AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s hard to dispute Matthew McConaughey is the premiere Texas Longhorn fan. He’s everywhere. McConaughey is on the sidelines for nearly every home football game. He gives pregame speeches to essentially every program on campus.
But during Texas basketball’s win over Oklahoma Saturday, the Oscar winner made even the most seasoned Longhorn fan do a double-take.
McConaughey, clad in a burnt-orange suit, spent the entire game sittting on the Texas bench. He stood, clapped and joined in team huddles during timeouts. He basically looked like another coach out on the Erwin Center floor.
Immediately, McConaughey’s participation became the buzz of the game and then the questions started—was it even legal by NCAA standards for the celebrity to be part of the team?
Texas checked and NCAA compliance gave the school the go ahead, but don’t expect it become a pattern.
The school and compliance approved McConaughey’s appearance on the Longhorns bench ONLY for the Oklahoma game.
But McConaughey’s not going anywhere. Unless it’s to more Texas sporting events.
Holding the title of ‘Minister of Culture’ for the Longhorns new basketball arena, McConaughey is also part of the Texas faculty co-teaching a class on campus.