A whirlwind week of realignment news culminated Friday with the University of Texas Board of Regents approving the Texas Longhorns’ move to the Southeastern Conference.
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UT board of regents chairman Kevin Eltife was honored in Tyler on Thursday by the Tyler-Smith County Texas Exes at Hollytree Country Club. Eltife, a former mayor of Tyler and state senator, spoke with gathered media about the University of Texas’ decision to seek an invitation to the SEC.
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Texas forward Kai Jones was selected with the 19th pick by the New York Knicks in the 2021 NBA Draft. The Knicks have a proposed trade pending approval that would send him to the Charlotte Hornets.
Throughout the history of its athletic department, the Texas Longhorns have been members of four different intercollegiate athletic conferences. Over the past 125 years, Texas has been a part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Southwest Conference, and Big 12 Conference.
The University of Texas Board of Regents is holding a special meeting Friday to discuss the Longhorns’ athletic conference membership, but that isn’t the only major athletics related topic on the agenda.
Steve Sarkisian inherited a tough schedule for the start of his tenure as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns. Much like Tom Herman, who drew the innocuous challenge of playing Maryland, Sarkisian has a pair of “trap” games to welcome him to the gig. Then the Big 12 slate hits him hard early with a road trip against Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs, bane of the Longhorn existence in the Big 12, the week before the season-defining Red River Shootout against an Oklahoma team with National Championship aspirations.
Tomorrow is a big day for the University of Texas. In addition to the Board of Regents’ special meeting, the Horns will host a number of top targets for a BBQ/pool party on Friday evening. It’s the last opportunity for the UT staff to get in front of some of its priorities before fall camp kicks off.
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