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Junior sprinter Morolake Akinoson and the Texas women’s 4x400-meter team are headed to the indoor NCAA Championships hoping to make up for a last-second defeat last year.
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On a cloudy day at Mike A. Myers Stadium earlier this week, the Texas women’s 4x400-meter team laughed as they leisurely jogged off the track, sweat drenching their burnt orange warmups. 

Despite their calmness, just a three-hour plane ride separates the nation’s top-4x400-meter team from the stress of the indoor NCAA Championships, the crown jewel of college indoor track and field. 

However, to the sprinters, composed of juniors Morolake Akinosun and Courtney Okolo, sophomore Kendall Baisden and senior Ashley Spencer, it’s just another track meet. 

“When you have some of the best 400-meter talent in the country — if not the world — what’s to be nervous about?” Spencer said. 

The Longhorns have been in this situation before, however, coming out on the losing end. Last year at the women’s championship meet, Texas held a 1.5-point lead over Oregon, and the last race, the 4x400-meter, of the meet held the title.

Coming down to a photo finish, the Ducks edged out the Longhorns by a beak. 

Oregon recorded the fastest 4x400-meter time in collegiate history; Texas recorded the second-fastest. But the Longhorns’ loss, coming at two-tenths of a second, propelled Oregon past Texas, giving them the women’s title by half a point. 

“[We have] so much fire and energy from what happened [last year],” Akinosun said. “We’re ready to use that and go out and compete this weekend. Sure, on paper, we’re ranked first in our event and fifth in the country, but you don’t run the race on paper”.

Okolo, a Bowerman hopeful, believes their experience last year and in other indoor meets this season will only help the team this year. 

“We were really close last year, but, this year, we’re more experienced,” Okolo said. “We’ve been on the national stage together, so now we know what it takes.”  

This is the first full season Akinosun, Okolo, Baison and Spencer have been together on the 4x400-meter team at the national level. Although the group ran together last season, Akinosun didn’t compete in the championship meet. 

“We know each other, and we want to win this with each other and for each other,” Okolo said. 

The strong chemistry between the foursome has only helped their success. 

They even keep up each other’s superstitions. Akinosun has had two batons since her senior year of high school that she has never let touch the ground. 

“There are a lot of times when you’re a head coach, and you stand back in awe,” head coach Mario Sategna said. “These girls provide one of those times. They push each other to the max, and it’s fun to watch.”

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Rep. Molly White (R-Belton) filed a bill that, if passed, would allow private business owners to refuse business to people based on the owner’s religion or on “conscientious grounds.” 

HB 2553, filed Friday, would edit the State Business and Commerce code and prevent private business owners from being compelled to provide goods and services that are “in violation of that business owner’s sincerely held religious or personal beliefs.” It would also remove owner liability for refusing goods or service based on these same grounds.

White said the bill was a response to cases across the nation in which private business owners were sued after refusing to serve customers, citing a 2007 New Mexico case and 2013 Oregon case. 

In 2013, the owner of an Oregon cake shop refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and was fined for her actions. In another case, a New Mexico photographer refused to take commitment ceremony photos for same-sex couple Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth in 2007. New Mexico ruled the case as discriminatory.

“Certain small business owners, private business owners, are being sued for refusing service to people who violate their conscientious beliefs, their religious beliefs,” White said.  “We just want to put some protective measures here in our great state of Texas — giving private business owners religious liberties without fear.”

Rev. Michael Diaz from Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church said he believes the bill will undermine non-discrimination ordinances in Texas cities. Currently there are non-discrimination ordinances in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Plano, Houston and San Antonio. He said he is worried the bill’s vagueness will lend itself to discrimination of the LGBT community, single moms and ethic, racial and religious minorities, among other groups.

“It is troubling when we go back to the idea that the reason why we discriminate is because of religious freedom,” Diaz said. “If you want to discriminate, just call it discrimination. Don’t call it religious freedom.”

White said private business owners could refuse to provide services to those carrying concealed handguns, those who smoke in a business, or those who violate beliefs, such as those exemplified in the New Mexico and Oregon cases.

