Thursday Longhorn Sports Page

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.

Hoops:

Inside Texas Blog: Retire 35
InsideTexas.com
Kevin Durant may have been the greatest player in the history of Texas basketball. But if that's the case, should the Longhorns retire Durant's No. 35 jersey, even though the phenom only played a single season on the 40 Acres?

Victory for all, thanks to Durant
San Antonio Express-News
Give credit to Rick Barnes for somehow managing a smile. To David Stern for making the day possible. And to Wayne Pratt, the happiest father outside of the Bahamas on Tuesday, for having the good taste during his "cha-ching" moment not to greet the cameras with a Larry Birkhead-like arm pump. The announcement, and the dream come true, officially belonged to Kevin Durant. But as he declared his intentions to go pro after posting one of the most spectacular college seasons ever, others had a stake.

Durant would look great as a Celtic
Boston Globe
BOSTON — One down, one to go. Texas star freshman Kevin Durant has decided to leave Austin and make himself available for the June 28 NBA draft. Does this mean Danny Ainge gets his $30,000 back from the NBA for chatting up Durant's mom last month at the Big 12 tournament? All that awaits now is the decision by Ohio State's Greg Oden, and if he declares for the draft, you will be able to hear the champagne corks popping at the Boston Celtics offices. While by no means guaranteed one of the top two picks, the Celtics' record gives them almost a 39 percent chance at one of the two at the May 22 draft lottery. And while the Celtics would prefer Oden, the 6-foot-9-inch Durant, only the best player in college basketball, would be a very acceptable alternative. At this point, it looks like both are can't-missers.

Football:

Photo Gallery: Spring Football
InsideTexas.com
Inside Texas photographer Will Gallagher's exclusive photos from spring football and the Longhorns' Spring Scrimmage.

Big 12 Championship will be night game at Alamodome
San Antonio Express-News
Big 12 officials have announced a 7 p.m. kickoff for the 2007 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship on Dec. 1 at the Alamodome.

Baseball:

Round Rock pitcher Johnson signs with Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman
This time last year, Lee Johnson never imagined this could happen. But it did. On Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period, Round Rock's hard-throwing seniorpitcher signed a letter of intent to pitch at Texas. Johnson joins Runey Davis and Connor Rowe of Georgetown, Kevin Keyes of Connally and Chance Ruffin of Lake Travis as area players who've signed with the Longhorns.

Longhorns swing for the fences
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
There's a strange phenomenon occurring at UFCU-Disch-Falk Field in Austin, and it's not the recent construction to renovate the field. Long known as a team that would bunt at anytime in a game to move a runner over, the No. 6 Texas baseball team is getting runners around the bases another way - by pounding the ball.

Former Horns coach Falk among those selected for college baseball hall of fame
Austin American-Statesman
Former University of Texas baseball coach Bibb Falk was one of 11 former players and coaches selected Tuesday to the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Falk coached at Texas from 1940-42 and again from 1946-67, compiling a 478-176-10 record with two national championships (1949 and 1950) and 20 Southwest Conference titles.

Longhorn baseball notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Alumni:

Vince Young coming to Houston on Oct. 21
Austin American-Statesman
Vince Young will make his only NFL appearance in Texas on Sunday, Oct. 21, when the Tennessee Titans play the Houston Texans in Reliant Stadium.

Former UT player Brown's drug test is negative
Austin American-Statesman
The drug screen of former Texas cornerback Tarell Brown has tested negative for marijuana and other street drugs.

Other:

Inside Texas Blog Archive
Inside Texas

Inside Scoop
Inside Texas

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

Longhorns Blog
Houston Chronicle


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