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Football recruiting:

Mark Buchanan: Gets Familiar with 08' Class
Austin High School's Mark Buchanan was one of the first to commit to Texas from the class of 2008. Being from Austin, Buchanan had the luxury of going to watch the Longhorns practice just about whenever he wanted. He attended their spring scrimmage over the weekend and enjoyed seeing many of the prospects from the 2007 and 2008 classes.

ScoutTV: More Highlights of Nolan Brewster
Denver (Colo.) Mullen safety Nolan Brewster, who committed to Texas last month, is seen here in action in more clips from his 2006 junior season...

Myles Walker: Still Waiting
Nobody had heard of Myles Walker until he walked through the doors at the U.S. Army National Combine in January. By simply showing up and performing, the Antonian Preparatory defensive end saw his stock soar through the roof and land him at number 24 on the Pre-Evaluation Texas Top 100. What is the latest in recruiting for Walker?


Offensive line, secondary under construction
San Antonio Express-News
There is an obvious construction project going on at Texas' Royal-Memorial Stadium this spring. You can tell by the giant hole in the ground where the north end zone used to be. Or by the crews working in said hole seven days a week. Or by the three huge construction cranes parked in what used to be the stadium parking lot. On the south side of the stadium, where the coaches' offices are housed, there is a less obvious construction project in progress. In one room, offensive line coach Mac McWhorter is busy trying to reconstruct a unit that lost three big-name starters after last season. In another, secondary coach Duane Akina is busy rebuilding a defensive backfield that has been equally as decimated.


Should he stay or should he go? Hopefully, Durant's choice will be his alone
Austin American-Statesman
The last time I saw Kevin Durant, I couldn't help but wonder if it was the last time I saw Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant, the collegian, that is. Before he boarded a plane Sunday night in Atlanta after racking up his sixth national player of the year award, I asked the Texas superstar if his pending NBA draft decision would be his and his alone. He said it was. If that's truly the case, there's an educated guess that the first freshman in college basketball history to win even one such trophy, let alone sweep them all, will become a sophomore at Texas.

Decisions ahead for Durant, Oden and Donovan
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
College basketball's offseason started Tuesday. Florida's back-to-back national championships have been officially noted in the record books. Now is the time for rumor, speculation and decisions. Texas freshman Kevin Durant and Ohio State freshman Greg Oden have until April 29 to announce their intentions regarding next season. The choice is to surprise the experts and opinion makers by coming back, or to take the multimillion-dollar deals from the shoe companies and the NBA.

Barnes, assistants in line for a raise?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas is exploring ways to enrich the contract of both Rick Barnes and his assistant coaches, athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Tuesday.


Texas Takes Hit-Parade Against UTSA
Bradley Suttle's grand slam in the bottom of the third erased a four-run deficit to lift Texas to a 14-9 decision Tuesday against visiting Texas-San Antonio. Kyle Russell also continued his homerun rampage with his 18th round-tripper of the season.

Longhorns hold on in slugfest
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas Longhorns gave up three home runs Tuesday. They hit two themselves. They gave up a grand slam. And they hit one. They gave up 14 hits. They got 15. For every large number the University of Texas-San Antonio offense put up Tuesday, the Longhorns matched them. It was enough. Barely. The Longhorns came away with a 14-9 victory in front of 4,560 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

7-run inning helps Texas to 14-9 victory
Daily Texan
About three weeks ago, Clint Stubbs started getting extra time in the cages. With just three at bats before Big 12 play started, he hadn't had many chances to swing the bat and he wanted to change that. And in his first conference game, he did. "I made up my mind up that I wanted to do more with my playing time when I got it," Stubbs said. "I got an opportunity at Kansas State and I capitalized. That built my confidence and it built coach Garrido's confidence in me." Stubbs' hours of practice led to an insurance run on Tuesday during No. 7 Texas' (26-9) 14-9 win over UT-San Antonio (17-12) at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Women's hoops:

Goestenkors to replace Conradt as Texas women's basketball coach
Austin American-Statesman
Three weeks ago, a pioneering women's basketball coach retired from the University of Texas. Now the Longhorns are replacing her with a woman well on her way to creating her own legacy in the game. Gail Goestenkors will not be officially introduced as Texas' new coach until Thursday morning, but the Duke athletics director and the school president both confirmed Tuesday that Goestenkors resigned to take the job in Austin. She will replace Jody Conradt, who retired March 12 after 36 years and 900 victories.

Coach G: a wiz
Austin American-Statesman
Welcome to Austin, Gail Goestenkors. First of all, congratulations on becoming the new head women's basketball coach at the University of Texas. OK, get to work.

Longhorns hook Duke coach
Dallas Morning News
Duke women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors, who took the Blue Devils from obscurity to national prominence over the last 15 years, is leaving the only team she has ever coached to take over at Texas.

Goestenkors accepts UT offer
San Antonio Express-News
Duke's Gail Goestenkors, who has guided the Blue Devils to 13-straight NCAA appearances in 15 years with program, is leaving her only head coaching position to take over the Texas women's basketball program.

Goestenkors to succeed Conradt as coach at Texas
Houston Chronicle
Gail Goestenkors built Duke into a national powerhouse. Now she is poised to return the University of Texas to its past glory. Goestenkors officially accepted the offer today to become the next women's basketball coach at Texas, replacing Hall of Famer Jody Conradt and taking over a program that has missed the NCAA Tournament the last two years.

Goestenkors leaves Duke for Longhorns
Daily Texan
Duke women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors has accepted the job as Texas women's basketball coach. She will be formally introduced at a press conference scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m.

Longhorns lasso Goestenkors
Duke Chronicle
Gail Goestenkors accepted the University of Texas' offer to become its next women's basketball head coach Tuesday, leaving behind the Duke program she built into a national powerhouse during her 15 years in Durham.

Goestenkors heads to Texas
Charlotte News & Observer
Gail Goestenkors emerged as one of the elite coaches in women's college basketball at Duke. She will forge the rest of her legacy in Texas. After seven Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year awards in 15 seasons, Goestenkors, 44, resigned Tuesday and accepted an offer from the University of Texas after a brief but effective courtship by the Big 12 school.


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