• Texas Longhorn quarterback Case McCoy
  • Texas Longhorn Jordan Hicks

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 Police Department, and the quarterback and linebacker are back on the University of Texas Longhorns football team.

Upon their reinstatement, head coach Mac Brown issued the following statement:

Obviously when you break team rules there’s a certain amount of trust that has been broken, and that will be addressed with further discipline. That discipline will be handled within the team.

Hicks attorney, Perry Minton spoke to the Austin American-Statesman last Wednesday, and while he says the case is closed, SAPD says the "case is still being reviewed."

McCoy and Hicks were suspended from the Texas Longhorn football team and sent home just days before the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The young men were out on the town as you might expect college football players to be. They were suspended for staying out past curfew and there is where the bad judgment starts.

The saying goes "nothing good ever happens after 2:00 a.m." and it held true this night for McCoy and Hicks. According to an SAPD complaint, the two were partying with a young adult woman who invited them back to her hotel after closing time.

At the hotel, again according to the complaint, one of the men had sex with the woman as the other watched.

Bad judgment is not against the law and neither is stupidity, but when you happen to play college football for the Texas Longhorns and when your name happens to be McCoy, well, in the court of public opinion the law means very little and the expectations for conduct suggest something on the other side of stupidity.

It's hard to feel sorry for either McCoy or Hicks. Whatever happened that night (and let's assume assault did not), McCoy and Hicks are guilty of stupidity and have earned the nasty stuff said about them. Further, they broke team rules on the night before their bowl game. They let their coaches, their fans and their team down, not to mention destroying their own personal integrity along the way.

There is one more point to be made here. Brown needs to look closely at the discipline and control he has over the team. If two of his star players — identified leaders of the team — can do something this stupid, exhibiting judgment this bad, what does it say about the team as a whole and the men who lead it?

  • Longhorn senior wide receiver Marquis Goodwin

Longhorn seniors chew up the Beavers for an Alamo Bowl win

Texas 31 - Oregon State 27

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, the Longhorn senior leadership flexed its muscle, motivated the youngsters and came up with the plays required to beat the No. 13 Oregon State Beavers and win the Alamo Bowl 31-27.

Major Applewhite, calling his first game as offensive coordinator, didn't fool with trick plays or finesse offense. Applewhite kept the Oregon State defense on their heels when the game was on the line and David Ash found the yards he needed, whether throwing the ball to senior Marquis Goodwin, junior Jaxon Shipley or simply running it into the end zone himself.

David Ash did his best Jekyll and Hyde impersonation again, missing on seemingly simple passes, but time and again when the Longhorns needed a play, Ash found a way and he was brilliant in the fourth quarter going 9 of 11 passing and scrambling for a game changing first down. Ash ended the night 21 of 33 for 241 yards, with two touchdowns passing and one rushing.

The real hero of this game might be defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. The much maligned Texas defense kept the Longhorns in the game. Well, quite honestly, it was Alex Okafor who turned into a one-man sack machine, chasing Oregon State's quarterback all over the Beaver backfield and coming up with 4.5 sacks. In fact, the Texas defense spent most of the night in the Oregon State backfield, finishing with 10 sacks, backing up the Beaver offense 81 yards. Add in two interceptions and a fumble recovery and you have the recipe for a last-minute win.

That's the way it ended; it started ugly, very ugly. The Longhorns didn't manage a first down until well into the second quarter. They also had a field goal blocked and appeared disoriented throughout the first half. Credit the Texas defense with keeping the Horns in the game, intercepting a pass and forcing fumble in the first half.

As a result, Texas never trailed by more than 10 points and a different team came out of the locker room for the second half. When Texas needed a play, it was the playmakers who delivered. Johnathan Gray managed only 18 yards rushing, but he caught a terrific pass from Ash, who escaped a near certain sack, and then ran 15 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown keeping Texas within a field goal. And then it was senior wide-out Marquis Goodwin, who destroyed the Beaver secondary all night, catching a game-wining 36 yard touchdown with just 2:30 left.

The win certainly feels good for Longhorn fans, but it carries no weight as a harbinger of things to come. The stars of this game will not be back next season. It was Longhorn seniors who came up up big to win the game, but Marquis Goodwin and Alex Okafor will likely be playing in the NFL next year.

