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Football:

It's Official: Chizik Named Iowa State Coach
InsideTexas.com
Gene Chizik has been named head coach at Iowa State, Cyclones Athletic Director Jamie Pollard announced on Monday. The former Texas Co-Defensive Coordinator will begin his duties at ISU immediately and not coach the Longhorns in their bowl game.

Chizik leaves Texas for Iowa State
Austin American-Statesman
Gene Chizik, Texas' defensive co-coordinator, left Monday to take a head coaching job at Iowa State, leaving Mack Brown to fill a major assistant vacancy on his staff for the third time in nearly four seasons.

Goodbye, Gene. Hello, Duane?
Austin American-Statesman
Duane Akina is the right man for the job. But is he the most right?

Gator torn between Big 12, Big East
Austin American-Statesman
The Gator Bowl plans to wait until after the Rutgers vs. West Virginia game Saturday to decide whether to invite a Big East team or a Big 12 team to its New Year's Day game in Jacksonville, Fla. The Gator has a contract to take a Big 12 team in two of the next four years. The other two years it takes a Big East team. And right now bowl officials are completely torn between the two.

Longhorns' Chizik to be named Iowa State coach
Dallas Morning News
For the third time in three years, Texas coach Mack Brown has a defensive assistant coach moving on to a head-coaching job. On Monday, Texas co-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik was named the head coach at Iowa State, replacing Dan McCarney, who went 4-8 this season and 56-84 in 12 seasons.

Chizik jumps UT ship, moves on to Iowa State
San Antonio Express-News
If the Texas Longhorns plan to regroup on defense before their bowl game, they will have to do so without co-coordinator Gene Chizik. Chizik, 44, was announced Monday as the new head coach at Iowa State, effective immediately. He will not coach the No. 17 Longhorns in a bowl. Duane Akina, UT's other co-coordinator, will assume defensive playcalling duties in Chizik's absence.

Alamo awaits Gator's choice
San Antonio Express-News
Alamo Bowl officials don't expect to be able to select the Big 12 participant for their game until the Bowl Championship Series pairings are announced on Sunday. Under one remote set of circumstances, No. 17 Texas could make its first Alamo Bowl appearance. But Alamo Bowl executive director Derrick Fox said Texas Tech, Kansas State and Missouri remain likelier candidates to face Iowa in the Dec. 30 game at the Alamodome.

Iowa State lures assistant from UT
Houston Chronicle
Texas co-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, whose units have been among the nation's best the past three years, was named Monday as head coach at Iowa State. Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said Chizik was the school's top choice to replace Dan McCarney, who resigned Nov. 8 after 12 seasons. Pollard received recommendations from Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds and coach Mack Brown, a former offensive coordinator with the Cyclones.

What went wrong for Longhorns this season?
Daily Texan
I'm at a loss for words. How do you speak of the unpredictable ruination that the 2006 Longhorns became? How can you explain the transformation of a national-title contender into a team whose pleading glances the Cotton Bowl selection committee is awkwardly avoiding? The answer I keep arriving at is this - the Longhorns were never that good.

Nine wins feels like failure
Associated Press
Nine wins never felt so disappointing. Not the season after a national championship. Not just three weeks ago when the Texas Longhorns were calculating how they could win another. And not when they have to watch Oklahoma and Nebraska, two teams they beat, play for the Big 12 title. It will truly be a December of discontent.

Football recruiting:

First Look at Corrigan Powell
InsideTexas.com
Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland, Texas, is home to a very aggressive defensive back. Corrigan Powell was a consistent performer in the Patriot secondary throughout his junior season. He is already hearing from a number of Division I schools early in the recruiting process.

First Look at D.J. Monroe
InsideTexas.com
Angleton High School in Angleton, Texas, is home to one of the most versatile athletes in the Houston area. D.J. Monroe can do it all. During his junior season, he made one big play after another from both sides of the ball. Head Coach Finis Vanover raved about the future of his star junior prospect.

Hoops:

A work in progress: UT's James continues to improve as a freshman
Austin American-Statesman
They reveal themselves at their own pace, players showing coaches and fans what to expect from them as the basketball season unfolds. Damion James, Texas' freshman forward, has yet to establish a niche with the Longhorns after five games, not like some of the others.

Texas basketball back from break to host Tigers
Daily Texan
There was a time when Ronnie Courtney was contributing to the Texas basketball program. Courtney served as the head coach at Fort Bend Willowridge for four seasons (1997-98 to 2000-01). During his time at Willowridge, Courtney coached the most decorated player in Longhorn basketball - T.J. Ford. Ford, along with former Longhorn Kenny Taylor, lead Willowridge to back-to-back 5A state championships. During its senior year, the team gained a No. 2 national ranking on its way to a perfect 39-0 season. Ford came to Texas a year later, eventually leading the Longhorns to the Final Four in 2003. Taylor transferred to Texas after playing two years at Baylor. Now, Courtney is busy developing players at Texas Southern University. The Longhorns (4-1) play host to the Tigers (1-4) tonight at the Erwin Center at 7 p.m. While Texas faces two of its toughest opponents - Gonzaga and LSU - in the two games following Texas Southern, the Longhorns know they can't look past any opponent this early in the season.

Preview: Texas vs. Texas Southern
Austin American-Statesman

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