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Inside Texas Editorial: All The Right Moves
After Texas lost to Texas A&M on the day after Thanksgiving, I wrote that Mack Brown "must make changes on his staff that reflect a commitment to returning this program to a national championship level immediately." This week, we've seen just such changes.

Texas Hires Will Muschamp
The search is over. Just two days after Larry Mac Duff stepped down as the Longhorns' co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, Texas hired Auburn's Will Muschamp to become the Horns' new defensive coordinator.

Muschamp to lead Texas defense
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown made significant changes to his Texas football coaching staff Friday, turning the defense over to young and fiery Will Muschamp, who built his impressive résumé in the highly competitive Southeastern Conference.

Could Akina be headed to Hawaii?
Austin American-Statesman
It's still uncertain whether June Jones has actually resigned from Hawaii to take the job at SMU. If he does leave — and signs are strong he will do so — Jones has come up with a list of replacements for him as head coach of the Warriors. A Hawaii newspaper said there are five names on the list. One is Texas secondary coach Duane Akina, who grew up in Hawaii.

Auburn's Muschamp to call defensive shots for Texas Longhorns
Dallas Morning News
For the second time in four years, Longhorns coach Mack Brown has raided Tommy Tuberville's staff at Auburn to find a defensive play-caller. Brown announced Friday that Will Muschamp has accepted the job as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Texas. Muschamp, 36, replaces Larry Mac Duff, who served as co-coordinator and linebackers coach this season and resigned Wednesday. Duane Akina called the plays on defense for Texas in 2007. Akina will be the assistant head coach in charge of the secondary.

Football recruiting:

Buckner, Brewster and Monroe Polish Resumes
SAN ANTONIO -- A trio of Texas commits gave Longhorn fans plenty to cheer about Saturday at the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl while QB Terrelle Pryor lived up to his considerable hype en route to MVP honors. Pryor almost single-handedly guided the East to a 33-23 win in front of an All-American Bowl record 36,534 at the Alamodome.

Future Horns Compete at Under Armour Game
ORLANDO – Five future Texas Longhorns got a chance to see what college football is all about on Saturday as they took the field with some of the nation's top high school football prospects to compete in the Under Armour All-America Game. Team Click-Clack squeaked out a narrow 17-14 victory, but to the five UT commits this game was more than about losing or winning.

Rahim Moore: Taking a Visit to Austin
SAN ANTONIO -- Los Angeles safety Rahim Moore talks about his planned official visit to Texas, his interest in the Longhorns and his commitment to UCLA during an exclusive interview with Inside Texas from U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.

Dravannti Johnson: 'Ten Wins Isn't Enough'
SAN ANTONIO -- Texas linebacker commitment Dravannti Johnson talks about his play this week, transitioning to linebacker, enrolling this month and his big, big expectations during an exclusive interview with Inside Texas from U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.

Top '09 OT Talks Texas
SAN ANTONIO -- Cedar Hill junior offensive tackle Thomas Ashcraft talks about if he has a scholarship offer from Texas, his interest in the Longhorns and the key factors in his recruitment during an exclusive interview with Inside Texas from U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.

Junior Georgia Tackle Is Thinking Texas
SAN ANTONIO -- Hampton (Ga.) Lovejoy junior left tackle Andre Harris talks about his scholarship offers, interest in Texas and a planned trip to Austin during an exclusive interview with Inside Texas.

UT looking right in backyard
Austin American-Statesman
In the past 10 years, the Longhorns have granted 26 football scholarships to athletes from the Austin area, including safety Michael Griffin and Cameron Yoe wide receiver Billy Pittman, who arrived at UT in 2003. The most recruits from the Austin area in the past 10 years came in 2004, when Burnet's Jordan Shipley led a group of five players, and 1999, when Westlake quarterback Adam Hall and Westwood's O.J. McClintock highlighted another group of five. But the 2008 locals have more star power.

Central Texas' soon-to-be Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman

Scott renews interest in Texas
Boulder Daily Camera
The Colorado football program might have some legitimate competition for the nation's No. 1 running back recruit after all. Darrell Scott of St. Bonaventure High School in Southern California told the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday he is more interested in joining the Texas program now than he previously had been following Longhorns running back Jamaal Charles' announcement that he would turn pro.

Men's hoops:

Second Half Explosion
After trailing for most of the first half, the No. 14 Texas Longhorns (13-2) exploded in the second for an 81-62 comeback-blowout of No. 24 St. Mary's (12-2) in a battle between two of the nation's top point guards.

Movie magic for Horns
Austin American-Statesman
There was a time when Rick Barnes pushed his players beyond reasonable limits, 10 years at Providence and Clemson when he would not relent. "I cost my team so many games because I wanted to be harder, tougher and meaner than everybody else," Barnes said. Barnes has since learned to let up. On Thursday, the Longhorns coach sent his players to the movies — "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" — instead of to the practice court. He received a gem in return, an 81-62 victory by the 14th-ranked Longhorns against Saint Mary's of California on Saturday in front of 9,287 at the Erwin Center.

Johnson displays new inside threat
Austin American-Statesman
Gary Johnson's college debut produced five points and five rebounds in 21 minutes. Not exactly a Hollywood debut from a Parade All-American. So Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes and his freshman forward pulled up a couple of chairs and watched a DVD.

Screen play rejuvenates Longhorns
Dallas Morning News
Texas players showed up Thursday expecting another grueling practice from a coach who admits he cost his teams at Providence and Clemson countless victories by overworking them – even practicing on game days. Instead, Rick Barnes took his players to a theater to see National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Energized from the break, the Longhorns rolled to an 81-62 victory over St. Mary's (Calif.) in front of 9,287 at the Erwin Center on Saturday, led by sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin's 30 points and four assists with only one turnover.

D.J. spins upbeat offense as the Longhorns' win in their nonconference finale
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
When D.J. Augustin showed up at his coach's office after what Rick Barnes said was his third consecutive subpar performance Wednesday night, the Longhorns coach came to the conclusion that his star point guard was simply tired. So Barnes sent the team to the movies on Thursday instead of practice. The Longhorns responded Saturday with a high-energy 81-62 victory over St. Mary's (12-2). Augustin led the rush with a season-high 30 points, darting repeatedly to the basket for layups.

Johnson steps in to lift Texas past St. Mary's
Houston Chronicle
The Longhorns learned just how much they needed Gary Johnson. In the second game of his college career, Johnson scored 15 points and provided the inside presence Texas had been lacking in the No. 14 Longhorns' 81-62 win over St. Mary's (Calif) on Saturday.

Women's hoops:

Longhorn women dismiss Pan-Am before Big 12 play
Austin American-Statesman
Texas-Pan American coach DeAnn Craft called time out and slammed her clipboard to the floor after Texas raced to a 9-0 lead with 17:54 still to play in the first half. By the time the Longhorns had extended their lead to 19-0 just three minutes later, Craft was relatively calm, realizing the Lady Broncs were simply overmatched by a taller, faster and vastly more skilled women's basketball team. Texas, in its final tuneup before Big 12 competition begins Wednesday at Nebraska, turned Friday night's game into a glorified scrimmage, running and gunning to a 91-43 victory before 4,988 fans at the Erwin Center.


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