About Us

Inside Texas is the oldest independent source of  Univerisity of Texas sports coverage.

Inside Texas premiered in 1985 under the leadership of award-winning journalist Robert Heard.   In addition to his many professional contributions, Heard was notable for being a survivor of Charles Whitman’s gunfire from the UT Tower tragedy of 1966.  Robert led Inside Texas through several innovations such as on-demand phone updates, fax updates, and one of the very first digital recruiting updates during the early days of the internet

In 1997, Heard relinquished ownership to Clendon Ross and Michael Perle, who transformed Inside Texas from a print periodical to one of the first digital news services covering Texas sports.  Clendon and Michael stewarded Inside Texas into the digital age, moving the publication into a digital-first format for reporting and member forums.

In 2020,  Eric Nahlin and his IT investor group became Inside Texas’s third owner in its 35 years of service.

Our team is excited about Texas sports, and are constructive in our support of the program.   Our personal investment in our fandom of Texas sports is something we are grateful to participate in.

We have tremendous plans to grow IT and we are honored that you are willing to come along for the ride.

The Inside Texas Editorial Team

Eric Nahlin, Inside Texas Publisher & Managing Partner 

About the same time Ricky Williams moved from Southern California to Texas, so did Eric. He immediately became a fan of the University of Texas in part because of Williams but also because of the numerous life long fans of UT he became friends with. Eric became a life long fan of UT, he just started off fifteen years later than most. Though he initially set out to write about recruiting as a hobby, he soon became passionately engulfed in offering his opinions and insights into the recruiting process.

Justin Wells, Inside Texas Web Editor

Justin was born a sports fan. From the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, and Texas Rangers, he fell in love with sports at a young age. Justin lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and cross country in high school. He continued his playing career in basketball at LeTourneau University (98-01). Before becoming the Inside Texas Web Editor in August of 2013, Justin was a high school coach, helped UH and Baylor with scouting and summer football camps, worked in the oilfield, and was the editor at HornSports and writer at the East Texas Sports Network. Raised in a family of Aggies, Justin broke away from the regime when he was 12, attended his first Texas football game in 1995 and has been hooked ever since.

Ian Boyd, Xs and Os

Ian moved to Austin as a 9-year old, chose the Longhorns over the Aggies thanks to Ricky Williams and never looked back or thought twice about it. After graduating from The University in ’09 with a History degree, he’s been writing about the strategies and trends of Longhorn football and the game in general.

Tim Preston, Inside Texas Basketball Editor

Tim is a teacher and coach in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The son of a coach, Tim grew up in Austin and San Antonio before moving to Iowa during high school. An All-Mid Iowa basketball and All State tennis player in high school, Tim is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he was a two-time All Conference performer in tennis. Tim and his wife, Amity, have one child, Owen.

Mike Blackwell, Inside Texas Editor

Mike, a 2005 graduate of the University of Texas (he was on the 25-year plan, the first part spent at UT from 1980-84), is editor of the Inside Texas magazine and contributes weekly commentary at InsideTexas.com. In addition to his work for Inside Texas, Blackwell works for ESPN Radio and Sporting News Radio as an Austin correspondent, providing game updates and interviews for those networks. Blackwell lives near Austin.

Will Gallagher, Inside Texas Photographer/Magazine Designer

Will is a 1990 graduate of the University of Texas and has been shooting for Inside Texas since 2003. He also handles design and layout for Inside Texas Magazine. His photography has appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com and Yahoo.com. Will is a life-long resident of Austin and now lives near Lake Travis with his wife Yasuko and son Shigeru.

Joe Cook, Writer

Joe became interested in sports at a young age, specifically the Longhorns and the Astros. He grew up spending Saturdays in the fall traveling from his hometown of Houston to Austin in order to watch the Horns. He studied journalism and minored in government at the University of Texas, graduating in 2016. Joe also worked at the San Antonio Express-News, the same paper that his cousin, Dan Cook, worked at for decades. Joe joined Inside Texas in 2013 during his freshman year to cover Longhorn baseball. Joe lives in Austin, but still holds Houston near to his heart.

Special Contributors:

Pat Culpepper, Special Contributor

Pat played for The University from 1960-62 and graduated from UT with a B.A. degree with honors in history. He coached college football for 12 years as an assistant at Texas, Colorado, Tulane, Baylor and Memphis State and was head coach at Northern Illinois from 1976-79. He also spent 16 years as a high school coach in Texas at Midland, Lufkin, Galveston Ball, Westfield and his hometown of Cleburne. He was selected to the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1991. His commentary appears regularly in the Inside Texas magazine and at InsideTexas.com.

Mike Venable, Football Coaches Corner Moderator

Mike spent 30 years as the DC and LB coach at five Texas high schools (Lancaster, Duncanville, Pasadena Sam Rayburn, Carrollton Turner, and The Colony) before retiring in 2000. Four of his former players played at UT (Mike Williams, Steve Massey, Jimmy Johnson, and Doug Livingston) and around twenty are currently coaching in Texas high schools. His Report Card appears on InsideTexas.com after every Longhorn football game and he answers questions in the Coaches Corner forum, a place to ask questions and talk about Xs and Os, schemes, gameplans, offensive and defensive theories, etc.

Jeff Conner, Special Contributor

Jeff is an attorney with a solo civil practice in Lubbock, Texas who graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1986. When he is not philosophizing about collegiate athletics and mocking his social betters in the Inside Texas column “Conner’s Burnt Orange Glasses” and “Hornication” cartoon, Jeff plays guitar and sings in a classic rock band, writes and records songs, coaches the Monterey High School Mock Trial team, and takes a leadership role at Lubbock Bible Church. The lucky son of a gun is married to a hot young thing named Valerie.