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June 19, 1990 | From Associated Press
The University of Oklahoma's athletic director says he would be willing to listen to Southwest Conference officials if they ask the Sooners to join their league. Donnie Duncan told the Dallas Times Herald that it would be logical from a geographical and business standpoint for the SWC to look at his school if Arkansas leaves the conference. The Razorbacks said Monday they intend to seek information about the possibility of joining the Southeastern Conference.
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March 27, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A fourth person has died of injuries sustained when a car driven by man suspected of being drunk hit several people during the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, police said Thursday. DeAndre Tatum, 18, who had been in critical condition since the incident on March 13, died Thursday, Veneza Bremner, an Austin senior police officer, told the Los Angeles Times. His girlfriend, 19-year-old Curtisha Davis, was injured but was released from a  hospital last week. Sandy Le, 26; Steven Craenmehr, 35; and Jamie West, 27, were also killed.
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September 27, 1990 | DOUG TUCKER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The presidents of Big Eight Conference universities gave their official approval today to talks that could lead "to a cooperation" with the Southwest Conference. Jon Wefald of Kansas State, chairman of the Assn. of Big Eight Universities, said nothing specific was set and the presidents talked only in generalities during four hours of meetings Wednesday. "We are interested in finding out what we can do together to explore the possibility of cooperation between our conferences," Wefald said.
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March 14, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
For seven years St. David's Episcopal Church has served as a concert venue for Austin's vibrant South by Southwest Conference. This week it also became a place for mourning. Holding flowers and sheets of paper with prayers, about 100 people gathered outside the on church to mourn 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr of Amsterdam and 27-year-old Jamie Ranae West of Austin, who were struck and killed when a car plowed into a crowd early Thursday. Twenty-three others were injured. Rashad Charjuan Owens, a 21-year-old music producer from Killeen, Texas, has been arrested.
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October 29, 1989 | Associated Press
You don't hear jokes about the Southwest Conference much anymore. Oh, there are still some one-liners when the weekly slaughter of the Southern Methodist Mustangs is announced. Slippery Rock and SMU. Two automatic laughs for a stadium announcer. Until the reborn Mustangs show signs of running on four strong legs, there will be a public fascination about their failures. But SMU is the only SWC team you can beat like a borrowed horse these days.
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February 27, 1994 | MICHAEL A. LUTZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Like the coupe convertible with running boards on the side, the wide-brimmed fedora and the big red-and-white sign saying "Drink Coca-Cola in bottles," the Southwest Conference had its day. It's done now--a victim of the need to chase down big television contracts, forge alliances with major bowls and compete with the other superconferences.
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May 31, 1986 | Associated Press
The Southwest Conference, meeting in special session, voted Friday night to have random sampling tests for steriods beginning in the fall. Dennis Robinson, assistant SWC commissioner, said the program called for 36 football players and 14 other athletes to be tested at each school sometime during the year. He said the program would be strictly educational the first year and that no penalties would be contemplated until the 1987 season.
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November 13, 1988 | From Associated Press
Houston's defense sacked Wyoming quarterbacks 16 times, including 6 drops by tackle Glenn Montgomery, as the Cougars defeated the 10th-ranked Cowboys, 34-10, Saturday night at Houston. Cougar linebacker Reggie Burnette got three sacks, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble as the Cougars (7-2) handed the Western Athletic Conference champion Cowboys (10-1) their first loss.
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December 3, 1995 | From Associated Press
Texas can claim the 81st and last Southwest Conference football championship. And a freshman running back from San Diego helped the Longhorns earn it. Ricky Williams scored two touchdowns against the nation's top defense Saturday and the No. 9 Longhorns ended No. 16 Texas A&M's 31-game home winning streak with a 16-6 victory at College Station. "This was just my first year, but it was a good feeling to end that streak," Williams said.
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March 29, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first black basketball coach in the Southwest Conference, Arkansas' Nolan Richardson, was heavily criticized after the Razorbacks struggled in his first two seasons, failing to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Fans and alumni wrote hate mail, and some in the media said Richardson should be replaced. "They barbecued me," Richardson said. "They thought I was supposed to be like Moses and come in here and deliver a winner overnight. It just didn't work that way."
