Spanky Stephens the Longhorn trainer from 1967- 1999 and a Hall of Honor inductee

The banner photo above was taken in 1994 when Spanky was inducted into the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. It is a significant photo because there are no other photos I know of that capture all 4 head coaches at one event. Spanky says“ All were great men in their own way”. “ Texas Longhorn Coaches, players, Athletic Trainers, and staff members were blessed to either play or work for them”. “These 4 coaches set standards of winning that UT is still trying to restore”. All Longhorns should be proud of our heritage and the difficult path we have overcome, and we should expect those playing sports now to do the same. It is an honor and privilege to wear the Burnt Orange and White”. Hook’em” Spanky Stephens

Here is part of Spanky’s published career Bio.

SPANKY STEPHENS (Athletics Trainer 1970-1999)

Associated with University of Texas athletic teams for over 30 years, Stephens began his career as a student trainer in 1967. In 1970 he assumed full-time duties as assistant to then-head trainer Frank Medina. After Medina suffered a stroke in 1978, Stephens took over duties of head trainer and continued in that role until he retired in January 2000. While at Texas, he supervised or worked directly with all sports, working with hundreds of athletes, five head football coaches, five head basketball coaches and other sports coaches. He worked with nine Longhorn teams that won national championships and was responsible for a strong student program that sent numerous qualified trainers into high school and college positions. Stephens has received numerous national and regional honors, including being selected to the All-American Football Foundation Hall of Honor, the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and induction into the 2002 Bellville High School Hall of Fame.

Spanky says “ for 33 years I worked for the finest university in the world” “ I know where my heart is, and I know I bleed Burnt Orange”. As trainer Spanky saw thousands of games in football, basketball, and baseball. He attended 33 Texas  Relays and numerous College World Series . In fact, In 1975 Omaha's Mayor made Coach Gus, Bethea, and Spanky honorary citizens of Omaha. He was there during some of the greatest years for the Longhorns in track, football, baseball ,and tennis Including the best college Tennis Tournament with the best 64 tennis players, and hosting the USA-Russian Track meet

The Concussion Blog - Natasha’s Law and Spanky Stephens

In July 2001, Michael “Spanky” Stephens became the Executive Director for the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association after working 33 years at the University of Texas and the last 22 as the Head Athletic Trainer. Spanky served 22 years on the Governor appointed Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers and has served on numerous committees and focus groups within the NATA and State Government.

Spanky has spent years setting concussion protocols to protect the high school athletes and provide the best health care for the players. His work continues and the projects he is involved will continue to make the health care for young athletes better. Anytime someone from an outside organization tries to change a system they will be perceived as a threat to larger institutions . It took Spanky’s organization a while to convince the UIL and the High School coaches Association that the Texas State Athletic Trainers Associations was an advocate not a threat to their sports, but the mission was accomplished.

Spanky Stephens was responsible for assembling the professional to write Natasha’s Law says Spanky says “many do not realize that if a student continues to play with a concussion and receives a second head injury, there is a greater chance of severe brain damage or even death. “

“Natasha’s Law is just the beginning,” Stephens said, “and it has stimulated the need for more research."

The Texas Governor signed the concussion legislation into law.

The highlights of Natasha’s Law include;

  • Concussion Management Team

  • Removal from Play

  • Waiver and Graded Protocol to Return to Play

  • Specific Education/Training for all HCP’s

  • State Wide Tracking/Logging of Concussions

Texas is the 21st state with enacted legislation

The Story of the Billy Disch sign that said. "The Winning Tradition of the University of Texas will not be entrusted to the timid or the Weak" as told by Spanky Stephens.

Spanky says “in 1975 when the Longhorn baseball team moved from the old baseball field to Disch Falk, I found a sign back in an old store room in the old field where the ground keepers keep their rakes, lime to line the field, and mowers. I took it with me and placed it in the new baseball locker room. Coach Bibb Falk( 1940-1967) the baseball coach who replaced Billy Disch (1911- 1939) came by for a tour and what a hilarious story that is…. Bibb Falk disliked everything about the new baseball facility - locker room, coaches office, and showers, but when he saw the Billy Disch sign hanging in the new baseball facility he raved about it saying that sign also hung in Uncle Billy Disch his locker room.