As for next year's team, there is still work to be done. Ash has yet to prove he is the quarterback of the future and Applewhite has a lot of work to do on the offensive game planning. Against Oregon State, running back Johnathan Gray was handed the ball only seven times. Both the quarterback and the rushing commitment will need to be addressed if Texas is to enter the college football elite.

Still, the Texas Longhorns managed a come from behind win against the No. 13 ranked BCS football team. A bowl win, especially against a good team, is never a bad thing and the momentum can easily carry over into the next year.

The 2012 Longhorn season will not be fondly remembered as Auld Lang Syne, but it ended well, leaving Longhorn nation with hope for what is to come.

5 Longhorn football resolutions for returning to national prominence in 2013

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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 the level of irrelevance the Longhorn football program has fallen into. Sure, there are a lot of college football teams that would kill to be 8-4 and playing in the Alamo Bowl against a tough, ranked opponent like the Beavers of Oregon State.

But those teams are not Texas.

Mack Brown must be exhausted hearing the constant discussion that wraps around where Texas is now compared to where they were just three years ago. Exhausted sure, but he's paid a lot of money (a LOT of money) to fix it, and so far the results are unimpressive.

In fact if you spend a few minutes looking at the statistics since 2009, the results are not just unimpressive, they are positively embarrassing for a program that nearly won a national championship on January 7, 2010.

  • 11-15 against the Big 12 Conference
  • 3-11 against ranked teams
  • 0-3 against Oklahoma
  • Alabama, the team that beat Texas in that infamous 2010 game, is 34-5 since, and is playing in their third national championship game in the last four seasons
  • The Longhorns cannot even sell out the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio for their last 2012 game

More than enough ink has been spilled talking about how this happened, so I thought it might be time to talk about how it stops, and no, winning the Alamo Bowl, as nice as that would be, has nothing to do with putting the Texas Longhorns back into the national conversation.

Here are my five New Year's resolutions for the Texas Longhorn football program:

1. Start the head coach transition immediately

Note, I am saying "head coach," not "all coaches." This is not the time to once again clean house. The Texas football program is not broken, it is simply in need of new energy and new ideas. With co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin's surprise departure a few weeks ago, Texas need not change anything more. There is strength in developing consistency in the coaching ranks and Texas has great coaches. Changing coaches every two years will not take the program down the road.

And no, I am not saying fire Mack Brown. As I've said many times, Mack Brown is only the second coach in Texas history to get the Longhorns to the national title, and as such, has earned the right to decide when to step down. That said, Mack, (Deloss? President Powers?) it's time.

Changing head coaches is delicate work. The Texas Longhorns are not broken, but it is clear now three years later that Mack Brown is not able to pull the right strings. The emotional damage from that 2010 national championship loss was deep. After falling off the proverbial cliff the following season, Brown completely re-made his coaching staff. There is only one leader still with the team — Mack Brown. It's time for him to take responsibility for the lack of progress.

Major Applewhite, the beloved former Longhorn quarterback, should be nearly ready for the job. With Harsin's departure to Arkansas State*, the Texas offense now belongs to Applewhite, an experienced offensive coordinator at Rice, Alabama and now Texas. The Longhorn leadership must prepare the transition now — get Applewhite into the managerial role, let him begin making decisions about the future of the team and let him choose the game plan, all with Brown's input of course.

Teach your protegé, Mack, and then let him take over for the 2014 season.

*On a side note: Seriously Bryan Harsin? Head coach at Arkansas State is better than Texas' offensive coordinator? That move by Harsin speaks volumes about the state of the Texas Longhorn leadership. Clearly Harsin and Brown were not on the same page. Of former Longhorn coordinators going on to head coaching jobs — Greg Robinson (Syracuse), Gene Chizik (Iowa State), Will Muschamp (Florida) — Harsin's choice is the biggest surprise.

2. Commit to the best rushing offense in the country

The Longhorns enjoy the best tandem of running backs in the country, at least on paper, and so far they've proven it on the field. Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray rewrote all of the Texas high school record books and both landed at the top of the national recruiting charts. Neither has disappointed when given the chance to shine in the Texas offense.

