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Football recruiting:

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
On this episode of the Inside Texas Podcast, Ross and Ross discuss Texas' chances of landing Darrell Scott and what effect Mack Brown and Major Applewhite's visit will have. They also get into what the Applewhite hire means for the Texas football program as fires of the old "Applewhite-Simms" discussion reemerge. Plus, what's wrong with Texas basketball after the hot start?

Texas Showing Interest, But No Invite Yet
InsideTexas.com
The Texas Longhorns will desperately be in need of some defensive end commitments from the 2009 class after missing out on the Lone Star State's elite in '08. Some would argue that Houston Chavez's Mike Brockers is the best of the bunch. After all, he already holds four offers. However, he has yet to receive any junior day invites.

Women's hoops:

Oklahoma State upstart Riley hits Austin tonight
Austin American-Statesman
Andrea Riley, the dynamic Oklahoma State point guard, is a diminutive 5 feet, 5 inches. At first glance, Riley, the daughter of a former Harlem Globetrotter, won't intimidate any defender. Yet the national reputation she's cementing as a sophomore certainly can throw a scare into an opposing head coach. Riley has Texas coach Gail Goestenkors befuddled as Goestenkors tries to ready her Longhorns for a game against Riley and Oklahoma State tonight at the Erwin Center.

Texas women learning from losses
Dallas Morning News
Gail Goestenkors was lured to Texas from Duke with a $1.1 million salary, double that of legendary predecessor Jody Conradt, because of her NCAA Tournament experience – four Final Fours and two title games in 15 years with the Blue Devils. But Goestenkors won't even talk about the NCAA Tournament with her Texas team, which fell to 13-5 and 1-3 in Big 12 play after a loss at Texas Tech on Sunday. The Longhorns play Wednesday night against Oklahoma State (16-1, 4-0).

Goestenkors has UT women going back to basics
San Antonio Express-News
Texas guard Erneisha Bailey was expecting a normal film session. Three hours and 31/2 pages of notes later, she realized it was anything but. After the Longhorns dropped an overtime game to Kansas State to open conference play 0-2, UT coach Gail Goestenkors turned on the video monitor, pushed rewind and had her players write out every play — what play was called, what play actually was executed and what was the outcome. Goestenkors said it was the first time in her 16 years of coaching she has ever reverted to such a hand-cramping measure, but for the Longhorns, a team grappling to find its identity, it was a necessary one.

Longhorns trying to stop slide
Daily Texan
Oklahoma State's Andrea Riley is one of those players you have to guard from the parking lot. Texas A&M found that out the hard way. With Saturday's game between the Aggies and Cowgirls tied at 58 in the final seconds, Riley buried a 28-footer from beyond the arc to give the No. 14 Cowgirls a 61-58 victory and improve their record to 16-1 overall (4-0 Big 12).

Nothing coming easy, Longhorns struggling within the conference
Daily Texan
Apparently the Big 12 pastry chef forgot the recipe for cupcakes. The general definition of a cupcake, in sports terms, is a bad team that good teams should always beat barring an unthinkably bad performance. In Big 12 women's basketball, it isn't just the top teams that make the conference so tough, but it is the lack of these cupcakes. There is no night off. Every game is a dogfight from start to finish.

Alumni:

Texas ex Gibson has gotten -- and made -- his NBA shots
Austin American-Statesman
Strong-shooting guard has dispelled pre-draft concerns about his ability to play at the pro level.

Other:

Volleyball trio to gain valuable experience with national team
San Antonio Express-News
Less will actually mean more for the Texas volleyball team this spring. The Longhorns will be without three standouts, who will spend the coming months training with the U.S. Olympic team in Colorado Springs. But coach Jerritt Elliott sees it as an opportunity for some others to get some healthy reps in while Julianne Faucette, Destinee Hooker and Lauren Paolini are wearing the red-white-and-blue up North.

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