West Virginia beats Texas, Longhorns' bowl hopes dashed
Suddenly, Texas has just a week left in a stunningly bad season under first-year coach Steve Sarkisian. West Virginia will get one more chance to avoid joining the Longhorns in ending the year in late November. Jared Doege threw three touchdown passes and Leddie Brown rushed for 158 yards and a score to lead West Virginia to a 31-23 victory over Texas on Saturday, handing the Longhorns their sixth straight loss and eliminating them from bowl consideration.news.yahoo.com
UTRGV baseball to host Texas
In 1971, Texas came to visit the Rio Grande Valley for the first time, as legacy institution Pan American College took three out of four from the visiting Longhorns. Pan American later swept Texas in the NCAA District Championships to secure a berth in the College World Series. Now, for the first time in 51 years, Texas is coming back. The UTRGV baseball team will host Texas on Tuesday, April 26 at UTRGV Baseball Stadium. 16 Oklahoma State to open 2019, and hosting Texas Tech in 2018.myrgv.com
Robinson, Texas running game rumble over Rice 58-0
Texas turned to a punishing run game to wipe out any lingering bad taste of a bad loss. Bijan Robinson ran for three touchdowns in the first half and the Longhorns rolled up 427 yards on the ground in pounding Rice 58-0 Saturday night, a week after a loss a humiliating loss at Arkansas knocked the Longhorns out of the Top 25. Texas quarterback Casey Thompson got his first career start, but it was the smashing running game behind Robinson and Roschon Johnson that had the game quickly out of hand.news.yahoo.com
Arkansas manhandles No. 15 Texas, 40-21, crowd rushes field
Texas hasn’t considered Arkansas to be a rival for a long time. Judging by the goal posts coming down Saturday night and with the Longhorns set to join the Southeastern Conference soon, that won’t last. Arkansas ran for 333 yards, held Texas to 256 yards of total offense and the Razorbacks beat their former Southwest Conference nemesis 40-21 on Saturday night.news.yahoo.com
Weslaco Panthers remember late Lackey in victory
Former Weslaco High and Texas quarterback Bobby Lackey, who the Weslaco High gym and football stadium was named after in his honor and who became the first Longhorns player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1959, died Thursday at age 83.myrgv.com
THE LEAD LONGHORN: Lednicky ready for big stage of senior season
<strong>In middle school</strong>, <a href="https://www.vype.com/Texas/Houston/block-party-vype-unveils-2021-volleyball-preview-cover" target="_blank"><strong>Logan Lednicky</strong></a> <strong>participated in theatre and took singing lessons.</strong>
Texas board votes to accept invitation to SEC; OU on deck
The board of regents for the University of Texas voted unanimously Friday to accept an invitation for the Longhorns to join the Southeastern Conference. The University of Oklahoma board of regents was also meeting to consider a change of conference from the Big 12 to the SEC, and a similar result was expected. The SEC voted to extend invitations to Texas and its Big 12 rival Oklahoma on Thursday, with the move scheduled for July 1, 2025 — for now.news.yahoo.com
Texas beats Mississippi State to set up CWS elimination game
McAllen High alum Aaron Nixon earned the win after entering the game with the bases loaded during the eighth inning and pitched 1.2 innings with one strikeout. It’s hard to beat anybody when you walk 11 guys.”Melendez’s homer was his second game-winning hit in less than 24 hours. He had the tie-breaking base hit in the eighth inning in a 6-2 victory over Virginia in a game that ended early Friday. In that game, Bulldogs ace Will Bednar struck out 15 and Texas fanned a CWS-record 21 times. Faldine ended up on second with a double and scored on Antico’s single, and Melendez’s base hit made it a three-run game.myrgv.com
Texas tops Virginia in College World Series elimination game
Ivan Melendez singled in the go-ahead run, Zach Zubia broke the game open with a three-run double in the ninth inning, and Texas knocked Virginia out of the College World Series with a 6-2 victory in a weather-delayed game that ended early Friday. 2 national seed Longhorns (49-16) won their second elimination game to reach the Bracket 2 final. Texas built a cushion when Zubia cleared the bases with a two-out double into the left-center gap. The loss ended an impressive postseason run for the Cavaliers (36-27), who made the NCAA Tournament as a No. The 9:45 p.m. CDT first pitch was the latest at the CWS since an LSU-Alabama game on June 7, 1997, started at 11:40 p.m.myrgv.com
Mississippi State tops Texas in College World Series
Will Bednar struck out a career-high 15 over six innings, the most at the College World Series in 25 years, and Mississippi State held off Texas 2-1 on Sunday night. Bednar’s total was the highest by an individual since Clemson’s Kris Benson struck out 15 against Miami in 1996. Mississippi State and McAllen Memorial alum Jake Gautreau move on to face Virginia in the winner’s bracket at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Madden struck out 10 in seven innings, and the teams’ 33 combined strikeouts set a CWS record. The overall CWS record is 20 by Ohio State’s Steve Arlin, who pitched all 15 innings against Washington State in 1965.myrgv.com
South Carolina drubs Texas 62-34 to reach Final Four
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – One by one, South Carolina players walked through the confetti and climbed the ladder to cut down the net in the Alamodome. Zia Cooke scored 16 points and South Carolina used its stifling defense to advance to the Final Four for the third time, shutting down Texas for a 62-34 victory Tuesday night. Top-seeded South Carolina blocked 14 shots, nine by Laeticia Amihere, and held No. “It says they're locked in,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. South Carolina answered with a 3-pointer from Henderson to start the Gamecocks on the run that would put the game away.
