Author Archives: Mike Blackwell

NOTES & QUOTES: Norvell and Heard

Jay Norvell. (Will Gallagher/IT)

University of Texas fans eager to move past the horror of the past two Saturdays were given Exhibit A at Tuesday media availability: quarterback Jerrod Heard. Yes, Heard was probably still hurting from the results of the previous two Texas games, but he didn’t show it.

Blackwell Commentary: Making Change

Texas flag. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Change is what we want. And we want it now, of course. Change your outlook. Change your fortunes. Change your culture. Make change. And then, change your mind. Change was certainly in the air – say, a few floors high in the air at Belmont Hall – during the 2013 football season.

Cowboys beat UT in OT, 65-63

Myles Turner. (Will Gallagher/IT)

After climbing all the way back from a 15-point deficit against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Texas dropped a heartbreaker in overtime to drop its fourth consecutive game in the Big 12, 65-53, at the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday.

Black Monday: Sooners boom UT, 70-49

Myles Turner. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Starting a game by making two of your first 16 shots is not typically a recipe for basketball success. Not surprisingly, that output didn’t work out too well for the Texas basketball team Monday night, as the baffling Longhorns lost to the Oklahoma Sooners 70-49 at the Erwin Center.

Five Quick Thoughts – Arkansas 31, Texas 7

Texas team. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Here are my Five Quick Thoughts following Arkansas’ 31-7 win over Texas Monday night. 1) The Swoopes Report…¬†Unfortunately for Charlie Strong – and for Shawn Watson – Tyrone Swoopes looked like he made no progress in the month before the bowl game. He looked confused, obviously – witness the Longhorns having to call a timeout […]

Horns survive slow start, fly past Owls

Myles Turner. (Will Gallagher/IT)

High noon on the Monday after Christmas is probably not an ideal tipoff time for a major college basketball game. It certainly didn’t appear to be ideal for the Texas Longhorns, who beat Rice 66-55 at the Erwin Center despite what seemed to be a sure case of holiday doldrums.

Texas outlasts Long Beach, 78-68

Jonathan Holmes. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Depending on the beholder, Saturday’s 78-68 Texas win over Long Beach State at the Erwin Center was a true beauty, or, more likely, simply a less-than aesthetically-pleasing performance that was nevertheless the 10th victory of the season for the ninth-ranked team in the country. Warts and all.