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Texas Football New Year's Resolutions
A rollercoaster 2007 Texas football season is finally in the rear view mirror, but the spirited Holiday Bowl win gave evidence that the program could return to championship form next season. Here are five New Years resolutions to help Texas return to the BCS promised land.

Football recruiting: Goes Improv
After an intense day of practice on Monday we decided to let a few of the guys loosen up a bit and have some fun. Anyone who has ever met Texas commit Dan Buckner knows that he is never short on words, so we figured lets let him do an interview with Oklahoma pledge R.J. Washington.

Men's hoops:

Gary Johnson to Start Against TCU
Texas head coach Rick Barnes said on Monday that freshman forward Gary Johnson will immediately step into the starting lineup for his first game in Burnt Orange. Johnson, meanwhile, said he's just happy the six-month ordeal is finally over.

New year, new lineup for Horns
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes, presented with options for the first time this season, has elected to exercise one. Out goes Justin Mason. In comes Gary Johnson. A forward, playing his first game of the season today against TCU, replaces a guard in Texas' starting lineup.

Texas' Johnson may play Wed. vs. TCU
Dallas Morning News
Texas freshman power forward Gary Johnson preferred to talk about his return to the court Wednesday night against TCU rather than the heart condition that has sidelined him the first 13 games of his career.

Longhorns player cleared for action
San Antonio Express-News
When Gary Johnson first heard the words, he cried.

Doctors give freshman OK
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas freshman Gary Johnson said Monday he will resume playing the game he loves with what others have described as no-fear tenacity.

Johnson will rejoin UT, start Wednesday against TCU
Houston Chronicle
First there were tears, then came a smile. Six months after being told he might not play basketball again, Texas freshman Gary Johnson is about to make his collegiate debut. Coach Rick Barnes won't waste any time showing off his prize recruit, announcing Johnson will start Wednesday for the No. 14 Longhorns against TCU.

Horns have hit a couple of sour notes after a great start
Kansas City Star
Texas is starting to give back some of the ground it gained in the season's first two months. The Longhorns lost their second straight game on Saturday when Wisconsin's Michael Flowers hit a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining for a 67-66 triumph.

Women's hoops:

UT women's team earns statement victories
San Antonio Express-News
As far as talk goes, there wasn't any. Even after the Texas women's basketball team downed Arizona State on the Sun Devils' home court on Dec. 22, some national voices wondered if the Longhorns were still overrated. Perhaps new coach Gail Goestenkors had more to do with UT's national ranking than the actual play of her team. And to all of that Goestenkors reacted with a shrug. If no one is noticing you right now, Goestenkors told the Longhorns before they took on No. 12 DePaul last Friday, make them notice.


Texas coaches still want Clemens to speak
Austin American-Statesman
Roger Clemens is still welcome at a convention of Texas high school baseball coaches.


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