• Texas softball claims third place spot

    Texas’ softball team claimed the third place spot in the Big 12 Wednesday after the release of the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll. Falling behind reigning conference champion Oklahoma and Baylor, the Longhorns were selected to a top three spot in the Big 12 for the sixth consecutive year. Texas received zero first place votes, with Oklahoma receiving five and Baylor receiving two.

    The Longhorns finished the 2015 season at 38–17, good for third in the Big 12. A loss to San Diego State in the NCAA Regionals knocked Texas out of championship contention in mid-May.

    The 2016 roster will look quite similar to the team that took the field last season. Texas returns eight of its nine positional starters, most notably senior outfielder Lindsey Stephens and senior catcher Erin Shireman. Both players hit for over a .300 average in 2015, while compiling 15 and 10 home runs, respectively.

    Regular season play for the Longhorns will begin on Feb. 11 as they take on Arkansas in the Texas Classic in Austin. Conference play starts in late March as Texas takes on Baylor on March 25.

  • UT athletics reports net gain for 2014-15 school year

    UT athletics profited $458,367 during the 2014-15 school year, according to a report by the Austin American-Statesman.

    The report, based on an audit the Statesman obtained, said athletics brought in $183.5 million in revenue, including net profit of $94 million for football. Baseball and basketball combined to bring in $8 million in net profits, but all other sports lost money.

    The athletic department also gave back $9.8 million to the University, according to the report.

    The move back into the black comes one year after the athletic department reported a loss of $2.8 million, which led former athletic director Steve Patterson to raise season ticket prices for football and basketball.

    The 2014-15 school year was the only full year Patterson oversaw as athletic director. He was fired on Sept. 22 after just 22 months on the job.

  • Texas falls on the road to Washington, 4-3

    Despite winning the doubles points and picking up two singles wins, the Texas men’s tennis team fell to Washington 4-3 in Seattle on Sunday.

    In doubles play, the Longhorns took home two wins at the first and second doubles positions. Senior Michael Riechmann and sophomore Adrian Ortiz teamed up to edge Washington freshman duo Piers Foley and Enzo Sommer 6-4. Texas junior George Goldhoff and freshman Julian Zlobinsky won 6-2, beating sophomore Jake Douglas and junior Wendell Watanabe. Texas freshmen Colin Markes and Harrison Scott’s match against Husky freshman Kawika Lam and sophomore Mitch Stewart in third doubles was suspended.

    In singles play, Ortiz defeated Douglas 7-6, 7-5 in third singles, and Zlobinsky beat Foley 7-5, 6-4 in sixth singles. Despite the strong Texas showings, Washington took home the win after defeating Texas in the first, second, fourth and fifth singles positions.

    Texas returns to action next Saturday at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event at UT’s Weller Indoor Tennis Center.

  • Report: Johnathan Gray tears Achilles for second time

    Former running back Johnathan Gray tore his Achilles for the second time in his Texas career earlier this week, UT athletics announced Thursday. He underwent surgery to repair the injury on Thursday, according to Texas.

    The injury is just the latest in a line of injuries for Gray during his time as a Longhorn. He injured his right Achilles in 2013 at West Virginia and missed the final four games of that season. He then suffered a turf toe in 2015 and missed the final two games of the season.

    The Austin American-Statesman reported that the injury was to his left Achilles and came during a workout in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as Gray geared up for Texas’ pro day this spring.

    Gray finished his college career with 2,188 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

  • UT employees abused football ticket privileges, per report

    University of Texas Athletics employees abused football ticket access, per a report from the Austin American-Statesman

    The Statesman obtained a University audit that found allegations of employees accepting gifts and selling their complimentary tickets. In addition, the audit found employees had relationships with ticket brokers.

    The allegations are the result of a 16-month UT investigation that began in 2012 and ended roughly in June 2013. The audit was made official on Nov. 30. No employees were named or held responsible in the audit, per the Statesman. It’s unclear how much revenue the department lost.

    In response, Athletics officials sent an email Sunday to season ticket holders explaining changes that have been made. The email claims the issues have been resolved.