Covers the Texas Longhorns for the Austin American-Statesman. That includes football, men's hoops. Pairing nouns with verbs since '98.
@NNVaughns with some real talk that all recruits and parents should read. "Young men, your success is your responsibility."…
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This new OU president seems like a swell guy.…
Watching this in the Oval... wow. It's something.
Source: James Madison officials considering Texas WR coach Drew Mehringer for head role…
Americans' heads would explode if the Congressional floor was as unruly as the House of Commons.
Twitter tells me that NFL officials had a rough go yesterday. I want to see that roughing call in the Colts-Texans game from the dude on his knees.
Texas 72, Purdue 68: Longhorns get better looks inside, end their three-game losing skid…
Jaxson Hayes called that mid-range hook shot "my go-to move." Nervous laughter followed and press conference ended.
Texas G Matt Coleman on the importance of win: "It was important, but at the same time, it was a self-reminder that we’re really good. We’re going to be all right."
Here's an interesting thought. Texas coaches could have landed Purdue's Carsen Edwards three years ago from Atascocita. Horns offered/signed G Jacob Young instead.
Shaka Smart walks out of post-game and gets a hug from Texas AD Chris Del Conte. Horns now 6-3 after snapping rough three-game skid.
Shaka describing the last week after Radford, VCU losses: "We were on ’em. We were on our guys. That was probably two of the more tense, combative practices that we’ve had."
Final in Austin: Texas 72, Purdue 68. Carsen Edwards lights it up for 40 points, but Horns snap three-game skid. Coleman 22, Hayes 14. Huge sigh of relief from Shaka.
Mitrou-Long to the line with 4.9 seconds left for a 2 FTs. Makes both, Texas by 4.
Purdue's Wheeler just lost it out of bounds with Hayes, um, helping him? Texas ball.
Purdue's Carsen Edwards just became the third opponent vs. UT to score at least 40 points at the Erwin Center. Seventh player all-time regardless of team.
Coleman gets in the lane and with a little mustard, scores on a 12-foot floater. He's got a season-high 21. Texas by 4 with 43.8 left. See, you don't need 3s all the time.
Every half has 4 built-in TV timeouts, at the 16-, 12-, 8- and 4-minute marks. So that's what I mean by U16, U12, etc.…
Coleman buries a 3 from the right corner, giving Texas a 67-62 lead. 2:08 left.
U4: It's basically Texas vs. Carsen Edwards right now. He's got 37 points, possibly sewing up Big Ten POTW honors. It's a tie game, though. 60-60.
Mitrou-Long scores on some crazy playground shot off the drive. Texas by 3. 4:27 left.
If Snoop does nothing the rest of the day, he should try to stop Edwards.
U8: Dylan O actually goes the right thing, head-fakes the 3 and goes inside. Then, gets called for a charge. Purdue's Edwards now has 31 and counting. Texas 55-54.
Jaxson Hayes with a terrific mid-range hook shot from the baseline. More of that, please, kind sir.
U12: Hepa hits a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Mitrou-Long buries a 3 and then falls into the Texas bench. Horns up 51-47, but driving is the way to keep going.
That's two terrific buckets by Hayes from Coleman. The first, a reverse dunk, had Coleman skipping down the court in excited fashion. Texas 45-42.
Edwards drills a 3 as Purdue takes a second-half lead, 38-36. Horns have yet to score here in 2H. They're 0-for-4 so far.
Back to action here at Club Erwin. Once again, the Simon Says guy at halftime delivered.
Halftime in Austin: Texas 36, Purdue 31. Too many 3s, but hey, Roach has 10 and Horns are 8-for-8 at the line. Purdue 2-for-16 from 3.
Great defensive hustle by the Horns as Mitrou-Long tracks down a loose ball. The other way, Hayes finishes with a two-handed dunk. Great sequence. Texas by 5.
Snoop throws it to the rim. Jaxson Hayes just goes up, gets it and slams it home. It doesn't have to be that hard. Texas by 6.
Texas gets its first FT attempt of the game with 6:17 left in 1H. Snoop drove to the rim, drew contact the foul. Hits both as Horns led 20-17.
U8: Texas leads Purdue 18-15. Boilers are 1-for-10 from 3-point range. Horns also plus-6 in rebounds.
We're also 10+ minutes into the game and Sims has yet to shoot the ball once, much less touch it, really.
Texas shoots 28.9 percent from 3-point range. So against Purdue, 10 of the first 12 shots are from 3-point range. Explain that, please.
This is not breaking news to #Purdue fans, I know. But seeing Carsen Edwards live for the first time... whoa. Dude is a baller.
When your big man is told (or decides) to stay on the baseline and not move...…
U16: Lots of passing around the perimeter. Not much dribble penetration at all to speak of. Purdue still up 7-6. Roach, Dylan O both have 3s.
Snoop misses his first 3-pointer from the right corner. But he gets the second to rattle home. Good sign for him. Purdue up 7-6.
Live from Club Erwin: Purdue vs. Texas about to go here. And, um, there's A LOT of Boilers fans in the stands. This will be neutral site at best.
Just saw former Texas big man Cam Ridley here at Club Erwin. Looks fantastic. Been playing in Japan. Still plans on keeping it going, too.
After today's game vs. Purdue, Texas G Andrew Jones will head to Houston for more pre-scheduled leukemia treatments.
The Admiral today had 30 as No. 7 Tennessee topples No. 1 Gonzaga, 76-73. Good for Rick.
