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Football recruiting:

DeSean Hales: Impressed with Texas
The Texas Longhorns seem to be building upon speed in the 2008 class. They already have commits from elite speedsters like D.J. Monroe and Jeremy Hills. Another burner was in Austin over the weekend and was shown plenty of attention from the Longhorn coaching staff. Klein Oak star DeSean Hales talked about his experience on the 40 Acres.

Brewster Concentrates on Two
Nolan Brewster is one of the country's hottest recruits, and he has basically narrowed his list down to two programs. In this feature story gets his latest thoughts on the recruiting process.

Jay Tolliver Receives Interest
The Texas Longhorns landed a major player when Antoine Hicks made a verbal commitment shortly after receiving an offer, but he is not the only player at the school gaining recruiting interest. FB/LB Jay Tolliver is also being recruited by some of the top schools in the Southwest.


Kevin Durant Named Big 12 Player of the Year
The Big 12 post season awards were announced on Sunday and freshman forward Kevin Durant was named both the league's Player and Freshman of the Year. Durant was also named First Team All-Big 12 and freshman point guard D.J. Augustin was named the the conference's Second Team.

Big 12 Conference Tournament Set
Texas has the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, the Big 12 announced on Sunday, and will play on Friday, March 9th at 8:20 p.m. after a first round bye.

Durant named player of year by Big 12 coaches
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorn Kevin Durant was selected by Big 12 coaches as the conference player of the year. The coaches, who can't vote for their own players, also picked Durant as freshman of the year and named him to the league's all-defensive team.

Big 12 Tournament a tough encore
Dallas Morning News
How can Acie Law, Kevin Durant, Jarrius Jackson, Mario Boggan and Kansas' incredible collection of youth top themselves? If what we've seen so far is any indication, this week's Big 12 tournament is must-see because it appears we're witnessing the greatest season in the 11-year history of the league.


Texas Sweeps Oral Roberts
Texas has series victories over Stanford and Washington State, but got its first series sweep of the 2007 season with a 5-1 win over Oral Roberts on Sunday.

Texas beat Oral Roberts 5-3
Austin American-Statesman
His day in the field was one he'd rather forget: two errors, both of which turned into runs for Oral Roberts. Just as in Chance Wheeless' previous 12 games at the plate, though, the first baseman's bat came through when Texas needed it the most. Wheeless extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning single. Then he got the scoring surge started with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth, cutting the Eagles' lead to 3-2. Preston Clark put Texas up for good with another two-out, two-run hit in the sixth, and the Longhorns improved to 11-6 on the season with a 5-3 win Saturday.

Texas gets first sweep of season against ORU
Daily Texan
Sundays haven't been kind to Texas this season. For two weeks, the Longhorns couldn't win the final game of a series, no matter how badly they'd dominated the team during the first two games. But against Oral Roberts University, Texas showed the tenacity it takes to shut a team down for an entire weekend. The No. 13 Longhorns (12-6) got their first series sweep of the season against Oral Roberts (4-8) after falling behind in the final two games at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Newest shortstop excels during weekend series
Daily Texan
Up until this weekend's series, Texas had been using a shortstop-by-committee system. It hadn't exactly been working. Pat McCrory was great on defense, but has hit .071 thus far into the season. Chais Fuller worked his way out of a hitting slump but wasn't quite as good in the field as McCrory. In his debut at shortstop this weekend against Oral Roberts University, Josh Prince appeared to have it all.

Women's hoops:

UT's Jackson longs for the one thing she hasn't gotten: postseason success
Austin American-Statesman
The play that best represents what's so very complete about forward Tiffany Jackson's basketball repertoire occurred with fewer than two minutes to go in Texas' final regular-season game six days ago. Down by three and knowing the Longhorns needed a huge, spirit-lifting play, Jackson relied on her own scouting report to make one. As she kept setting up near the basket throughout the game, Jackson noticed that Texas A&M point guard A'quonesia Franklin always dribbled to her right before she set up the Aggies' offense. So the 6-foot-3-inch Jackson darted to the spot where she knew the 5-3 Franklin would end up. Franklin, with her head cocked to her left, never saw the Longhorns senior, whom A&M coach Gary Blair later described as a "big aircraft carrier." Jackson sold the rest of the play right in front of the Aggie bench, with officials calling the charge. Jackson, sprawled on the court, pumped her fist to celebrate.


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