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Football:

Position Preview: Wide Receivers
InsideTexas.com
The biggest question in Longhorns' camp is with the quaterbacks, but they're gonna have to throw to somebody. In today's position preview, Inside Texas looks at what will be a key position for the Horns in '06: wide reciever.

Inside Texas Blog: It's the Lines, Stupid!
InsideTexas.com
At the Big XII Media Days in Kansas City, the media released their preseason poll and ranked Texas behind Oklahoma. Inside Texas' Clendon Ross offers his opinion on who should be the top team in the Big 12 and what the most important factor should be in that choice.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
On the third edition of the Inside Texas Podcast, IT's Bill Frisbie joins Ross Lucksinger on the phone from Kansas City to talk about the Big 12 Media Days, as well as the situation with Ramonce Taylor, Mack Brown's take on the quarterback situation and more!

Hey Bob! How'd You Like the Rose Bowl?
InsideTexas.com
While in Kansas City, Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops talked about the 2006 Rose Bowl and whether he was cheering for the Sooners' rival, Texas, or the team OU lost to in the 2004 National Championship Game.

Aggies Take Aim at Texas, November
InsideTexas.com
A tried-and-true college football adage is 'They remember November,' and that's why Texas A&M has generally been forgotten on a national scale since winning the Big 12 title in 1998. The Aggies' November record this decade stands at 5-17 primarily because that's when the schedule includes heavyweights Texas and Oklahoma.

Big 12 notebook: Sooners happy for Horns' victory
Austin American-Statesman
Adrian Peterson saw the irony as well as he did the daylight when he has a football under his arm. The Oklahoma running back said during recruiting that he picked the Sooners over the Longhorns because he wanted to win championships. The irony that Texas won one before he did wasn't lost on this talented player.

Sooners' offense ready to catch on
Austin American-Statesman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a banged-up sophomore season, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson casually announced his goal for what most think will be his final year in college: 2,200 yards rushing and another 500 receiving.

Peterson, OU are set to strut their stuff
Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson has a subtle but stern message for all those Texas fans still celebrating the national title.

Where will Franchione go from here?
Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione entered unfamiliar territory Wednesday at the Big 12 football media days. For perhaps the first time in his career, Franchione stepped into the media spotlight as a coach who hasn't lived up to expectations.

A&M faces tough climb back
San Antonio Express-News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione arrived at his first Big 12 media days not long ago with a noticeable bounce in his step. The new Aggies coach had a big job to do and couldn't wait to tell the media about it. He had earned the reputation of the Bob Vila of football turnarounds in stops at New Mexico, TCU and Alabama. Restoring A&M's football tradition loomed as the ultimate turnaround. Rabid fans, location, tradition and facilities only made the job look that much more appealing. A different Franchione arrived Wednesday at another Big 12 media gathering — only three years removed from his first trip.

Big 12 coordinators, by tenure
San Antonio Express-News

Sooners look for faster start in '06
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Oklahoma began last season with an uncharacteristic whimper that by season's end had evolved into the more familiar growl. An anemic 2-3 after five games, the young Sooners reversed ground to close with a 17-14 Holiday Bowl win over No. 6 Oregon and finish 8-4. A similar start to the 2006 season is both unexpected and unacceptable, OU senior linebacker Rufus Alexander said Wednesday during the windup of the Big 12 football media days.

BIG 12 NOTES
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

BIG 12 GLANCE
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

OU tailback Adrian Peterson is a threat to rush for 2,000 yards, a feat that's easier said than done in this era of pass-happy football
Houston Chronicle
The next running back with a shot at 2,000 yards: Oklahoma junior Adrian Peterson. The tailback rushed for 1,925 yards as a freshman two seasons ago and this year has set a goal of 2,200 yards, which would be the third-highest total in NCAA history.

BIG 12 NOTES
Houston Chronicle

Aggies confident in McGee as QB
Daily Texan
Kansas City, Mo. - Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee said he wouldn't want to play for any other coach in the country besides Dennis Franchione. Depending on how he and his teammates play, there's speculation he soon could be.

Peterson ready for 2006 season
Daily Texan
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Adrian Peterson was good at all of it. He could run over the linebacker, juke the defensive back and outrun the safety on his way to the end zone, so he could hear "Boomer Sooner" one more time.

Big 12 fans beware: post game celebrations on lock down
Daily Texan
Kansas City, Mo. - The Big 12 wants to remind you not to rush the field.

Texas Finds Challenge From Strength of Big 12
New York Times
KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 26 — In streaking to an 8-0 record in the Big 12 Conference last year, Texas had an average margin of victory of 33.5 points. The Longhorns' run was so dominant that many doubted the conference's credentials entering the postseason. But after second-ranked Texas beat top-ranked Southern California to win the national championship, and the league finished 5-3 in bowl games, the Big 12 was vindicated.

Aggies in spot where they seemingly can't win -- and they aren't
CBSSportsline.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Texas A&M is in purgatory. Being real good or real bad would be different. The Aggies are neither. They're stuck. Stuck under a glass ceiling looking up annually at two top five programs -- Oklahoma and Texas -- each of which has won a national championship this decade.

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