“So, three days later Falk brings 3 of his cronies down to show them the new facility. I was taken back . Instead of voicing displeasure about the new baseball facility, he was raving about the great facility, but his proudest moment of the tour was the sign. He told them his story and reflected on the special memories of a special time in his life, and he was happy.

As a final note, I know for a fact that Spanky Stephens was instrumental in convincing Coach Akers to include student managers and student trainers in the T-ring ceremony . Coach Akers thought it was such a good idea that he decided to make the T-ring presentation to managers and trainers retroactive.


James Cooke knows a lot about the Statute of Limitations. Please read footnote if you think this article is serious


James Cooke was one of the Longhorn managers from 1967-69. During those years James committed one of the most heinous and felonious crimes in the history of college football. Now that the statute of limitations has expired, James admits that he stole the last game ball used in the 1969 OU game. He said the football is “used” but still branded with “University of Texas”. He also now confesses that there is video that he has concealed from the world showing the referee tossing the ball to Little Rail after Jack Mildred was tackled on the last play of the game. James says with remorse “Texas was the home team in 1969 so I ran to the southeast corner of the field to make the “switch”. He justifies his theft years after the fact by saying “I kept the game ball (it was no big deal back then)….. and I wanted it as a keepsake, not because I thought it had value to collectors. Nobody was collecting back then.”

If stealing the OU game ball is not bad enough, he also stole the ball for the Navy game. Why-I now know. James chose to risk his reputation and a life sentence in jail for a second felony for something that has no economic value because he and Little Rail wanted to give the Navy ball to Jim Blaylock .

God rest his soul but Jim Blaylock scared me more than Royal. James Cooke wanted to give the game ball to Mr. Blaylock because he knew Jim had a special heart, but for many of us on the team the image shown is as close to a smiling heart as we ever saw.

James now wants to atone for his sinful ways and donate the OU game ball last touched by the late great Jack Mildred to someone special or to UT.

Speaking about atoning for past sins, I think it is time for all managers to purge your demons by visiting the deep crevice of your closets and make the football heritage of Texas whole again. Give back all those “lost” footballs thru the decades and maybe we can sell them to fund a new “T-room at the stadium. Everytime I see Gary Mcintosh smile I think the worse for many lost game balls. And then there is Juan Conde who allegedly ( I hate that word) has in his possession the 1969 Big Shootout Arkansas game ball. I now called on Juan to return that ball to the University of Texas so it reside in glory in the pending new Hall of Honor.

* For all of you who tend to take comments literally ,please know that most of James Cooke’s article is a satire and can only be appreciated with a sense of humor. (accept the part about Juan :)

Alan Luskey and Brad Shearer friends for a lifetime

Harris Argo

In 2014 25 years after starting the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Honor with Danny Carrill0 (another student trainer for the Horns), and Mike Vara, Roy Don Wilson and Harris Argo were inducted into this Hall of Honor.

In the Fall 1975 Harris was Student manager for Coaches Joe Howell and John Gabrisch. On the way to play Churchill the coaches asked Harris if he wanted to be a student trainer: Harris said “what’s a trainer?” Harris was then introduced to Coach Henry Birdwell the Athletic Trainer at Holmes High school and he gave Harris his first assignment: The Holmes Husky Girls varsity Track team, yes he was hooked.

In 1977 Coach TR St. Charles arrived from Vandy. At some point in his first year, Coach TR asked Harris about his plans after high school. Harris responded that he wanted a business degree and a fine job. T R said "what about being an Athletic Trainer." Harris in the present reflecting on his life journey says “ I might not have found my passion/career” if he had not asked that question.

Harris graduated from Holmes in 1979 and on his 18th birthday, he received a call from Michael "Spanky" Stephens, the Head Athletic Trainer at The University of Texas accepting me as a student trainer for the Longhorns.

Harris had the honor/pleasure of working as a student trainer for Spanky Stephens and Eddie Day, the Assistant Athletic Trainer at The University of Texas from 1979-1984. He worked football all 5 years and cross country and track for 2 years.

From August 1984-1985 he was The assistant Athletic Trainer of the Houston Gamblers of the U.S.F.L. under Roy Don Wilson.

