Senior Michael Riechmann, junior George Goldhoff, sophomores John Mee and Adrian Ortiz, freshmen Colin Markes, Harrison Scott, Johnny Goodwin and Rodrigo Banzer and redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky will all participate in the singles and doubles draws. In doubles play, Ortiz will team up with Riechmann, Goldhoff will pair off with Zlobinsky, Banzer will be with Scott, and Mee and Markes will be a doubles duo.

    Last year, the Longhorns came out strong, defeating Minnesota 4-1. They continued their streak and took down Florida State 4-1, securing them a spot at last years ITA National Team Indoor Championship. At the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, Texas walked away with two wins.

    Texas will face Florida at 10 a.m. Saturday and will square off against Texas Tech or Ole Miss. Matches will be played at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center, with the championship match on Sunday.

  • Texas returns in ITA Kick-Off Weekend

    The Longhorns will return to action this weekend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Texas will compete against Alabama, Penn and Purdue. 

    The tournament will kick off the ITA regular season for women’s tennis and will take place in 15 different locations across the country, each showcasing four college teams. 

    Texas will send its entire roster to compete in the event. Seniors Breaunna Addison and Lana Groenvynck, junior Neda Koprcina, sophomore Dani Wagland and freshmen Chelsea Crovetti, Katie Poluta and Daniella Roldan will all be partaking in singles match play. In the doubles draw, Addison and Wagland, who have a winning overall record of 9–4, will team up. Koprcina and Groenvynck will pair up in hopes to add a win to their 2–8 record. Freshman duo Roldan and Poluta will compete as first-time doubles partners.

    Texas will start the tournament squaring off against Purdue on Saturday and will either face Alabama or Penn on Sunday. The winner of the tournament will advance to the ITA National Indoor Championship in Madison, Wisconsin, on Feb. 5. 

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