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A Texas-sized podcast feed for Longhorns fans who can't get enough coverage of UT athletics. The Horns247 podcast feed features news, opinion, and analysis from the 247Sports team dedicated to covering the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorn Blitz features opinionated team coverage from Jeff Howe, Matt Butler, and Rod Babers. The State of Recruiting stars Mike Roach talking Texas football through a recruiting lens. And The Flagship features Chip Brown and Taylor Estes talking all things UT.

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Spring football is right around the corner for Texas as the Longhorns make their way towards their first spring practice in two years. With Texas having several new coaches leading the charge ahead of the 2021 football season, some may wonder if this could be a rebuilding year for the Longhorns. But don't count out the level of talent head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff inherited in Year 1 on the job as they take over a roster with plenty of skill across the board. On this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 managing editor Taylor Estes and columnist Chip Brown weigh in on the Longhorns' talent at hand as Texas prepares to begin spring ball come March 23. The Flagship opens the show with the hosts thoughts on players who should be deserving of preseason offensive and defensive MVP honors, including two sophomores who didn't see starting action until late in the 2020 season. The Flagship shifts gears to hoops as the Longhorns' up-and-down late season performances continue under Shaka Smart and what a March Madness collapse could mean for the future of the Texas basketball program. The hosts also touch on the UT baseball team, which has won five of the last six games following opening the season with an 0-3 start against three Top 10 opponents. After a short break, The Flagship returns with more football talk, including what Casey Thompson could bring to the Longhorns if he continues where he left off in the 2020 Valero Alamo Bowl game, why Alfred Collins could be poised for a monster year and the confidence level in Texas hoops winning their first NCAA Tournament games under Smart's watch. Catch all of that and much more on this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe begin previewing the first Texas spring practice under head coach Steve Sarkisian with a look at the Texas secondary. Do the Longhorns have a legitimate No. 1 cornerback? Should D'Shawn Jamison move to a position on the back end where he can have more of a consistent impact on the game? How do Chris Adimora and B.J. Foster fit into the new scheme? Can Pete Kwiatkowski and Terry Joseph tie the front end of the defense and the back end together the way Kwiatkowski and Jimmy Lake were able to when building an elite defense at Washington? Those questions and more get discussed on the latest edition of the Longhorn Blitz podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this week's interview edition of The Flagship Podcast, long-time Texas reporter Roger Wallace, the sports director at KXAN-TV in Austin the past 26 years, has been a part of Longhorn Radio Network broadcasts since 2004. We talk to Wallace about the state of Texas football, the $25 million decision to move on from Tom Herman and Herman's staff and the hiring of Steve Sarkisian. We ask Wallace what are "realistic expectations" (if such a thing exists among Texas fans) for Year 1 under Sarkisian?  One of Wallace's first assignments with the Longhorn Radio Network was serving as the sideline reporter for Texas' football game at Arkansas in 2004. Wallace called it "one of the loudest atmospheres I've ever been in - to this day - including at Ohio State in 2005." Of course, Texas plays at Arkansas again in Game 2 of 2021. We talk to Wallace about the state of Texas basketball in Year 6 under Shaka Smart as well as his thoughts on Vic Schaefer's first year leading the Texas women's basketball program. Wallace is a graduate of Indiana University. In fact, his senior year at IU was the same season then-basketball coach Bobby Knight threw a chair across the court against Purdue - and Wallace recounts it all for you. Wallace recaps his day Saturday when he called the Texas women's basketball game against OU when the Sooners erased a 10-point deficit in the final three minutes to upset Texas in OT before going over to Disch-Falk Field to help Craig Way call the Texas-BYU baseball game (in which the Cougars overcame a 4-0 deficit to knock off UT). Of course, we also ask Wallace about some of his favorite moments calling the action on the Longhorn Radio Network since 2004!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris of Horns247 recap the weekend visit to Pylon 7v7 Las Vegas and take a look at what the Texas class could be moving forward. Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Texas football is less than one month out from the start of spring practice and the Longhorns enter this spring with a QB battle, which marks the first time in several years for the team to not have a proven option at QB. On this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes weigh in on what Texas has at quarterback in likely starter Casey Thompson and QB2 Hudson Card. The hosts discuss all both QBs have to offer the program and why fans should hold off on taking one side or the other regarding the started with Steve Sarkisian in charge of the offense. The Flagship also discusses Texas baseball's concerning start to the year after going 0-3 in the first weekend series of the 2021 season, and why fans should pause on throwing in the towel on this team. The hosts then shift their focus to the basketball team after the Longhorns second-half comeback against Kansas last night. After a quick break, The Flagship returns with the weekly 'Love it or Leave it' segment, with this week's topics focused on what to like about Casey Thompson, where the level of concern is for the baseball program and what to think of the basketball team's identity as the Longhorns make their way towards the Big 12 tournament and March Madness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe discuss a few things Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian has said while conducting interviews and holding press conferences in recent weeks. Specifically, Sarkisian has mentioned two things that are positive indicators of him potentially being better in two areas than his predecessor, which could have a significant impact on the on-field product in a good way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this