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Kelson Lands at FS (For Now)
Journeyman Drew Kelson is playing exclusively at free safety while Marcus Griffin, the only returning starter from last year's Texas secondary, has been a swingman between both safety positions, Co-Defensive Coordinator Duane Akina said Wednesday.

Spring football no longer holds state's attention
San Antonio Express-News
At Texas State, spring football is about networking with the community. At Texas and Texas A&M, it's about putting on a TV show. At Rice, at least for this spring, it's more about survival. As recently as 20 years ago, spring football was about something else — full-bore, pad-thumping scrimmages. Hard practices that seemed to never end. Stiff competition for starting jobs. Hard-core fan interest in which players won those battles. Back then, spring football carried such weight with fans and the media that it was dubbed the state's No. 2 sport. No. 1, of course, was football. No more.

Lokey looks to lead
Daily Texan
The last time Derek Lokey was in a Barnes & Noble, he wasn't looking for a cheaper textbook. Instead, he was searching for some help with what will be one of his most crucial roles on the Texas football team this season. The subject of Lokey's newest piece of literature? Leadership.


The award for the most awards goes to ...
San Antonio Express-News
He's won the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Adolph Rupp Trophy. He's been named the player of the year by Sports Illustrated and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Some time next week, he's almost assured of adding the Naismith and Wooden Awards to his collection. This is what it's like to be Kevin Durant these days. Roll out of bed, pick up another award.


Baseball: Texas Faces Red River Rival
This weekend, No. 7 Texas (23-8, 5-1) takes on No. 17 Oklahoma (20-7, 2-1) in a three-game series at the Disch.

Texas needs one-two punch for OU
Austin American-Statesman
Here comes OU. A ranked OU. For a three-game series that can either put the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 driver's seat or leave them chasing teams for the next month.

Outfield propels Texas offense
Daily Texan
The shot that Baylor left fielder Ben Booker hit to right-center field on March 17 should have fallen in no-man's land. On most teams, neither the center fielder nor the right fielder would have been able to field a ball hit that hard in between their positions. Texas, on the other hand, almost lost the play because both outfielders were fast enough to get there. Right fielder Kyle Russell and center fielder Nick Peoples both sped to the ball and almost collided before Peoples finally made the catch.

Errors could prove costly for Texas against top teams
Daily Texan
Committing errors is never a part of Texas' game plan. But lately the Longhorns have been making more mistakes than Pacman Jones in Las Vegas. They've committed seven errors in their past two games, three of which cost them a conference win over Kansas State. That's a very strange statistic for No. 9 Texas, who committed just 20 total errors in the 29 games before this streak of bad defensive play began during their 11-9 loss to the Wildcats on Sunday.

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Goestenkors back at home to decide on Texas job
Austin American-Statesman
Duke's Gail Goestenkors flew back from Austin to Durham, N.C., via private jet Thursday. Once she touched down, she issued a statement saying that it will take her a few days to decide whether she should become the Texas women's basketball coach.

UT awaiting Goestenkors' decision
Dallas Morning News
Duke women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors left Austin on Thursday after a three-day interview and returned to Durham, N.C., without accepting an offer to take over the Longhorns' program.

Duke women's basketball coach quiet on plans
Houston Chronicle
Gail Goestenkors has plenty to think about, but the Duke women's basketball coach who is being courted by the University of Texas offered no clue as to which job she was leaning toward in a statement she released Thursday.


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