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Inside Texas Blog: Look to the Past
Without respecting history, one cannot have success in the future. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger has a look at one of the most important reasons for Mack Brown's success at Texas: his respect for the history of Texas football.


Horns' Aldridge could go No. 1 in draft
Austin American-Statesman
For 14 years, LaSalle Thompson has stood as a benchmark of sorts for University of Texas basketball players, a line on the wall of the NBA draft that no Longhorn could touch. Thompson was picked No. 5 by Kansas City in 1982, the highest a Longhorn has been selected. On Wednesday, LaMarcus Aldridge might supplant him.

Barnes adjusts and understands
San Antonio Express-News
Rick Barnes is rebuilding again, but he knows better than to let it faze him. After all, watching three underclassmen flee to the NBA draft is rough, but it's not quite as jarring as losing a center to the front lines of a war.

Texas in battle of attrition
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Two hours after an overtime loss left his team a victory short of the Final Four, Texas coach Rick Barnes was still ensconced in a locker room in the Georgia Dome. The 30-victory 2005-06 season was history. One by one, Barnes talked with the linchpin Longhorns about next season. LaMarcus Aldridge, P.J. Tucker and Daniel Gibson listened, then preceded their coach in leaving the room and walking to the team bus. Their paths have gone beyond transportation back to Austin. All three underclassmen have made themselves eligible for Wednesday's NBA Draft. In the process, Texas has gone from a top-five preseason team to a team on the fringe of the Top 25.


Pistons' Evans beat the odds
Detroit News
Pistons reserve Maurice Evans knows what it feels like to sit there on draft night, hoping, expecting to be selected in the first round, but never having his named called.


Everyone is trailing Texas
Columbus (Neb.) Telegram
LINCOLN - A $50 million investment in steel, brick and mortar couldn't come at a better time in Husker Nation. On the field, it's been a lean year for Nebraska in the hardware business. A well-rounded athletic program that hauled home 42 Big 12 championships in the previous six years collected a mere one in 2005-06, a revelation as stunning as Missouri going a seventh straight year without even one conference title. At the other extreme is Texas, which with 13 league championships in 2005-06 threatened to make a mockery of competition within the supposed super-conference.

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