Sunday, August 31st, 2008, 9:58 a.m.
KVUE TV in Austin is reporting that Longhorn starting defensive tackle Lamarr Houston was arrested for DWI early Sunday morning after a minor accident on the I-35 service road.
Video of KVUE's report: University of Texas football player arrested
Note: Sergio Kindle and Henry Melton served three-game suspensions at the beginning of the 2007 season after summer '07 arrests for DWI. If Houston is suspended for three games, he would miss the UTEP, Arkansas and Rice games and return for the Oct. 4 Colorado game. Aaron Lewis was listed as Houston's back-up in the opener.
Brandon Collins Out for Opener
Saturday, August 30th, 2008, 5:57 p.m.
Right before kickoff for the season opener, Texas announced that Longhorn sophomore receiver Brandon Collins would miss the Florida Atlantic game as a result of an administrative error that resulted in a violation of financial aid regulations. Collins made retribution of the error on an off-campus housing check this summer, but as a result of cashing it, will be required to serve a one-game suspension. He will be permitted to return to action for the UTEP game next Saturday.
Whittaker Listed as 'Questionable'
Friday, August 29th, 2008, 4:01 p.m.
Texas trainer Kenny Boyd released his official injury report on Friday, listing redshirt freshman Foswhitt Whittaker as 'Questionable'. There are no other players listed on the report
VY Ceremony Set for Pre-Game
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008, 11:31 a.m.
The official retirement ceremony of Vince Young's Longhorn jersey No. 10 is set for 25 minutes before kickoff of Texas' season-opening game against Florida Atlantic. Young will be presented with a framed jersey, a tribute video will be played and he and his family will be present on the field.
Former Longhorn greats Bobby Layne (22) and Tommy Nobis (60) will also have their jerseys retired this season, but at a later date.
Kick-off for the FAU game is set for 6 p.m.
Oduegwu Undergoes Shoulder Surgery
Monday, August 25th, 2008, 1:16 p.m.
Junior safety Ishie Oduegwu had re-aggravated a previous shoulder injury in practice and according to Texas head coach Mack Brown underwent surgery Monday morning.
"He will be out this weekend and we will not have a timetable for his return until we know how it went," said Brown.
Two Sr. Walk-Ons Get Scholarships
Friday, August 22nd, 2008, 5:46 p.m.
Two Texas football seniors, DE Cory Michner and FB Luke Tiemann, were awarded scholarships by Texas head coach Mack Brown during a Friday team meeting.
Tiemann, a senior from Pflugerville, started his 30-game UT career spending time at defensive end before switching to fullback midway through the 2006 season. He has also seen playing time at linebacker and on special teams in the past two years, recording 11 career tackles and a forced fumble.
Michner, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., has spent three years with the program as a defensive end on the scout team.
After the announcement, Brown released a statement, saying:
"Both Luke and Cory have the characteristics that are so important to any team and they were both so deserving. When we look at awarding scholarships, it goes beyond what just happens on Saturdays. It's about team, it's about academics, it's about toughness and it's about the character that make both of these young men such well-rounded people. It was obvious from the cheers they received from their teammates how much they have contributed."
The Longhorns open the 2008 on Aug. 30th with a 6 p.m. game against Florida Atlantic.
J'Covan Brown Doesn't Qualify
Thursday, August 21st, 2008, 6:07 p.m.
Texas basketball signee J'Covan Brown did not qualify academically for the University of Texas. The 6-2, 175-pound Brown was expected to add guard depth this season, but will not attend Texas this fall. However, Brown does hope to qualify for the 2009 spring semester.
In a statement released by UT, Brown said:
"I'm very disappointed that I will not be at The University of Texas this fall. I did not get done what I needed to academically. I will work as hard as I can to make sure that I am able to earn a spot at The University of Texas as soon as possible."
Texas head coach Rick Barnes also released a statement, saying:
"J'Covan Brown will not be enrolled at Texas during the upcoming Fall semester. However, we do expect J'Covan to earn admission to The University of Texas and join our basketball program at some point."
Brown averaged 29.9 points per game his senior season at Port Arthur Memorial.
Texas has one other 2008 signee: 6-3, 195-pound guard Varez Ward. Ward has qualified and will join the Horns this fall.
Young Holding Austin Charity Event
Thursday, August 21st, 2008, 12:01 a.m.
The Vince Young Foundation is hosting a benefit in conjunction with his jersey retirement, benefiting The Vince Young Foundation and three local Austin charities: The Rise School of Austin, Wonders & Worries and Peace of Mind Foundation, The Vince Young Foundation has awarded over $200,000.00 to 30 Texas, Tennessee and national charities.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 2008 at the Four Season Hotel Austin. Young's Titans teammates Michael Griffin, Ahmard Hall, Bo Scaife and Longhorn head coach Mack Brown are expected to be on hand.
Corporate and Patron Tables are still available starting at $2,500 and individual tickets for $250.
For more information, contact Barbara Weiss at (512) 891-1680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whittaker Practices Monday Morning
Monday, August 18th, 2008, 10:01 a.m.
Fozzy Whittaker, who left Saturday's scrimmage with a knee injury, participated in practice Monday morning and OT Adam Ulatoski observed him as "running around all right."
Redshirt freshman Whittaker, sophomore Vondrell McGee and senior Chris Ogbonnaya are competing for the starting tailback position.
Whittaker's Injury Not Serious
Saturday, August 16th, 2008, 11:52 p.m.
Redshirt freshman running back Foswhitt Whittaker left Saturday's scrimmage with a knee injury, but it is not thought to be serious. The amount of practice time Whittaker will miss is not yet known.
Texas 11th in the AP Preseason Poll
Saturday, August 16th, 2008, 3:33 p.m.
The Texas Longhorns will open the season at No. 11 in the AP Poll.
Georgia takes the top spot with just one more first place vote than No. 2 Ohio State and USC comes in at No. 3. Including Texas, there are five Big 12 teams in the preseason Top 25. Oklahoma and Missouri are each ranked in front of Texas at 4th and 6th, respectively, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders come in just one spot behind the Horns at No. 12. Kansas also made the Top 25 and will start the season at No. 14.
AP Preseason Top 25
1. Georgia (22) 0-0 1,528
2. Ohio State (21) 0-0 1,506
3. USC (12) 0-0 1,490
4. Oklahoma (4) 0-0 1,444
5. Florida (6) 0-0 1,415
6. Missouri 0-0 1,266
7. LSU 0-0 1,135
8. West Virginia 0-0 1,116
9. Clemson 0-0 1,105
10. Auburn 0-0 968
11. Texas 0-0 966
12. Texas Tech 0-0 786
13. Wisconsin 0-0 771
14. Kansas 0-0 707
15. Arizona State 0-0 631
16. Brigham Young 0-0 590
17. Virginia Tech 0-0 578
18. Tennessee 0-0 509
19. South Florida 0-0 496
20. Illinois 0-0 483
21. Oregon 0-0 366
22. Penn State 0-0 293
23. Wake Forest 0-0 227
24. Alabama 0-0 89
25. Pittsburgh 0-0 85
Others Receiving Votes
South Carolina 84, Fresno State 83, California 59, Utah 53, Cincinnati 44, Florida State 41, Michigan 36, Boston College 32, Rutgers 32, Michigan State 21, Boise State 17, Arkansas 14, North Carolina 14, Connecticut 10, Tulsa 7, UCLA 6, Oregon State 5, Mississippi State 4, Virginia 4, Arizona 3, Nebraska 2, Notre Dame 2, Hawaii 1, Washington 1.
Another Texas TE Injured
Friday, August 15th, 2008, 3:50 p.m.
Texas trainer Kenny Boyd announced on Friday that backup tight end Ian Harris suffered a strained neck in practice. Harris is the second tight end to suffer an injury this week, with backup Josh Marshall breaking his shoulder on Monday. Boyd characterized Harris' strain as "mild". No timetable for a return has been set.
Young's Jersey to Be Retired Aug. 30
Thursday, August 14th, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
Vince Young will be in attendance at Texas' season-opener against Florida Atlantic on August 30th, where the University of Texas will officially retire his No. 10 jersey number.
In a release from Texas, Young said:
"I'm really looking forward to getting back to Austin again, seeing everyone, reaching out to the community with my foundation event and cheering on my team. I was speechless when they told me about the jersey retirement earlier this summer and I still don't think it's sunk in. It's such a great honor to be remembered in such a special way. Man, when I see that number and my name on the stadium ... I don't know what I'm going to do. It's just going to be such an unbelievable feeling for me and my family."
Texas head coach Mack Brown also released a statement, saying:
"What a thrill for our team and all of our fans for us to unveil the new north end of the stadium while recognizing one of the greatest players in our program's history. When you think about Vince, all he's done for The University, our football program and the community, it's going to be a really special day for all of us and a great opportunity to say thank you. Thank you for what he does as a football player, how he represents our football program, athletic department and university, for sending such a great message about education by coming back to finish up school, but most importantly, for always giving back. Vince is a terrific football player but an even more special young man. That's what I'll think about when I see his number on that stadium."
Young and The Vince Young Foundation will also host a benefit in conjunction with his jersey retirement ceremony on Friday (Aug. 29) night in Austin. The event, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, will benefit Young's foundation and three local Austin charities - The Rise School of Austin, Wonders & Worries and Peace of Mind Foundation. Corporate and patron tables are still available starting at $2,500. The Vince Young Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 to 30 Texas, Tennessee and national charitable organizations. For more information, contact Barbara Weiss at 512-891-1680 or email@example.com.
FAU TV and Game Time Set
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
The Longhorns will kick off the 2008 season on Saturday, August 30th with a 6 p.m. game against Florida Atlantic. The television broadcast will be pay-per-view. The cost to watch the game on each cable or satellite provider has not been officially set, but the suggested retail price is $29.95.
However, a one-hour version of the game will be available Sunday, August 31 at 9:00 a.m. on FSN Southwest as a part of its new BIG 12 NO HUDDLE series, which will feature condensed telecasts of Big 12 games throughout the season.
Autograph Session Moved to Gregory
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008, 5:40 p.m.
Because of the ongoing construction at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Texas Football's Fan Appreciation Day will be held at Gregory Gym on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The main event is an autograph session with members of the Texas football team. Players signing autographs will include Longhorns seniors Rashad Bobino, Quan Cosby, Cedric Dockery, Aaron Lewis, Henry Melton, Roy Miller, Brian Orakpo, Ryan Palmer, Nic Redwine, Jordan Shipley, Peter Ullman and Luke Tiemann, QBs Colt McCoy, John Chiles and Sherrod Harris. Texas head coach Mack Brown will also be on hand to sign autographs.