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March 13, 2014 | By August Brown and Matt Pearce
AUSTIN, Texas - Rashad Charjuan Owens was a music producer with hopes of stardom. He lived in Killeen, Texas, about 70 miles from this city's famed South by Southwest Conference, the annual festival where the worlds of music, film and technology blur. Police said an officer on drunk-driving patrol tried to stop a gray sedan about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. But the car took off, weaving, then accelerating the wrong way on a one-way street. It went through police barricades that were set up on Red River Street to protect pedestrians, then dashed through the entertainment district, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up. Rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m. During the chaotic flight under pursuit by the police, the vehicle - which authorities said may have been stolen - hit a moped, a taxi and a bicyclist, then went onto a sidewalk and hit a van, police said.
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November 8, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Darrell Royal, the legendary Texas coach who led the Longhorns to three national college football titles and 11 Southwest Conference titles in a 20-year tenure that ended in 1976, died Wednesday in Austin after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, the university announced. He was 88. He remained a larger-than-life masthead for Texas football years after he retired and had been a trusted and devoted mentor to current Coach Mack Brown. Royal, some would argue, was also generous to a fault for teaching Alabama Coach Bear Bryant the triple-option "Wishbone" offense that helped the Crimson Tide win three national titles.
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March 21, 2005 | Chris Riemenschneider, Special to The Times
It was hard to tell by the way he unenthusiastically mumbled the words, but Aqualung singer Matt Hales provided the best motto for this year's South by Southwest Music Conference. "Hooray for London," Hales said while opening a SXSW showcase with two other bands from that rock mecca on Friday. The piano balladeer's mopey, gray delivery proved to be a spot-on reflection of a lot of the U.K. music that took center stage at the 19th annual industry fete, which lasted Wednesday through Sunday.
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August 27, 1996 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes, son of a cotton ginner, was born in Lubbock. He watched oil make the town rich and rocker Buddy Holly make it famous. At 57, he has seen passing fads, the Edsel come and go, the Cold War, twisters, John David Crow. So, when his Red Raiders were thrown into the teeth of the new Big 12 conference, a mega-merger of the Big Eight and half of the defunct Southwest, Dykes tried to be philosophical.
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March 19, 1996 | CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A stylishly dressed man, cellular phone in hand, stands outside the popular Liberty Lunch nightclub just before midnight, frantically trying to wave down one of the few cabs passing by. A group of about two dozen ragged-looking young music fans loitering around the downtown club enjoys a vengeful laugh at his plight. The fans didn't get into the club to see Liz Phair play Friday night, but the man--an out-of-towner--did.
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December 3, 1995 | From Associated Press
Texas can claim the 81st and last Southwest Conference football championship. And a freshman running back from San Diego helped the Longhorns earn it. Ricky Williams scored two touchdowns against the nation's top defense Saturday and the No. 9 Longhorns ended No. 16 Texas A&M's 31-game home winning streak with a 16-6 victory at College Station. "This was just my first year, but it was a good feeling to end that streak," Williams said.
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February 7, 1989 | RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer
The first thing you want to ask Fred Jacoby is, "What's a guy like you doing in a place like this?" He demurs, bureaucratically. The commissioner of the Southwest Conference, a conference that is kindly acknowledged as the cesspool of college football, would rather focus on the rehabilitation of the outlaw league than on its sorry decline. Anyway, ever the bureaucrat, he says this could have happened to anybody. And, as National Collegiate Athletic Assn. vigilance increases, it probably will.
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September 16, 1994 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How does a conference die? More easily than you think. For the Southwest Conference, the end came painfully, convincingly and perhaps unnecessarily. The conference that gave college football 99 consensus All-American selections, 13 Hall of Fame coaches, six wire-service national champions, five Heisman Trophy winners and one infamous victim of the NCAA death penalty will cease to exist by the summer of 1996, the first major conference to perish in the new sports order.
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December 1, 1995 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the opening scene of the movie "Body Heat," William Hurt watches from his apartment window as a restaurant that he and his parents frequented 25 years before disappears in flames. "My history is burning up out there," he says.
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November 12, 1995 | From Associated Press
James Brown threw four touchdown passes to set a Texas season record and ran for another score as the 11th-ranked Longhorns rallied for 35 unanswered second-half points to beat Houston, 52-20, Saturday night at Houston. The Longhorns, 7-1-1 overall and 4-0 in the Southwest Conference, trailed, 20-10, as Houston's Chuck Clements connected with freshman wide receiver Robbie Wheeler for two touchdowns.
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