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Inside Texas Editorial: Heads Must Roll
Texas, with a potential conference championship on the line against a mediocre Texas A&M squad, performed, well, just like it did last year under similar circumstances, laying an egg. The only difference? This one came in College Station, in even more embarrassing fashion that last year's debacle. After this performance, heads must roll.

That Was Quite A 'Statement'
Texas coach Mack Brown said two weeks ago that his team would be worthy of BCS consideration if it made a 'statement' at Texas A&M. Fridays's 38-30 stinker was a statement, all right.

Summing It Up
Missed tackles, a rocking press box, the best example of being the worst, a sky-kick catcher and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from Texas' 38-30 loss to Texas A&M.

Mack still cracks Top 10 coaches
Austin American-Statesman
Of all the opinions expressed here in the aftermath of Texas' disgusting performance in a 38-30 loss to a better prepared, more emotionally stirred Texas A&M team, one resonated with readers more than any. Mack Brown, it was written in this space, is still one of the 10 best coaches in college football. I still feel that way. But the masses spoke. Loudly.

Defensive woes continue to plague Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman
Sometimes, statistics can be manipulated to support some innocuous argument. Other times, the numbers simply provide hard, cold facts. And according to the hard, cold statistics, this year's Texas defense is one of the worst in school history.

New era for Aggies means old problems for Brown
San Antonio Express-News
As he has done so many times before, Mack Brown acknowledged one of his team's shortcomings and admitted, "that comes back to me." On a transition-swept evening at Kyle Field, he could've said that about a lot of things. Disappointment, ridicule, the old can't-win-the-big-one reputation — all of those and more come back to Brown now. When Dennis Franchione announced his resignation and exited stage left, he essentially passed Brown the torch. As of this morning, the most uncomfortable football coach in Texas resides not in College Station, but in Austin.

Character, heart no substitution for consistency
Daily Texan
After Texas' uninspired performance and the resulting loss to Texas A&M, several words were bandied about by head coach Mack Brown and his players. Character, integrity and heart were on the tips of just about every tongue. But inconsistency consistently popped up too.

Football recruiting:

Bryce Givens: Still a Cornhusker?
Over the past three months, the future of the Nebraska coaching staff has been a much debated topic. On Saturday, things started to get a little clearer, as the Cornhuskers fired head coach Bill Callahan. What impact this will have on recruiting is yet to be determined, but several Nebraska commits have already started looking around.

Early Leader for Williams?
The class of 2009, inside the Lone Star State, is shaping up to be one of the deepest in recent memory. Most of the publicity is going to the quarterbacks and offensive linemen, but there are some pretty special linebacker prospects out there as well. Abilene's Chris Williams is one of the best and he talked recruiting with IT.

Men's hoops:

Hot Shooting Horns Take StubHub! Title
Texas scorched the Prudential Center nets to the tune of 64 percent shooting from the field to torch No. 7-ranked Tennessee 97-78 in the championship game of the StubHub! Legends Classic Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey.

The Early Word On ... Texas
Four things we learned about No. 15 Texas from its 97-78 win over No. 7 Tennessee in Saturday's Legends Classic Final -- a game in which a fan, with 7:20 left in the second half, yelled, "Bring the girls team next time, Tennessee!" ...

Women's hoops:

Women's Basketball defeats UAB, 59-49, giving Goestenkors her 400th career win
Led by a game-high 21 points from sophomore Brittainey Raven, the No. 21 Texas women's basketball team registered a 59-49 victory over UAB Sunday night in the fifth-place game of the Wahine Classic, giving Longhorns head coach Gail Goestenkors her 400th career victory in the process. Goestenkors became the fourth fastest coach in Division I women's basketball history to notch 400 wins, as she reached the milestone in 501 games.


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