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Football recruiting:

Eyes of Texas Shining on 'Signing Day'
InsideTexas.com
Texas inked a consensus Top Five national recruiting class Wednesday that stands head-and-shoulder pads above all takers in the Big 12 Conference. The 25 newcomers are comparable to the top-rated group Texas corralled in 2002, head coach Mack Brown said.

Coming Attractions: Texas Longhorns
InsideTexas.com
Texas has had a solid year on the recruiting trail, and they have reeled in a few big fish. In this Scout.com recruiting feature, Analyst Greg Powers, takes a look at some of the schools most prolific signees.

Taylor Cook Talks Junior Days
InsideTexas.com
Rice High School is home to one of the top signal callers in the state of Texas. Taylor Cook does not receive as much publicity as Riley Dodge, Andrew Luck or Ivan Delgado, but he may be the most physically gifted quarterback in the group. Cook has been invited and plans to attend several junior days over the next few weeks.

LaMichael James: Stock Rising
InsideTexas.com
LaMichael James burst on to the scene when he led the underdog Liberty-Eylau Leopards to a first-round victory over a Gilmer team loaded with future stars. His stock increased throughout the playoffs as he continued to dominate on the way to a 3A state title. Liberty-Eylau Head Coach Pat Brady talked about his star running back.

Texas has top-five recruiting group
Austin American-Statesman
National signing day didn't offer much anxiety for Texas coach Mack Brown, who had stacked the faxed letters of intent from his newest Longhorns on his desk by 11 a.m. Wednesday. By choice, there were no surprises Wednesday, the first day high school seniors could sign letters of intent, leaving nothing for Brown to do but brag on this latest 25-member class, at least half of which committed to Texas nearly a year ago.

Homegrown QBs safer bets for Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman
As the grainy videotape extolling the high school football exploits rolled on in the darkened Texas players' lounge Wednesday afternoon, Mack Brown dissected the strengths and gushed like the father of a newborn. About 25 newborns, in fact. None had a single weakness, best I could tell on film, but remember this was signing day. Recruits are totally devoid of warts, at least until they report.

Longhorns are state recruiting champs
Dallas Morning News
Texas didn't end up with the nation's No. 1-ranked recruiting class. But in their home state, the Longhorns definitely finished on top.

UT won't woo sophomores
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Mack Brown may have created a monster. Brown is widely credited with bringing early recruiting into prominence. But now Brown says other schools have taken early recruiting to the extreme.

Texas recruiting report
Dallas Morning News

Pressure's on for highly touted Longhorns
San Antonio Express-News
There was no hand-wringing, no gnashing of teeth. There was no anxious hovering over the fax machine, waiting for the letters of intent to arrive. Instead, Texas coach Mack Brown and his staff celebrated another no-sweat Signing Day on Wednesday by sitting around the office and swapping war stories from the old days, back when mornings like this were far more nerve-wracking.

Big 12 rankings
San Antonio Express-News

UT adds beef; Gators grab glory
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
For the first time in this millennium, Texas coach Mack Brown will wake up today without a single player from one of the nation's top-ranked recruiting classes on the Longhorns' depth chart. That became fact Wednesday, when late surges by Florida, Southern California, Tennessee and LSU pushed the talent hauls of those schools ahead of Texas' in the estimation of recruiting analysts. Brown, who signed classes deemed the nation's best in 1999 and 2002, has exhausted the eligibility of those players.

Texas Longhorns
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Ranking the Big 12
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A mother lode for the Horns
Houston Chronicle
Mack Brown wants to make something clear: The Longhorns don't own football recruiting in Texas. It only seems that way.

Longhorns sign new class of recruits
Daily Texan
Mack Brown woke up just before 7 in the morning one day while he was still coaching at North Carolina. He stepped out of the car he'd spent the night in right outside a major recruit's house. Around him, four coaches from rival schools were also escaping the cramped sleeping quarters of their cars. It was National Signing Day, and the recruit was ready to declare his intentions. Figuratively, it was time to let the cat out of the bag. Literally, it was a hat he pulled from the bag. The cap's logo revealed the winner and the four losers of the recruiting contest in theatric fashion, as the proud recruit's mother stood by. Brown didn't get his man that day, and he vowed that never again would he participate in such a spectacle.

Women's hoops:

Oklahoma State stuns Texas, 77-58
Austin American-Statesman
It didn't take long for Texas coach Jody Conradt to sum up her Longhorns' 77-58 loss to Oklahoma State on Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. "One team came ready to play, did a lot of things right, and one team didn't do very much right," Conradt said. "Oklahoma State played well. Unfortunately, we didn't respond to anything they did."

Poor shooting causes Texas to fall on the road
Daily Texan
Texas' second game of their current Big 12 road trip went nothing like the first. The intense defense and confident offensive swagger the Longhorns displayed against Kansas State last Saturday was absent versus Oklahoma State Wednesday night, as Texas fell to the Cowgirls 77-58.

Alumni:

Texas legend tells story of his life
Daily Texan
Conventional wisdom, and MapQuest, will tell you that the road from Tyler, Texas, to Canton, Ohio is roughly 1,100 miles. Former Longhorn running back Earl Campbell says that the journey is much more than an 18-hour drive.

Other:

Inside Texas Blog Archive
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Inside Scoop
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Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

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