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Bring on the...Bearkats?
There's no question why the NCAA allowed a 12th regular season game, starting this season (Cha-ching). And there's little question in head coach Mack Brown's mind as to whether Texas should be playing a Division I-AA program. But one of the biggest questions surrounding the defending national champ's matchup against the Sam Houston State University Bearkats is...

Hobbled Horns: Is Relief in Sight?
"Sudden change" is the term Texas coaches and players have for an immediate turn-around during a ballgame. It was also the phrase head coach Mack Brown coined Monday to describe the recent rash of injuries to beset his program, including DE Brian Robison and RB Selvin Young following the Big 12 Conference-opening win over Iowa State. So, now where do we stand?

Why play Sam Houston State?
Austin American-Statesman
Talk about a tough assignment for Texas Coach Mack Brown. The annual Oklahoma grudge date is so close the Longhorns can almost smell the corny dogs served on the State Fair midway. Yet next on the schedule is Sam Houston State — the first NCAA Division I-AA foe Texas has played in 14 years. The 2-1 Bearkats aren't even considered an upper-echelon team in I-AA, yet they stand between Texas and its date with Oklahoma in Dallas on Oct. 7.

How much do you know about Sam Houston?
Austin American-Statesman
Texas and Sam Houston State will make history on Saturday. This will mark the first meeting ever between these two storied programs, which have been playing a combined 205 seasons, counting this one. So why have the Longhorns been so scared to face the Bearkats on a football field?

Red River Rivalry game time set
Austin American-Statesman
The 101st meeting of Texas and Oklahoma has been set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 7 in Dallas and will be televised by ABC. It will be ABC's main national broadcast that day.

UT's Sweed took a while to catch on
Dallas Morning News
There are times running a route or catching a pass that Texas' Limas Sweed looks a lot like Roy Williams, the Longhorns' all-time leading receiver now with the Detroit Lions. They are both 6-5 and swift. Sweed traded in his No. 11 jersey for Williams' No. 4 after Williams left three seasons ago. Sweed even wears the same facemask as Williams. Two years ago, it would have been blasphemy to mention the two in the same sentence.

UT's Brown not discussing scheduling of I-AA team
Dallas Morning News
Texas is a 63-point favorite against Division I-AA opponent Sam Houston State on Saturday night. But coach Mack Brown refused to discuss how the game was scheduled.

Longhorns hit hard by injuries
San Antonio Express-News
The Texas Longhorns got good news over the weekend in the form of an MRI result. Tests on defensive end Brian Robison's right knee, injured in last week's victory over Iowa State, showed deep bruising but no structural damage — meaning he can be expected to return to the lineup at some point. The bad news for UT? The training room is still overcrowded, and the Longhorns have to play a game this week.

UT coach not thrilled with facing I-AA team
San Antonio Express-News
If Texas coach Mack Brown has his way, UT's game this week against Sam Houston State will be its last against a Division I-AA team.

Hurt 'Horns could return
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas coach Mack Brown sidestepped his team's injury issues Monday, but multiple players said they do not expect a significant shortfall in personnel for Saturday's game against Sam Houston State or Oct. 7 against No. 16 Oklahoma.

UT downplays playing down
Houston Chronicle
Texas coach Mack Brown prefers not to discuss scheduling issues, but don't expect an apology when the subject of playing Division I-AA Sam Houston State is brought up.

Brown: Play on Robison not dirty
Houston Chronicle
Texas coach Mack Brown said Monday that he doesn't believe the play that injured defensive end Brian Robison was intentional.

Texas unsure of the Bearkats
Daily Texan
Texas has never played Sam Houston State in football, and defensive tackle Derek Lokey has a theory why. Fear of the Bearkat, the team's mascot.

Texas can't forget Iowa State
Daily Texan
Texas dominated Iowa State 37-14, but that doesn't mean that the Longhorns have seen the last of the Cyclones. Iowa State is the second-best team in Big 12 North after Nebraska. If the Longhorns "do what they do" and roll through the Big 12 South, they could meet the Cyclones again in the conference championship game.

Big pass plays worry Texas coach
Associated Press
A season-high seven sacks and about 15 quarterback knockdowns against Iowa State. Totaled up, they look like some impressive numbers for the Texas Longhorns. Yet coach Mack Brown was more concerned Monday with the number of big plays the No. 7 Longhorns are still giving up in the passing game.

Football recruiting:

Teammates Heading To San Antonio
Mike Williams and Blaine Irby of Ventura, Calif. were named as 2007 U.S. Army All-Americans. They join a group of extraordinary student-athletes selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.


Simms loses spleen, and his bull's-eye
San Antonio Express-News
Chris Simms' problem was his talent. Or lack of it. His arm seemed golden, and he stood at the right height, and he came with an NFL pedigree. But could he anticipate? Could he see, move, react? Simms was exactly the third-round prospect he became. But that arm and size and pedigree always said something else to others, which is why he played with a bull's-eye both at Texas and at Tampa Bay. Fans at both places thought he should be more, and they questioned his heart and rooted for his backup, and others piled on simply because he was such an easy target. Now? Simms lost a useful and nonessential organ, and in doing so picked up a useful and nonessential sentiment.


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