Tuesday Longhorn Sports Page

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Hoops:

Barnes: NMSU 'Very Physically Talented Team'
InsideTexas.com
Texas head coach Rick Barnes knows that at Tournament time, the Horns' No. 4 seed and Big 12 pedigree doesn't automatically trump New Mexico State's No. 13 seed and WAC resume.

Texas' Durant catches eye of former players of the year
Houston Chronicle
Getting Kevin Durant to forsake his East Coast roots and come to Texas wasn't enough for Rick Barnes. Barnes was asking for much more from one of the nation's top basketball recruits. "When we recruited Kevin Durant, we knew how good he was and told him, 'Our expectation for you is to be the best player in college basketball,' " Barnes said. From the time Durant stepped foot on the UT campus, expectations have far exceeded those of a normal teenager who doesn't have a driver's license and has trouble growing peach fuzz. It has become the Year of Durant.

A Texas Take on the Tournament
Dallas Morning News
The biggest question, of course, is whether Kevin Durant can do for the Texas Longhorns what Carmelo Anthony did as a freshman in the tournament four years ago.

Football recruiting:

DeSean Hales: Still Open?
InsideTexas.com
With Texas' 2008 class on the brink of filling up, the Longhorn coaches have set their sights on a number of high caliber prospects, including Klein, Texas wide receiver DeSean Hales. Many among the Longhorn faithful held their breath this weekend as Hales made a trip up to Norman to visit Oklahoma. Did the Sooner visit sway the potential five-star prospect?

Texas Tackle Talks Recruiting
InsideTexas.com
Mammoth offensive tackle Daniel Campbell has a top five (in order) and he talks recruiting. Campbell, 6-6 and 320 pounds, has a slew of offers from the best of the best.

Inside the Class of '07: Ahmard Howard
InsideTexas.com
The 21st in a daily series of interviews & photo essays on the Class of '07: Brenham tight end Ahmard Howard.

Women's hoops:

Conradt retires from women's basketball
Austin American-Statesman
Jody Conradt was the second-winningest coach in college basketball history, but too many recent losses prompted her retirement Monday as head coach of the University of Texas women's team.

UT's Conradt was one of a kind, and she'll be missed
Austin American-Statesman
Following Texas' win over Missouri in the opening round of last week's Big 12 women's basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, a somewhat reserved Jody Conradt began her postgame remarks with an unusual observation. "It's their team," Conradt said of her players, giving credit but at the same time offering some odd detachment. "It was their wish to extend their season." As it was, the Longhorns' season would last just one more game — the same as the coach's legendary career.

Texas faces daunting task in search for new coach
Austin American-Statesman
Wanted: women's basketball coach. Where: University of Texas-Austin. Requirements: Win and win now. Salary: Nice. Now a little bit about the position: The applicant must have a high basketball IQ, show the ability to bring in the nation's finest athletes and return the program to national championship contention. And one other thing: The applicant is replacing a Hall of Famer.

Texas faces daunting task in search for new coach
Austin American-Statesman
Wanted: women's basketball coach. Where: University of Texas-Austin. Requirements: Win and win now. Salary: Nice. Now a little bit about the position: The applicant must have a high basketball IQ, show the ability to bring in the nation's finest athletes and return the program to national championship contention. And one other thing: The applicant is replacing a Hall of Famer.

So who comes after Jody?
Austin American-Statesman

Texas' Conradt calls it a career
Dallas Morning News
On Monday night, Conradt and her players gathered for ESPN's selection show, hoping to get a long-shot bid to the NCAA Tournament at 18-14 and 6-10 in the Big 12. Before the show even began, however, Conradt told her team she was stepping down as coach of the Longhorns after 31 seasons, 783 victories (900 in her career with three schools), 22 conference titles, three Final Fours and the first undefeated women's national title in 1986 (34-0). Reporters were already on hand for a news conference in anticipation of the selection committee's decision. As always, Conradt had her players by her side. The tears flowing down their faces indicated there was more on their minds than postseason dreams being dashed.

Conradt's exit a tough loss for sport
Dallas Morning News
Judy Southard probably had no clue her committee's decision to keep Texas out of the women's NCAA Tournament would also trigger the loss of basketball icon Jody Conradt. Yet that's what happened Monday night in a two-hour span. Six Big 12 teams watched the NCAA Tournament selection show on ESPN and were excited about what lies ahead. In Austin, they wept.

UT legend quits after second off year
San Antonio Express-News
Legendary University of Texas women's basketball coach Jody Conradt resigned on Monday night, making the announcement after the Longhorns were left out of the NCAA tournament for the second-straight year.

Longhorn legend retires
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Part of Jody Conradt must have thought that 900 wins was a good stopping point. Conradt resigned as Texas women's basketball coach on Monday after the Longhorns (18-14) did not make the NCAA Tournament field. Conradt said her team would not accept a WNIT bid after the Longhorns lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 tournament last week.

Texas' Conradt retires
Houston Chronicle
Jody Conradt, the second-winningest basketball coach in NCAA history, abruptly retired Monday night after the Texas Longhorns failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.

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