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Mutual Respect Evident Between Bowl Coaches
It is not only the Chamber of Commerce weather that has put both head coaches of ASU and Texas in a joyful mood, as they prepare for tomorrow's Holiday Bowl. A 20-plus year friendship has fostered a great deal of admiration between Dennis Erickson and Mack Brown. Both head coaches addressed the media, before putting the final touches in their team's preparations.

Brown's get-tough policy has hardly been a Holiday for Horns
Austin American-Statesman
Texas faces Arizona State with many storylines similar to last Holiday visit

'Next year' should begin with Holiday Bowl
Austin American-Statesman
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Sideline Pass
Austin American-Statesman

Austin American-Statesman

Two to watch
Austin American-Statesman

Texas' McCoy positive about ups, downs
Dallas Morning News
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was asked what his parents gave him for Christmas, prompting McCoy to reveal that his mother had recently taken him off the family's cellphone plan. Asked if she did it because of his performance against Texas A&M, McCoy smiled and said, "Could have been." It's been that kind of year for the sophomore, who has had to shrug off criticism and complaints about a season in which he has thrown for 21 touchdowns with 18 interceptions heading into tonight's Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against Arizona State.

UT gets a boot out of Brown
Dallas Morning News
Longhorns say coach's tough preparation has improved chemistry

Holiday Bowl preview: Texas vs. Arizona State
Dallas Morning News

UT tries to halt a passing problem
San Antonio Express-News
As Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson fielded questions Wednesday about his team's preparation leading up to today's Holiday Bowl, Texas coach Mack Brown piped up with an inquiry of his own. "Coach," Brown asked, "what about game plan?" The room erupted in giggles, and then Erickson deadpanned, "We're gonna throw it every down." Cue more laughter. Although, it's worth wondering if Erickson was joking or simply offering a little bit of foreshadowing.

Holiday Bowl: Capsule glance
San Antonio Express-News

Longhorns better be in stop mode
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas co-defensive coordinator Duane Akina convinced his boss that he was the right man to lead the Longhorns' defense with a strong second-half effort in last year's Alamo Bowl. If Akina wants to keep calling the defensive signals at Texas beyond tonight's Holiday Bowl, he would be well-advised to put the brakes on a recent downturn in his unit's efforts.

Texas' Brown sticks to business
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Texas depth chart remained a mystery to everyone, including the players, as the Longhorns went through their final day of preparation for today's Holiday Bowl. Texas coach Mack Brown said every position was open for competition as the team began bowl practices, and with his failure to release an official depth chart Saturday, it appears the "all jobs are open" mantra of the past few weeks is still in effect.

Brown uses tough love during UT's bowl preparations
Houston Chronicle
During Wednesday's news conference to preview the Holiday Bowl, Texas coach Mack Brown interrupted to ask a question of Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson. "What about game plan?" Brown asked. "Well, with your speed, I was hoping for rain and a soggy field. That's not there," Erickson said. "We're going to throw it every down." Word spreads quickly about Texas' struggles defending the pass.

Holiday might be key break for Longhorns
Killeen Daily Herald
The Holiday Bowl hasn't been kind to the Texas Longhorns under coach Mack Brown and frankly wasn't the bowl game they expected to be playing in this year. But a trip to San Diego for tonight's matchup with No. 12-ranked Arizona State could be the best thing to happen to the team since Vince Young left.

Bobino, Longhorns looking for redemption
Galveston Daily News
Rashad Bobino tries to put a positive spin on the fact Texas will be playing in the Holiday Bowl today, instead of the national title game Jan. 7... But push him a little bit, and you find out Bobino does think about the two games the Longhorns let slip away. Oklahoma beat Texas, 28-21, in the annual Red River Shootout in Dallas, and then another Big 12 rival, Texas A&M, knocked off the Longhorns, 38-30, in the regular-season finale in College Station. Both those games burn in Bobino's memory.

Jamaal Charles had a good year. A real good year. But he'll be the first to tell you, it coulda been better
Beaumont Enterprise
His numbers leapt off the page as absolutely freakish. He cemented his status as one of the true game-breakers in college football. His team is on the cusp of yet another 10-win season. And nobody, including Jamaal Charles himself, seems satisfied. Taking over as the full-time starting tailback at Texas this season, Port Arthur's favorite son put up statistics that surpassed almost every other big-name rusher in the nation: 1,458 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns and 6.3 yards per carry in the rough-and-tumble Big 12. And somehow, even Charles viewed his season as something of a disappointment.

Streaks inspire Texas
Kansas City Star
Texas doesn't have to strain to find motivation for tonight's Holiday Bowl encounter against Arizona State. The Longhorns own the nation's longest streak of 10-victory seasons at six. They take a 9-3 record into the game at San Diego.

It hasn't been a holiday for Texas
Los Angeles Times
The Longhorns are only 1-2 in Holiday Bowl and figures to have a tough game with Arizona State.

Just happy to be here?
San Diego Union-Tribune
Arizona State warmly embraces game against disappointing team from Texas

ASU back gets start against Longhorns
San Diego Union-Tribune
Arizona State sophomore running back Dimitri Nance, a Texas native, will earn his first career start tonight in the 30th annual Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against the Texas Longhorns, head coach Dennis Erickson said yesterday.

Arizona St. Sun Devils (10-2) vs. Texas Longhorns (9-3)
San Diego Union-Tribune

A Holiday tradition: History working against snubbed Sun Devils
North County Times
Along with the high scores and wild finishes, the trips to the zoo and Sea World, there is another more recent Holiday Bowl tradition of note. And that tradition? Teams that really wanted to be elsewhere this time of year -- namely, Bowl Championship Series contenders bounced by a late-season loss or an inexplicable snub -- usually end up having their lack of enthusiasm exposed for all to see.

ASU-Texas means big numbers
Arizona Republic
It's not where you play a bowl game, Texas coach Mack Brown said, but who you play. Arizona State has plenty of respect for Texas, its opponent in Thursday's 30th annual Holiday Bowl. The Longhorns were national champions two years ago and are trying for their seventh consecutive 10-win-or-better season and a school-record fourth consecutive bowl victory. The respect is mutual because Brown and ASU coach Dennis Erickson are friends who, like their schools, are meeting for the first time.

ASU, Texas trying to avoid BCS letdown
Phoenix East Valley Tribune
With the Holiday Bowl hosting teams that just missed out on a Bowl Championship Series berth, the two coaches on Wednesday devoted part of a joint press conference to insist that there is no lingering disappointment.

Holiday Bowl serves appealing dish of ranked teams
USA Today
If college football's bowl smorgasbord hasn't done much thus far to whet your appetite, Thursday's Holiday Bowl might be viewed as the beginning of the main course. The game in San Diego has No. 11 Arizona State (10-2) facing No. 17 Texas (9-3) in this season's first bowl matchup of ranked teams.


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