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Texas D: Best of Times, Worst of Times
No matter what happens the rest of the season, the 2006 Longhorns will finish with statistically the best run defense and the worst pass defense in program history. It begs the question: is it the philosophy or the personnel?

Audio: Clendon Ross on ESPN Radio
Inside Texas' Clendon Ross joins ESPN Radio's Kevin Scott, AJ Hoffman and former Longhorn All-American Dan Neil to talk about Jevan Snead's performance, how much Chizik and Akina are to blame and a whole lot more.

$26.6 million more sought for stadium
Austin American-Statesman
The Godzillatron is turning out to be more expensive than expected. The same goes for the cost of relocating live oaks, installing fire-protection sprinklers and other work at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

UT's Chizik disappointed in defense
Dallas Morning News
Co-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik was questioned about everything from his choice of players on the field to the number and variety of blitzes he's using. That's what happens after you lose to Kansas State, 45-42.

Teammates say McCoy plans to play against A&M
Dallas Morning News
Texas teammates said quarterback Colt McCoy did not practice Wednesday as McCoy continues to come back from pinched nerves in his neck and shoulder, also known as a stinger.

Repeat after UT: Once is sufficient
San Antonio Express-News
USC-Texas was big. But Ohio State-Michigan is much, much bigger. They're already talking up the rematch before they play the original. They're telling us, as a Detroit columnist did, that the computers don't lie. That if Ohio State and Michigan play a close game, then it only makes sense they should meet again. And that this No. 1 and No. 2 should retain such status even after one of them loses Saturday. But go back to USC-Texas. Would it have been fair to ask the Longhorns to replay the Rose Bowl 51 days later?

Texas A&M's odd couple
Daily Texan
The younger running back draws comparisons to Willie Parker, Reggie Bush and Barry Sanders. The elder reminds some of Jerome Bettis and the biggest slab of meat at your corner market. Meet freshman Mike Goodson and sophomore Jorvorskie Lane, the lightning and thunder in Texas A&M's back field who have caused quiet a storm this season.

Big 12 Power Rankings
Daily Texan

Football recruiting:

Another Standout at Tatum
Tatum High School in Texas has produced a ton of talent over the past couple of years. Seniors Lennon Creer and Darnius Moore have a ton of offers on the table as signing day closes in. Next year, Creer and Moore will pass the torch to another standout on offense. Many schools are already starting to notice junior wide receiver Chance Blackmon.

Early Offer for Alfred Dupree
Skyline High School in Dallas has one of the most star-studded defensive units in the entire state of Texas. Junior defensive end Alfred Dupree brings a mean streak to the football field and plays the game with extreme aggression. Dupree has already picked up an offer from one of the most prestigious programs in the Big 12.


Texas Faces Michigan State in Hoops Classic
When No. 19 Texas tips-off Thursday night against Michigan State, coach Rick Barnes will bring to Madison Square Garden arguably the most highly recruited herd of young Longhorns in program history. The ninth-year UT coach likes the improvement he has seen in his squad, but the problem is he ain't heard nothin' yet.

Bright lights shine on Horns
Austin American-Statesman
As someone who regards himself as a teacher, Rick Barnes will offer his callow basketball team time-tested wisdom for its trip to the big city. Defense — good. Rebounding — always helpful. Men in trenchcoats hawking discount watches — avoid them.

UT men banking on sophomore's experience
Dallas Morning News
When 19th-ranked Texas takes the floor at Madison Square Garden on national television tonight against Michigan State, about the only known for Longhorns coach Rick Barnes on a big stage will be sophomore guard A.J. Abrams. Texas lost all five starters and six of its top seven scorers from last season. Abrams is the team's top returning scorer; he averaged 6.4 points per game last season. And even he's wearing a new number.

Freshman hits it big with 'Horns
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Durant proves UT a go-to place
Houston Chronicle
Kevin Durant surprised people when he picked Texas over basketball powers North Carolina and Connecticut. For the Longhorns, it was a coup to walk into the living room of one of the nation's most prized recruits and steal him away from the backyard of Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference country.

Basketball coach looks for more communication
Daily Texan
Rick Barnes sees them talking outside of practice all the time. On their cell phones, in the locker room before and after practice. The Longhorns sure do know how to use their vocals off the court, but that's not what Texas' coach is worried about. He wants to see his players express themselves on the court too.

Possible springboard on tap for Longhorns
Associated Press
You'll have to excuse Texas if it's looking a few months down the road while playing in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Last November, Florida headed to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden, won two games over ranked teams to move into the Top 25 and eventually won the national championship. It may be a bit far-fetched for the No. 19 Longhorns to be thinking that way, but three of the last five national champions started the season playing in the event now known as the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic, a field that also includes Maryland, St. John's and Michigan State.

MSU gets test as big as Texas
Detroit Free-Press
After opening against Brown, Youngstown State and The Citadel, Michigan State will take on its first major opponent of the season tonight when the Spartans face Texas in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden.


Prospects improve for prospect
Cincinnati Enquirer
The odds say Carson Kainer will never play for the Reds. He's a 14th-round draft choice. Fourteenth-rounders fall well short of can't-miss on the prospect ratings scale. But so far in his 21 years, the odds haven't stood much of a chance against Carson Kainer.


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