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What Texas Needs Now Is...
Inside Texas
Texas QB Colt McCoy asks for your help. It was a tongue-in-cheek request, but, following his team's 38-30 loss at Texas A&M, McCoy opened the floor for fans and sports media to suggest ways his team could improve its level of play. Ask, and you shall receive!

Football Recruiting

Ryan Roberson: Talks Official
Inside Texas
When you think about the high school football programs in Texas, Brenham has to come to mind. After all, they have produced 11 Division I prospects over the last two years and Texas has picked up commitments from four of those kids. Ryan Roberson was in Austin over the weekend and talked about the experience.


Early success of Big 12 hoops teams should pay off in March
Kansas City Star
When Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon was at Wichita State, he didn't think much of the nonconference company kept by Big 12 programs... That's not the case this season. The tougher slates have brought the league favorable power ratings, and that's the currency any conference needs for the payoff in March when the NCAA Tournament field is being constructed. In that process, so many at-large candidates look alike. Ones from higher-rated conferences get an edge, and for the first time in a few years, the more attractive resumes could come from the Big 12.

Women's hoops

Nash switches sports, hits new gear
Austin American-Statesman
Kathleen Nash was the coolest player on the Erwin Center floor, hitting all six of her shots from the field to rally Plano West High School to its first UIL state basketball championship. A junior during that 2005-06 season, Nash experienced her finest hour as a high school basketball player. Before that, she was known around the Dallas metroplex as a can't-miss volleyball player who would be pursued by more than 100 colleges.


Mihm belongs in the NBA, but must get healthy to prolong his career
Austin American-Statesman
Former UT All-American has divided time between court, training room

UT-ex T.J. Ford is sore but OK after nasty fall
Dallas Morning News
The news was good regarding Toronto point guard and former Texas Longhorns standout T.J. Ford, but that doesn't take the scare factor away for NBA players. Ford went through numerous tests Wednesday, all of which came back normal. He then flew from Atlanta to Toronto and showed up for the Mavericks-Raptors game. Ford took a nasty fall against the Hawks on Tuesday night, landing on his back and head, after getting flagrantly fouled by Al Horford.

Durant: A Sweet Tooth and a Sweet Jumper
New York Times
During the final minute of Seattle's 117-110 victory over the Knicks Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, the Seattle rookie Kevin Durant had the ball with a 4-point lead and drove the lane against two defenders to try to secure the victory.

Rookie Young expects big game
Denver Post
Broncos running back Selvin Young needs only 14 yards to crack the top five for the most single-season yardage as an undrafted rookie in NFL history. He likely will get those yards tonight in his hometown, Houston, where he might start against the Texans.

Snapper Loeffler is quietly effective in Vikings' success
Minneapolis Star Tribune
One of the unnoticed contributors to the Vikings' success this season has been long snapper Cullen Loeffler, who in four years has had one bad snap, that coming in his second year, against the Lions.

Texas ex Kelli Kuehne earns way back to LPGA Tour
Austin American-Statesman
You don't win two U.S. Amateur championships without a lot of talent, heart and resolve. Kelli Kuehne, an All-American when she was playing for the Texas Longhorns, showed all of that in winning those titles in 1995 and 1996. She demonstrated those qualities again two weeks ago when she finished fourth in the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament to earn her way back to the LPGA Tour.


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