Suzanne Halliburton

College sports reporter

 Suzanne Halliburton primarily writes about college athletics and Lance Armstrong for the Austin American-Statesman. She's worked at the paper since 1986 and her writing has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Women's Sports Foundation, Texas Managing Editors and Southwest APSE. She's known for her freakish memory and competitive shopping. She loves her dogs and would be a meteorologist if not for the whole sports-writing deal.  

Latest from Suzanne Halliburton

Coaches for both A&M and Arkansas on hot seat as teams open SEC play
 Never accuse Kevin Sumlin of not having a bit of gallows humor. The Texas A&M coach was reminded earlier this week that Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, who is a friend of Sumlin’s, once told Sumlin after a game that he wanted to punch him. Sumlin quipped: “Who doesn’t?” That reminds us. Have you heard the latest rumor...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Never accuse Kevin Sumlin of not having a bit of gallows humor. The Texas A&M coach was reminded earlier this week that Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, who is a friend of Sumlin’s, once told Sumlin after a game that he wanted to punch him. Sumlin quipped: “Who doesn’t?” That reminds us. Have you heard the latest rumor...
So young: Texas A&M already has played school record 18 true freshmen
 When Kevin Sumlin signed his latest group of recruits in February, he bragged on the number of early enrollees. Nine already were on campus and were prepping for Texas A&M’s spring practices. Sumlin had numerous receivers and at least one linebacker in the class who could play immediately. There also were two quarterbacks to add depth...

Posted: 3 days ago

When Kevin Sumlin signed his latest group of recruits in February, he bragged on the number of early enrollees. Nine already were on campus and were prepping for Texas A&M’s spring practices. Sumlin had numerous receivers and at least one linebacker in the class who could play immediately. There also were two quarterbacks to add depth...
Road-loving TCU will face tough task against blistering hot Cowboys
 TCU coach Gary Patterson has been known to grouse a bit after games. It doesn’t matter whether his team wins or loses. Patterson’s Horned Frogs beat SMU 56-36 Saturday to improve to 3-0. On Monday, TCU jumped three spots in the Associated Press poll to 17th, but Patterson thought his team had the edge in talent to win by 80 points...

Posted: 4 days ago

TCU coach Gary Patterson has been known to grouse a bit after games. It doesn’t matter whether his team wins or loses. Patterson’s Horned Frogs beat SMU 56-36 Saturday to improve to 3-0. On Monday, TCU jumped three spots in the Associated Press poll to 17th, but Patterson thought his team had the edge in talent to win by 80 points...
Texas A&M rallies to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 45-21
 There’s a learning curve for a true freshman quarterback forced into a starting role way before his time. He wants to do everything. Meantime, the coaches really don’t have much of a clue what works best in the play book because there’s not much to go on. And so it was with Texas A&M Saturday as Kellen Mond made his second...

Posted: 6 days ago

There’s a learning curve for a true freshman quarterback forced into a starting role way before his time. He wants to do everything. Meantime, the coaches really don’t have much of a clue what works best in the play book because there’s not much to go on. And so it was with Texas A&M Saturday as Kellen Mond made his second...
Texas A&M walk-on apologizes for flipping off crowd at Kyle Field
 COLLEGE STATION – Will Gunnell, a freshman walk-on receiver, issued an apology after Texas A&M’s 45-21 victory Saturday
            over Louisiana-Lafayette, saying he was sorry that he’d made an obscene gesture as he and his teammates walked up the tunnel
            at halftime. SEC Network cameras caught the exchange...

Posted: 6 days ago

COLLEGE STATION – Will Gunnell, a freshman walk-on receiver, issued an apology after Texas A&M’s 45-21 victory Saturday over Louisiana-Lafayette, saying he was sorry that he’d made an obscene gesture as he and his teammates walked up the tunnel at halftime. SEC Network cameras caught the exchange...
Tyrel Dodson, Aggies’ man in the middle, aims to restore defense’s rep
 Texas A&M’s Tyrel Dodson played every game last season, back when he was a true freshman and coming off the bench. He’d been a three-star recruiting pickup from Tennessee, one of two linebackers in the class. But Dodson truly started catching folks’ attention this summer thanks to a video posted on social media by his teammate...

Posted: 7 days ago

Texas A&M’s Tyrel Dodson played every game last season, back when he was a true freshman and coming off the bench. He’d been a three-star recruiting pickup from Tennessee, one of two linebackers in the class. But Dodson truly started catching folks’ attention this summer thanks to a video posted on social media by his teammate...
Tech defense will need to make its case against Arizona State
 Last year’s game against Arizona State might have been the ugliest of Kliff Kingsbury’s coaching career. His offense scored 55 points. And lost. The Sun Devils scored 68. The Tech defense was befuddled by a specific formation, which was dubbed “Sparky,” and the unit’s struggles served as a microcosm of an entire...

Posted: 9 days ago

Last year’s game against Arizona State might have been the ugliest of Kliff Kingsbury’s coaching career. His offense scored 55 points. And lost. The Sun Devils scored 68. The Tech defense was befuddled by a specific formation, which was dubbed “Sparky,” and the unit’s struggles served as a microcosm of an entire...
A&M is in reshuffling mode on offense as Louisiana-Lafayette hits town
 Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is still shuffling his offense as he tries to find the perfect combination of 11 players who won’t suffer through the lulls that have plagued the Aggies in their first two games. A&M did win last Saturday night at Kyle Field. But it wasn’t an impressive rebound after the Aggies were shaken by UCLA&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is still shuffling his offense as he tries to find the perfect combination of 11 players who won’t suffer through the lulls that have plagued the Aggies in their first two games. A&M did win last Saturday night at Kyle Field. But it wasn’t an impressive rebound after the Aggies were shaken by UCLA&rsquo...
OU’s Baker Mayfield flags a significant victory for Big 12 football
 It’s the most talked about scene so far of the tender college football season. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield grabbed a large Sooner flag moments after he led his team to a 31-16 victory over Ohio State on Saturday night and sprinted around Ohio Stadium. He then dashed to the 50-yard line and attempted to stab the flag pole in...

Posted: 11 days ago

It’s the most talked about scene so far of the tender college football season. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield grabbed a large Sooner flag moments after he led his team to a 31-16 victory over Ohio State on Saturday night and sprinted around Ohio Stadium. He then dashed to the 50-yard line and attempted to stab the flag pole in...
He’s sorry: Baker Mayfield apologizes for trying to plant OU flag on Ohio State field
 Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield tries to plant the Sooner flag in the Ohio State logo at midfield after a 31-16 win at
               Ohio Stadium. (Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch/TNS) Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield said Monday he meant no disrespect when he carried the Sooner flag to midfield of the
            Ohio State stadium...

Posted: 11 days ago

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield tries to plant the Sooner flag in the Ohio State logo at midfield after a 31-16 win at Ohio Stadium. (Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch/TNS) Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield said Monday he meant no disrespect when he carried the Sooner flag to midfield of the Ohio State stadium...
Kevin Sumlin’s family wants to pursue charges against writer of racist letter
 Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, center, sings “the Spirit of Aggieland” before the start Saturday’s game against Nicholls
               State. against Nicholls State. (AP Photo/Sam Craft) Charlene Sumlin, the wife of the Texas A&M football coach, said her family wants police to find and press charges against
    ...

Posted: 11 days ago

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, center, sings “the Spirit of Aggieland” before the start Saturday’s game against Nicholls State. against Nicholls State. (AP Photo/Sam Craft) Charlene Sumlin, the wife of the Texas A&M football coach, said her family wants police to find and press charges against ...