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Around the Horns with Inside Texas
It's Around the Horns with Inside Texas. On this clip from the start of Saturday's show, IT's Ross Lucksinger and Clendon Ross talk about Kevin Durant's decision to jump to the NBA and what the 2007-08 Longhorns will look like without their super-star.

UT coach Barnes gets $200,000 raise, tops $2 million per season
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes received a $200,000 raise Monday, making him the Big 12's first $2 million-a-year basketball coach. Barnes, who completed his ninth season with the Longhorns in March, also received a two-year contract extension through 2017. If he remains at Texas until March 31, 2010, Barnes will receive a $1 million annuity. Barnes gets a second $1 million if he stays through March 31, 2013.

UT's Barnes hits $2 million mark
Dallas Morning News
Texas made Rick Barnes the Big 12's first $2 million-per-year basketball coach. UT's board of regents voted Monday to approve a $200,000 raise for Barnes, bringing his annual salary to $2 million. Barnes' contract was also extended two years through 2017.

UT's Barnes gets bump to $2 million per year
Houston Chronicle
Less than two weeks after turning down overtures from the University of Kentucky, Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes received a $200,000 pay raise Monday, pushing his annual salary to $2 million. The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the increase, which keeps Barnes among the highest-paid coaches in college basketball. Barnes also received a two-year extension to his existing contract, which now runs through 2017.


Russell changing up the count
Daily Texan
Ask him about his last start, and pitcher James Russell won't have much to say. Then again, there are only so many words that can describe an 11-strikeout win.

The Curse of the National Championship
Houston Chronicle
According to an NCAA official with knowledge of the situation, the devil met with Owls coach Wayne Graham at an Omaha hotel prior to the 2003 College World Series and offered the following deal: the Owls could win the national title, but in return they'd forfeit the right to beat Texas in baseball for all eternity. Graham accepted, hoisted the trophy soon thereafter, and Rice hasn't beaten UT since.

Football recruiting:

Damion Whittington: Likes the Horns
Despite having 18 commitments, the Longhorns still haven't addressed needs at defensive end and linebacker. It appears that the Texas coaching staff wants to bring in at least one more linebacker and will likely look out-of-state. Lynn Katoa is the most likely choice, but another west coast prospect likes the Longhorns as well.


Longhorn Leaders honored at Capitol
Austin American-Statesman
A visit from the most decorated freshman in college basketball history caused a stir in the Texas Senate and House on Monday as lawmakers lined up to shake hands with Kevin Durant. The Texas Longhorns forward, who announced last week that he's leaving for the NBA draft, joined football coach Mack Brown and other University of Texas athletes honored at the Capitol for their participation in Longhorn Leaders, an outreach program that promotes dialogue between athletes and seventh-graders.

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