Texas Longhorns

UT Austin's DKR Memorial Stadium.
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When the Longhorns play their football season opener Saturday, UT Austin will be tested on the field by UT-El Paso — and off the field by whether or not its COVID-19 protocols are enough to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

UT Austin plans to allow 50% seating capacity at football games at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium this fall during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Texas Longhorns football plans to return to the Forty Acres this fall.

UT Austin has announced it will move forward with a 50% seating capacity for football games at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

After calls to address racism, UT Austin announced plans to rename some spaces on campus and improve efforts to recruit Black students, faculty and staff.
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UT Austin says it plans to rename certain campus spaces, add monuments that honor civil rights advocates and work harder to recruit Black students, faculty and staff.

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A week after many UT Austin football student-athletes returned to campus for voluntary workouts, 13 players have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19.

"The Eyes of Texas" is dispayed at the University of Texas football stadium in 2018.
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"The Eyes of Texas" may be closing for good.

The school song of the University of Texas is under scrutiny – and it didn't just begin last week with social media posts by football players or a petition signed by thousands in the community. There have been decades of discomfort over the song, so a discussion about it is long overdue.

UT announced Thursday that it is suspending all events at the Erwin Center for the immediate future.
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Rodeo Austin and Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion will not be held this spring.   

Organizers received word from Travis County officials Thursday that the public health risk was too great.

There will also be no fans at Austin sporting events for the near term amid concerns over the coronavirus. As of Thursday evening, there were no confirmed cases in Travis County, but officials are playing it safe and planning as if there were.

Artist rendering of the Moody Arena to be built on the UT campus.
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The new basketball and events arena at the University of Texas will be named the Moody Center, after a $130 million gift to the school from the Moody Foundation. It will replace the 42-year-old Frank Erwin Center.

Dr. Ruben Pizarro in the broadcast booth
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Ruben Pizarro has been calling the Texas–Oklahoma game for a quarter century. It wasn't a job he set out to do.

His sports broadcasting career began while he was in residency at a Monterrey medical school. 

Courtesy of UT Football

One of the first bills to make a splash this legislative session is one that would force the University of Texas and Texas A&M to renew their football rivalry. The bill likely would have stalled just after making headlines — as it has in other legislative sessions — but this time around it could be a little different.

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The University of Texas System Board of Regents gave approval Thursday to a $175 million revamp of the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial football stadium, in Austin, that will largely be paid for by donors and ticket sales.

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The University of Texas at Austin is moving forward with its plan to replace the Frank Erwin Center, but with a twist. The university is seeking bids for a private company to build and operate an arena and training facility. It would, theoretically, be done with “minimal financial outlay” from UT.

The new arena would be home to the Longhorn basketball teams, but would also host concerts and events, as the Erwin Center does now.

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters return to Austin Wednesday. The organization that helped shatter the color barrier in the NBA is being led on the court by a man who helped break racial barriers in Austin.

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The University of Texas at Austin announced this morning that head football coach Charlie Strong has been fired. Strong had a few signature wins while at the school, but was not able to put together a winning season. Strong posted a 16-21 record at UT, the longest stretch of losing seasons at the university since 1935 to 1938.

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University of Texas at Austin mascot BEVO XIV has died.

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UPDATE 10/13/15: BEVO XIV, the Texas Longhorns mascot since 2004, has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia virus and has retired effective immediately. He will rest comfortably at the ranch where he lives.

Steve Patterson Out as Longhorn Athletic Director

Sep 15, 2015
Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune: Steve Patterson, the controversial athletics director at the University of Texas at Austin, is leaving his job, a source confirmed Tuesday.

The news was first reported by the Austin American-Statesman.

This Army Parachuter Strapped a Camera to His Head to Land in DKR Stadium

Nov 10, 2014
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In a Veterans Day tradition, the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachuted into Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium ahead of the Longhorns' game against West Virginia on Saturday.

One of the Golden Knights, Staff Sergeant Brandan Parra strapped a GoPro camera to his head for the jump (he also raises a Texas flag on the way down). Check out the video:

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The University of Texas Longhorns football team will head into their game Saturday against the University of Kansas Jayhawks with one less player.  UT-Austin Football Head Coach Strong announced this week that he has dismissed a ninth player, Kennedy Estelle, from the Longhorns for not following the team's core values. Strong told reporters he was disappointed for having to dismiss another player, but says players have to follow the rules.

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On this week's KUT/Texas Tribune Tribcast, we go over the Texas public school finance ruling, which includes a call to add around $10 billion to the state's school budget.

Boyer photo mackbrown-texasfootball.com; stadium photo KUT News

Green Beret Staff Sgt. Nate Boyer fulfilled a long-time dream during last Saturday’s Longhorn football game against New Mexico. Boyer joined the team as a walk-on after his tour with the Special Forces in Iraq. Now he represents the Longhorns’ special teams as a deep snapper.

Boyer is a unique figure on the team. Being ten or so years older than his teammates, he brings a certain sense of maturity and imbues a breath of enthusiasm into the new season.

Having gone to a high school without a football team, Boyer said at today's Mack Brown press conference that his only advantage was his work ethic and his ‘no-regrets’ mentality. “I just felt confident that going through what I’d gone through, I could make the team and help out in any way and at least be a part of it,” Boyer said. 

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Last Day to Vote Early

Today is the last day to cast your ballot early in the primary runoff election.

You can click here to find a list of early voting locations in Travis County. Most locations close at 6 p.m. The polling place at the Travis County Offices on Airport Boulevard is open until 7 p.m.

Less than three percent of registered Travis County voters have cast a ballot so far.

Election Day for the primary runoff is Tuesday. On Election Day you’ll only be allowed to vote at your precinct.

