Friday 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.

Football:

UNT Preview: What can we learn?
InsideTexas.com
A decisive Texas win is all but a foregone conclusion in the Longhorns' home-opener Saturday against North Texas. But how Texas wins will be a harbinger of things to come for the 2006 season. Will we see evidence of a championship-caliber team when Texas begins its title defense at Royal-Memorial Stadium?

LBs Take A Hit: Kelson Doubtful, Kindle Out
InsideTexas.com
Starting WLB Drew Kelson suffered an injury to his left ankle in Wednesday's practice and is listed as 'doubtful' for Texas' season-opener Saturday against North Texas.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
Today we're previewing the North Texas game, talking a little more about Ohio State and looking at the future of Texas football.

Inside Texas Blog: Voting Irregularities
InsideTexas.com
The more the Big 12 media votes, the more they betray their biases about the two top coaches in the league, says IT's Clendon Ross.

Eyes of Texas peeking toward Buckeyes
Dallas Morning News
Is Ohio State here yet? I know the Longhorns' 20-game winning streak will be on the line at 11 a.m. Saturday against North Texas. And everyone wants to see Godzillatron, watch Colt McCoy and wonder what it would have been like to see true freshman linebacker Sergio Kindle (who will miss the game with the ankle injury that has kept him out since Aug. 8) But I'm already working on next week's Ohio State game.

McCoy looking off defense, UT teammates say
Dallas Morning News
Cornerback Tarell Brown of North Mesquite and safety Michael Griffin said new starting quarterback Colt McCoy is doing a better job of looking off defensive backs.

UT's Blalock nominates two 1,000-yard rushers
Dallas Morning News
UT has the longest string of 1,000-yard rushers in the nation – 11 seasons from 1995 to 2005 – and is only one season behind the NCAA record of 12 set by North Carolina from 1973 to 1984.

UT's Brown not focused on repeating
Dallas Morning News
Although Mack Brown says his team has every intention of defending its national title, he says he doesn't want his players focused on repeating.

Five burning questions facing Longhorns and Aggies
San Antonio Express-News

Longhorns Mailbag: UT coach is ready to gut it up
San Antonio Express-News
There are some professions that require folks to stay standing more or less from punch-in to punch-out. Buckingham Palace guard is one that comes to mind. Stand-up comic has the phrase right there in its name. When it comes to jobs with a standing requirement, college football coach is right up there as well. Which is why we here at the Mailbag are a little worried about Mack Brown.

UT staff learned Major QB lesson
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Two talented, young quarterbacks. One football. No chance to make everyone happy. This potentially volatile equation has added up to a quarterback controversy in past seasons at Texas. But it won't this year, said Longhorns coaches, who are taking a different approach with Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead than they did with Major Applewhite and Chris Simms during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

Texas New Step
Los Angeles Times
There is a reason few teams repeat as champions in college football: It's really hard. So can Austin do the Texas Two-Peat?

Ohio State coverage
Bucknuts.com

Football recruiting:

Dominant Defensive Line at Westbrook
InsideTexas.com
The defensive line at Westbrook High School in Beaumont (Texas) is stacked. At least three players on their line have a chance to play for Division I programs. Head Coach Craig Stump talked about his defensive line prospects and also mentioned a couple of his offensive players as well.

Hoops:

Longhorns' Durant is simply special
FoxSports.com
Pencil it in. In fact, write it in permanent marker. Kevin Durant will be the National Freshman of the Year.

Other:

Volleyball's Magee lost for season with injury
TexasSports.com
University of Texas 6-2 senior middle blocker Brandy Magee, an 2005 American Volleyball Coaches Association Third Team All-American, has been lost for the 2006 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of her right knee.

Four volleyball players return home for Asics Classic
Daily Texan
The tournament is thousands of miles away, but for four Longhorns it might feel like more like a home match. The No. 8 Texas volleyball team jaunts into Malibu, Calif., to play No. 19 Pepperdine in the Asics Classic this weekend. Ashley Engle, Alyson Jennings, Kiley Hall, and Brandy Magee all grew up in Orange County, just a few miles down the Pacific Coast Highway from Pepperdine.

Texas soccer ready to dominate
Daily Texan
There's an old saying that defense wins championships. Well, having experience and leadership doesn't hurt either, and Texas soccer's five returning seniors are eager to fill that role.

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