Top takeaways from women’s Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games
A Supreme Court case being argued this week amid March Madness could erode the difference between elite college athletes and professional sports stars. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)San Antonio is home to the NCAA Women’s Tournament, and three Texas schools were represented in the Sweet 16. Here’s a look at how they did on the second weekend in San Antonio:TEXAS A&MThe Aggies and Gary Blair were the earliest to lose, bowing out in the Sweet 16 to Arizona. 1 seed UConn before DiDi Richards hurt her leg. #ncaaW pic.twitter.com/amSH91IEQV — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 30, 2021TEXASThe Longhorns pulled two huge upsets in the second round and Sweet 16, beating 3-seed UCLA and 2-seed Maryland on their way to the Elite 8.
Texas women’s basketball beats Maryland 64-61, advances to Elite Eight
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)(AP) – Texas put the brakes on Maryland's high-octane offense and the Longhorns are rolling into the Elite Eight as the lowest seed still alive in the women's NCAA Tournament. Collier scored 10 points in the second half and her last basket in the fourth quarter pulled Texas even after Maryland had swung momentum with two baskets, including a 3-pointer. Chants of “Texas Fight” roared from the Texas fans at the Alamodome after the final buzzer. "They are not letting anybody in that huddle think about anything but win," Schaefer said. Miller scored 21 points to lead Maryland (26-3) but there was just no punch in the offense outside of her.
Collier paces Texas women in win over NCAA 1st-timer Bradley
6 seed Texas, and had an emphatic response on the court to some derisive chants from the stands. Collier had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Longhorns in an 81-62 win over Bradley in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Monday night. And when some chants of “overrated!” were directed in the fourth quarter at the 6-foot-5 junior projected to be the No. After a layup, Warren missed a 3-pointer and Petree had another layup before a fast-break 3-pointer following a turnover by Warren. UP NEXTThe Longhorns play their second-round game on Wednesday against third-seeded UCLA or 14th-seeded Wyoming, who played later Monday night.
Texas upset again as Smart fails to recapture March glory
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)INDIANAPOLIS – Shaka Smart pulled off one of the most memorable Cinderella runs in NCAA Tournament history, taking VCU from the First Four to the Final Four in 2011. But as Texas coach, Smart is 1-3 in three tournament appearances during his six seasons. Texas was bounced from the NCAA Tournament as a No. He seemed like a slam dunk hire in 2015 after he had turned VCU into an NCAA Tournament regular. “Really feel for our guys right now because up until tonight we had a phenomenal season,” Smart said.
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Home advantage: Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Stephen F. Austin nab spots in Texas-hosted women’s NCAA Tournament
(AP Photo/Ben McKeown)HOUSTON – Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Stephen F. Austin got four of the spots in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament hosted entirely in Texas. Similar to how the men’s tournament will be played entirely in Indiana this year due to COVID-19 concerns, the women’s tournament will be held entirely in Texas. 1 seed for the women’s NCAA Tournament. 1 seed is a is a great honor, obviously,” N.C. State coach Wes Moore said. Tennessee continued its streak of making the NCAA Tournament all 39 years.
LIST: Local teams who made this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson celebrates with the team following Houston's win over Cincinnati an NCAA college basketball game in the final round of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)This weekend, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and the University of Texas won their respective conference tournament championships. But those were not the only Texas teams headed to the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Here’s a look at which teams in Texas officially punched their tickets to the Big Dance Sunday.
