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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 recruiting:

Horns Hook Humphrey
Cedar Hill, Texas defensive tackle Jarvis Humphrey wanted to make sure that the school he chose was the right place for him. Over the past two months, he took trips to Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. In the end, the Longhorns stood out more than the others. Humphrey committed to play football at the University of Texas Tuesday.

Inside the Class of '07: John Chiles
The 22nd in a daily series of interviews & photo essays on the Class of '07: Mansfield Summit quarterback John Chiles.


Barnes: NMSU 'Very Physically Talented Team'
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.

Top frosh of all time? Gotta be Durant
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant is the best freshman to ever play college basketball. I have no affiliation with Diet Dr Pepper, but to steal a phrase: That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Big 12, show 'em what you can do
Dallas Morning News
Hey, Big 12, get ready for your close-up. Kevin Durant, you got any more of those 37-point games in you? Hate to sound needy. But the conference – not to mention the Longhorns – could use a few more than the four you've already posted. By the way, hope you like shooting in domes.

The other guy from Maryland
San Antonio Express-News
By now, unless you've been living under a rock or been on the lam from the law, you've heard about Texas freshman sensation Kevin Durant. You've seen him airborne on the cover of Sports Illustrated, or draining a long 3-pointer on SportsCenter. If you are an opposing coach, you've probably seen him in your nightmares. But Craig Winder? You probably don't even know how to pronounce Craig Winder's last name.


Horns prepare to make their pitch for Big 12 title
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas baseball team is hitting .329 this season. The Longhorns know their offense is there. The UT pitching staff has a 3.28 ERA. The Longhorns believe the pitching is there, too. That's exactly what they have to prove during conference play.

Scouting Big 12's best hitters, pitchers, teams
Austin American-Statesman

Women's hoops:

Final bow from grand stage that Conradt helped build
Austin American-Statesman
There were no excuses. Legendary Texas women's basketball coach Jody Conradt put it starkly, for everyone to see when she announced her retirement. At Texas, it's about winning, she explained. Losing is not acceptable. Isn't that just like her? Conradt leaves one of women's basketball's largest stages to resounding applause and deep appreciation for her success on the court, her class off it and her pioneering role in the women's game.

Conradt makes the right call again
Dallas Morning News
It's easy to lie to yourself. We've all done it. More than once. Telling yourself the truth, even when you don't want to hear it or acknowledge it, is the hardest thing we do. For those reasons – not to mention 900 wins – Jody Conradt deserves your standing ovation.

Conradt an icon in peers' eyes
Dallas Morning News
Some of the top coaches in women's basketball described Jody Conradt as an icon, ambassador, teacher and mentor when asked about the Texas legend on Tuesday. Conradt announced her retirement Monday after winning 900 games in 38 years, the last 31 at UT. Several coaches said they will always remember her ability to win with class while still helping others and the sport grow.

Conradt's departure from UT brings big response
San Antonio Express-News
For the past two years as the Texas women's basketball administrative associate, Joy Fleming's day has started out relatively routine. Sift through e-mails. Check the voicemail. Tuesday morning wasn't any different, unless you consider the volume and content. Fleming said she opened her computer to more than 60 e-mails — about twice as many than usual — and fielded dozens of phone calls. They were all in response to Jody Conradt's revelation Monday night that she was stepping down as UT's head coach, stepping away from the program she all but built from scratch.

Conradt stands tall as more than great coach
Houston Chronicle
Jody Conradt ultimately shouldn't be remembered for winning 900 games or going 34-0 one year or even for graduating 99 percent of her players. She did all those things, did them with style and grace and toughness. But in the end, her 31 years as the women's basketball coach at the University of Texas should be remembered for something much more basic. She helped change the world.

Bill Little commentary: A very special coach
On the banks of Bluff Creek, just to the east of Winters out in Runnels County, there was a big pecan tree which, through the storms and in the best of summers, stood sentinel over the fishing hole. As a kid, I remember going there with a cane pole and a can of worms in the days of youth. Time passed, and so did those days of summer. A couple of years ago, I went back to the spot, with a vision of the tree and the creek. To my surprise, the tree was gone, felled by the passage of time. Yet as I stood at the edge of the pasture, in the portraits of my mind, the tree was still there. And there it will always be, a vision on the landscape, tall against the West Texas sky. I thought about that tree when Jody Conradt sat in front of a bank of cameras and reporters and announced that she was retiring after 32 years as the head women's basketball coach at The University of Texas. Giants, as we know and imagine them, do not wear designer clothes and their hair perfect from a regular permanent. But this one did.


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