Blake Farenthold won’t seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold won’t seek re-election, less than a week after a House committee opened an investigation into sexual harassment claims from a former aide. Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, made the announcement Thursday morning on his campaign Facebook page. “I’d never served in public office before. I had no idea how to run a congressional office. And as a result, I allowed...


Tommy Nobis, perhaps the best linebacker in Texas history, dies at age 74

Tommy Nobis, perhaps the best linebacker in Texas history, dies at age 74

Tommy Nobis, one of the most ferocious linebackers in University of Texas history and the first draft pick in Atlanta Falcons history, has died, according to reports from Atlanta. He was 74. Nobis was a consensus All-American in 1965 and won the Outland Trophy and Maxwell Award as the nation’s best defensive player. He finished seventh in Heisman voting that season. While...

Travis County man may have shot daughter before killing self

TRAVIS COUNTY Man may have shot daughter before killing self Authorities on Wednesday have identified a 9-year-old girl who was found dead Monday with her father in their southwest Travis County home. Evidence suggests that 42-year-old Yariv Kaplan man shot his daughter, Lielle, before turning the gun on himself, the Travis County sheriff’s office said. Lielle Kaplan’s death was ruled...
Bastrop County Commissioner Snowden charged with abuse of capacity

Bastrop County Commissioner Snowden charged with abuse of capacity

Bastrop County Commissioner Bubba Snowden was arrested Tuesday on charges of abuse of official capacity after a grand jury handed down an indictment accusing him of misusing government property for personal gain. Snowden is accused of using construction materials belonging to the county and employing road and bridge crews to resurface and put limestone base on two private roads, according to the indictment...
One Texan confirmed to federal judicial post, but another booted

One Texan confirmed to federal judicial post, but another booted

It was a split decision Wednesday for federal judge nominees from Texas. The U.S. Senate confirmed Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to be a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but the White House pulled back from supporting Jeff Mateer, a top official in the Texas attorney general’s office who had called transgender children evidence of “Satan’s plan,” for...
Here’s what we’re watching at today’s Austin City Council meeting

Here’s what we’re watching at today’s Austin City Council meeting

Today is the Austin City Council’s last general meeting of 2017, with a lengthy agenda of items officials hope to tackle before the council takes a six-week winter break. After initially agreeing to the idea, council members may vote for good to waive $6.8 million in permit fees for the first phase of the state’s Texas Capitol Complex plan to create a pedestrian mall on part of North Congress...
FORECAST: Cold front to bring highs in 50s, rain chances this weekend

FORECAST: Cold front to bring highs in 50s, rain chances this weekend

Thursday forecast for Austin: Temperatures across the Austin area will once again remain seasonable, with highs expected to reach into the mid-60s across the area.  However, a cold front expected to arrive Thursday morning will bring a new dose of cooler air that will slowly sink in, which will set the stage for a chilly overnight as temperatures drop into the low 40s with a small chance for...
If it costs $25.3 billion to be Santa, who could afford it?

If it costs $25.3 billion to be Santa, who could afford it?

A few weeks ago, I got an email from an English public relations strategist pointing me to the website of the United Kingdom’s “leading independent online florist”  The idea is that they did a “study” about how much it would cost to be Santa Claus (short answer: $25.3 billion) and I’m supposed to write something fun about that and you’re supposed...
Granger man, woman accused in deer shooting on federal property

Granger man, woman accused in deer shooting on federal property

Two people from Granger face up to two years in jail each in connection with shooting a deer on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property in Williamson County, according to arrest affidavits. Patrick McAndrew, 31, and Rebecca Epoch, 35, were both charged with taking wildlife resources without consent of the landowner, a state jail felony. McAndrew also was charged with hunting at night and hunting with...
Archive dive: 10 awesome photos from Zilker Park in the early 1980s

Archive dive: 10 awesome photos from Zilker Park in the early 1980s

Changing hands from William Barton in the 1830s to Andrew Jackson Zilker in the early 1900s the land that comprises Zilker Metropolitan Park has a long history as a desirable location. Fortunately, Zilker had more than money on his mind when he weighed the future of the land. In 1917, Zilker donated more than 350 acres of the land to the Austin school district, which then sold it to the city for parkland...
Man shot at North Austin apartment, EMS officials say

Man shot at North Austin apartment, EMS officials say

A man was found shot Wednesday afternoon at a North Austin apartment complex, and medics took him to the hospital, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. The man has serious injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, EMS officials said. He was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center. Police received the 911 call at 4:49 p.m. at Lamar Place Apartments, in the 6400 block of Burns Street. The...
Police: Round Rock man found passed out in car with 3 crying children

