Brian Combs

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Texas Longhorns

Blog posts on the University of Texas Longhorns. Images, video, and commentary.

As the son of a UT Austin professor, I grew up running around the UT campus. As soon as my arms were strong enough, I started selling sodas at the home football games. In fact, I received my first marketing lesson at these games. My Dad told me that instead of yelling, “Cokes! Cokes!”, I should go to the student section and yell, “Mixers! Mixers!”

It worked like a charm.

Now I’m a season ticket holder for the home games. Look for me in Section 5.

Most recently, I created the Texas Longhorns Today in History Page.


Quote of the Day: October 5, 2014

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From yesterday during the Baylor-Texas post game, actually.

“I’ll have to be honest with you, my head is still spinning trying to think about it [the Texas defense]. They threw so many looks at us, coverage wise…I couldn’t tell you what they did on consecutive plays.”
— Bryce Petty

Great game by the Longhorn defense. Fix special teams and get even a mediocre game from the offense, and we’re in it to the end.…

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October 5th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Quote of the Day: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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We have some depth at the D-line but, in the secondary, I may have to put my uniform back on. But I can’t take a step without something about to break. That’s our concern right now. We don’t have the depth that we need. We’re trying to get some young guys to step up right now. I’m telling the guys ‘right now.’ I don’t need scout team defensive guys. I need guys that I can put out there and there

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October 1st, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Thoughts on UNT-Texas

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Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium A few days into the season, and it's already been a heck of a roller coaster. Read the rest of this entry...

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September 1st, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Why are the Texas Longhorns…

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So, I had this great idea for a blog post. Using Google Autocomplete, I’d see what the internet thought about the various Big 12 teams. For instance, I’d search for:

Why are the Oklahoma Sooners
Why are the Baylor Bears

Autocomplete would tell me the number one search for that phrase, and I’d make some nifty infograph out of it. Maybe a map of the region of the autocomplete word or phrase where the school is located.

Unfortunately, it turned …

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January 30th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Larry Porter

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With a home game this weekend, the Austin Longhorn Club held their lunch meeting today. Here are my notes.

First up to speak was Coach David McWilliams, who talked about his remembrances of the 1963 national championship football team. These comments, as always, should be considered paraphrasing.

They told me I only had three minutes, but I don’t know any coach that can finish a speech in three minutes.

1961 was the most talented team I was on. Instead of

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November 14th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Stacy Searels

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Today’s speaker was offensive line coach Stacy Searels. The attendance at the lunch was down quite a bit, but that may have been because of the area wide flooding.

Before Coach Searels spoke, head women’s basketball coach Karen Aston spoke. She spoke about how their season opens tonight and that team is excited to put on the uniforms and play tonight.

She said that last season was a transition year. We had injuries, but we have a new vibe. We …

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October 31st, 2013 at 3:42 pm

More Random Thoughts on the Season so Far

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The turnaround the Texas Longhorns have made the last few weeks has been nothing short of remarkable. The team is player faster and stronger, and has the confidence that only comes from knowing what your job is, and that you can get it done.

Most of that credit should go to Greg Robinson. He’s simplified things for the defense, and is putting players where they can succeed. And all the sudden we seem to know how to tackle.

The offense …

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October 29th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Duane Akina

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The Austin Longhorn Club had their pre-Red River Rivalry lunch today. The speaker was originally scheduled to be Major Applewhite, but he had filled in earlier in the year for Manny Diaz. As a result, Duane Akina spoke today.

As usual, opening statements were made by Bill Little. Remember, this should be considered a paraphrasing, not a direct quotation. The talk will be on the Longhorn Network at some point if you’d like to see the real thing.

Here’s what …

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Random Thoughts on the Longhorn Season Thus Far

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Four games into the season, Texas has beaten one bad team solidly, lost badly to two mediocre teams, and squeeked out a win against another bad team. What does that make the Texas Longhorns?

It makes them a bad team as well, although one with a bit more heart than I thought before yesterday.

The K State game was badly officiated from top to bottom, but the last few minutes were ridiculous. It really got the crowd fired up, however. …

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September 22nd, 2013 at 10:38 am

Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Darrell Wyatt

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The attendance was down a bit at today’s Austin Longhorn Club, but not as much as I had expected given the team’s showing (or lack thereof) the last two weeks. The featured speaker was wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt.

Notable attendees included DeLoss Dodds and Ronnie Brown. I talked to Ronnie briefly afterwards, and he’s really slimmed down since his playing days. He’s working for the Longhorn Foundation now.

After the usual opening festivities (opening prayer, door …

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September 19th, 2013 at 2:33 pm