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.

Hoops

Better without Durant? Yikes, fill your crazy prescriptions
CBSSports.com
There is this silly theory bouncing around about Texas. It started in New Jersey after a blowout of Tennessee, then gained momentum in Los Angeles following a win over UCLA. Some reporter said it on a radio show, then it was repeated on another radio show, then it picked up energy on television and message boards to the point where people who haven't seen the Longhorns or Kevin Durant often enough to have an opinion on either now have strong opinions on both. And that's how we ended up where we are today, with folks readily insisting with little explanation other than a win-loss record that Texas is better without its reigning National Player of the Year. To which I say, really? Is the whole world on crazy pills?

Big 12 teams showing they can compete with the best
San Antonio Express-News
Damion James was trying to loosen his hamstrings. He had no idea that lessons about life and basketball were to follow, but so go the days with Rick Barnes at the helm.

Past basketball players keeping an eye on current team
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Remember last season when then-Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie got his coaching shorts in a wad over then-Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg's observation that the league was "one of the five or six best conferences" in the country? Billy Clyde felt the commish should have lobbied, rather than speak the truth. Based on this season's early returns, the Big 12 doesn't need someone to pump conference strength. The RPI Report, for instance, ranks the Big 12 just behind the Atlantic Coast Conference in its power ratings, and the Big 12's three best teams -- No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Texas and No. 14 Texas A&M -- have made national ripples in the season's first month.

Baseball

Russell earns preseason All-America honor
TexasSports.com
University of Texas junior outfielder Kyle Russell was tabbed to the 2008 Preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-America team the organization announced on Wednesday.

Alumni:

Campbell's run for Heisman the stuff of legend
San Antonio Express-News
When Fred Akers succeeded legendary Darrell Royal as football coach at Texas in 1977, one of the first things he did was have a heart-to-heart with All-America fullback Earl Campbell. Smart guy, that Akers.

Clemens is less like Lance, more like Barry
San Antonio Express-News
Roger Clemens was going to be the Lance Armstrong of baseball, and he was pedaling in that direction.

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