Founded in 1883, the University of Texas has grown to be the fifth-largest in the nation and ranked among the "public ivies" for the quality of its education. Located in the Texas state capitol of Austin, UT attracts students statewide and beyond. It is home to the first presidential library established on university grounds, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.
Texas long history includes storied athletic programs. Sports Illustrated rated the school "America's Best Sports College" in 2002. The sales of merchandise related to the programs topped all others between 2005-07.
Texas currently is a member of the NCAA's Big 12 Conference, joining in 1996 after the Southwest Conference dissolved. The university participates in men's and women's sports, and is notable as the last remaining Division I school to keep the men's and women's athletics departments separate.
Texas teams are known as the Longhorns. The name derives from the Longhorn cattle, which are the official "large mammal" of the State of Texas. Bevo, one such steer, is the university's mascot. Bevo is a fixture at most UT football games. The Longhorn donates not only the name, but the famous "burnt orange" color that is the signature of UT athletics.
Texas fans are well versed in the schools alma matter, "The Eyes of Texas" and the fight song, "Texas Fight." The former is sung to the tune of ""I've Been Working on the Railroad," while the latter is set to an up-tempo version of "Taps."
The motto "Hook 'em Horns" and its associated hand gesture dates back to 1955, and is as comfortable as "hello" to most Longhorn fans.
The crown jewel of UT's athletics program, the university fielded its first football team ten years after being founded, in 1893. R.D. Wentworth became the first coach one year later, and began a long tradition of winning seasons for the Longhorns. The Longhorn football legacy only grew from there.
Today the longhorns play in Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on the main UT campus in Austin. Capable of holding over one-hundred thousand fans, it set a Big 12 attendance record in 2012.
The UT Basketball program began in 1906, with a 27–17 defeat of Baylor. Basketball at UT had a rocky start despite the early success. Cancelled only 2 years after it began, Texas missed the 1908 season. Basketball returned a year later and has been a fixture of UT sports ever since.
The team celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2006. Under coach Rick Barnes, Longhorns Basketball makes regular appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The team plays in the 16k+ capacity Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX.
Texas fields 9 men's and 11 women's sports in total. This includes the UT Baseball team. The Texas Baseball program began in 1911, and has since become the winningest in college baseball history. The team plays at Austin's UFCU Disch–Falk Field under the leadership of coach Augie Garrido.