Brian Davis

Longhorns sports reporter

Brian Davis covers University of Texas athletics, primarily football and men's basketball. He started his journalism career in 1998 and started covering the Big 12 conference extensively in 2001. It's probably safe to tell this story now. After graduating from the University of Texas with a journalism degree in May 1998, Brian applied to the Statesman's internship program and was asked to write the generic "Why do you want this job?" essay. Instead of writing about why he wanted the job, he wrote a paper about all the different ways you can make a martini. He was hired on the spot. Brian left the Statesman and started his journalism career at the Albuquerque Tribune, a now-defunct afternoon daily. Then in the spring of 1999, he moved back to Texas and started working for The Dallas Morning News. Over the next decade, he lived in Lubbock covering Bob Knight and Texas Tech (2001-2003) and then moved to the Adrian Peterson beat at Oklahoma (2004-2006). From there, it was on to cover Texas A&M and Baylor (2007) and finally the Dallas Cowboys (2008).  In early 2009, Brian wanted to try something different, so he went into finance. Brian wound up at Merrill Lynch in Dallas up until he had epiphany. Writing, not watching the stock market, was his passion. He can talk about tax-free bonds all day long, but it's just more fun talking sports. He came back to the Statesman as the Texas football and men's basketball writer in December 2013. 

Latest from Brian Davis

Texas fans can gauge the progress themselves during Orange-White spring game
 During the final week of spring practice, university professors and their guests were invited to come watch the Longhorns
               at Frank Denius Fields. Even some of the sharpest minds in academia had difficulty gauging what they saw. “OK, what am I looking at here?,” one professor asked. Therein lies the difficulty of...

Posted: 3 hours ago

During the final week of spring practice, university professors and their guests were invited to come watch the Longhorns at Frank Denius Fields. Even some of the sharpest minds in academia had difficulty gauging what they saw. “OK, what am I looking at here?,” one professor asked. Therein lies the difficulty of...
Nearing the spring finish line, Texas coach Tom Herman takes stock of his Longhorns
 The Longhorns will finish up spring practice this week, culminating with Saturday’s Orange-White spring game, and the coaches
               will have to ask themselves a simple question: Is this team better now than it was in late December? There is no simple, straightforward answer. Texas lost key defensive players and the best punter...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Longhorns will finish up spring practice this week, culminating with Saturday’s Orange-White spring game, and the coaches will have to ask themselves a simple question: Is this team better now than it was in late December? There is no simple, straightforward answer. Texas lost key defensive players and the best punter...
Texas LB Breckyn Hager knows his time is running short; ‘So I’ve got to bring it’
 Texas linebacker Breckyn Hager’s trademark blonde hair may only get longer and wilder in the coming months. The Westlake product
               doesn’t plan on getting his hair cut until December. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger better get those scissors ready. “Gotta win the Big 12,” Hager said. “Gotta have Sam cut...

Posted: 7 days ago

Texas linebacker Breckyn Hager’s trademark blonde hair may only get longer and wilder in the coming months. The Westlake product doesn’t plan on getting his hair cut until December. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger better get those scissors ready. “Gotta win the Big 12,” Hager said. “Gotta have Sam cut...
Sources: Texas assistant Mike Morrell to become new head coach at UNC-Asheville
 Texas men’s basketball assistant coach Mike Morrell is set to become the new head coach at North Carolina-Asheville, two sources
               told the American-Statesman. Morrell could not be reached. This would be his first head coaching job. The university planned on making a formal announcement
               Wednesday afternoon...

Posted: 9 days ago

Texas men’s basketball assistant coach Mike Morrell is set to become the new head coach at North Carolina-Asheville, two sources told the American-Statesman. Morrell could not be reached. This would be his first head coaching job. The university planned on making a formal announcement Wednesday afternoon...
Texas WR Collin Johnson has high hopes; ‘I definitely want to be that elite guy’
 The new season means a new, clean slate for everyone, coaches and players alike. Just what exactly will Collin Johnson do
               with his blank canvas in 2018? “Clean slate. You’ve got to forget everything that happened last season,” Johnson said on Tuesday. Physically, the Texas receiver is straight from central...

Posted: 9 days ago

The new season means a new, clean slate for everyone, coaches and players alike. Just what exactly will Collin Johnson do with his blank canvas in 2018? “Clean slate. You’ve got to forget everything that happened last season,” Johnson said on Tuesday. Physically, the Texas receiver is straight from central...
Three observations from Texas’ 10th spring football practice
 Texas was back on the practice field on Tuesday for the team’s 10th spring workout. The weather conditions were terrific. Defensive back P.J. Locke III was not participating. He suffered a neck injury during Saturday’s workout and was being held
               out for further evaluation. 1. Fundamentals again and again: The Longhorns...

Posted: 9 days ago

Texas was back on the practice field on Tuesday for the team’s 10th spring workout. The weather conditions were terrific. Defensive back P.J. Locke III was not participating. He suffered a neck injury during Saturday’s workout and was being held out for further evaluation. 1. Fundamentals again and again: The Longhorns...
Texas LB Edwin Freeman undergoes triceps surgery, will miss rest of spring practice
 Texas linebacker Edwin Freeman underwent surgery on his triceps injury last Wednesday and will miss the rest of spring practice,
               the school announced late Sunday. Freeman initially suffered the injury during the Christmas break, UT coach Tom Herman told reporters last week. Then, Freeman
               aggravated the injury...

Posted: 11 days ago

Texas linebacker Edwin Freeman underwent surgery on his triceps injury last Wednesday and will miss the rest of spring practice, the school announced late Sunday. Freeman initially suffered the injury during the Christmas break, UT coach Tom Herman told reporters last week. Then, Freeman aggravated the injury...
Texas coaches taking slow approach to naming a starting QB
 Texas coach Tom Herman has been restrained this spring whenever he’s asked about the quarterbacks. By all indications, Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele are alternating with the first-team unit, and neither truly has the upper
               hand on the starting position. Whether that’s good or bad depends on personal preference...

Posted: 14 days ago

Texas coach Tom Herman has been restrained this spring whenever he’s asked about the quarterbacks. By all indications, Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele are alternating with the first-team unit, and neither truly has the upper hand on the starting position. Whether that’s good or bad depends on personal preference...
Three observations from Texas’ eighth spring football practice
 During Thursday’s spring practice, the best action appeared to happen before reporters were allowed in the gates. The Longhorns were engaged in one-on-one drills on the far edge of the field. Typically, the coaching staff offers no updates
               on who won specific matchups, but UT will sometimes release videos on their social...

Posted: 14 days ago

During Thursday’s spring practice, the best action appeared to happen before reporters were allowed in the gates. The Longhorns were engaged in one-on-one drills on the far edge of the field. Typically, the coaching staff offers no updates on who won specific matchups, but UT will sometimes release videos on their social...