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Football:

It's Alamo For Texas
InsideTexas.com
The Gator Bowl Sunday afternoon extended an invitation to West Virginia to face Georgia Tech in the New Year's Day game, leaving Texas bound for the Alamo Bowl. The Horns will face Iowa on Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in San Antonio.

McCoy Mending, But Who's Got His Back?
InsideTexas.com
RS-freshman QB Colt McCoy has made 'significant progress' recovering from an injury sustained against Texas A&M, Texas athletic trainer Kenny Boyd said Friday. But Jevan Snead's transfer raises critical questions about QB depth for the post-season.

It's Alamo time for the Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas Longhorns found out Sunday that their bowl destination is just an 80-mile jaunt south on Interstate 35, against a Big Ten Conference team that lost five of its last six games. The Alamo Bowl in San Antonio is a long way from Pasadena, Calif., the Longhorns' holiday home the past two years. Yet Texas believes it's the best possible place for the beleaguered team to be, with Iowa, which like Texas had once been a top-10 team, representing an optimum opponent.

Will Horns get up for the Alamo?
Austin American-Statesman
Remember the . . . Alamo Bowl? Better yet, remember the Texas A&M game? Has the memory of the Kansas State meltdown been discarded yet? Those should be the battle cries for your 9-3 Texas Longhorns as they prepare for their appearance in the . . . really, you're not kidding? . . . the Alamo Bowl. That wasn't exactly the plan when they were ranked No. 2 in the second week of the season. Write it down now: There will be no more relevant factor in the Dec. 30 game in San Antonio than the mindset of Mack Brown's team after losing its last two games. And no one can peek into their frame of mind this far out.

Texas makes QB contingency plans
Austin American-Statesman
Sometime today, Texas coach Mack Brown and offensive coordinator Greg Davis will talk by phone to make contingency plans for their quarterback position for the Alamo Bowl. They may be necessary. Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy is rehabilitating a pinched nerve in his neck, and his backup, Jevan Snead, is no longer with the team. Snead was granted a release to transfer Friday.

OU to Fiesta, UT Alamo-bound, Tech gets Gophers
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma (11-2) accepted a bid Saturday night to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for its first meeting against Boise State (12-0). And it was announced last week that Texas A&M (9-3) will play California (9-3) in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. Texas (9-3) will face Iowa (6-6) in the Alamo Bowl. The teams have met only once – in the 1984 Freedom Bowl. The Hawkeyes won, 55-17. It was the most points ever allowed by Texas in a bowl.

Alamo Bowl gets holiday wish: UT
San Antonio Express-News
A late-season slide that knocked the Texas Longhorns out of national championship contention resulted in a happy landing for the Alamo Bowl, which on Sunday announced it will welcome the team for the first time in the game's 14-year history. UT will face Iowa, an entry from the Big Ten making its fourth Alamo Bowl appearance, on Dec. 30 at the Alamodome.

More than corn
San Antonio Express-News
Iowa is a warm and fuzzy state. Makes you think of corn. Presidential caucuses. Home of first team television all-innocent Radar O'Reilly. Heartland stuff. To you Texas fans with any kind of a memory, it's a four-letter word of the rankest measure, but we didn't need to tell you that.

Davis understands Snead's decision
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said Sunday that he completely understands and supports the timing of backup quarterback Jevan Snead's departure from the program, although it leaves the Longhorns short-handed heading into the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30.

Texas will play Iowa in Alamo Bowl
Houston Chronicle
Nearly a year after winning the national championship, the Texas Longhorns will only need to make a 90-minute drive to their bowl destination. The Longhorns (9-3) will make their first appearance in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30 in San Antonio against Iowa (6-6).

Hawkeyes draw Texas in Longhorn back yard
Des Moines Register
He's seen both sides. Mack Brown, the coach who led Texas to a national title last season, has witnessed the passion displayed by those who follow Iowa football. And he wouldn't be surprised if he saw a replay when his Longhorns (9-3) meet the Hawkeyes (6-6) on Dec. 30 in the Alamo Bowl.

Iowa, Texas to clash in Alamo Bowl
Iowa City Press-Citizen
The reward for the Iowa football team's six-win season is a trip to a bowl game to play the defending national champions on a field 80 miles from their campus. Depending on your outlook, that's the good news or the bad news. The Hawkeyes will play 18th-ranked Texas on Dec. 30 in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

Iowa must travel to Texas' turf
Quad-City Times
Mack Brown welcomes a bowl opportunity close to home for a Texas team he concedes is dealing with a disappointing conclusion to a promising season.

Hoops:

Growing Pains
InsideTexas.com
No. 21 Gonzaga used a 24-4 run to break open a tight ballgame midway through the second period against No. 25 Texas, handing the Horns a 87-77 setback Saturday at the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge in Phoenix.

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