Friday Longhorn Sports Page

Stay up to date on all things Burnt Orange with a daily stop at IT's Longhorn Sports Page, with links to the latest news and opinion articles on UT football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and other sports from around the web.


OSU Preview: Heading 'em Off at the Pass
Texas' annual trap door game against traditionally overlooked Oklahoma State has arguably become the most high-profile of the Horns' three-game stretch to conclude a topsy-turvy regular season.

Ask James Brown
Former Longhorn QB and NFL Europe star James Brown answers your questions about how to beat the inevitable Oklahoma State blitz, the late success of the zone read in the Nebraska game and what that says about the Horns' offensive coaching, and his preparation for the AAFL draft.

The Inside Texas Podcast
Is it the return of Thin-Skinned Mack? Inside Texas' Ross and Ross preview the Oklahoma State game and discuss Mack Brown's recent comments on the attitudes of Longhorn fans. Who are the fans booing? Does it matter? Does Brown's attitude affect the team? All that and more in the Inside Texas Podcast!

In the improvement line
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns' offensive line has continued to get better every game.

Hitting the books
Austin American-Statesman
Dallas Griffin of Texas, Nick Clark of Texas State balance graduate school and football to become finalists for the Draddy Trophy

Ask the beat writers: Questions on young linebackers, the O-line coach and lack of sacks
Austin American-Statesman

Notebook: Kindle out with shoulder injury
Austin American-Statesman

Texas getting back in the mix … the BCS mix
Dallas Morning News
On Wednesday night, Texas coach Mack Brown said he thought his players could "get back in the mix" for a possible BCS berth with wins in the Longhorns' final three games. Considering Texas (7-2, 3-2 Big 12) has beaten only one team with a winning record (Central Florida, 5-3) and needed the second half or fourth quarter to put away victories against Arkansas State, UCF, TCU, Baylor and Nebraska, it sounded like a pipe dream. But in today's college football landscape, Texas finds itself No. 15 in the BCS with enough dominoes that could fall in front of the Longhorns that UT just might become an attractive BCS at-large berth at 10-2. The question is can Texas get to 10-2?

Brown's comments about home fans misused
San Antonio Express-News
With Wednesday being the day for geese and goblins, tricks and treats, there was a Halloween theme being carried out in the Texas Longhorns camp. Mack Brown – and the rest of the UT coaches – addressed the team Wednesday in full costume mode and even threw candy at the players. Brown was wearing a mask, although he wasn't entirely sure who or what he was portraying.

On the road to Stillwater
Daily Texan
Texas lets loose during Halloween practice, still focused on rivalry game

Burton has grown up quickly
During his first week of two-a-days at Oklahoma State, defensive end Derek Burton was given a crash course in Division I football. Going against veteran offensive lineman Corey Hilliard was a reality check for Burton. Hilliard, now on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad, essentially sent the message: Welcome to Big 12 football.

OSU Notebook

UT talent, tradition face renovated OSU
Tulsa World
IT WOULD HAVE BEEN easy to write off Texas after losses to Kansas State and Oklahoma.

Stakes high for Gundy, Cowboys
Enid News
He's a man, he's 40, he's famous. Ever since Mike Gundy's September tirade against a columnist from the state's largest newspaper, the Oklahoma State football coach's name has become well known nationally.

Football recruiting

Scott Setting Visits & Staying Focused
Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure running back Darrell Scott, the top running back prospect in the country, has set up his first two official visits for the next two weekends, but he's focusing on more important things than recruiting...


For Mason, the weight is over
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorn guard slims down after slump and is ready for a new opportunity.

Augustin takes over role as Texas leader
Associated Press
The kid is gone. Kevin Durant, the soft-spoken freshman with the spindly arms and devastating shot, has gone to the NBA, taking his 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds per game and the identity of the Texas program with him. So now what? Good question. The role of Longhorns leader now falls squarely on the short shoulders of 6-foot sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin who, had it not been for Durant's brilliant single season in college, might have been the Big 12 freshman of the year.

Texas must fill gap left by Durant
Sporting News

Women's hoops

Longhorns roll past Trinity in exhibition opener
Austin American-Statesman
Lindsey's hot hand in first half helped make Goestenkors' debut a success.

Mergerson dismissed from Texas women's team
Dallas Morning News
Texas announced Thursday afternoon that Mariana (Mari) Mergerson, a 6-3 senior center from Duncanville, has been dismissed from the women's basketball team.


Longhorn legends: Football Hall of Honor inductee Priest Holmes
Growing up in San Antonio, Texas Priest Holmes was never far from the traditions of The University of Texas and now his accomplishments will be commemorated in the Longhorn Hall of Honor along with other UT Legends.

Durant lights up KeyArena in home opener
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
For Kevin Durant, that "Holy cow, I'm here" moment hit as he stood on the free-throw lane next to NBA star Carmelo Anthony during Wednesday's season opener in Denver.

Is LaMarcus Aldridge Portland's next great inside man?
Austin American-Statesman
We're not sure if LaMarcus Aldridge called his college coach after Tuesday night's game in San Antonio. You see, the Portland Trail Blazers' sophomore forward doesn't want to be viewed as a braggart, and since he torched the defending world champions for 27 points in his 2007 debut, he probably didn't call Texas coach Rick Barnes. Barnes probably called him.


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