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Football

Texas vs. Texas A&M: Once More With Feeling
InsideTexas.com
Texas players annually insist that, despite owning the upper-hand against Texas A&M for the better part of the past decade, they do not overlook their in-state rival. This week, however, the Horns actually mean it.

Inside Texas Texas A&M Picks
InsideTexas.com
IT's Bill Frisbie, Ross Lucksinger, Michael Pearle and Clendon Ross give you their picks, and their reasoning for the picks, for Friday's match-up in College Station between Texas and Texas A&M.

McCoy looks for redemption against Aggies
Austin American-Statesman
A year ago against Texas A&M, Colt McCoy muddled through a miserable end to his first regular college season. The Texas Longhorns' quarterback threw three interceptions. Adding insult to injury, he left the field strapped to a stretcher, after a chin-high hit from Aggie lineman Michael Bennett with 20 seconds to play, aggravating a neck stinger he suffered 13 days earlier. McCoy thought then he'd skidded to rock bottom in a 12-7 home loss that knocked the Longhorns out of the Big 12 Conference title game. He had no idea that 10 months later, he'd tumble to the actual abyss, when he threw four interceptions and suffered a mild concussion in a 20-point home loss to Kansas State. But seasons have an odd way of turning around for the persistent, hardy types.

Longhorns don't want Aggies to take their time
Austin American-Statesman
Time is on their side. Or maybe it isn't. Texas A&M has controlled the clock and the ball the past two years. While that might seem like the Aggies are controlling the game, the Longhorns don't think it's the most important statistic.

Texas A&M still a good job
Austin American-Statesman
Texas A&M is a good job. Maybe not as good as the Yankee third-base job or the Spurs' motivational speaker job. But Texas A&M is still a good job.

Enduring through trying times
Austin American-Statesman
A&M's McGee steadfastly holds to his beliefs as struggling Aggies face Texas

Texas vs. Texas A&M: Two to watch
Austin American-Statesman
Colt McCoy Texas quarterback, No. 12 vs. Michael Bennett Texas A&M defensive end, No. 11

Sideline Pass: As close as you can get to the game without being tackled
Austin American-Statesman

College athlete's heart attack brings cardiac concern to light
Dallas Morning News
Barbara Bergin still had patients to see back at her orthopedic medical practice. Her 6-6, 295-pound son, Matt, the star left tackle at Austin Westlake, was soaking with sweat after leading a school pep rally in a traditional Mexican hat dance. She thought about just telling him she'd see him at Westlake's game that night in College Station against A&M Consolidated. But the same voice that told her to clear her morning and go to the pep rally told her to go ahead and have her blouse drenched by a bear hug. Later that night, as she was giving her son mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after watching him stop breathing, she thought about that sweaty hug she almost passed on.

Texas A&M's McGee, Franchione forever linked
Dallas Morning News
Win or lose today at Kyle Field, Stephen McGee is going hunting afterward with a new custom-made deer rifle his father got him as a graduation present... McGee can shoot down No. 13 Texas' Big 12 title hopes if A&M can upset its biggest rival a second straight year. Blasting A&M coach Dennis Franchione's critics has been far more challenging as the two became high-profile targets during a disappointing 6-5 season.

Texas-Texas A&M: How they match up
Dallas Morning News

Texas-Texas A&M: Key matchup
Dallas Morning News
Texas RB Jamaal Charles vs. Texas A&M's linebackers

Texas-Texas A&M: Four downs – Keys to today's game
Dallas Morning News

Texas-Texas A&M: The bottom line
Dallas Morning News

Plenty at stake in UT-A&M showdown
San Antonio Express-News
Texas A&M defensive coordinator Gary Darnell has stood on both sidelines — in the same role — in the state's grandest rivalry game. "What an incredible atmosphere," he said. "It doesn't matter what side you're on." No. 13 Texas visits the home of the 12th Man starting 2:30 p.m. today, when the Longhorns face the Aggies for the 114th time in the teams' storied struggle.

After the feast, focus turns to Aggies
San Antonio Express-News
The Friday after Thanksgiving, a day anxiously awaited for its insane shopping hysteria and cold turkey sandwiches. Indeed, the culinary hangover that lingers in shopping malls everywhere is so pervasive in our culture, a reporter recently asked Texas coach Mack Brown if he has to warn his players not to eat too much on Thanksgiving. Because, obviously, too much pumpkin pie and stuffing may very well hamper the Longhorns' ability to shut down Texas A&M's running game. But Brown was earnest in his response. Apparently he does talk to his players about not overindulging on the national day of overindulgence.

Bonfire helped draw Franks to A&M
San Antonio Express-News
Here's to Kerry Franks. The Texas A&M senior receiver, who hails from Orange, is about to wrap up his career as one of the best kick returners in school history. With 66 yards on Friday against Texas, he'll set A&M's single-season mark, currently held by Terrence Murphy with 626. Franks already is fourth on the school's career list with 1,086 yards, a mere three feet behind one of my all-time favorite Houston Oilers, Carl Roaches. I don't pretend to know a lot of these guys real well, but I'll say this about Franks: He's always been unfailingly polite, exceedingly helpful and quick with a chuckle.

Longhorns vs. Aggies
San Antonio Express-News

Half brothers ... rivals: An A&M-UT connection
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Aggies' Lane, Longhorns' Finley always bonded through sports

'Horns have goals to go
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas coach Mack Brown welcomes the reprieve his team received during its five-game winning streak. After starting conference play with two consecutive losses, the 13th-ranked Longhorns (9-2, 5-2 in Big 12) find themselves in position to grab at least a share of the South Division title if they can beat Texas A&M (6-5, 3-4) today in College Station.

On a stationary track
Houston Chronicle
As Dennis Franchione enters what is likely his final home game as Aggies coach, the program is in no better shape than when he took over nearly five years ago

Texas A&M facing another crossroads heading into Texas game
Associated Press
Five years later, Texas A&M is back where it started. In 2002, the Aggies were 6-5 heading into their season finale with Texas, and disgruntled fans were calling for a coaching change. By then, A&M had slipped from elite to ordinary, the "Wrecking Crew" defense had become a remnant of the past and its once-steady supply of in-state recruits had started looking elsewhere. The Longhorns beat the Aggies 50-20 and three days later, R.C. Slocum was fired. Texas finished 10-2, won the Big 12 South and played in the Cotton Bowl. The bitter rivals meet for the 114th time Friday and the scenario is much the same, right down to the records.

Men's hoops:

Eyes of Texas coach on Atchley, Mason
Austin American-Statesman
Barnes counting on pair to help fill the void after loss of Durant.

Preview: Texas vs. New Mexico State
Austin American-Statesman

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Inside Scoop
Inside Texas

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

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Houston Chronicle


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