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Cotton Bowl moves; what about Texas-OU?
Austin American-Statesman
The Cotton Bowl Classic, a holiday football fixture at Dallas' Fair Park since 1937, is on the move. Is the Texas-Oklahoma game far behind?

Cotton Bowl game going to Arlington
Dallas Morning News
In an emotional hourlong meeting Tuesday, the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association cut ties to its past in hopes of a brighter future. The board voted unanimously to move the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic from its namesake Fair Park stadium to the Cowboys' new home in Arlington in 2010, ending a 71-game New Year's Day tradition.

Football recruiting:

Coleman Leaves Austin with Early Favorite
One of the prospects that flew under the radar last weekend was Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall's Jeremy Coleman. Nobody knew that he was scheduled to be at Texas' junior day, but he definitely stood out among the other prospects. The defensive end left Austin very impressed with Texas.

Texas up next for Hales
One of the most electrifying prospects in Texas is wide receiver Desean Hales of Oak High in Klein, Texas. He already has an impressive list of offers and may add a huge one to the list this weekend.

James Hanna is One to Watch
Flower Mound athlete James Hanna may not be a household name at this point in the recruiting process, but the top football programs in the Southwest have already began to take a hard look at this talented and versatile receiver.

Inside the Class of '07: G.J. Kinne
The 12th in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '07: quarterback G.J. Kinne.


Audio: Justin Mason
Longhorn freshman guard Justin Mason talks with Texas beat reporters about his team's defense, preparation for Texas A&M, living with Kevin Durant an odd quality about D.J. Augustin and more.

The making of Kevin Durant
Austin American-Statesman
Basketball waited for Kevin Durant on the far side of a football field. When her youngest son was 7, Wanda Pratt enrolled him in the Boys & Girls Club in Capital Heights, Md., across the Anacostia River from Washington D.C. The fee she paid entitled Durant to every sport the club offered; so when football season ended, Pratt gave his name to the basketball coach. And Durant reported to the gym.

Texas' Durant preparing to take final step in life-long journey to NBA
Austin American-Statesman
Read this, the coach said. Write it down. Learn it. Live it. Kevin Durant, still in elementary school, did as he was told. Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard, he wrote. Again and again. A hundred times. A hundred more.

Durant's year in Austin
Austin American-Statesman
Before Kevin Durant hit the basketball court for his freshman season at Texas, he hit the training table. Durant's heralded season in Austin began under the direction of Longhorn basketball strength and conditioning coach Todd Wright. Durant gained 10 pounds during his first two weeks in Austin last summer.

Texas A&M-Texas preview
Austin American-Statesman

How true are A&M basketball fans? Pick your choice
Austin American-Statesman
Now that Billy Gillispie has spent almost three seasons — or the equivalent of 15 years — in College Station, he has introduced the Aggies to an entirely new sport never before played at Texas A&M. No, we're not talking Championship Football. We mean basketball. His first basketball coach, Taras Brown, made Durant remember those 10 words. Brown had coached many boys at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center outside Washington. Boys who wanted to be stars. But boys who didn't want to sacrifice. They didn't know how to sacrifice. They had no one to tell them how. Durant did.

Aggies horning in on UT's turf
Dallas Morning News
A few years ago, Texas and Texas A&M sold their rivalry's naming rights to State Farm Insurance. The schools then began touting every meeting on a court or field as the "State Farm Lone Star Showdown." At the time, Texas was rolling A&M in just about every sport they played. The more appropriate banner might have been the State Farm Lone Star Beatdown. But times are changing.

Rivalry blooms for UT, A&M
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Rick Barnes has a startling confession to make. He is a bona fide, maroon-bleeding Texas A&M fan. It might seem a strange admission, coming from a man who earlier this month mocked the sacred tradition of Aggie yells. It's not an assertion likely to win many friends in Austin, either. But it's true. Barnes wants A&M to be a national powerhouse in basketball. He wants another monster terrorizing the state's hardwood. He wants a foil.

Aggies join debate over state's best
San Antonio Express-News
Chances are, Mack Brown won't show up tonight at Austin's Erwin Center wearing body paint or a cheerleading outfit. That might be the way some big-name coaches are showing support for their colleagues on campus, but Brown doesn't need costumes to bond with Rick Barnes. In their case, empathy is more than enough.

Is there value in a Player of the Year?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tonight's rivalry game between No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 15 Texas could determine the eventual Big 12 champion at the end of the week. Might it also decide the league's Player of the Year?

Senior prepares for rival game to end home career
Daily Texan
There aren't many players around the country who have been able to stop Kevin Durant this season, but there has been buzz around Texas basketball practice that one high-flying guard has blocked the freshman phenom. Craig Winder, the Longhorns' only senior, will tell you that he has rejected Durant before.

Women's hoops:

For Conradt, 900 could come in College Station
Austin American-Statesman
Ssssshhhh. Jody Conradt doesn't want anyone bringing up milestones, especially not when her women's basketball team still is jostling for an NCAA tournament invite. So don't mention 900 victories and how Conradt tonight could become only the second coach — in either the men's or women's game — to enter the rarified air of the 900 Win Club occupied solely by Tennessee's Pat Summitt.

Williams leads Texas down final stretch
Daily Texan
After a long and grueling season, you often hear about athletes "hitting the wall." Their minutes dwindle, their production drops and frustration sets in. Texas forward Earnesia Williams has done quite the opposite. The redshirt freshman has been on an offensive hot streak during February, and it could not have come at a better time. Texas plays its final game of the regular season against No. 14 Texas A&M in College Station tonight at 6 p.m.


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