If you’re coming to Bevo Boulevard at Club Erwin, most of the extravaganza is set up on the arena’s north side.
The big fella is here at Club Erwin looking for those $5 beers.
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Purdue isn’t a must-win game for Texas, but it sure feels like it…
The 2018 Big 12 of the Big 12: QBs, WRs dominate our annual list of conference’s 12 best players, per @suzhalliburton.…
Should be noted that Texas exes like Stubbs, Schooling and Daje will now qualify for T-Rings.
Some impressive names on Texas’ list of 2018 December graduates. Drew Stubbs, Joseph Schooling, Daje Johnson, Dorian Leonard, Sophia Schubert and Jerrod Heard.
Texas CB Kris Boyd, DE Charles Omenihu, C Zach Shackelford and S Caden Sterns all win AP first-Team All-Big 12 honors as voted on by media. LB Gary Johnson on 2nd team.
Whoa. Did not expect this given what else is out there.…
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has mapped out a federal framework to legalize sports gambling, per @ESPN…
Looking back over the stats from last night. VCU closed by missing 8 of its last 10 shots in the last 8:50. And still beat Texas.
VCU 54, Texas 53: “They should be distraught. They should be just downright pissed off.”…
VCU 54, Texas 53: Longhorns’ shooting woes on full display in 3rd-straight loss…
Shaka: "There’s some things that should be keeping and will be keeping us up at night."
Shaka on Roach and Coleman's anger: "If you’re a competitor, then you’re extremely distraught. They should be distraught. They should be just downright pissed off."
Shaka on Roach's struggles the last two games: "Yeah, that’s something we’ve got to figure out. Trust me, it’s been a point of emphasis."
Shaka: "It’s hard to describe. Less than two weeks ago, we were 5-0 and just beat the No. 7 team in the country with the same guys."
An angry Matt Coleman on what needs to change: "Our mentality. More sense of urgency, compassion. We lose three now, you don’t want to lose four. Urgency is there."
Shaka's post-game message to the players? Dylan O: "To get better, trust our process. Continue to grind. The season’s extremely long."
Kerwin Roach: "Every night, I’m here from 9:30 to 12 just shooting the ball. Eventually it will click. But right now, it’s just not clicking."
VCU's Rhoades: "People get revved up to play Texas. The one thing is you have a coach to work like crazy to make it better and guys will follow him everywhere."
VCU coach Mike Rhoades: "It was a rock fight. ... To shoot 28 percent and win on the road, we’ll take it."
VCU fans are absolutely losing their minds right now. We can hear them loud and clear here in the media room. Just going bonkers.
At The Buzzer: Virginia Commonwealth 54, Texas 53. The Rams shot 28.1 percent and won as Horns have now dropped 3 straight.…
Game over. Matt Coleman misses a 3. VCU players rush the floor. VCU 54, Texas 53.
Ramey misses a 3. VCU misses. Texas will get the last shot with 6.6 seconds left and trailing by one.
In the last 6:40, Texas and VCU are 4-for-11 combined shooting.
And just like that Snoop is on the board with his first bucket, a driving layup. Texas down by 1. He's now 1-for-11 tonight.
I've got Texas with four turnovers on its last five possessions.
After the timeout, Coleman comes out and throws a pass that goes right through Hayes' legs and out of bounds. Oh dear.
Dylan O misses the front end of a 1-and-1. Then, VCU's Sean Mobley just buries a 3. Rams up 52-49 with 4:33 left.
Not really sure what Hayes was trying to do there. Just throws up some God-awful shot. But here comes Dylan O, flying in from Tarrytown, for the dunk. Wow. Texas up 49-45.
Boo birds are starting to come out for the officials.
Texas G Kerwin Roach is 0-for-8 tonight.
U12: Sims with a thunderous two-handed dunk, then a bucket off some nifty low post moves. Just spitballin' here, but I'd give it to him more. 10 pts on 5-of-7. Texas 41-40.
That Marcus Santos-Silva layup in traffic seemingly defines what VCU is all about. Just battles and battles. And the Rams have a 38-37 lead because of it.
That Marcus Santos-Silva layup in traffic seemingly defines what VCU. Just battles and battles. And the Rams have a 38-37 lead because of it.
Shaka making wholesale substitutions like my HS coach used to. *Points at bench* 1, 2, 3, 4, go get 'em.
Finally, some Texas defense leads to a run-out. VCU turns it over, Horns race the other way, Febres throws it down. Only fast-break bucket of the night. Horns up 3.
Halftime in Austin: VCU is out Havoc-ing the guy who created it. Rams with a 32-31 lead over Shaka's Horns. UT 9 TOs. Coleman looks shaky after last 3. Gulp.
A pretty impressive number of VCU fans jump up and shout "V-C-U!" Texas fans turn and look in stunned silence. VCU then ties it up 26-26.
U4: Tight game due to tight rebounding battle. Texas with a +1 edge on the glass and 26-21 lead on the board. Horns shooting 43.5, not settling for 3s.
Well, well. Kamaka Hepa, a guy that we've been waiting to engage all season, now has back-to-back 3-pointers. Texas up 14-9.
U16: Coleman opened with a 3. Horns trying for more mid-range shots. Sims gets a nice bucket off the block. Tied 6-6 early.
Live from Club Erwin: Texas vs. VCU about to get going. More people will be at Lux Lounge this Saturday night, but hey, this will be lit too. Horns need a W.
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