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The Texas Longhorns football program is the intercollegiate football team representing The University of Texas at Austin. The team currently competes in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Big 12 Conference which is a Division I Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The team is currently coached by Mack Brown and home games are played at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.
Texas is one of the most highly regarded and historic football programs of all time. In 2012 the Texas' football program was valued at $805 million, more than the calculated value of several NFL teams. In 2008, ESPN ranked the Texas Longhorns the seventh most prestigious college football program since 1936. The program began in 1893 and is one of the most successful football programs of all time. At the end of 2012 season, Texas' all-time record is 867–336–33 (.726), which ranks as the second most successful football team in NCAA history behind the University of Michigan Wolverines. Texas is also recognized for their post-season appearances, ranking second in number of bowl game appearances (51), fourth in bowl game victories (27), and eighth in total number of games played (1236). From 1936 to 2012, the Longhorn football teams have received poll rankings 66 out of 76 seasons (85% of the time), finishing these seasons ranked in the top twenty-five 48 times and the top ten 28 times, in either the Associated Press or the Coaches Poll since the polls began in 1936. UT claims four Division I-A national championships (1963, 1969, 1970 and 2005) and 32 conference championships.
129 (53 consensus & 22 unanimous) Texas players have been named to All-America football teams while two Longhorn players have won the Heisman Trophy, college football's highest individual honor: Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998). Seventeen Longhorns have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, while four are enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. The program has had at least one player selected in each of the last 71 NFL Drafts dating back to 1938.
The University of Texas fielded its first permanent football team in 1893 managed by Albert Lefevra, the secretary-treasurer of the UT Athletic Association. The team played four games, a pair in the fall and two more in the spring winning all four games while shutting out all four opponents. The first was against the Dallas Foot Ball Club that claimed to be the best in the state. Held at the Dallas Fair Grounds, the game attracted a then-record 1,200 onlookers. It was a tough and spirited match, but when the dust had settled, the "University Eleven" had pulled off an 18–16 upset. "Our name is pants, and our glory has departed," growled the Dallas Daily News. The Texas club would go on to a spotless record and earn the undisputed boast of "best in Texas."
After the inaugural season Texas officially hired its first coach, R.D. Wentworth, for $325 plus expenses. Wentworth shut out the first six opponents, outscoring them 191–0 before miserably losing their final game to Missouri 28–0. There were a number of firsts in Wentworth's one and only season as head coach at Texas. Texas' first ever meeting against Texas A&M occurred in 1894 and resulted in a 38–0 shutout victory for Texas in Austin. Texas also faced Arkansas in the first meeting between the two schools in 1894. The game resulted in a 54–0 shutout victory for Texas as well. These two firsts set the ground for the long extensive rivalries with the Aggies and the Razorbacks over the next century in which Texas would dominate both series with the two schools including several anticipated games. Texas quickly established itself as a winning tradition in its first seven years of football going 36–11–2. In 1900, Texas also had its first ever meeting with Oklahoma, a 28–2 victory for Texas. The lopsided win for Texas was the beginning of one of college football's most heated rivalries to date. Texas also began rivalries with TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Vanderbilt teams during this time where Texas quickly became the powerhouse and favored team. The Texas football program quickly rose to prominence during the early 1900s with winning records each season including undefeated seasons in 1900, 1914, 1918, and 1920. Over the next 30 years Texas had a slew of coaches none with a tenure longer than four years, however the University of Texas football team's record over this tumultuous period was an astounding 207–57–12, quickly becoming one of the most successful college football programs at the time. Texas was also selected as National Champions in 1914 by the Billingsley Report Ratings after finishing 8-0 on the season. Texas was again selected as National Champions in 1918 by the Cliff Morgan Ratings when the team went undefeated at 9-0. Texas participated in the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1913–1917 winning two titles in 1913 and 1914 with a 7–1 and 8–0 record those years. In 1915, Texas joined the upstart Southwest Conference winning the conference championship in 1916 and 1918. Texas then won their first, outright SWC Championship in 1920 with an undefeated record. 1920 was also the year in which the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry took hold with this historical meeting as both teams entered the game undefeated and unscored on that season. 20,000 onlookers (the largest in state history at the time) witnessed a back and forth defensive battle as Texas defeated Texas A&M, 7–3 on Thanksgiving Day. The game gave the Aggies their first loss in two years and closed another undefeated season for Texas. Texas would post a 35-6-3 record over the next five seasons led by coaches Berry Whitaker and Edward J. "Doc" Stewart through the 1926 season.