Fans can enter Gregory through the west entrance off of Speedway where 2,000 numbered wristbands will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. Those age 16 and over will be required to show a photo ID in order to request autographs and will be limited to two (2) autograph items per person.
Gregory Gym is located on the corner of Speedway and 21st Street on UT's campus. According to the Texas sports information office, the best place for fans to park for the event is the Brazos Garage off of MLK Boulevard.
Barnett's Trinity #1 in the Nation
Monday, August 11th, 2008, 11:31 a.m.
Texas commit Eryon Barnett and his Trinity Trojans are No. 1 in the nation. Euless Trinity currently sits in the top spot of ESPN's Fab 50, which will be updated each week of the season (the first update will be on Labor Day).
Along with Trinity, another pair of schools with Texas commits made the list. Lake Travis (Garrett Gilbert, Paden Kelley) is ranked 12th and Odessa Permian (Garrett Porter) is ranked 44th. Texas target Devon Kennard's high school, Phoenix Desert Vista, comes in at No. 46.
Balbay, Turks Finish 4th at Euro U20
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 11:55 p.m.
Turkey, lead by University of Texas point guard Dogus Balbay, fell to Spain 91-72 in the third-place game at the Under-20 European Championships on Sunday. Turkey finished the tourney with a 5-3 record.
During the tournament, Balbay averaged 8.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds. Serbia took gold with a 96-89 victory over Lithuania later in the day.
27 Longhorns in Beijing for Olympics
Thursday, August 7th, 2008, 12:41 p.m.
Twenty-seven Longhorn athletes and coaches will represent six nations from Aug. 8-24 at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Eighteen are former Texas athletes who are on Team U.S.A., which is the most UT has ever provided. The other countries represented by Longhorns are Antigua, Jamaica, Mexico, South Korea and Zimbabwe.
The opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics will air Friday night on NBC at 6:30 p.m. CST.
University of Texas Olympians
Baseball (1): Taylor Teagarden
Men's Diving (1): Troy Dumais (3-meter springboard)
Women's Diving (1): Laura Wilkinson (platform)
Softball (1): Cat Osterman
Men's Swimming (7): Ricky Berens (800-meter relay pool), Ian Crocker (100-meter butterfly), Brendan Hansen (100-meter breaststroke), Dave Walters (800-meter relay pool), Scott Spann (200-meter breaststroke), Aaron Peirsol (100 and 200-meter backstroke), Garrett Weber-Gale (50 and 100-meter freestyle)
Women's Swimming (3): Hee-Jin Chang (50 and 100-meter freestyle, South Korea), Susana Escobar (400-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley, Mexico), Kathleen Hersey (200-meter butterfly)
Men's Track and Field (4): Brendan Christian (200 meters, Antigua), Trey Hardee (decathlon), Andra Manson (high jump), Leo Manzano (1,500 meters)
Women's Track and Field (4): Michelle Carter (shot put), Marshevet Hooker (200 meters), Sanya Richards (400 meters), Melaine Walker (400-meter hurdles, Jamaica)
Coaches (5): Kim Brackin (head coach, swimming, Zimbabwe), Gail Goestenkors (assistant coach, women's basketball), Eddie Reese (head coach, men's swimming), Bubba Thornton (head coach, men's track and field), Matt Scoggin (assistant coach, men's and women's diving)
Andre Jones to Transfer to UTEP
Monday, August 4th, 2008, 9:10 p.m.
Former University of Texas football player Andre Jones will transfer to UTEP, according to an El Paso Times source.
Jones was suspended from Texas football team after he was arrested in connection with a robbery last year. He plead guilty on June 26.
Open Practices on Wed. and Thur.
Sunday, August 3rd, 2008, 6:31 p.m.
Practice starts Monday morning at 6 a.m. for the Texas Longhorns, but the first chance for the fans to fans to see the team will be on Wednesday.
The evening practices on Wednesday and Thursday, each scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m., will be open to the public. Practices will be at the Frank Denius Fields (corner of 26th Street and Red River).
Along with being the first chance for fans to see the team, the two open practices will also be the last chance for Texas fans to see the Longhorns in action before the season opener on August 30th against Florida Atlantic. Texas will hold a fan appreciation day on Saturday, August 16th, which will feature an autograph session with the Longhorns at 11 a.m., but the morning's team scrimmage will be closed.
Texas Ranked 10th in Coaches Poll
Friday, August 1st, 2008, 6:40 p.m.
For the ninth consecutive year the Texas Longhorns will start the season ranked in the Top 10. On Friday the USA Today Coaches Preseason Top 25 Poll was released and Texas is at No. 10.
Georgia takes the top spot, followed by USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida, with the defending national champion LSU Tigers at No. 6.
Along with Texas and OU, three other Big 12 teams are in the Top 25, all of them in the Top 15. Missouri sits at No. 7 while Kansas and Texas Tech are 13th and 14th, respectively.
Texas has been ranked among the USA Today Coaches Poll for 153 straight weeks dating back to late in the 1998 season
2008 USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll
(First place votes in parenthesis.
1. Georgia (22) 0-0 1,438
2. USC (14) 0-0 1,430
3. Ohio State (14) 0-0 1,392
4. Oklahoma (3) 0-0 1,329
5. Florida (5) 0-0 1,293
6. LSU (3) 0-0 1,163
7. Missouri 0-0 1,143
8. West Virginia 0-0 1,008
9. Clemson 0-0 999
10. Texas 0-0 979
11. Auburn 0-0 888
12. Wisconsin 0-0 747
13. Kansas 0-0 714
14. Texas Tech 0-0 644
15. Virginia Tech 0-0 568
16. Arizona State 0-0 560
17. Brigham Young 0-0 547
18. Tennessee 0-0 506
19. Illinois 0-0 422
20. Oregon 0-0 399
21. South Florida 0-0 350
22. Penn State 0-0 313
23. Wake Forest 0-0 203
24. Michigan 0-0 112
25. Fresno State 0-0 91
Full Texas Basketball Schedule Set
Thursday, July 31st, 2008, 1:21 p.m.
On Thursday Texas announced its full 2008-09 men's basketball schedule. The Horns open the season with back-to-back home games against Stetson and Tulane on November 14th and 18th before heading to Hawai'i for the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
The highest profile non-conference contests include a home game against perennial national power UCLA, neutral-site games against Michigan State and Villanova and road games against Wisconsin and Arkansas.
All 30 regular-season games will be televised in some capacity and Texas is slated to make at least 20 appearances on national television.
2008-09 University of Texas Basketball Schedule
(all dates and times subject to change; as of July 31, 2008)
Day Date Opponent Time TV
Fri. Nov. 14 Stetson tba LSN
Tues. Nov. 18 Tulane tba LSN
Nov. 24-26 EA Sports Maui Invitational (Lahaina Civic Center; Maui, Hawaii)
(Participating Teams: Alabama, Chaminade, Indiana, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Saint Joseph’s, Texas)
Mon. Nov. 24 First-Round Game 1:30 pm/4 pm/8 pm/10:30 pm ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
Tues. Nov. 25 Semifinal Round 12:30 pm/3 pm/6 pm/8:30 pm ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
Wed. Nov. 26 Championship Round 1 pm/3:30 pm/6 pm/9 pm ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
Sun. Nov. 30 Rice tba LSN
Thurs. Dec. 4 Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series (Frank Erwin Center; Austin, Texas)
UCLA 8 pm ESPN2
Tues. Dec. 9 vs. Villanova (Madison Square Garden; New York, N.Y.) 8 pm ESPN
Sat. Dec. 13 Texas State tba LSN
Tues. Dec. 16 Texas Southern tba LSN
Sat. Dec. 20 vs. Michigan State (Toyota Center; Houston, Texas) 1 pm CBS
Tues. Dec. 23 at Wisconsin (Kohl Center; Madison, Wisc.) tba ESPN
Fri. Jan. 2 Appalachian State 7 pm ESPNU
Tues. Jan. 6 at Arkansas (Bud Walton Arena; Fayetteville, Ark.) 8 pm ESPN2
Sat. Jan. 10 Iowa State* 3 pm Big 12
Mon. Jan. 12 at Oklahoma* (Noble Center; Norman, Okla.) 8 pm ESPN
Sat. Jan. 17 at Texas Tech* (United Spirit Arena; Lubbock, Texas) 3 pm Big 12
Sat. Jan. 24 State Farm Lone Star Showdown
Texas A&M* tba ESPNU
Tues. Jan. 27 at Baylor* (Ferrell Center; Waco, Texas) 8 pm Big 12
Sat. Jan. 31 Kansas State* 3 pm Big 12
Wed. Feb. 4 Missouri* 8:30 pm ESPN2
Sat. Feb. 7 at Nebraska* (Devaney Center; Lincoln, Neb.) 1 pm ESPN
Tues. Feb. 10 Oklahoma State* 7 pm Big 12
Sat. Feb. 14 at Colorado* (Coors Events Center; Boulder, Colo.) 1 pm ESPN
Mon. Feb. 16 State Farm Lone Star Showdown
at Texas A&M* (Reed Arena; College Station, Texas) 8 pm ESPN
Sat. Feb. 21 Oklahoma* 8 pm ESPN
Wed. Feb. 25 Texas Tech* 8:30 pm ESPN2
Sat. Feb. 28 at Oklahoma State* (Gallagher-Iba Arena; Stillwater, Okla.) 5 pm ESPN
Mon. Mar. 2 Baylor* 8 pm ESPN
Sat. Mar. 7 at Kansas* (Allen Fieldhouse; Lawrence, Kan.) 3 pm CBS
Mar. 11-14 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship (Ford Center; Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Wed. Mar. 11 First-Round Games tba tba
Thurs. Mar. 12 Quarterfinals tba tba
Fri. Mar. 13 Semifinals tba tba
Sat. Mar. 14 Championship Game tba tba
Mar. 19-22 NCAA First & Second Rounds (site TBA) CBS
Mar. 26-29 NCAA Regionals (site TBA) CBS
Apr. 4 & 6 NCAA Final Four (Ford Field; Detroit, Mich.) CBS
Home regular season games all played at the Frank Erwin Center unless otherwise noted; All times Central; *Big 12 Conference Game
Big 12 = Big 12 Conference Network telecasts, which were previously branded as ESPN Plus
LSN = Longhorn Sports Network
Big 12 Basketball Schedule Released
Thursday, July 24th, 2008, 1:59 p.m.
