• Texas Volleyball ranks No. 1 in Big 12 Preseason Poll

    The Big 12 released their preseason Poll Wednesday afternoon, ranking Texas No. 1 and selecting the Longhorns as the favorite to win the Big 12 Conference volleyball title.

    The Longhorns, who were unanimously selected by the conference with 64 total points, have been ranked No. 1 in the past three preseason polls, six times in the conference's history. The poll is determined by the league's head coaches.

    Iowa State (55 points) was ranked second for the second straight season. Kansas (51 points) came in third.

    Last season, the defending national championship Longhorns finished 29-4. They will return all but one of the championship squad including All-Americans Haley Eckerman and Bailey Webster as well as Hannah Allison, Khat Bell and Molly McCage. They defeated Oregon 3-0 in the national championship match last December in Louisville, KY.

    In addition, the Longhorns have won 40 consecutive conference games at Gregory Gym. They have six Big 12 titles. Their season starts on August 30 at a tournament in Hawaii.

     

    1. TEXAS

    2. Iowa State

    3. Kansas

    4. Kansas State

    5. Oklahoma

    6. Baylor

    7-tied. TCU

    7-tied. Texas Tech

    9. West Virginia

     

  • Texas holding three open practices next week *Time Update*

    Texas head coach Mack Brown announced Thursday that the Longhorns would be holding three practices next week that would be open to the public.

    The practices will be held at Denius Fields on Red River on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. Parking is available in Manor Garage across Robert Dedman from the stadium.

    Offensive and defensive linemen and specialists will be available for autographs after practices on Thursday. On Friday, running backs, linebackers and tight ends will be available. Quarterbacks, wide recievers and defensive backs will be available Saturday.

    Practices will be hosted in the bubble next to Denius Fields in case of bad weather - all practices in the bubble are closed due to limited space.

  • Texas ranked No. 15 in Pre-season USA Today Coaches' Poll

    Texas football premiered at No. 15 in the pre-season USA Today Coaches' Poll that was released Thursday morning.

    Alabama, the reigning national champion, was ranked at No.1 followed by Ohio State at No. 2. Texas is the second ranked team in the Big 12, following Oklahoma State at No. 14. Oklahoma (16) and TCU (20) were the two other Big 12 teams ranked in the top 25. Kansas State (26) and Baylor (29) also received votes. 

    Texas ended the 2012 season ranked at No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.

    1.  Alabama

    2. Ohio State

    3. Oregon

    4. Stanford

    5. Georgia

    14.  Oklahoma State

    15. Texas

    16. Oklahoma

    20. TCU

     

     

     

  • Quarterback Connor Brewer transfers to Arizona

    Former Longhorn quarterback Connor Brewer announced via Twitter Monday night that he had committed to the University of Arizona. Brewer elected to transfer from Texas earlier this month. 

    "I have committed to the University of Arizona! So excited to play for Coach Rodriguez," Brewer tweeted Monday night. "More great things to come for this program soon."

    According to NCAA transfer rules, Brewer will be required to sit out the 2013 season and will be eligible to play at Arizona starting in 2014. Brewer came to Texas in 2012 from Chaparral High School in Arizona as one of the nation's top quarterbacks. He was a redshirt freshman for Texas and did not play in 2012. 

    Texas head coach Mack Brown granted Brewer an unconditional release from his scholarship to allow Brewer to look at possible schools. The unconditional transfer policy at Texas is one of the more permissive policies in college football. Check out last week's story, Transferring unrestricted for horns, for more on the transfer policy at Texas in comparison to other programs in the NCAA.

    http://www.dailytexanonline.com/sports/2013/07/21/transferring-unrestricted-for-horns

  • Ogle named to Women's International All-Star Team

    Newly minted senior Mandy Ogle was named to the Women’s International All-Star Team at last week’s Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship. It was the San Antonio native’s second summer in a row playing in the tournament for the California A’s. She was the only member of the A’s chosen for the elite squad. 

    The All-Star team was chosen after round-robin play of the tournament, with Ogle hitting .444 for that particular part of the event. She contributed to the A’s record 2-3 in pool play, highlighted with an 8-1 win over Japan (who eventually went on to win the tournament). Ogle was 1-for-1 against Japan, and was hit by a pitch, driving in three runs. She also had two hits against Canada and a hit against Team USA.

    During Ogle's junior year at Texas, she started 60 of 61 games for the Longhorns as catcher, recorded new career highs in runs batted (41) and home runs (four), and matched her previous personal bests with 43 hits and 22 runs scored. She was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Central Region Second Team.

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