Mack Brown has developed one of the most successful and envied programs in college football at the University of Texas. The Longhorns under Brown won a national title in 2005, played in the BCS title game in 2010, and have won eight out of their last 10 bowl games.
The two-time national coach of the year is one of just two coaches nationally to lead his teams to 19 bowl games in the last 20 years, while also producing winning seasons 21 out of the last 22 years.
Overall, Texas has produced four national championships and some of the best players in college football history.
Texas men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes also operates one of the most successful programs in the country. Barnes has directed Texas to the NCAA tournament all 14 seasons he’s been in Austin, including a trip to the Final Four in 2003. Under Barnes, Texas has reached at least the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament five times, the most recent trip coming in 2008 when the Longhorns made it to the Elite Eight. In 25 seasons as a collegiate coach, Barnes has led 20 different teams to NCAA play at three different institutions.
Texas women’s basketball has traditionally been outstanding under Hall of Fame coach Jody Conradt, and the Longhorns are hoping to recapture that magic under Conradt protégé Karen Aston, who took over the head coaching reins last spring. A former eight-year assistant coach under Conradt, Aston was most recently at the University of North Texas after reviving Charlotte’s program. Aston tripled North Texas’ win total in just one season there after leading Charlotte to a 27-win campaign in 2011.
Texas has one of the most impressive traditions in women’s college basketball, capturing a national championship in 1986, making 26 total NCAA tournament appearances and winning more than 70 percent of their basketball games.
Location: Austin, Texas Population: 790,360 Founded: 1883 Enrollment: 51,145 Nickname: Longhorns Colors: Burnt Orange and White President: William Powers Jr. Athletic Director: DeLoss Dodds Website: http://www.texassports.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame: Earl Campbell, Tom Landry, Bobby Layne and Tex Schramm
Texas Bowl Game History 2011, Holiday Bowl vs. Cal (W) 2010, BCS Championship vs. Alabama (L) 2009, Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State (W) 2007, Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona State (W) 2006, Alamo Bowl vs. Iowa (W) 2006, Rose Bowl vs. USC (W) 2005, Rose Bowl vs. Michigan (W) 2003, Holiday Bowl vs. Washington State (L) 2003, Cotton Bowl vs. LSU (W) 2001, Holiday Bowl vs. Washington (W) 2000, Holiday Bowl vs. Oregon (L) 2000, Cotton Bowl vs. Arkansas (L) 1999, Cotton Bowl vs. Mississippi State (W) 1997, Fiesta Bowl vs. Penn State (L) 1995, Sugar Bowl vs. Virginia Tech (L) 1994, Sun Bowl vs. North Carolina (W) 1991, Cotton Bowl vs. Miami (L) 1987, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Pitt (W) 1985, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Air Force (L) 1984, Freedom Bowl vs. Iowa (L) 1984, Cotton Bowl vs. Georgia (L) 1982, Sun Bowl vs. North Carolina (L) 1982, Cotton Bowl vs. Alabama (W) 1980, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. North Carolina (L) 1979, Sun Bowl vs. Washington (L) 1978, Sun Bowl vs. Maryland (W) 1975, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Colorado (W) 1974, Gator Bowl vs. Auburn (L) 1974, Cotton Bowl vs. Nebraska (L) 1973, Cotton Bowl vs. Alabama (W) 1972, Cotton Bowl vs. Penn State (L) 1971, Cotton Bowl vs. Notre Dame (L) 1970, Cotton Bowl vs. Notre Dame (W) 1969, Cotton Bowl vs. Tennessee (W) 1966, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Mississippi (W) 1965, Orange Bowl vs. Alabama (W) 1964, Cotton Bowl vs. Navy (W) 1963, Cotton Bowl vs. LSU (L) 1962, Cotton Bowl vs. Mississippi (W) 1960, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Alabama (T) 1960, Cotton Bowl vs. Syracuse (L) 1958, Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi (L) 1953, Cotton Bowl vs. Tennessee (W) 1951, Cotton Bowl vs. Tennessee (L) 1949, Orange Bowl vs. Georgia (W) 1948, Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (W) 1946, Cotton Bowl vs. Missouri (W) 1944, Cotton Bowl vs. Randolph Field (T) 1943, Cotton Bowl vs. Georgia Tech (W)