Texas will have 11 of its 16 conference games nationally televised this season.
The Big 12 released the official conference schedule for the 2008-09 season on Thursday. Seven of the Horns' games will be on ESPN (including three Big Monday appearances), two will be on ESPN2, one will be on ESPNU and one, Texas' final regular season game at Kansas, will be on CBS.
The Longhorns open Big 12 Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 10 with a home game against Iowa State. UT's non-conference schedule has not been finalized at this date, but the highest profile game that has been set is the Horns' Dec. 4th match-up against UCLA at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
Orakpo on Hendricks Award Watch List
Monday, July 21st, 2008, 8:10 p.m.
Texas senior DE Brian Orakpo was selected Monday to the watch list for the 2008 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
The Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first-team All-American, who played his ball at Miami from 1966-68. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the Award's voting committee.
Despite a knee injury that forced him to miss four game, Orakpo tallied 37 tackles, nine TFL, 5.5 sacks, 12 pressures, two PBD and a forced fumble last season. He also earned Defensive MVP honors in the 2007 Holiday Bowl.
Nine More Longhorn Jerseys Retired
Friday, July 18th, 2008, 10:36 a.m.
Texas AD DeLoss Dodds announced Friday morning in a Bellmont Hall press conference that nine more Longhorn jerseys in three sports will be retired. In football, Vince Young's No. 10, Bobby Layne's No. 22 and Tommy Nobis' No. 60 join the already retired jerseys numbers of Earl Campbell (No. 20) and Ricky Williams (No. 34). In basketball, Kevin Durant's No. 35 and Slater Martin's No. 15 join the already retired jersey number of T.J. Ford (No. 11). And in baseball, Burt Hooton's No. 20, Greg Swindell's No. 21, Scott Bryant's No. 25 and Brooks Kieschnick's No. 23 join the already retired jersey number of Roger Clemens (No. 21).
McCoy on Davey O'Brien Watch List
Thursday, July 17th, 2008, 5:51 p.m.
Texas junior QB Colt McCoy was named to the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award on Thursday, which honors the nation's best college quarterback.
McCoy was a semifinalist for the award in 2006 as a redshirt freshmen and is a member of the preseason watch list for the second straight year. Two Longhorns have won the honor in its history. Vince Young won it in 2005 and Earl Campbell in the award's first year in 1977, back when it was given to the top overall player in the Southwest.
The 2008 winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN on December 11. This is the second 2008 preseason list for McCoy, who is also on the Maxwell Award watch list.
Aldridge, Durant on US "Select Team"
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 5:52 p.m.
Former Longhorn forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Durant were named to the 2008 USA Basketball Men's Select Team, USA Basketball announced Wednesday. The Select Team is a group of young players put together to scrimmage with the national team and help it prepare for the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Texas is the only university represented by more than one former player on the Select Team. Aldridge and Durant will be joined on the squad by Jeff Green (Oklahoma City NBA), Luther Head (Houston Rockets), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Kevin Martin (Sacramento Kings), O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) and Rodney Stuckey (Detroit Pistons). USA Basketball Senior National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo also announced that two rising stars from the 2008 NBA Summer League will be chosen to join the 2008 USA Select Team.
The Select Team will begin training July 20 in Las Vegas and is expected to train and scrimmage against the USA Senior National Team from July 21-24.
In other Texas-related Olympic news, the list of Longhorns headed to Beijing is now up to 23 with USA Baseball's announcement that former Longhorn catcher Taylor Teagarden will represent the United States.
Teagarden will become the third baseball player who finished his career at Texas to participate in the Olympics. Calvin Murray was a member of the 1992 team that finished fourth in Barcelona and Kip Harkrider played for the 1996 squad that earned a bronze medal at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
The squad, which will be led by former Major League Manager Davey Johnson, is set to participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games with the baseball competition slated for Aug. 13-23.
2008 Big 12 Media Preseason Poll
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 3:29 p.m.
According to the 2008 Big 12 Media Preseason Poll, we'll see the same two teams in the Big 12 Championship game this year as we saw last year. The poll was released on Wednesday and has Missouri as the unanimous choice (51 votes) to win the North division. Oklahoma is ranked at the top of the South division with 49 of the possible 51 first place votes.
The other two first place votes in the South went to the Texas Longhorns, who are picked to finish second, ahead of Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor, in that order.
2008 Big 12 Preseason Football Poll (Media Vote)
1. Missouri (51)
5. Kansas State
6. Iowa State
1. Oklahoma (49)
2. Texas (2)
3. Texas Tech
4. Oklahoma State
5. Texas A&M
First-place votes in parentheses
Official announcement: LINK
Marquise Goodwin Takes Gold...Again
Saturday, July 12th, 2008, 11:56 p.m.
Texas football/track and field commit Marquise Goodwin took his second Gold Medal at the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, this one in the men's 4x100 relay. Dante Sales, Antonio Sales, Goodwin and 100m bronze medalist Terrell Wilks, in that order, ran a time of 38.98 seconds to win the Gold. Jamaica took second with a 39.25, South Africa third with a 39.70 and Japan fourth with a 39.89.
Marquise Goodwin Takes Gold
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008, 9:14 p.m.
Texas football/track and field commit Marquise Goodwin took the Gold Medal in the long jump at the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Goodwin, a receiver from Rowlett, Tex., used a first round leap of 25-4.75 (7.74) to win, topping Dzmitry Astrouski of Belarus, who got the silver with a jump of 24-3.75 (7.41). The UT commit becomes the third American to claim the World Junior title in the long jump, joining James Stallworth (1990) and Neil Chance (1992).
22 Longhorns Headed to Beijing
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008, 1:23 p.m.
A total of 22 Longhorns (18 current and former athletes, four coaches) will compete at the Olympics in Beijing, China. The 18 athletes are the most-ever qualifiers for Team U.S.A. that The University of Texas has provided, surpassing the 17 Horns that participated in 2000 (Sydney) and 16 in 1988 (Seoul).
The three coaches representing UT in Beijing are Eddie Reese (head coach, men's swimming), Bubba Thornton (head coach, men's track and field), Gail Goestenkors (assistant coach, women's basketball) and Matt Scoggin (assistant coach, men's and women's diving). It marks the third time Reese has served as head coach of the U.S. team, having previously led the squad in 1992 (Barcelona) and 2004 (Athens). He also served as an assistant coach three times: 1988 (Seoul), 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000 (Sydney). Thornton previously served as an assistant coach in 2000, while Goestenkors was an assistant coach for the American team that won the gold medal in 2004.
The Longhorns men's swimming team leads the group and all schools nationally with seven current, former and future student-athletes earning spots on the 2008 U.S. Team. The team features world record holders Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker and Aaron Peirsol.
In a release from Texas, men's athletics director Deloss Dodds said:
"It's always a thrill watching our student-athletes competing at the various Olympic Trials and to see so many of them making the team. It's a tribute to all of our great coaches and staffers as well as the hard work and dedication of the student-athletes to achieve such a life-long dream. We're looking forward to following all of them in Beijing."
LONGHORN OLYMPIANS ON TEAM U.S.A.
Men's Diving (1): Troy Dumais (3-meter springboard)
Women's Diving (1): Laura Wilkinson (platform)
Softball (1): Cat Osterman
Men's Swimming (7): Ricky Berens (800-meter relay pool), Ian Crocker (100-meter butterfly), Brendan Hanson (100-meter breaststroke), Dave Walters (800-meter relay pool), Scott Spann (200-meter breaststroke), Aaron Peirsol (100 and 200-meter backstroke), Garrett Weber-Gale (50 and 100-meter freestyle)
Women's Swimming (1): Kathleen Hersey (200-meter butterfly)
Men's Track and Field (3): Trey Hardee (decathlon), Andra Manson (high jump), Leo Manzano (1,500 meters)
Women's Track and Field (3): Michelle Carter (shot put), Marshavet Hooker (200 meters), Sanya Richards (400 meters)
Coaches (3): Gail Goestenkors (assistant coach, women's basketball), Eddie Reese (head coach, men's swimming), Bubba Thornton (head coach, men's track and field)
McCoy, Miller Named to Watch Lists
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008, 3:10 p.m.
Texas junior QB Colt McCoy and senior DT Roy Miller have been selected to the watch lists for the 2008 Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award, respectively, the Maxwell Football Club has announced.
McCoy is 20-6 in 26 career starts. His 20 victories are tied for eighth-most in UT history. He has completed 493-of-742 passes (66.4 percent) for 5,873 yards (No. 6 on UT's all-time list) and 51 TDs (No. 4 on UT's all-time list) and 25 INTs. Miller has played in 36 career games, starting six, and has recorded 89 tackles, 14 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 16 pressures, two PBD and a forced fumble. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2007.
The Maxwell Award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert W. 'Tiny' Maxwell. The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Eagle great. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame.
Texas has had three winners of the Maxwell Award in its history, including QB Vince Young in 2005, RB Ricky Williams in 1998 and LB Tommy Nobis in 1965. Linebacker Derrick Johnson was a finalist for the Bednarik Award in 2004.
Texas Leads Nation in Academic AAs
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008, 2:02 p.m.
With the announcement of the final All-American team for 2007-08 -- the women's track & field/cross country -- the Texas Longhorns officially conclude the academic year with 10 Academic All-Americans, best in the nation. The 10 selections doubles the old school record of five set in 1999-2000, 2003-04 and 2006-07.
In a release from Texas, men's athletics director DeLoss Dodds said:
"Ours is a university that demands excellence in the classroom as well as in the athletic arena, and these student-athletes have achieved the highest recognition possible as first-team Academic All-Americans. I'm proud of our students, our coaches, our student services staff and our media relations staff for the job they have done."
2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans by School
1. Texas - 10
2. North Dakota State - 8
2. Notre Dame - 8
4. Duke - 7
2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans at Texas
Name -- Sport -- Team
Kelsey Carpenter -- Women's Soccer -- Third
Michelle Moriarty -- Women's Volleyball -- Third
Dallas Griffin -- Football -- First
Derek Lokey -- Football -- First
D.J. Augustin -- Men's Basketball -- First
Matt McGinnis -- Men's Swimming (Men's At-Large) -- Second
Kathryn Kelly -- Women's Diving (Women's At-Large) -- Second
Mary Yarrison -- Women's Diving (Women's At-Large) -- Third
Donovan Kilmartin -- Men's Track and Field/Cross Country -- First
Temeka Kincy -- Women's Track and Field/Cross Country -- Second
Former Texas OT Commits to Houston
Sunday, June 29th, 2008, 6:52 p.m.