Police: Round Rock man found passed out in car with 3 crying children

A man was accused of child abandonment after he was found passed out in a parked car outside the Round Rock Public Library with three crying children inside the vehicle, an arrest affidavit said. Mark Author Webb, 29, of Round Rock, was charged with abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance...
Sid Miller calls for Travis GOP chairman to resign over campaign work

Sid Miller calls for Travis GOP chairman to resign over campaign work

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller wants Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak to resign his post after joining the campaign of Miller’s primary opponent Trey Blocker as a communications consultant. “How in the world can the Travis County Republican Party guarantee an impartial election process, when the person in charge of the election is working for one of the candidates?&rdquo...
Cap Metro board to reveal CEO finalists at Monday meeting

Cap Metro board to reveal CEO finalists at Monday meeting

The Capital Metro board will announce at least two finalists Monday to be the transit agency’s new president and CEO, the board chairman said Wednesday after the directors met for almost two hours in closed session. The board will interview the finalists in closed session Jan. 8, followed by a forum later that day where the general public will be able to talk to the contenders. Board chairman...
Gov. Abbott: Rangers to investigate sex abuse reports in youth lockup

Gov. Abbott: Rangers to investigate sex abuse reports in youth lockup

Gov. Greg Abbott called Wednesday for the Texas Department of Public Safety to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by employees of the state’s juvenile justice system. A November Dallas Morning News story revealed allegations of misconduct reminiscent of a 2007 sex scandal, which led to an overhaul of the state’s juvenile justice system. Then, at least 13 boys were said to have...
Travis County man appears to have shot 9-year-old daughter before killing self, authorities say

Travis County man appears to have shot 9-year-old daughter before killing self, authorities say

Authorities on Wednesday have identified a 9-year-old girl who was found dead Monday with her father in their southwest Travis County home. Evidence suggests that 42-year-old Yariv Kaplan man shot his daughter, Lielle, before turning the gun on himself, the Travis County sheriff’s office said.  Lielle Kaplan’s death was ruled a homicide, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday...
Eanes school district pulls out of special education analysis project

Eanes school district pulls out of special education analysis project

Eanes Independent School District is hitting the pause button on its participation in a state project to data mine special education records, saying they want time to rethink the project. “Given the concerns raised by various stakeholder groups, Eanes ISD feels it is in the district’s best interest to stop and take the time to consider next steps,” said spokeswoman Claudia McWhorter...
Syrian refugees will soon have new furniture thanks to Star Furniture

Syrian refugees will soon have new furniture thanks to Star Furniture

Ahlam Al Battal, 38, and her husband, Sami Ashour, 48, have seen their lives upended by war. Once living comfortably in a suburb of Damascus, they witnessed their neighborhood destroyed by the Syrian civil war. They fled for their safety to Jordan and lived in a refugee camp. In 2016, they fled again so that their children could get an education. This time they came to the United States, to Austin...
Obamacare enrollment brisk but deadline nears in shorter signup period

Obamacare enrollment brisk but deadline nears in shorter signup period

Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been brisk as the deadline to sign up looms Friday, but final numbers are likely to fall short of last year regardless because the enrollment period is half as long. In Texas, enrollment on the federal health care exchange is up nearly 30 percent, to 579,688 people, compared to the same period last year, according to the federal Centers...
Gov. Abbott: Investigate reported sexual abuse of locked-up youth

Gov. Abbott: Investigate reported sexual abuse of locked-up youth

Gov. Greg Abbott called on the Texas Department of Public Safety Wednesday to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by employees of the state’s juvenile justice system, following a Dallas Morning News report. The November story revealed allegations of misconduct reminiscent of a 2007 sex scandal, which led to an overhaul of the state’s juvenile justice system. Then, at least 13...
Bye, burgers: All-fry restaurant plans Austin location

Bye, burgers: All-fry restaurant plans Austin location

Why do you really need a burger? Isn’t a burger just a way to get fries? Why not cut the burger out of the equation completely? Solve for x, if x is fries and burgers are unnecessary. You probably got Get Fried, an all-fry restaurant that, according to San Antonio CultureMap, is planning an Austin location. We’re going to need more ketchup. According to CultureMap, Get Fried has existed...

