The University of Texas is not a Football School Anymore

Volleyball on the rise

It is no secret that The University of Texas’ football program has had a rough time these past four years. Coaches have come and gone, games have been blown, and losing seasons are now the norm, but there is hope.

Hope?

Yes, hope. When most people think of the University of Texas the first thing that comes to mind is football. The University of Texas has always been a football school, and when looking back at their history you get a good idea of why, but this has not been the case recently. The University of Texas has been severely lacking in the football win department these past four years, and it is starting to wear down the fans.

The amount of students attending the games has slowly been declining this season, with many students opting to watch the football game at home or at a bar rather than watching their school lose at home once again. This has caused people associated with the football program to lash out at the students, such as Tom Herman quoted saying “…the students need to do better”, which in turn has ostracised the student fan base even more.

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A new hope for students and fans

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A lesser talked about the program at the University of Texas is UT’s volleyball team. They have had amazing seasons these past four years, which is completely opposite of the football team, and are finally starting to get the recognition they deserve.

With their recent win against Baylor, UT is the Big 12 champion once again and is gearing up for their NCAA tournament games. With such a lackluster football team and such a great volleyball team, many students are starting to ask if UT is actually a football school, or if it is actually a volleyball school.

So what is it?

Thit is something the student body has to decide. Although students are starting to talk about the volleyball team more and more they have yet to fully accept that the volleyball team is leading the way when it comes to representing the flagship university of the state of Texas. Will they ever accept that UT is a volleyball school? We’ll find out soon, as the students begin to rally around the volleyball team as they dive and spike their way to an NCAA championship.

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Author: Trent Koen

 

 

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Longhorns Dominate Mean Green in 3-0 Shutout

The University of Texas Women’s Soccer team moves on to round 2 in the NCAA Tournament after Friday’s victory over North Texas.

Led by Cyera Hintzen’s two goals, the Longhorns controlled the game from the first whistle. The first score came at the 20 minute mark, when Hintzen broke the tie with her first goal of the game. Just nine minutes later, Haley Berg scored a goal of her own to put the Horns up 2-0. Finally Hintzen sealed the game in the 68th minute with her second of the game to lead the Longhorns to a 3-0 win.

The Longhorns also dominated on defense, allowing only 3 shots on goal the entire game, all of which were saved by Nicole Curry in the net.

Texas will face Clemson in the second round of the tournament, Friday Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.

UT Football Wristband Seating… WTF

Midway through the season, UT implemented a new seating system where students in Sections 26, 27, and 28 were required to pick up wristbands prior to the game in order to

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get into those respective sections.This resulted in the student section being emptier than normal. I was able to completely walk around without being smushed and there were even gaps of complete empty seating. The different wristband sections even were different colors so if you were Section 26, you would not be able to go into Section 27 or 28. I even had a Security guard walking around told me I was in Section 27 and I needed to walk back over to Section 26 even though there was four rows empty in front of me.

It will be interesting to see if UT implements this same system for next season!

Texas Women’s Soccer Prepares for NCAA Tournament

After boasting a 13-3-2 record in regular season play this season, the University of Texas women’s soccer team looks to continue the season this Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against North Texas.

The Longhorns are a 4-seed in the 64-team tournament, with Duke, Texas A&M and USC taking the top four seeds on the same side of the bracket, respectively.

The Texas women’s team will host Friday’s game in Austin at 6:00 p.m., with the winner advancing to face off against the winner of the Clemson vs. Alabama game on the same day.

The Longhorns won their only previous meeting this season against the North Texas Mean Green. It came on a 1-0 win on a Sunday afternoon early into the season, with the lone goal scored by sophomore forward Cyera Hintzen, one of her seven goals this season.

D’Onta Foreman’s path to the NFL Draft

The anticipation surrounding the NFL draft is high, as prospects and fans look forward to the start of the draft this Thursday. Swoopes, Foreman, and Haines, are a couple of Texas prospects, but one stands out as the only junior on the roster, D’Onta Foreman.

The NFL Network released an exclusive interview with Texas running back D’Onta Foreman where he publicly revealed a secret that had inspired his outstanding final season as a Longhorn, the death of his premature son. “He was a fighter, you know,” Foreman said about his son. “He would like fight and he’s going to make it and everything will be fine.”

D’Onta Foreman Jr. developed an infection the day before playing Big 12 rival Texas Tech. Foreman described the news as heartbreaking but still went on to play the best game of his life, rushing 341 yards and 3 touchdowns, making it the third best rushing performance in Texas history. “It was something about that game. I was doing it for my son. I’m leaving it all out there,” he said.

Winner of the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back, ending the season with over 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns, there is no doubt that Foreman’s current projection as a second round pick this weekend is right on.