“Every individual has rights and liberties to serve whom they want to based on religious convictions,” White said. “That’s pretty much just trying to reinforce my belief system on that.”

White’s bill will encourage discrimination of LGBT community, according to Rogelio Meza, biology senior and Queer Students Alliance co-director. 

“The LGBT community will be greatly affected by this because, not only do we go through discrimination on a daily basis, but this bill is basically encouraging Texas to say, ‘Hey, discriminate, because we’re not going to do anything to you,’” Meza said.

White is no stranger to controversy this legislative session. White drew criticism for a Facebook status she posted Jan. 29 during Texas Muslim Capitol Day, an annual event hosted by the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for Muslims to voice their legislative priorities and advocate for religious tolerance. In the status, White asked Muslim visitors to publicly pledge allegiance to the United States.

Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) said he believes this bill does not reflect Texas as a whole.

“This bill comes from the same freshman state representative who made national headlines during Muslim Day at the Capitol,” Rodriguez said in an email. “This type of legislation is hateful and does not reflect Texas values.”

Junior infielder Stephanie Ceo will be an important cog for the Longhorns’ offense as they look to bounce back from an early exit in the 2014 postseason.
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Texas is no stranger to tough opponents. 

Last season, the Longhorns made the six-hour trip to Lafeyette, Louisiana, for the regional round of the NCAA tournament to face the Ragin’ Cajuns, who had a decisive home-field advantage. And with that advantage, Louisiana-Lafeyette ended Texas’ postseason run early. 

In order to score the home-field advantage for the first round of the postseason, the No. 25 Longhorns are going to have to pull out some big wins against quality opponents in their non-conference schedule.

For the second straight year, Texas will open up the season on the road, heading west to play in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona, next weekend. There, the Longhorns will square off against No. 2 Oregon and No. 16 Arizona State as well as Northwestern and Stanford, who each received votes in a preseason coach’s poll.

Later in February, Texas will face No. 12 Georgia, No. 7 UCLA, No. 17 Missouri and No. 22 Notre Dame at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in California.

The key for the Longhorns in these tough preseason tournaments will be putting up good performances against Women’s College World Series contenders. They will need to come away with a few impressive wins to show the committee they deserve to be one of the top-16 seeded teams to open at their home field.

The difficult schedule away from Austin also gives Texas a chance to boost its RPI, a calculation that many NCAA postseason selection committees use to determine seedings. Following Texas’ loss to Louisiana-Lafayette last year, head coach Connie Clark said the defeat proved the importance of RPI, especially to the younger players on the team.

“It motivates you to really understand the RPI and really understand what it’s about to work your tail off to be in the top 16,” Clark said.

Of course, winning these non-conference games is easier said than done. Oregon is coming off a near miss at the title a year ago, after falling one game short of the final. Georgia and UCLA each have something to prove this year after being upset on home turf in the Super Regionals last year.

But even picking up two or three wins against ranked opponents could make a difference in determining the host teams for the NCAA tournament.  And it will be important to pick up those wins in the non-conference schedule because once conference play begins, it will be hard to pick up those quality wins in the Big 12.

The Bears took down Oklahoma on the road. With the win, Baylor hopes the outcome will help their playoff chances.

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In one of the most eventful weekends of the season thus far, four teams ranked in the College Football Playoff committee’s top 10 fell, eliminating them from playoff consideration.

One of the most stunning games of the weekend happened in Auburn, Alabama, where the No. 3 Tigers fell, 41-38, to Texas A&M. Auburn had several chances to win the game, but two fumbles late in the fourth quarter halted its rally.

The Aggies outscored the Tigers 21-3 in a critical second quarter, which included a field goal block return for a touchdown as the half ended. 

No. 6 TCU routed No. 7 Kansas State, 41-20, in Fort Worth. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin accounted for four touchdowns in the game.

No. 8 Michigan State fell to No. 14 Ohio State, 49-37, in East Lansing, Michigan. Buckeye freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns while adding two more on the ground. Ohio State scored two touchdowns in the final 3:20 of the first half to take a 28-21 lead, which it did not relinquish.

