Athletics

UT Athletics have been renowned for decades. From TX-OU weekend to the roar of Gregory Gym during a women's’ volleyball game, sports play a pivotal role in the social experience of many students at the University of Texas. Explore linked resources on the integration of UT’s athletic department, women in sports, and the winning tradition of Longhorn athletics.

Football integration

Darrell Royal coached the last all-white Longhorn football team and helped to usher in the first African American recruits in 1970.

Women's Sports 

Athletics at UT evolve to include women

Basketball

Basketball integration had implications on and off the court 

  • 1948: “Representatives of the Campus Guild at The University of Texas at Austin congratulates Hazel Scott, a nationally known African American pianist, for refusing to perform before a segregated audience at Gregory Gym.” (Austin Library)

  • “Rodney Page was the first women's basketball head coach at The University of Texas and also the first African American head coach of any sport at UT.”

  • “In the Paint: Highlights of Mens’ and Womens’ basketball” The Briscoe Center

    • (also mentions Anna Hiss)

Football

The integration of UT football was a pivotal point in Longhorn history

  • “In 1977 Texas running back Earl Campbell won the Heisman trophy.  That year he led the nation in rushing with 1,744 yards.” (UT Timeline)

  • “Julius Whittier was the first African-American to play for Texas” (info on the integration of UT sports at The Daily Texan)

  • “Pigskin, Passion, & Pride: UT Football:1898-1998” (The Briscoe Center)

Intramurals

UT said anyone can play and finally meant it 

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