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Mac Duff might actually stay awhile
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Mack Brown, asked to name the No. 1 benefit in hiring his newest new co-defensive coordinator this offseason, needed but one word to do it. "Continuity," he says. This is a not-so-small benefit.

Talent, not luck, makes a winner
San Antonio Express-News
Peyton Manning seemed a little bit like Mack Brown on Sunday, and it wasn't the first time. Anyone who spends a chunk of his formative years in Tennessee, speaks with an easily mocked twang and loses a few big games to a college team with Bob Stoops on the sideline is bound to realize the comparisons are inevitable.


Horns banking on Hill's emergence
Austin American-Statesman
When Matt Hill elected to play basketball for Texas, a writer in Omaha suggested the Longhorns would receive the best big man to come out of Nebraska in two decades. Hill, a freshman, returns home to Lincoln tonight to face Nebraska.

Barnes: Durant getting tired of NBA questions
Dallas Morning News
Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes said freshman superstar Kevin Durant is growing tired of questions about whether he'll jump to the NBA after this season.

'Screech' takes trip home
Daily Texan
Matt Hill has heard them all. Whether they're calling him Screech, Napoleon Dynamite or Sideshow Bob, Hill's unique Afro has become a fan favorite at Texas. However, his hair is neither a form of intimidation nor is it a superstition. When asked why he's been growing it out since his sophomore year of high school, his answer was simple. "No reason," Hill said with a smile. "I just know that it didn't look good short." Hill will be heading back to his hometown of Lincoln, Neb., to help the Longhorns take on the 2-2 Nebraska squad.

Texas-sized challenge
Lincoln Journal-Star
Texas freshman forward Kevin Durant just might score 30 points tonight. That wouldn't be surprising. It's also not what most concerns Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler, whose Huskers host Texas tonight at 7:05 at the Devaney Sports Center.

Hill learns hard lessons with Longhorns
Associated Press
Freshman orientation has not been easy for Texas' Matt Hill, who returns to his hometown of Lincoln to play Nebraska on Wednesday. The last time Hill appeared at the Devaney Sports Center, he was the best player on the floor in his high school team's loss in the semifinals of the state basketball tournament. When the Longhorns visit, the Lincoln Southeast graduate figures to be on the bench more than the court.

Durant wants to do a Carmelo impression
Sporting News
Rick Barnes does not recall what game it was, not that it matters. He remembers the Texas defense that night had gone horribly wrong, with one player largely responsible. It was obvious a little coaching was in order. With the Longhorns gathered to watch the tape, he called out to pocket-size guard A.J. Abrams, who heard last season -- more than once -- he was the worst defensive player Barnes had ever coached. Barnes said to Abrams, "I owe you an apology." Because now it was Kevin Durant's turn.

Football recruiting:

Ian Harris: Third Time's a Charm
It didn't take long for Ian Harris to pull the trigger when Texas offered him a scholarship. The San Antonio Churchill tight end talked about why he made the switch and shed some light as to how he will be used in the Longhorn offense.

The latest on James Kirkendoll
Round Rock, Texas wide receiver James Kirkendoll will have a chance to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a Texas Longhorn and it appears as though he'll make it official over the weekend.

Justin Johnson: Expecting Texas Offer
It's no secret that Gilmer running back Justin Johnson is one of the top prospects in the Lone Star State from the class of 2008. He already has eight scholarship offers under his belt and expects another in the near future. Johnson has been invited and will attend two junior days next month.

Round Rock's Kirkendoll switches from OU to UT
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas football team gained an explosive player Tuesday when Round Rock wide receiver James Kirkendoll, who had withdrawn his commitment to Oklahoma, pledged to play for the Longhorns. Kirkendoll, a 5-foot-11-inch, 177-pound receiver and defensive back, is ranked as the 19th-best receiver prospect in the nation by At Texas, he is expected to play on special teams as a punt and kickoff return specialist. He also may get time as a slot receiver.

Women's hoops:

Longhorns need to sustain confidence
Austin American-Statesman
Texas' shutdown performance against Texas A&M on Sunday couldn't have come at a more opportune time. It's a given that the 24th-ranked Longhorns will need the confidence generated by their 19-point home victory over the then-No. 17 Aggies to survive this next stretch:

Well-mannered freshman is beginning to be flat-out rude to UT foes
San Antonio Express-News
Talk about Texas freshman Brittainey Raven long enough, and the word "polite" is bound to come up. "Yes ma'am" is easily the most-used phrase in Raven's vocabulary. "When I was a kid, I had this habit of saying, 'Huh, what, what, yeah,' and my mom didn't want me talking to my grandparents like that," said Raven, a shooting guard. "Now it's a habit. Sometimes I slip up, and I say it to Tiffany (Jackson.)" And that's not the only sign of respect Raven has for Jackson, UT's senior post. "When I'm on the court," Raven said, "I try to get the ball to Tiff before I do anything else." Of course, such eagerness to share is great when you're on an elementary playground. But not now, not for the No. 24 Longhorns, who host No. 13 Baylor tonight.

Longhorns look to fend off favored Baylor Bears
Daily Texan
The Longhorns are riding high after snapping a two-game losing streak to No. 17 Texas A&M in decisive fashion on Sunday. But Texas will have to quickly regain its focus as No. 13 Baylor comes to Austin tonight at 7 p.m.

Texas' Jackson focal point of BU's attention
Waco Tribune
When there are two Wade Trophy candidates on the floor, it's hard to focus on anything but senior forwards Tiffany Jackson of Texas and Bernice Mosby of Baylor. But when the 24th-ranked Longhorns (14-5, 3-2) host No. 13 Baylor (16-3, 3-2) at 7 tonight at the Erwin Center in Austin, the game will likely come down to the other eight players on the floor.


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