No. 13 Texas beats No. 12 Oklahoma St for first Big 12 title
– Texas finally won the Big 12 Tournament championship. 12 Oklahoma State. Isaac Likekele added 13 points and Kalib Boone had 12 for the Cowboys, who fought past No. 10 West Virginia and the second-ranked Bears the previous two days to reach their first Big 12 Tournament title game since 2009. BIG PICTUREAdOklahoma State finished the season on a roll, winning eight of its last nine before the Big 12 title game with a pair of OT victories.
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Texas advances to Big 12 title game with COVID-19 forcing Kansas out
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MARCH 11: Kai Jones #22 of the Texas Longhorns battles Kevin McCullar #15 and Terrence Shannon Jr. #1 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders for a rebound during the quarterfinal game of the Big 12 basketball tournament at the T-Mobile Center on March 11, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)With COVID-19 forcing Kansas out of the Big 12 Tournament, Texas automatically lands a spot in the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship game. Due to a positive COVID-19 test this morning within #KUbball, the Jayhawks have withdrawn from the 2021 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. More ➝ https://t.co/2LvytsF9HN pic.twitter.com/TPUvUpEtUa — Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) March 12, 2021“Obviously we are disappointed and our players are disappointed that they can’t continue to compete for the Big 12 Championship,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said in the school’s official press release. I look forward to preparing my team in probably a unique way for next week’s NCAA Tournament.”AdTexas will now play in the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship to be played Saturday against either Baylor or Oklahoma State.
UT president calls emails defending school song ‘extremist’
AUSTIN, Texas – Racist emails sent to the University of Texas amid a debate over the school song “The Eyes of Texas” were “abhorrent and hateful” but don’t truly represent the Longhorns’ alumni and fans, university President Jay Hartzell said Tuesday. AdSince Monday, at least two former players have tweeted they received threats from Texas fans for protesting the song. “A few extremist views in the sample of emails the Texas Tribune reported on do not speak for the 540,000 proud Longhorn alumni who actively support our students and university. Out of the many emails I received this fall, a very small number included comments that were truly abhorrent and hateful. The title of the song is taken from a favored saying of a former school president who had mimicked remarks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
No. 2 Baylor stays unbeaten, tops No. 6 Texas 83-69
Baylor forward Flo Thamba (0) celebrates a score against Texas during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas – Texas played Baylor tougher than most teams have this season. 2 Baylor used a big run to pull away for an 83-69 victory over sixth-ranked Texas on Tuesday night. Texas (11-4, 5-3) was within six points late before Baylor pulled away behind open 3-pointers from Adam Flagler and Mitchell. Instead of rallying the Longhorns, Jared Butler made his free throws and another quick basket put Baylor up by 10.
New Texas coach Sarkisian defends ‘The Eyes of Texas’
(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)AUSTIN, Texas – Fresh off a national title with Alabama, Steve Sarkisian plans big changes to Texas’ football program. Sarkisian said that while discussion about “The Eyes of Texas” and other issues are welcome, “‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our school song. Texas, without a conference championship since 2009, is itching to see if Sarkisian can produce similar results in Austin. Texas expects quick results from Sarkisian, recent winner of the Broyles Award given to college football’s top assistant coach. Asked about scheduling A&M again, Sarkisian said “I would love to play that game.”Sarkisian is Texas’ fourth head coach since 2009.
Gonzaga-Baylor remain 1-2 in AP Top 25; Texas rises to No. 4
The top-ranked Zags and second-ranked Bears remained 1-2 in Monday's latest Top 25 as they have all season. 25 Florida State had the week's biggest tumble, falling seven spots after losing at Clemson and then having its game against No. 6 Kansas fell three spots after the Texas loss, bringing the total of teams that fell from last week's rankings to 11. CONFERENCE WATCHThe Big Ten continues to have the biggest haul of ranked teams, though the Big 12 has a strong showing in the poll's top tier. But the Big 12 has three of the top six teams in Baylor, Texas and Kansas, and five teams overall.
Texas Longhorns fire head football coach Tom Herman; Steve Sarkisian reportedly in line for the job
Texas coach Tom Herman watches from the sideline during the first half of the team's Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game against Colorado, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)HOUSTON – On December 13, Texas Athletics Director Chris Del Conte gave Tom Herman a vote of confidence announcing that Herman would return as head football coach in 2021. Now that we have rung in 2021, Del Conte’s stance changed and the school has announced that Herman has been fired. A home loss to Iowa State had Longhorn nation demanding a coaching change after Texas was eliminated from any chance at returning to the Big 12 championship game. Texas wasted no time, immediately naming Alabama Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian as head coach.