Texas, even with a less than stellar football season, has always been a team comprised of men with integrity, strength, and character, on and off the field, which is something that we can take full pride on. In life and in football, you have to keep moving through the tough parts and we are all very thankful for the drive and focus Foreman possessed through all this grief. He is without a doubt a class act, a fighter, and true Longhorn. I believe I can speak on behalf of Texas fans and those rooting for Foreman that we all wish him nothing but success in the NFL and the future ahead of him.

 – Laura Sorto

Can Texas make the 2017 College World Series?

Since The University of Texas Baseball’s debut in 1894, the Longhorns have competed in thousands of games and competed 35 times in the annual College World Series. The first of six National Championships Texas took home was in 1949 and the Longhorns are fighting like hell to make it 7 in 2017.

Despite a recent series loss against the Baylor Bears, Texas rebounded in last night’s final matchup against the Texas State Bobcats to win the series 2 games to 1. Texas is currently ranked 6th in the Big 12 by 2 games, however they are only down 7 games to first ranked TCU overall. The high speed performance of Texas this year still puts them in standing to go to a conference tournament, make the regional series, and play in a super regional series for their 36th appearance in the College World Series. With more than 6 weeks of regular season baseball left until the conference tournament, Texas may still be able to pull it off.

It’s been 12 years since Texas won the title in 2005, but only 6 since Texas has placed in the series, with a 7th place tie in 2011, and only 3 years since their last qualification into the tournament in 2014. Starting Friday, June 16th the opening celebration kicks off the 2017 College World series for 12 solid days of the best college baseball known to man.

Click below for:

Head Coach, David Pierce bio – http://texassports.com/coaches.aspx?rc=1129&path=baseball

2017 Roster – http://texassports.com/roster.aspx?path=baseball

2017 Schedule/ results – http://texassports.com/schedule.aspx?path=baseball

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Red River Showdown comes to a close

Heavy weekend for the horns as they host No. 11/9 Oklahoma (32/7) in the Red River Showdown. On Friday, April 7, at Red & Charline McCombs Field, Texas softball (20-16) got a RBI single and a passed ball to plate a run but could not pull through during the series opener against Oklahoma, 3-2. Devon Tunning pitched and led the offense for the Horns by going 1-for-3 with a RBI, freshman Dermargosian scored, and senior Hanzel walked and scored.

Head coach, Connie Clark, had some words after Friday’s game: “I thought we competed well. We did some good things. We gave ourselves opportunities and stayed aggressive. The only thing we would like to do is cut down some of the strikeouts heading into the next couple days. We had some quality at-bats. I’m ready to see the ball fall.”

On Saturday, April 8, Horns brought the run to the plate towards the end  of the seventh, but it was a little to late rally attempt was not enough to catch up to the Sooners with another close loss, 3-1. Freshman Washington, went 1-for-3 with her third career double and senior Hanzel with a 1 for 2 at the plate with Texas’s lone RBI. Leading Texas offense was senior Davis.

Even though the horns did not pull out a win, Saturday’s game brought recognition to Breast Cancer Awareness with the athletes, coaches, and fans wearing pink. The first pitch strike of the game coming from Dawn Hardin, a cancer survivor!

On Sunday, April 9, two errors led to five runs in the second inning to put Oklahoma (35-7) in a good position to beat the Horns (20-18), 6-0. Senior Felix, led the horns by going 2- for 3 at the plate.

The Future of Texas Volleyball

Freshman Micaya White has quickly established herself as a star this year for Texas Women’s Volleyball. She leads the team in points, with 413. She also leads the team with 366 kills. This season she has been a 5-time recipient of the Big 12 Freshman of the Week award. This ties a school record set by Michelle Kocher in 2008.

Micaya went to to my highschool, so I have witnessed her talents for many years now. For those that don’t know her, she is an outstanding athlete. Standing at 6’1″ Micaya is a powerhouse and gets amazing velocity on the ball. She was a highscool All-American, and it seems that her talents have certainly translated nicely into the college game.

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White throws down a spike against Baylor

 

With exciting young players such as Micaya and strong recruiting classes every year, the future of Texas volleyball looks bright! The Longhorns are poised to continue to be one of the top 5 programs in the country, and show no signs of slowing down. Texas Tech comes to Austin tomorrow for their next match, and Micaya will look to impose her will yet again on the red raiders.

–Josh Pike

Taming the Bears

Volleyball vs. UT

UT Volleyball is having one hell of a season. Currently the team is ranked 5th in the nation after winning 18 of their 21 games this year (their only losses happening to no. 4 Kansas, no. 3 Wisconsin, and no. 1 Nebraska). Their next opponent is that of the Baylor Bears. The Longhorns have a pretty amazing record when it comes to “taming” the Bears; during their last five meetings the Longhorns have proved victorious. That being said, Baylor has been having a pretty great season as well, they’re currently 19-7. But what exactly does this mean? Do the Longhorns have anything to worry about?

