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Asher Price
Jan 21, 2022 - Business

Weekend Austin picks for Jan. 21-23

Illustration of a latte with "weekend" written in the foam.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Stay warm this winter weekend.

And in these COVID times of ours, double-check that events are a go and peek at public health guidelines before you head out.

Asher Price
Jan 14, 2022 - Sports

University of Texas football poised to hire former rival coach

Head coaches Steve Sarkisian and Gary Patterson shake hands after a game in 2021
Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian meets TCU head coach Gary Patterson following Texas' 32-27 win over TCU in Fort Worth in October. Photo: AP Photo/Ron Jenkins

The University of Texas Longhorns are poised to hire a long-time coaching rival to their football staff.

Driving the news: UT late last week posted a job for "special assistant to the head coach."

  • Spotted this past weekend in Austin was Gary Patterson, long-time coach of the TCU Horned Frogs.
  • UT athletic director Chris Del Conte is close to Patterson, having held the same title previously at TCU.
Asher Price
Jan 7, 2022 - Business

Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams' very best Austin day

Ricky Williams, flashing a Hook 'Em sign.
Former player Ricky Williams of the Texas Longhorns stands on the sideline of a football game in 2016, flashing a Hook 'Em sign. Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images

We recently caught up with Ricky Williams, the famed former University of Texas football player and Heisman trophy winner, who now lives full-time in California, but travels to Austin regularly to visit his kids.

  • Williams recently launched a cannabis lifestyle branding company called Highsman, and he's a professional astrologer.
Asher Price
Jan 5, 2022 - COVID

Austin universities go back to the virtual chalkboard

The administrative tower at the University of Texas.
The University of Texas Tower. Photo: Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Washington Post via Getty Images

In light of the ramped-up COVID numbers, university students in Austin will have to wait to return to the classroom.

The big picture: Officials at the University of Texas on Tuesday evening announced they're asking instructors to delay in-person teaching until the end of January.

Asher Price
Dec 16, 2021 - Sports

UT football's very good day

UT football coach Steve Sarkisian greets his players.
University of Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian greets players after UT scored a touchdown. Photo: Tim Warner/Getty Images

The University of Texas Longhorns football team got much-needed good news Wednesday, as a star group of high schoolers signed on to play in Austin.

Driving the news: Once the dust settled after a flurry of signing day activity, Texas held the fifth-ranked recruitment class in the country, per 247Sports.

  • Among the highly rated offensive and defensive linemen who have signed with the Longhorns are Westlake High School's 6'4", 296-pound offensive tackle Connor Robertson and the school's 6'7", 225-pound defensive end Ethan Burke.
  • "It's no secret that we like big humans," offensive line coach Kyle Flood said earlier this year.
Asher Price
Dec 14, 2021 - Sports

LBJ High School heads to state for first time ever

The AT&T stadium in Arlington.
The LBJ High School Jaguars football team is headed to Arlington later this week to play in the state championship game. Photo: Greg Nelson /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

A touchdown catch with nine seconds left in the semi-final lifted East Austin's LBJ Early College High School into this Friday's state title game, making the squad this year's football feel-good story.

Why it matters: Over the last few decades, state champions have routinely come from deep-pocketed suburban districts.

  • LBJ's student body is largely Black and Latino, and nearly 75% of the students are economically disadvantaged, per 2019-2020 state stats.
Asher Price
Dec 2, 2021 - Sports

$10 million fund set up to lure athletes to University of Texas

University of Texas athletes play volleyball
Jhenna Gabriel of the Texas Longhorns hits a set against the Wisconsin Badgers. Photo: Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

University of Texas donors, former UT athletes and sports marketer Nick Shuley on Wednesday announced the launch of a $10 million fund to bankroll name-image-likeness opportunities for student-athletes.

Why it matters: The Clark Field Collective, as it's known, is the latest salvo in a rapidly escalating arms race among boosters of top sports-playing universities to lure elite athletes to their playing fields.

  • A raft of new laws allows student-athletes to finally profit on their own names and images.
Asher Price
Nov 1, 2021 - News

Axios interviews: Lance Armstrong, Part 2

Matthew McConaughey, his wife Camila, and Lance Armstrong watch some golf during round two of the World Golf Championships in Austin in 2018.
Matthew McConaughey, his wife Camila, and Lance Armstrong watch some golf during round two of the World Golf Championships in Austin in 2018. Photo: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR

Last week, we caught up with Lance Armstrong, who just celebrated his 50th birthday, to talk about aging, competition, the present and future.

Here's more of our interview with the former competitive cyclist, who decamped to Colorado a couple of years ago but still frequently visits Austin, the town he long called home.

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