Former Texas offensive tackle Roy Watts Jr., who had transfered to Navarro Junior College after academic issues at UT, has committed to play for Houston.
"I am going to UH, I committed a couple of months ago. I am pretty much done, I am going to UH," said Watts.
With the signing, Watts will return to his home town of Houston, where he played for Worthing High School.
"I prefer to go home, the head coach, he is cool, the OL coach is cool, Jason Phillips is cool, plus one of my teammates is there. It is a good program, it has Big 12 type of competition. I will be signing in December," said Watts.
Because he is transferring from a junior college, Watts will not have to sit out a year. He will be a redshirt sophomore this fall.
Jones and Joseph Plead Guilty
Thursday, June 26th, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
On Thursday, former Longhorn players Robert Joseph and Andre Jones each plead guilty to aggravated robbery. Joseph, a former Texas safety, received 10 years probation but no jail time. Jones, a former Texas defensive tackle, will serve 30 days in jail and will be on probation for 10 years.
Both players were removed from the Texas football team after their arrests and the convictions eliminate any chance of return. According to the arrest warrant, Jones and Joseph broke into an east Austin apartment, threatened the residents and made off with cash, video games, cell phones and other items.
HWA to Honor Ricky Williams
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008, 10:18 p.m.
The Heisman winners association will honor former Longhorn running back Ricky Williams this weekend in Austin for the 10th anniversary of his Heisman Trophy-winning senior season, as well as honoring the 50th Anniversary for Pete Dawkins (Army) and 25th for Mike Rozier (Nebraska). The three-day event will take place from Thursday, June 26th through Saturday, June 28th at Barton Creek Resort and Spa.
Several other Heisman Trophy winners, including UT's Earl Campbell (1977), will be on hand to celebrate their anniversary. Along with the banquet, there also is the Heisman Anniversary Golf Classic and Heisman Golf Shootout that fans can be a part of. For more information on how to take part in the weekend¹s events, call (512) 692-4942.
In a release from Texas, Williams said:
"Being back in Austin, catching up with some of the guys and the coaches, seeing DeLoss (Dodds), it's been great. I had a chance to take a walk through the football building and see the stadium today (Wednesday) and everything has grown so much. It's amazing. It brings back a lot of great memories too. With this being my 10-year Heisman anniversary, I've had a chance to reflect and remember how much fun I had here and at The University of Texas. Being a part of this team, playing for all of the great fans and just having a place in Longhorn history, it's really special to me. It's great to be back here sharing it with my friends and family. I'm definitely going to come back a lot more often."
Benson Completes Pre-Trial Hearing
Monday, June 23rd, 2008, 4:00 p.m.
Former Longhorn running back Cedric Benson was in court on Monday for a pre-trail hearing. Benson had two alcohol-related arrests over a period of two months and was ordered by Travis County Judge Elisabeth Earle to put an alcohol monitoring device on his car within the next three days. Benson will also be required to take alcohol-awareness classes. Each measure is a condition for Benson being out on bond and are not punishments as a result of any verdict.
Benson faces three misdemeanor charges.
A.J. Abrams to Return to Texas
Monday, June 16th, 2008, 2:20 p.m.
Texas guard A.J. Abrams has officially withdrawn his name from the 2008 NBA Draft and will return for his senior season. The all-time career leader at Texas in three-point field goals made (284) will make an public announcement today before the official withdrawal deadline of 4 p.m.
In a release from Texas, Abrams said:
"I'd like to announce my intentions to remove my name from the 2008 Draft and return for my senior year at The University of Texas. I entered the draft to receive feedback and take advantage of the opportunity to that was presented to me by the NBA to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball...I received some positive feedback and constructive criticisms from the NBA teams that I worked out for, all of which should help me next year when I go through the process again," Abrams continued. "When I sat down with my family and looked at my options, I knew I wanted to come back, finish what I have started and continue to represent The University of Texas to the best of my ability, both on and off the court."
Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series Set
Monday, June 16th, 2008, 1:23 p.m.
The dates and match-up are officially set for the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, the conferences announced on Monday. The majority of games will be played in a four day window (Dec. 4-7) with the Longhorns playing on Day 1.
Texas will host the UCLA Bruins on Dec. 4 at the Erwin Center in Austin. Specific time and TV information will be announced at a later date.
BIG 12 / PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Oklahoma State at Washington
UCLA at Texas
USC at Oklahoma
Friday, December 5, 2008
Arizona at Texas A&M
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Baylor at Washington State
Oregon State at Iowa State
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Kansas State at Oregon
Nebraska at Arizona State
California at Missouri
Outside the four-day series window
Colorado at Stanford (Sat., Nov. 29, 2008)
Kansas at Arizona (Tue., Dec. 23, 2008)
Texas Tech at Stanford (Sun., Dec. 28, 2008)
Two Horns Win Nat'l Titles in Track
Sunday, June 15th, 2008, 9:00 p.m.
Junior Jacob Hernandez (800m) and senior Leo Manzano (1,500m) won individual national titles over the weekend at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Hernandez posted a 1:45.31 to win the 800, which broke his school record of 1:45.68. Manzono won the 1,500 with a time of 3:41.25. Manzano ends his collegiate career with five NCAA Championships and nine All-America honors.
As a team, the Longhorns finished fourth with 35 points. Florida State won the team national title with 52 points and was followed by LSU and Auburn, which tied for second with 44. The Longhorns edged out Texas A&M for fourth by three points.
Chance Ruffin an All-American
Thursday, June 12th, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Texas pitcher Chance Ruffin, who had already been named a Freshman All-American, was named to Baseball America's College All-America team on Thursday.
In 10 starts, Ruffin went 7-0 with a 1.56 ERA, striking out 60 over 57.2 innings. He was named the Big 12 Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year, posting an 8-3 record with a 1.96 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 78 innings. He also held opponents to a .191 batting average for the season.
Balbay on 2009 Turkish National Team
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008, 11:37 a.m.
Turkey's provisional squad for qualifying games in the 2009 European Men's Basketball Championship (Sept. 3-20) has been announced and Texas point guard Dogus Balbay is on the national team.
Balbay has previously played on Turkey's youth national teams (Under-19, Under-18, etc.) Last year for Turkey's Under-19 National Team, Balbay led his team in almost every statistical category: scoring (12.4 ppg), rebounding (5.8 rpg), assists (3.3 apg), steals (1.9 spg) and minutes played (26.7 mpg). He'll play for Turkey's Under-20 National Team this summer before joining the top national squad for the European Championship in 2009.
Marquise Goodwin Is Commit No. 20
Sunday, June 8th, 2008, 9:15 p.m.
Rowlett wide receiver Marquise Goodwin became the Texas Longhorns' 20th commitment for the Class of 2009. While at Sunday's Texas football camp, Goodwin committed as both a football player and a track athlete, meaning his scholarship will not count against the football teams' limit of 85 until he sees the field.
The 5-8, 155-pound Goodwin plans on competing in the long and triple jump, as well as the 100 and 4x100 for the track team. His 100 time is a 10.34 and he ran 4.34 in the 40 at the camp on Sunday.
Five Longhorns Taken on Second Day
Friday, June 6th, 2008, 6:29 p.m.
Jordan Danks, Kyle Walker, Kenn Kasparek, Casey Whitmer and Riley Boening were all selected on the second day of the 2008 MLB Draft.
The Chicago White Sox drafted Danks in the seventh round with the 210th overall pick.
The Colorado Rockies selected Walker in the 11th round with the 347th overall pick.
The Seattle Mariners drafted Kasparek in the 12th round with the 372nd overall pick.
The Washington Nationals selected Whitmer in the 30th round.
The Minnesota Twins selected Boening in the 42nd round.
Texas right fielder Kyle Russell went on the first day of the draft to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cy-Fair's Robbie Grossman was the first Longhorns' signee to be drafted and was taken by Pittsburgh in the sixth round. RHP Taylor Jungmann was taken in the 24th round by the Los Angeles Angels, LHP/1B/OF Hunter Cervenka in the 27th round by the Boston Red Sox, SS Brandon Loy in the 32nd round by the Baltimore Orioles, LHP Sam Stafford in the 40th round by the Boston Red Sox.
Danks Joins Brother in Chicago
Friday, June 6th, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Texas centerfielder Jordan Danks was drafted No. 210 overall in the 2008 MLB by the Chicago White Sox. Danks' brother, John, is currently a pitcher for the White Sox.
Also taken was pitcher Kyle Walter, who went at pick 347 to the Colorado Rockies.
Pitcher Kenn Kasparek was then taken No. 372 overall by the Seattle Mariners.
Kyle Russell Drafted by LA Dodgers
Thursday, June 5th, 2008, 6:15 p.m.
Texas outfielder Kyle Russell was drafted in the third round, No. 93 overall, by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2008 MLB Draft.
Russell is the first Longhorn to go off the board.
Ruffin and Rupp Named Freshmen All American
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008, 2:31 p.m.
Longhorns freshmen Chance Ruffin and Cameron Rupp were named to Louisville Slugger's Freshmen All-American Baseball Team by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday.
Ruffin was dominant as a freshman for Texas. In 10 starts, he went 7-0 with a 1.56 ERA, striking out 60 over 57.2 innings. Ruffin was named the Big 12 Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year, posting an 8-3 record with a 1.96 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 78 innings. He held opponents to a .191 batting average for the season. Rupp was one of three catchers selected. He hit .309 on the season with 17 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 32 RBI. Rupp assumed the starting role when Preston Clark was hindered by injury and went on to appear in 54 games, including 51 starts, and garner All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.
D.J. Augustin Officially Gone
Monday, June 2nd, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
Longhorn point guard D.J. Augustin has hired an agent, officially making him former Longhorn point guard D.J. Augustin.
Thaddeus Foucher of the Wasserman Media Group will represent Augustin as he prepares for his NBA career. Most mock drafts have Augustin as a lottery pick, with the most common destination being the Indiana Pacers at pick No. 11.
Wasserman Media Group also manages former Longhorns T.J. Ford and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Texas Loses to Rice, Season Ends
Sunday, June 1st, 2008, 9:43 p.m.
The Longhorns lost to the Rice Owls 7-4 on Sunday and have been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.
Texas ends its 2008 baseball season with a record of 39-22. It is the third season in a row the Horns have failed to advance out of the Regional round of the Tournament.
With its win earlier in the day against St. John's, Texas baseball has now won 3,000 games in its history, joining Fordham University as the only two programs to reach that mark.
