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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas has announced that its marching band and pep band will be required to play “The Eyes of Texas” school song when they return to performing. But the school will also create a new alternative band in 2022 that won’t play it. A group of athletes and students called on the school to drop the song last year due to racist elements in its past. School leaders have refused to do that. A university report released in March concluded there “no racist intent” behind the song.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It will be Texas against Kentucky in the NCAA women’s volleyball championship match Saturday. Texas used a powerful all-around performance to post a surprising three-set sweep of top-seeded and previously unbeaten Wisconsin in the semifinals. The Wildcats advanced to their first final with a four-set win over Washington. The Longhorns will be making their seventh appearance in the final and first since 2016. They won national titles in 1988 and 2012.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton has added former Creighton assistant Terrence Rencher to his staff. Rencher helped Creighton win the Big East regular season title in 2020 and advance to the Sweet 16 this past season. The Bluejays went 46-16 in his two seasons in Omaha. He helped groom All-Big East selections Ty-Shon Alexander, Marcus Zegarowski, Damien Jefferson and Denzel Mahoney. He is the University of Texas’ all-time leader in scoring and steals and played basketball professionally from 1995 to 2006 in the NBA, CBA and in Europe.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Neal Brown has received a two-year contract extension through the 2026 season. Brown has coached the Mountaineers to an 11-11 record in his first two seasons, including a 6-4 mark in 2020. He had four years remaining on his original contract signed in January 2019. Brown’s annual compensation, including base salary and supplemental compensation, will average $3.98 million over the length of the new six-year deal. His previous contract averaged about $3.2 million. Athletic director Shane Lyons says he’s pleased with the upward trajectory of the program and its culture under Brown.
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