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Just coming off of a win against Texas Tech, the Bears are hungry for more and the no. 5 Texas Longhorns seem to be the perfect prey for them. After losing 3-1 during their last meeting, the Bears are out for revenge. Yet the Bears aren’t the only ones coming off a win. This past week Texas fried the frogs when they beat TCU 3-1 and their success hasn’t stopped there. The fact that they’ve only been beaten 3 times this season and by higher ranked teams does not bode well for the Bears’ chances.

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This season is all about the Longhorns demonstrating to their foes just what damage they can do. The team needs to be careful to avoid becoming cocky when facing Baylor tomorrow night. If the team is consistent, like they’ve been all season, they should have nothing to worry about. Consistency is key and they’ve consistently beaten the Baylor Bears every time they’ve met over the past 3 years. This particular game will take place on UT’s turf and to be beaten at home would be a travesty. Thus there’s only one thing the team can do and that’s WIN. While my faith in other Longhorn teams may have wavered over the course of the season, my faith in THIS team and their ability to tame the Bears has never once been questioned.

-Grayson Gilcrease

Longhorn Sports Interview: Jordan Strickland DB

Yesterday, I was able to sit down with University of Texas at Austin football player, Jordan Strickland. During the interview, he explained to me some of the hardships he has faced here at the university and the outlook that he sees on the upcoming football season.

Name: Jordan Strickland

Age: 20

Hometown: Aurora, Colorado

Sport: Football

Major: Broadcast Journalism

Years in UT sports: 2

Q: What helped to get you started in football and why did you continue that pursuit after high school?

A: “I played years of football throughout my life, I have some great memories from my childhood. However, injuries plagued my senior season in high school, which caused me to lose many of the scholarship offers I had. I was given the opportunity to continue to pursue my passion and showcase my talent here at the university.”

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far in life?

A: “Being accepted and able to receive an education from The University of Texas at Austin has been my biggest accomplishment. I was able to do this through academics and hard work in high school and not rely solely on athletics, which has only gone to help further my success at this university.”

Q: What has been key to ensuring that there is growth during this spring? Also, what have you done to be better?

A: “The key to ensuring that we are getting better this spring has been putting in the extra repetitions needed to be able to push ourselves to finish games better. By this I mean giving our all until that final whistle. We have done this by putting in extra workouts and additional time in the film room to guarantee our success, while getting better individually.”

Q: You’ve had a history of a few injuries since joining the football team. What are you doing to get better and prevent further injuries from happening?

A: “With the injury that I currently have being internal, the process for now is just time to heal and ensure that I am getting better. I have yet to be cleared by the medical staff, however the key to preventing future injuries is to ensure that I am in the best shape to be able to give maximum effort.”

Q: How can we improve our offense this season and who has made the greatest impact?

A: “Shane (Buechele) has been key. In addition, the younger guys have some growing up to do. They are working their way into leadership roles for this team which are going to be necessary to ensure that our team is as good as we know that we can be.”

Q: You mentioned Shane Buechele. How has he progressed over the spring and is he going to be the guy when fall camp begins?

A: “I wasn’t able to get any early looks at Shane this spring in practice, but from what he showed in the spring game with his arm strength, he could very well be the guy for us. However, he will need to put on some weight to be able to take the hits that get delivered in the Big XII.”

Q: How do you feel about the defense? Is it progressing?

A: “From head to toe, we have a lot of skilled players. We will need to be more physical and aggressive to show how dominant we can be. We have some great guys who have stepped up and are ready to make a difference for our defense.”

Q: Who do you feel has progressed the most on both sides of the ball?

A: “For offense most definitely Collin Johnson.” Johnson is a wide receiver who is an early enrollee from the 2016 recruiting class. He has been dubbed the name “Young Megatron” after Calvin Johnson because of his freakishly large 6ft 6in and 200-pound size. He is an aggressor on the field who is expected to make huge contributions.

“For defense, it has been Anthony Wheeler. We have known for some time that he was a special talent on the field. He is showing that he has All-American capabilities. We are expecting the linebacker to have a huge season for us this year.”

Q: What has been the biggest difference in recruiting for Texas?

A: “Competition-wise, we know that the coaches will give freshman the opportunity to play. That is evident from last season. The fact that freshmen are getting these opportunities is invigorating. These guys want to get the program back to the level of competition it should be at. They really want to put the T back in Texas.”

Q: What are three goals that the football team has for the upcoming season?

A: “We have been prepping extremely well for our season opener against Notre Dame, so we would like to make a statement and win at home. Next, we would like to beat our rival, OU. We can do that by ensuring that we execute and are the aggressors playing with passion and hunger. Lastly, we would like to win the Big XII. This task is easier said than done. We will take everything week by week and continuously get better while staying humble throughout the process.”