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McCoy's Status Remains Up in Air
Texas QB Colt McCoy has yet to participate in full-contact drills after re-injuring a severely pinched never in his neck against Texas A&M last month. The Horns practice for the last time Thursday morning before reconvening in San Antonio on December 25 to prepare for their Alamo Bowl match-up against Iowa.

Texas Big 12 Slate Announced Through 2015
The Big 12 Conference office announced its future league football schedules from 2008 through 2015 Tuesday. Here is a complete list of the future games the Longhorns have scheduled as well as the league games for the next nine years.

Iowa's fans still in shock: From 4-0 and No. 13, Hawkeyes mystify followers with freefall
San Antonio Express-News
It would be hard to judge there's discontent for the Iowa football program after a casual glance around the campus. Many Christmas shoppers were still decked out in their black and gold Hawkeye jackets and toques. After all, it was cold and wet on a dreary Wednesday where the temperature barely hovered above freezing. But under the surface, the Hawkeyes' disappointing 6-6 collapse — coming on the heels of strong hype before the season — have left some Iowa fans grumbling between bites of their pork tenderloin sandwiches.


Per Scot Brantley: Johnny is 110% Gator
A good news day for the Florida Gators got even better Wednesday afternoon when former Gator great Scot Brantley told Gator Country that his nephew, Trinity Catholic quarterback John Brantley, has switched his commitment from Texas to the University of Florida. Scot Brantley said that the Gatorade National Player of the Year called Urban Meyer to confirm his decision.

Sorry, Texas, but Brantley says he wants to be a Gator
Ocala Star-Banner


Rivalry Renewed
The Longhorns and the Razorbacks hadn't played in 15 years, but from the intensity of Wednesday night's game, you'd think the rivalry never took a break. Texas won the back and forth thriller, 80-76, on a big night for freshman sensation Kevin Durant.

Freshmen Mason, Durant make key shots late to lift Texas
Austin American-Statesman
Arkansas coach Stan Heath figured the raucous 11,936 fans who watched his team face Texas on Wednesday night were looking for the same thing as he on a pivotal Longhorn possession near the end. Kevin Durant? Absolutely. A.J. Abrams? Sure. Justin Mason? Not really. But with Durant and Abrams well-guarded, Mason drove down the middle of the Razorbacks' zone defense, double-pumping before laying the ball in while getting fouled with 12 seconds to play. Mason made the free throw, completing a three-point play to give the Longhorns a two-point lead en route to an 80-76 victory at the Erwin Center in the first game between the two schools since 1991.

Texas' D.J. turned the tables against Arkansas
Austin American-Statesman
You would think a player whose last name begins with "A" would be listed higher than third on a team's alphabetical roster. That's just fine with Texas freshman point guard D.J. Augustin, who knows something about being third. A.J. Abrams and Connor Atchley rank ahead of him at roll call, but Augustin proved a most valuable No. 3 option Wednesday in the Longhorns' 80-76 victory over Arkansas before 11,936 fans, the liveliest home crowd to see a game at the Erwin Center this season.

UT men earn spirited win over Hogs
Dallas Morning News
Texas players are too young to remember how heated the rivalry was with Arkansas back in the Southwest Conference. The Longhorns were given a crash course during the second half of Wednesday night's thrilling 80-76 victory over the Razorbacks in the teams' first meeting since 1991, the year Arkansas bolted for the Southeastern Conference.

Horns edge Razorbacks
San Antonio Express-News
In the huddle setting up to defend what would become the decisive play in Texas' 80-76 victory over Arkansas on Wednesday night, Razorbacks coach Stan Heath went over a laundry list of Longhorns who might take the winning shot. Justin Mason wasn't on it — but he should have been. Mason's 3-point play, which included a twisting, leaning drive with 12.6 seconds left, provided the final go-ahead points for UT in a back-and-forth battle at the Erwin Center between once-upon-a-time conference rivals.

Longhorns surprise Hogs in clutch time
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Arkansas coach Stan Heath said he expected anybody but Texas guard Justin Mason to take the shot with the basketball game likely on the line.

Texas Hooks Hogs Late
Springdale Morning News
Charles Thomas lifted his cardinal Arkansas jersey above his eyes, shielding anger and hiding disappointment. Walking off the Frank Erwin Special Events Center court, seconds after an 80-76 loss Wednesday night to Texas, Thomas couldn't stop grimacing.

Arkansas falls short against Longhorns
Springdale Morning News
Renewal of Arkansas-Texas basketball will stand on its own, thank you very much. On hold in the Little Rock airport and waiting for a late-arriving flight in Dallas, I thought some Hogs-'Horns history might be needed to flesh out the on-court doings in Austin. Texas 80, Arkansas 76 on Wednesday night will make old news out of the Abe Lemons barbs aimed at Eddie Sutton, the high drama of Nolan Richardson's "bathroom break" with seconds to play in Austin and the natty attire of "Sweet" Tom Penders that were so interwoven with the memorable moments when the two teams were in the Southwest Conference.

Rivalry Renewal Sparks Larger Crowd
Springdale Morning News
It lacked the burning intensity of the old days, but Arkansas-Texas was still a great atmosphere on Wednesday night in the Erwin Center. For the first time since the two former longtime Southwest Conference rivals went their separate ways following the 1990-91 season, Arkansas and Texas met on the hardwood in the first year of a four-year home-and-home series. Next year the game will move to Bud Walton Arena. Although only about two-thirds of the student sections at each end were occupied, Wednesday's crowd of 11,936 was far above the turnstile average of 5,442 for Texas' first five home games against five inferior mostly in-state schools.


Tucker makes sure he's not forgotten
Toronto Sun
Don't tell Raptors rookie P.J. Tucker that his 12 points and nine rebounds on Tuesday in Phoenix came during garbage time. A muscular 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, you don't want to get on Tucker's bad side even if he is an easy-going guy and a popular teammate on the Raptors squad. But he is also the forgotten rookie on a Toronto team that has a pair of highly celebrated first-year players in forwards Andrea Bargnani and Jorge Garbajosa.


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