Roy Varney

KUT News Intern

Roy is a second year journalism professional track graduate student at the University of Texas.

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UT Longhorn Football
4:36 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Longhorns Running Back Coach Accused in OSU Pay For Play Scandal

Longhorns head coach Mack Brown says running back coach Larry Porter "absolutely denies” paying players during his time at Oklahoma State University.
KUT News

University of Texas running back coach Larry Porter is accused of illicitly compensating players during his time at Oklahoma State University.

In an investigative report by Sports Illustrated, the Oklahoma State football program is at the center of numerous NCAA violations, ranging from player compensation to drug use. Porter, who coached there from 2002 to 2004, is in his first season with the Longhorns.

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UT Longhorn Football
1:38 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

After BYU Blowout, Longhorns Sack Defensive Coach Diaz

At his weekly press conference today, Mack Brown explained it was his choice to fire Manny Diaz.
Roy Varney for KUT News

When the Longhorns prepare for their game against Ole Miss this Saturday, they’ll do so without Manny Diaz. Defensive coordinator Diaz was fired Sunday after the Longhorns suffered a 40-21 defeat against unranked Brigham Young University this weekend.

"Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that," Longhorns head coach Mack Brown said in a statement on Sunday. The loss stung particularly given Brown’s preseason confidence in the Horns this season.

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UT Volleyball
10:05 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Longhorns Volleyball Continues to Soar Under the Radar

At a school that spends and makes more than any other college on athletics, volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott has run the most successful program.
UT Athletics Dept.

Texas Longhorns athletics is best known for football. But spiking a volleyball is what it's best at.

The Longhorns women’s volleyball team is hosting No. 1 ranked Penn State and No. 2 Stanford this weekend, as they set out to defend their national title. Longhorns head coach Jerritt Elliott sees this weekend’s matchups, which also feature eighth-ranked Florida, as an opportunity to garner local attention.

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UT Longhorn Football
4:05 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Your Guide to Texas Longhorns Tailgating

Hook em: A new season of UT Longhorns football kicks off this weekend.
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College football is back. For many that means a chance to catch their favorite team in action. For others, it’s an opportunity to get down and celebrate.

The two come together in tailgating – that long held practice of grilling, drinking, and eating in a game day parking lot. When the University of Texas Longhorns open their season against New Mexico State Saturday night, expect to see tailgaters by the drove.

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Education
1:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

AISD Head Talks Challenges, Successes and Changes in Austin's Public Schools

KUT News

Today is the first day of school for Austin ISD, and that means nearly 90,000 students filling hallways. Meria Carstarphen, AISD’s superintendent, sees the biggest challenges in a successful year as student safety, school funding, and STAAR testing.

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Sports
3:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

The Annual Fantasy Football Blitzkrieg Has Arrived

Fantasy football fans record their picks at a live draft earlier this month.
Roy Varney for KUT News

That thunderous gallop you hear isn’t your imagination:it’s the sound of millions of Americans rushing breathlessly to their computer and television screens. It happens every year – and every year the stampede grows louder.

It’s the beginning of fantasy football season.

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Transportation
3:44 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

What Do You Think About Austin Bike Lanes? This Survey Wants to Know

The Neighborhood Street Study is a 12-page survey interested in perceptions of local bike lanes.
Roy Varney for KUT News

How do Austinites feel about the city’s bike lanes and bike traffic? The Neighborhood Street Study aims to answer this broad question by focusing on two Austin bicycling areas located around Bluebonnet Lane and Barton Springs Road.

Researchers from Portland State University and the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium have been commissioned by the Green Lane Project to conduct the Austin survey. 

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Austin
11:11 am
Mon August 19, 2013

The Top 10 Austin Top 10 Lists

Critics' views on Austin are an ever-changing phenomenon.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Perception means different things to different people. The perception of Austin as a place that embraces the weird and wild is something the city – and its listicle writers – have embraced throughout the years.

