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Football recruiting:

Sophomore QB Ready for Austin Visit
With the class of 2008 filling up fast, it looks as though the Texas Longhorns will wait until next year to go after a quarterback. Cypress Ridge High School in Houston, Texas, is home to arguably the top in-state quarterback from the 2009 class. Cypress Ridge Head Coach Gary Thiebaud talked about what Russell Shepard brings on and off the football field.


Pro Timing Day Set for Wednesday
Pro-Timing Day, set for Wednesday at Texas' indoor practice facility, is a chance for former Longhorns eligible for the Draft to raise their stock in front of NFL brass. It's also a chance for one former All-Big 12 standout to prove that his failure to garner an invitation to last month's NFL Combine was a glaring omission.

The Top Ten Comebacks in Texas History
Inside Texas subscribers voted on the Top 10 in Texas football history in 10 different categories. The fifth entry in a daily release of the lists is the Top Ten Comebacks in the history of Texas football.

Pro Timing Day can equal big money for prospects
Austin American-Statesman
Offseason. Is there a more brutal word in the English language for a football fan? Nope, and that includes the words Alamo and Holiday for Texas football fans. Many of you are in the throes of withdrawal right now. That stinging pain is tugging at your gut. You try unsuccessfully to avoid looking at the calendar. It's a different type of March Madness. I mean, how many times are you going to pop in that Rose Bowl DVD before your spouse says, "Enough, already!" Spring football practice will provide a brief remedy, but it will be over on March 31. So, while you slowly count down the days until the Sept. 1 season opener against Arkansas State, we give you Pro Timing Day. That's where several former University of Texas football players work out at the team's practice facility for professional scouts in hopes of making themselves more attractive for the April 28 NFL draft.


Courting cash: UT hoops among nation's biggest money-makers
Austin American-Statesman
Forget about that early exit from the NCAA tournament and all those historically empty seats at the Erwin Center. Men's basketball at the University of Texas is a bull market for Bevo. While the Longhorns may not be able to shout "We're No. 1" on or off the court, they did crack the top five in college basketball money-makers, according to an analysis by the Sports Business Journal.

Durant could leave UT with fresh start
Dallas Morning News
Word is Kobe Bryant has already called Kevin Durant on behalf of Nike and that a shoe deal ranging between $30 million and $50 million simply needs to be presented. Last Thursday, Texas coach Rick Barnes was taunted by a friend in Spokane, Wash., who said during a shoot-around that there's no way Durant comes back for his sophomore year. Barnes replied, "I'll bet you a steak dinner he does come back."

Durant to stay? Several million reasons why not
San Antonio Express-News
You've got to give Kevin Durant credit. He doesn't quite sound like a guy who already has one foot in the NBA. Listen to bits and pieces of his comments after the Longhorns were bounced from the NCAA tournament, and you have to admit: He really does sound like he's actually weighing his options between staying in school or turning pro.

Speaking about Durant can cost NBA execs
Houston Chronicle
Have something to say about Kevin Durant? Get in line. And get out your checkbook. Although, as the official sponsor of the NBA, American Express is accepted.

A Feel-Good Story Reaches a Cliffhanger
Washington Post
So far, everyone has done the right thing by Kevin Durant. The trick is not to do the wrong thing now. Why is it necessarily the smart choice for Durant to risk becoming another soured, over-moneyed performer with a leaner of a shot, playing too many minutes on a last-place NBA team that needs him to boost attendance?


Texas beats Texas State
Austin American-Statesman
Kyle Walker's struggles continued Tuesday, but so did the Texas Longhorns' winning ways. Walker lasted just five batters, giving up two runs in the first inning before he was pulled, but the Horns used strong relief pitching and an offense that manufactured runs to beat Texas State 5-3 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas uses an early run to hold off Texas State for a 5-3 victory
Daily Texan
It's almost become cliche for the Texas baseball team. A leadoff batter gets on. The next batter bunts, and before the other team can get their footing, Texas has put up at least one run. It's Texas' signature small ball, and it works nearly every time. Tuesday was no exception, as No. 10 Texas (20-7) started a two-run rally in the fourth inning using two bunts and an infield single. Those runs gave the Longhorns just enough to hold on for a 5-3 win over Texas State (16-8) at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Moldenhauer blasts first college home run after sitting all winter
Daily Texan
Russell Moldenhauer was recruited to Texas because of his strength. He just hasn't been able to show it off yet. A nagging series of hamstring injuries during the winter kept the designated hitter on the bench until recently. The Texas State Bobcats got the first real glance at Moldenhauer's power in the second inning of Tuesday night's game. On a 3-1 count, Moldenhauer belted his first college home run well over the right field wall.


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