From 1985-1991 he was the Athletic Trainer at Dulles H.S. in Sugar Land where he had the pleasure of working with Piper Wagner, who after graduating from Dulles, played Golf for the Horns.

From 1991-2000 he worked in the Rehab department of Athletic, Orthopedics, and knee center for Mark Provenzano, MD, and as October 2018 he has worked with s The Orthopedic Sports Clinic, with Mark Provenzano, MD, Carl Palumbo, MD, Juan Bustos, MD and Neil Badlani, MD.

Hook ‘Em



 April 18, 2014 ·

Juan Conde

Juan is top row far right

Juan is top row far right


Juan knows photo opportunities. Check it out from 0:00 to the 1:11 on the attached link.

In 2009 when Coach Royal was still alive he said to Juan Conde "we are the only two left that were on all three national championship teams" (1963, 1969, and 1970).

In 2018 Juan is the only one remaining .

Juan is behind President Nixon


In the early 60's , Juan was assigned by Coach Royal to issue equipment to the incoming freshmen and to take care of their everyday needs while Mr. Jim took care of the the sophomores, juniors and seniors. Juan followed the freshmen through the four years they were at Texas. He loved his job and made lifetime friends with all the football players. 



As the assistant equipment manager, he was the attendant for many great players including : 

1 Heisman Trophy Winner - 1 Maxwell Award Winner- 2 Lombardi Award Winners

3 Outland Trophy Winners- 36 All Americans- 1 NFL Hall of Fame Member

10 College Football Hall of Fame Members- 8 Texas Sports Hall of Fame Winners

8 Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame Members- 25 Texas High School Hall of Fame Members

2 UPI Lineman of the Year

2015 Texas Football Letterman golf tournament at Circle C. (Left to right) Juan Conde, A.D,  Jim Hess,  Rodney Doutel, Jeff Crozier.


1963-Texas 7, Baylor 0                                                         1963-Texas 28,Oklahoma 7

1964-Texas 28, Navy 6                                                         1965-Texas 21,Alabama 17

1968-Texas 26,Oklahoma 20                                               1969-Texas 15,Arkansas 14

1970-Texas 20,UCLA 17                                                       1970 Cotton Bowl-Texas 21,Notre Dame 17

1973-Texas 17,Alabama 13                                                    1977-Texas 13,Oklahoma 6

1977-Texas 57,Texas A&M 28                                              1982-Texas 14,Alabama 12


Juan and DKR .jpg

Coach Royal was not only about football, he also liked to have fun. He loved country music. Pictured from left to right - Darrell McCall; Hector Guerra; Louie Murrillo; Darrell Royal; Edith Royal; Juan Conde & Jerry Jeff Walker. We all had a fun night! 

Picture made at the  Silver Dollar South - Circa 1980

The Dark side Of Juan Conde- Allegations that he stole the 1969 Big Shoot-out game. He defends himself but…..

5:08pm Dec 6

Juan says, unfortunately I do not have the 1969 Texas/Arkansas Shootout game 🏈 ball. As you recall, the weather at Arkansas on that particular day was miserable, cold, rainy and some sleet. So I had to replace many wet footballs 🏈 with dry footballs. I placed the wet footballs in a duffle bag. So there were many game 🏈 used in the game. After the game, I took them to the locker room and placed them with the rest of the equipment. The thought never entered my mind about keeping a game ball even though there were several. I was too excited about us winning the game. When we returned to Austin, Mr. Blaylock and I put all game equipment in the equipment room, including the wet game 🏈. That's the last I saw them. Now I wish I had kept one. Also, Bill Little, the Texas SID, for the longest time, though I had kept the plaque President Nixon presented to Coach Royal. I told him I didn't have it. I told Bill I heard President Nixon, while holding the plaque in his hands, tell Coach Royal since the plaque had not been engraved yet he was taking it back to Washington to have it engraved. That's the last time I saw it. And to think, of the twenty plus years I was the assistant equipment manager, I could have amassed many, many collectible items pertaining to Texas Longhorn 🏈 football, but unfortunately, I didn't.