Community news: Central Health urges residents to enroll for coverage

TRAVIS COUNTY TRAVIS COUNTY Insurance deadline Friday Central Health and its partners are accelerating efforts to enroll Travis County residents in health coverage, as open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace ends Friday. Residents can call into the United Way 211 call center by dialing 211 to schedule an appointment at an enrollment facility in Central Texas. While local efforts have...
Austin attorney Adam Reposa released from jail early

Austin attorney Adam Reposa released from jail early

12:05 p.m. Adam Reposa has been released from jail, according to a sheriff’s spokeswoman. He ended up serving 68 days behind bars. Earlier: Austin defense lawyer Adam Reposa has completed his sentence for contempt of court and is expected to be released from jail Wednesday, according to two of his attorneys. The Travis County jail’s website has adjusted Reposa’s release...
Sixty-one years ago today, Rockdale's literary star vanished in a Connecticut river

Sixty-one years ago today, Rockdale's literary star vanished in a Connecticut river

On this day in 1956, George Sessions Perry, wracked by depression, hallucinations, acute arthritis and a drinking problem, walked out of his Connecticut home and into a nearby river.  It was months before his body was found, but when it was, Perry’s death was front-page material for The Dallas Morning News. Perry might not be a household name today, but in the 1940s and 50s, he was one...
Video of woman with Texas plates littering in Colorado parking lot sparks debate on social media

Video of woman with Texas plates littering in Colorado parking lot sparks debate on social media

We all know that you don’t mess with Texas. But it seems some of us might have forgotten the moral behind the motto applies outside the state’s borders. A video showing a woman dumping trash from her Texas-plated car in a Colorado parking lot sparked a heated debate on social media, San Antonio’s KSAT reports.  “Just because you are not in Texas anymore does not mean...
Study: Luckenbach is world leader in live music (and Austin is OK, too)

Study: Luckenbach is world leader in live music (and Austin is OK, too)

The data has come in. It has been analyzed. And the results show the live music capital of the world is … Luckenbach. <iframe width="459" height="344" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1hmtDrKe4ug?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> That is...
Kendra Scott’s 2018 plans: More staff, more office space

Kendra Scott’s 2018 plans: More staff, more office space

Kendra Scott has big plans for 2018. The Austin-based designer whose jewelry has been worn by a number of A-list celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift told the American-Statesman she plans to nearly double the size of the staff working at her Central Austin headquarters in the coming year. To accommodate all those new hires, Kendra Scott LLC, which has occupied the entire fourth floor of...
Friends, colleagues recall slain officer Copeland’s humor, character

Friends, colleagues recall slain officer Copeland’s humor, character

2 p.m. update: San Marcos police officer Kenneth Copeland was remembered Wednesday at a funeral in San Antonio that celebrated his character, his humor and his life as a father and public servant. Pastor and retired officer Bill Glasgow of Solid Rock Church in San Marcos told the hundreds who gathered at Community Bible Church that “we have indeed lost one of the finest among us.” &ldquo...
FORECAST: Sunshine Wednesday with temperatures reaching near 68

FORECAST: Sunshine Wednesday with temperatures reaching near 68

Wednesday forecast for Austin: The afternoon will likely be gorgeous across Central Texas, as winds are expected to stay calm and temperatures should climb to around 68 degrees – about 5 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year – the National Weather Service says.  The pleasant weather is expected to turn crisp but remain sunny later this week as a second cold front pushes...
ANALYSIS: GOP’s missteps turned Alabama blue. Here’s what to expect

ANALYSIS: GOP’s missteps turned Alabama blue. Here’s what to expect

If there was one Republican in Alabama the Democratic Doug Jones could beat, Roy Moore was that Republican. And in a Tuesday night nail-biter, Jones did just that, edging Moore by a mere 1.5 percentage points in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1992. So while the Democrats are celebrating a victory in the special election, perhaps it makes sense to ask: How did...
City manager candidates lay out their visions for leading Austin

City manager candidates lay out their visions for leading Austin

The two finalists for Austin’s next city manager took the stage at the convention center and offered two different visions of what the city’s next top employee could be: a young, consensus-building outsider on the one hand, and an experienced public servant familiar with Austin on the other. At an open forum Tuesday night for the public to meet the candidates, Spencer Cronk, the 38-year-old...
UT police: Man took ‘inappropriate’ photos of women on campus

UT police: Man took ‘inappropriate’ photos of women on campus

University of Texas police said they are looking for victims of a man accused of taking pictures under women’s clothing on the grounds of the campus’s South Mall, according to media reports On Oct. 31, UT police arrested the suspect, 54-year-old Alfredo Diaz, and charged him with invasive visual recording, Spectrum News reported. Authorities believe Diaz placed a camera facing up at the...
In visit to Austin, federal officials note Texas’ help in immigration

