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Kevin Benz

Kevin Benz writes about sports, media, popular culture and an occasional "Hear me out" rant. Kevin's been a part of the Austin scene for over 30 years after arriving in 1979 to attend the University of Texas where he graduated with a Radio-Television-Film degree. Before entering the online world, Kevin's career centered around television broadcast journalism in Austin and in Houston.

Most recently Kevin spent 11 years as News Director at News 8 Austin, a 24-hour local news station which he helped launch in 1999.

Today Kevin gets to cover his passions and those of fellow Austinites, celebrating those things that make Austin a special place.

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Football and life

No crime committed: Longhorns McCoy and Hicks not charged

By Kevin Benz

It's over. Texas Longhorn football players Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks committed no crime on December 28 before the Alamo Bowl, and no charges will be filed against them ...


Inaugural concert

Kenny Chesney to open COTA's new Austin 360 Tower Amphitheater

By Kevin Benz

Austin's newest concert venue will open at 8 p.m. on April 5 with an inaugural performance by country superstar Kenny Chesney.  The Austin 360 Tower Amphitheater is located ...


in the news

Longhorns McCoy and Hicks lose in court of public opinion even with no charges pending

By Kevin Benz

They may be guilty of bad judgment, but Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks committed no crime, at least according to their attorneys, if not yet confirmed by the San Antonio ...


Texas 31 - Oregon State 27

Longhorn seniors chew up the Beavers for an Alamo Bowl win

By Kevin Benz

For three quarters of the Alamo Bowl, the Texas Longhorns looked tired and disinterested, just another disappointing night in a disappointing season. But losing 27-17 midway through the fourth quarter ...


#23 Texas vs. #13 Oregon State

5 Longhorn football resolutions for returning to national prominence in 2013

By Kevin Benz

It took only three years — three very long years in the minds of Longhorn Nation — to destroy what took 39 years to rebuild. Today it's nearly impossible to overstate ...


Sports News

Texas Longhorns Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks suspended from Alamo Bowl

By Kevin Benz

Longhorn football players Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks have been suspended from the Alamo Bowl — set to played Saturday night in San Antonio against the Oregon State Beavers —  and sent ...


Kansas State 42 vs Texas 24

Longhorns make the Case for patience: Now is not the time for change

By Kevin Benz

Overthinking football games is what pundits do. Texas vs. Kansas State is not a game to overthink. Texas lost the game because K-State is a much better team. There are ...


Texas Longhorns at Kansas State Wildcats

Texas Longhorn pride comes after the fall

By Kevin Benz

This is a tale of what might have been. The No. 6 Kansas State Wildcats represent the best football team the No. 18 Texas Longhorns have faced this season. K-State ...


Texas 13 - TCU 20

Who are these Longhorns and can they win again?

By Kevin Benz

After two steps forward, now a step back. TCU came ready to play. They stepped out onto the field confident in their ability to beat Texas. Texas did not and ...


#16 Texas vs TCU

Longhorns take back Turkey Day against TCU

By Kevin Benz

There are still tickets available for this game. Are you kidding me? I know Mack Brown doesn't believe it. "It's still our senior game because it's the ...


International Austin

Hear them roar: The best quotes about Formula 1 weekend from around the world

By Kevin Benz

The reviews on Austin and the USGP are glowing. Not surprisingly, Austin excelled as a first-time F1 host, and it didn't take long for the national and international sports ...


Formula 1 in Austin

Fans roar over Formula 1 engines: Two years in the making, the U.S. Grand Prix comes alive

By Kevin Benz

The United States Grand Prix roars into the Circuit of the Americas Sunday. The race marks the end of an odyssey that began years ago when Tavo Hellmund discussed the ...


Formule 1 update

F1's first day: Bring your ear plugs, traffic isn't terrible and, please, stock more vodka

By Kevin Benz

Formula 1 race cars are loud — REALLY, REALLY LOUD. Ear plugs muffle the sound a bit, but you can feel the engines roar in your bones as they run by ...


In the pits

Behind the garage doors at Marussia racing: Assembling a technological marvel

By Kevin Benz

Grands Prix are won or lost in the garages that make up pit row, and the technology being implemented is the stuff of science fiction. CultureMap got a rare tour ...


Life of luxury

Formula 1 brings a yacht to Austin: The man behind My Yacht

By Kevin Benz

Let's first be clear, there is no yacht anchored in Lady Bird Lake, that would be silly. Yes, there is a yacht party, well, more than a "party" really ...


Texas 33 - Iowa State 7

Hey Longhorns, no joke, the Aggies rock the SEC

By Kevin Benz

Darrell Royal had to be smiling as the Longhorns lined up in Wishbone formation, honoring Coach on their first offensive play of the game. That formation is as close to ...


#17 Texas vs Iowa State

Longhorn motivation: Win for Royal, stay on track

By Kevin Benz

Coach Royal once said "football doesn't build character, it eliminates the weak ones." On Saturday, the University of Texas football team can take another step toward eliminating weakness by ...


Formula 1 in Austin

Live the life of Formula 1: The Marussia team offers you the chance to "get into the garage"

By Kevin Benz

The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix (USGP) is new to Austin, but Austin is new to Formula 1, too. That means some of the racing teams coming to Texas ...


Longhorn Royalty

Remembering the legend: Darrell K Royal leaves Longhorn football changed forever

By Kevin Benz

I almost killed Darrell Royal. The first time I met the legendary coach, who passed away Tuesday night at the age of 88, I was backing up from the bar ...


In Memorium

Darrell K Royal passes at 88: Goodbye to a Texas football legend

By Kevin Benz

The legend has passed. Some men leave their mark on the world, others change it completely. Darrell K Royal was one of those men. Royal passed away Tuesday night at ...


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