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Football:

McCoy Should Be Ready for the Bowl Game
InsideTexas.com
Texas QB Colt McCoy is expected to be available for Texas' bowl game, a source close to the situation told Inside Texas.

Post-Season Hardware for Blalock, McCoy
InsideTexas.com
Senior OG/T Justin Blalock was named Offensive Lineman of the Year and RS-freshman QB Colt McCoy was tabbed Offensive Freshman of the Year when the AT&T All-Big 12 Conference individual awards were announced Tuesday. Blalock and McCoy were among 12 Longhorns selected, including five on the first team.

Culpepper's Commentary: Texas A&M Game
InsideTexas.com
Senior strong safety Melvin Bullitt of Texas A&M echoed what defensive players at Kansas State said about playing the Texas offense two weeks ago -- "We were going to be more physical than Texas and beat them off the line, and that is what we did."

Gator will choose UT if its goes Big 12 route
Austin American-Statesman
Texas will be the Gator Bowl's choice if the selection committee opts to take a Big 12 Conference team. The president of the Gator Bowl told the Florida Times-Union on Tuesday that his selection committee would select the Longhorns if the committee does not opt for a Big East team.

Nebraska's Taylor shares offensive player of year award with McCoy
Austin American-Statesman

Texas football notes
Austin American-Statesman

UT's bowl: Gator or Alamo
Dallas Morning News
Defending national champion Texas, which had designs on the BCS all season, will now play in either the Gator Bowl or Alamo Bowl, according to sources close to the situation.

The next Stoops? Or next McCarney?
San Antonio Express-News
Gene Chizik came to Texas as co-defensive coordinator two seasons ago, intent on becoming the next Bob Stoops. He lived up to half that promise. Like Stoops, Chizik helped guide a team to a national championship before leapfrogging to his first head coaching job. Unlike Stoops, Chizik ended up at Iowa State.

Texas, Oklahoma vie for top honors
Houston Chronicle
The University of Texas and Oklahoma tied for the most first-team All-Big 12 honorees on this year's all-conference list released Tuesday. The top two teams in the South Division put five players each on the first team of the All-Big 12 squad selected by the conference coaches. The Texas first-team honorees are wide receiver Limas Sweed, offensive linemen Justin Blalock and Kasey Studdard and defensive backs Michael Griffin and Aaron Ross.

Football recruiting:

Troy Franklin Talks Recruiting
InsideTexas.com
Celina High School is home to one of the most dominant defensive lines in the state of Texas. The Bobcats are led on defense by junior defensive tackle Troy Franklin. Franklin talked about Celina's flawless season and updated where he stands as far as recruiting goes.

Hoops:

Durant and Co. Dominate as Horns Roll TSU
InsideTexas.com
In a game where four Texas players scored in double digits, the Longhorns beat the Texas Southern Tigers 90-50 at the Erwin Center on Tuesday night as the Horns prepare for a match-up in the desert with No. 22 Gonzaga.

Audio: Rick Barnes
InsideTexas.com
Longhorn head basketball coach Rick Barnes talked with media Monday as the Horns continue through their non-conference schedule.

Slimmed-down Pittman helps UT to easy win
Austin American-Statesman
There was a time when Dexter Pittman couldn't pass a hamburger stand without cleaning the place out. Now he can't walk by a stationary bike without hopping on. Pittman, a University of Texas freshman, has lost nearly 100 pounds since March, and he expects to drop even more. They refer to him as Dex-A Trim in the UT game notes, but Pittman has another name for himself. "I feel like Lance Armstrong," Pittman said. "Call me Dex Armstrong." Longhorns coach Rick Barnes called on Pittman on Tuesday night, and the 6-foot-10-inch, 295-pound freshman showed signs of progress. He produced 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks in 11 minutes as Texas defeated Texas Southern 90-50 in front of 5,405 fans at the Erwin Center.

Pittman helps Horns beat Texas Southern
Dallas Morning News
Kevin Durant scored 22 points and A.J. Abrams added 20 as Texas rolled over Texas Southern, 90-50, on Tuesday night at the Erwin Center. But it was freshman big man Dexter Pittman who impressed coach Rick Barnes. Pittman had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and six rebounds in 11 minutes for the Longhorns (5-1), who face No. 22 Gonzaga on Saturday in Phoenix.

UT gains from freshman's loss
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas coach Rick Barnes jokes that 6-foot-10 center Dexter Pittman has "lost a person." Well, a small person anyway. Since arriving in Austin last summer, the freshman from Rosenberg has dropped from 366 pounds to 295 at tipoff of Tuesday night's 90-50 victory over Texas Southern. Pittman scored 10 points and had six rebounds in 11 minutes.

Rookies rout Tigers, 90-50
Daily Texan
When Texas Southern coach Ronnie Courtney first laid eyes on Dexter Pittman, the thought of him being a top basketball recruit never crossed his mind. A football player seemed like the more logical answer. "When I first saw him working out, I didn't think he was a basketball player," Courtney said. "I think he can only get better with all the work he puts in." Both Courtney and his Texas Southern squad witnessed some of the abilities that made Pittman one of the top basketball recruits in the state on Tuesday night. Pittman finished with 10 points and six rebounds as the Longhorns stomped the Tigers 90-50.

Alumni:

Former Marshall, UT star Holmes won't play this season
San Antonio Express-News
Running back Priest Holmes will not return to the Kansas City Chiefs this season. However, Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson said Tuesday that recent medical tests on Holmes have been encouraging and that the former Marshall High School and University of Texas star hopes to return for the 2007 season.

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