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Longhorns' running back Charles will leave for NFL
Austin American-Statesman
Texas running back Jamaal Charles, the Big 12's leading rusher this season as a junior, opted Wednesday to declare for the NFL draft. Only a week ago, he had said he was staying for his senior season with the Longhorns.

Too quick to leave
Austin American-Statesman
Jamaal Charles made a grown-up decision Wednesday. The choice could not have been an easy one — whether to return to Texas for his senior season or skip his final year and make himself eligible for the NFL draft. After saying he'd be back next season, a familiar refrain echoed by previous Longhorns Ricky Williams, Ced Benson, Roy Williams and Derrick Johnson, Charles chose to go the Vince Young route and turn pro. I wish him luck in the NFL. That said, he made a mistake by coming out.

Horns' options at RB for 2008
Austin American-Statesman

Mac Duff leaving
Austin American-Statesman
Texas co-defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff is leaving UT after one year coaching linebackers and special teams.

Ogbonnaya staying extra year
Austin American-Statesman
While Jamaal Charles is leaving early, backup running back Chris Ogbonnaya is staying late. Despite graduating, Ogbonnaya plans to enroll in graduate classes next year and utilize his final year of eligibility.

Texas Longhorns' Jamaal Charles to enter NFL draft
Dallas Morning News
Texas running back Jamaal Charles, the Big 12's leading rusher who moved to No. 4 on UT's career list behind Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson and Earl Campbell, is forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

UT's Charles declares for NFL draft
San Antonio Express-News
Following his 161-yard, two-touchdown effort in Texas' Holiday Bowl victory last week, junior running back Jamaal Charles was reluctant to pledge his allegiance to the Longhorns for his final season. Turns out, there was a reason. Charles announced Wednesday that he would declare for the NFL draft.

UT's Charles opts for NFL Draft
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas running back Jamaal Charles, the Big 12's leading rusher, said Wednesday he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2008 NFL Draft.

Texas running back Charles to enter NFL draft
Houston Chronicle
Less than a week after saying he would return to Texas, junior running back Jamaal Charles announced Wednesday he will skip his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Charles, co-defensive coordinator won't be back next season
Daily Texan
Junior running back Jamaal Charles declared himself eligible for the NFL draft today, less than a week after the Longhorns beat Arizona State 52-34 in the Holiday Bowl.

Charles should've stayed, for him and for Texas
Sporting News
So, should Texas running back Jamaal Charles have declared early. No.

Football recruiting:

Texas and Colorado lead for nation's top back
For recruiting fans it does not get better than this, the top back in the nation uncommitted with a month left on the clock. Who will he pick, who are his leaders and what else has been going on this week? talked with Scott and we got the answers.

One-on-One with D.J. Monroe
Texas cornerback commitment D.J. Monroe talks about his play, what Longhorns fans should expect from him Saturday and future teammates Justin Tucker and Dan Buckner during an exclusive interview with Inside Texas from U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.

Mark Buchanan: Practice Update
Five future Longhorns arrived in Orlando Sunday night in preparation for the Under Armour All-America game. Inside Texas caught up with Austin's Mark Buchanan to talk about his impressions of his future teammates and his performance during the first two days of practice.

Jarvis Humphrey: Practice Update
Five future Longhorns arrived in Orlando Sunday night in preparation for the Under Armour All-America game. Inside Texas caught up with Jarvis Humphrey to talk about his learning experience at practice and his chemistry with his future teammates.

Running back's interest increases
Austin American-Statesman
Darrell Scott, widely considered the top-rated running back in the country, said Wednesday that Texas was one of four teams he's considering... The rumors are Scott has been Colorado lean, with Texas, Florida and LSU rounding out his four. But Scott said the weather in Boulder, Colo., could be a factor.

Men's hoops:

Johnson Debuts, James Dominates
Gary Johnson made his Texas (12-2) debut Wednesday night, but sophomore forward Damion James stole the spotlight from the highly touted freshman with a 29-point, 14-rebound, five-block performance in the Horns' 67-59 win over TCU (8-5) at the Erwin Center.

James scores 29 as Longhorns hold off TCU
Austin American-Statesman
For so long, he had sacrificed personal accomplishment for the greater good, accepted a new position when he was better suited for the old one. Damion James was back at his regular spot Wednesday night. James, a sophomore working as a perimeter forward, produced a career-best 29 points as well as 14 rebounds and five blocks, as the 14th-ranked Longhorns defeated TCU 67-59 in front of 7,980 fans at the Erwin Center.

Johnson's much-anticipated debut for Horns not the best
Austin American-Statesman
When Gary Johnson retreated into the locker room with the rest of his Texas teammates after playing his first collegiate basketball game, he was greeted with a resounding sense of, well, disappointment. No one cat-whistled when the 6-foot-7-inch, 235-pound forward made his entrance. None of his buddies slapped him on the back and called him the savior. Saviors, by and large, score more than five points in 21 minutes, and they never miss 3 of 4 free throws and forget to cover a three-point shooter. Besides, the Longhorns were much too annoyed by their own inadequacies to properly celebrate the long-awaited debut of their star freshman. And in case they weren't, Rick Barnes was only too happy to remind them of their shortcomings in a 67-59 escape from TCU.

James leads No. 14 Texas past TCU, 67-59
Dallas Morning News
Texas was in foul trouble and turning the ball over. Freshman power forward Gary Johnson had the jitters in his first college game. And UT junior sharpshooter A.J. Abrams was in street clothes with a left ankle injury. So a TCU team still looking for a quality win this season had a chance against the 14th-ranked Longhorns on Wednesday night. But an athletic steal by Damion James, who had a career-high 29 points, set up a huge 3-pointer by D.J. Augustin with 2:57 left to help Texas break open a three-point game and pull out a 67-59 victory.

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

Longhorns hold off Horned Frogs' upset bid
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
If Wednesday's game was a preview of what life will be like for Texas with Damion James free to roam the court, then play on. With freshman forward Gary Johnson making the first start of his college career and shooting guard A.J. Abrams out with a foot injury, James scored a career-high 29 points primarily from the perimeter to lead the No. 14 Longhorns (12-2) to a tenuous 67-59 victory over TCU.

At the heart of matter, kid wants to play
Houston Chronicle
It is unusual for a strapping 19-year-old with exceptional athletic talent to think about death. Especially his own. Gary Johnson admits that he does.

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.



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