NFL First-Round Draft Picks 2010, Earl Thomas, FS (Seattle) 2009, Brian Orakpo, DE (Washington) 2007, Michael Griffin, FS (Tennessee) 2007, Aaron Ross, CB (New York Giants) 2006, Vince Young, QB (Tennessee) 2006, Michael Huff, SS (Oakland) 2005, Cedric Benson, RB (Chicago) 2005, Derrick Johnson, LB (Kansas City) 2004, Roy Williams, WR (Detroit) 2004, Marcus Tubbs, DT (Seattle) 2002, Mike Williams, T (Buffalo) 2002, Quentin Jammer, DB (San Diego) 2001, Leonard Davis, G (Arizona) 2001, Casey Hampton, DT (Pittsburgh) 1999, Ricky Williams, RB (New Orleans) 1997, Bryant Westbrook, CB (Detroit) 1995, Blake Brockermeyer, T (Carolina) 1991, Stanley Richard, FS (San Diego) 1991, Stan Thomas, T (Chicago) 1989, Eric Metcalf, WR (Cleveland) 1985, Jerry Gray, DB (Los Angeles) 1984, Mossy Cade, DB (San Diego) 1982, Kenneth Sims, DE (New England) * 1980, Lam Jones, WR (New York Jets) 1980, Johnnie Johnson, DB (Los Angeles) 1980, Derrick Hatchett, DB (Baltimore) 1979, Russel Erxleben, P (New Orleans) 1978, Earl Campbell, RB (Houston) * 1977, Raymond Clayborn, DB (New England) 1973, Jerry Sisemore, T (Philadelphia) 1970, Bob McKay, T (Cleveland) 1966, Tommy Nobis, LB (Atlanta) * 1953, Harley Sewell, OG (Detroit) 1953, Tom Stolhandske, LB (San Francisco) 1951, Bud McFadin, DT (Los Angeles) 1948, Max Bumgardner, DE (Chicago) 1948, Bobby Layne, QB (Chicago) 1942, Spec Sanders, TB (Washington)
* No. 1 overall pick
Naismith Hall of Fame: Slater Martin
Texas NCAA Tournament History 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008, Elite Eight 2007 2006, Sweet 16 2005 2004, Elite Eight 2003, NCAA Final Four 2002, Sweet 16 2001 2000 1999 1997, Elite Eight 1996 1995 1994 1992 1991 1990, Elite Eight 1989 1979 1974 1972, Sweet 16 1963, Sweet 16 1960, Sweet 16 1947, NCAA Final Four 1943, NCAA Final Four 1939, Elite Eight
NBA First-Round Draft Picks 2011, Tristan Thompson (Cleveland) 2011, Jordan Hamilton (Dallas) 2011, Cory Joseph (San Antonio) 2010, Damion Jones (Atlanta) 2008, D.J. Augustin (Charlotte) 2007, Kevin Durant (Seattle) 2006, LaMarcus Aldridge (Chicago) 2003, T.J. Ford (Milwaukee) 2000, Chris Mihm (Cleveland) 1994, B.J. Tyler (Philadelphia) 1990, Travis Mays (Sacramento) 1990, Lance Blanks (Detroit) 1982, LaSalle Thompson (Kansas City)
* No. 1 overall player selected
Naismith Hall of Fame: Jody Conradt, Kamie Ethridge, Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil and Andrea Lloyd Curry
Texas NCAA Tournament History 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2005 2004, Sweet 16 2003, NCAA Final Four 2002, Sweet 16 2001 2000 1999 1997 1996 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990, Elite Eight 1989, Elite Eight 1988, Elite Eight 1987, NCAA Final Four 1986, NCAA Champions 1985, Sweet 16 1984, Elite Eight 1983, Elite Eight 1981 1980
WNBA First-Round Draft Picks 2007, Tiffany Jackson (New York) 2000, Edwina Brown (Detroit) 1999, Edna Campbell (Phoenix)
VISITING FAN GUIDE:
Popular Attractions: LBJ Library and Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, Esther’s Follies
Popular Restaurants: Boomerangs, Terraburger, Madam’s Noodles and More, Sugar Shack BBQ, Sholz Garten, The Salt Lick, The County Line, El Arroyo, Guero’s Taco Bar
Lodging: AT&T Hotel & Conference Center, Doubletree Austin, Hampton Inn & Suites, The Driskill Hotel, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol, Casulo Hotel, Drury Inn & Suites Austin North, Hyatt Place Austin Aboretum, Habitat Suites, Hilton Austin, Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, Aloft Austin at the Domain
TEXAS-WEST VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS: West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck earned his law degree at the University of Texas in 1987.
DID YOU KNOW?: The University of Texas had the fifth-largest single-campus enrollment in the nation as of fall 2010 (and had the largest enrollment in the country from 1997 to 2003), with more than 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 16,500 faculty and staff. It currently holds the largest enrollment of any college in Texas.
Michael Fragale, Julie Brown, Chris Ostien and Alyssa Casalino also contributed to this report