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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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