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Few Upsets Loom in Week 7 of College Football Season

texas longhorn footballThose of us hoping for major shakeups in the college football polls this weekend might be disappointed. There are only two games between ranked opponents, and many of the elite teams don’t have tough match-ups.

Nonetheless, here are the biggest match-ups of the week:

1. #1 Ohio State at #16 Wisconsin I suppose this game being at Camp Randall makes it an upset possibility, although the next decent team Wisconsin beats will be their first. The Badgers are coming off a rivalry game victory over a dreadful Minnesota team, but this OSU team is a heck of a lot better. The Buckeyes are coming off a thrashing of a decent Indiana team, and have won in Wisconsin before. Read the rest of this entry »

OU/Texas Rivalry Leads College Football Excitement This Weekend

texas longhornsConference play enters full swing, and there’s a spate of great games as we enter Week 5. So many in fact, that this week will highlight four games:

1. #13 Stanford at #4 Oregon Eugene will be rocking when the Cardinals come into town. Oregon leads the nation in scoring at nearly 58 points per game, but their performance against Arizona State last week raises some significant questions about the defense. The Ducks allowed a staggering 597 yards against the Sun Devils but escaped thanks to seven turnovers. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is much better than Steven Threet of ASU, so don’t expect the Cardinal to be quite so giving. Luck threw for 251 and no picks in last year’s contest, won 51-42 by Stanford. On the road, this would be a massive statement win for the Stanford. Read the rest of this entry »

Shooting Puts University of Texas in Lock-Down

University-of-Texas-at-Austin-sealUPDATE [9/28/10 2:25 PM]: Police no longer believe a second suspect is involved.

UPDATE [9/28/10 11:05 AM]: Austin SWAT team members and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are on the scene of the crime. Several witnesses said that the gunman was seen wearing a black ski mask. One student reported seeing the shooter near the Dobie Mall, smiling and waving the automatic weapon. There are still no reports of any injuries, aside from the gunman’s self-inflicted wounds. It is unclear if there is a second suspect, but the campus is still locked down.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed that one shooter is dead on the University of Texas’ Austin campus, but police are still looking for an additional suspect. Everyone is encouraged to stay away from the area, and the campus is under security lock-down. It is not known if the other suspect is armed.

Shots were heard at about 8:47 this morning. “The first report I got was that there was an armed suspect in the Perry-Casteneda library,” said university spokesperson Rhonda Weldon. “Now I’m told by campus security that the individual has shot himself…but I’m not there yet so I can’t confirm that.” A public affairs assistant, Alicia Deitrich, was down the street from the library. “I didn’t even know for sure that it was gunshots,” she said. “The sirens went off about five to ten minutes ago. The building has been locked down and I don’t think they’re letting anybody in or out.”

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University of Oklahoma Football Joins the 800 Wins Club

boomer soonerIf you have been paying attention to college football for the past few decades, you know that the University of Oklahoma has been considered a football powerhouse. On September 3, 2010, the Sooners changed this trend into a fact, when they won their 800th game as a school team against Utah State University. This makes the University of Oklahoma Sooners the seventh Division I team to become a member of the 800-Wins Club.

See when the other members, Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State, earned their invitation to this elite club. Read the rest of this entry »

Are Pledges Being Pushed to Alcohol Poisoning by Sororities?

Almetris Duren Hall Dormitory

Almetris Duren Hall Dormitory

It’s not unusual for colleges for freshmen to drink too much in the first few weeks at college, but is pledging leading students to drink dangerously? This week, two young women at the University of Texas were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning after a sorority pledging event.

One girl was found foaming at the mouth in the shower by her roommate. The other was discovered unconscious on the bathroom floor of the Almetris Duren Hall dorm. Both girls were hospitalized. “When freshmen get here, they kind of go a little crazy and you often times find people passed out or stumbling drunk,” said one University of Texas senior.

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Texas Has Few College Graduates

texasTexas is falling short in higher education. Though it’s the second largest state in the union, only 27
percent of its population has degrees.

The College Board, which conducts the SAT and AP tests, reported that Texas ranks 40th in
prevalence among adults ranging from ages 25 to 34 with college degrees.

Richard Reddick, from the University of Texas, said several of Texas’ students are first-generation or
low-income students who either can’t afford to pay for tuition or are unprepared for college courses. Read the rest of this entry »

University of Texas Invests in Gold

Forget stocks or hedge funds. The University of Texas is investing its endowment in gold.

texas longhornsThe university, which has the fifth-largest endowment in the U.S., invested 3 percent, or $500 million, in the commodity. It is unusual for a university to invest in gold, and its value only increases during periods of inflation. Fears of an unsteady international financial market mixed with the probability of inflation have led them to purchase the precious metal.

“Recently, we’ve added 3 percent, 3 percent of our portfolio, into gold as a protection against inflation, but even more as a lack of confidence in financial markets due to extraordinary government fiscal and monetary stimulus,” Bruce Zimmerman, UTIMCO CEO, told the University of Texas board of regents last Wednesday. “I wish I could tell you the future looked rosy. Unfortunately, that’s not our view. At best, we believe the future is uncertain.” Read the rest of this entry »

Lance Armstrong’s Education Background

Lance Armstrong UTLance Edward Armstrong was born September 18, 1971 in Plano, Texas. He is a professional American road-racing cyclist who has won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times and also a notable survivor of testicular cancer, which motivated him to found the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer research and support. Currently riding for the UCI Pro Tour team on Team Radio Shack he began his sport’s career the age of 12, when he was a swimmer at the City of Plano Swim Club.

Armstrong attended Plano East Senior High in his hometown, but during his senior year the U.S. Olympic development team invited him to cycle in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After leaving high school early he attended private make-up classes in order to graduate from high school on time in 1989. Read the rest of this entry »

Texas Declines Pac-10 – It’s All About the Money

texas longhornsSo the great college football realignment of 2010 has mostly ended, and, needless to say, it was a bit underwhelming.

The Big-12 stays afloat with ten teams, and the Big-10 now has a conference title game. The Mountain West gets stronger, while the Pac-10 adds a valuable Denver market.

The Texas Longhorns had an opportunity to set the whole NCAA on it’s ear by moving to the Pac-10, taking it’s fellow Texas and Oklahoma buddies with them, and creating the first of numerous “superconferences.”

Instead, the world is spinning (mostly) the same as it was. Why?

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