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Football:

Ross Wins Thorpe Award
InsideTexas.com
Texas cornerback Aaron Ross won the 2006 Thorpe Award Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards.

Brown: Shannon DC Rumors 'Totally Inaccurate'
InsideTexas.com
Texas coach Mack Brown denied reports Thursday that Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon has been offered the same position on his defensive staff.

Ohio State bedeviled both Texas and Iowa
Austin American-Statesman
The Alamo Bowl kicked off its festivities Thursday morning, with coaches Mack Brown of Texas and Kirk Ferentz of Iowa meeting at a local country club to talk up the late December game in San Antonio. The schmoozing turned from swapping stories to the coaches commiserating about top-ranked Ohio State and quarterback Troy Smith, the heavy Heisman Trophy favorite. The Buckeyes knocked both teams for a September loop. The Longhorns, once ranked No. 2 in the country, appeared to have righted their season after the Buckeyes loss, winning eight straight before a November swoon. Iowa, undefeated and ranked 13th when its faced Ohio State on Sept. 30, nose dived, losing four of its next six. Iowa was 0 for November.

Ross wins Thorpe Award
Austin American-Statesman
Aaron Ross's mind went blank as soon as Terrell Buckley announced the Texas cornerback's name on the national telecast. But Ross managed to make it to the Disney World stage and accept the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to college football's top defensive back.

Alamo Bowl offers silver lining for UT, Iowa
San Antonio Express-News
After disappointing endings to the 2006 regular season, Texas and Iowa hope to use the Alamo Bowl as a springboard to better performances next season.

A "co"-ectomy for Akina?
San Antonio Express-News
By now, every Texas fan worth his burnt orange No. 1 foam finger has heard the short list of candidates Mack Brown swears he hasn't yet got around to considering for the Longhorns' vacant co-defensive coordinator position. There's Joe Kines, defensive coordinator and interim head coach at Alabama, who may or may not have already been offered the job; Randy Shannon, defensive coordinator at Miami, who may or may not have already been offered the job; Jon Tenuta, defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech; Jerry Gray, former UT great and current secondary coach with the Washington Redskins; Brian VanGorder, Georgia Southern head coach and former Georgia defensive coordinator. Here's one name you never hear to replace former UT co-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik: Current UT co-defensive coordinator Duane Akina.

Shannon out of running for coordinator job at UT?
Houston Chronicle
Longtime Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, who reportedly had been offered the same job at UT, will apparently replace the fired Larry Coker as head coach of the Hurricanes.

Iowa to face QB McCoy; which one?
Des Moines Register
Texas coach Mack Brown said Thursday it's too early to know whether Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy would be able to play in the Alamo Bowl against Iowa.

Recruiting:

Trinity's Brantley ends senior season with national honor
Ocala Star-Banner
It's John Brantley's world, we're all just living in it. At least it sure felt that way Thursday as the multi-talented uber-quarterback accepted yet another honor in front of a gymnasium full of cheering teammates, fellow students, school officials and political leaders at Trinity Catholic High School. Brantley, who led his TCHS Celtics to another appearance in the Class 2B state football championship game, was named the 2006 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year.

Hoops:

LSU's 'Big Baby' not as big anymore — but still a force
Austin American-Statesman
Yeah, that's him, so don't ask for a refund on the Lasik surgery. The guy you've seen on television playing basketball for LSU is Glen "Big Baby" Davis all right. Just a reduced version. Davis, the 6-foot-9-inch junior, is playing at a svelte 290 pounds, nearly 60 pounds less than in March, when he helped dismiss the Longhorns from the Atlanta Regional finals of the NCAA tournament. He'll be part of a revamped lineup when the ninth-ranked Tigers (5-1) meet the Longhorns (5-2) Sunday at the Toyota Center in Houston.

A passion for passing
Daily Texan
His voice can be heard through the locker room doors at the Cooley Pavilion where the Longhorns practice. All Kevin Durant can do is smile. "Yeah, that's D.J.," Durant said. It just means D.J. Augustin is up to his usual antics again. Behind the scenes, the freshman shows a different side to him. He's loud and boisterous, cutting up with teammates before it's time for him to get down to business on the court.

Texas guard Augustin emotional over facing LSU
Baton Rouge Advocate
For the foreseeable future, D.J. Augustin's body will reside in Austin, Texas, as he moves through his career in the Texas basketball program. His heart, however, will always be in New Orleans.

Women's hoops:

Longhorns face tough test in No. 4 Blue Devils
Daily Texan
With the final exam season upon us, it's fitting that the Texas Women's Basketball team will get its first major test of the season this weekend. The No. 22 Longhorns face No. 4 Duke on the road Sunday at noon.

Alumni:

Vince has Titans on a roll
Associated Press
Vince Young scored on the Indianapolis Colts with his arm. He tore them apart with his legs. The Tennessee rookie scrambled nine times for 78 yards. Seven of those picked up first downs, and six came on third down. He looked for an open receiver, then didn't hesitate to take off if everyone was covered. And yes, he's proving just as elusive in the NFL as he was in leading Texas to a national championship.

There's more than one Titan coming home Sunday
Houston Chronicle
Vince Young has a Major for an agent and a sergeant for a bodyguard. Major Adams negotiated Young's first contract with the Titans that guaranteed him $26.7 million and another $4.3 million if he played 35 percent of the snaps and led them to five victories, one more than last season. Young already has reached both incentives. Rookie fullback Ahmard Hall, who rose to sergeant during a four-year stint in the Marines, followed Young from the University of Texas to Tennessee. It's not a coincidence that once Hall was given more playing time, the Titans' running game improved dramatically, and Young's development accelerated to a point where Tennessee is 5-2 in his last seven starts.

Ex-Longhorns teammates share praise
St. Paul Pioneer-Press
Two former University of Texas Longhorns extended each other some southern hospitality this week, with glowing compliments. Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin called Detroit Lions receiver Roy Williams a "physical specimen." Williams said the Vikings got a steal by nabbing Griffin in the second round.

Other:

Texas to get second look at Wisconsin
Austin American-Statesman
More than three months ago, the Texas volleyball team stepped on to the court at Wisconsin fueled by national championship-caliber talent and the expectations that type of ability brings with it. Tonight, the Longhorns will again see the Badgers across the net, only this time the stakes are much higher. No. 7 Texas will host No. 10 Wisconsin for a Sweet 16 game in the NCAA tournament. The winner will play Saturday night against the winner of today's opener between No. 3 Stanford and California.

Hooker, Horns set for rematch
San Antonio Express-News
Some players would remember the 12 kills, or the thrill of victory on the road against a top-10 opponent. Not Destinee Hooker. Ask the Texas freshman outside hitter to recite the most vivid memory from the first match of her collegiate career, a three-game sweep at then-No. 9 Wisconsin in August, and the answer is not quite so glorious.

Anticipation builds for Badger brawl
Daily Texan
Waiting. It's one of the hardest things to do in college sports. Between the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament, Texas Volleyball had to wait an entire week before facing the No. 10 team in the country.

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