Texas Spirit and Athletics
Spirit and pride run deep at The University of Texas at Austin, and nowhere is this passion more evident than when participating in or watching Texas Longhorn athletic events.
- Texas has claimed 47 team national championships, including titles most recently in football (2005), women’s indoor track and field (2006), women’s outdoor track and field (2005), baseball (2005 and 2002) and men’s swimming and diving (2000, 2001 and 2002).
- During the 2008-2009 season, the Longhorns recorded eight top five, nine top 10 and 15 top 25 NCAA Championship finishes.
- For eight consecutive years, Texas has finished in the top 10 of the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings—a competition to recognize the country’s best overall collegiate athletics programs. In 2008-2009, Texas finished sixth—the highest of any Big 12 Conference school.
- Texas has claimed 100 Big 12 Conference and tournament titles—more than any other school since the league was formed in 1996.
- During the 2008-2009 season, Texas claimed seven Big 12 Conference titles, including volleyball, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, men's indoor track and field, women's rowing and baseball. The baseball team also claimed the Postseason Big 12 Championship by winning the Big 12 baseball tournament.
- Twenty-three Longhorns participated in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Current and former Texas athletes have won 116 Olympic medals, including 14 in Beijing in 2008.
- Texas was named “America’s Best Sports College” in a Sports Illustrated ranking of 324 Division I athletic programs.
- Bevo the Texas Longhorn is one of the most popular (and heaviest) mascots in college athletics. The Hook ’em, Horns hand sign is recognized worldwide as the symbol of the Texas Longhorns.
Learn more about men’s and women’s athletics at TexasSports.com.
Do you think you have what it takes to be a Longhorn student-athlete? Visit the Future Longhorns page on TexasSports.com—the official site of Texas Athletics.
Interested in spending part of your summer learning how to become a better competitor on and off the athletic field or court? Texas Athletics offers more than 15 sports camps for students of all ages that are taught by Texas coaches and athletes.