Sports

Sochi Olympics
5:30 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Are Russia's Anti-Gay Laws All That Different From Texas?

Eight states, including Texas, have so-called 'no-promo homo' laws echoing Russia's 'homosexual propaganda' provision
Credit flickr.com/mr_t_in_dc

As the Winter Olympics in Sochi get underway, Texas-based AT&T became the first major sponsor to join a chorus of opposition to Russia's ban on so-called "homosexual propaganda." In another sign of protest, the Obama administration has sent three openly gay athletes as representatives to Sochi.

But American critics of the policy may want to look at what's on the books closer to home, notes Yale Law School professor Ian Ayres. In a commentary for KUT's upcoming daily news magazine Texas Standard, Ayres highlights so-called "no promo homo" rules codified across the U.S. – including Texas. 

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Sochi Olympics
1:24 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Four Texas Athletes Representing U.S. in Sochi Games

Nick Cunningham, Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Dallas Robinson from the USA start in the first run of the four-man bobsleigh World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland, 12 January 2014. Olsen and Quinn both hail from Texas.
Arno Balzarini/EPA /Landov

The Winter Olympics kick off in the Russian city of Sochi – and Texans will have four homegrown athletes to cheer for.

San Antonio's Justin Olsen and McKinney, Texas' Johnny Quinn are competing in two-man and four-man bobsled events. Houston's Jonathan Garcia is competing in the long track, 1000-meter speed skating event. And Denton, Texas' Jordan Malone Malone will race in speed skating's short track 500-meter and 1,500-meter competitions, and its 5,000-meter relay event.

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Texas A&M Football
1:02 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Photos: A&M Auctions Off Kyle Field Signs

At $1,250 as of this writing, the "Kyle Field Rules" sign is going for the highest value.
aggieathletics.com

Texas A&M has been planning a massive renovation of Kyle Field since last spring. And now that the teardown's underway, you can own a part of the storied stadium.

Kyle Field signs are being auctioned online through tomorrow. North of $1,200, the "Kyle Field Rules" sign is going for the highest value. The "Snacks and Beverages" sign comes in second with a current bid just under a thousand dollars.

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Sports
2:21 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Judge Fears NFL Concussion Settlement Isn't Large Enough

Junior Seau sustained many concussions during his career and was suffering from a degenerative brain disease when he killed himself in May 2012.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 2:15 pm

A federal judge rejected a preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement over NFL concussion claims.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody said she was concerned the settlement may not be enough to cover all retired players.

The AP adds:

"'I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their (families) ... will be paid,' Brody wrote in a 12-page opinion filed Tuesday morning.

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Sports
4:52 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

UT Football Hires Charlie Strong to Replace Mack Brown

Charlie Strong at a Louisville game in September. UT announced Sunday it is hiring Strong as head football coach.
Eleanor Hasken, http://www.flickr.com/photos/94508584@N06/10693063415/

The University of Texas announced Sunday it is hiring Charlie Strong as its head football coach, replacing the outgoing Mack Brown, who announced last month that he was leaving the team after 16 years. 

Strong, 53, will become the first black coach of a men's sport at UT in the university's history, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

"To follow a future Hall of Fame coach like Mack Brown, who built a program that had great success and a reputation of doing it with class and integrity, is extra special," Strong said in a statement released by the university. 

Strong will receive a salary of $5 million per year for five years, Sports Illustrated reports, citing an unnamed athletics official.  

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Sports
9:44 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Austin Natives to Square Off in NFL Wild-Card Round

Drew Brees during a 2008 matchup of the Saints and Redskins.
Credit photo courtesy flickr.com/dbking

When the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night, many Texas football fans hung their heads. 

But with an Eagles victory comes an NFC wild-card game that could answer a definitive question for Central Texas high school football fans: Who was the greatest Westlake quarterback?

A decade apart, New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees and the Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles both led the Westlake Chapparals to state championships and remain among the most storied players in the school's history. But tomorrow's NFC wild-card game could prove, at least this season, who the best Chap in the NFL really is.

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Sports
9:58 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Longhorns Fall to Oregon in Mack Brown's Final Game as Head Coach

UT Head Coach Mack Brown at a press conference in 2012.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Update: The Longhorns got trampled 30-7 by the University of Oregon Ducks tonight in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. 

The Ducks ran two interceptions for touchdowns, spoiling what was the farewell game for Longhorns' Head Coach Mack Brown, who is retiring after 16 seasons with UT.

Despite the loss -- and a 30-21 record in his final four seasons -- the crowd gave Brown a warm send-off. UT athletic director Steve Patterson has said the team intends to name Brown's successor by January 15th. 

Original story: It's not unusual for the University of Texas at Austin's football team to appear in a post-season bowl game. But tonight, when the Longhorns take on Oregon in the Alamo Bowl, there is one twist: it is the last game as Head Coach for Mack Brown.

Brown became the Longhorns' 28th head football coach on December 4, 1997.

On December 15, 2013, after months of speculation, Brown made the announcement that he will retire at the end of the 2013 season.

After a few disappointing seasons since 2010, many fans and observers have considered the team to be underperforming and were clamoring for change.

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Sports
6:30 am
Fri December 20, 2013

From NBA All-Star to Austin Toro, Josh Howard Shoots for a Comeback

Following an injury, fomer NBA player Josh Howard is regaining his footing with the Austin Toros.
NBA Development League

Not even four years ago, Josh Howard was making more than $10 million a year playing in the NBA. Today, he plays for the Austin Toros in the NBA's Development League (or "D-League"), with a salary of $25,000.  

After a string of debilitating injuries, including some freak on-the-court accidents, doctors gave him a grim prognosis for recovery last year.  The 33-year-old faced the very real prospect of retiring far earlier than he'd planned.  