But those chances have been few and far between. Despite Mack Brown's call for a power rushing team like the great SEC teams (read, Alabama), he doggedly stuck to the familiar, running when he had to but preferring that spread offense the Big 12 loves.

Texas has Heisman potential with Gray, and Malcolm Brown provides the one-two punch Alabama used to win two national championships. Further, Texas clearly lacks a quarterback capable of taking over a game (see below). Both Brown and Gray can take over games — let them.

3. Find a quarterback

I've been consistent in my criticism of the Texas quarterbacks. Despite a few fine performances, both David Ash and Case McCoy have proven they are outstanding second stringers, not leaders. We will see what redshirt freshmen Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet can do next spring, but until someone rises to elite status, Texas must limit the touches to those who make plays. Ash and McCoy should be relegated to staying out of the way and simply putting the ball in the hands of ​Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray, then Daje Johnson and ocassionally Jaxon Shipley, Mike Davis.

Reports suggest Texas is looking to the junior college ranks for a quarterback. That's not a good sign, because...

4. Rebuild recruiting

Texas' recruiting is an embarrassment. The list of missed opportunities is long and getting longer. A team that at one time bragged about getting any player they wanted — "We're Texas" — now is digging into the junior college ranks to plug holes. That's something that never used to happen.

Look no further than the last two Heisman trophy winners, Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel, two quarterbacks the Longhorn recruiting geniuses passed on.

How does that happen? Sure, Texas thought they had the quarterback position sown up back in 2010. Garrett Gilbert was the nation's unanimous choice as the best quarterback available and he was a Longhorn. But by mid-season in 2010, it was clear something was missing and still, no recruiter was looking hard for a game-changer or at least a high school hot shot who could push Gilbert. Even today, three years later, Texas has one of the worst quarterback performance ratings in the Big 12 Conference.

And that is just at quarterback; we could write a book about missed opportunities on defense.

5. Attitude adjustment

Texas enjoys the most profitable college athletics program in the country. The Longhorn logo is recognizable around the world. No school has finer facilities, no school commits to spending on quality like Texas, and no school carries the reputation of arrogance like The University of Texas.

That culture of arrogance drips down to the players.

Mack Brown has repeatedly suggested that one of this team's problems stems from the players expectation that simply taking the field is enough to win. That arrogance is undeserved. It's time for a little humility and time to be introspective about the school's reputation.

I wonder if the distractions of big money and big investment have taken the athletics department's eyes off the ball. Big time college football has always revolved around wealthy boosters and sponsors, but today it also revolves around television contracts, individual networks, massive facilities and strained relationships with the educational arm of the universities. At one time the athletics director oversaw the athletics program, now there is much more to do.

Don't get me wrong, Deloss Dodds and Chris Plonsky are elite leaders, perhaps the best in the country at what they do, but they are busy people with more and more responsibility for things other than the performance of their teams on the field. When things go bad, maybe it takes two or three years to see it on a macro level.

Whatever the reasons, three years in football purgatory is too long. Change — lasting, meaningful and incremental change — must come now. Starting with a dose of humility, quieting down the "We're Texas" rhetoric would be a nice place to start. Frankly it's a little embarrassing when your football program is in its current state.

The Alamo Bowl

So on Saturday night, as the Texas Longhorns take the field against a very good and motivated Oregon State Beaver team, there is only one thing I'll be looking for and that's Major Applewhite's offense.

No one should expect wholesale change, but some change is necessary — committing to the running game, managing the quarterbacks, getting the ball into the hands of playmakers.

The Horns have absolutely nothing to lose, so if the Texas offense looks exactly the same as it did against Kansas State, we will know where Mack Brown sits on the coaching transition and we'll confirm why Bryan Harsin is looking for houses in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The Texas Longhorn football team is not broken, but unless everyone at the university is happy with 8-4 and the Alamo Bowl, changes need to occur and they need to start now.

There years is too long, 8-4 is unacceptable, and below Texas high expectations. The changes so far have not brought progress and only one person can be held accountable for that.

We love you Mack, and we know you love the Longhorns, so be the leader we know you are, recognize your challenges and set this team up for lasting success.


