Texas fires Herman after 4 seasons, hires Tide OC Sarkisian
The move comes just a few hours after Texas announced the firing of Tom Herman after four seasons with no Big 12 championships. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)AUSTIN, Texas – Texas was tired of waiting for Tom Herman to deliver a Big 12 title and turn the Longhorns back into national championship contenders. Texas fired Herman on Saturday after four winning seasons, then hours later announced it was giving the job to the Alabama offensive coordinator. He will be Texas’ fourth head coach since the program’s last Big 12 championship in 2009. Of note, Sarkisian was a USC assistant when Texas beat the Trojans for the national championship in the epic 2006 Rose Bowl.
Steve Sarkisian hired as new Texas Longhorns football coach; Tom Herman fired
This comes after the firing of previous head coach Tom Herman, as announced Saturday. Original:Tom Herman has been fired as head football coach of the Texas Longhorns. We thank Coach Herman for his service and dedication to our student-athletes, our program and our university,” university officials said in a statement. His final game as Longhorns head coach was a victory over Colorado in the 2020 Valero Alamobowl. According to reports, Texas is looking to hire Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to replace Herman.
17 people cited, warned or kicked out of Alamo Bowl for ‘repeated refusal’ to wear face masks, city says
SAN ANTONIO – As the Texas Longhorns crushed the Colorado Buffaloes in the Alamo Bowl Tuesday night, security staff were throwing penalty flags of their own off the field. The City of San Antonio’s running database of citations was updated Wednesday to show that 10 people at the game, inside the Alamodome, were cited for “repeated refusal” to wear masks or wear them properly. The violation states that the guests had received prior warnings before they were cited. Another seven people were either issued warnings or left/were escorted out due to violating the mask rule, according to the city. The San Antonio Development Services Department (DSD), Center City Development and Operations Department, San Antonio Police Department and Metro Health are all charged with enforcing San Antonio’s emergency declaration, set in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Texas overcomes Ehlinger injury, routs Colorado 55-23
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – Texas has been tested all year, but losing senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger to a shoulder injury was an obstacle the Longhorns never anticipated. 20 Texas overcame Ehlinger’s injury to beat Colorado 55-23 in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Tuesday night. Ehlinger missed the second half after sustaining a shoulder injury in the second quarter. Thompson started the second half in place of Ehlinger and led Texas to a touchdown on its opening possession. Texas: The Longhorns found a capable replacement for Ehlinger in Thompson.
Alamo Bowl pits Colorado’s Broussard vs depleted Texas D
Colorado is playing its first bowl game since the Alamo Bowl following the 2016 season. KEY MATCHUPA depleted Texas defense against Colorado running back Jarek Broussard, who comes in averaging 162.6 yards rushing, including a 301-yard effort against Arizona. Four team captains on defense, including sacks leader Joseph Ossai, have opted out of the season since late November. Wells’ ability to anchor a defense tasked with stopping Robinson and keeping Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger from scrambling for big gains will be key. The other is former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy ... Colorado and Texas haven’t met since 2009 when Colorado was still a member of the Big 12.
Officials lay out safety game plan for Valero Alamo Bowl
SAN ANTONIO – The game is on, but the settings will be different this year for the Valero Alamo Bowl. Officials on Monday unveiled their safety plan for the 11,000 people who will be attending the game. Officials said the plan includes basic safety principles. While the new guidelines may lead to an unusual bowl game experience this year, facilitators believe safety goals will be met. This is basically going to be a seventh edition of that,” said Valero Alamo Bowl CEO Derrick Fox.
COVID-19 protocols a priority at next week’s Valero Alamo Bowl, city officials say
SAN ANTONIO – The NCAA will carefully scrutinize next week’s Valero Alamo Bowl as it decides whether to stage two major Women’s Final Four events at the Alamodome next year. The NCAA is in talks with the city of San Antonio and others about bringing the entire women’s basketball tournament to the Alamodome in March and April. Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the Valero Alamo Bowl would be “essentially hosted by Metro Health” because of the pandemic. “The Alamodome has hosted six UTSA football games in very similar situations this year with no negative impacts,” Oliver said. They love San Antonio.”
Texas and Colorado will meet in the 2020 Valero Alamo Bowl
The University of Texas football team celebrates after defeating the Utah Utes at the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio. #20 Texas (6-3) will face Colorado (4-1) in the 2020 Valero Alamo Bowl. “We’re extremely honored and proud to be representing the University of Texas and the Big 12 in the Valero Alamo Bowl,” said head coach Tom Herman. “Our players will be excited to head back, regardless of the circumstances that 2020 has thrown everyone’s way, including the Valero Alamo Bowl.”This year will mark Texas’ fifth appearance in the Alamo Bowl, and fourth since 2012. The 2020 Valero Alamo Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 29 at 8:00 p.m. in the Alamodome.
Former Penn State football player claims hazing teammates threatened to 'Sandusky' younger players
In this December 28, 1999 file photograph, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is carried off the field after a victory in the Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M. A former Penn State football player claims in a lawsuit that Nittany Lions players hazed him and other younger teammates by imitating sexual acts in the shower and invoking Jerry Sandusky's name. University police turned over results of their investigation to the local district attorney, who declined to prosecute, Penn State said in a statement. The lawsuit claims some of the older players would physically restrain younger players, taunt them and engage in mock sex acts. The plaintiff has since transferred out of Penn State and attends a different school.cnbc.com
Alamo Bowl: Clear bag policy, midnight party at Alamodome, tailgating and more things to know
SAN ANTONIO – Thousands of Texas Longhorns and Utah Utes fans (and other San Antonio sports enthusiasts in general) will hit downtown for the Alamo Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Clear bags larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches will also not be allowed. The gameKickoff for the 2019 Alamo Bowl is set for 6:30 p.m. San Antonio discounts on Lyft rides to the NYE party and back homeParkingAlamodome lots are sold out and require a pre-paid pass. A list of City of San Antonio parking garages can be found here.
Longhorns, Utes flood riverwalk for annual pep rally
Longhorns, Utes flood riverwalk for annual pep rallyPublished: December 30, 2019, 1:01 amThe Texas Longhorns and Utah Utes and their fans took to the Arneson River Theatre on Sunday for the annual pep rally in advance of Tuesday’s Valero Alamo Bowl.
2019 Valero Alamo Bowl: Texas vs. Utah
As announced via twitter this afternoon, the 2019 Valero Alamo Bowl will feature a matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the No. “We’re thrilled to be the Big 12 representative at the Alamo Bowl," Texas head coach Tom Herman said. "We want to thank the Alamo Bowl for inviting us. Over the phone at the Valero Alamo Bowl press conference, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said the team is excited for the opportunity to play in San Antonio, “It’s our first trip to the Alamo Bowl. Both sides are truly fired up to be coming to the Valero Alamo Bowl, so it makes it a lot of fun for a great bowl week.”Kickoff for the 2019 Alamo Bowl is set for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.