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Sports
6:58 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Mack Brown Leaving UT Longhorns After Bowl Game

Mack Brown celebrates winning the 2005 national championship over the University of Southern California.
Jim Sigmon UT Athletics

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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College Football
11:46 am
Sun December 1, 2013

In Shocking Upset, Auburn Beats Alabama With A Historic Play

Auburn fans react at the end of a win over Alabama during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday.
Jay Sailors AP

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 11:03 am

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UT Longhorn Football
4:39 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Longhorns Prepare for Thanksgiving Game as Injuries Mount

Mack Brown will look to improve the Longhorns fortunes this Thanksgiving after losing last year to TCU.
KUT Staff

The Texas Longhorns football team will continue their slog through another disappointing season on Thanksgiving night.

The Longhorns will be facing a new Turkey Day foe: Texas Tech Red Raiders. The team will pose a challenge for a banged up and underperforming Longhorns defense. The Red Raiders feature the #1 passing offense in college football and started the season 7-0 before dropping four straight games.

Meanwhile, the Longhorns are coming off a blowout 38-13 loss to Oklahoma State. The loss likely trampled any hopes the Longhorns had to salvage a season with a Big 12 Championship. The defeat dropped the Longhorns to a dismal 29-19 record since the start of the 2010 season.

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Formula 1
3:53 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Why 3-D Printing Found Early Adopters in F1

The Petronas team rolls a car down pit lane as hundreds of spectators look on.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUT News

As Formula 1 events enthrall Austin this weekend, tech companies are taking note of the innovative tools racers use.  

Besides entertaining car lovers across the globe, the technology used to design and manufacture F1 vehicles has seeped out into broader use.  Materials like carbon fiber have gained in popularity within recent years. And one big emerging product – 3-D printing – has been a part of Formula 1 for well over a decade.

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Sports & Race
12:04 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Study: Black Male Student Athletes Overrepresented in UT Sports

African-American male students make up a disproportionate part of college athletic programs – and some players say that creates stereotypes that they’re there only for sports.
flickr.com/mrbaze

African-American men make up only 1.8 percent of the University of Texas’ student body – but they comprise 68 percent of the university’s basketball and football players.

That’s one of the findings in a University of Pennsylvania study [PDF], “Black Male Student-Athletes and Racial Inequities in NCAA Division I College Sports.”

The study finds that 43 percent of black male student athletes graduate from UT within six years. That compares to 62 percent of all student athletes, and 79 percent of all students.

In a comparison of universities where black male students are most over-represented in sports, UT ranks 14th out of 25.  

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Texas-OU Game
5:24 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Shutdown Cancels Naval ROTC’s Long-Running Texas-OU Tradition

The University of Texas Naval ROTC program's annual run to Dallas is canceled due to the government shutdown. In this file photo from 2012, a group of midshipmen carry the game ball for the Red River Shootout.
UT Naval ROTC

For 30 years the Naval ROTC unit at the University of Texas has run the Texas-OU game ball from Austin to Dallas. Their counterparts at the University of Oklahoma did the same.

But neither will be making the trip this year. It’s not the death of a tradition – just another temporary casualty of the government shutdown.

The UT Naval ROTC unit is normally a part of the annual torchlight parade, part of a huge pep rally in anticipation of the Red River Shootout in Dallas. As part of the ceremonies at the base of the UT Tower, Coach Mack Brown would normally hand the game ball to the commanding officer  of the Naval ROTC student battalion.

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Texas-OU Game
1:29 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Red River Rivalry Fundraising a Growing Trend

Texas lawmakers from both parties look to the annual Texas-OU game as a fundraising opportunity.
Todd Wiseman / Randall Chancellor / Jason Petersen / Stephen Payne

More than 30 Texas legislators are hoping to cash in on the big Longhorn-Sooner rivalry game this weekend in Dallas, but they're not relying on bookies or their betting prowess.

The annual SBC Red River Rivalry football game between the University of Texas and Oklahoma University is increasingly becoming a fundraising hotspot for lawmakers in both parties, who can rely on plenty of deep-pocketed donors to be in Dallas for the game-day festivities. While most of the legislators holding fundraisers represent districts in the Dallas area, recently more lawmakers from across the state, like state Reps. Ken King, R-Canadian, andTodd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, are going to Dallas hoping to score big financially at the Cotton Bowl.

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SXSW
11:29 am
Wed October 2, 2013

South by Southwest Invites the Jocks to the Party with SXsports

A scene at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW 2013.
Wells Dunbar, KUT News

Though its average attendee is much older, you can think about South by Southwest like it was a high school: It’s got cool rockers, AV buffs (SXSW Film), tech geeks (SXSW Interactive), even straight-A students (SXSWedu) and crunchy granola-types (SXSW Eco).

Now South by Southwest has invited the jocks to the party.

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UT Longhorn Football
5:09 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Longhorn Football Loses Legendary Player James Street

KUT News

Former University of Texas quarterback James Street died Monday morning in his Austin home after suffering a heart attack. He was 65 years old.

Street played for Coach Darrell K. Royal from 1966 to 1969. He won all 20 games he started as quarterback – a feat no other Longhorn quarterback has repeated.

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UT Longhorn Football
3:08 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

After Ole Miss Loss, Mack Brown Pleads to UT Fans, Eyes Big 12 Play

UT football coach Mack Brown says he knows he’s in the hotseat, but promises he is working to fix problems.
KUT News

Following the weekend’s 44-23 loss to Ole Miss, Longhorn Football coach Mack Brown is realistic about the list of challenges facing the Longhorns and the dismal performance of his team so far this season.

“I’m more disappointed than anybody at the way we have started,” Brown said in a press conference on Monday. “It has kind of been the perfect storm. We’ve had injuries, we’ve had setbacks.”

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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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