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The University of Texas Board of Regents on Thursday officially approved a new arena for UT Austin. The new building will replace the 41-year-old Frank Erwin Center. 

Regents also named Matthew McConaughey the "Minister of Culture" for the arena.

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From Texas Standard.

When Heman Sweatt applied to the University of Texas at Austin Law School in 1946, he was automatically rejected because he was black. He sued, and the case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices ruled unanimously in his favor, and Sweatt became the first black student at the UT Law School.

But his enrollment was just the beginning of a long struggle to integrate the school.

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The Frank Erwin Center opened its doors to the public on this night in 1977. In the 40 years since, the building has churned out basketball games, concerts, monster truck shows, circuses and memories. More than 30 million people have crossed through the doors for a wide variety of acts.

As the building enters its twilight years, it’s doing its best to not show its age.

In its earliest days in the late 1970s, the Special Events Center, as it was known, was another sign of the city’s growth. (It was renamed in 1980 after UT regent Frank Erwin.) 

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UPDATE: Michelle Carter won gold in Rio Friday, making her the first American woman to win a gold medal in that event.

ORIGINAL STORY: It took Michelle Carter’s best throw of the year to win the Olympic shot put trials last month. The former Texas Longhorn All-American, NCAA champion and U.S. National champion qualified for her third Olympics and is looking to improve upon a fifth-place finish in London in 2012.

While Carter isn’t the only former Longhorns competing in various sports in Rio – there are 20 in total, with 13 competing for the United States – she is uniquely positioned to make U.S. Olympic history.  

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He was a larger-than-life lawyer and a major supporter of the University of Texas at Austin. Word came from Houston this morning that Joe Jamail has passed away at the age of 90 from complications with pneumonia.

Steve Patterson Out as Longhorn Athletic Director

Sep 15, 2015
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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.

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Update: UT Austin says it will start selling beer and wine at Red & Charline McCombs Field Friday when Texas Softball hosts the Texas Invitational. 

“This trial will be in effect this spring for all remaining men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball games, and the fan fest area at the Texas Relays,” said UT Men’s Athletics Director Steve Patterson in a statement released Thursday. “We could look into expanding it for other sports events next fall provided the outcome of the trial is positive.”

At the end of the 2014 spring sports season, UT officials, along with UT Police, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and UT Athletics concessionaire Sodexho Sports and Leisure, say they will evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the trial to see if alcohol will be served at other sporting events. 

The beer and wine trial will not include the spring football game on April 19 at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.

In Black America Podcast: T. J. Ford

Jan 5, 2014
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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with T. J. Ford. Terrance Jerod “T. J.” Ford was born on March 24, 1983 in Baytown, Texas. From a young age, Ford dreamed of being a basketball player.

Before long, Ford experienced championship success for himself when he led Willowridge High School to the Class 5A Texas State Basketball Championship. His team was so dominant during that period, with teammates Daniel Ewing and Ivan McFarland, that they posted a 62 game winning streak. After high school, he decided to stay close to home and play basketball at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Texas Longhorn’s Football Coach Mack Brown is leaving the team after 16 years.

In an email released Saturday night, Brown said the Longhorn job was the best in the country and that he wants to team to get back to the top of college football.

"I sincerely want it to get back to the top and that's why I am stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again," Brown said.

UT-Austin president Bill Powers and new athletic director Steve Patterson heaped praise on Brown in the release.  Patterson said Brown was a, "...tremendous coach, mentor, leader and ambassador for our university and our student-athletes." While Powers simple said, "Mack is just the best and he will be missed."

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After much speculation, University of Texas President Bill Powers confirmed that Steve Patterson will succeed DeLoss Dodds as athletic director of the university later this fall, who is retiring after 32 years as the school's A.D. 

Patterson's resume includes a stint with the championship-era Houston Rockets, the Houston Aeros hockey team, the Portland Trailblazers and played an integral role in helping bring an NFL franchise back to Houston in the Houston Texans. In a statement released this afternoon, however, Powers praised his most recent work at Arizona State University.