New Year's Eve Longhorn Sports Page

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Coming Attractions
What Texas did in and leading up to the Holiday Bowl that shows great promise for 2008, aggressive DBs, Jessie-gate, a John Chiles sighting, Melton's great hands, Lokey finally getting his touchdown and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from the Horns' Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State.

Culpepper's Commentary: Holiday Bowl
In case you have forgotten, it was Dennis Erickson's Miami Hurricane football team that set a record for bowl penalties as they murdered Texas 46-3 in the 1991 Cotton Bowl game. I was there and saw the low class actions by his team when they ran through the Longhorn pre-game warm-ups and after each turn of the screw during the game. Not this time.

Conner's Burnt Orange Glasses: Holiday Bowl
Jeff Conner's commentary on the Horns' Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State.

Is the best yet to come for Horns?
Austin American-Statesman
Now is the time that we normally swallow in a convincing bowl victory, such as Texas' 52-34 manhandling of 12th-ranked Arizona State, and foresee better things to come in 2008: a possible Big 12 championship, a solution for global warming and so on. You know the drill. We'll spare the usual hyperbole and celebrate the Longhorns' annual 10-win season, but in truth, we see no reason to temper any enthusiasm for next season. That is, if Texas truly learned its lesson after thoroughly outplaying and outcoaching ASU.

Holiday Bowl may have signaled new direction for Horns
Austin American-Statesman
Perhaps the Longhorns' play in Thursday's Holiday Bowl was a bit of foreshadowing for what's to come next fall. Maybe the 52-34 victory over Arizona State, the co-champions of the Pac-10, suggests a trend that has the Longhorn players and coaches more accountable in workouts, more aggressive in game planning and attacking the opponent.

Longhorns playing their best at end
Dallas Morning News
For Texas, it was probably appropriate a football season that started with seven players having brushes with the law ended with Mack Brown employing a boot-camp mentality to get the best out of his team. By holding 6 a.m. practices, throwing jobs open, requiring players to confess when they'd made a mistake – prompting punishment for the entire team – and by doing more hitting than ever, Texas players got the message.

UT uses Holiday for push into 2008
San Antonio Express-News
The Mack Brown family was all grins and giggles at Qualcomm Stadium late Thursday night. After all, the scoreboard said they could be. Texas' 52-34 victory over No. 12 Arizona State probably had a little something to do with that, and it did allow Brown to make light of a strange sideline blunder by his stepson, Chris Jessie.

Football recruiting:

Under Armour All-America Game Preview
Early January is a time for new beginnings and for five future Texas Longhorns it will also provide a unique opportunity to get a small taste of what college football is all about, as Mark Buchanan, DeSean Hales, Antoine Hicks, Jarvis Humphrey and D.J. Grant will participate in the inaugural Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 5, 2008 at the Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex.

Men's hoops:

Wisconsin Tops Texas at the Buzzer
It was a hard-fought, back-and-forth game in front of a sellout crowd at the Erwin Center, but Wisconsin (10-2) emerged victorious over No. 9 Texas (11-2) on a three-pointer from senior guard Michael Flowers, 67-66.

Photo Gallery - Wisconsin
A dagger from Michael Flowers dropped Texas to 0-2 vs. the Big Ten this season as the Longhorns fell to Wisconsin 67-66.

Gary Johnson Cleared to Play
Texas freshman forward Gary Johnson, who was diagnosed with a heart condition six months ago, was officially cleared to play and will make his debut January 2nd against TCU.

Women's hoops:

Texas tops Toreros, wins tournament
Austin American-Statesman
Carla Cortijo hit a driving layup with 3.7 seconds remaining on the clock Sunday night, lifting Texas to an 81-79 victory over San Diego in the championship game of the Maggie Dixon Surf 'N Slam Classic at Jenny Craig Pavilion.


When vacation ends, Roger Clemens' fight to save legacy begins
New York Daily News
Here was Roger Clemens on this beach in the late morning, the Caribbean stretched out behind him, the water somehow blue and green at the same time in the sun, the way it is in the brochures. Clemens had his beach chair facing away from the water to get the best of the sun, a familiar Texas Longhorns visor, burnt orange, on his head. Things looked serene and normal for him and are not. Clemens was here right before a different kind of game begins for him, the biggest of his life, the game that puts his legacy and his good name on the line. Nobody is even sure how you keep score in a game like that, so much of it based on PR and perception.


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