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Football

'The few, the proud'
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns now dealing with effects of smaller recruiting classes, high attrition.

Nobody is immune to Brown's tough love
San Antonio Express-News
Nearing the end of his sophomore season with the Texas Longhorns, quarterback Colt McCoy still takes an opportunity to introduce himself from time to time. That's been a necessary approach during Mack Brown's tough-love preparation for the Holiday Bowl. Brown reinstituted a thing called "NOSs" – Not to Our Standard. If a player messes up, the whole team gets messed up. Enter McCoy.

Herring hopes to play in bowl
Arizona Republic
Keegan Herring is one of 16 Arizona State running backs with more than 2,000 career rushing yards. Jarrell Woods still is awaiting his first carry with the Sun Devils. Herring, still not practicing due to a left ankle injury suffered against Arizona on Dec. 1, believes he'll play against Texas in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday. If not, Woods and Preston Jones will be backups to Dimitri Nance, a Texas native eager for a shot at the Longhorns. ASU has been without tailback Ryan Torain since a season-ending foot injury Oct. 13.

ASU hoping to open eyes of Texas
Phoenix East Valley Tribune
Arizona State wide receiver Mike Jones isn't shy about his admiration for the University of Texas. He is from Sugar Land, Texas, and the Longhorns and Florida State were his two favorite teams growing up. When it came time for him to choose a college, though, the love wasn't reciprocated. Texas never offered, and Jones settled for a different path, one which eventually led him to Tempe.

Football recruiting

Moore Talks About UCLA Trip
InsideTexas.com
Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey safety Rahim Moore, UCLA's top commit in the class of 2008, talks about his official visit to Westwood and where he stands with the Bruins... And if the Horns have a shot.

Men's hoops

Texas has maintained offensive efficiency even without the high-scoring Durant
ESPN.com
Could Texas actually be better without Kevin Durant? It sounds like basketball blasphemy, considering Durant's 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game last season redefined what is possible for any major conference player, let alone a freshman. He destroyed the Big 12 scoring record. He was the runaway national player of the year. His combination of perimeter skill, length and relentlessness made him the most uniquely dominant college player in ages. Now, he's chasing NBA rookie of the year honors with the Seattle SuperSonics, and you're supposed to believe the Longhorns might be improved? As crazy as it sounds, it's possible, even if Texas coach Rick Barnes isn't willing to go there quite yet.

NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
SI.com

Top-10 Showdown: No.9 MSU vs No.4 Texas
GoSpartans.net
As No.9 Michigan State (10-1) prepares for a top-10 showdown with No.4 Texas (11-0), the Spartans hold several advantages over the Longhorns that will help them on Saturday.

Women's hoops

Raven, Texas get physical with Sun Devils
Austin American-Statesman
Brittainey Raven has led an up-tempo basketball team that spent the first 10 games of the season mixing flash with dash. On Thursday, the Longhorns won with smash. In a game that would make Holiday Bowl coaches Mack Brown and Dennis Erickson proud, the 19th-ranked Longhorns prevailed 62-51 over No. 24 Arizona State Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

ASU women toppled by Texas
Arizona Republic
The troubles keep coming for the Arizona State women. Whether it is the mounting losses, the injured guards or the inability to play the style the Sun Devils are used to, it all seems to be piling up. It didn't get any better Thursday night in a 62-51 loss to No. 19 Texas at Wells Fargo Arena, dropping the No. 22 Sun Devils to 6-5 and possibly out of the top 25 for the first time since the first week of March during the 2004-05 season.

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