Junior right fielder Kyle Russell became the Longhorn's career home run king on Sunday, when he blasted his 18th of the season and 56th of his career out of the park against St. John's. The home run also tied him with Texas A&M's Daylan Holt for third on the Big 12 Conference career home run list, a tie which he then broke with his 19th home run of the season and 57th of his career that evening against Rice. It was a three-run shot in the third inning that comprised most of Texas' runs in the 7-4 loss to Rice that ended the 2008 season.
Texas Tops St. John's, Rice Up Next
Sunday, June 1st, 2008, 4:45 p.m.
The Longhorns survived a ninth-inning rally by St. John's to take a 4-3 victory on Sunday. With the win, Texas stays alive and will turn around and play Rice at 6 p.m.
St. John's picked up a run in the third and led Texas 1-0 until the Horns rattled off a pair of runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to take a 4-1 lead. Texas pitcher Austin Wood, who came within one out of a complete game, shut the Red Storm down until the 9th, when St. John's left fielder Carlos Del Rosario hit a two-RBI double down the left field line to pull his team within one. Texas freshman pitcher Chance Ruffin then came on and got the final out to secure the victory.
Horns Beat SHSU, Still Alive
Saturday, May 31st, 2008, 5:55 p.m.
Texas beat Sam Houston State 13-3 on Saturday to stay alive in the Rice Regional. Texas will play the loser of tonight's Rice-St. John's game at 2 p.m. on Sunday. If Texas wins the 2 p.m. game, they'll then face the winner of the aforementioned Rice-St. John's game at 6 p.m. With one more loss Texas is out, but for now the Horns are still alive.
Texas One Game From Elimination
Friday, May 30th, 2008, 5:11 p.m.
The Texas Longhorns lost to St. John's on Friday 2-1 in the opening game of the Rice Regional in Houston. The game was tied 1-1 until the top of the ninth, when St. John's Gino Matias scored an unearned run on a fielder's choice to win the game.
NCAA Regionals are double-elimination. Texas will play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against the loser of tonight's game between Rice and Sam Houston State. With one more loss in the Regional, the Longhorns are out of the NCAA Tournament.
Derek Johnson is Commit No. 19
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008, 9:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, Hoxie (Ark.) DT Derek Johnson became the Longhorns' 19th commitment for the Class of 2009. The 6-3, 300-pound Johnson traveled to Austin and gave the verbal to Texas head coach Mack Brown in person.
"Texas is the best football program," Johnson told Inside Texas. "The coaches are nice and real down to Earth."
Along with Texas, Johnson had offers from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kansas and Arkansas State.
"I had a lot of choices but I went with the best one," said Johnson.
Texas No. 2 seed in Rice Regional
Monday, May 26th, 2008, 12:50 p.m.
Big 12 Tournament Champion Texas earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the Rice Regional in Houston. The Owls are the No. 1 seed in the regional and are the No. 6 overall national seed.
The Horns open play on Friday vs. No. 3 seed St. John's. Rice takes on No. 4 seed San Houston State.
The winner of the Rice Regional will square off in the Super Regional round vs. the winner of the Texas A&M Regional, which includes the No. 1 seed Aggies, No. 2 seed Dallas Baptist, No. 3 seed Houston and No. 4 seed Illinois-Chicago.
No Host Spot For Horns
Sunday, May 25th, 2008, 9:57 p.m.
Despite a late season surge that included a Big 12 Tournament Championship, Texas was passed over by the NCAA when the 16 Baseball Regional hosts were announced Sunday afternoon.
Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Nebraska -- the Big 12's regular season top three -- all will host, as will Rice in Houston.
UT's Regional destination will be announced at 11:30 Monday when the remainder of the NCAA Tournament field is revealed.
Four Football Game Times Set
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008, 12:58 p.m.
Both television and time have been set for four Texas football games this fall.
Texas' game at UTEP on Sept. 6 is set to kickoff at 9:15 p.m. (Central) on ESPN2. UT will face former SWC foe Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. (Central) on ABC at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sept. 13. The Longhorns annual AT&T Red River Rivalry game with Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl is set for an ABC exclusive national window at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11. Texas' annual State Farm Lone Star Showdown contest with Texas A&M has been moved back to Thanksgiving night and was previously set for a 7 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.
All remaining game times and television remain TBA.
2008 Texas Football Schedule
Aug. 30 FLORIDA ATLANTIC TBA
Sept. 6 at UT-El Paso 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sept. 13 ARKANSAS 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
Sept. 20 RICE TBA
Oct. 4 at Colorado TBA
Oct. 11 vs. Oklahoma (Dallas/Cotton Bowl) 11 a.m. (ABC)
Oct. 18 MISSOURI TBA
Oct. 25 OKLAHOMA STATE TBA
Nov. 1 at Texas Tech TBA
Nov. 8 BAYLOR TBA
Nov. 15 at Kansas TBA
Nov. 27 TEXAS A&M 7 p.m. (ESPN)
All times Central. Home games in all caps.
Ruffin Big 12 Freshman of the Year
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008, 7:04 p.m.
Freshman right-hander Chance Ruffin was named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. Texas also had two players placed on the on the All-Big 12 second team and eight players named all-conference honorable mention.
Ruffin owns a 7-3 record on the season with a 1.84 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 63.2 innings. The All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.
2008 ALL-BIG 12 BASEBALL AWARDS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: José Duran, Texas A&M, SS, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas/North Central Texas College
PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Aaron Crow, Missouri, RHP, Jr., Wakarusa, Kan./Washburn Rural
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Chance Ruffin, Texas, RHP, Fr., Austin, Texas/Lake Travis
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: José Duran, Texas A&M, SS, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas/North Central College
COACH OF THE YEAR: Rob Childress, Texas A&M
ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
Luke Anders, Texas A&M 1B Jr. College Station , Texas /A&M Consolidated
Jake Opitz, Nebraska 2B Sr. Littleton, Colo./Heritage
José Duran, Texas A&M SS Jr. Fort Worth, Texas/North Central Texas College
Dane Carter, Texas A&M 3B Sr. Graham, Texas/Graham
Mitch Abeita, Nebraska C Sr. Dallas, Texas/North Central Texas College
Aaron Senne, Missouri OF So. Rochester , Minn. /Mayo
Neil Medchill, Oklahoma State OF So. Oxford, Mich./Chandler-Gilbert CC
Kyle Colligan, Texas A&M OF Jr. Houston, Texas/Dulles
Jacob Priday, Missouri DH Sr. Sikeston, Mo./Sikeston
Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State UTL Jr. Taloga , Okla. /Taloga
Aaron Crow, Missouri SP Jr. Wakarusa, Kan./Washburn Rural
Johnny Dorn, Nebraska SP Sr. Grand Island, Neb./Grand Island
Andrew Oliver, Oklahoma State SP So. Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion
Travis Starling, Texas A&M RP So. Yoakum , Texas /Yoakum
ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM
Rebel Ridling, Oklahoma State 1B Sr. Sentinel, Okla./Midland JC
Thomas Belza, Oklahoma State 2B Fr. Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller
Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State SS Jr. Taloga, Okla./Taloga
Matt Hague, Oklahoma State 3B Sr. Kent, Wash./Washington
Trevor Coleman, Missouri* C So. Dripping Springs , Texas /Dripping Springs
Luis Flores, Oklahoma State* C Jr. Del Rio, Texas/Houston
Aljay Davis, Oklahoma OF Sr. Lakewood, Calif./NE Oklahoma A&M
Jordan Danks, Texas OF Jr. Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock
Roger Kieschnick, Texas Tech OF Jr. Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall
Darby Brown, Texas A&M DH Sr. Lubbock, Texas/Cooper
Brian Ruggiano, Texas A&M UTL Jr. Austin, Texas/Temple College
Thad Weber, Nebraska SP Sr. Friend, Neb./Hutchinson CC
Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma State SP So. Lubbock, Texas/Frenship HS
Chance Ruffin, Texas SP Fr. Austin, Texas/Lake Travis
Daniel Edwards, Kansas State RP Sr. Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood
*A tie in voting resulted in two second-team catchers.
ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION
Baylor: Shaver Hansen, 3B; Shawn Tolleson, SP; Beamer Weems, SS
Kansas: Buck Afenir, C; John Allman, OF; Erik Morrison, SS; Robby Price, 2B; Ryne Price, OF; Paul Smyth, RP
Kansas State: Brad Hutt, SP
Missouri: Greg Folgia, 2B; Kyle Gibson, SP; Ryan Lollis, OF
Nebraska: Craig Corriston, 1B; Dan Jennings, RP; Bryce Nimmo, OF
Oklahoma: Mike Gosse, UTL; Jamie Johnson, OF
Oklahoma State: Jordy Mercer, RP, Donnie Webb, OF
Texas: Brandon Belt, 1B; Preston Clark, UTL; Cole Green, RP; David Hernandez, SS; Russell Moldenhauer, OF; Cameron Rupp, C; Kyle Russell, OF; Michael Torres, DH
Texas A&M: Clayton Ehlert, SP; Barret Loux, SP; Brooks Raley, SP; Blake Stouffer, 2B; Kyle Thebeau, RP
Texas Tech: Willie Rueda, 2B
Ebanks Chooses West Virginia
Sunday, May 18th, 2008, 11:48 a.m.
After picking up a release from Indiana in late March, five-star small forward Devin Ebanks went through the recruiting process again and had his choices narrowed down to Texas, Rutgers, West Virginia and Memphis. On Sunday, Ebanks made his decision and will be headed to Morgantown to play for West Virginia University.
Guard J'Covan Brown remains Texas basketball's only 2008 recruit.
Calvin Howell Is Commit No. 18
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008, 6:45 p.m.
San Antonio Warren DT Calvin Howell gave his verbal commitment to Mack Brown and is the Longhorns' 18th for the Class of 2009.
"Texas, it's home. It's where I need to be. There's no other place to go for me but Texas," an elated Howell told Inside Texas.
At 6-4 and 280 pounds, Howell runs a 4.91 in the forty. He is Texas' first commitment at defensive tackle for 2009.
Texas Takes Game 2 as Well
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
The Longhorns beat Alabama A&M 14-3 in the second game of their double-header after topping the Bulldogs 18-0 earlier in the afternoon.
Jordan Danks, Preston Clark and David Hernandez each drove in three RBI for Texas in the win. Texas finishes out its regular season with a series against Texas A&M this weekend.
Texas Takes Game 1 of Double-Header
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008, 3:50 p.m.
