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Football

Texas Faces 'Red Raider Offense' in Waco
InsideTexas.com
Texas' schedule says Baylor is on tap Saturday, but the Bear's offensive scheme says Longhorn DBs are preparing for the Texas Tech offense.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
The Longhorns are rolling again. After dominating the hapless Iowa State Cyclones, Texas finally has a Big 12 win, but what does it mean? Were the changes made on Saturday permanent? Will this be the offense we see the rest of the way? Why haven't the starting linebackers changed? Can Texas win out? All that and much more in the Inside Texas Podcast!

Horns thriving out of making something out of nothing
Austin American-Statesman
QB Colt McCoy and his WRs are becoming adept at keeping plays alive.

Here's the good book on Chris Hall
Austin American-Statesman
He may not be the big-name quarterback or star running back for Texas. No one's ever recognized him as the face of Longhorn football. But Texas could do much worse than using the roundish, dimple-indented face of the team's starting left guard. Have faith, people. Chris Hall is still a legit BMOC.

Notebook: Pumped for Baylor?
Austin American-Statesman

He has tight grip on what's best for team
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Though he has plenty of reasons, Jermichael Finley refuses to brag on himself. Even when others are more than willing.

Beasley snags first career UT interception
Orange Leader
West Orange-Stark fans and coaches have always known exactly what kind of player Kenneth "Deon" Beasley has been for quite some time.

Untested reserves Machen, Weed splitting snaps as Bears prepare for Texas
Waco Tribune-Herald
Coming into fall drills, Michael Machen and John David Weed were the top candidates to become Baylor's starting quarterback. Somewhere, somehow, they disappeared into thin air. Through the first seven games, they had one pass attempt between them. But with Blake Szymanski struggling in Big 12 play, Baylor coach Guy Morriss has opened up the job for Saturday's game against No. 19 Texas at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Hoops

Talent abounds, but uncertainty is top factor so far
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns need to resolve roster issues to win.

Big 12 basketball coaches have injury woes
Dallas Morning News
Sizing up the Big 12 basketball race normally demands close examination of heights, weights, scoring and rebounding averages and the coach's record. Better judge the team trainer, too.

Texas' Augustin ready for added responsibility
Kansas City Star
Texas guard D.J. Augustin enters this basketball season with more preseason honors than former teammate Kevin Durant did a year ago.

Augustin takes Longhorns' reins
Topeka Capital-Journal
D.J. Augustin is the coaches' preseason pick as the Big 12 player of the year, a point guard who takes over as the Longhorns' undisputed leader. The role is one Augustin was coerced into accepting.

Hoops recruiting

Evans Likely To Take His Time
InsideTexas.com
The only three prospects rated higher than Tyreke Evans are off the board. Evans, Scout.com's No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2008, is probably going to be the No. 1 guy on the board for at least the next few months.

Women's hoops

Coach G takes the reins
Daily Texan
Nobody knew that Jody Conradt's milestone 900th career victory would be her last. The second winningest coach in Division I college basketball history retired last year after the Texas women's basketball team failed to reach the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. For the first time since 1976, the program was taking applications for head coach. Less than a month later, the Longhorns withdrew all "Help Wanted" signs from the Frank Erwin Center windows when they hired Gail Goestenkors. In 15 years at Duke, Goestenkors built up an impressive resume with 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, eight ACC regular season championships and a 396-99 (.800) career record.

Alumni

Texans preparing for Vince Young, regardless of ex-Longhorn's injury
Austin American-Statesman
Still uncertain if he will play Sunday against the Houston Texans, Vince Young downplayed the impending NFL matchup that will bring him home.

Young gaining yards, experience with Broncos
Daily Texan
Just six games into the season, several Longhorn NFL rookies are already making an impact. Undrafted running back Selvin Young has been the biggest surprise. Several teams passed up on Young before the Denver Broncos signed him despite his 4.6-40 time at the combine. With starter Travis Henry and backup Mike Bell both injured in the preseason, Young stepped up to lead all Bronco rushers with 167 yards on 34 carries with two touchdowns.

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