No. 9 Arizona State topped No. 10 Notre Dame, 55-31, in Tempe, Arizona. After the Irish scored a field goal on their first drive, the Sun Devils scored 34 unanswered points. Notre Dame rallied to get within three points, but the Sun Devils eventually put the game out of reach. 

14-point swing critical in Utah:

No. 17 Utah appeared to have grabbed a two-touchdown lead on No. 4 Oregon. Senior wide receiver Kaelin Clay had his man beat and the end zone in sight, but, as he approached the goal line, he dropped the ball in celebration. Instead, he technically fumbled the football, and it was scooped up by Oregon junior linebacker Joe Walker, who returned it 100 yards to tie the ball game.

After the fumble return, Oregon scored 24 straight points to seemingly put the game away at 24-7. But the Utes fought valiantly, cutting the difference to 30-27 before a couple of touchdowns by Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota gave the Ducks a comfortable cushion.

Baylor makes a statement:

Entering the weekend, eyes were on No. 12 Baylor, which desperately needed to impress the playoff committee to try to stake its claim as one of the four best teams in the nation.

The Bears trailed, 14-3, at the end of the first quarter but closed with the contest’s final 45 points to blow out the No. 15 Sooners, 48-14. It was
Baylor’s first victory ever on the road against Oklahoma.

Late field goal sets stage for high-stake game in Baton Rouge:

As is often the case when LSU plays Alabama, this year’s contest went down to the wire. The No. 5 Crimson Tide held the No. 16 Tigers to a field goal in the closing minute of regulation after Alabama turned the ball over at its own six.

Trailing, 13-10, with 50 seconds remaining, Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims moved the offense 39 yards to set up the game-tying field goal by placekicker Adam Griffith.

Alabama scored a touchdown on its first possession in overtime and forced four straight LSU incompletions to secure the 20-13 victory.

The Crimson Tide host No. 1 Mississippi State this weekend.

No. 7 TCU at No. 20 West Virginia

Milan Puskar Stadium

Morgantown, West Virginia

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

ABC

The two newest members of the Big 12 will square off in their biggest matchup since joining the conference in 2012. TCU has played itself into playoff contention despite losing to Baylor a couple of weeks ago. The Horned Frogs broke the conference record for points scored in a conference game, hanging 82 on Texas Tech last week. Junior quarterback Trevone Boykin tossed seven touchdown passes in that game and currently has a 7-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. West Virginia is also no stranger to the end zone. The Mountaineers have scored 36.9 points per game this season, and senior receiver Kevin White has played well enough the past few weeks to break into the Heisman conversation with 1,047 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. There’s no telling how high the score could go in this one.

No. 3 Auburn at No. 4 Ole Miss

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

Oxford, Mississippi

Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

ESPN

After Ole Miss’ loss to LSU last weekend, neither Auburn nor the Rebels come into this game undefeated, but the intrigue still remains. The winner of this game will remain in the conversation for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff, but the loser will essentially be eliminated. The Tigers just survived another upset bid from South Carolina in their first game since losing to Mississippi State. Senior quarterback Nick Marshall has quietly put together a solid year with 1,103 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions in addition to seven rushing touchdowns. The Rebels, on the other hand, are looking to avoid going into a slump after a tough loss to LSU, in which the offense scored only seven points. Look for Ole Miss to rely on its defense, which leads the nation in points allowed, to keep them in this game. This should be another great SEC showdown, with a possible spot in the playoffs on the line.

No. 12 Arizona at No. 22 UCLA

Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

Saturday, 9:30 p.m.

ESPN

Because of the great play in the SEC and Big 12, the Pac-12 has largely flown under the radar this season. Arizona is the perfect example of this, as the Wildcats have put together a pretty strong season but have yet to really garner any national attention. The Wildcats’ lone blemish is a two-point loss to USC on Oct. 11. However, they also have a big win over then-No. 2 Oregon in Eugene. Redshirt freshman quarterback Anu Solomon has been the focal point of the offense thus far, with 2,430 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and only four interceptions. On the flip side, UCLA has quietly fallen off since being ranked seventh in the preseason AP poll. The Bruins just survived an upset bid from Colorado in double overtime last week, and redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley has struggled recently. The Pac-12 South is still wide open, and this matchup could determine who plays Oregon in the conference title game.

