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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

The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 7 Oklahoma
 Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 7 Oklahoma (Related...

Posted: 4 days ago

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 7 Oklahoma (Related...
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield: No Perine, Mixon or Westbrook? No problem
 Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield quickly was checking off the names as if he were giving a presentation to a group of investors. Yes, he’ll have plenty of help at wide receiver. Forget the fact that Dede Westbrook, a fellow Heisman finalist last fall, is gone. There is a bevy of receivers to take his place. “I think we have...

Posted: 4 days ago

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield quickly was checking off the names as if he were giving a presentation to a group of investors. Yes, he’ll have plenty of help at wide receiver. Forget the fact that Dede Westbrook, a fellow Heisman finalist last fall, is gone. There is a bevy of receivers to take his place. “I think we have...
The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 9 Oklahoma State
 Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 9 Oklahoma State (Related...

Posted: 6 days ago

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 9 Oklahoma State (Related...
Big 12 media days takeaway: My pick for top player? Mason Rudolph, not Baker Mayfield
 FRISCO — A Big 12 media days takeaway from Tuesday: It’s the trendy pick. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the consensus choice as the Big 12’s best player. Mine, though, is Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. I also picked the Cowboys as the top team in the conference. And I decided all this back in late December...

Posted: 9 days ago

FRISCO — A Big 12 media days takeaway from Tuesday: It’s the trendy pick. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the consensus choice as the Big 12’s best player. Mine, though, is Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. I also picked the Cowboys as the top team in the conference. And I decided all this back in late December...
Snyder: Wildcats’ gay lineman Frantz shared news ‘for the right reasons’
 Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz told his teammates a year ago that he was gay. His coach had instructed each player to share something about himself that no one else knew. It’s a typical team-building exercise. The thinking is that revealing secrets tightens bonds — and a close group of players will trust one another...

Posted: 9 days ago

Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz told his teammates a year ago that he was gay. His coach had instructed each player to share something about himself that no one else knew. It’s a typical team-building exercise. The thinking is that revealing secrets tightens bonds — and a close group of players will trust one another...
Baylor star tailback expected to miss chunk of September schedule
 FRISCO — Baylor’s Terence Williams is one of the Big 12’s top returning tailbacks, but Bears coach Matt Rhule announced Tuesday that he’ll miss at least the first three games of the season, meaning he may not make his debut until the Bears’ Big 12 opener against Oklahoma on Sept. 23. Rhule said Williams...

Posted: 9 days ago

FRISCO — Baylor’s Terence Williams is one of the Big 12’s top returning tailbacks, but Bears coach Matt Rhule announced Tuesday that he’ll miss at least the first three games of the season, meaning he may not make his debut until the Bears’ Big 12 opener against Oklahoma on Sept. 23. Rhule said Williams...
K-State’s Bill Snyder initially was uncertain about player publicly announcing he was gay
 Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz told his teammates a year ago that he was gay. According to his head coach, it never was a “major issue” with anyone. But Frantz didn’t make the news public until last week, when the sophomore gave an interview to ESPN’s Holly Rowe. Coach Bill Snyder arranged the interview...

Posted: 9 days ago

Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz told his teammates a year ago that he was gay. According to his head coach, it never was a “major issue” with anyone. But Frantz didn’t make the news public until last week, when the sophomore gave an interview to ESPN’s Holly Rowe. Coach Bill Snyder arranged the interview...
Big 12 media days takeaway: OU’s Orlando Brown due for a big year
 FRISCO — A Big 12 media days takeaway from Monday: Oklahoma’s offensive line is being lauded as one of the best units in the country — quarterback Baker Mayfield claimed that the line’s so good that he could be the team’s star tailback — and it starts with massive tackle Orlando Brown. When Brown was sitting...

Posted: 10 days ago

FRISCO — A Big 12 media days takeaway from Monday: Oklahoma’s offensive line is being lauded as one of the best units in the country — quarterback Baker Mayfield claimed that the line’s so good that he could be the team’s star tailback — and it starts with massive tackle Orlando Brown. When Brown was sitting...
Patterson eases criticism of QB Hill as TCU looks to draw up rebound
 In hindsight, TCU football coach Gary Patterson thinks he might’ve been too tough on Kenny Hill. Hill, the transfer from Texas A&M, was the Horned Frogs’ starting quarterback last season. And because Hill was the highest-profile player on the team, he probably was singled out for too much of the blame for TCU’s 6-7 record...

Posted: 10 days ago

In hindsight, TCU football coach Gary Patterson thinks he might’ve been too tough on Kenny Hill. Hill, the transfer from Texas A&M, was the Horned Frogs’ starting quarterback last season. And because Hill was the highest-profile player on the team, he probably was singled out for too much of the blame for TCU’s 6-7 record...
TCU coach: state of Texas should be ’embarrassed’ by last year
 FRISCO — No team from the state of Texas made the final top 25 Associated Press poll at the end of 2016. How hideous was it? The last time it happened was in 1967, back when only the top 10 were ranked. TCU coach Gary Patterson, who kicked off Big 12 media days Monday morning at the Ford Center, still is bothered by last year&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

FRISCO — No team from the state of Texas made the final top 25 Associated Press poll at the end of 2016. How hideous was it? The last time it happened was in 1967, back when only the top 10 were ranked. TCU coach Gary Patterson, who kicked off Big 12 media days Monday morning at the Ford Center, still is bothered by last year&rsquo...
The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 21 Kansas State
 Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 21 Kansas State ...

Posted: 18 days ago

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 21 Kansas State ...