week's interview episode of The Flagship Podcast, we talk to Charles Thompson, the former Oklahoma quarterback and father to Texas quarterback Casey Thompson. Of course, we discuss Casey's glowing performance in the Alamo Bowl, when Thompson came in for an injured Sam Ehlinger in the second half and led five straight scoring drives, including four touchdown passes, while completing 8-of-10 passes. With Casey Thompson in the game, Texas turned a 17-10 halftime lead into a 55-23 rout of Colorado. We talk to Charles about Casey's leadership style now that Ehlinger is gone and how life has been with Steve Sarkisian as the new coach of the Longhorns. Charles also goes in depth about Casey's work habits as a quarterback after having a father who played at the highest level of college football (including leading then-No. 2 Oklahoma over then-No. 1 Nebraska in 1987) as well as an older brother (Kendall) who played at OU and Utah before signing with Washington in the NFL. Charles, who had his own issues off the field at Oklahoma, said he appreciates how Sarkisian has talked about being humbled and overcoming adversity in his own life to gain another chance as a head coach at a top college program. Charles Thompson, who still helps runs football camps through Football University (FBU), said he's hearing buzz from other coaches in the business that Texas has their attention with the staff Sarkisian has put together.  We also talk to Charles Thompson about the things he's most excited about heading into spring football (March 23). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris of Horns247 discuss the recent commitments of Maalik Murphy and Trevell Johnson. Murphy joins the show in the second segment for an interview and Mike and Nick preview the road trip weekend including a trip to Pylon in Las Vegas. Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The first workout with the new Texas coaching staff went down late last week, and to say it wasn't easy would be an understatement. But from the early sound of it, the Longhorns came out of the grueling workout with a much different attitude than what the team previously would have under the former regime. On this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes weigh in with some insider notes from the first complete workout with Steve Sarkisian and his staff present, and give their thoughts on what we're hearing from sources close to the players that should give Texas fans hope for where the team's buy-in is early on in the Sarkisian era in Austin. The Flagship discusses the changes in the offseason training program before shifting focus to the 2021 football schedule, which was released by the Big 12 Conference this week. The Longhorns will have a bit of a rough start to the season with seven straight games to kickoff the season, which includes facing some of the tougher opponents in the conference during that span. The Flagship also weighs in on the Longhorns' recent commitments in five-star QB Maalik Murphy and three-star linebacker Trevell Johnson, which is the perfect introduction to this week's Love it or Leave it segment, as the hosts discuss why fans should be excited about the commitment of Murphy. Love it or leave it also mentions what Murphy's pledge means for the recruitment of five-star dual-threat QB Quinn Ewers, why Texas special teams coordinator Jeff Banks is so highly regarded in college football and the level of concern for Texas hoops as the Longhorns make their way towards the NCAA tournament. Catch all of that and much more on this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe tie some of the things that happened in Super Bowl LV back to Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns. Whether it's the evaluation of the quarterback position, diverse offenses capable of taking advantage of personnel or how the game plan Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles put into action to deal with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs is a lot like how Pete Kwiatkowski want his Texas the defense to operate, there's a lot from the big game that relates to how Sarkisian wants (and in some cases needs) things to unfold on the Forty Acres. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris of Horns247 recap the 2021 cycle and break down the signing class for the Longhorns. Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Texas put the finishing touches on the 2021 recruiting cycle Wednesday when the Longhorns added three signees on National Signing Day. Head coach Steve Sarkisian wrapped up his transition signing class ranked No. 17 in the country and No. 2 in the Big 12, according to 247Sports Composite team rankings. On the mid-week episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes weigh in on the Longhorns' National Signing Day results, and give their key takeaways from Sarkisian's post-NSD press conference. The head coach was candid, and touched on pretty much everything, including his concerns on the roster, how he feels about the quarterback room and positions Texas will consider addressing in the NCAA Transfer Portal. The Flagship then shifts focus to the Texas basketball team after the Longhorns lost three of their last four games, and the importance of Shaka Smart getting the guys back in the rhythm they had prior to the rash of Covid-19 cases that sidelined several key players, including the head coach, over the last few weeks. The Flagship returns with our 'Love it or Leave it' segment, with this week's topics addressing the biggest concerns for Texas football, how to feel about Sarkisian's first month on the job and more! Catch all of that and much more on the mid-week edition of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to break down the defensive coaching staff hirings made by Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian. How does the personnel the Longhorns bring back in 2021 fit into Pete Kwiatkowsi's scheme? The latest episode of Longhorn Blitz looks at how the five defensive assistant coaches can get the most of what's returning on that side of the ball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this week's interview episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown picks the brain of longtime college football authority Bruce Feldman about Texas' hiring of Steve Sarkisian. Feldman, who covers college football for FOX as well as The Athletic, has also written several books, including his most recent - Flip The Script: Lessons learned on the road to a championship with Ed Orgeron. Chip asked Feldman to compare the career arcs of Orgeron and Sarkisian as Sark now takes on the expectations at Texas