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Football:

Horns Look to Repair and Re-Focus
InsideTexas.com
Kansas State is dead to Texas. Now, Longhorn coaches are determined that the Wildcats stay buried. In other words, Texas' bye-week emphases is to not allow Saturday's crushing loss beat them twice, and try to repair -- within ten days -- the problems that contributed to the 45-42 upset.

Culpepper's Commentary: Kansas State Game
InsideTexas.com
One thing about this football game is that Texas made thousands of people happy!

Audio: Mack Brown and Michael Griffin
InsideTexas.com
Texas safety Michael Griffin and head coach Mack Brown talk to the media after the loss to Kansas State.

Texas, dealing with a K-State sting, goes back to work
Austin American-Statesman
This week represents the first real down time for Texas since the Longhorns began preseason drills in early August. And Mack Brown's practice interests for the next few days are multifold. The coach wants to firmly soothe egos that were wounded after a 45-42 defeat at Kansas State, which was only the Longhorns' fourth loss in the last 44 games, dating back to October 2003. And Brown and his assistants want to use the off week to nurse sprains and strains that have been exacerbated by playing 11 straight Saturdays. A bye week is as much about healing and maintaining condition as it is about planning for Texas A&M on Nov. 24.

Passing marks prove UT is failing
Dallas Morning News
With the 323 yards passing given up by Texas in a 45-42 upset loss Saturday at Kansas State, the Longhorns have set a school record for most passing yards allowed in a season with 2,739. That replaces the previous record of 2,552 in 2004. The Longhorns are giving up 249 yards passing per game, on pace to break the school record of 227.7 set in 1988. Texas, which is ranked No. 2 nationally in rush defense (42 yards per game), is ranked 108th of 119 teams in pass defense.

McCoy proves worth by not playing
San Antonio Express-News
In many ways, last Saturday night at Kansas State was a dark day for the Texas Longhorns. They got knocked out of the national championship race. They had a conference winning streak snapped. They got to watch an opposing fan base rip down the goalposts for the first time since John Mackovic left. But look on the bright side, Longhorns fans. At least there is no quarterback controversy at UT.

Sizing Up the Big 12
San Antonio Express-News

Texas puts K-State behind them
Daily Texan
While temperatures dipped below 40 degrees during Texas' 45-42 loss to Kansas State, its national title hopes evaporated as if under a Texas sun. But with a win over Texas A&M, the Longhorns would clinch the Big 12 South title and play Nebraska for a chance to appear in the Fiesta Bowl.

Football recruiting:

Chris Gipson: Packs a Punch at LB
InsideTexas.com
Kimball High School in Dallas (Texas) produces Division I talent on the football field almost every year, and the class of 2008 is no exception. Linebacker Chris Gipson is an aggressive kid and plays with a nasty streak. Head Coach Darrell Jordan raved about Gipson's instincts on the defensive side of the ball.

Women's hoops:

Texas women find the basket
Austin American-Statesman
There was an offensive sighting at the Erwin Center on Tuesday night. Make that a sighting of an offense. Unlike a year ago when the Texas women's basketball team shot so poorly, those in the front-row seats behind the basket frequently wore protective headgear, close-in observers no longer have to check their insurance policies.

Women's basketball beats Bobcats to win Basketball Travelers Classic
Daily Texan
Texas picked up its defensive intensity and scoring in the second half, defeating Texas State 74-55 in the final game of the 2006 Basketball Travelers Classic. With the victory, the Longhorns won the four-team tournament and improve their record to 3-0 on the season.

Alumni:

SL Carroll's Dodge open to collegiate return
Dallas Morning News
Southlake Carroll coach and former UNT assistant Todd Dodge said Monday he would consider taking a college coaching job after the current season.

Other:

Southwest graduate Hooker overcomes 'shock' to spark UT
San Antonio Express-News
Destinee Hooker had barely finished the volleyball postmatch handshakes when the crowd engulfed her. Standing at midcourt at Gregory Gym, Hooker, Texas' freshman outside hitter, was the star attraction. At 6-foot-4, she wasn't hard to spot. Fans wanted her autograph and picture. The media clung to every word uttered by the former Southwest High School standout. It didn't matter that the Longhorns had just lost to No. 1 Nebraska — Hooker was the darling of the UT faithful.

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