In visit to Austin, federal officials note Texas’ help in immigration

Federal immigration authorities say they are satisfied with the way most Texas law enforcement agencies have cooperated to assist in the removal of people who are suspected of living in the country illegally. As for Austin, there’s work to be done, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen. Nielsen, who was in the city on Tuesday to discuss the importance of...
Austin attorney Reposa won’t serve 6 months in jail after all

Austin attorney Reposa won’t serve 6 months in jail after all

With prosecutors and the judge agreeing to back off from an unusually stiff sentence, defense attorney Adam Reposa will apparently get out of jail early on his contempt of court conviction. Reposa’s release date had not yet been set on Tuesday, but his lawyers are confident that if he behaves he’ll be home for Christmas, well before his expected release in early April. The Travis County...

Cedar Park teacher accused of assault of child she met at church

CEDAR PARK Teacher accused of assault of child A former Cedar Park Middle School teacher has been accused of having an improper relationship with a minor she met at a church in Austin, according to the Williamson County sheriff’s office. The victim did not attend the Cedar Park school, officials said. Nicole Marie Faires Andrews was charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony...
Travis County joins other counties, cities suing over opioid crisis

Travis County joins other counties, cities suing over opioid crisis

Travis County will join dozens of other counties and cities throughout the country attempting to recover costs from the opioid epidemic by suing manufacturers, distributors and marketers of the prescription drugs. “This has been a long time coming,” Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said Tuesday. “This puts a very big strain on our criminal justice system as well as putting a big...
Abbott: Testing requirements should be dropped for Harvey-hit schools

Abbott: Testing requirements should be dropped for Harvey-hit schools

Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements. Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on Monday, Abbott asked TEA Commissioner Mike Morath to waive...
Chamber sets new economic roadmap with Opportunity Austin 4.0

Chamber sets new economic roadmap with Opportunity Austin 4.0

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday will unveil Opportunity Austin 4.0, the latest iteration of its economic development roadmap and one that seeks to expand on existing efforts to help more Central Texans share in the region’s prosperity. While the architects of the new version did not call for any surprising new strategic shifts — as its predecessor did with the addition...
Eckhardt, Shea draw no challengers as local 2018 races come into focus

Eckhardt, Shea draw no challengers as local 2018 races come into focus

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Commissioner Brigid Shea and a handful of other county officials essentially clinched new terms this week after no one filed to run against them in the 2018 elections. District Clerk Velva Price, County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir and County Treasurer Dolores Ortega Carter also drew no challengers before the filing deadline passed Monday evening. “It’s been...
Deputies identify man found dead with child; his wounds were self-inflicted, officials say

Deputies identify man found dead with child; his wounds were self-inflicted, officials say

The Travis County sheriff’s office has identified the man who was found dead along with a young girl inside a southwestern Travis County home Monday, each apparently fatally shot. Yariv Kaplan, 42, was the man found dead, the sheriff’s office said. Officials said they are still working to confirm the child’s identity. Evidence indicates Yariv Kaplan’s injuries were...
Police: Man says he stole headstone from cemetery for Satanic worship

Police: Man says he stole headstone from cemetery for Satanic worship

An Austin man is accused of stealing a headstone from a Georgetown cemetery that he said was going to be used for an altar for Satanic worship, an affidavit said. Jeremiah Rhyne, 38, was charged with theft of grave property, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. Police found the headstone from 1884 leaning against a living room wall on Oct. 15 inside an apartment at 550 W. 22nd...
Abbott urges TEA to give Harvey-hit schools a reprieve from STAAR

Abbott urges TEA to give Harvey-hit schools a reprieve from STAAR

Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements. Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on Monday, Abbott asked TEA Commissioner Mike Morath to waive...
French climate science grant has UT biologist feeling great again

French climate science grant has UT biologist feeling great again

Camille Parmesan, a biologist at the University of Texas and Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, has been studying the effects of climate change on plants and animals for years — a pursuit fraught with highs and lows. An example of the former: She served for a time as lead author on a United Nations climate panel that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Southbound U.S. 183 near Payton Gin Rd. shut down after motorcycle crash, police say 

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Southbound U.S. 183 near Payton Gin Rd. shut down after motorcycle crash, police say 

