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Susan Elizabeth Shepard
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article March 14, 2014

SXSW Takeaways

South by Southwest began as a music festival and is arguably now better known for its interactive festival, an all-purpose media and technology networking/discussion/promotion conference. This year, the festival added a track specifically geared toward sports. More»
crossfit article March 12, 2014

Behind The Times

It has been 37 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Renée Richards be allowed by the USTA to play women's tennis. Someone had better tell CrossFit. Last week, the organization was sued for discrimination by Chloie Jönsson, a transgender woman. More»
1980x1100_hitchcock_tx_4 article February 21, 2014

Deep In the Heart of Texas

Michael Sam grew up in the small community of Hitchcock, Texas, where everybody remembers a courageous kid who overcame incredible odds to become a football star. To them, Sam isn't just another hometown hero -- he's a trailblazer. More»
1980x1100_superbowl_trafficking article January 29, 2014

The Sex Trafficking Super Bowl Myth

For years, politicians and some policy organizations have perpetuated the claim that the Super Bowl attracts sex trafficking. Despite evidence to the contrary, this sensational narrative -- crime, sex, money and The Big Game -- persists. More»
CharlieStrong article January 6, 2014

Strong Statement

To talk about race at the University of Texas isn't to talk about distant history. It's about the present. And Charlie Strong's hiring as head coach of the Longhorns may represent a significant step into changing a tired old narrative around. More»
mackbrown_presser article December 16, 2013

A Graceless Exit

It took 20 years after his retirement for Texas coach Darrell Royal's name to be added to Texas Memorial Stadium. Mack Brown has earned his spot alongside that legendary icon, but how long will it take for Longhorn fans to realize it? More»
rossi_alexander article November 15, 2013

American Underdog

Formula One is one of the most popular sports in the world, but few Americans even know that there's a race in the States. That's partially because there are no great American F1 racers, but as the tour comes to Texas, one young driver is trying to change that. More»
saban_nick_alabama article November 8, 2013

Texas Is The Reason

Alabama coach Nick Saban probably isn't going to leave Tuscaloosa for Austin any time soon, but if he does, there's certainly appeal in doing so. Whether it's ego, recruiting, prestige or something from the heavens, Saban might find Texas to his liking. More»
alabama_stay_for_four article October 30, 2013

Too Good To Watch

Crimson Tide games are usually such blowouts that students rarely want to stay for all four quarters, and it's become a major campus issue. But for Nick Saban, it's more than just a stadium concern, because he worries that it may affect his recruiting efforts. More»
aledo article October 24, 2013

Blowouts Are Not Bullying

A 91-0 Texas high school football score turned heads last week when a parent of the losing Western Hills team filed a bullying complaint against Aledo High. The charge was cleared, and all this action accomplished was trivializing the serious problem of bullying. More»
BecHyatt article October 11, 2013

More Than Skin Deep

When MMA fighter Bec Hyatt, currently under contract with Invicta, closed out the last of four eBay auctions of her fight-worn gear, some thought she was capitalizing on a pervert market. But that just exposed the hypersexualizing of female athletes. More»

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