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Football recruiting:

Justin Tucker: 'I always knew...'
InsideTexas.com
It's not often that Texas signs a kicker, but a player like Justin Tucker doesn't come around very often. The Austin Westlake product was one of the first to give his commitment to the Longhorns during their first junior day. Tucker talked about his verbal pledge and expectations for his senior season.

Sesay already has boatloads of offers
InsideTexas.com
There was a ton of talent on the field at Citrus College this past weekend and one player who opened some eyes was College of the Sequoias DE Brandon Sesay (6-6, 265). He's an impressive athlete with good size and speed and he's a player that knows he'll have options when it's all said and done, but he's focused on three things.

Coming On Strong
InsideTexas.com
Jersey Village (Texas) defensive end Corey Wright is really coming on in the recruiting game. He checks in with Scout.com regarding his recruitment. We talk summer camp plans, not to mention his early leaders and what he thinks about those making his short list.

Football:

Inside Texas Blog: Scattershooting
InsideTexas.com
Inside Texas Publisher Clendon Ross attacks a number of topics, including Texas' game against Central Florida, the 2008 NFL Draft, Texas-OU seating and the last few spots in the Longhorns' 2008 recruiting class.

Baseball:

In UT-A&M series, it's just like the good old days
San Antonio Express-News
Bradley Suttle and Blake Stouffer were tagged with a single nickname when playing summer-league baseball together in their early teens. "The coaches called us, 'The B.S. Boys from San Antonio,'" Stouffer said, chuckling. So, the moniker doesn't have quite the ring of the "Bash Brothers" or Texas A&M's "Blitz Brothers" of football fame. Still, infielders Stouffer and Suttle liked its sound — and today the coaches of the Woodlands Banditos seem fairly prophetic. Suttle, of Boerne, leads fifth-ranked Texas with a .359 batting average, a point ahead of teammate Kyle Russell. Stouffer, of Alamo Heights, is second on ninth-ranked Texas A&M with a .395 average, a point behind teammate Parker Dalton. The two old rivals — and their teams — clash this weekend in a three-game series. League-leader UT (39-14, 18-6 Big 12) and fourth-place A&M (41-12, 13-10) play Friday night in College Station, and the series shifts to Austin for Saturday and Sunday games.

Longhorns hope to back up coach
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas Longhorns coach Augie Garrido has guaranteed his team will win the Big 12 regular-season championship. He said it after the 'Horns lost their first Big 12 series of the year two weeks ago to Missouri... at home. Texas needs at least one more win to prove him right.

Men's hoops:

Durant Not Lone Loss in Austin
FoxSports.com
Kevin Durant isn't Texas' only loss. The Longhorns are also watching an impressive transformation from 6-foot-10 sophomore big man Dexter Pittman.

Women's hoops:

Cortijo will transfer to St. John's
Austin American-Statesman
Carla Cortijo, Texas' starting point guard this past season, is transferring to St. John's University to be closer to her family.

Gail force: UT's Goestenkors relentless in pursuit of victory
Dallas Morning News
While Texas women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors' feet pound on the treadmill, her eyes and ears will be fixed on the TV in front of her. She'll constantly flip channels, from MTV and VH1 to BET and CMT. Growing up in Waterford, Mich., a hard-working town in the Rust Belt northwest of Detroit, she never would have dreamed of doing her homework with the TV on. Now, she wouldn't dream of doing her homework without the TV on.

Other:

Texas men's tennis coach serves up a surprising treat
Austin American-Statesman
By his thinking, Michael Center is way, way, way behind schedule. Like seven years behind. Here's an example of his vision. The Texas men's tennis coach came to Austin in 2001 and figured, since he was at the Taj Mahal of collegiate athletic programs, he needed to win a national championship by, say, 2000. He's known to get ahead of himself, this former Big Eight singles champion from Kansas, but Texas finished third nationally last season, and he has his Longhorns in the NCAA's round of 16 today for a second consecutive season.

Texas, Baylor on NCAA collision course
Dallas Morning News
When Texas tennis coach Michael Center started the season, reaching the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships was far from his mind. But here he is, facing North Carolina State today in Athens, Ga., for the right to play the Baylor-Alabama winner in the quarterfinals. Oklahoma State, the only other Big 12 team in the Round of 16, plays UCLA today.

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