For season ticket holders, it won’t cost more to watch the Texas Longhorns’ football team play at home in 2020. That’s according to Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte, who addressed the issue of raising season ticket costs during a Texas Athletics Town Hall on Tuesday night.
“What we need is everyone to continue to support our athletic program,” Del Conte told those in attendance, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. “My goal is not to keep on going back to the same juice and squeezing it over and over and over again. My goal is to say, ‘OK, we’re in in it together.’”
It’s the fifth consecutive season the Longhorns have opted to keep prices the same.
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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Four-star athlete Kelvontay Dixon’s commitment to the Longhorns was enough to push Texas ahead of the Oklahoma Sooners in Big 12 recruiting rankings, 247Sports reports. From 247Sports: “According to 247Sports Composite, the addition of Dixon pushed the Longhorns into the No. 9 spot in the 2020 team rankings, which moves the Sooners down to No. 10. The Longhorns have the opportunity to move further up the rankings on National Signing Day if Texas can manage to add another coveted prospect Wednesday, as the Longhorns remain in the mix with both five-star defensive lineman Alfred Collins and four-star defensive lineman Princely Umanmielen. Texas sits with 18 commitments/signees in the 2020 class and holds an overall total 262.11 points with the addition of Dixon’s pledge.”
- After he was granted a medical redshirt last year due to a shoulder injury, Longhorns senior catcher DJ Petrinsky is seemingly ready to roll Texas baseball this season. From Inside Texas: “Petrinsky was sorely missed [in 2019]. He slashed .257/.340/.452 (BA/OBP/SLG) during his 2018 campaign when the Longhorns advanced to the College World Series. In 2019, his backups Michael McCann and Caston Peter combined to hit .194/.279/.347. Defensively, Texas ranked third in conference for most passed balls and wild pitches. Texas applied for and received a medical hardship waiver for the Hill College product, giving Petrinsky one more season in Austin. Texas hopes the redshirt senior can provide a veteran presence in the clubhouse, in the batter’s box, and behind the plate it lacked for the majority of the 2019 season. ... The 2019 Longhorns sank without Petrinsky. They lost 60 percent of their games without him available and tumbled to a .500 season at Texas.”
- Longhorns junior infielder Murphy Stehly has decided to honor his former Orange Coast College coach John Altobelli this season by wearing the No. 14 jersey. Altobelli was among the nine individuals who tragically died in a helicopter crash late last month. NBA great Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were also among the victims in the crash.
- The date is set for Texas football’s annual spring game: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Athletic director Chris Del Conte revealed the game’s date and time at the second annual Texas Athletics Town Hall event at the LBJ Library.
Texas will hold its annual spring football game on Saturday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Royal-Memorial Stadium, athletic director Chris Del Conte said.https://t.co/BW6g06PpPa— Hookem.com (@bevobeat) February 5, 2020
- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ grandson Paxton Anderson was among those to formally commit to the Longhorns this week as a preferred walk-on. The Highland Park receiver is the son of Jones’ daughter and Cowboys executive Charlotte Jones Anderson. As noted by Sports Illustrted, Anderson displayed flashes of excellence during his high school career, but only when he able to stay healthy. He’s also the high teammate of dynamic Texas defensive line signee Prince Dorbah and Oklahoma quarterback Chander Morris.
In the broader world of college basketball news, Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Jacob Young has been suspended from the team after he was arrested for a DWI earlier this week. From 247Sports: “[The police report from the incident] says that Young was stopped at 1:57 a.m. in New Brunswick by university police and charged with reckless driving, disregarding a stop sign, failing to signal, operating a car under the influence of liquor or drugs and careless driving, according to municipal court records. The incident came several hours after the team returned from Madison Square Garden where the Scarlet Knights lost to Michigan, 69-63.Young was ultimately suspended for last night’s game, but after the game, head coach Steve Pikiell said he did not decide on an official suspension length.”