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Football recruiting

D.J. Grant Makes His Decision
InsideTexas.com
After missing all of his junior season, Austin LBJ's Derrick Grant averaged 27.2 yards per catch as a senior and consequently saw his stock shoot through the roof. At last check, Grant was torn between Oklahoma and Texas, but he made his choice over the weekend and will be wearing Burnt Orange on the next level.

Scott Narrows It To Four
InsideTexas.com
Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure running back Darrell Scott won a state title on Saturday, and that was his focus, but he gave us a quick update on his recruitment...

Football

Sources say UT's Charles, Finley file NFL draft paperwork
Dallas Morning News
Texas junior running back Jamaal Charles and tight end Jermichael Finley have filed paperwork to an NFL advisory committee to gauge where they might be taken in the 2008 NFL draft, according to two sources close to the players.

Brown says all underclassmen to return
Austin American-Statesman
Texas coach Mack Brown reiterated this weekend that all underclassmen on the team have informed him they will be returning for their senior seasons.

Hoops

Texas Squeezes Out a Win Over State
InsideTexas.com
The Texas Longhorns (10-0) did a good job of keeping fans in their seats on Saturday, but a record-breaking performance by junior F/C Connor Atchley may have been one of the few things the Horns did well in a hard fought 96-81 win over Texas State (5-4) at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

Photo Gallery - Texas State
InsideTexas.com
The Bobcats stayed with Texas for a half, but the Longhorns pulled away in the second half with Connor Atchley, D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams all scoring 20 or more points in the victory.

Texas rolls past Bobcats to reach 10-0
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes could have supplied a bucket. He could have handed his team the means to bail water from a porous defense. He could gave altered strategy, allowing the Longhorns to use a protective zone. Instead, the coach made them take an exam in man-to-man proficiency. They failed during a 96-81 victory against Texas State on Saturday, according to Barnes' grading system.

Atchley proving them all wrong
Austin American-Statesman
Once considered a long-term project, he's making Rick Barnes look smart for recruiting him.

Texas' Augustin getting his points across
Dallas Morning News
Texas sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin was star struck. He hadn't felt that way since his cousin got him backstage at a concert to meet R&B stars Marques Houston and Mario in high school. But for three days last summer, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash was talking directly to Augustin in a gym at Kean University in New Jersey about how to run a team, how to maximize pick-and-roll situations and how to make his teammates better.

Defense not sharp, but No. 4 Texas gets job done
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Rick Barnes isn't about taking the easy way. He knows his fourth-ranked team's 2-3 zone defense is pretty good. It shut down UCLA. Enough said. But Barnes was in no mood to fall back on a zone defense to bail his team out in a 96-81 victory over Texas State on Saturday night – a game that was closer than expected for the first 30 minutes.

Longhorns 10-0, but Barnes not impressed
Associated Press
His team rolled up 96 points and improved to 10-0. Yet, all Texas coach Rick Barnes wanted to talk about was how badly the No. 4 Longhorns played defense. Too many times, Texas State blew past Texas guards on drives to the basket for close shots or kicked the ball out for open 3-pointers. Eventually, Texas' overall talent won out and carried the Longhorns to a 96-81 victory, but Barnes made it clear more performances like that and his team won't be undefeated for long.

Women's hoops

Texas beats Louisiana-Lafayette
Austin American-Statesman
Physically and mentally drained following a week of final exams, Texas point guard Carla Cortijo found Louisiana-Lafayette to be a much easier test. After eight days off, Cortijo and her teammates were simply happy to play basketball again, and they were all smiles following a 76-43 victory before 5,051 fans Sunday afternoon at the Erwin Center.

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