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Football

The Inside Texas Podcast
Inside Texas
This week's episode starts with a rant about the real problem with the BCS that's getting less attention than the more obvious reasons that have been bandied about since the creation of the flawed system. Also, Inside Texas' Ross and Ross talk about what the multitude of awards at the annual football banquet reflects about the program, the 9-0 Texas basketball team and more!

Okam named third-team All-American
Austin American-Statesman
When the Associated Press named its All-American college football team Tuesday, four players learned that they had made the first team two years in a row. Eight Big 12 players made the team. And the Texas Longhorns went without a first-team selection for the first time in eight years and only the second time since 1995.

Senior center prepared for life after football
Daily Texan
As he made his way toward the middle of the field, Dallas Griffin locked eyes with teammate Chris Hall. Griffin took one hand off of the crutch he was grasping, wrapped it around Hall's shoulder pads, and the two teammates wept on the turf at Boone Pickens Stadium. Texas' comeback win over Oklahoma State on Nov. 3 was emotional for the entire squad. But for these two Longhorns, the game held much more sentiment. For Griffin, it was the last time he'd get to compete as a college football player.

Old man Cosby has more than football on his busy agenda
Daily Texan
When Quan Cosby returns home after school and football practice, there's no time for rest. He doesn't get much time to unwind and relax from a long day of hitting the books and learning new plays. He'd be hard-pressed to sit down long enough in order to catch one of his favorite shows or play video games. For the junior receiver, the real work begins when he steps through the door and is greeted by his 22-month-old baby-girl, Micah. That's when reality sets in.

A photo look at Texas football
Daily Texan

Football Recruiting

Jeremy Hills: Ready to Carry on Family Name
Inside Texas
The Texas Longhorns have been very fortunate to have the services of Tony Hills over the last five years. He has excelled on and off the football field and is a proven leader. Although Hills has played his last game in Burnt Orange, his family name will carry on at UT, as his little brother will be carrying the rock for the Longhorns in the near future.

Kheeston Randall: Enjoys Visit
Inside Texas
Monsignor Kelly defensive tackle Kheeston Randall was a surprise commitment for the Texas Longhorns back in February. Since then, he has done nothing but prove that UT made the right decision when it offered him a scholarship. Randall was in Austin for an official visit over the weekend and talked about the experience.

Hoops

Center continues to work into playing shape
San Antonio Express-News
As Texas bolted past Rice last weekend at the Toyota Center, center Dexter Pittman was doing his best to bolt up and down the court. One sprint after the other. Normally, this wouldn't be noticed, not for a prized player on a top-five college basketball team. But then again, Pittman's situation is far from normal.

Texas fine-tunes before Big 12 play
Daily Texan
While most students will be enjoying their winter vacations as far away from the classroom as possible, the Texas men's basketball team will be enduring a month-long cram session in preparation for their upcoming conference schedule. Sporting an unblemished record through nine games for the first time since 1981-82, the team is off this week in order to prepare for their academic finals, but they return to the court on Saturday for a home game against Texas State in the first of six pre-Big 12 Conference pop quizzes.

Hoops Recruiting

Evans Has Two Visits To Go
Inside Texas
Tyreke Evans is getting closer and closer to making his college decision, but prior to making his pick talented wing is planning to take two more visits.

Women's hoops

Tough road awaits Texas over break; Coach G prepared
Daily Texan
In her first year at Texas, Gail Goestenkors has led the team to a 7-2 record through the first nine games and a No. 20 ranking in the latest AP poll. However, the 18-win team from last season started off with the exact same record, meaning the biggest test is yet to come. Over the Christmas break, the team faces two top-25 teams and starts Big 12 play.

Alumni:

Memories fill Young's trip back
Daily Texan
When Longhorn fans see old clips of Vince Young on television, he's usually scoring the final touchdown in the 2005 National Championship Rose Bowl game or pointing to the crowd afterward, confetti swirling around his statuesque figure. These images haven't left their memories or the film banks at ESPN. And when they do flash across the screen, they evoke powerful feelings of elation and the purest form of happiness for those who bleed burnt-orange blood. But what about the man inside the TV set?

Degree of difficulty
Austin American-Statesman
Twelve years after leaving school, former Longhorn guard Terrence Rencher graduates

Broncos RB Young returns to Houston as a top rookie
Houston Chronicle
Broncos running back Selvin Young wants to be reminded of what a "normal" winter looks like. He has had enough of the white stuff covering the ground in Denver. He's ready to see something green again. Young, 24, will get his chance when he returns to his hometown for the Texans-Broncos matchup Thursday night at Reliant Stadium. The former Texas Longhorn left Houston in May as an undrafted free agent. He returns as one of the best rookie running backs in the league.

Sonics rookie feeling his way through NBA
Yahoo Sports
The final horn sounded, the players began to walk off the court and somewhere in between Kevin Durant transformed back into a 19-year-old kid. He bounced on his heels like an oversized pogo stick, thumped his chest and let out a loud whoop. Durant didn't care how silly he looked, and it wouldn't have mattered even if he did. His impromptu dance came in front of an audience of one: his mother. This celebration wasn't born from a victory by Durant's Seattle SuperSonics. Those have been all too rare this season. No, on this late November afternoon, Durant hadn't even pulled on his jersey, instead parking himself in front of a large-screen TV at home to watch his Texas Longhorns run over the Tennessee Volunteers.

Underdog Ivey's roots run back to "Big Apple"
Bucks.com
Bucks guard has made career out of proving skeptics wrong

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