Tuesday Longhorn Sports Page

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Football recruiting:

Joel Gray: Big Month Coming Up
Hebron High School in Lewisville, Texas has produced its fair share of Division I football prospects over the last couple of years, but offensive tackle Joel Gray may just be the best the school has seen in quite some time. Gray has a busy schedule set up for February with a different junior day visit almost every weekend.

Waiting for Scott hardest part
Boulder Daily Camera
If the No. 1 rated running back recruit in the country is shooting for maximum suspense-value before he announces in two weeks where he will play college football, he just might get there. The Darrell Scott recruiting saga has reached a stage where even fellow recruits Scott was calling a month ago in an attempt to convince them to sign with Colorado aren't sure whether he will be joining them.

Men's hoops:

Augustin Lifts Texas Past Oklahoma State
Texas' 63-61 gut-check win Monday at Oklahoma State became the D.J. Augustin Show with 7:37 left. With Texas trailing 54-53, the box score during the final 7:37 reads like this: Augustin 10, Cowboys 7, Longhorns 0.

Texas turns away Oklahoma State
Austin American-Statesman
Propelling himself toward the basket, D.J. Augustin scored the final 10 points for the Longhorns on Monday as they defeated Oklahoma State 63-61. A crowd of 10,691 at Gallagher-Iba Arena watched Augustin score those 10 points during the final 7:17 of the game. The 6-foot point guard drove inside three times for layups. Then he finished off the night with four straight free throws in the last 21 seconds, enabling the 12th-ranked Longhorns to improve to 15-3, including 2-1 in the Big 12.

No. 12 Texas holds off Oklahoma State
Dallas Morning News
Freshman power forward Gary Johnson may well turn into the "program-changing player" Texas coach Rick Barnes promised before the season. But for now, Barnes is going with the workhorses who helped UT get off to an 11-0 start – the best since the 1981-82 season. Barnes replaced Johnson with sophomore guard Justin Mason in the starting lineup Monday night against Oklahoma State, and the 12th-ranked Longhorns' early-season chemistry seemed to return in a 63-61 win in front of 10,691 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Augustin lifts 'Horns at end
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas' offense has unfortunately turned one-dimensional. Fortunately, however, it's D.J. Augustin's dimension. The Big 12's preseason Player of the Year scored his team's last 10 points -- 13 of its last 18 -- and led the 12th-ranked Longhorns (15-3, 2-1) to a less-than-impressive 63-61 Big Monday victory over Oklahoma State (10-8, 1-3).

Augustin, Longhorns top Oklahoma State 63-61
Houston Chronicle
With Texas struggling on offense, D.J. Augustin showed why he's the Longhorns' leader. The sophomore point guard scored the 12th-ranked Longhorns' final 10 points Monday night, leading them to a 63-61 victory over Oklahoma State.

Texas holds on for close wins
Daily Texan
Last year Oklahoma State hit a game-winning 3-pointer in triple overtime to topple Texas in Stillwater, Okla. Luckily for the Longhorns, history doesn't always repeat itself.

Barnes needs to get his backups in more games
Daily Texan
Rick Barnes is in a tough spot. His starting five can beat anyone, but they're not inhuman. Eventually they tire. The later it gets into the season, the earlier Texas' reserves need to get out on the floor. Unfortunately, Barnes' options are limited.

Missed opportunity
Tulsa World
Oklahoma State usually puts its best foot forward in home games against Big 12 South Division opponents, and that's especially true when Texas comes to Gallagher-Iba Arena. This time, the Cowboys' offense went south just when they needed it most. OSU managed two field goals and seven points in the last eight minutes of a 63-61 loss to 12th-ranked Texas in an ESPN-televised "Big Monday" game.


Longhorns Take Part in East-West Shrine Game
The 83rd annual East-West Shrine game was played on Saturday evening at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus and the Longhorns were represented well at the contest with three participants on the defensive side of the ball for the West All-Stars.

Top rookie Durant is a marked man
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant could sure use some help. But what else would one expect, after college basketball's best player from a year ago joined a young NBA club unsure of its future? The Seattle SuperSonics acquired Durant not in some shrewd trade but as a lottery draft pick — and Seattle figures to have another lottery pick this June. The league awards those to teams that the good clubs circle on the schedule. That's pretty much the extent of the good news — that Durant, already accompanied in the starting lineup by fellow rookie Jeff Green, could suit up next to another youngster next season. Maybe former AAU teammate Michael Beasley, of Kansas State. Or maybe even Durant's former Longhorns teammate, D.J. Augustin.

Applewhite's arrival in Austin may keep Simms away
Dallas Morning News
Eleven television cameras lined up for Major Applewhite's return to Texas, where he became the school's all-time leading passer from 1998 to 2001 and a martyr after being benched for cannon-armed Chris Simms... Rod Babers, a Texas teammate of Simms' and Applewhite's, thinks it would be ideal if Simms were also given a hero's welcome in Austin for the courage and perseverance he's shown throughout his football career, including playing with a ruptured spleen.

Texas icon Rooster Andrews dies
Dallas Morning News
William "Rooster" Andrews, the 5-0 tall Woodrow Wilson product who became a larger-than-life University of Texas institution, died Monday in Austin. He was 84.

Retailer, ex-UT manager Andrews dies at 84
Associated Press
William ``Rooster'' Andrews, the diminutive University of Texas team manager, football and baseball player who went on to become a state giant in athletic equipment retailing, died Monday. He was 84.


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