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Baseball:

Horns Fall But Russell Breaks UT HR Record
InsideTexas.com
Kyle Russell broke Texas' single-season home run record with his 21st round-tripper Tuesday, but No. 5 Texas fell to No. 6 Rice, 7-4, at rainy Reckling Park in Houston.

Rice snaps 10-game losing streak against Texas
Austin American-Statesman
He raised his arm and took his time starting around the bases, two things he never does. "And I'll never do it again," Kyle Russell said. But this home run meant something. Russell, the Longhorns' right fielder, drilled a ball far over the left-field fence and pumped his fist because he knew. Russell had just set Texas' single-season record for home runs with his 21st, a long rainbow that fell well outside of Reckling Park. Russell was the lone bright spot Tuesday, when Texas' 10-game winning streak over Rice came to an end in a 7-4 loss in front of 5,003 fans.

Rice steps up to foil Texas
Houston Chronicle
On March 22, 2006, moments after Texas polished off its ninth consecutive victory over Rice, Owls closer Cole St. Clair gazed around Disch-Falk Field, took in the scene, and proclaimed his disdain for all things orange. It was a moment rife with disappointment. Tuesday night at Reckling Park, as the skies opened with a deluge of epic proportions, St. Clair wore a modest smile moments after his fist pump signaled an end to the skid. Rice beat Texas. The Owls' 7-4 victory was their first over the Longhorns since 2003.

Russell claims home run record
Daily Texan
Kyle Russell pumped his fist right as the ball went off his bat. He knew that he had just broken the Texas single-season record for home runs with 21. "I'm usually not the kind of guy to do that kind of thing," Russell said. "I can't control my emotions sometimes. I was so excited for this to finally happen, and it was a great honor, but I'm not ever going to do that again." Russell's shot was about the only legitimate offense Texas could muster against Rice's pitching staff. Owls starter Chris Kelley struck out seven batters in six innings of work, setting up a 7-4 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:

The Key Questions Left From Spring Football
InsideTexas.com
Who is Texas' backup QB, and how early-and-often should he play? Does a change at QB necessitate a change in scheme? Can RB Jamaal Charles handle up to 30 carries per game? Can Texas be two-deep in its young secondary? These are the primary unanswered questions lingering from spring football, said Longhorn coach Mack Brown.

Football recruiting:

Inside Texas Blog: Star Appeal
InsideTexas.com
With the 2008 National Top 100 out, how does Texas' 2008 recruiting class shape up with previous Longhorn hauls?

Alfred Dupree: Does He Have Texas Offer?
InsideTexas.com
Texas still has a couple of spots left open in the 2008 class and will likely look to add depth at defensive end and linebacker. Dallas Skyline's Alfred Dupree is being recruited at both positions and there has been some speculation that he might hold a Texas offer. Are the Longhorns one of the latest schools to offer?

The Southwest Top 100
InsideTexas.com
The Scout.com Southwest Top 100 consists of the states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. It's strong at the top led by running backs Justin Johnson, Jermie Calhoun, defensive end R.J. Washington, cornerback Aaron Williams and wide receiver Dan Buckner.

Hoops:

Thank Brown for the green
San Antonio Express-News
As a boy growing up in rural Hickory, N.C., Rick Barnes probably never thought he'd make this much. As recently as last month, Gail Goestenkors certainly never thought she'd make this much. Two million dollars to be the men's basketball coach at Texas? A cool mil to be the women's coach? It seems that coaching hoops at UT has become akin to hitting the lottery. It's as if the athletic department is working with Monopoly money.

Alumni:

Young to take on 'Madden Curse'
Austin American-Statesman
Vince Young certainly wasn't jinxed. Now, will he be cursed? The Tennessee Titans quarterback (and former Longhorn) will be featured on the cover of EA Sports' "Madden '08" video game, his agent told the Nashville Tennessean.

Royal, Parseghian share Hall brunch
Dallas Morning News
Darrell Royal was seated next to Ara Parseghian for brunch in the shadow of the Cotton Bowl and suddenly, the 1970s didn't seem so long ago.

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