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‘Minister’ Matthew McConaughey Fans Texas Longhorn Flames

Matthew McConaughey may be getting a little bit older, but the students at the University of Texas pretty much stay the same age. A 1993 graduate from UT, McConaughey has stayed close to his alma mater more than a quarter of a century since he was a student.

The movie star and Texan still looks like a college student having fun, especially at big-time Longhorn events.

In December, he was dubbed the school’s new Minister of Culture when the Board of Regents unveiled plans for a new $338 million basketball arena and entertainment venue.

During Saturday night’s men’s basketball game at home against the No. 20 Oklahoma Sooners, “Minister” McConaughey was on the sideline decked out in a white shirt with burnt orange vest, a burnt orange blazer and and burnt orange slacks.

While the team was rising from its bench during a big play, McConaughey made an awkward gesture towards the team, asking them to pump up the crowd.

 

 

“It’s time for an authentic home court advantage for our Longhorn basketball teams,” McConaughey said in a statement when he was first called the Minister of Culture. “It’s time for quality, success and victories for the Longhorns and for Austin. It’s time for the big show. It’s time. Hook ’em.”

McConaughey, a native of Longview, Texas, has always been a sports enthusiasts. He’s often seen on the sidelines at big football games, like the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s night when the Longhorns played Georgia.

In December, he filmed a video for social media to wish his alma mater Longview Lobos good luck in the Texas Class 6A Division II state championship — and the minister’s team won.

McConaughey typically wears burnt orange and leather while rooting for his Longhorns, and he always seems to know the location of every camera in the house.

McConaughey was a film student at the University of Texas when he auditioned for a movie getting filmed in Austin. He wound up landing the role of David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused, a movie set in Austin as the summer begins in 1976. Wooderson is an older graduate who hangs around and parties with the high school crowd, and in the end, they reminisce about their football days on the 50-yard line of the high school stadium.

One of Wooderson’s most memorable lines in the movie was, “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”

McConaughey also played the role of coach Jack Lengyel in We Are Marshall, a portrayal of the Marshall University football team’s reviving the program after a plane crash killed most of the football team and coaches.

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