Yet if you don’t pay close attention, these perceptions can change just as quickly as the declining reservoir in Lake Travis. Now in its fourth edition, KUT News presents The Top 10 Austin Top 10 Lists, a compilations of the accolades and slights – some rigorously methodical, some seemingly made up – that Austin’s received in the last few months.

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Police
5:08 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Budget Battle Over Austin Police: Does APD Have Enough Detectives?

With a new city budget, argument over funding for public safety takes center stage again.
Wells Dunbar, KUT News

Every budget year, public safety – police, fire and EMS – take the biggest chunk of money from the funds used to finance city services. Today, Austin City Council Member Bill Spelman asked if the city was getting a good return on its investment.

The Austin City Council is considering the city budget for the next fiscal year. And the Austin Police Department was among the groups presenting budget requests to the council today. Police Chief Art Acevedo spent over an hour discussing the city manager's proposed city budget – which preserves Austin’s informal policy of two police officers for every thousand Austin residents.

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Health
8:33 am
Thu August 8, 2013

How Central Health, Seton & UT's Medical School Want to Change Health Care Forever

UT's medical school is one player in a community-wide effort to improve health and health care.
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Launching a new medical school is a major undertaking. But launching the University of Texas’ new medical school – in tandem with a new model of treating the sick and preventing illness – is even bigger.

When Austin voters approved Proposition 1 last year, increasing the property tax collected by Central Health, the measure was commonly referred to as the medical school initiative. But instead of financing the building of a medical school, taxpayer dollars are going toward a new medical program aiding the uninsured and under-insured. And yes, UT’s Dell Medical School is a part of that.

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Austin
3:48 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

British Invasion: Could London's 'Fatberg' Lurk in Austin Sewers?

Ewww: A screenshot from Austin Water's video urging users to fight the "grease blob."
Austin Water

Cooking grease may be an afterthought for some, but as London discovered this week, grease can become a costly, time consuming problem. The city was forced to remove 15,000 tons of gunky, fatty buildup from its sewage pipelines, a so-called "Fatberg" the size of a double-decker bus.

It looks like Austin may have steered clear of the Fatberg, however: Austin has a smaller sewer system and diligent monitoring. But it’s easy to see how quickly grease buildups can transform themselves into a major cost: a 12 month summary of sanitary sewer overflows reveals that six incidents in April cost Austin Water $25,500.

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Austin
10:30 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Over 19,500 of Austin's Poor are College Students

Students' empty pockets (and bellies) are having a measurable effect on their communities’ poverty rates.
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News flash: Lots of college students are poor.

While this probably seems like a no-brainer, a new study from the U.S. Census Bureau demonstrates how great of an impact students can have on local communities' poverty levels.

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Austin
3:14 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Austin: The Fourth Hardest Working City in the U.S.?

Austin's been named the fourth hardest working of 50 U.S. cities.
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Ever feel like you’re working harder than everybody else? It might be because you are. According to recent rankings from real estate site Movoto, Austin is the fourth hardest-working U.S. city.

Basing results off six separate categories, including hours worked per week and lack of sleep, Motovo lists Seattle as the hardest working city in the states, followed by three Texas cities: Arlington, Fort Worth, and Austin.

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Sports
12:41 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Video: Fantastic Chip Shot Takes Ex-Longhorn Jordan Spieth to PGA Win

Jordan Spieth has made golfing history since his freshman year at UT.
UT Athletics

Tiger Woods never finished in the top 10 of a PGA tour event as a teenager. But former Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth has accomplished that feat six times – all before the age of 20.

Yesterday, Spieth became the first teenager in 82 years to win a PGA tour event by claiming the John Deere Classic.

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Health
11:02 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Austin 'Death Cafe' Breathes New Life Into Age Old Subject

Jo Jensen (L) and Brooks Kasson will host Austin's first Death Cafe later this month.
Roy Varney for KUT News

Death Cafe may sound like a new Tim Burton film or goth band. But instead, it’s a growing group of meetings where participants spend hours discussing their hopes and fears surrounding death and dying.

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