4:10 p.m. update: Austin police have completely shut down the southbound lanes of U.S. 183 in North Austin after a motorcycle crash on Tuesday afternoon. Police said officers have closed the highway down at Payton Gin Road, and urged drivers to find alternate routes. Earlier: Medics say a man in his 50s was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical injuries after a collision involving a motorcycle...
Trump aide takes over as top federal prosecutor in Austin region

Trump aide takes over as top federal prosecutor in Austin region

A former member of President Donald Trump’s staff has been sworn in as the United States attorney for the Western District of Texas to prosecute federal crimes in the region that includes Austin. John F. Bash, who served as special assistant to Trump and associate White House counsel, took the oath Monday at the federal courthouse in San Antonio. A public swearing-in will take place in the future...
LOOK: Clemson’s Kelly Bryant featured on Sports Illustrated cover

LOOK: Clemson’s Kelly Bryant featured on Sports Illustrated cover

Sports Illustrated’s annual College Football Playoff preview edition is headed to newsstands, and Clemson’s Kelly Bryant has made the cover. Tigernet.com tweeted a photo of the cover Thursday morning. The issue features the headline “The case for… The Tigers” and includes a story by writer Chris Johnson titled “No Deshaun, No Problem.&rdquo...
Cow escapes church nativity scene twice in one day

Cow escapes church nativity scene twice in one day

A cow that is part of a church's live nativity scene escaped its pen twice Thursday morning, making her way to a major highway the first time she got out, police said.  Some highway lanes were closed when Stormy, a 7-year-old Hereford, was spotted around 2:15 a.m. walking southbound on I-95 before being corralled and taken back to Old First Reformed United Church of Christ, according to...
Bobby Petrino will earn an extra $500K thanks to Louisville’s APR score

Bobby Petrino will earn an extra $500K thanks to Louisville’s APR score

This is definitely the most wonderful time of the year for Bobby Petrino. According to Jake Lourim of the Courier-Journal, Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino is earning a $500,000 bonus in his contract for the fourth consecutive year due to the team’s Academic Progress Rate score. The APR scores have yet to become finalized, however Louisville has determined that...
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher will come to miss his former life at Florida State

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher will come to miss his former life at Florida State

Jimbo Fisher left for more green, but he’ll find the grass near College Station, Texas, to be far from greener. Fisher bolted Florida State for more dough, but a few seasons in the SEC West will make him think, “Doh!” The new Texas A&M coach should be congratulated on his 10-year, $75 million deal. He and his high-powered agent, Jimmy Sexton, put on a clinic...
The state semifinals guide to watching Texas commits in playoff action

The state semifinals guide to watching Texas commits in playoff action

Stay updated on the latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com . The Forty will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  Only three future Longhorns...
Despite upcoming Florida visit, Ole Miss still has a shot with Matt Corral

Despite upcoming Florida visit, Ole Miss still has a shot with Matt Corral

Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s  daily Florida podcast with Gators beat writer Zach Abolverdi and Florida broadcaster Jeff Cardozo. Florida QB commit Matt Corral officially visited Ole Miss last weekend and will take his final trip to UF on Friday. In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, Zach Abolverdi and Jeff Cardozo give the latest Corral’s recruitment and...
South Carolina football 2018 mock signing class 5.0: The Gamecocks offense

South Carolina football 2018 mock signing class 5.0: The Gamecocks offense

The South Carolina football team’s 2018 recruiting class already has commitments from most of the offensive prospects expected to sign with the Gamecocks. With less than a week before the first signing period of the 2018 cycle, the Gamecocks are in the mix for a couple of offensive linemen. But that, for the most part, is it for that side of the ball. The strength of...
DJ Chark already has LSU’s next No. 7 playmaker in mind

DJ Chark already has LSU’s next No. 7 playmaker in mind

BATON ROUGE, La. — Symbolism is a big deal at LSU. Perhaps no symbols are bigger than the Nos. 7 and 18, each of which has come to represent different traits in the player that bears those digits. No. 18 goes to the team leader. For the first time, the Tigers had two No. 18s this season — defensive end Christian LaCouture and H-back J.D. Moore. No. 7 has evolved...
Tennessee QB recruiting crisis: Shades of Lane Kiffin, decommits drop class to No. 46

Tennessee QB recruiting crisis: Shades of Lane Kiffin, decommits drop class to No. 46

RIVERVIEW, Fla. — Tennessee has lost two quarterback prospects within 24 hours, triggering a QB recruiting crisis on Rocky Top not seen since 2009 when Lane Kiffin replaced Phillip Fulmer as head coach. Back then, Kiffin famously ditched Fulmer commits Tajh Boyd and Bryce Petty, both of whom went on to have great success as leaders and record breakers at Clemson and Baylor...
Tennessee Class of 2018 football mock defensive signing class 5.0