Johnny “Lam” Jones #26


4 years ago Lam Jones was at my home , and he shared some special moments in his life. You may think he is proudest of his Olympic gold medal, or being the first NFL draft choice to get a $1,000,000 bonus, or his many great moments as a Longhorn football player and track star, or the many great friends who love him, and you would be right. But on this day at my home 4 years ago, his fondest memory was of high school track team in Lampasas. He brought a video that he produced to celebrate his high school track team , and we watched it. After watching the video, he was so proud of his accomplishment he said this video “"Help me Turn Memories into Blessing's"

Over the years I have kept a site dedicated to Johnny “Lam” Jones , his friends, his faith, and his struggles. This page is the updated version. Billy Dale

3/13/2019 Raymond Clayborn called me and said he visited Johnny Lam Jones early this week. He is now in hospice and the diagnosis is not good. Pastor Herkie Walls has asked for prayers for Johnny “Lam” Jones.

March 15, 2019


Johnny “Lam” Jones, one of the greatest athletes ever to grace the 40 Acres, passed away this morning after defying the doctors’ prognosis for almost 15 years. Diagnosed with stage-four multiple myeloma in 2005, he was given little chance of survival, but like the champion he was, he emerged from this ordeal a better man, determined to spend every minute of his remaining years serving others.

We have established a “Johnny ‘Lam’ Jones Memorial Fund” to help Johnny’s family cover funeral and burial expenses. Details for donating to this fund are at the bottom of this letter.

He went on to earn an Olympic gold medal. He led the 1977, 1978, and 1979 Longhorns in receptions. As a freshman at Texas, he won the 100 meters with a hand-timed 9.85 seconds. He was a first-round draft choice of the New York Jets, and his $ 2.1 million contract was the first in the NFL worth over a million dollars.

Then, he crashed and burned, due to injuries and drug and alcohol abuse.

In 1990, he got sober and dedicated his time and his money to helping kids avoid the problems he had encountered with drugs and alcohol.

This kind, gentle soul inspired us and gave us thrills; he filled us with pride. We applauded him when he was riding high and was famous. It’s now time to repay him and to honor his contributions to us, to The University, to athletics, and to the youth of Texas.

Please consider donating to the Johnny “Lam” Jones Memorial Fund, which will cover his funeral and burial expenses. You can send donations to:

Johnny “Lam” Jones Memorial Fund

3112 Windsor Road

Box 322

Austin, Texas 78703

Thank you for honoring this legend and our friend.

Hook ‘em,

Lawrence Sampleton Alfred Jackson

Randy McEachern Steve Massey

Donnie Little Raymond Clayborn

Lam Jones, at 5 feet 11 and 190 pounds, was a wide receiver in his last three years as a Longhorn, 1977-79, and an All-American in his senior year. He scored eight touchdowns of 45 yards or more at Texas and was chosen the team’s most valuable player in 1978.

Article from the UT Athletic Department and Ricky Brown

As track & field events began at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Legendary Longhorn Sports Information Director Bill Little shared a story on one of the Longhorns' most famous two-sport athletes, Johnny "Lam" Jones. Arguably the fastest man in football, Johnny began his legend when he came from behind to win the Class AAA Mile Relay at the UIL Championships in Memorial Stadium. But it would be his performance in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, as a sprinter in the 100 meters and a Gold Medal winner as a member of Team USA's 400-meter relay team, that would cement his fame.  Here, in his own words from the book "What It Means To Be A Longhorn," as told to Little and Jenna McEachern," is Johnny's story. "What It Means To Be A Longhorn" is published by Triumph Books, and is available online and at most book stores.