The Texas baseball team beat Alabama A&M 18-0 in Game 1 of the Bulldogs' and Horns' double-header. Three Texas pitchers -- Brandon Workman, Kyle Walker and Juston Street -- combined for the shutout.
Game 2 is underway at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Orakpo Named Playboy All-American
Thursday, May 8th, 2008, 5:53 p.m.
Texas senior defensive end Brian Orakpo was named to the 52nd Annual Playboy Preseason All-America Football team on Thursday. This is the 11th straight year that Texas has had at least one played named to the team.
Orakpo will travel to Phoenix on Friday, May 9, to join the other members of the squad for a weekend of events, fun competition and the annual photo shoot. UT has now had 49 Playboy Preseason All-America selections (46 players/three head coaches) in the team's history. Orakpo becomes the third Longhorn defensive end named to the squad, joining Cory Redding (2002) and Bill Atessis (1970).
Baseball Adds May 14 Doubleheader
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008, 5:51 p.m.
Texas head coach Augie Garrido announced on Wednesday that the Texas baseball team will add a doubleheader with Alabama A&M, scheduled for May 14th.
In a release from Texas, Garrido said:
"If we didn't add games to the schedule, we would have had players going nearly two weeks without playing a competitive game. We don't want players to be away from the game or teammates for too long. It is important to get our pitchers some work against outside competition. These will be important games for us as we work towards making a run against Texas A&M, at the Big 12 Tournament and the NCAA Postseason."
First pitch for the doubleheader is 1 p.m. with the second game to follow immediately afterward. The Longhorns will follow the Alabama A&M doubleheader with their last conference series of the season against Texas A&M, starting on May 16.
Chris Hall on Rimington Watch List
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008, 12:38 p.m.
Texas junior center Chris Hall was named to the 2008 Rimington Trophy watch list on Wednesday. The trophy honors the nation's top center.
Hall has played in 20 games, starting 12, during his career. He has started at all five positions along the offensive line and is slated to be the Longhorns' starting center this season.
The Rimington Trophy committee uses the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America teams to determine a winner. The winner will be honored at the Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on January 17, 2009.
UT and OU Get Top Academic Score
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008, 3:29 p.m.
For the second straight year, The University of Texas received the top score among Big 12 football teams in the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Rate report, tying with Oklahoma University. Both schools received a score of 942, which is over the Division I football average of 934 and the Division I public university football average of 925.
In release from Texas, head coach Mack Brown said:
"We're extremely proud of the success we've had on the field, but even prouder of the hard work the guys have put in the classroom. We place a great deal of emphasis on the academic progress of the players in our program and helping them prepare themselves for life after football...We have had 40 or 50 guys earn spots on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll each semester, had the most players on the Academic All-Big 12 team the past two years, and our steady improvement in the APR, as well as the fact that it was the best in the conference, are all positive indicators of the academic success our team is having."
The Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a tool the NCAA developed for every Division I sports team. It is calculated based upon individual student-athlete academic progress but is reported as a composite team measurement. If a team's APR falls below the 925 benchmark, the team could be sanctioned. Kansas, with a score of 919, is the only Big 12 football team that fell below the mark.
To calculate the APR, every student-athlete is tracked by eligibility and retention, the two most reliable factors in predicting graduation. Those who do well in the classroom and stay in school earn two points. Those who pass but do not return to school earn one point. If a student-athlete fails academically and leaves school, their team loses two points. If a student-athlete returns to school later and graduates, the school earns one bonus point. The team's APR is calculated by dividing the total points earned in a year by the total points possible.
Big 12 Football APR Scores
Kansas State 935
Oklahoma State 935
Texas A&M 932
Texas Tech 928
Iowa State 927
Kasparek IS National Pitcher of the Week
Monday, May 5th, 2008, 3:43 p.m.
Texas Longhorns' junior pitcher Kenn Kasparek garnered Louisville Slugger's National Pitcher of the Week Award from Collegiate Baseball and Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week Award on Monday.
The righthander threw 17 shutout innings on the week, allowing just three hits as opponents batted .057 against him in the two games. Kasparek fanned 18 batters while walking one and hitting two batters. Last Tuesday, Kasparek threw the 20th no-hitter in UT history in an 11-0 win over Texas State.
Kasparek owns a 4-3 record with a 3.70 ERA on the season. He has 62 strikeouts and is holding opponents to a .206 batting average in 58 and a third innings.
Benson Arrested For BUI
Sunday, May 4th, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Former Texas and current Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson was arrested late Saturday night for boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest, both Class B misdemeanors, according to the Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.
Benson was released from jail on Sunday on a $14,500 bond. An LCRA spokesperson said Benson, who failed a sobriety "float test" (an abbreviated version of a field sobriety test) on the boat, argued over taking a follow-up test on land and refused to put on a life jacket. LCRA officers attempted to arrest Benson at that time but he refused to cooperate and was pepper sprayed. There were 12 to 15 others on the 30-foot boat, but Benson was the only one arrested.
In three years with the Bears, Benson has rushed for 1,593 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards a carry.
Witherspoon to Memphis
Thursday, May 1st, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Wesley Witherspoon is headed to the University of Memphis, according to Eyewitness News, a local ABC affiliate in Tennessee.
The 6-foot-7, 185-pound small forward from Lilburn, Ga. was considering Memphis, Texas, Colorado and Virginia. Guard J'Covan Brown remains the only member of Texas' 2008 basketball recruiting class.
EDIT: Inside Texas has confirmed Witherspoon will sign with the Memphis Tigers.
Durant is NBA Rookie of the Year
Wednesday, April 30nd, 2008, 8:15 p.m.
According the Associated Press, Seattle Sonics and former Longhorns forward Kevin Durant will be named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. Durant is the first Sonics player to win the award.
After the season, when asked how much the Rookie of the Year Award would mean, Durant told the AP:
"It would mean a lot. My main goal was to come in and get better. This summer is big for me to become a better player and help this team out next year and that's what I'm going to try and do. But if I am the rookie of the year, it's a blessing."
Chris Ogden Promoted to Assistant
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008, 11:11 p.m.
Former University of Texas player Chris Ogden has been named assistant basketball coach, head coach Rick Barnes announced Tuesday.
In a release from Texas, Ogden said:
"This is a great opportunity and one that I'm excited to begin. I've thought about advancing into this position since I became a student assistant coach. Having played here and being a part of the coaching staff over the last few years, I definitely feel an obligation to not only keep the Texas program among the nation's elite, but also to work every day to help win a National Championship."
Barnes released a statement as well, saying:
"From the moment Chris stepped onto campus as a freshman, he has represented our program in a first-class manner. Truth be told, I'm not sure we've had a better ambassador for Texas Basketball than Chris Ogden. Since he became a student assistant coach, he has worked hard every day to improve our program and to further his individual growth as a coach. Chris has a long and bright future ahead in the coaching profession, and this is simply the next step for him."
Five Longhorns Drafted
Sunday, April 27nd, 2008, 5:48 p.m.
Five Texas players were selected over the weekend in the NFL Draft:
WR Limas Sweed, Pick 22, Round 2 (53), Pittsburgh Steelers
RB Jamaal Charles, Pick 10, Round 3 (73), Kansas City Chiefs
TE Jermichael Finley, Pick 28, Round 3 (91), Green Bay Packers
OT Tony Hills, Pick 31, Round 4 (130), Pittsburgh Steelers
DT Frank Okam, Pick 16, Round 5 (151), Houston Texans
The players who were not selected will now work to sign free agent deals with NFL teams.
Okam Staying in Texas
Sunday, April 27nd, 2008, 1:55 p.m.
Former Longhorn defensive tackle Frank Okam will be playing for an NFL team in his home state. The Houston Texans selected Okam with the 16th pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft (No. 151 overall). Okam's former teammate at Texas, guard Kasey Studdard, already plays for Houston.
Hills Joins Sweed in the Steel City
Sunday, April 27nd, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
Former Longhorn offensive tackle Tony Hills was taken with the 31st pick in Round 4, No. 130 overall, by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who also used their second round pick on wide receiver Limas Sweed.
Charles and Finley Go in 3rd Round
Sunday, April 27nd, 2008, 12:45 p.m.
Running back Jamaal Charles went 73rd overall in the 2008 NFL Draft to the Kansas City Chiefs. Tight end Jermichael Finley, who also left Texas early, went later in the third round, No. 91 overall, to the Green Bay Packers.
Sweed to the Steelers
Saturday, April 26th, 2008, 10:30 p.m.
Former Longhorn wide receiver Limas Sweed was selected No. 53 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the only Longhorn to go on the first day (first and second Rounds). Texas has now 18 players chosen in the first or second round of the draft in the Mack Brown era.
Titans Select a Running Back
Saturday, April 26nd, 2008, 4:57 p.m.
With the 24th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans selected Chris Johnson, a running back from East Carolina. No wide receivers had been selected at that point.
Augustin and Abrams Make It Official
Wednesday, April 23nd, 2008, 3:40 p.m.
Texas guards D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams both made it official on Wednesday, by announcing that they will each forgo their remaining eligibility and put their names in for the NBA Draft.
In a release from Texas, Augustin said:
"I have had a great experience here at The University of Texas. All I can say is ‘thank you' to my teammates, coaching staff and fans that have supported us during my two years at Texas. I have matured a lot as a person, both on and off the court. I have dreamed of playing in the NBA since I was a little boy, and I am ready to start living this dream."
Abrams, however, was much less definitive about remaining in the draft in his statement, saying:
"Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. Right now, I have the opportunity to test the waters to see where I stand. If I'm comfortable with where I feel I'll be drafted, I'll stay in the draft. If not, I'll be back for my senior year."
Neither have hired an agent, meaning a return is still possible. The 2008 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 26 in New York City.
Augustin Headed to the NBA
Wednesday, April 23nd, 2008, 12:33 p.m.
Sophomore guard D.J. Augustin will announce today that he will put his name in for the NBA Draft, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Kirk Bohls of the Statesman has been informed by a source "close to the Longhorn basketball program" that Augustin will not hire an agent, but that is only to keep his options open in case of injury and that he fully intends to go pro.
Report: Abrams to Declare for NBA Draft
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008, 9:00 p.m.
FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman reports that according to "multiple sources close to the situation," Texas junior guard A.J. Abrams will put his name in for the NBA Draft.
D.J. Augustin remains undecided. The deadline to declare is April 27th.
J'Covan Brown Signing Official
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008, 2:15 p.m.