Stanford at No. 5 Oregon

Autzen Stadium

Eugene, Oregon

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

FOX

This is a matchup that has typically decided who represents the Pac-12 North in the conference title game, and, even with Stanford not being ranked, that will likely be the case again this season. Stanford has had a down year by its standards, having lost three games already this season — all of which came against ranked teams. Nonetheless, the Cardinal still sit in second place in the division — just one game behind Oregon. A big reason for some of their struggles has been the offense, which ranks 91st in the country at 25.8 points per game and has averaged only 11 points in their three losses. Oregon, on the other hand, continues to work towards a spot in the College Football Playoff despite having lost to Arizona. Junior quarterback Marcus Mariota looks like a Heisman front-runner with 2,238 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and only one interception. This game has historically produced exciting games, and this year’s edition will be no different.

The Oklahoma Sooners won their first Big 12 game this season against West Virginia in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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While Texas rested its feet this weekend, underdogs around the country gave top-10 opponents a run for their money. Jameis Winston, the Heisman-winning redshirt sophomore quarterback who was suspended Saturday night after yelling obscenities on campus, helped underdog Clemson stand a chance against No. 1 Florida State. Behind redshirt sophomore quarterback Sean Maguire, the Seminoles barely escaped with a 23-17 overtime win against Clemson. Maguire threw for 305 yards, including a 74-yard game-tying touchdown pass, in his starting debut. Although he threw two interceptions, he was thrilled to get the victory.

“Coach [Jimbo Fisher] always prepares us if one man goes down — it just happened to be our best player this time,” Maguire said. “I can’t thank the coaches and this team enough. It
was awesome.”

The game was just the Seminoles’ fifth overtime appearance in school history and the first since their triple-overtime loss to Penn State in the 2006 Orange Bowl.

Upset in Louisiana 

In the SEC, Mississippi State downed then-No. 8 LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the first time since 1991. Junior quarterback Dak Prescott tallied two passing touchdowns and a 56-yard rushing score. The Bulldogs erased a 14-game losing streak against the Tigers, despite being outscored by the Tigers 19-3 in the fourth quarter.

“I just stayed true to myself, trusted my teammates, trusted the coaches, and we got it done,” Prescott said. “Everyone’s happy right now.”

Alhough Prescott’s “everyone” didn’t include any of the Baton Rouge locals, LSU head coach Les Miles did compliment Prescott as a “very quality competitor” who “ran their offense very well.” The Tigers fell nine spots to No. 17 in the AP ranking.

Oregon escapes narrow upset 

No. 2 Oregon nearly succumbed to the same fate as LSU when the Ducks allowed Washington State, a 24-point underdog, to score 31 points. Washington State’s primary threat came via its nationwide top passing attack, which this week took the form of redshirt senior quarterback Connor Halliday’s 68 percent completion rate for 436 yards and four touchdowns. Even so, Oregon’s redshirt junior quarterback Marcus Mariota rivaled the playmaker’s threat, completing 84 percent of his passes for 329 yards and five touchdowns. Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich had only one word to desribe Mariota’s performance: “ridiculous.”

“He did a great job of rattling the defense in the second half,” Helfrich said. “The guy is special.” 

Oregon (4-0) pulled off the 38-31 win to remain undefeated.

Aggies blow out former SWC rival

No. 6 Aggies also maintained their perfect mark, although with much less adversity. Destroying SMU to the tune of a 58-6 blowout in Dallas, the Aggies took advantage of SMU’s instability in its first home game since the resignation of former head coach June Jones. The Mustangs remain winless following the 52-point loss Saturday, in which A&M sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill recorded 322 yards of offense to secure a 38-3 lead at the half. While Hill and freshman quarterback Kyle Allen split playing time, it was sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Tabuyo who starred on offense, scoring two touchdowns for a total of 80 yards.