JOHNNY "LAM" JONES (in his own words) Before I came to Texas, I'd qualified for the Olympic team, gone to the Olympic trials, gone to Montreal for the Olympics and won a gold medal. It was pretty much like a haze for an eighteen-year old kid to be going through.  It was a blur for me, but someone else may have handled it a lot better.  Once you decide where you're going to school, even if you're still in high school, people view you as being part of that new family. Even though I was at Lampasas running in the Olympics, I was representing The University of Texas. At the state track meet we won the state AAA championship for Lampasas High, but a part of me was still representing The University of Texas. I've been very fortunate in sports; I don't have a single most memorable moment. I have been real blessed that I've had a number of moments.  People ask me, "Hey, what was it like to win a gold medal in the Olympics?" They look at me like I'm crazy when I say, "It's almost as exciting as running in the state meet in Texas." Winning our team championship was probably my most special moment. It wasn't the race, the mile relay, that made it so special, but that winning the state championship was our goal.  People talk about "The Race," but the special part about that was that a lot of people were involved. We were in that position all the time; we were behind like that every week, but that's the way we ran. Those guys didn't have to run as fast as I did, they just had to run as fast as they could. As long as everybody did his best, we'd have a chance to win. All those people saw it at the state meet, but that's what we did every week.  Lampasas High had the track records posted on a banner in the gym. I had the record for the 440 and for the 220, so I'd been pestering the coach to let me run the 100. I wanted that record, too. He got tired of me pestering him, so on Wednesday before the Brownwood track meet he let me run the 100, a practice race. He marked off a hundred yards on the old dirt track, and I ran the race. He had a little smile on his face as he looked at his clock, but he wouldn't let me see the time. He said, "Don't worry about it. You

did pretty good. Run another one." He made me wait while he marked off the track again. He stepped it off all over again. I didn't think about what he was doing at the time, but he was double-checking the distance.  So I ran another one. This time he had a bigger smile on his face, but he still wouldn't let me see my time.  On Saturday, Coach said, "I'll let you run the 100, but you still have to run your other races." So, that day I ran the 440, the 220, the mile relay, and in the 100 I ran a 9.2 in the finals. That's what I had run that day on the high school track. So that was the beginning of "The Race." When I came into Coach's office that next Monday, he had newspapers spread out all over his desk. The papers used to publish all the best times across the state. He had figured out that if he took me out of the quarter and if Mike Perkins, our other quarter-miler, could make it to state, and if I won the 100 and 200 and we could win the mile relay, and if we picked up some points with the long jump or with Perkins, then we could win the state meet by two or four points. The state championship came down to that last race. It was between us and two other teams, and whoever won the mile relay was going to win the state meet. That special moment wasn't about me. The joy came from us winning. I had gone to state my junior year by myself and had won state in the quarter. It wasn't as much fun; it wasn't half the joy of those other guys getting to come along. As a player in high school, you felt so honored that Coach Royal would even consider you to play at his school. You might be thinking about going to some other school, but when you found out that UT wanted you, it was a done deal.  That's how it was for me, anyway.  Texas recruited me as a running back. I came through with Coach Royal's last class; then he retired and Coach Akers switched offenses. With Earl back there we didn't throw the ball that much. But when we did throw it, we were pretty good at it.  I might have gotten closer to my coaches had I done things differently, had I not been so dysfunctional in some areas. I didn't take advantage of having someone older to help guide me and keep me on the right path. When I think of how I spent my time and how disorganized I was, I see that I didn't allow myself the opportunity to develop special relationships with coaches. There were guys who were more mature than I was who were close to their coaches. It was like having a homing beacon, somebody to keep you close to the ground. And back then, my feet were planted firmly in mid-air. But when you're a Longhorn, you're part of a special family, a special group. You get the feeling that other people feel it's special, too. They might be an alum of another school, but deep down inside they wish they could say there were a Longhorn. Some might admit it and some might not, but it's like if they went somewhere else, they settled. Some people will tell me, "I went to such and such school, but I wish I could have gone to UT." This school impacts your life because you're placed in an environment where you always want to do your best. That's the kind of people you're around at Texas.  It helps guide you and mold you and puts you in a conscious awareness about what The University is about, the pride and the traditions. I wouldn't change anything, not for a minute, not for a second.  A person couldn't ask for a better roller coaster ride than what I've been on--still standing and fortunate to be able to sit here and talk about it.  You know that poem "Footprints in the Sand?"  I'm the reason they wrote that…I'm the one He's been carrying all this time

Johnny Lam Jones “"Help Turn Memories into Blessing's" “God Blessing me so much I feel like I'm Cheating!!!

09/09/2018 Johnny talking about his mother “Your prayers have been greatly appreciated. Mom's been having a tough time the last few months, but God has been with her thru it all”.

