Friday Longhorn Sports Page

Stay up to date on all things Burnt Orange with a daily stop at IT's Longhorn Sports Page, with links to the latest news and opinion articles on UT football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and other sports from around the web.

Football:

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
On the Podcast we look at why the Longhorns' already have half of their 2008 recruiting class, why Dan Buckner will be the next great Texas wide receiver, why Texas basketball finally has what it needs to win in the tournament, where the Texas seniors will go in the NFL Draft and who Vince Young will be throwing to next season.

Football recruiting:

Report: Commitment No. 11 Is In
InsideTexas.com
Last February, Texas went a perfect six for six on offensive linemen, ultimately landing commitments from all six OL offers tendered at its first Junior Day, effectively wrapping up recruiting of the Big Uglies over 11 months before Signing Day '07. This year, the batting average is down slightly, but the Longhorn O-line class is again close to complete just shy of 365 days from Signing Day '08.

Texas Top 100
InsideTexas.com
Texas produces more Division I signees than any other state. Players from the state of Texas tend to commit earlier than anywhere else in the country. Signing day in Texas is boring, its the weeks following signing that are the most interesting in the Lone Star State. Scout.com has been studying up on the top Texas prospects for the class of 2008 and releases an early top 100.

Inside the Class of '07: Russell Carter
InsideTexas.com
The 4th in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '07: defensive end Russell Carter.

Hoops:

'Stop that chant!' says Barnes
San Antonio Express-News
The chant, at first, seemed innocuous enough: "One more year!" Texas students serenaded with it presumed-to-be-NBA-bound superstar freshman Kevin Durant in the waning moments of the Longhorns' rout of Oklahoma State on Monday. It was a sign of affection and appreciation, the quintessential sports, "I love you man!" UT coach Rick Barnes didn't like it one bit.

Is Texas' turnaround real or just a dream?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
So after watching Texas' last two victories (Iowa State and Oklahoma State), I'm wondering how to interpret what seems to be a refreshed look about the Longhorns, who have put together their two best, most consistent defensive performances of the season. Do we conclude that after weeks of Rick Barnes' wailing and gnashing about his team's defense that he now has them fine-tuned and turned toward March? Or is it too early to tell anything about a team that starts four freshmen who should have gotten it by now?

Durant overlooks NBA hype; Texas prepares for Baylor
Daily Texan
Fans at the Erwin Center started chanting "one more year" when freshman Kevin Durant stepped up to the free throw line, and Texas coach Rick Barnes didn't like it. He thought they weren't asking for enough.

Baseball:

Suttle swinging hot bat for UT
Austin American-Statesman
They worked on it little by little, the way baseball is often learned, in the backyard between father and son. Bradley Suttle would take swings from the right side of the plate, like most right-handers. Then he would turn around and take some swings left-handed. Neither Suttle nor his father, Keith, made much of it at the time.

Longhorns baseball notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Southpaw takes focus to mound
Daily Texan
On the mound, peering out from under the bill of his Longhorn cap, Austin Wood could just as easily be on a shooting range. The target is always the current batter, and his form never sways. Stay ahead of the mark, keep focused and never be too loud.

Texas pitching does well despite lacking agenda for rotation
Daily Texan
I'm not going to pretend to understand it, but I'm beginning to appreciate the pitching wheel-of-fortune Texas is using this season. I've always thought continuity within a staff was important. By letting the starting rotation know what day they pitch, they have a week to get mentally prepared. Letting the relievers know under what situation they'll likely enter games gives them the same advantage. There's also an intangible that goes along with setting specific roles.

Texas-size series
Stanford Daily
For Stanford baseball, this weekend's series at Texas will be a critical barometer for measuring where the Cardinal stands talent-wise early in the season.

Women's hoops:

Road trip only getting tougher for Longhorns
Daily Texan
After losing by 20 points to Oklahoma on Monday, the road doesn't look any easier for the Longhorns. Texas looks to snap its current three-game losing skid, as the Longhorns travel to Waco on Sunday to take on No. 15 Baylor.

Other:

Inside Texas Blog Archive
Inside Texas

Inside Scoop
Inside Texas

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

Longhorns Blog
Houston Chronicle


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