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Football:

Coaches Making Plans for Backup QB
InsideTexas.com
Texas coach Mack Brown is making contingency plans this week for a backup quarterback if Colt McCoy has not fully recovered from a severe pinched nerve in time for Texas' December 30 date with Iowa in the Alamo Bowl.

Audio: Blalock, Ross and Davis
InsideTexas.com
Offensive guard Justin Blalock, cornerback Aaron Ross and offensive coordinator Greg Davis talked to reporters after Texas accepted a bid to the Alamo Bowl and addressed their preparation, Colt McCoy's health and more.

Commentary: What Happened?
InsideTexas.com
For awhile, Texas appeared headed for a superb follow-up to its magical national title season. Some were even starting to say "Vince who?" Well, not really, but the skeptical line of "it was all Vince Young" was beginning to lose a lot of impact.

Texas sets 2007 opener against Arkansas State
Austin American-Statesman
Having just learned their bowl opponent, the Texas Longhorns now have set their 2007 season opener — a Sept. 1 home game against Arkansas State.

Notebook: Alamo Bowl nearly sold out
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

North end of UT's Memorial set to be demolished
Dallas Morning News
The oldest portion of Royal-Memorial Stadium – the north end built in 1924 – will be demolished beginning Friday.

A cattle call for quarterbacks
San Antonio Express-News
Hey you. Yeah, you in the varsity letterman's jacket with the football under your arm. Can you play quarterback? What about you, guy at the carnival midway, knocking over milk bottles with a series of fastballs? Would you like to possibly play in a college football bowl game? Or you, John Madden Football Playstation Champion of the World? What are your plans for the afternoon of Dec. 30? Would you like to be Mack Brown's contingency plan?

Alamo Bowl nearing sellout for UT-Iowa
San Antonio Express-News
Alamo Bowl officials said Tuesday they are nearing capacity in ticket sales for their Dec. 30 game between Texas and Iowa at the Alamodome.

Blalock's draft stock gains value
Houston Chronicle
Days after the Texas Longhorns won the national championship, Justin Blalock told a crowd of 50,000 at Royal-Memorial Stadium he had good news and bad news. "The bad news is for defensive linemen in the Big 12," Blalock, a Plano resident, said at Texas' post-championship celebration, "I'll be returning for my senior year." Blalock, a four-year starter on the Longhorns' offensive line, said he decided to return for his senior year to his NFL draft value, graduate and win another title. The Longhorns won't defend their national title, but Blalock has a chance to pick up another piece of hardware tonight at the Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony at the Hilton Americas Hotel.

Road to the Alamo Bowl
Daily Texan
he Longhorns started the season with thoughts of Glendale and finished with a trip booked for San Antonio. How did this happen? Three losses is the easy answer, but in football, the real explanations are not always easy.

Women's hoops:

Cortijo, playing pain-free, keeps Horns on the run
Austin American-Statesman
Carla Cortijo runs the Texas offense with the calm precision of an auto mechanic changing a flat tire. But does she have two good wheels?

Texas takes it one game at a time
Daily Texan
Texas Women's Basketball plays another game tonight that they fully expect to win in convincing fashion. That's not to say that the Longhorns are overlooking this home game against the University of Texas-Pan American, even though games against No. 4 Duke and No. 6 Tennessee are not far behind.

Other:

Volleyball poised for Sweet Sixteen
Daily Texan
Rematches can unsettle the team that won the first time around. Just imagine what Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel would be thinking right now if his team were again facing Michigan in the BCS National Championship game. The Texas volleyball team knows that their Sweet 16 match against Wisconsin won't be as one-sided as the Longhorns' 3-0 victory at the start of the season.

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