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Kansas State Preview: Here Kitty, Kitty
Kansas State fields such a young football team that it's tempting to call them the Kitty Cats. But these Wildcats have a chance to grow up quickly when No. 3/4 Texas visits Manhattan on Senior Day.

Florida, Texas say thanks to Rutgers
Dallas Morning News
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano tells his team to "Keep Chopping Wood." The Scarlet Knights did just that Thursday night and chopped down the Big East's best shot at a national championship. No. 15 Rutgers notched the biggest win in school history over No. 3 Louisville and remained unbeaten at 9-0. But the real winners are one-loss teams Florida and Texas because the national title race is wide open.

KSU's changes turn majestic
Dallas Morning News
It's hard enough to replace a coach for whom the on-campus stadium is named, as first-year Kansas State coach Ron Prince did in succeeding legendary Bill Snyder. But throw in some of Prince's big decisions this year – ripe for second-guessing – and it appeared it would take a while for Prince to shake off the malaise from 4-7 (2004) and 5-6 (2005) seasons in Snyder's final two years. Prince hired 30-something, first-time offensive and defensive coordinators. He made his team perform a conditioning test after the summer and held players out of practice until they passed it, rankling veterans who failed it. And five games into the season, fresh from a 17-3 loss at Baylor on Sept. 30, Prince replaced five starters on offense and moved another. The most notable was the benching of senior quarterback Dylan Meier for freshman Josh Freeman.

Horns could be better in long run
San Antonio Express-News
Seven months ago, Texas running back Jamaal Charles ran the 100 meters in 10.27 seconds at the NCAA track and field championships. It figured to be his longest run of the year – after all, it's not often a player gets to run for 109-plus yards in one pop on the football field. Still, most people figured Charles, relatively speaking, would be good for a couple of good, long football runs as well. He hasn't been.

Receivers develop some depth
Daily Texan
The Longhorns travel to Manhattan, Kan., this weekend, intent on taking a bite out of the Little Apple and clinching the Big 12 South. The game pits freshman quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Josh Freeman against each other and heavy blitzes from both defenses are expected.

Texas rotating 5 receivers to provide fresh legs, plenty of targets for Colt McCoy
Daily Texan
Maybe Greg Davis just got lost in translation. After all, there were a total of 989 offensive yards in the Longhorns game with Texas Tech on Oct 28. Or maybe it was just a sign that Texas' receiving corps has become so interchangeable without a noticeable drop off that even its own offensive coordinator has trouble remembering who's who. On the team bus after the game, Davis was talking to receivers coach Bobby Kennedy about a crisp route Billy Pittman had run on a 16-yard touchdown catch in the first half. Only problem: Pittman didn't catch the pass or run the route. Nate Jones did.

Texas-Kansas State matchup features 2 talented freshman QBs
Associated Press
Texas' young quarterback gets most of the attention, and rightly so. Redshirt freshman Colt McCoy is a big reason, perhaps the biggest, that the defending BCS champions still have a chance to return to the title game if everything falls just right. That would include a victory Saturday at Kansas State that would put the fourth-ranked Longhorns into the Big 12 championship game Dec. 2 in Kansas City, Mo. But after emerging as the starter six games into the season, the Wildcats' freshman quarterback is starting to get noticed, too.

K-State is hoping to tame Texas Colt
Kansas City Star
A young Colt from Texas has trampled everything in his path lately, and now he's headed directly toward K-State. That Colt is Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, and K-State coach Ron Prince is so impressed with him that he compared McCoy to New England Patriots signal caller Tom Brady. McCoy, a redshirt freshman who has thrown a single-season-school-record 27 touchdown passes, will lead the No. 4 Longhorns into K-State for a 7 p.m. game Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

No. 4 Texas at Kansas State
Kansas City Star

Texas quarterback McCoy enjoying record-setting season
Topeka Capital-Journal
Three and a half months ago, he wasn't even the clear-cut choice to replace Vince Young, the dazzling dual-threat quarterback who led Texas to last year's national championship. Now, he is the clear-cut favorite for Big 12 player of the year.

Kansas State coverage
Purple Pride

Football recruiting:

Kendall Wright: Everyone is Interested
Kendall Wright does it all at Pittsburg High School in Texas. He plays both ways and is a great all-around athlete. Wright has been hearing from a long list of Division I schools over the past couple of months. Head Coach Lawrence Cleveland talked about his versatility on the football field.


Longhorns Win Opener in Convincing Fashion
Texas opened the 2006-2007 season with a 103-44 win over Alcorn State in the first round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

Texas men open season with 103-44 blowout of Alcorn State
Austin American-Statesman
Making his debut for the Texas Longhorns, freshman Kevin Durant offered something for everyone, certainly too much for Alcorn State. Durant scored 20 points in 22 minutes as the 21st-ranked Longhorns defeated Alcorn 103-44 Thursday in the first round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic at the Erwin Center.

4 questions for Texas
Austin American-Statesman

Durant leads way in Longhorns' rout
Dallas Morning News
Any jitters Texas 6-9 freshman Kevin Durant showed in the preseason were gone in the 21st-ranked Longhorns' season opening, 103-44 win against Alcorn State on Thursday night.

Durant delivers in Texas opener
San Antonio Express-News
Texas will always be a football school, no matter how many Final Fours it reaches or how many blue-chip national recruits it entices. But you can't blame Kevin Durant for trying to change that.

Durant leads UT to victory
Houston Chronicle
If Kevin Durant stays in school only one season, expect a show. Durant scored a game-high 20 points to lead No. 21 Texas to a 103-44 victory over Alcorn State on Thursday night in the opening round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic at the Erwin Center.

Longhorns throttle Alcorn State 103-44
Daily Texan
Texas showed no sign of backing down against Alcorn State. Bodies flew, whistles blew and several Longhorns learned what it takes to compete at a higher level.

Hoops recruiting:

Texas men's basketball adds second and third recruits of fall signing period
Austin American-Statesman
Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes added his second and third recruits of the NCAA's fall signing period on Thursday: 6-foot-7-inch Gary Johnson of Aldine and 6-8 Alexis Wangmene, a native of Cameroon now playing high school ball in New Jersey. On Wednesday, when the signing period began, Texas received a signature from 6-10 Clint Chapman of Canby, Ore. Johnson's paper work, originally sent on Wednesday, was amended and approved by UT officials on Thursday. Wangmene sent his on Thursday. All three players are forwards.

Women's hoops:

Arriaran hopes team-first attitude pays off
Austin American-Statesman
There are people who say they're team players, and they are people who show it. Arriaran, set to enter her sophomore season at the University of Texas, is the latter. She proved it last year as the Longhorns struggled through a 13-15 season, and she'll have to prove it again this year as one of the Longhorns' most important liaisons to a successful season.

4 questions for Texas
Austin American-Statesman


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