Shaka Smart’s Longhorns uncharacteristically won with offense Monday in their 78-76 defeat of Davidson during the Maui Invitational in Asheville, N.C. Thanks to six Longhorns in double figures, including Courtney Ramey and his game-winning layup with 20 seconds left, Texas survived a late scare from the Wildcats despite a so-so evening on the defensive end.
Two days after Texas’ 23-20 loss to Iowa State, redshirt junior left tackle Samuel Cosmi opted out of the Longhorns’ remaining games and began preparation for the NFL Draft. His departure means Texas must find a replacement for a pre-season All-American blindside protector with 34 consecutive starts to his name.
Tom Herman typically wears a good poker face during his post-game press conferences. His consistency in messaging and demeanor is a mark of a decently skilled public speaker. His words may be repetitive, but they are for those within the program more often than they are for those outside of it.
Texas, a program that believes it should continuously be competing for conference championships and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with college football’s top programs, will go at least 11 years without winning a Big 12 Championship after a 23-20 loss to Iowa State.
Texas basketball returned to the hardcourt Wednesday for the first time since being pulled off the floor of the 2020 Big 12 Tournament. Twelve players who made that truncated trip to Kansas City returned for the 2020-21 season, beginning their 27-game campaign with a 91-55 win over UT-Rio Grande Valley.
Minute allocation for a team returning 12 players from 2019-20 and adding five-star Greg Brown III was one of the biggest questions facing Shaka Smart ahead of the 2020-21 season. Following Texas’ 91-55 season-opening win over UT-Rio Grande Valley, Smart explained how that task may have become easier for him to manage.