Texas fires Herman after 4 seasons, hires Tide OC Sarkisian
The move comes just a few hours after Texas announced the firing of Tom Herman after four seasons with no Big 12 championships. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)AUSTIN, Texas – Texas was tired of waiting for Tom Herman to deliver a Big 12 title and turn the Longhorns back into national championship contenders. Texas fired Herman on Saturday after four winning seasons, then hours later announced it was giving the job to the Alabama offensive coordinator. He will be Texas’ fourth head coach since the program’s last Big 12 championship in 2009. Of note, Sarkisian was a USC assistant when Texas beat the Trojans for the national championship in the epic 2006 Rose Bowl.
Texas Longhorns fire head football coach Tom Herman
Texas coach Tom Herman watches from the sideline during the first half of the team's Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game against Colorado, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Texas Longhorns fired football coach Tom Herman after four seasons, the the University of Texas announced Saturday. While we have made measured progress during the past several years under Tom Herman’s leadership, Chris has recommended to the university president, Jay Hartzell, that UT make a coaching change to get us on track to achieving our ambitious goals. “President Hartzell and the chair of our Board of Regents, Kevin Eltife, concur with this recommendation and have approved the change. We thank Coach Herman for his service and dedication to our student-athletes, our program and our university.”Prior to his stint as the head football coach at the University of Texas, Herman served as the head football coach at the University of Houston from 2015 to 2016.
Gonzaga strengthens grip on No. 1 spot in AP poll
1 spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll released on Monday, earning 61 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel after knocking off then-No. Gonzaga had to shut down after that and missed four home games before returning to the court last week. It was Northwestern’s first win over a top-five team in the AP poll since an 83-65 victory over Magic Johnson and then-No. Virginia Tech dropped out of the poll last week following a loss to Penn State. MOVING OUTSan Diego State dropped out from No.
UT-Austin's final football game canceled after 9 players, 13 staff test positive for coronavirus
The University of Texas at Austin's final football game of the regular season against the University of Kansas was cancelled after a COVID-19 outbreak infected nine players and 13 staff members. The University of Texas at Austin’s final football game of the regular season against the University of Kansas has been canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak infecting nine players and 13 staff members. The UT game against Kansas had already been rescheduled due to an outbreak on the Kansas team last month. It’s the only game Texas did not play this fall amid the pandemic. Disclosure: Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
BC opts out of bowl game to spend Christmas at home
Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Boston. “I’m very, very, very proud of them and the sacrifices they’ve made.”Meanwhile, three more major college football games scheduled for Saturday were canceled, including two with ranked Big 12 teams. That Northwest rival game will determine the Pac-12 North champion and a spot in the conference title game, if it is played. South Carolina has called off its men’s basketball game at George Washington on Monday because of a positive COVID-19 test. Georgia canceled its women’s basketball game against Radford because of a positive COVID-19 test within the Highlanders’ program.
The Latest: Michigan State-Virginia hoops postponed
ETSU originally had planned to allow for 10% capacity at Freedom Hall, where its men’s basketball team plays. With the two additions, along with games against Louisiana-Lafayette and Washington in Las Vegas, the Bears have replaced four of the five canceled games. ___The NFL says there were 18 new confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among players and 27 among other personnel in the latest round of testing, which concluded Saturday. 7 Houston's men's basketball team has paused all team activities and postponed its two games this week because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing. ___The Big East Conference has switched a couple of opening night men’s basketball games because of COVID-19-related concerns.
Texas RBs pile up 311 yards, 6 TDs, clobber K-State 69-31
(AP) – Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson combined for 311 rushing yards and six touchdowns and Texas beat Kansas State 69-31 on Saturday afternoon. Robinson scored on runs of 12, 30 and 75 yards Saturday. “I knew it would take time to learn to get a feel for the game,” Robinson said. “Credit to Texas because they were ready to play today,” Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said. “I’m excited about that and for our players to send them out with another winning season,” Herman said.