Tennessee Class of 2018 football mock defensive signing class 5.0

New Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt’s background is defense. He takes the side of the ball extremely seriously. He has already cut loose former commits Brandon Cross and Jamarcus Chatman because they didn’t fit his scheme. The class shapes up differently every day, so here are SEC Country’s latest defensive projections: 4-star DT  Greg Emerson (Jackson...
Jon Lovorn honors Sandy Hook shooting victims with number change

Jon Lovorn honors Sandy Hook shooting victims with number change

It was the 2014 Division III Connecticut hockey state championship and Jon Lovorn felt an eerie sensation sweep through the crowd. His team, Newtown High School, had just taken back the momentum from E.O Smith-Tolland High School with a game-tying goal near the end of the first period. No. 26 Cooper Mclean passed to No. 14 Lovorn. Lovorn found No. 12 Connor Hanley, who scored...
How they rank: SEC Country’s top coaching jobs in country

How they rank: SEC Country’s top coaching jobs in country

It’s a no-brainer when listing the top coaching jobs in college football. Right? You start with Alabama. Look at what Nick Saban has done in his 11 seasons in Tuscaloosa. He’s 130-20 with four national titles. But it wasn’t like that before he arrived. As great of a program as Alabama is, the Crimson Tide went through a rough patch with coaches. Mike Shula...
Former Texas WR Mike Davis to play in 2018 Spring League in Austin

Former Texas WR Mike Davis to play in 2018 Spring League in Austin

Former Longhorns receiver Mike Davis is coming back to Austin to play football professionally. The Texas Ex will participate in the Spring League, which will be in Austin for three weeks in late March and early April, according to the Statesman’s Kevin Lyttle. The Spring League markets itself as “an instructional league and showcase for professional football talent.&rdquo...
What kind of senator will Doug Jones be?

What kind of senator will Doug Jones be?

Democrat Doug Jones debuted Wednesday as the next senator from Alabama by sidestepping highly charged topics, steering clear of criticism — and leaving wide open the question of what kind of lawmaker he will be.  Jones, who will narrow the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49 when he is sworn in, will arrive in Washington sometime in the next few weeks with unusual influence for a...
Kentucky Wildcats podcast: David Teel, dean of ACC sportswriters, breaks down UK-Virginia Tech

Kentucky Wildcats podcast: David Teel, dean of ACC sportswriters, breaks down UK-Virginia Tech

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball is hosting Virginia Tech on Saturday in the Wildcats’ first real test since Kansas weeks ago. There is no better person to tell us what to expect from the Hokies than David Teel, longtime columnist at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., and dean of ACC sportswriters. Teel, a member of the USBWA Hall of Fame, goes ...
Foreground food hall opens downtown on January 18 with some of Austin’s biggest names

Foreground food hall opens downtown on January 18 with some of Austin’s biggest names

Fareground, Austin’s first major food hall concept, will open on Congress Avenue between Cesar Chavez and Second streets on January 18, operators announced today. The food hall will feature some of the biggest names in Austin dining. The space will include Easy Tiger; a taqueria from Dai Due; Henbit, an all-day concept from Emmer & Rye; Contigo Fareground; Antonelli&rsquo...
SI: Iowa State’s Joel Lanning named most intriguing player to watch in Liberty Bowl

SI: Iowa State’s Joel Lanning named most intriguing player to watch in Liberty Bowl

Iowa State is will soon be headed to its first bowl game since 2012. Much of the success that has gone into the Cyclones 7-5 regular season effort can be credited to senior quarterback-turned-linebacker, Joel Lanning. A hybrid talent for Iowa State, Lanning switched to linebacker from quarterback entering his junior season and thrived following the transition. In 12 games,...
NCAA upholds penalty against former Alabama assistant Bo Davis

NCAA upholds penalty against former Alabama assistant Bo Davis

Former Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis, who was given a 2-year show-cause penalty after being investigated for recruiting violations back in April, saw his penalty upheld by the NCAA. The decision by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee was announced on the NCAA’s official website on Thursday morning, although it doesn’t cite Davis...
WATCH: Former North Carolina star Wayne Ellington makes sixths straight three-pointer, teammate pretends to faint

WATCH: Former North Carolina star Wayne Ellington makes sixths straight three-pointer, teammate pretends to faint

