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Football:

It's Day One for Mac Duff at Texas
InsideTexas.com
New Texas Co-Defensive Coordinator Larry Mac Duff met with his troops at 6:00 a.m., Friday as off-season workouts began for the Longhorns. He also met with Austin media for the first time, and inquiring minds wanted to know: why would the former San Francisco 49ers special teams coordinator take a pay cut to return to the collegiate ranks after 15 years?

'Continuity' Was Key to Mac Duff Hire
InsideTexas.com
Why did Texas coach Mack Brown pick former San Francisco 49ers Larry Mac Duff as his fourth defensive coordinator in five years, and why was Duane Akina given the final say in calling the defenses? One word: continuity.

Brown's coaching staff just got better
Austin American-Statesman
Some TV guy thought it up, best Larry Mac Duff can remember. Arizona was about to play UCLA in 1992, and a talking head coined the phrase that came to represent one of the most dynamic defenses in college football history. And so sprung Desert Swarm, a catchy term for a bunch of overachieving, overly aggressive Wildcats who led the nation in scoring defense that year and in rushing defense the next. The poster boy for that defense was a sawed-off nose tackle named Rob Waldrop, an Outland Trophy winner and a consensus All-American. He was so athletic, the NFL deemed him a fifth-round draft pick. He never played a down in the league. Larry Mac Duff was the architect of those defenses.

Hoops:

Texas Falls in Philly
InsideTexas.com
The Longhorns lost 76-69 to the Villanova Wildcats in a game where Kevin Durant was held to 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting.

Football recruiting:

Texas Picks Up Another One
InsideTexas.com
Schertz Clemens defensive end Tyrell Higgins, who had previously committed to Oklahoma State, officially changed his commitment to the University of Texas after his visit this weekend.

In Depth: Higgins Makes it Texas
InsideTexas.com
Tyrell Higgins was recently extended an offer to play for the Texas Longhorns, and even though he had committed to play for Oklahoma State, he still felt it necessary to look at the home state program by honoring them with an official visit. Shortly after returning home, he reports he is now a Longhorn.

Scott talks about UT and decision time
InsideTexas.com
Christian Scott, a four-star safety out of Dallas-Skyline, was in Austin, Texas this weekend for a visit to the University of Texas, finishing up his official visits and setting the table for him to make his decision.

Aundre McGaskey: Enjoys Visit to Austin
InsideTexas.com
La Marque offensive lineman Aundre McGaskey did not get an opportunity to take his official visit to the University of Texas with the majority of his recruiting class back in December. However, he and several other prospects took their trips to the 40 Acres this weekend. McGaskey talked about his experience in Austin.

Texas' commitments clearly best in state
San Antonio Express-News

Elite 11 RB Creer skips visit to Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tatum running back Lennon Creer (6-foot-1, 202 pounds) wasn't at the University of Texas over the weekend. Tatum coach Andy Evans confirmed that Creer, a member of the Star-Telegram Elite 11, didn't make the scheduled visit, and didn't know if Creer planned to reschedule the trip.

Women's hoops:

Longhorn women roll past Aggies
Austin American-Statesman
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair provided the ultimate compliment Sunday to a young Texas team trying to establish its on-court identity. After the 22nd-ranked Longhorns throttled the 17th-ranked Aggies, 64-45 at the Erwin Center, Blair had this to say about the game: "We're usually known as the aggressive team. Texas came out and showed us they were the aggressive team. "The story is Texas today. It's all Texas. . . . They took us out of every offense we wanted to run. Y'all don't need to write a whole lot about us, just on Texas."

Texas upends No. 17 Aggies
Daily Texan
After dropping both games in the Lone Star Showdown last season by a combined 32 points, the Longhorns exacted their revenge on rival Texas A&M as they easily defeated the Aggies 64-45 on Sunday in the Erwin Center. Senior forward Tiffany Jackson collected her seventh double-double of the season with game-highs in points (27) and rebounds (14) as the No. 22 Longhorns bounced back from a road loss to Iowa State. Texas improved its record to 3-2 in the Big 12 and 14-5 overall.

Texas turns Aggie turnovers into ready-made points
Daily Texan
The Longhorns have made a habit of playing aggressive defense and forcing turnovers at home. Sunday's contest against No. 17-ranked Texas A&M was no different, as Texas forced 23 turnovers, and held the Aggies to a season low 31 percent shooting performance.

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