after failing at USC previously (just as Orgeron had to take on the expectations at LSU after also being let go as an interim coach at USC). Feldman, who is based on the West Coast and is very familiar with Pac-12 football, weighed in on Sarkisian's hiring of Washington's Pete Kwiatkowski as defensive coordinator and Montana State head coach Jeff Choate as co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach. Feldman discusses how he thinks Kwiatkowski's defensive philosophy will fit in the Big 12. Feldman worked with Urban Meyer this past season at FOX and provided insight on what that was like while Texas was courting Meyer. Feldman also rates (on a scale of 1-10) how he thinks Texas did with the hiring of Sarkisian and Sark's staff. Catch all of that and much more on this week’s interview edition of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Longhorns are looking to add key players to positions of need under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian, and have turned out to find some success in the NCAA transfer portal. But with that success, Texas has also lost out on some key members of the roster, who are taking their talents elsewhere to start fresh at new schools. On the mid-week episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes dive in to the latest news coming out of the Forty Acres, including the basketball team's second loss of Big 12 play to Oklahoma before shifting the focus to the football program after the Longhorns added to key positions in the transfers of former Notre Dame edge rusher Ovie Oghoufo and former LSU linebacker Ray Thornton. The hosts break down what the Longhorns are gaining in these two transfers, in addition to some of the losses Texas has undergone with the transfers of Jalen Green to Mississippi State and Keaontay Ingram to USC, and how that impacts the depth at cornerback and running back for Sarkisian and his staff. The Flagship also weighs in on the QB race with Casey Thompson, Hudson Card and Charles Wright, and how a message Sarkisian said during his Zoom call with the media last week may have been directed at Thompson as he enters spring football appearing to be in the driver's seat in the QB competition. Following a brief break, The Flagship returns with Love It or Leave It, with this week's topics focused on how substantial the additions of Thornton and Oghoufo are for the Longhorns, how substantial the loss of Green and Ingram are and what to expect from the quarterback competition with Sarkisian leading the offense for Texas. Catch all of that and more on the mid-week episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe break down the staff hires by Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian on offense and how they can best help the Longhorns returning on that side of the ball in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this week's interview episode of The Flagship Podcast, Dave “Softy” Mahler has been a sports talk radio voice on KJR in Seattle for 27 years, including the Washington Huskies’ coaches’ shows as well as pre- and post-game shows for UW football games. Mahler was the first to report Pete Kwiatkowski was leaving Washington as defensive coordinator to accept the same position on Steve Sarkisian’s staff at Texas. Mahler also covered Jeff Choate at UW in 2014 and 2015, when Choate was the defensive line coach on Kwiatkowski’s defense and special teams coordinator under then-coach Chris Petersen before becoming the head coach at Montana State in 2016. We talked to Mahler about Kwiatkowski’s seven successful years at Washington and his decision to let UW defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake become co-coordinator and call the UW defense in 2018 (to keep Lake from leaving). Petersen stepped down after the 2019 season, and Lake was named head coach of the Huskies. Mahler gives you his take on why Kwiatkowski left after helping put 17 players from UW into the NFL and after helping UW’s defense become one of the best in college football. Mahler talks about what Texas is getting in Choate as Texas’ co-coordinator and inside linebackers coach as well as Choate’s recruiting prowess. And, of course, Mahler gives you his thoughts on Steve Sarkisian’s time in Seattle and why this appears to be the right time for Sark to be a head coach again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris of Horns247 break down Steve Sarkisian's staff as currently assembled and recap the Texas state championships Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Texas coach Steve Sarkisian is inching closer and closer to finalizing his new staff with the Longhorns after zeroing in on his expected new defensive coordinator hire and adding a key recruiter to his staff at Texas. On the mid-week episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes deliver the latest on Sarkisian's defensive coordinator search, which has led to the first-year head coach working to finalize a deal with long-time Washington assistant coach Pete Kwiatkowski to takeover as DC with the Longhorns. Upon finalizing a deal with the Huskies defensive coordinator, Sarkisian will be one step closer to wrapping up his first task as head coach at Texas in locking in a solid coaching staff to help him in rebuilding the Texas football program. While finding a solid DC has been a huge priority for Sarkisian, one could argue one of the most impressive hires went down last week when the head coach added Alabama special teams coordinator Jeff Banks to take on the same role with the Longhorns. Banks is considered one of the top recruiters in college football, and someone Nick Saban was not too thrilled with losing after Sarkisian poached him away to make the move to Austin from Tuscaloosa. The Flagship Podcast weighs in on what Texas is adding in new DC Kwiatkowski, who has spent the last seven seasons helping lead the defense at the University of Washington, and addresses some of the other members of Sarkisian's staff. The hosts then shift their focus to the weekly 'Love it or Leave it' segment, with this week's topics addressing how Kwiatkowski measures up to some other DC candidates Sarkisian considered, who the best assistant coaching hire has been up to this point and what to think of Texas hoops' first loss of Big 12 play. Catch all of that and much more on the mid-week edition of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe break down Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian's initial coaching staff with all signs pointing to Washington's Pete Kwiatkowski filling the defensive coordinator role. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Paul Kennedy