The University of Texas had received Port Arthur guard J'Covan Brown's National Letter of Intent, making his signing official.
As a senior at Memorial, he averaged 29.9 points per game while playing in 11 contests. He is ranked as the No. 40 prospect overall in the nation by Scout.
J'Covan Brown Signs LOI
Monday, April 21th, 2008, 2:11 p.m.
Port Arthur Memorial guard J'Covan Brown has signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Texas, his father told Inside Texas.
Johnny Ray Brown said his son's letter was sent via Federal Express and should arrive on Tuesday. J'Covan Brown's signing will not be official until Texas receives the letter and he still has to qualify academically for eligibility as a freshman.
He is currently the Longhorns' only signee in the 2008 Class.
Longhorns Win Beach Volleyball National Championship
Monday, April 21th, 2008, 12:21 p.m.
The University of Texas Volleyball team had four separate teams play their way through four separate pools to claim the team title at the third annual Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship, Sunday afternoon at Mariner's Point in San Diego.
Eight Longhorns were broken up into four different two-woman teams. All four teams made it to their respective finals, with the tandem of sophomore All-American Ashley Engle and junior Kiley Hall claiming the Flight A championship.
Points were awarded for teams advancing within each flight. Texas totaled 14 points to claim the championship. San Diego tallied 11 points and finished second. Nebraska recorded eight points and placed third. USC registered four points and claimed fourth.
In a release from Texas, Longhorn head volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott said:
"This was a great spring for our program and I was impressed with our growth, commitment and team chemistry. We competed very well and everyone in our program received valuable experience while our three of our players were with USA Volleyball...Our team took a lot of pride in their beach game and it showed today. I'm proud of them all."
The event will be aired on CBS College Sports on Sunday, May 25 (1 p.m. Central).
Texas Baseball Swept by OSU
Sunday, April 20th, 2008, 5:15 p.m.
With a 13-10 loss on Sunday, the Texas baseball team was swept by Oklahoma State.
The Horns held an 8-5 lead going into the final two innings, but, like in their previous two outings, collapsed late. The Cowboys scored eight runs in the final two innings.
Texas put up two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but the comeback attempt ended on a pair of strikeouts.
Dallas Combine Thoughts
Saturday, April 19th, 2008, 11:08 p.m.
Inside Texas was at the Scout.com Dallas Combine. We break down the top performers, including the pair of Texas commits who were in attendance:
Texas Baseball Loses by One Again
Saturday, April 19th, 2008, 6:55 p.m.
The Texas Longhorns lost to Oklahoma State on Saturday 8-7. It was the second one-run loss in a row for the Horns.
Friday's game was a pitching duel. This time Texas put up the runs, but collapsed on the mound late. The Longhorns held a 7-4 lead at the end of the fifth, but Texas couldn't manage another run and Oklahoma State picked up four runs of its own over the final two innings.
Texas will try to avoid the sweep on Sunday. First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m.
Baseball Loses to OSU in 11
Friday, April 18th, 2008, 10:54 p.m.
The Longhorns got the pitching they needed on Friday, but the bats didn't come alive as Texas fell 2-1 to Oklahoma State in 11 innings to open the weekend series.
Freshman Chance Ruffin gave up just a single run on six hits over 10 innings. Ruffin struck out seven and didn't walk a single batter.
The Cowboys won the game in the 11th when OSU's Donnie Webb scored on a mishandled grounder by Michael Torres. Torres did, however, tie a school record by extending his hitting streak to 24 games.
Texas and Oklahoma State return to action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Baseball Falls to UTA
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008, 9:45 p.m.
The Texas baseball team lost to UT-Arlington 4-3 on Wednesday.
Kyle Russell comprised most of the offense for Texas, knocking two solo homers out of UFCU Disch-Falk Field on the night. First baseman Tant Shepherd picked up the other RBI, bringing home Jordan Danks on a single.
Texas was trailing 4-1 entering the bottom half of the eighth and put up runs in the eighth and ninth innings before finally falling 4-3.
Kenn Kasparek started the game for Texas and was handed the loss after giving up three runs over four innings pitched.
Texas takes on Oklahoma State this weekend in a three-game series at the Disch.
Vince Young to Host Football Camp
Friday, April 11th, 2008, 9:04 p.m.
Vince Young will be host the First Annual Vince Young Football camp on April 26th at St. Michael's Catholic Academy in Austin. All proceeds from this camp will benefit the Vincent Young Foundation and Austin Charitable Agencies.
The camp is one day and is for boys ages 8-16. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt, a bag of stuff from the sponsors, participation certificate and an autograph photo by Vince Young. Registration fee is $100.00 donation to The Vincent Young Foundation. Parents can register online at www.10vinceyoung.com. The camp will be limit to the first 350 registered campers.
Texas Basketball No. 5 in Final Poll
Tuesday, April 8th, 2008, 4:03 p.m.
The University of Texas men's basketball team is ranked No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Final Top 25 Coaches poll. It's the second-highest final ranking in the coaches' poll in school history and the fourth time in the last six years that the Longhorns have been ranked in the Top 10 at the end of the season. UT was tabbed No. 3 in the 2003 final poll, No. 10 in the 2004 poll and No. 9 in the 2006 poll.
Texas finished the 2007-08 season with a 31-7 mark (13-3 Big 12, co-champions), setting a school record for most victories in a season.
ESPN/USA Today Final Top 25 Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Kansas (31)
3. North Carolina
13. Michigan State
15. Washington State
17. West Virginia
19. Notre Dame
22. Western Kentucky
Ken McDonald Hired as WKU Head Coach
Sunday, April 6th, 2008, 5:12 p.m.
Texas assistant basketball coach Ken McDonald, who has been an assitant under Rick Barnes for four years, was officially hired as the head coach at Western Kentucky.
In a release from WKU, McDonald said:
"I had what I perceive to be an incredible job at Texas, so it was going to take a truly special situation for me to consider leaving. I've been on different benches the last 14 years waiting for an opportunity like this. The two main reasons I'm here today are the leadership of [WKU president Dr.] Gary [Ransdell] and [athletic director] Wood [Selig] and trust that they want to continue to grow the program, and I truly believe this is a job with no ceiling."
McDonald was an assistant at WKU for five seasons under Dennis Felton and replaces Darrin Horn, who accepted the same position at South Carolina Tuesday, as head coach.
Barnes also released a statement, saying:
"We are so happy for Ken and his family. I obviously go back a ways with Ken, from the time when he played for our teams at Providence and later worked as an assistant on our staff at both Clemson and here at Texas. It is almost like he's grown up before our eyes...The thing that I'm most excited about for Ken is that after he spent the five years as an assistant at Western Kentucky, he has always referred to the head coaching position at Western Kentucky as a dream job. I know what a great passion he has for Western Kentucky. We're excited to see him earn this opportunity, and we all wish him the best."
G.J. Kinne Announces Transfer
Friday, April 4th, 2008, 3:38 p.m.
Texas redshirt freshman QB G.J. Kinne has elected to transfer, he confirmed Friday.
In a release from Texas, Kinne said:
"Quarterbacks transfer in college football. That's life for this position. I've made great memories, great friends and have been blessed with experiences most can only watch. So the answer is, 'No, I have no regrets.' I'm looking forward to what the future holds for me. I wish nothing but great things for The University of Texas. I appreciate all that Coach Brown and The University have done for me."
Kinne did not announce where he intends to transfer.
REPORT - Kinne to Announce Transfer
Friday, April 4th, 2008, 2:45 p.m.
According to KTBB Radio in Tyler, Tex., Texas back-up quarterback G.J. Kinne will announce his transfer from the University of Texas today.
D.J. Augustin Wins Bob Cousy Award
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008, 1:51 p.m.
D.J. Augustin was named the winner of the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard, on Thursday.
Augustin was chosen from a pool of over 50 top candidates and 16 finalists from NCAA Division I, II and III institutions across the country. He was selected by a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee comprised of 30 members made up of coaches, Hall of Famers, Sports Information Directors and media from around the nation.
Augustin will be presented with the award during a press conference at the Marriott River Walk hotel in San Antonio on Monday, April 7 at 11 a.m. (CST).
Baseball Beats Texas Southern
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008, 10:12 p.m.
A day after losing to Rice, the Texas Longhorns got one back, beating the Texas Southern Tigers at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Five different Horns batted in RBI in the win. Stayton Thomas picked up the victory for Texas, pitching two and a third innings to close out the game, retiring each of the seven batters he faced, striking out three.
Texas Baseball Loses to Rice
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008, 10:37 p.m.
The Longhorns lost at home to Rice on Tuesday, 7-3.
Chance Ruffin (2-2) struck out a career-high six batters, but was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs, one of them earned, on two hits in his four innings of work.
In a rough game, the high note at the plate for Texas was Michael Torres extending his hitting streak to 14 game. He went 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Texas returns to action Wednesday with the Longhorns hosting Texas Southern in a 6:05 p.m. contest
5 UT Commits to Play in the AA Game
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008, 2:04 p.m.
QB Garrett Gilbert, OT Paden Kelley, OT Thomas Ashcraft, OT Mason Walters and TE Barrett Matthews will each suit up in the 2009 Under Armour All-America Game. The rosters have not been finalized and more could be added.
Other notables include CB Dre Kirkpatrick from Gadsden, Ala., who holds an offer from Texas and RB Trent Richardson, who plans on visiting Texas soon. The game will also feature Texas quarterback commit Garrett Gilbert and Texas offeree Russell Shepard (LSU) on the same field.
The Under Armour All-America Game will be played on January 4th, 2009 and the game broadcast will be on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Complete list of players signed up: 47 Commit to Play in UA All-Star Game
Augustin Named 1st Team All-American
Monday, March 31, 2008, 4:26 p.m.
Texas sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin was named to The Associated Press' All-America First Team on Monday. Augustin is joined on the first team by Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), Michael Beasley (Kansas State), Chris Douglas-Roberts (Memphis) and Kevin Love (UCLA).
In a release from Texas, Augustin said:
"I'm not big on individual awards, but I'm very honored and humbled to be included in this group of players. All of my teammates at Texas should share in this honor with me. I just wish we were still getting ready to play another game this weekend in San Antonio."
This marks the third straight season that Texas has had an individual earn a spot on the AP All-America team. P.J. Tucker earned second-team honors in 2005-06, while Kevin Durant was the AP National Player of the Year and a first-team choice last season.
Augustin is also a first-team Academic All-American.