“She gets to pull in for a pit stop and get a pace maker this afternoon so she can get back in that race called life. Thank you God for your blessings”. Johnny

On 12/19/2016 Johnny had a cancer relapse and is now undergoing Chemo treatments.  Please keep him in your prayers!!!  Because of my Shortcomings and Defects in Character I wasn't ready for the Platform God Blessed me with in my youth. God knows what we need to experience in Life to grow closer to him.

“Thank you God for the Growing Pains, your Grace and Mercy.  After getting hooked on alcohol and drugs and destroying my sports career my best friend Gary Milligan let me move in with him after I completed Drug Rehab.  Thanks for Always being there for me my brother from another Mother.”

2015- “ God blessed me with two places to call home. I was born in Lawton, Ok. and grew up in a military neighborhood called Ranch Oaks. These are my friends and classmates at Bishop Elementary. All of the black kids in the school were from our neighborhood. Even though we went to small country school, our Sports teams looked like Grambling University when we took the field. When we were younger we played more street football, for example go to the red VW and run a hook, or go to green pickup and run a hook and go. We were very season conscious, we played football in football season, we played basketball in basketball season and baseball and track when it was time. We were doing all of these pick up games on our on, and we were still in elementary school! This is how we learned about winning and losing in sports! When I moved to texas back then they didn't start tackle football until the seventh grade in Lampasas, Texas. We started playing organized football in the 4th grade at Bishop! So you might say I had a head start in sports thanks to Ranch Oaks, Bishop, Coach Jackson, Coach Carter, Sammy, Coach Foster.

Having two hometowns also gives you twice the amount of friends and best friends! I really believe I have more best friends than the average five people! The love between best friends is not measured by how often you talk or see each other, it's just something you know and feel. Hey I know someone has a team picture from Bishop”.

Nothing but Love for ya'll

Johnny Jones

2015 Dear God,

“Thank you for answering my prayers! Just celebrated ten years with stage four bone cancer thanks to you. Five years ago after being on chemo, steroids, pain meds plus a few other medications on a daily bases I said what I would consider a silly selfish prayer. I was kind of feeling a little down and I said to God, you know it sure would be nice to see that race of our State mile relay. I had heard so much about it over the years, heck I wanted to see it. I remember being nervous waiting to see the video at my friend Dave Kerr and his dad the late Dr. Kerr a wonderful man who had said to his son Dave over the years that he wanted to personally give me that tape! I will never forget the Joyful look on his face as we sat in his living room with our sons and watched it for the first time. Through all of this I was still nervous, what if we watch the race and we were only ten or twenty yards behind! I like to say that you answered my prayers with the bonus plan. You not only delivered the eight millimeter film to my door, you slowly gave me a plan of how to use it to help others! There's a song "God's been so good to me I can not tell it all." That's how I feel every day! Thank you for allowing me to be consciously aware of your presence in my life. Who else could inspire a old jock who was a P. E. major to go back to school two and a half years into battling a cancer that the average life span was two to four years at the time, and take Business Marketing classes. I used to think I was going to school to prove to myself how well I could do if I applied myself, because most of my life in school I just did enough to stay elgible in sports. Thank you for inspiring me to go back to school! Thank you for showing me how to use what I learned in the Business Marketing classes at University of Phoenix to start the "All of his Friends" a Foundation to benefit Families Battling Childhood Cancer (www.allofhisfriends)! Thank you for giving me the courage and direction to successfully complete my 501c3! Thank you most for saving the best for last, more time to work on our relationship”!

Post from Johnny Lam Jones on December 19, 2016


"Just celebrated eleven years with this cancer. It's active again, mom went with me to get my third chemotherapy treatment a couple of days ago. She laughed when I reminded her about having to take me to the emergency when I was seven because my knees would hurt so bad, but they would always stop before I could see the doctor. At first the doctor said they were just growing pains. After a few visits he told her I just needed a butt whopping LoL.
Thank you God for using me and my mother to show the power of your Mercy and Grace....."

Jones was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Click on video link below

Below is a link to a video from 1976 celebrating Johnny Lam Jones Home Coming After Winning A Gold Medal (no sound)

Please keep Johnny "Lam" close to your heart as he continues to battle Myeloma cancer that affects bone marrow in the legs.  