“Jeremy, he’ll be in my office Monday morning, wanting to start,” A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Two catches, what did you have, 80 yards and two touchdowns? Kind of hard to argue with him.”

SMU’s only points came from field goals in the second and fourth quarters.

Oklahoma grabs first Big 12 win

Texas rivals, Oklahoma and West Virigina, commenced their Big 12 play this weekend as the Mountaineers hosted the Sooners in Morgantown, West Virginia. The No. 4-ranked Sooners claimed their first win of conference play with a 45-33 victory over West Virginia despite a valiant effort by the Mountaineers. 

Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns to help the Sooners escape from a 24-24 halftime tie. He became the first Sooner to surpass 200 yards in a single game since DeMarco Murray completed the feat in 2010. 

“You know about how powerful and strong he is, but he has great vision,” Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. “He has great stamina and is a very conditioned athlete.”

No. 1 Texas women’s track and field team fell just short of winning the title, finishing second, at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.  

Although senior Marielle Hall won the 5,000-meter and the women’s 4x400 relay team took first in its event, their efforts came too late for the Longhorns as Texas A&M had already clinched the team championship. 

The Texas men’s team wasn’t as successful as the women’s, however. The men finished 11th in the overall standings.  

Despite the teams’ finishing positions, first year head coach Mario Sategna is happy with the outdoor season and is looking forward to the future. 

“I think this is a great starting point, with this being a very historic year for the University of Texas,” Sategna said at a press conference. “We knew at the beginning of the season we had the people to win a championship ….”

As for Saturday’s events, Hall was phenomenal, winning the 5,000 with a time of 15 minutes, 35.11 seconds. 

“I’ve been feeling really good since cross country and I haven’t had a [5,000-meter] race [lately] and haven’t been able to show that,” Hall said in a press conference after the meet. “So to come out here and have it come together — I’m obviously really excited — but I knew that I had it inside me.”

The 4x400-meter women’s relay team also gave a strong performance at the NCAA meet; the team set a meet record, running the event in 3:24.21 seconds, the second-fastest time in collegiate history. The 4x100-meter women’s team finished third.

Also competing at the meet, Texas’ sophomore Courtney Okolo won the 400 championship Friday.

“It feels really good. I’ve been dreaming about this all year,” Okolo said. “To know that it’s finally here, it feels so amazing.”

Freshman Fabian Jara Dohmann was the only member of the Texas men’s team who competed Saturday, finishing 18th with a javelin toss of 211-4.

The men had plenty of competitors in other events. Junior Ryan Crouser successfully defended his national shot put title. Crouser’s toss of 69-3 1/2 won him a third straight national championship.

Sophomore Johannes Hock failed to defend his decathlon title after struggling in the 1,500 and finishing second.

“He’ll walk away from here feeling defeated, but the decathlon is a different beast,” Sategna said. “He went into the 1,500 — not one of his strong points — in the lead. He gave it a shot for three laps and kind of fell off the pace at the end.”

Also competing for Texas was sophomore Reese Watson who finished seventh in the pole vault. 

The NCAA Track & Field Championship concludes the track and field season. The team will now enter the offseason before starting again in the fall with the cross country season.

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Texas made its second consecutive appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Monday night to close head coach Mack Brown’s storied tenure with the Longhorns. But this time Texas was on the losing end as it fell to No. 10 Oregon 30-7. Here are four key aspects to take from the Longhorns’ season finale.

Mack’s last stand

After 16 years as the head football coach at Texas, the Longhorns sent off Brown with a 30-7 loss to Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

“It’s tough not to get a win for him,” senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said. We love coach Brown and Ms. Sally. It’s tough to see him go. Even though [the seniors] are moving on, we are Texas. So it’s going to be tough not seeing him here.” 

Holding his wife in one arm and the “Hook 'em Horns” sign on the other, Brown sang "The Eyes of Texas” for the last time as the Texas head coach. As he walked off the field at the Alamodome, chants of “Mack” surrounded him, but the reality of his last game hadn’t really sunk in.

