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Culpepper: Muschamp Mack Brown's 'Best Hire'
I like this ‘new' Mack Brown. In the same mood as he had at the Holiday Bowl, Brown said goodbye to Larry Mac Duff and went on the prowl for a real college defensive coordinator.

Jermichael Finley Leaves for NFL
Texas sophomore tight end Jermichael Finley is leaving UT for the NFL.

Finley bolts Horns for shot at NFL
Austin American-Statesman
The past week has been decimating for next year's Texas offense. On Monday, sophomore Jermichael Finley — one of the most prolific tight ends in Longhorn history — announced he was leaving school for the NFL. Last Wednesday, junior tailback Jamaal Charles, who rushed for 1,619 yards in 2007, also declared early for the draft. The pair was set to be the offensive cornerstones, along with quarterback Colt McCoy, this fall. Finley was the athletic tight end who likened himself most to a wide receiver. Charles was the game-changing running back.

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.

Texas Longhorns' Jermichael Finley heading to NFL
Dallas Morning News
Redshirt sophomore tight end Jermichael Finley on Monday became the second Texas player to forgo remaining eligibility and make himself eligible for the NFL draft. Finley's announcement in a statement released by the school comes after junior running back Jamaal Charles, the Big 12's leading rusher in 2007, also announced he was going pro.

Texas, Texas A&M asked to move game to Thanksgiving
Dallas Morning News
Texas and Texas A&M have been asked by ESPN to move their annual football rivalry to Thanksgiving in 2008, according to UT senior associate athletic director Nick Voinis.

UT's Finley leaving early for NFL
San Antonio Express-News
Texas tight end Jermichael Finley is forgoing his final two years of eligibility with the Longhorns after declaring for the NFL draft on Monday.

A&M, UT planning to play Thanksgiving
San Antonio Express-News
Texas A&M and Texas have agreed to move their annual game back to Thanksgiving night, Aggies athletic director Bill Byrne said Monday. The move, however, is awaiting league approval, according to sources on both sides.

UT's Akina among Hawaii candidates
Houston Chronicle
Texas assistant coach Duane Akina is among the early candidates for the vacant Hawaii job, three people close to the situation said Monday. The job became available after June Jones accepted the SMU job.

Jones talks up local ties for his successor
Honolulu Advertiser
Dick Tomey, a former University of Hawai'i football coach, and Norm Chow, Cal Lee and Duane Akina, who have been finalists for the post in the past, are among the most prominently mentioned possibilities to succeed departing June Jones.

Football recruiting:

Junior QB Loves the Longhorns
SAN ANTONIO -- Philadelphia Cardinal O'Hara junior quarterback Tom Savage already has several offers, including from power players like Michigan and Miami. But, despite being from Pennsylvania, Savage grew up dreaming of wearing Burnt Orange.

Women's hoops:

After 15 years in ACC, Texas coach to get first taste of Big 12
Associated Press
After 15 years butting heads with North Carolina and others in the Atlantic Coast Conference, new Texas coach Gail Goestenkors is about to learn what it takes to win in a new league. The No. 15 Longhorns (12-2) open Big 12 play Wednesday night at Nebraska (11-3) and Coach G will see what it means to wear the burnt orange in places like Lincoln, Ames, Iowa, Norman, Okla., and just a few miles up the road in Waco.


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