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A Shift in Size
It's been said by more than one NFL commentator that Vince Young will "revolutionize" the quarterback position. But that's impossible, because there will never be another like Young, right? Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger says hold on, there may be something to this...


Coaching Scuttlebutt: Around the NCAA
While the fans in Lexington and Gainesville await the big announcement on whether Billy Donovan stays or goes, a second name on Kentucky's list has emerged, according to several sources. It's Texas' Rick Barnes.

Road to San Antonio — Part III —
San Antonio Express-News
Two national championships have been decided at the Alamodome, as Kentucky claimed the 1998 title, and Connecticut cut down the nets there in 2004. Here's a very early look at a potential Sweet 16 that would produce the Final Four headed to San Antonio next year.


Texas looking to close out series any way they can
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas Longhorns don't have a Sunday game in the weekend series against Kansas. That is a good thing, because they're 4-5 on Sundays. The Longhorns do, however, have a Game 3, and that's not a good thing. Because they're 4-5 in Game 3s.

Wheeless' slow, but 'gutsy' bunting and baserunning pay of for Longhorns
Daily Texan
With two outs and the bases loaded, very few baseball players think about bunting. But that's exactly what Chance Wheeless did last Friday against Oklahoma. He saw a hole, and he went for it.

Women's hoops:

Conradt left Goestenkors four starters
Austin American-Statesman
Now that Texas has succeeded in hiring one of the nation's hottest women's basketball coaches, the obvious question is whether Gail Goestenkors has the players to help her jar the Longhorns out of their recent slump. Jody Conradt, who retired a month ago, certainly believed she was leaving her successor a talent-laden roster. She said so when she broke the unexpected news of her retirement on March 12.

Coach G was never quite Coach K
Austin American-Statesman
The reminders are everywhere — from the sign declaring a patch of grass "Krzyzewskiville" outside Cameron Indoor Stadium to "Coach K Court" inside. At Duke, it's clear the top Blue Devil will always be Mike Krzyzewski. Continuing to push the women's program out of Coach K's long shadow is the job faced by whomever Duke finds to replace Gail Goestenkors, whose nickname at Duke — "Coach G" — followed the theme of the beloved men's coach.

Goestenkors will cash in at Texas
Dallas Morning News
When Gail Goestenkors is introduced today as the new women's basketball coach at Texas, she will be the highest paid in the Big 12 and among the highest paid in the country with a guaranteed annual salary of at least $900,000 and incentives that could take her over $1 million, according to a Texas source with direct knowledge of the negotiation.

Goestenkors seen as great fit for UT
San Antonio Express-News
It says something about status when a person is identified by one singular name. Oprah and Madonna come to mind. Then there is Texas' soon-to-be-named women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors, who has achieved single-letter status — she's known as simply Coach G.

Latest Texas hire brings experience, plenty of wins
Daily Texan
All hail Gail. Sure, the new women's basketball coach, Gail Goestenkors, hasn't done anything for Texas yet, but she turned Duke from bottom feeders to a regular in the Final Four. There's no reason why she can't do the same for Texas. And she knows it.


A 'Major' hire
Decatur Daily
Alabama offensive coordinator Major Applewhite clearly is no Nick Saban. He wasn't mobbed when he arrived in Tuscaloosa, he didn't sign a contract worth $4 million a year and at age 28, he is a coaching neophyte. But if you make the southwestern trek to Texas, Applewhite may have the same rock-star status his current boss does in Alabama.

For a Reds Prospect, Dreaming the Big League Dream, Again
New York Times
Two batters were due up ahead of him, but Carson Kainer had a batting helmet on and a bat in his hands. That is how eagerly Kainer awaited his first intrasquad game at-bat as a Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer, his first walk to the plate in more than nine months.


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