“I’ll probably get up at 6 a.m., and be watching a video and be worried about somebody," Brown said.

On the Marcus

Once again, Texas was unable to contain a dual-threat quarterback as Oregon’s Marcus Mariota overwhelmed the Longhorns. Mariota recorded 133 rushing yards, breaking the Alamo Bowl record for rushing yards by a quarterback, which was previously 118 yards.

In addition, Mariota recorded 253 passing yards with 18 completions. The junior quarterback used Texas' defense to become the first Oregon player to surpass 4,000 yards in total offense.

Longhorns run out of gas at the Valero Alamo Bowl

Senior quarterback Case McCoy ended his career Monday night with a subpar performance in San Antonio he might like to soon forget. McCoy recorded just 48 yards of passing, setting a Valero Alamo Bowl record low, and completed only six passes. In addition, McCoy was intercepted twice, both of which were returned for touchdowns.

Texas’ offense compiled just 236 yards of total offense through the game. The Longhorns’ only points came off a first quarter 16-play drive, which would represent Texas’ best offensive production of the night.

Quieting the quack

While Texas had trouble containing the speedy Mariota, the Longhorns gave up just one touchdown to the Ducks’ offense. Oregon, which had an average of 46.8 points per game this season, was held to a field goal on three of its red-zone drives for another strong defensive showing by Texas.

Defensive coordinator Greg Robinson’s group recorded two sacks and forced three fumbles on the night, though none of which were recovered by Texas. Oregon’s 469 yards of total offense is 104 fewer than its average all season.

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SAN ANTONIO — Just minutes after the Alamodome clock hit zero, a sea of fans wearing burnt orange draped over the Longhorns’ tunnel and chanted the name of their longtime coach.

Mack Brown held the “Hook ‘Em Horns” hand symbol high above his head as he walked off the field and into the locker room for the final time as Texas head coach.

Texas’ 30-7 loss to Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl is a tough way to end the 2013 season, but that was hardly the only storyline following Monday night’s game. Brown, who announced his resignation earlier this month, watched his 16-year tenure with Texas officially come to an end, but he said he was still at peace with his decision to step down following Monday’s game.

“Sally and I have absolutely no regrets,” Brown said. “We’ve had a wonderful 16 years and we’re glad we came here. We’ve made so many great friends and had so many great moments with these players.”

Despite this, senior quarterback Case McCoy admitted it was difficult to not send him off with a victory. 

“It’s tough, there’s not doubt about it,” McCoy. “We would’ve rather gone out with a win for sure, but we love the man and the man loves us. Inside that locker room we know we fought for him.”

Texas struggled on offense throughout the game, managing just 236 yards of total offense and 13 first downs. McCoy was at the forefront of these struggles, completing eight of his 17 passes for a season-low 48 yards.

Oregon jumped out to an immediate 7-0 lead, as senior safety Avery Patterson intercepted McCoy’s second pass attempt of the game and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. McCoy threw another pick-six in the fourth quarter to junior linebacker Derrick Malone, who took it back 38 yards to the end zone.

Oregon sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota, on the other hand, turned in a strong performance in the victory, passing for 253 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 133 yards on 15 carries. Oregon, as a whole, ran well, totalling 216 yards in the win.

Following the game, though, all of the focus remained on Brown.

“Coach Brown brought us all here,” senior left guard Trey Hopkins said. “Guys that other teams may not have wanted, guys that may not have really have had a family, he brought us into a family atmosphere and showed us that he cared about us.”

Brown was touched by the fans’ acts of appreciation throughout the game, but he said this was hardly anything new from the Texas fan base.

“Our fans have been great for 16 years,” Brown said. “It’s unbelievable. Sally and I can’t even answer all the e-mails, and texts and Facebook messages and tweets for the last two weeks. It’s been wonderful, but it’s really been that way.”

Texas figures to undergo a number of considerable changes next season, but none will be bigger than the replacement of Brown.