A Longhorn record that will never be broken  

Hey Johnny I just wanted to tell you I was so sorry to hear about your mom I was in Ohio with my wife when she passed. I need to ask a Favor I don't like doing this but here it goes there was a boy badly burned around Thanksgiving here in Lampasas and they are doing a fundraiser here in town to help with his medical costs. I had and an autographed picture of you when you played for Texas and I donated it to the cause I was wondering if you could donate something also. The fundraiser is on the 6th if you can donate I can come and pick it up. I remember when you were first diagnosed they had a fundraiser for you and I won an autographed jersey of yours but I never received it though not a big deal. Craig Barker.

My heart cries with you tonight my Brother! Much love - I watched you in amazement take such good care of your Momma - Right up to the end! You are an amazing Son! Willy Boroski.

From Kirk Bohls article on “Lam” Jones written two days ago for the Austin American Statesman

Rick Ingraham is part of our Longhorn historical group who played with Earl Campbell and Johnny “Lam” Jones. His quotes in Kirk Bohls article are below.

• “He was not only a Texas hero, he was an American hero,” said former Longhorn lineman great Rick Ingraham. “I mean, he was a gold medal winner.”

• At the high school track meet when Johnny Jones made track history. Ingraham sat in the press box with about 20 of his football teammates and Longhorn recruiting coordinator Ken Dabbs that night after Royal had suggested they check out their new teammate.

• “He was the most beautiful runner I ever saw in my life,” Ingraham recalled. “Effortless. Pure speed. That race was like nothing I’d ever seen. It wasn’t like he was straining. He was like a racehorse. And he didn’t win by a neck. He won by a couple of steps.”

• “He was the most humble superstar,” Ingraham said. “He and Earl (Campbell) were in a class by themselves. Never boastful or loud.”

Coach Dabbs another member of our historical group helped steal Lam Jones from OU.

Here are Coach Dabbs quotes.

• “He was just a tremendous athlete,” recalled Dabbs, maybe the Longhorns’ best recruiter ever who helped convince Lam not to go to Oklahoma and instead come to Austin. “He played tailback and wide receiver, but track was king.”

• Dabbs hadn’t been the main recruiter on Lam. Tim Doerr was, but Royal dispatched Dabbs to Lampasas to help seal the deal.

• Johnny lived with his maternal grandparents in Lampasas although his mother worked as a deputy sheriff in Oklahoma and wanted him to become a Sooner. When Dabbs showed up at their home, he asked Mary Anderson if Johnny got his speed from her.“I could outrun anybody in Bastrop Country,” she said, barely looking up from her quilting. At some point, Dabbs informed her that his mother ran the Club Café in Freer, Texas, and mentioned that her cook, Lonnie McPhail, fried up the best chicken fried steak around. Went by Slim in those days.“That’s my brother,” Anderson gasped. The Sooners had no shot after that.

And he ran the good race.


The collective record for the Longhorn baseball, football, and basketball team 60-1-1. That record will never be beaten.


Horns Up,

 Four years ago, Jim Kay, Benny Pace, and Billy Dale began the authorization process with the NCAA and the U.T. athletic department compliance department (the “U.T. Compliance Department”) to form an organization that helps ALL qualifying former student athletes, trainers, equipment managers, managers, coaches, and their immediate families in times of need.   We have accomplished our objective with both organizations, the result being TLSN, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization (“TLSN”). 

 The goal of TLSN is to have funds available for grants (in the form of qualifying expense reimbursements) to qualifying applicants without having to seek contributions from donors every time assistance is needed.  This is not the present situation due to the fact that TLSN is a start-up charity. 

 The following process will be followed by TLSN in connection with grants to qualifying applicants: 

  •  The applicant applies to TLSN for financial support.

  • The Board of Directors of TLSN (currently, Jim Kay, Billy Dale, and Benny Pace) determines if the applicant qualifies for a grant from TLSN based on the information submitted and the charitable purposes of TLSN.

  • If the application is found by the Board of Directors to be sufficient consistent with TLSN’s charitable purposes, the approved applicant must then complete a form furnished by the U.T. Compliance Department.

