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A lot has happened over the past week or so in Longhorn sports. From having a top 10 recruiting class in football to Women’s Volleyball winning a National Championship, Longhorn athletics have been making headlines during the holiday season. Let’s take a look at all that's happened:
Texas Women’s Volleyball not only defeated but swept the Louisville Cardinals in 3 sets to take home the National Championship title for the 2022 season. It’s the team’s first championship since 2012 and the program’s 3rd ever national title. For more information on the game, click here.
The Texas Longhorn Football Team will take on the Washington Huskies at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on December 29th at 8 CT. The Longhorns are currently favored in the game yet are missing a few significant players like RB Bijan Robinson, LB DeMarvion Overshown and RB Roschon Johnson. All 3 have opted out of the bowl game to prepare for the 2023 NFL Draft. This opens the door for some younger players to get more opportunities, such as RB’s Jonathan Brooks and Jaydon Blue along with others. Texas’ last bowl win came against Colorado back in December of 2020 in the Alamo Bowl and also had a bowl win in the year before that back in 2019 also in the Alamo Bowl where the Horns defeated Utah 38-10. So, long story short, this is the Longhorns’ 3rd straight bowl game in San Antonio.
Keeping on the topic of Texas Football, the Longhorns recruiting team was busy this past week. Currently ranked the 3rd best 2023 recruiting class in the nation by 247 Sports, Steve Sarkisian and Co. have brought in and recently signed guys such as 5 star QB Arch Manning (#1 QB in the nation), Anthony Hill Jr. (#1 LB in the nation), Cedric Baxter Jr. (#1 RB in the nation), and 5 star WR Johntay Cook II. Other big names such as CB Malik Muhammad, S Derek Williams, and EDGE Colton Vasek also have signed with the Horns while there are plenty of other extremely talented players I can’t even mention due to the list being so long. Long story short, the incoming 2023 class seems to be extremely talented and has the potential to help take Texas to where they really want to be very soon.
The Texas Men’s Basketball Team has stayed hot with Interim Head Coach Rodney Terry now at the wheel. Since being without suspended HC Chris Beard, the Horns have gone 4-0 and are now 11-1 on the season and ranked 6th in the nation. During Terry’s time, the Longhorns defeated Rice 81-87 in OT, Stanford 62-72 and the, at the time, 10-1 Ragin’ Cajuns of LA-Lafayette 72-100 (!). The Horns defeated Texas A&M-Comm on Tuesday night 97-72 behind Marcus Carr's career high 41 points. Up next Texas begins Big 12 play by travelling to Oklahoma on the 31st to take on the Sooners in a Red River Showdown.
Stay tuned for more Longhorn sports updates as the week goes on.