Against Stanford on Nov. 20, North Carolina’s Kenny Williams made six three-pointers in the first half. Wednesday night, former Tar Heel Wayne Ellington one-upped him. Playing for the Miami Heat, Ellington made his first six three-point attempts of the game and knocked down seven total against the Portland Trailblazers. Ellington finished with 24 points. The best moment...
Rape case against rapper Nelly dropped after victim fails to cooperate

Rape case against rapper Nelly dropped after victim fails to cooperate

Washington state prosecutors have determined they cannot proceed with criminal charges against rapper Nelly for allegedly raping a woman while on tour with Florida Georgia Line. On Wednesday, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reportedly told TMZ that it’s impossible to move forward with criminal charges against Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, Jr., for any...
How Tennessee lost both QB commits in 1 day

How Tennessee lost both QB commits in 1 day

Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions  here . In this edition, we discuss Tennessee...
The suburban revolt against Trump continued in Alabama

The suburban revolt against Trump continued in Alabama

The backlash in the suburbs against President Donald Trump is one of the most significant political stories of 2017. If Democrats win the House next year, it will be the main reason.   In Alabama, Sen.-elect Doug Jones, D, flipped or came close on Tuesday in suburban counties that Trump had won around Birmingham and Montgomery.   His victory offers the latest data points for a...
Florida recruiting: Gators offer Tommy Bush as their WR board takes shape

Florida recruiting: Gators offer Tommy Bush as their WR board takes shape

Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the  latest Florida recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators. Florida offers Tommy Bush The Gators have a new name on their recruiting board. Top-200 overall prospect Tommy Bush landed an offer from Florida...
Tennessee football podcast: What Austin Thomas’ hire means for the Vols in-state recruiting

Tennessee football podcast: What Austin Thomas’ hire means for the Vols in-state recruiting

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has lost its cache on the recruiting trail with some in-state recruits. Coach Jeremy Pruitt took a step to change that on Wednesday when he hired LSU general manager Austin Thomas. Thomas was charged with helping the recruiting efforts for the Tigers, specifically in the Volunteer State. LSU recruiting writer Sam Spiegelman joined the podcast to give some insight...
Five years after Sandy Hook: What has changed, what has not

Five years after Sandy Hook: What has changed, what has not

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., at Sandy Hook Elementary, when 20 students and six school employees were killed by shooter Adam Lanza. It has changed what happens in our schools. Students now do drills for fires, for severe weather and also for a lock down — when a school needs to close its doors because the students are in danger...
Omarosa Manigault dismisses reports of dramatic firing

Omarosa Manigault dismisses reports of dramatic firing

Omarosa Manigault said Thursday that she was not fired and escorted off the White House grounds, blaming "one individual who has a personal vendetta against me" for the dramatic narrative of her departure as one of Trump's top aides.  In her first comments since the White House confirmed that she was leaving, Manigault said during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America"...
Only 1 Yahoo Sports writer picks Oklahoma to win College Football Playoff National Championship

Only 1 Yahoo Sports writer picks Oklahoma to win College Football Playoff National Championship

With Baker Mayfield running the show, Oklahoma has done just about everything aside from being crowned as national champions. Set to see the College Football Playoff for the second time in three seasons, the Mayfield era may soon end with exactly that. No. 2 Oklahoma will open up the new year with a Rose Bowl battle with No. 3 Georgia and the winner will advance to take on the victor of...
Family hopes its ‘A Christmas Story’ house becomes Lego playset

Family hopes its ‘A Christmas Story’ house becomes Lego playset

What started as a family project could now become an actual playset sold by Lego.  Jason Middaugh and his daughter worked six months to recreate the house in the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story.”  He scoured the internet sourcing the 2,000 blocks, which features the “fragile” shipping container, Ralphie, in a bunny suit and the leg lamp. “I said, okay if...
Arkansas prioritizing speed in recruiting, and it’s coming with CB LaDarrius Bishop

Arkansas prioritizing speed in recruiting, and it’s coming with CB LaDarrius Bishop

Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss a new addition to the 2018 class, recruiting activity Wednesday and more. Arkansas coach Chad Morris explained some of his top recruiting priorities at his introductory press conference last week.  Among them was...
On the beat: Success is bound to breed interest in Wisconsin’s assistant coaches

On the beat: Success is bound to breed interest in Wisconsin’s assistant coaches

Anyone who has followed Wisconsin’s assistant coaching carousel over the years has come to understand that success breeds change. And while Badgers fans may lament losing top talent to other programs, at least it means people recognize a job well done at Wisconsin when they see it. The truth is that assistant coaches generally don’t hang around forever. Better opportunities...
College basketball bracketology: The Bracketeur’s 68-team NCAA Tournament projections

