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Texas QB Sam Ehlinger calls out Oklahoma, OU WR fires back

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Sam Ehlinger is doing his darndest to bring the Red River rivalry back. The Longhorns quarterback nearly beat Oklahoma by himself in October, throwing for 278 yards and rushing for a game-high 110 to led Texas back from a 20-0 deficit to take a fourth quarter lead before a Baker Mayfield bomb to Mark Andrews handed the Sooners a hard-fought 29-24 win.

On Monday, Texas linebacker Marquez Bimage tweeted this.

Ehlinger took the opportunity to subtly tweak former Oklahoma All-American left tackle Orlando Brown, who was the anti-star of the NFL Combine after throwing up a meager 14 reps on the bench press.

Naturally, Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown fired back with a look-at-the-scoreboard tweet.

This is pretty tame as far as Twitter beefs go, but it’s an interesting look at Ehlinger’s mindset. The sophomore is going out of his way to be the most hated Longhorn, and seems to welcome the scorn he brings upon himself. You could say that makes him similar to another Austin native-turned-Red River rivalry star: Baker Mayfield.

Texas lands two-time All-Conference USA graduate transfer Calvin Anderson

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It’s March, but Texas’s 2018 signing class just got even better. The Longhorns’ 27-man haul included three 5-stars and 10 4-stars, ranking No. 3 nationally in the 247Sports Composite rankings. And while their ranking isn’t budging, the Longhorns just added — for the 2018 season only — the equivalent of another 5-star recruit. In fact, he may be even better than that.

Calvin Anderson, a two-time Honorable Mention All-Conference USA product at Rice the past two seasons, announced Saturday he will be a graduate transfer to Texas. Anderson announced he was leaving Rice in January and spent the past two months enjoying a recruiting process he did not receive as a recruit. Anderson was heavily pursued by Michigan, Oklahoma and Auburn as the star member of the 2018 free agent class, but chose Texas in the end. He is an Austin native and a graduate of Westlake High School.

The writing was on the wall late Friday night, when Texas quarterback and fellow Westlake alum Sam Ehlinger cryptically tweeted the following:

As he mentioned in the video, Anderson started the past 36 games at left tackle at Rice, and as a Longhorn he figures to slide into the spot Connor Williams was supposed to fill in 2017 but could not due to spending the bulk of the season on the injured list. With Anderson in the fold, Texas figures to have one of the most experienced left sides of the offensive line in college football this fall. Left guard Patrick Vahe (a senior) and center Zach Shackelford (a junior) have both started since their respective true freshman seasons.

And while it won’t affect the 2018 product, Texas got some more good news on the recruiting front earlier Saturday when wide receiver Jordan Whittington also committed to Texas.

A Cuero, Texas native, Whittington is the No. 4 wideout and the No. 26 overall recruit in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.


Rice transfer heavily pursued by Michigan, Texas, others to make decision Saturday

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For a handful of programs, the wait is almost over.

In January, starting left tackle Calvin Anderson announced his decision to transfer from RiceMichigan and Texas were deemed the front-runners to land the lineman early on, with Auburn, Oklahoma, Texas A&M (HERE) and TCU mentioned as possibilities as well.

On his personal Twitter account Wednesday night, Anderson indicated that he will make a decision on his new college football home this coming Saturday.  Anderson also seemed to intimate in a video attached to the tweet that he has whittled his potential landing spots down to four programs — Auburn, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas.

Whichever of the contenders Anderson ultimately selects, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2018 as a graduate transfer.  This will be his final season of eligibility.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Anderson started 36 straight games at left tackle for the Owls. He was honorable mention All-Conference USA each of the past two seasons.

‘Personal reasons’ lead Houston’s leading rusher to leave team

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Well, this is certainly an interesting, and wholly unexpected, development.

According to multiple media outlets, running back Duke Catalon has decided to leave the Houston football program for what were described only as personal reasons.  The football program hasn’t yet, at least publicly, addressed the running back’s status with the team moving forward.

It’s also unclear at this point whether this would be a temporary or permanent departure.

Catalon was originally a four-star signee as part of Texas’ 2014 recruiting class who transferred to UH in August of 2015.

After sitting out that season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Catalon led the Cougars in rushing each of the past two seasons.  Catalon, who would be entering 2018 as a fifth-year senior, ran for 637 yards this past season and 528 the year before.  In 2016, he was also fourth on the team with 44 receptions out of the backfield.

Texas to give Todd Orlando raise to $1.7 million per year

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Everything’s bigger in Texas — including the raises.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the University of Texas System Board of Regents are set to approve several athletics-related contracts next week, headlined by athletic director Chris Del Conte’s multi-million dollar six-year deal and a hefty raise for Longhorns defensive coordinator Todd Orlando.

Orlando, who joined Tom Herman when he came over from Houston prior to last season, was already one of 15 assistants who were making over $1 million in 2017. He was courted by several programs this offseason however and the cost to retain him on the 40 Acres didn’t come cheap as his amended contract is set to pay him a reported $1.7 million as part of a new four-year deal.

Also on tap for the board? The Statesman notes that new offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Herb Hand has a three-year contract awaiting approval worth nearly $640,000 annually.

While all those new contracts do add up for the Longhorns, it’s not like the burnt orange can’t afford it all as one of a handful of programs who topped $200 million in revenue last year.