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Texas Longhorns vs. Oregon State Beavers
Time: Saturday, December 29 at 5:45 p.m.
Place: Alamo Stadium, San Antonio, TX
Television: ESPN
Radio: KVET-FM 98.1 / KVET-AM 1300

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Juggernaut rock band Nickelback adds Austin stop to 2023 tour

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Nickelback is back: Canadian-born rock juggernaut Nickelback is going on tour in summer 2023 to support their new album, Get Rollin'.

Called the "Get Rollin’ Tour," it'll hit 38 cities, launching on Monday, June 12 in Quebec City, QC at Videotron Centre, with special guests country rocker Brantley Gilbert and rising country artist Josh Ross.

It'll make three stops in Texas, including a new Austin stop as part of the tour's recently extended fall dates.

  • Saturday, July 22: Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas
  • Sunday, July 23: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands
  • Saturday, September 23: Moody Center in Austin

So sorry, San Antonio! Sounds like a road trip is on the offing. Comfort yourself with the band’s announcement video here.

Tickets for the new Austin date will be available starting with an artist presale on Friday, June 9 at 10 am. Additional presales will run throughout the weekend ahead of the general on-sale beginning Tuesday, June 13 at 10 am at livenation.com. A venue presale will run Monday, June 12 from 10 am - 10 pm, with code: RIVERSIDE at MoodyCenterATX.com.

Fans can also purchase VIP Packages, which may include premium tickets, invitation to the pre-show High Times VIP Lounge, specially designed Nickelback gift item, early entry into the venue & more. For more information, visit vipnation.com.

Nickelback's accomplishments are lengthy. The four-piece, comprised of Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake, and Daniel Adair, was named the most successful rock band of the decade by Billboard in 2009, globally celebrated for mega-hits such as “How You Remind Me,” “Photograph,” “Far Away,” and “Rockstar” which all held top spots on the Billboard 100.

"How You Remind Me" was named Billboard’s ‘Top Rock Song of the Decade," and was the #1 most played song on U.S. radio (any format) in the 2000s, according to Nielsen Soundscan, with over 1.2 million spins.

Get Rollin' was released on November 18, 2022, and is their first album in five years. A press release calls it "a thrilling soundscape of adventure, nostalgia, and emotional exploration."

It debuted at #2 across the Current Rock, Alternative, Hard Music, and Digital Album charts; landed on the ARIA Album Chart at No. 3; and in the Top 10 in the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia and Austria. And in a career first for the band, it debuted at No. 1 in Switzerland. Switzerland!

Wait, there's more Nickelback accolades: They’ve received nine Grammy nominations, three American Music Awards, a World Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, 12 JUNO Awards, seven MuchMusic Video Awards, and have been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame (2007).

Extending their legacy yet further, Nickelback was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the JUNO Awards on March 13, 2023.

Lack of romantic chemistry keeps Past Lives from flying high

Movie Review

Many people have wondered about what might have been with someone in their past, and in the age of social media, it’s been easier than ever to reconnect with that person, even if they live far away. That concept of missed opportunities is at the center of the new film, Past Lives.

Written and directed by Celine Song, the film shows the relationship of Ha Young, aka Nora (Greta Lee), and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo) at three different points in their lives. They are first introduced as 12-year-old friends in Korea, competing academically and perhaps crushing on each other. They are soon separated, though, when Nora and her family move to Canada.

Twelve years later, they meet again thanks to Facebook, starting a dialogue over Skype that lasts multiple weeks. Twelve more years pass before they are able to actually meet in person, by which time Nora, a writer, has married a fellow creative, Arthur (John Magaro). With Hae Sung barely speaking English and Arthur only a little bit of Korean, the reunion is awkward and then some.

The film can best be compared to the Before… series, although it doesn’t have nearly the romance that those classic Richard Linklater films do. The will they/should they push-and-pull of their bond is at the heart of the entire film, with the Korean concept of “in yeon,” which essentially deals in destiny, invoked on multiple occasions. Song does her level best to imbue the conversations between Nora and Hae Sung with a lot of meaning.

The only issue is that those chats are often disjointed and stilted. The scenes with them as children contain, as you might expect, mostly surface-level observations, but they also give the pair their largest amount of face-to-face time of the whole movie. The Skype conversations and ones with either Arthur present or looming psychologically over them fail to be fully engaging, with both Nora and Hae Sung holding back more often than not.

