ByMatthew Watkins / The Texas Tribune•Jun 11, 2015
The University of Texas at Austin is reviewing several allegations of cheating or academic noncompliance by former basketball players during the tenure of former men's coach Rick Barnes, school officials confirmed Wednesday.
The school has also notified the National Collegiate Athletic Association about the allegations, which were first raised publicly in a Wednesday article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
"The university takes any suggestion of wrongdoing extremely seriously," the university said in a statement. "We are always looking to identify problems that may exist and ways we can do better."
Shortly before former Gov. Rick Perry officially launched his second presidential campaign in Dallas on Thursday morning, his successor ended a long-criticized initiative from Perry’s tenure.
Flanked by the heads of the state’s flagship public universities at the University of Texas at Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 632, which eliminates a controversial startup investment fund long touted by Perry and directs much of its money to a new researcher recruitment effort.
“Texas as a state is going to have the best and brightest campuses in this country,” Abbott said before signing the bill.
New University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves ran through a long list of ambitious goals at his first-day press conference Wednesday — strengthening the school's undergraduate education, growing research initiatives and improving the school’s relationship with East Austin.
Then, he got to the real news: He said he supports beer sales at Longhorn football games.
He was clear and unequivocal about the idea: “I do support beer sale at the football games,” he said. “They have worked well at the basketball games. They have worked well across the state.”