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Football:

McCoy, Blalock To Start Against Aggies
InsideTexas.com
QB Colt McCoy and RG Justin Blalock will start against Texas A&M Friday, Texas coach Mack Brown announced Monday.

McCoy, Blalock will start against the Aggies
Austin American-Statesman
A week away from the football field proved to be a wonderful elixir for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and offensive lineman Justin Blalock. Longhorns coach Mack Brown announced Monday that both stars will play Friday when Texas meets Texas A&M for the regular season finale at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

Sooners' Stoops is Big 12's coach of year, but UT's Brown not far behind
Austin American-Statesman
And the Big 12 coach of the year award goes to . . . Oklahoma's Bob Stoops. But it's not a slam dunk. The guy that Big Game Bob should barely edge out for the honor is Texas' equally worthy Mack Brown, who won a national championship last year and had his team in the hunt this year.

Notebook: Brown says it's time for Horns to refocus.
Austin American-Statesman
When Texas coach Mack Brown was asked whether Ohio State and Michigan should have a rematch for the national championship, he mentioned that there may be several one-loss teams by the end of the season that will have a case to play in Glendale, Ariz. He also reiterated his desire to see the NCAA implement a playoff.

UT's McCoy cleared to play against A&M
Dallas Morning News
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and offensive lineman Justin Blalock of Plano East have been cleared to start against Texas A&M, coach Mack Brown said Monday.

Another Bullitt gives Aggies a shot
Dallas Morning News
Steve Bullitt ribs his older brother about how his own Texas A&M teams won a lot more games than Jerry's did. Jerry Bullitt never did get to play in a Cotton Bowl, but he takes pride in knowing that the Aggies might not have ascended to the top of the Southwest Conference without the contributions of the players on those earlier, less successful squads.

McCoy, Blalock get OK to play against Aggies
San Antonio Express-News
Texas fans, you may now exhale. UT quarterback Colt McCoy has been cleared to play Friday against archrival Texas A&M, the school announced Monday. And offensive guard Justin Blalock has been cleared to join him.

Tyler-to-Texas pipeline is flowing again
San Antonio Express-News
It didn't take Aaron Ross long, when he moved to Tyler as a high school junior in 1999, to learn the fundamental truth about playing football in the Rose Capital of America. "In Tyler," Ross says, "Earl is the king." Earl, of course, is Earl Campbell, the former Tyler John Tyler star who became the "Tyler Rose," a Heisman Trophy winner at Texas, a Hall of Famer in the NFL, and an unabashed legend in the state of Texas. Ross, UT's standout cornerback, practically learned Campbell's life story on the first day of 11th grade at John Tyler after he transferred from Fox Tech.

Best one for Aggies to blame
San Antonio Express-News
The Aggies shouldn't be too hard on themselves. Dennis Franchione sure looked like a savior when they hired him. And they should let up on Franchione, too. He did what anyone would have done. He took the money. Instead, they should blame someone else. They should blame the one who created the illusion, and the Aggies might have seen him Sunday night. Then he scored four touchdowns in Denver. They should blame LaDainian Tomlinson.

Hard-hitting A&M legacy makes foes cry 'uncle'
San Antonio Express-News
Dave Elmendorf is careful — maybe too careful — not to let his emotions cloud his radio commentary when he breaks down a big play by Texas A&M defensive end Chris Harrington. "And it probably does Chris a disservice," says Elmendorf, A&M football's radio analyst. But Elmendorf, a former A&M All-American and NFL All Pro defensive back, offers plenty of kudos — and even hugs — for the hard-charging Harrington when the microphone is off. That's what you do for family.

McCoy, Blalock in the clear
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas received a double dose of good news Monday when trainers cleared quarterback Colt McCoy and offensive lineman Justin Blalock to play in Friday's game against Texas A&M. Both players practiced Monday and should be at full speed for the 11 a.m. start in Austin, coach Mack Brown said Monday.

A&M sees Texas as a means to an end: of Aggies' frustration
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The unknown about Texas A&M heading into Friday's game at No. 11 Texas is how well it can recover from crushing one-point home defeats by Oklahoma and Nebraska. Painfully close to having hopes alive for a Big 12 South title, the Aggies (8-3, 4-3 in Big 12) instead head to Austin desperate to avoid a second consecutive winless November, a .500 conference record after starting 4-1, and a seventh straight loss to the rival Longhorns (9-2, 6-1).

'Horns secondary setbacks run deep
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas defensive end Brian Robison took little solace Monday in being part of the nation's top-rated run defense. That's because the Longhorns' rise to the top of the charts has been offset by a record-setting plummet in pass defense. Texas heads into Friday's showdown against Texas A&M ranked 111th nationally in pass defense and already in possession of one unwanted school record: most passing yards allowed in a season (2,739).

Key cogs will play for Horns
Houston Chronicle
Record-setting freshman quarterback Colt McCoy and Rotary Lombardi finalist Justin Blalock have been cleared to return to practice and will start for the No. 11 Longhorns against rival Texas A&M on Friday, coach Mack Brown said Monday.

Texas refocuses with lofty goals in mind
Houston Chronicle
Despite having any chance of defending their national championship end with a loss to Kansas State, the Texas Longhorns insist they still have goals to accomplish this season...

McCoy set to play against Aggies
Daily Texan
Colt McCoy was cleared to play after suffering a pinched nerve against Kansas State.

Football recruiting:

Uncovering Ugo Okpara
InsideTexas.com
With the trend of tall receivers emerging in college football over the past couple of years, the need for bigger corners has almost become a necessity. Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas, is home to a very good cover corner with great size. Head Coach Jim Creech talked about Ugo Okpara's ability on the football field.

Hoops:

Durant will get his shot in the low post
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes dismisses suggestions that Kevin Durant must hoist the Longhorns onto his shoulders this season. "We're not a one-man team," the Longhorn basketball coach says. Even so, while Barnes tries to reduce the limitations of his young frontcourt, he leans hard on the slender, long-armed, 6-foot-9-inch freshman.

Preview: Texas vs. Nicholls State
Austin American-Statesman

Longhorns back home to host Nicholls State
Daily Texan
To someone on the outside, it can seem as though all is well for Texas basketball. And they're not wrong.

Women's hoops:

Turnovers can't prevent Horns victory
Austin American-Statesman
Jody Conradt had to talk about the turnovers. Even after a 28-point win.

Longhorns win big despite sloppy play late in the game
Daily Texan
When a team wins by more than 25 points, it's hard to imagine it could be a frustrating night for the victor. But when mistakes pile up, and a team loses focus late in the game, a coach can find plenty wrong with a team's performance. That was the case for No. 25 Texas on Monday night. The Longhorns defeated a young Sam Houston State Team 84-56, but the most glaring error on the stat sheet was the season-high 28 turnovers for Texas.

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