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Football

Photo Gallery - The Defensive Line
InsideTexas.com
With the benefit of a more aggressive scheme, this talented group should be able to make more plays in 2007.

Brown gets raise, million-dollar bonuses
Austin American-Statesman
Texas football coach Mack Brown received a $300,000 raise Tuesday as part of a new, 10-year contract. If he stays with the program through the 2009 season, he also will earn $3 million in retention bonuses. The new deal, approved unanimously by the University of Texas System Board of Regents, would also provide up to $700,000 in bonuses if Brown's team wins a national championship. That's more than triple the amount of extra incentives the coach earned after the 2005 national title.

Mack here to stay
Austin American-Statesman
Once more, Mack Brown won't have to worry about living in a trailer park someday.

College football's highest-paid coaches
Austin American-Statesman

Big gains a big concern for UT secondary
Dallas Morning News
Marcus Griffin's twin brother, Michael, has bought the deluxe sports utility vehicle and a swanky house in Nashville as the first-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans. "He had a two-door Explorer, so he needed a new truck to lug around his dogs," Marcus said. "It was quite unpleasant riding with him. You know how animals smell." Nothing like a little trash-talking between twins. What's no laughing matter is that a defense that finished 99th nationally against the pass last season has lost three players from the secondary to the NFL – Michael Griffin, Thorpe Award winner Aaron Ross and Tarell Brown.

'Tis better to kick? Or receive?
San Antonio Express-News
Don't look now, football fans, but Saturday's season opener against Arkansas State is just days away. By now, Mack Brown has made most of the really tough decisions -- from who will start at quarterback (some guy named Colt); to who will start in the secondary (anybody with a "Sr." next to his name); to what he will wear for the season opener (khaki slacks, some sort of Longhorn polo). Only one really tough call remains. To kick or receive?

Top threat for Texas is healthy
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
It was probably an injury report the Arkansas State Indians didn't want to hear. It's not that the Indians have suffered a run of problems. Other than a leg injury to fullback Danny McNeal, Arkansas State is pretty healthy. The problem is, Texas is getting healthy, too.

Opponents

TCU's road to BCS bid starts in Texas
Casper Star-Tribune
Gary Patterson is well versed in coaching maxims. And the TCU coach has been singing the "one game at a time" chorus at least all summer -- if not since the Horned Frogs' schedule was first unveiled. Believe it or not, there are 11 other games on the TCU docket this season, even if next week's meeting with No. 4 Texas tends to overshadow the rest.

Football recruiting

Decision Coming For Katoa
InsideTexas.com
Five-star middle linebacker Lynn Katoa narrowed his choices down to Texas and Oklahoma some time ago. He's already been to Austin and he'll visit Norman very soon with a decision coming immediately afterwards.

Thiebaud on Shepard: ‘You'll see a new guy'
InsideTexas.com
Cy Ridge's Russell Shepard is one of the premier quarterbacks from the Class of 2009. After a successful sophomore season, he has gained plenty of Division I interest. But this summer he has worked hard on becoming a better all-around quarterback. Both Cy Ridge coach Gary Thiebaud and Shepard discuss the progress made by the Rams' leader.

Baseball:

Baseball adds former players King and Van Hook to coaching staff
TexasSports.com
University of Texas Baseball head coach Augie Garrido announced the addition of former UT letterwinners Ben King and Clay Van Hook to the coaching staff for the 2008 season. King will serve as the Longhorns' volunteer assistant coach and Van Hook will serve as a student assistant.

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