Filling Young's shoes is a Texas-sized task
There's no such thing as summer vacation these days for college quarterbacks — especially for freshman college quarterbacks, and especially for University of Texas freshman quarterbacks seeking to follow in the footsteps of Vince Young. So even before the 2006 season gets off to an unofficial start in the next week or so with conference preview junkets, three young Men Who Would Be Vince — redshirt freshman Colt McCoy, second-semester freshman Jevan Snead and incoming freshman Sherrod Harris — are taking critical steps toward the goal of filling the most daunting vacancy of this season.
2005 Flashback: Texas 45, Oklahoma 12
Texas exorcised five years worth of demons on a sun-splashed October afternoon at the Cotton Bowl. Vince Young, Jamaal Charles, Ramonce Taylor, Billy Pittman, Brian Robison, Rod Wright, Cedric Griffin -- the heroes on this day were many for the Horns as they cleared the first major hurdle on the path to a first-under-Mack Brown Big 12 title.
2005 Flashback: Texas 42, Colorado 17
No post-OU game letdown, this. Vince Young turned in a close to perfect performance, including a career best passing day, as Texas easily dispatched of the league's top North Division team. And the Horns did it without top running back threat Jamaal Charles. That didn't bode well for Texas Tech, next on the schedule, or for the Buffaloes in the Big 12 Championship rematch six weeks later.
UT regents approve raise for Barnes
Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes was given a half-million dollar raise Friday, to $1.8 million in guaranteed annual compensation, plus new sweeteners that kick in if his players do well on the court or in the classroom. The boost in Barnes' compensation was approved unanimously by University of Texas System regents. A raise of $400,000 to $500,000 — he previously made $1.3 million a year — had been expected after the team reached the Elite Eight round in the NCAA tournament in March.
Texas recruiting moving forward
Two players with size, versatility and winning legacies will bring those traits to the University of Texas women's basketball team after committing to the Longhorns for the 2007-08 season. Both forwards, 6-foot-2-inch Kathleen Nash of Plano West and 6-1 Rachel Rentschler of Fort Worth Christian have said they will play for the Longhorns after their senior seasons of high school.
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