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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.

Brown may not be done with staff changes
Austin American-Statesman
A week after hiring a prized defensive coordinator, Mack Brown may not be finished with changes to his Longhorn football coaching staff. Two of Brown's assistants — defensive backs coach Duane Akina and running backs coach Ken Rucker — have been mentioned as candidates for other positions, potentially creating more openings for Brown to fill in the coming weeks.

A&M game on Thanksgiving: ‘Not done yet'
Austin American-Statesman
Big 12 Conference official Bob Burda told me today that the proposal to move the annual Texas vs. Texas A&M game to Thanksgiving day is "not done yet." A day earlier, an ESPN executive acted as if the change were a done deal, while the athletic directors at Texas and A&M were less certain. A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said the proposal was awaiting approval and announcement by the conference office.

Top 10 for Texas
Austin American-Statesman
When the final college football polls were tallied Tuesday, the Texas Longhorns learned that they are a top-10 team.

UT, Texas A&M close to moving game to Thanksgiving
Dallas Morning News
Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds and Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne have agreed to move the annual Longhorns-Aggies football showdown to Thanksgiving for the next two years if ESPN and the Big 12 can work it out contractually.

New defensive coordinator is all about sideline energy
San Antonio Express-News
Let's take a moment, and not even bother with the statistics. Although, those alone are pretty impressive. In six years as a defensive coordinator at Auburn and LSU, Will Muschamp's defenses have ranked among the nation's top 10 in total defense four times and scoring defense three times. You get it, you understand it – Muschamp, Texas' new defensive coordinator, has a knack for devising schemes that stop people. But enough with the numbers. What else does Muschamp have a knack for? Well, he's all high-energy and thrills and sideline outbursts and all of those fun things.

Big 12 likely to approve A&M-Texas game move to Thanksgiving night
San Antonio Express-News
The Big 12 likely will approve Texas A&M and Texas' request to move their annual rivalry game back to Thanksgiving night, a league spokesman said Tuesday afternoon.

Aggies, Longhorns back to Thanksgiving?
Houston Chronicle
If it's up to the Texas and Texas A&M athletic directors, the schools' annual rivalry football game will return to Thanksgiving night on ESPN the next two years. The only hurdle left appears to be the Big 12, which is likely to soon put its stamp of approval on the proposal.

Football recruiting:

Texas About to Offer A&M Commit?
Fall was quiet on the recruiting front for Texas, but things are starting to pick up again as the Longhorns look to fill a number of spots before signing day. Houston Eisenhower DT Roderick Davis is still a soft verbal to Texas A&M, but Texas has crept their way into his top five. Will Davis get a UT offer and will he take an official visit to Austin?

Men's hoops:

Texas walk-on Mooney making time with No. 12 Longhorns
Associated Press
A lot of college teams have walk-ons, players who earn their uniform and place at the end of the bench by being an extra body in practice. They can play, but are usually too short or too slow to compete with elite, scholarship athletes. They pay for school and slug their way through grueling hours of drills and sprints with the slim hope of playing a few minutes at the end of blowouts. Ian Mooney is that guy for No. 12 Texas (13-2), only this 6-foot-3 forward has come up big in the last two games for the Longhorns, earning him playing time nobody would have expected.

Women's hoops:

Goestenkors finally will get her first taste of the Big 12
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas players know all about Big 12 Conference play. They know there will be loud, anti-Longhorn crowds in Lubbock, College Station and Norman. They're aware that snow will be on the ground just about every time they take on a North Division team on the road. They know by heart the oft-repeated phrase — always win at home and try to steal some league victories on the road. But Longhorns women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors has never experienced any of the Big 12 color or competition. She spent the past 15 seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference, directing Duke. A road trip in the ACC could be just a few miles away to North Carolina or North Carolina State. She'll taste some of the Big 12 flavor tonight, when her No. 15 Longhorns open conference play at Nebraska.

Goestenkors' club getting it together
San Antonio Express-News
Carla Cortijo buried a jumper to give Texas a two-point lead against San Diego last week, but almost four seconds remained on the clock, with the Toreros still needing to inbound and rally for a last-gasp shot. Longhorns forward Earnesia Williams acknowledged this, then had a flashback — to practice. "Pick somebody up — that's what we always work on," Williams said. "We knew what to do. Happy to have the lead, but there were other things to take care of first." Playing transition defense isn't exactly a new idea, but that's not the point: When the pressure was on, the Longhorns found a way to finish instead of fidget, and San Diego's desperation heave banged high off the backboard, giving UT an 81-79 victory. "I learned that we don't panic," said UT coach Gail Goestenkors, who will make her Big 12 coaching debut tonight when the 15th-ranked Longhorns play at Nebraska.


It's tough to believe Clemens
San Antonio Express-News
Brian McNamee probably didn't realize he was speaking for a nation, but he might as well have been. He was sick of hearing about the steroid era, he was ashamed of how he'd encouraged it, and he wanted the whole exhausting ordeal to be over with already. But above all, he needed to know one thing: "What do you want me to do?" Twenty-one times in 17 minutes, McNamee asked Roger Clemens that question during a telephone conversation Clemens secretly recorded and later played for the media. Twenty-one times in 17 minutes, Clemens failed to come up with a real answer for McNamee, the trainer cited in the Mitchell Report as accusing him of steroid use. So now that we've been presented with all of this evidence, all of this spin control, all of this righteous indignation and all of this legal maneuvering, McNamee's question to Clemens has become our own. Roger, what do you want us to do?


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