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Football

Scrambled
InsideTexas.com
The second leading rusher for the Longhorns isn't a rusher at all. It's quarterback Colt McCoy. But as the toughest stretch in the Texas schedule gets underway, is that a good thing or a recipe for disaster?

Who'll cover Bowman?
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns must account for Oklahoma State's towering receiver.

LONGHORNS FOOTBALL NOTES
Austin American-Statesman

Texas coach Brown spreads the news
Dallas Morning News
Two weeks ago, Texas coach Mack Brown said he took a poll of his players and was surprised to learn almost none of them paid attention to newspapers, talk radio or TV. Then Monday, Brown, who has repeatedly said he doesn't pay attention to the media, went off on the media for its critical coverage of his team's 28-25 victory at home over Nebraska.

Texas' Brown hoping to get 'back in the mix'
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Mack Brown says his team still has a lot to play for, including a possible BCS berth.

Charles runs back into spotlight
San Antonio Express-News
On Monday, Texas running back Jamaal Charles sauntered in to meet with the cameras and tape recorders wearing a shirt that could have easily been inspired by his tackle-teasing performance against Nebraska.

Arlington Bowie ex is a good-hands guy
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Brandon Foster knew coming into this season he would be picked on. Though the Texas cornerback is a senior, he and the rest of the secondary was regarded as inexperienced. And being 5-foot-9 only makes quarterbacks want to test him more often. So Foster became proactive, and worked hard this summer to improve his hands.

What's the difference? For OSU, it's Savage
Houston Chronicle
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy refers to running back Dantrell Savage as "a difference-maker." Without him, the Cowboys lost by 18 points to Troy. With him, the Cowboys are off to a 3-1 start and tied for first place with Oklahoma in the Big 12 South entering Saturday's game against Texas in Stillwater.

Foster making special impact
Daily Texan
Special teams can be forgettable, especially when a team isn't running back punts and kickoff returns for touchdowns or blocking punts and field goals. Such is the case with Texas this season.

Longhorns may have an answer
Kerrville Daily Times
It is a reoccurring theme this season. The Texas offense finds itself under assault – the target of missiles launched by opposing defenses, a barrage of blitzes that have stunted the running game and repeatedly battered quarterback Colt McCoy. It will likely be the same this weekend, when the No. 14 Longhorns travel to Stillwater to face an Oklahoma State team that is not afraid to saddle up and charge full speed. But this week, Texas (7-2, 3-2 Big 12) may have an answer.

Cowboys will try to put the pressure on McCoy
Oklahoman
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was a man on the run last week. Nebraska unexpectedly brought the house upon McCoy, blitzing 75 percent of the time, throwing off the Texas game plan and rendering the Longhorn offense ineffective for the first three quarters of the game. In many ways it was an effective strategy for containing the sophomore quarterback. It is not a strategy Oklahoma State will attempt, Cowboys coaches said.

With OSU's Nethon injured, his dad has green light to cheer for Texas
Oklahoman
Usually when Oklahoma State plays Texas, Rodney Tate is torn. He wants his stepson, OSU linebacker Jeremy Nethon, to play well – "10 or 12 solo tackles, sack the quarterback for a loss, that's what I want him to do," Tate said. But Tate wants his alma mater to win.

OSU football notebook
Oklahoman

Secure at Texas
Tulsa World
In today's college football culture, with football coaches bearing the brunt of relentless pressure to be perfect, a 10-year run at one school is an eternity. Texas fans have grumbled this season because the Longhorns have had a relatively disappointing season. But Mack Brown, in his 10th season as the Texas coach, has managed to sustain unwavering university support and rock-solid job security. Colleagues at Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida State, Nebraska and Texas A&M surely would envy Brown's situation in Austin.

Hoops Recruiting

J'Covan Brown: Decision Looming
InsideTexas.com
It's been almost an entire year since Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns have received a new addition to their basketball program. They have yet to receive a commitment from the 2008 class, but that may change in the next couple of weeks. One of Texas' top targets, Port Arthur shooting guard J'Covan Brown is closing in on decision time.

Alumni

For openers, Durant off the mark
Denver Post
The last time Kevin Durant hit the state of Colorado, his stat line read like this: 37 points (13-of-23 shooting) and 17 rebounds. He was a freshman for the Texas Longhorns, who hammered CU that day. His second time, as a professional with the Seattle SuperSonics? Not so great.

Women's hoops

Texas' Goestenkors says help is on the way
Dallas Morning News
The Texas women's basketball team opens its exhibition season tonight against Trinity at the Erwin Center. Admission is free. The Longhorns will be thin this season, especially up front after losing All-Big 12 forward Tiffany Jackson of Duncanville, but new coach Gail Goestenkors said the Longhorns should get help soon from a few talented players who have made oral commitments.

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