Coleman, No. 17 Texas beat No. 14 UNC 69-67 for Maui title
Coleman hit a stepback jumper with 0.1 seconds left to help Texas beat No. The Tar Heels (3-1) could only heave the ball the length of the court for a miracle that never materialized. UNC’s Leaky Black answered with two free throws with 25.6 seconds left, setting up Coleman's winner. That gave the Tar Heels three games in Williams’ hometown with fan cutouts in the stands and crowd noise pumped in. UNC: The Tar Heels visit third-ranked Iowa on Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
VYPE Preseason Girl's Basketball: No. 12 George Ranch
George Ranch has been a consistent player in the Houston-area girls basketball scene for a long time. First-team, all-district picks Savannah Velazquez and Amillion Fowler are back in the mix. Velazquez led the team averaging 14 points, four rebounds and three assists per game; while Fowler averaged 7.4 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. Also returning is second-team, all-district pick Gabby Owens, who averaged 8.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Keys to success for Shalesha Pierce's crew this year will include communication, staying healthy and rebounding.
Assalley's 36-yard FG gives Iowa State 23-21 win over Texas
Quarterback Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns is tackled by linebacker O'Rien Vance #34, and defensive back Lawrence White #11 of the Iowa State Cyclones. Assalley kicked a 36-yarder as time expired and Iowa State knocked off 22nd-ranked Texas 23-21 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak. "They continue to fight when I think everyone has written us off at times," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. Jones cruised in for the score to make it 17-7 Iowa State just one play into the third quarter. Iowa State hosts Kansas next Saturday.
6 things to know ahead of Saturday's Iowa State v UT matchup
It will be chilly, but with their season on the line, expect the Texas Longhorns to leave it all out on the field in this weekend's matchup against Iowa State. Iowa State put up 41 points on the road last week in Norman. After driving down the field and scoring a touchdown to make it 42-41, Iowa State opted to go for two and the attempt didn't succeed. This was part in thanks to a controversial no-call on a potential pass interference that might have turned a conversion for Iowa State into a game-sealing interception for the Sooners. The stadium will be loud, and Iowa State will certainly be looking for some reprisal this weekend when the Horns come to town.
Why is the Longhorns defense struggling so much?
All of these are reasons that this Texas Longhorns defense has struggled mightily throughout the 2019 season, but what is the excuse for being the 119th ranked team in the nation in total defense? The performance of the defense this year has been a huge disappointment, especially considering how well Sam Ehlinger and the offense have played. Historically SpeakingTexas had their worst defensive season in terms of total yardage back in 2015 when they allowed 452.6 yards per game. If the season ended today, their current 469.9 yards allowed per game would be the worst in school history. Will this weak Texas defense overshadow this powerful Texas offense and ruin the Horns hopes of having a successful year?
6 things to know about the Longhorns huge matchup with Oklahoma
While these two teams are certainly the favorites to square off again in the conference championship at the end of the season, the Texas Longhorns know better than anyone that there are no guarantees in football. Take a look at this touchdown from last year's Big 12 Championship:3. Last week's Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Roschon Johnson, who rushed for 121 yards in a conference road win against West Virginia. However, if this Texas defense can put pressure on Hurts, they can prevent Oklahoma fromputting up 40+ points. He has been the heart and soul of this Texas team.
Best and worst of UT's win over West Virginia
Best Defensive PlayArguably, this could be the defensive play of the year. He tried to make a big highlight hit, ended up missing the tackle, and this turned into a 44-yard play and eventually points for West Virginia. The lack of discipline and inability to wrap up on this play helped put West Virginia right back in this game. Texas was flagged 10 times for 89 yards, 7 more total penalties than West Virginia. He was not perfect, but certainly good enough to help Texas get past West Virginia.
Who leads the pack in the season's first Big 12 Power Rankings?
A handful of Big 12 teams were faced with some serious early challenges on their schedule, all which were in preparation to fight for the Big 12 crown over the next nine games. That is to be determined, but let's take a look how those two teams and the rest of the conference stack up in this year's first Big 12 Power Rankings. Oklahoma State (3-0)Offensively, Oklahoma State could be the best team in the conference. Kansas (2-1)Next Game: vs. West Virginia (2-1)OverallThe Big 12, as always, is expected to be a competitive conference at the top. With the first few non-conference games out of the way for most teams, Big 12 play is set to begin weekend.
Sorry, Longhorns. Texas A&M provides best value of any Texas college, study says
Texas A&M provides best value of any Texas college, study saysMONEY Magazine named Texas A&M the best value of any college or school In Texas. ( Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle ) ( Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle ) MONEY Magazine named Texas A&M the best value of any college or school In Texas. ( Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle ) ( Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle Image 1 of / 32 Caption Close Sorry, Longhorns. Texas A&M provides best value of any Texas college, study says 1 / 32 Back to GalleryTexas A&M University is ranked the top university in Texas in MONEY magazine's new best value ranking. The University of California-Irvine ranked first in school's that have the best value.chron.com