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National player of the year is a one-man race
So, after all the chatter and the discussion and the analyzing, there actually was no race at all for national player of the year. Kevin Durant will make Ronald Reagan's 1984 victory over Walter Mondale look close.

Barnes named Big 12 coach of the year
Associated Press
The way Kevin Durant tore through the Big 12 and nearly carried the Texas Longhorns to a share of the league title, it was easy to forget the task coach Rick Barnes faced when the season began. The Longhorns lost all five starters from a 2005-06 squad that won a school-record 30 games and nearly made it to the Final Four. Three of them — last season's Big 12 player of the year P.J. Tucker, LaMarcus Aldridge and Daniel Gibson — left school early for the NBA, leaving Barnes with little to no experience to put on the court. On Tuesday, Barnes was named The Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year for turning this young and sometimes wild lineup into a squad that came within one game of sharing the league title with Kansas.

The other coverboy
San Antonio Express-News
Matt Hill has finally made it. He's reached the pinnacle of the sporting world. He's accomplished one of his lifelong goals. He has achieved his place in athletic immortality. He has made the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Express-News All-Big 12 team
San Antonio Express-News


Drew Kelson States His Case at SS
Former SLB Drew Kelson's stint at SS during the first half of Texas spring football, Longhorn coaches say, is just an audition. Don't count on it. The smart money is on Kelson remaining in a defensive backfield that replaces three starters from last year's 10-3 team.

Subscribers' Top 10: Comebacks and Calls
We're letting Inside Texas subscribers vote on the Top 10 in UT history in 10 different catagories. The final tallies will be printed in the May issue of Inside Texas Magazine. Voting will be opened on two lists each day of this week. Today: Comebacks and Coaching Calls.

Football recruiting:

In-depth with David Snow
Gilmer (Texas) has become a routine stop for college football recruiters over the last couple of years. Texas signed Gilmer stand outs G.J. Kinne and Curtis Brown from the class of 2007 and has already picked up a huge commitment in the 2008 class from David Snow. He grew up rooting for the Longhorns and it was no surprise when he became the first to verbally commit to Texas.

Inside the Class of '07: Earl Thomas
The 17th in a daily series of interviews & photo essays on the Class of '07: West Orange-Stark cornerback Earl Thomas.

Choosing sides
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A month has passed in a new recruiting season, but the Red River Rivalry is already heating up. The Class of 2007 for Texas was arguably among the nation's best, and while Oklahoma was overshadowed, the Sooners have already come on strong in 2008.


Texas defeats Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 10-6
Austin American-Statesman
Every move was the right move. Like switching Pat McCrory from shortstop to relief pitcher. Or moving Travis Tucker from the bottom of the order to the leadoff spot. And starting Josh Prince at shortstop. Everything Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido has done over the past week looked like the right move Tuesday as McCrory pitched three-plus innings, Tucker had five RBIs and Prince looked like the Longhorns' new starting shortstop during a 10-6 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Longhorns top Corpus Christi in road victory
Daily Texan
Texas would love to score a run every inning all the time. Doing so shows consistency, which is one of their ultimate goals. The No. 12 Longhorns almost got that improbable feat accomplished Tuesday, putting up a run in all but one frame in their 10-6 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Islanders come out swinging in Longhorns' first trip to South Texas
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
When push came to shove, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team came out swinging at the plate. But, for the Islanders, the shoving started a little too late. In the much-hyped matchup with Texas, the Longhorns scored in every inning but one in taking a 10-6 victory behind Travis Tucker's career-high 5 RBI in front of a crowd of 7,002 at Whataburger Field.

Return trip in the works for Texas
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
The University of Texas' baseball team found the accommodations mighty fine Tuesday. With a large crowd of supporters, the Longhorns were right at home at Whataburger Field on their first visit to South Texas. The Longhorns found their hosts mighty accommodating as well in their 10-6 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, taking advantage of three errors while pounding four pitchers for 16 hits in beating the Islanders for the eighth time in nine meetings. And if things fall correctly, UT would love to enjoy the accoutrements of Corpus Christi and Whataburger Field one more time this season.

Women's hoops:

Conradt gets win No. 900
Austin American-Statesman
The celebration to commemorate Jody Conradt's 900th victory — a 70-57 win over Missouri — was a brief one Tuesday night, with it occurring on a foreign court in the middle of so-called enemy territory.

How far will Horns' newfound momentum take them?
Austin American-Statesman
They're in. Well, they're in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women's basketball tournament. But that's a start, instead of a finish. And finished is exactly what Jody Conradt's team would have been, had it dropped its opening game to a 10th-seeded club. For enigmatic Texas, an impressive, 70-57 victory over a mediocre Missouri team beats all the alternatives and extends the Longhorns' season another game, and in all likelihood another week.

UT's Conradt gets 900th win
Dallas Morning News
Texas' hosts knew of a nice quiet gym where the Longhorns could practice during the lunch hour Tuesday and eliminate all distractions. So they loaded onto the bus and schlepped across town. "It was an Episcopal church," UT coach Jody Conradt said. "It was something you sort of look at and say, 'Maybe there's an omen here.' " Senior Tiffany Jackson said: "I'm sure some people were praying and trying to drink the water." Whatever happened at All Souls Episcopal must have worked. Texas looked hungry and energized while shooting 60 percent in the first half against Missouri and racing to a 70-57 win in the Big 12 women's tournament.

Conradt just focusing on 901
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Jody Conradt downplayed the importance of her 900th career win Tuesday at the Big 12 women's tournament. It's still a significant achievement. Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt (941 wins) is the only other men's or women's coach to reach that milestone. The Longhorns surrounded Conradt and cheered for their legendary leader after UT captured a 70-57 win over Missouri.

Oklahoma-Texas preview
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Jody Conradt downplayed the importance of her 900th career win Tuesday at the Big 12 women's tournament. It's still a significant achievement. Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt (941 wins) is the only other men's or women's coach to reach that milestone. The Longhorns surrounded Conradt and cheered for their legendary leader after UT captured a 70-57 win over Missouri.

UT knocks out Missouri: Conradt earns victory No. 900
San Antonio Express-News
Jody Conradt's resolve momentarily replaced her relief on Tuesday night, minutes after struggling Texas shoved Missouri out of the Big 12 tournament 70-57 in the Cox Center.

Conradt gets 900 as UT advances
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jody Conradt thought her team just needed a little more practice time before the game. Perhaps there were other factors involved. Whatever the case, the Longhorns ended up at All Souls' Episcopal Church to finish their shootaround. And they came out for the game an inspired team. Texas used a dominating first half to put away Missouri and give Conradt her 900th career victory with a 70-57 win Tuesday at the Cox Convention Center. The seventh-seeded Longhorns advanced to play No. 2 seed Oklahoma in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

Conradt's 900th keeps Horns alive
Houston Chronicle
With their season in jeopardy of ending prematurely for the second year in a row, the Texas Longhorns are willing to try anything. So they went to church Tuesday morning. Divine intervention? Try dominant first half. Desperately in need of a victory to enhance their NCAA Tournament credentials, the Longhorns cruised to a 70-57 victory over Missouri in the first round of the Big 12 women's basketball tournament to give Jody Conradt her 900th career coaching victory.

Daily Texan
Texas certainly looked like a team on a mission in Oklahoma City Tuesday. The No. 7 seed Longhorns defeated No. 10 seed Missouri 70-57 in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament Tuesday night to keep their NCAA tournament chances in sight. The win was also victory No. 900 for Texas' legendary head Coach Jody Conradt.


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