Wednesday Longhorn Sports Page

Links to the latest articles on UT sports from around the web.

Football:

Horns, Hogs to resume football rivalry
Dallas Morning News
Texas and Arkansas have orally agreed to resume their once-intense Southwest Conference rivalry in 2008, according to a UT source. Under the agreement, which has not been finalized with a contract, Texas and Arkansas would play in Austin in 2008 and in Fayetteville in 2009. There is also internal discussion that the Texas-Arkansas rivalry could continue beyond 2009 on an annual basis in Dallas – probably at the Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington – if the Longhorns opt not to renew their agreement to play Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl, the source said. Full story

Hogs, 'Horns making plans
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Arkansas has been involved in negotiations with Texas for about three weeks regarding renewing the football series between the former Southwest Conference rivals, Razorbacks Athletic Director Frank Broyles said Tuesday. Broyles said the schools aren't ready to announce a deal is done. Full story

Hogs, 'Horns making plans
El Paso Times
UTEP athletic director Bob Stull said Tuesday that he is negotiating to put the four-time and defending national champions on the Miners' schedule in 2008 and '09. He said a decision could be made within the next two weeks - or sooner. Full story

Football recruiting:

Buoyed by 2005 Rose Bowl victory, Texas pulls in a top-ranked class
Austin American-Statesman
For Mack Brown and his coaching staff, national signing day brought little drama. It was more about smiles and handshakes than long hours hovering over a fax machine, wondering whether certain prospects would end up in Austin or with a rival school. The Texas coaches arrived at 6 a.m. Wednesday to oversee the off-season conditioning program. The first letter of intent — signed by South Carolina defensive tackle Ben Alexander — was faxed in by 7. The final letter hit the football office at 10 a.m. As for the anxiety that can define national signing day, Texas got that out of the way by the end of last summer, recruiting the hardest between March and June. By then, the majority of the 25 newest Longhorns had given their non-binding pledges to play for the eventual national champions. Full story

Hoops:

UT's Gibson declares for NBA draft
Austin American-Statesman
As expected, Longhorns sophomore guard Daniel Gibson confirmed Tuesday that he will enter the NBA draft but preserve his college eligibility by not hiring an agent. Full story

UT's Gibson declares for draft
Dallas Morning News

UT's Gibson to test his draft value
Houston Chronicle

Tucker to test NBA
Daily Texan

Baseball:

Texas Bullpen Holds Off UT-Pan Am, 8-6
Inside Texas
Texas scored all eight runs in the first two innings and held on to beat UT-Pan American, 8-6, Tuesday at Disch-Falk Field. The real story is that there is some evidence the Longhorn bullpen is starting to flex its muscle. Full story

Texas beats UT-Pan American in front of sparse crowd
Austin American-Statesman
Two days removed from a disappointing series loss to Nebraska, the Texas Longhorns played to a near-empty house on Tuesday night, picking up an 8-6 win over scrappy UT-Pan American at Disch-Falk Field. Texas (29-15) snapped a two-game losing streak and beat Pan American for the 29th straight time before a home crowd whose only buzz came from the 100 students visiting from Houston's Westbriar Middle School. Full story

Longhorns create electricity
Daily Texan
They didn't really need the lights at Disch-Falk Field Tuesday night. And the way the Longhorns and Broncs hammered each others' starting pitching, the two teams probably could've lit up the tower and Capitol building too. In an early display of hitting from both sides, the No. 7 Longhorns (29-15) edged out UT-Pan American (20-24), 8-6, extending their winning streak to 29 consecutive games against the Broncs. Full story

Alumni:

Huff has the stuff
Houston Chronicle
Vince Young's provenance, personality and big-game performances have the Texans in a pickle. While they don't seem to think the Houston-born-and-reared quarterback of the national champion Texas Longhorns is the right fit as they attempt to recover from a 2-14 season, there are those in the community who disagree. Lots of them, apparently. Full story

Huff has the stuff
Kansas City Star
A new type of position has evolved in the NFL. Call it the cover safety. The position requires the coverage skills of a cornerback, and the ability to blitz like a linebacker and to hit like a strong safety. Baltimore safety Ed Reed, a first-round pick in the 2002 draft, started the trend a few years ago, and Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu, a first-rounder in 2003, has mastered it. The best cover safety prospect this year is Texas' Michael Huff, who is expected to be a top-10 pick in this weekend's NFL draft. The only question is where to play him. Full story

Other:

Softball: Longhorns still have something to prove against A&M
Daily Texan

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman


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