  • If the applicant’s request is approved by the U.T. Compliance Department, then the applicant begins submitting receipts to TLSN for reimbursement.

  • The applicant will only be reimbursed based on receipts for items listed on the compliance form.

  • TLSN will reimburse the applicant for qualifying receipts to the extent it has funds to do so and in its sole discretion.


Terry Collins is the type of former student athlete that TLSN seeks to help consistent with TLSN’s charitable purposes. Terry  is a former football  player from the mid-60’s who is fighting cancer and is the sole source of financial support for his family.  Terry has medicare, but his present condition has cost him his job and placed tremendous pressure on him financially.  Both cars are broken and he cannot afford to repair them, he is behind on his rent payments, and credit card payments.  Both the Board of Directors of TLSN and the U.T. Compliance Department have approved Terry’s  request for financial assistance.


TLSN would like to provide temporary financial support to Terry  until May of 2019 and assist other similarly situated people in need in furtherance of and accordance with the mission and charitable purposes of TLSN. We hope that you will consider donating to the TLSN general fund by visiting TLSN’s website at   There is a “donate” link at the top right of the navigation tool denoted in white lettering on a burnt orange background. Simply click on the link and follow the instructions to complete the donation.   If you prefer to contribute by check, please make the check payable to TLSN and mail to CFO Jim Kay at P.O. Box 983 , Burnet, TX 78611-0983 and marked for “TLSN general fund”.

Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 We greatly appreciate your consideration and support of TLSN and its mission.



Billy Dale


Terry “Teapot” Collins 1967

I am not sure if the early Teapots  were  "short and stout" ,but I do know that by 1966 stature was the primary qualifier for wearing the  lid.  It was a harmless varsity hazing tradition  that required the freshman designated teapot to sing the teapot song before dinner each night at the dining hall at Moore Hill.  It was a tradition that brought a lot of smiles to many faces except maybe the designated teapot .  

TLSN tax exempt mission is to offer temporary financial assistance to former qualifying Longhorn student athletes , trainers, managers, coaches, and their immediate families. Last year TLSN raised $15,000 to help a former Longhorn volleyball player whose son had Leukemia. Recently Syd Keasler, Scott Palmer, and Billy Dale visited Terry Collins at his home to complete a due diligence process required by both TLSN and UT compliance.

Terry“Teapot” Collins Chronology

Chronology of Events

  • Even though in April of 2018 Cancer had not been diagnosed, Terry no longer has enough energy to perform his job and is laid off.

  • July 5th, 2018 Deb Collins sends me an email about her husband.   Deb says " Billy Dale Terry goes in for his first radiation treatment, July 5th 6 weeks of it 5 days a week. Please keep Praying.............. DEB " Doctors will pull all of his teeth.  

  • December 2018 - Terry’s Neck cancer is in remission, and Terry can no longer feels the growth in his neck.

  • January 2019- Terry’s health and energy return. He is now trying to dig his family out of a financial hole. Terry emails me and ask if TLSN can help.

  • 01-15-2019 Scott Palmer, Syd Keasler, and Billy Dale meet with Terry in his home. He shares his story and his financials so we can determine how best to help him.

  • 01-16-2019- Billy Dale completes the UT compliance forms requesting authorization to distribute funds to help Terry.

  • 01-18-2019- UT compliance approves TLSN request to distribute funds to Terry Collins. Please see below.

  • 01-31-2019- GREAT NEWS! Terry had cat scan and the results show the cancer is still in remission.

    Good morning Billy,

     I attached the approved financial support request form for Mr. Collins.  As you know, to comply with NCAA bylaws, we will need all receipts to document expenses incurred and the total amount received once TLSN has fulfilled its commitment to Mr. Collins.

     If you need any other information from our office in order to begin providing financial support please let me know.  We are thinking of Mr. Collins and very much hope that he will make a full recovery in 2019.



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    You can donate to the TLSN general fund account by clicking on the “donate” button listed at the top of the page and then click on “tax exempt” .

If you want to pay by check, please make the check payable to TLSN for “general funds” and send to :

CFO Jim Kay

P.O. Box 983

Burnet TX 78611-0983

01/30/2019 - If you want to call him, Terry’s phone number is 817-367-9053