• No. 6 Texas ready to compete in Hawaii at John Burns Intercollegiate

    No. 6 Texas men’s golf will play in its second tournament of the spring season today through Friday at the John Burns Intercollegiate at the Wailua Golf Course in Lihue, Hawaii.

    Wailua Golf Course is a Par 72 and 6,991 yards long. The three-day tournament will be 54 holes over three rounds.

    The tournament will host 16 teams, including No. 20 Washington and No. 22 Virginia. Washington finished runner-up to Texas just over two weeks ago in Arizona. 

    At the Arizona Intercollegiate, the Longhorns kicked off the spring with a five-shot win. Junior Beau Hossler won by two shots in the individual standings, giving him his third career victory.

    Since then, Texas has risen four spots in the Golfweek rankings to No. 6, and Hossler has jumped to No. 1.

    The lineup for the Longhorns includes Hossler, sophomore Doug Ghim, junior Gavin Hall, sophomore Scottie Scheffler and redshirt sophomore Branson Davis. 

    Davis won the first tournament of his career at the Arizona Medalist, a separate event from the Arizona Intercollegiate for players competing as individuals.

    Redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk, redshirt senior Tayler Termeer, junior Kalena Preus and freshman Steven Chervony will compete as individuals. Chervony will make the first start of his college career.

  • Texas hires Anthony Johnson as running backs coach

    Former Longhorn Anthony Johnson will be the running backs coach for the Longhorns, Texas athletics announced Saturday.

    Johnson played at running back at Texas from 2001-05 and has been coaching ever since, most recently as the co-offensive coordinator at Toledo. He replaces Tommie Robinson, who left in January for USC.

    “There’s no way I could put into words how excited I am about the opportunity to come back to Texas and be the running backs coach,” Johnson said in a statement. “I grew up a Longhorn fan, played at Texas and bleed orange through and through.”

    Head coach Charlie Strong said Johnson adds collegiate experience to the coaching staff and likes his passion for the game and the university.  

    “Our entire staff thought that Anthony was a perfect fit to coach our running backs,” Strong said. “He’s a tremendous young coach with great energy and enthusiasm.”

    Under Johnson, Toledo’s offense led the Mid-American conference in rushing, ranking 12th in the country in 2014 (256.4 ypg), and 27th in 2015 (207.9 ypg). Johnson is hoping to bring the same level of production to Texas.

    “I’ve obviously been watching the program from afar for years, and I have great admiration for Coach Strong,” Johnson said. “After spending some time in Austin with him and his staff recently, you can really feel the energy of what’s going on at Texas. I know there are big things in the future for Texas football, and I can’t wait to get down there and be a part of it.”

    The Longhorns still have two holes to fill on the coaching staff after defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn was not retained by Texas and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell left for Arizona State on Friday.

  • Report: Norvell leaves Texas to join Arizona State staff

    Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell has left Texas and joined the staff at Arizona State, according to multiple reports Friday morning.

    Norvell is the fifth member of the coaching staff to leave this offseason and the second to do so in the last 24 hours. Texas confirmed Thursday night that defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn would not return to the staff.

    Norvell served as the interim playcaller for the last 11 games of the season after head coach Charlie Strong removed Joe Wickline and Shawn Watson from the position. Wickline and Watson were let go after the end of the season, and Texas hired Sterlin Gilbert in December as offensive coordinator.

    The move leaves Texas with two holes on the offensive coaching staff. The Longhorns are also looking for a running backs coach after Tommie Robinson joined USC in January.

    An ESPN report said Norvell will be the passing-game coordinator for the Sun Devils in addition to his wide receiving coaching duties.

  • Report: Defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn let go by Texas

    Defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn and the Longhorns have parted ways, per the athletics department.

    Texas head coach Charlie Strong brought Vaughn on to his coaching staff on two years ago. Vaughn signed a two-year deal to coach the secondary for an annual base salary of $245,000. His two-year contract expired on Jan. 30, but it was speculated that Texas would resign Vaughn.

    While at Texas, Vaughn has been one of the team’s best recruiters and has been in charge of developing the team’s young defensive backs. He also was the Longhorns’ special teams coordinator in the 2014 season.  

    From 2008 to 2011, Vaughn was the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Ole Miss, who is facing allegations from the NCAA. According to a report by ESPN, four of the violations against Ole Miss are involved with former members of the Rebels coaching staff under former head coach Houston Nutt. The Austin-American Statesman reported that Texas thought the NCAA has “a think file” on Vaughn about the Ole Miss allegations.

    “Chris did a tremendous job for us,” Strong said in a statement. “He’s a terrific football coach and a great person. However, circumstances have put us in a position that we are going to part ways.”

    A report by Horns247 said that those allegations are likely the reason Vaughn will not return next year.

  • Longhorns look to continue success against Rice

    Senior Breaunna Addison won in straight sets to help the Longhorns earn their second straight home win. Addison now boasts a 19-2 singles record.
    Senior Breaunna Addison won in straight sets to help the Longhorns earn their second straight home win. Addison now boasts a 19-2 singles record.

    The Texas and Rice women’s tennis teams have a lot in common.

    Both teams are ranked in the 30s, and both started the team season 3-1 overall and 1-1 against ranked opponents. They also both have nationally-ranked players — the Owls with No. 34 junior  Katherine Ip, followed by No. 84 sophomore  Lindsey Hodge and the Longhorns with No. 8 senior Breaunna Addison.

    Now the two teams will square off against each other on Saturday in Houston as they each try to build early season momentum. 

    Addison returned to the ITA top 10 on Wednesday, becoming the first Longhorn to do so since Aeriel Ellis in 2011.  She currently sits at 89 career wins, but for win No. 90 will have to go through a familiar foe, Ip. 

    Addison faced Ip in September in the semifinals of the Rice Invitational, and the two met again in October in the semifinals of the UTSA/ITA DI Women’s Texas Regional Championship. Addison emerged victorious in both matches. 

    Texas sophomore Dani Wagland also competed against Ip in the quarterfinals of the Rice Invitational, in which Ip came out on top. 

    Rice is currently ranked seven spots higher than the Longhorns, but Texas has had the upper hand in recent years. The Longhorns have beaten the Owls the last two years, winning 4-1 in 2014 and 4-3 in 2015.

    Saturday’s match is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the George R. Brown Tennis Center in Houston.