College basketball bracketology: The Bracketeur’s 68-team NCAA Tournament projections

Welcome to DieHards’ foray into the world of college basketball bracketology. Periodically throughout the regular season, and weekly beginning February, our resident Bracketeur, Eric Yates, will bring you full projections for the 2018 NCAA Tournament field, as well as some notable storylines that are reflective of the projections. The post College basketball...
Bob Stoops’ son gets offered a spot on Kentucky’s roster as preferred walk-on

Bob Stoops’ son gets offered a spot on Kentucky’s roster as preferred walk-on

Mark Stoops might be adding some family to the fold next season. Isaac Stoops, the son of former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and the nephew of Kentucky’s coach, has received an offer to join the Wildcats as a preferred walk-on, according to 247Sports. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback, who’s been playing at Norman North High in Oklahoma, is rated as a two-star...
Families of Sandy Hook victims confront mass shootings head-on in new PSA

Families of Sandy Hook victims confront mass shootings head-on in new PSA

Five years after tragedy struck Newtown, relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting are fighting to prevent what happened there from ever happening again.  Thursday will mark five years since 20 first-graders and six adults were shot and killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton. Nicole Hockley, whose son, 6-year-old Dylan, was killed, spoke to Boston 25 News reporter...
‘The Chew’ deals with allegations against Mario Batali

‘The Chew’ deals with allegations against Mario Batali

“The Chew” was forced to address the sexual misconduct allegations that have been brought against chef Mario Batali this week. Co-hosts Carla Hall, Michael Symon and Clinton Kelly addressed the audience with a statement read on-air on Tuesday.  >> Read more trending news  “Yesterday, allegations of past improper behavior surfaced about our own Mario Batali, and...
With victory in Alabama, Democrats see clearest path yet to taking back the Senate

With victory in Alabama, Democrats see clearest path yet to taking back the Senate

Democrats didn't just win Alabama on Tuesday night. They won their clearest path yet to taking back the Senate majority next year.  No, we're not saying the Senate majority will definitely switch parties in next November's midterm elections as a result of one race, as remarkable as the race was. But thanks to Alabama, Democrats' path just got a lot easier.  Before Tuesday, Democrats needed...
Saquon Barkley is ‘best player in the 2018 draft,’ ESPN analyst Bill Polian says

Saquon Barkley is ‘best player in the 2018 draft,’ ESPN analyst Bill Polian says

Saquon Barkley might not be the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. But there’s not a better player in the draft class, according to ESPN analyst Bill Polian. Polian, who spent more than 25 years in NFL front offices and was the General Manager of the Bills, Panthers and Colts, praised Penn State’s star running back during a Thursday morning appearance on SportsCenter...
FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt makes College Football Playoff picks

FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt makes College Football Playoff picks

The College Football Playoff continues to inch nearer and nearer, but in the weeks until then, Oklahoma’s Rose Bowl meeting with Georgia will continue to be analyzed from any and every angle. For as in-depth and complex and some may aspire to make it, FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt aimed to explain the Sooners showdown with the Bulldogs in the simplest terms possible....
Clemson recruiting: Coaches pay OL Cade Mays a visit

Clemson recruiting: Coaches pay OL Cade Mays a visit

There’s something in these hills, and Sam Butler and the DieHards team have you covered on the Clemson recruiting trail as the defending national champions reload. Check here every Monday-Friday to stay on top of the latest news and find every previous edition of the daily recruiting notebooks  ...
Woman evicted days before her 94th birthday, jailed when she refuses to leave, police say

Woman evicted days before her 94th birthday, jailed when she refuses to leave, police say

A 93-year-old Eustis woman was in jail Wednesday night after being arrested for allegedly refusing to leave her home at National Church Residences’ Franklin House after being evicted, police said. Juanita Fitzgerald was jailed just days before her 94th birthday on Friday. According to a Eustis Police Department arrest report, Fitzgerald had been “made well aware the day prior of her being...
Former TCU WR Jeremy Kerley blames ghost for positive PED test

Former TCU WR Jeremy Kerley blames ghost for positive PED test

Jeremy Kerley had an unusual explanation after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The former TCU receiver had to sit out the past four games for the New York Jets after violating the NFL’s PED policy. He returned to practice this week and was asked how the substance got in his system. His response was odd, but it did fit the spirit of Christmas...
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