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It's Official: Texas Hires Applewhite
Texas officially announced the hiring of former Longhorn quarterback Major Applewhite as assistant head coach and running backs coach.

Longhorns hire former QB great Applewhite
Austin American-Statesman
Former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite used to hand off footballs to UT running backs. Now he's going to be handing off knowledge to them about how to hit a hole. Applewhite accepted a job as the Longhorns' new running backs coach Wednesday and will replace Ken Rucker immediately, hitting the recruiting trail today.

Major reasons behind the move
Austin American-Statesman
Welcome to today's sports talk show at radio station KARP, where no rumor is too small or too unfounded for us to beat to death whether we have any facts or not. It's what we do. I'm Billy Blowhard, your regular host, and our guest today is Major Applewhite, the new running backs coach/savior/football god at the University of Texas. What title do you prefer?

Charles still gone
Austin American-Statesman
Rumors that Jamaal Charles had changed his mind and wanted to return to Texas for his senior season are not true.

Major Applewhite to join Texas Longhorns' coaching staff
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Mack Brown is bringing back former quarterback Major Applewhite as assistant head coach and running backs coach, the school announced in a statement Wednesday night. Applewhite, the former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama, will be introduced at a news conference today.

College coaches cope with early-exit candidates
Dallas Morning News
The NFL will confirm Saturday what Texas coach Mack Brown already knows. The annual ritual of college underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft has turned into a talent exodus. "You turn on the TV at night and there are three more juniors gone," Brown said recently. "It's happening."

Applewhite rejoins Longhorns as assistant head coach
San Antonio Express-News
Major Applewhite, Texas' all-time passing leader, is returning to the institution that kicked off his football stardom. This time, though, he will only be involved in drawing up the plays, not executing them.

Applewhite gets homecoming
Houston Chronicle
Saying it was "a dream come true," former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite accepted a job Wednesday to return to his alma mater as assistant coach and running backs coach.

Texas makes a Major change
Daily Texan
It's time to dust off those old memories and let the nostalgia take over. Major Applewhite is officially back in burnt orange.

Football recruiting:

Lake Travis Stars Heading to UT Jr. Day
It's not an easy feat to win a state championship in the Lone Star State, but that is exactly what Lake Travis High School did in 2007. Anchored by junior quarterback Garrett Gilbert and junior offensive tackle Paden Kelley, the Cavaliers will bring back a bevy of talent next season. IT caught up with Kelley to find out the pair's plans for upcoming junior days.

ScoutTV: Russell Shepard video highlights
He is excitement defined, he makes plays no one else in the state can make, and he does it with humility. Russell Shepard is all of that and more as he, along with his teammates, marched through a great season. brings you Russell Shepard's junior highlights.

CU in running for top back
Denver Post
Every fall, thousands of high school running backs take it to the house on Friday nights with dreams — real or imaginary — of becoming the next Reggie Bush or Adrian Peterson. Only one senior is anointed the No. 1 back by the recruiting gurus. And in all likelihood, the anointed one will be at Folsom Field in Boulder on Oct. 4 for the CU-Texas game. What remains to be seen is which sideline he will be on.

UT coach in SE Texas for schmoozing
Beaumont Enterprise
The college football coach signed autographs, got a tour of the school and even looked at a piece of artwork. All in a day's work for a coach on the recruiting trail. University of Texas football coach Mack Brown visited Kelly High School to confirm that defensive tackle Kheeston Randall will become a Longhorn instead of an Aggie or a Tiger or anything else.

Men's hoops:

Barnes vows to fix what's ailing his Horns
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes has taken teams to 12 straight NCAA basketball tournaments, a record surpassed by only Lute Olson, Roy Williams and Tubby Smith. As the coach at Clemson and Texas, Barnes has advanced five times to the Sweet 16, once to the Elite Eight, and once to the Final Four. Informed by experience and success, Barnes will not panic, even though his Longhorns (13-3) played atrociously during their Big 12 opener Saturday at Missouri.

Women's hoops:

UT answers early alarm
Austin American-Statesman
Moments after Texas' 59-56 winning brawl over Iowa State Wednesday night, Carla Cortijo made sure to wrap a thick coating of ice around her tender left shoulder. The Longhorn point guard, who has been hobbled by a shoulder bruise for the past two weeks, finally was pain free. And after going through four rounds of treatment every day since her injury, Jan. 4, Cortijo desires to stay healthy for the remainder of the season.

No. 24 Texas women edge Iowa State
Dallas Morning News
The Texas women's basketball team has never started off 0-3 in conference play. Thanks to some gutsy shooting by point guard Carla Cortijo in the final two minutes, the Longhorns defeated Iowa State, 59-56, and avoided making the wrong kind of history.

Guard's two late shots lift UT
San Antonio Express-News
Just four days ago, as the Texas women gathered to sing the customary "Eyes of Texas" at the end of a loss to Kansas State, point guard Carla Cortijo gingerly held her left arm to her side. "Like a wounded duck," UT coach Gail Goestenkors said. Funny how things can change so quickly. Cortijo's shoulder is still bruised and covered in a medical wrap, but after the No. 24 Longhorns dismissed Iowa State with a 59-56 victory, she had no problem lifting the "Hook 'em Horns" sign high over her head.

Cortijo clutch in win over Cyclones
Daily Texan
Carla Cortijo spun around and, with a fist pump, sent the crowd into frenzy. And that was just the game-tying shot. The junior guard followed with a go-ahead 3-pointer to seal the No. 24 Longhorns' 59-56 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday at the Frank Erwin Center, their first Big 12 win of the season.

Defensive change forces 16 Iowa State turnovers in victory
Daily Texan
When Gail Goestenkors took over as head coach at Texas, she promised a trapping-and-pressing defense that would wreak havoc on opponents. Those words came to fruition last night. The 24th-ranked Longhorns' full-court pressure defense forced 16 turnovers en route to a 59-56 victory over Iowa State.


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