Colorado Shooting Victim Remembered in Austin

A funeral for the former Austinite killed in the Aurora movie theater massacre will take place in Austin today.

Logo courtesy of the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.

Longhorns Top Cal in the Holiday Bowl

The UT Tower was lit burnt orange this morning. The Texas Longhorns won last night’s Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Texas beat the Cal Golden Bears 21-10. The Horn’s defense forced five turnovers. Quarterback David Ash threw one touchdown and caught a touchdown pass.

The win brings Texas’ overall record this season to 8-5. This was a return to a bowl game for the Horns who weren’t bowl-eligible last season.

Next Up, the Alamo Bowl...

Another Big 12 team plays tonight. The Baylor Bears will take on the University of Washington in the Alamo Bowl. The Bears finished up the regular season 9-3. The Washington Huskies finished 7-5.

Baylor’s going into the game with this year’s Heisman Trophy winner- quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Alamo Bowl starts at 8 p.m. in San Antonio.

Stratfor Providing Free ID Protection Services Following Security Breach

The Austin-based intelligence company Statfor is providing one year of identity protection services for free to its members whose personal information may have been compromised.

Photo courtesy of holidaybowl.com

Holiday Bowl Time!

Texas and California clash tonight in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The Texas Longhorn football team is looking for its eighth win of the season. A lot’s at stake for the Horns and the California Golden Bears. Both ended the regular season 7-5. And both teams are making a return to a bowl game after not qualifying last season.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:00 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Free Pet IDs Ahead of New Year's Eve

Photo by KUT News.

Weekend Rains Drench Central Texas

Chances are you woke up to some drizzle. The rain came down steady earlier this morning and over the weekend. YNN Meteorologist Rich Segal says Camp Mabry got more than two inches since Friday. Downtown Austin got an inch and three-quarters of rainfall. Lakes Buchanan and Travis remain at 37 percent capacity. Austin remains in exceptional drought - the worst case.

Imagine Austin, Occupy Protests on Public Safety Agenda

The City of Austin's Public Safety Commission has a busy agenda today. It will get briefings and updates on the city's Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, the Occupy Austin protests and downtown cameras. The public meeting starts at 4 p.m. at City Hall, in the Boards and Commissions Room. Citizens are allowed to speak.

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After a humbling 48-24 loss to Baylor yesterday, the Texas Longhorns got a little good news Sunday.

With seven wins, the 'Horns have been picked to play in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Texas will face the California Golden Bears at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday, December 28. 

Photo by Ben Philpott/KUT News

The 100-plus degree days of just a few months ago seem so far away, now that damp, cool weather have drifted into Central Texas. Temperatures will continue to fall into the 40s today, after a strong cold front swung through the area early this morning. Look out for overnight temperatures in the 30s early in the coming week.

Paul Surges, Perry Stumbles in Iowa Poll

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Report: UT Professors Provide Good Return on Investment

In the midst of an ongoing debate about how efficiently Texas colleges and universities manage taxpayer money, UT Austin has released a report saying its instructors generate nearly twice as much revenue through research funding and educational dollars as they cost the state in salary and benefits.

The report, authored by College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean Marc Musick, analyzes data released earlier this year by the UT System. A UT press release highlights some of the report's key findings:

  • All instructors generated about $658 million in teaching and research-related revenue in 2009-10. They were paid about $318 million in salary and benefits from state funds.
  • On average, tenured and tenure track faculty members earn $129,000 in salary and benefits from state funds, and each generates $280,000 in educational and research funding.
  • Among the one-fifth of instructors who teach the most semester credit hours, 56.8 percent are tenured and tenure track faculty members. Of those who teach the fewest semester credit hours, 77.2 percent are graduate students or non-tenured faculty.

While the report points out some successes, it also says UT can do better. It lists recommendations to push productivity higher, such as providing incentives to reward faculty who apply for grants and reconsidering the teaching mix to make sure there is a good balance of large and small classes.

Bluesman Doyle Bramhall Sr. Passes Away

Singer, songwriter and blues drummer Doyle Bramhall Senior passed away over the weekend at his home in Alpine. Bramhall was a key figure in helping establish Austin’s blues scene in the 70's. He wrote and co-wrote several songs for Stevie Ray Vaughan and released three of his own albums.

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Occupy Austin protestors clash with police overnight...First African American firefighters in Austin honored...and UT pounds Kansas in college football.

Overnight Arrests in Occupy Austin Demonstration

Dozens of Occupy Austin protestors were arrested early this morning, as police began enforcing a new rule limiting  how late the demonstrators can hand out food. Memos from city officials last week prohibited sleeping on the city hall mezzanine and distributing food after 10:00 p.m.

Demonstrators told the Austin American-Statesman that APD officers warned them at 9:45 last night that the food rule would be enforced. About 12:30 this morning, police tried to shut down the food distribution table. When the protestors refused, officers started making arrests.

As many as 40 were reportedly arrested, charged mainly with trespassing. The only resistance occupiers apparently gave police was passive. Police Chief Art Acevedo arrived at the city hall plaza in the pre-dawn hours. He told reporters that there were no injuries in the mass arrests.

Photo by KUT

If you’re heading to Dallas this weekend to see the Texas Longhorns take on the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Department of Transportation says you may encounter about 30 miles of construction on your way.

Crews will not actually be working on road renovation projects along the route, but there may be lane reductions which could cause traffic congestion. Extra traffic from people heading to the game could make those slowdowns move well, slower  than usual.

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The Texas Longhorns football team returns from a week off to open Big-12 conference play against Iowa State tomorrow night. Since Garret Gilbert is out for the season following shoulder surgery, the Longhorns don’t have a third string quarterback.

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