No one talks more and says less than Matt Butler.

Jul 17th
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Paul Kennedy

Professional athletes are being compensated for the risk. College kids are being exploited.

Jun 19th
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Paul Kennedy

If safety of the players was really a concern, they wouldn't be on campus for voluntary workouts. This is all about the money. No one is concerned about the unpaid labor. Y'all are firmly ensconsed in the college football industrial complex.

Jun 19th
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Paul Kennedy

A trial run for kids who aren't being paid to risk their lives and safety. Classy.

Jun 5th
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Paul Kennedy

Of course CDC is optimistic the season will start on time. He needs season ticket holders and donors to renew so there's some revenue flowing in.

May 14th
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Paul Kennedy

No one says less with more words than Matt.

Apr 30th
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Paul Kennedy

Chip, it doesn't matter whether Texas shoots 2s or 3s. They average a point per shot either way.

Feb 27th
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Paul Kennedy

Chip, the Horns are jacking up 3s because they average 1 point per trey attempt but only .86 inside the arc.

Jan 30th
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Darryl Jones

I think Huge Freeze would pair great with him no lie

Dec 13th
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Paul Kennedy

Taylor hit on something important this week. over the last 80 years, Texas has won 71% of its games. They won 77% under Mack Brown. Realistically, Texas should go 9-4 most seasons. The fanbase is a bit delusional at times.

Dec 4th
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Paul Kennedy

Apparently David Beatty never met a cliche he didn't like.

Oct 17th
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Paul Kennedy

Let's be honest. "No tolerance" policies only apply to those who aren't on the 2 Deep chart.

Aug 22nd
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matt munoz

5 *s. Great news and content

Aug 8th
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Paul Kennedy

The offense is looking better because the Horns are abke to run the ball on 1st down. When you've got 2nd and 5, the defense has no clue what's coming next.

Oct 10th
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Paul Kennedy

Don't care about the socks and shoes. i'd rather see them win.

Sep 12th
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