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UCF: Trap Door, or Mickey Mouse Game?
For one Saturday, the biggest attraction in Orlando may not be Disneyworld. At the very least, nothing has generated more buzz at the University of Central Florida campus than Saturday's visit from the highest ranked football ever to visit the Golden Knights.

Gatewood Arrested, Suspended
According to the Travis County Sheriff's Office, Tyrell Gatewood was arrested early Thursday morning for possession of a "dangerous drug." True freshman defensive back Ben Wells was a passenger in Gatewood's vehicle. Thursday afternoon, Texas head coach Mack Brown indefinitely suspended Gatewood from the team.

The Inside Texas Podcast
And the arrests just keep on coming. On this episode of the podcast, Inside Texas' Ross and Ross talk about the arrest of Tyrell Gatewood, the negative effects of Texas' national perception and preview this weekend's matchup with the Golden Knights of UCF.

Ask James Brown
Former Longhorn QB and NFL Europe star James Brown answers your questions about Greg Davis and the Longhorns' early season offensive struggles, and what (aside from Vince Young) made the 2005 team a championship squad.

Longhorns suspend Gatewood after drug arrest
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns football senior Tyrell Gatewood was suspended indefinitely Thursday after being arrested on two drug possession charges. Gatewood, a backup safety who plays on special teams, is the third Longhorn since June to face indefinite suspension by coach Mack Brown and the fifth to be arrested on a drug- or alcohol-related charge.

Westlake's Nader can't play, but he can coach about life
Austin American-Statesman
He keeps asking the same question. Even when Matt Nader knows the answer, even when a cardiologist tells him the words he never wants to hear, even when his anguished parents understand the hurt and the pain. But he asks anyway. Can I play football again? He cannot. Not ever.

Ask the beat writers: Answers to questions on John Chiles, Tray Allen, future schedules and the OU seating chart.
Austin American-Statesman

Notebook: Orakpo out, Ulatoski doubtful for Central Florida game
Austin American-Statesman

Texas offense is more than just a passing fancy
Dallas Morning News
I said last week I thought the TCU game could define Texas' season. In many ways, I think it will.

The Power of Four
San Antonio Express-News
There's a new game show on CBS called "The Power of 10." We don't know what it's about. And the show's host, Drew Carey, freaks us out to the point that we probably never will. Texas tailback Jamaal Charles, meanwhile, has a new game show of his own. Call it "The Power of Four." He's already got the perfect tagline. "Ain't nothing wrong with four yards," Charles said.

Longhorns, Knights to joust it out
Daily Texan
It's not that the Longhorns want to revamp their offense. They're just trying to use everything they already have.

Trip to Sunshine State no vacation for No. 6 Texas
Daily Texan
Texas' game this weekend against UCF might seem like the appetizer to begin a full course meal that ends with Oklahoma, but for the 45,323 people that have bought tickets, it's something much bigger. Upsetting North Carolina State on opening day was their appetizer. Texas is the main course.

O'Leary revives career
Daily Texan
The home of Disney World, Orlando, Fla., is full of fantasy and imagination. However, the best storyteller in town might not be Walt Disney himself, but rather the head coach of Central Florida, George O'Leary. Entering his fourth season at Central Florida, who hosts Texas on Saturday, O'Leary will be forever haunted by a couple of fibs on his resume that were on there for years and didn't get uncovered until five days after Notre Dame hired him to be their new head coach in 2001.

UCF runner Smith not afraid of No. 6 Longhorns on Saturday
Daily Texan
Somebody in Orlando cannot wait for the No. 6 Longhorns to get there, and it isn't Mickey Mouse. It's Kevin Smith, the dynamic tailback from the University of Central Florida, who's ready to show the nation what the Knights can do.

UCF takes a big step toward legitimacy with a brand-new stadium
Orlando Sentinel
From the time it played its first football game on a muddy field at Saint Leo University in 1979, Central Florida has straddled the line between what its football program is and what it could be. UCF often has been described as a football program on the rise because of its location in the middle of a talent-rich area, its huge ambitions and its enrollment of more than 45,000 students. All of that talk, though, has centered on potential rather than what the Knights actually haves accomplished. Saturday, that begins to change when UCF hosts the Texas Longhorns for the opening of Bright House Networks Stadium.

UCF's Smith eager to mess with Texas
Florida Today
The upcoming opponent could have just as easily been North Texas or Texas Wesleyan instead of the powerhouse Texas Longhorns, but deep down University of Central Florida tailback Kevin Smith says he wouldn't have it any other way. After all, when you are out to prove yourself as one of the nation's elite backs, what better way to do than by going against the sixth-ranked team in the country?

Football recruiting

Fuller Out, Martens In?
The Texas Longhorns have been very selective with who they dole their final offers out to in 2008. When Jeffrey Fuller committed to the Oklahoma Sooners earlier this week, Texas looked to fill the void, and they may be targeting a Canadian athlete from Saint Mary's College. Recruiting has just now started to pick up for Michael Martens, and he recently received a letter from UT.

Mack Brown: 'We don't recruit Florida'
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown said it because he meant it. It wasn't intended as a knock on the Sunshine State or bulletin board material. And he wasn't trying to start a debate about which state had better athletes. Texas' head football coach made the statement simply as a matter of fact. "We don't recruit Florida," he said. Coaches in Florida don't say the same about Texas.


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