There are clearly good reasons for them to do so, with the barrier of the video calls or Nora’s marriage standing in their way. But any good romance, even one that never really was, needs to impart those feelings to the audience, and their scenes together never reach that necessary level. Nora’s scenes with Arthur are also less than rousing, leaving the film with a curious lack of chemistry on all sides.

Even though the connection between their characters doesn’t develop into something swoon-worthy, both Lee and Yoo give interesting performances. Nora is more sophisticated, giving Lee something extra to reach for in her scenes. Hae Sung seems stuck in time, drinking with the same buddies and living with his parents, and Yoo’s performance matches this repressed nature. Magaro is capable of much more than this particular role gives him.

The style of filmmaking and the generally good acting keeps Past Lives watchable even as its central story doesn’t have the intended impact. Great romances exist in all sorts of different forms, but the one presented here is not especially memorable.


Past Lives opens at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on June 9; it opens wide on June 23.

Greta Lee and Teo Yoo in Past Lives

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Greta Lee and Teo Yoo in Past Lives.

Here are the top 7 things to do in Austin this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Concerts, Pride-themed partying, and live entertainment have made their way to the top of our agenda for the next few days. Celebrate Pride Month by dancing into the night at Vacancy Brewing or catch a screening of Eva Longoria’s new drama at Cine Las Americas Film Festival. For music fans, Weezer and Ryan Adams & The Cardinals shows are sure to be your speed. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a full list of events, go to our calendar.

Thursday, June 8

Vaughn Art Gallery + Agency presents Thomas Flynn II: "To Catch the Sun Dreaming" opening reception
Experience the newest work by Thomas Flynn II, artist in residence at Vaughn Art Agency & Gallery. Flynn’s art is noted for his color choice and plein air painting (i.e. painting outdoors) to create highly-coveted contemporary marvels. Following the reception, the exhibit will be on display until July 22. Admission to the opening is free.

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
The 25th Anniversary edition of Cine Las Americas features a packed schedule of the most in-theater screenings and events in festival history. Screenings will take place at AFS Cinema and Galaxy Theater. Highlights of the five-day event include Eva Longoria’s Flamin’ Hot on opening night, several competition films, and Claudia Sainte-Luce comedy Amor y matemáticas (Love and Mathematics) as the closing night film. For festival information, go to cinelasamericas.org.

Weezer in concert
Weezer comes back to Austin in support of their 2021 album, Van Weezer. The Los Angeles-based rock band has remained a worldwide sensation for decades due to chart-topping hits such as “Buddy Holly” and “Beverly Hills.” For ticketing information about this show at Germania Insurance Amphitheater, check Ticketmaster.

Stateside at the Paramount presents "Becky Robinson: She Gone Tour"
Comedian and multihyphenate Becky Robinson makes a stop at Stateside at the Paramount on her national stand-up tour. Robinson has made a lane for herself in the comedic space by way of social media stardom. She is best known for her viral videos, her one-woman show, The Heavy Pour, and her online persona, “Entitled Housewife.” Get more details on austintheatre.org.

Friday, June 9

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals in concert
Americana music stars Ryan Adams & The Cardinals return to Austin for a live show at ACL Live & 3TEN at ACL LIve. Fans of the “Now That You’re Gone” band can expect the same hits with a new line-up of Adams, Brad Pemberton, Chris Stills, Daniel Clarke, and Don Was. Get seating information on Ticketmaster.

Saturday, June 10

Vacancy Brewing presents a "Pride Night Party"
Show your Pride Month spirit at this Vacancy Brewing nighttime bash. Guests can enjoy glitter beer, live music from DJ Lucia Beyond, Pride merch, Pride cans, and extended hours to keep the dance party going. Admission is free. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit the Austin chapter of PFLAG.

Sunday, June 11

Cap City Comedy Club presents Michael Palascak
Comedian Michael Palascak performs fresh material with two back-to-back shows in one night at Cap City Comedy Club. He’s appeared on many of the comedy world’s biggest stages including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with David Letterman. For tickets, visit capcitycomedy.com.

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Weezer performs live at Germania Insurance Amphitheater on June 8.