The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions process which gives a small advantage to black and Hispanic applicants. The decision yet again allows US colleges to use of affirmative action in their admissions procedures. The 4-3 vote was a defeat for Sugar Land’s favorite litigant Abigail Fisher who has repeatedly claimed that she was unfairly denied admission because of her whiteness. After being denied admission into UT-Austin in 2008, she has been relentless in her campaign to end even the slight hint of affirmative action that UT-Austin uses in an attempt to preserve some diversity on the 40 Acres. Fisher – who did not qualify for automatic admission – claimed that black and Hispanic students who were less qualified got in over her. But Thursday’s decision brings her case to a close. The ruling will likely have national implications in that the Court has again reaffirmed that colleges have some leeway to use affirmative action in picking their students.
USA Today reports that the University of Texas football team is not ranked in the pre-season polls for the first time in 17 years.
For the first time since 1998, Texas will begin the season without a number next to its name.
The Longhorns are unranked in the Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Thursday. It’s not surprising given that the team finished 6-7 in 2014, capping Charlie Strong’s first year as head coach with a 31-7 loss to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl.
Texas had its worst season in recent history in 2010 when it followed a national championship loss to Alabama with a 5-7 record. The program hasn’t been the same since, going 36-28 the last four years without a single 10-win season. Still it always found a way into the preseason poll in that span, averaging a 19.5 ranking.
Not this year. Texas only received eight points, putting them at No. 38 outside the poll.
From the Annals of Big Oil – In 1923, the Santa Rita No. 1 oil well came in. The gusher came in the early morning at the solitary rig located in Reagan County. The University of Texas had leased 670 sections of its west Texas land to Rupert P. Ricker. Ricker in turn hoped to make enough selling drilling permits from various wildcatters to make the rental payments to UT. Frank T. Pickrell and Haymon Krupp bought the drilling permits and formed Texon Oil and Land Company. They then hired geologist Hugh Tucker to select a site for drilling among the almost 200,000 acres. Carl G. Cromwell drilled the well which was spudded in only minutes before the drilling permit would have expired. The incredible gusher and the ensuing development of UT’s vast land holdings transformed the school from a small land grant college in a small city to a major institution of higher education. The University of Texas system has the second highest endowment of any US university ranking only behind Harvard.
NBC Sports is reporting that the Texas Longhorns’ 2015 opener in South Bend against Notre Dame will be broadcast in prime-time on NBC. The kickoff will be on Saturday September 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The game will be an early season test for both teams who have not met since a 27-24 Notre Dame victory in Austin in 1996. On an all-time basis, it is an attractive match-up; Texas has 884 total victories, second only to Michigan, but just two more than 882 for Notre Dame.