Tuesday Longhorn Sports Page

Stay up to date on all things Burnt Orange with a daily stop at IT's Longhorn Sports Page, with links to the latest news and opinion articles on UT football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and other sports from around the web.

Hoops recruiting:

Premium StoryJames Makes Monday Decision
Inside Texas
The Texas Longhorns are now the proud owners of the nation's No. 3 recruiting class per Scout.com. Rick Barnes and Co. received word on Monday that Damion James, Scout.com's No. 19 prospect in the Class of 2006, would be joining a powerful contingent led by Kevin Durant. Full story

Inside Texas Blog: Another Freshman Starter
Inside Texas
With Damion James committing to the University of Texas, an impressive seven recruits, all of which are four or five-star prospects, will be suiting up for the Longhorns next season. Full story

Highly sought high school forward picks Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman
Damion James, a highly coveted basketball player from Nacogdoches, said Monday he will land next season at the University of Texas, where he hopes to help turn the Longhorns into a college version of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. James, a senior at Nacogdoches High, said he picked Texas over Texas A&M. James had originally signed with Oklahoma last fall but received a release from the school when Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson left for Indiana. Full story

UT adds to standout recruiting class
Houston Chronicle

Hoops:

Texas exodus: Williams leaves Barnes' program
Dallas Morning News
The exodus continues. Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes, who had already lost four of his top five scorers from last season, can add reserve sophomore forward Mike Williams to the list of those leaving the program. Unlike fellow Texas underclassmen – sophomore forward LaMarcus Aldridge of Seagoville and junior forward P.J. Tucker, the Big 12 player of the year – Williams isn't leaving Texas early for the NBA. He's leaving to get a fresh start and will transfer to another school. Those close to Williams have indicated that Cincinnati, Louisville and Birmingham Southern are the leading candidates to land the former McDonald's All-American. Full story

Baseball:

Big 12 baseball tourney gets a facelift
Austin American-Statesman
Teams with realistic goals of advancing deep into the NCAA college baseball playoffs approach the Big 12 tournament differently. Winning is always a goal, but not at the expense of depleting your pitching staff before the postseason. To that end, the Big 12's new conference tournament format is a welcome change. Full story

Big 12 baseball tournament capsules
Austin American-Statesman

Football:

Big 12 schools debate adding ninth league football game
Kansas City Star
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Big 12 will determine this week if the conference can provide too much of a good thing. Adding a conference football game to the schedule is one of the major agenda items during the annual spring meetings of league administrators and coaches. The Big 12 has always played eight games in a season. But with schedules now fixed at 12 regular-season games, the idea of substituting a conference game for a non-league contest is tempting to league officials, especially those who craft the schedules. Full story

Other:

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman


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