40 acres Insider: June 29th June
Well, it was certainly another busy week on Forty Acres with the Baseball College World Series running in Omaha, athletics Olympians punching their tickets to Tokyo at the US Olympic Trials and beyond, and our Texas Athletics teams a historic one Year completed. Third place in baseball marked our Longhorns seventh place in the top three at the NCAA championships this season. With all the challenges and adversities that 2020-21 brought with it, we have rallied and remained united in our pursuit of excellence. Our programs earned us three natties, one second place, seven top-3, nine top-5, and 13 top-10, along with 13 Big 12 championships. We are waiting for the Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup leaderboard and expect to be the ones to take Stanford’s 28-year control of this beacon of success in all sports. What a year it has been and the future is so bright! I am extremely proud, grateful and grateful for all of our student athletes, coaches and employees who have undertaken the efforts of the yeoman to lead us to such extraordinary achievements. And to you great fans, thank you for being the wind under our wings! I have to say it’s good to be a longhorn !!
It wasn’t the end result we wanted for our baseball program, but I couldn’t be more proud of Coach Pierce and our Longhorns. What a wild ride they have given us this year, from winning the Big 12 championship on the last day of the regular season to rolling through the Regional and Super Regional to an absolutely exhilarating run in Omaha. I’ll never forget this 50-win season and the CWS which was full of weather delays, late game heroism and early morning wins. This season was tough and Longhorn Nation was right with us in Omaha or at home, hammering the coffee table and cheering our hearts. Until that final in the heartbreaking defeat in the CWS semifinals against Mississippi late Saturday night, our Horns were doing this Texas Fight, and we’re so grateful for the joy they’ve given us all! We missed a run in the CWS Championship Series but the University of Texas at Omaha will be back, that’s for sure. The future for Texas Baseball is so bright that you need sunglasses!
If you were wondering why they say Coach Flo Knows, now you know! It started with another historic day for our long jumper Tara Davis, who cracked her ticket to Tokyo with two 23-foot jumps to complete her U.S. Olympic tests on Saturday. Tara now has the top 13 women’s long jump scores in Texas history, is the first Texas long jumper to reach the Olympics for Team USA and is ready to go for gold later this summer! On Sunday, her long jump teammate Steffin McCarter and her got his ticket to Tokyo by making his best jump of his career of 27-1.25. He had two jumps over 27 feet in the trials and now has four of the top 7 brands in UT history, with only Longhorn legends Eric Metcalf and Marquise Goodwin jumping longer. He joins Marquise as the second Longhorn, who wins an offer with Team USA in the men’s long jump. Tara and Steffin will be at the Tokyo Games with four other Longhorn Track & Field greats from past and present, with Ryan Crouser setting the world record in the shot put to secure his spot, as well Teahna Daniels (100m), both for Team USA, Stacey Ann Williams (4×400 relay) for Jamaica and Jonathan Jones (400m) for Barbados!
Last week, Ariel Atkins was named to the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball team, Chiaka Ogbogu previously earned a spot on Team USA in volleyball, and on Monday it was announced that our very own Kevin Durant, KD, is our great country’s men’s basketball team will lead in Tokyo. We also have our very first Longhorn Olympic champions in women’s rowing and football, as Texas ex Gia Doonan was named to the Team USA Rowing squad, and last week the current Longhorn Julia Grosso secured a spot on the Canadian Women’s Olympic Team. The Olympians keep coming and we can’t wait to celebrate them all when the XXXII. Tokyo Olympics begin.
And how about our outstanding volleyball student Asjia O’Neal and her really heartwarming and inspiring story ?! Last week she was named the winner of the prestigious Honda Sports Inspirational Award, and despite all the adversity she has endured, she deserves it. We are more than proud of her and happy to have her as part of the Texas Athletics Family. Kudos and a huge Hook ‘Em Asjia, can’t wait to cheer on you and Texas Volleyball 2021!
If we move into the summer months and the Olympics and pre-season training continue, we have exciting things ahead of us in the fall and I want to keep them in mind. Let’s move on to these football season ticket deposits. It was invigorating to see full houses at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in June, and that’s just a taste of what’s to come. Cant wait to have over 100,000 at the DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 4th for the biggest Longhorn family reunion ever! If you’ve always wanted to become a season ticket holder, this is the right time as all annual seat gifts are blocked for years to come. But please note that this will be the final season of annual seat-related gifts for life. Wednesday June 30th (at 5:00 p.m. CT) will be the last day fans can drop a Texas Football season ticket and participate in the seat selection and parking process. Fans who wait to purchase season tickets until 2022 must increase their seat-related gift at regular intervals. Be a part of it all by making your season ticket deposit today for just $ 199 per seat. It’s just a click (online at TexasSports.com/Renewals) or a call (512-471-3333) away to secure your spot to party with us and cheer the horns on!
We’re taking a few weeks off our Forty Acres Insider in July so we wish everyone a great summer. Take some time, enjoy your family and friends and know that we will continue to prepare for another great year 2021-22. We can’t wait to see you guys this fall, and until then, Horns Up!
Stay safe, be healthy, and hook them up
Chris Del Conte
Chris Del Conte
PS – That says it all, Olympic dreams are powerful and we are all so proud of you Tara!
PS II – A really special season! Thanks Texas Baseball, we really enjoyed the ride! !
PS III – Unite the family! What could be nicer than hosting our Longhorn Legend and the Tennessee Volunteers in the last year of the Erwin Center? Look forward to your visit, Coach Barnes!