2007-08 Associated Press All-America Teams
D.J. Augustin, TEXAS
Michael Beasley, Kansas State
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
Kevin Love, UCLA
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt
D.J. White, Indiana
Roy Hibbert, Georgetown
Stephen Curry, Davidson
Chris Lofton, Tennessee
Darren Collison, UCLA
Brook Lopez, Stanford
Derrick Rose, Memphis
Eric Gordon, Indiana
Final - Memphis 85, Texas 67
Sunday, March 30, 2008, 3:40 p.m.
The Texas Longhorns' season ended in the Elite 8 on Sunday. The Texas men's basketball team lost, 85-67, to Memphis, meaning the Tigers will advance to the Final Four in San Antonio.
A.J. Abrams led all Texas scorers with 17 points and he was followed closely by D.J. Augustin, who put in 16.
Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts led all scorers with 25. The Tigers will take on UCLA in the Final Four.
Halftime - Memphis 39, Texas 28
Sunday, March 30, 2008, 2:15 p.m.
Memphis lead Texas, 39-28, in the the Tigers' and Horns' Elite 8 match-up. D.J. Augustin and Justin Mason each have seven points for Texas. Chris Douglas Roberts and Derrick Rose lead Memphis with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The winner of Sunday's game advances to the Final Four in San Antonio.
Men's Swimming and Diving Take 2nd at NCAAs
Saturday, March 29, 2008, 11:37 p.m.
Texas finished the three-day meet in second place with 406 points, marking the seventh second-place finish to go along with nine NCAA Championships for 30th-year head coach Eddie Reese.
Arizona captured the national title with 500.5 points. Stanford took third with 344 points.
It's UCLA if UT Makes the Final Four
Saturday, March 29, 2008, 8:30 p.m.
The UCLA Bruins beat Xavier, 76-57, in the West Regional Final, meaning that if Texas beats the Memphis Tigers on Sunday, the Horns will take on UCLA in the Final Four.
Texas' Elite 8 contest with Memphis is set for 1:20 p.m. CST on Sunday at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Mason Walters Commits to Texas
Saturday, March 29, 2008, 7:07 p.m.
Wolfforth Frenship offensive tackle Mason Walters became Texas' 17th commitment in the Class of 2009.
Walters told Inside Texas he gave his commitment on Saturday during his visit to Austin. He missed Texas' spring game due to a track meet, but made the trip anyway so he could give Mack Brown his verbal.
The 6-5, 280-pound Walters is the No. 4-ranked offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 7 overall player in the state of Texas.
Texas Headed to the Elite 8
Friday, March 28, 2008, 8:32 p.m.
The Texas Longhorns beat the Stanford Cardinal 82-62 on Friday night in the Sweet 16, meaning the Longhorns will play in the Elite 8 on Sunday and are one step closer to the Final Four in San Antonio.
D.J. Augustin led Texas with 23 points and Damion James put in 18 of his own in the win.
Texas Baseball Gives 14 Unanswered
Friday, March 28, 2008, 7:48 p.m.
The Longhorns built a 4-0 lead but gave up 14 unanswered runs, losing 14-4 to Nebraska Friday night.
Keith Shinaberry (1-1) was saddled with the loss for Texas. He allowed one run, walking the only batter he faced. Kenn Kasparek allowed four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over 4.1 innings in his start.
Texas and Nebraska return to action on Saturday with a 6 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Halftime - Texas 43, Stanford 34
Friday, March 28, 2008, 7:15 p.m.
Texas leads Stanford 43-34 at halftime of the Horns' Sweet 16 game in Houston.
D.J. Augustin leads the way for Texas with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 2-for-4 from three-point range. Connor Atchley and Justin Mason have each chipped in 7 points.
Cardinal forward Brook Lopez is getting his, with 15 points, but Stanford has been limited as a team, hitting 39.4 percent of shots (13-of-33) to Texas' 47.4 percent (18-of-38).
Women's Basketball Season Ends
Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 11:00 p.m.
The Texas women's basketball team's season ended Tuesday night with a 89-55 loss to Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Texas was led by junior guard Carla Cortijo, who scored 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting, but the Horns couldn't keep up with the Huskies. UConn had five players in double-digit scoring, topped by forward Maya Moore, who had 24 points to go with her 12 rebounds.
The Longhorns were an eight-seed. The Huskies are the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Longhorns coach Gail Goestenkors ends her inaugural season on the 40 Acres at 22-13.
Friday Baseball Game Time Changed
Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 11:17 a.m.
The Texas baseball team's game against Nebraska on Friday will start at 3 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. to allow Texas fans to watch the Horns' NCAA Tournament basketball game against Stanford. Friday's Sweet 16 game tips off in Houston at 6:27 p.m.
Texas baseball is also slated to play the Cornhuskers at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. as part of the three-game series. Saturday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.
Texas Headed to Houston
Sunday, March 23, 2008, 3:30 p.m.
The Longhorns defeated the Miami Hurricanes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 75-72, to advance to the Sweet 16 in Houston, Tex.
A.J. Abrams was the games' top scorer, putting in 26 points. Damion James put in another top performance for Texas, scoring 16 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
No. 2 seed Texas will take on No. 3 seed Stanford in the Sweet 16 on Friday.
Texas Leads, Johnson Plays
Sunday, March 23, 2008, 2:02 p.m.
Texas leads Miami, 43-32, at halftime of the teams' second round NCAA Tournament match-up. A.J. Abrams leads the way for Texas with 14 points, hitting 4-of-7 shots behind the three-point line. Connor Atchley also chipped in 12 points in the first half.
Freshman forward Gary Johnson, whose leg injury was a game-time decision, is playing for Texas and does not appear to be hampered. Johnson is still wearing a mask from his broken nose earlier in the season.
Alex Okafor Commitment No. 16
Saturday, March 22, 2008, 3:53 p.m.
Pflugerville DE Alex Okafor sent a text message to Inside Texas saying that he committed to play football at the University of Texas earlier today. Okafor is considered the top defensive end prospect in the state, and he joins 15* other prospects who have committed to sign with Mack Brown and Co. on Signing Day '09. Story: Alex Okafor Makes 16
*Aldine Eisenhower WR Greg Timmons is considered a 'Soft Verbal'. See our recent report Timmons: 'It Comes Down to Two Main Schools' for more.
Barnes: 24 To Be 'Honored' Number
Saturday, March 22, 2008, 3:17 p.m.
Texas head coach Rick Barnes said Saturday in Little Rock that he and the Longhorn assistant coaches have decided that the No. 24 will become an "honored" number on the University of Texas team. At the discretion of the coaches, the number will only be given to future players that exemplify the work ethic, defense and hustle of former No. 24 Royal Ivey and current No. 24 Justin Mason.
The No. 2 seed Horns face No. 7 seed Miami in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday at 1 :15 p.m.
Final - Texas 74, Austin Peay 54
Friday, March 21, 2008, 5:00 p.m.
The Texas Longhorns defeated Austin Peay 74-54 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
A.J. Abrams led all scorers with 26 points, while Dexter Pittman put in 11 and Connor Atchley had 12 against the over-matched Governors.
Texas will face the Miami Hurricanes in round two of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 1:15 p.m.
Halftime - Texas 39, Austin Peay 24
Friday, March 21, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Texas leads Austin Peay 39-24 at halftime of the teams' first round match-up in Little Rock, Ark. A.J. Abrams leads the way for Texas with 15 points.
Essentially a Road Game for Texas
Friday, March 21, 2008, 2:11 p.m.
A large number of Austin Peay fans made the five-hour trek from Clarksville, Tenn. over to Little Rock, Ark. for their team's first round game against Texas, but the high number of Arkansas Razorback fans that bought tickets to the game for the purpose of booing the Longhorns makes the crowd much redder than it would be with just the Governors' fans.
Gary Johnson Limited in Little Rock
Thursday, March 20, 2008, 2:22 p.m.
Texas F Gary Johnson, who suffered a lower right leg injury in the Horns' Big 12 Conference Tournament win over Oklahoma State last Friday, did not participate in UT's morning practice session but briefly participated in the afternoon practice session today in Little Rock, shooting but not running, before leaving the floor before the end of the session. The true freshman, who is averaging 6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, is still officially listed as day to day, but Rick Barnes remains hopeful that he will be ready for tomorrow's NCAA Tournament 2:00 opener vs. Austin Peay.
Impressive Pro Day Performances
Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 2:11 a.m.
Several Longhorns turned in impressive performances in front of scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL teams at today's UT Pro Timing:
-Limas Sweed, despite an impressive 4.48 40 time at the combine, decided to run again and ran a 4.4
-Jermichael Finley ran a 4.6, significantly improving on his 4.82 at the Combine
-Brandon Foster had the best 40 time of the day at 4.28 and had a 38.5" vertical
-Drew Kelson ran a strong 4.45 and had the best vertical of anyone with a 41.5"
-Marcus Griffin ran a 4.54 and a 37" vertical
-Frank Okam weighed in at 335, down from 347 at the Combine
-Tony Hills did 24 reps at 225 pounds
-Derek Lokey did 38 reps (!) at 225 pounds
-There was no QB participating, so former Longhorn QB James Brown was literally pulled from the crowd to help with drills
Longhorns Work Out for NFL Scouts
Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 9:31 a.m.
Today is Pro Timing Day on the 40 Acres. Representatives from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to measure Longhorn players' height, weight, forty time, vertical leap, broad jump, bench press, shuttle speed, position drills and more.
Augustin Named 1st Team by USBWA
Monday, March 17, 2008, 4:23 p.m.
Texas sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin was named to Basketball Writers First Team on Monday. It's the third consecutive season the Horns have put a player on a USBWA team. P.J. Tucker was named to the second team in 2005-06 and Kevin Durant was named to the first team last season.
2007-08 USBWA All-America Team
D.J. Augustin, TEXAS
Michael Beasley, Kansas State
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
Kevin Love, UCLA
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Chris Lofton, Tennessee
A.J. Price, Connecticut
D.J. White, Indiana
Texas-Austin Peay Gametime Set
Monday, March 17, 2008, 9:23 a.m.
The tip-off time for Texas' NCAA First-Round contest on Friday, March 21 has been set for approximately 2 p.m. CST. The game will be on CBS.
Friday's schedule of games in Little Rock begins with the Miami (Fla.)-Saint Mary's (Calif.) match-up at 11:30 a.m. The Texas-Austin Peay game will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Miami-Saint Mary's contest.
Should Texas advance to the Second Round, tip time for that contest on Sunday, March 23 has been announced as 1:15 p.m. and Texas would face the winner of Friday's Miami-Saint Mary's game.