Wednesday Longhorn Sports Page

Stay up to date on all things Burnt Orange with a daily stop at IT's Longhorn Sports Page, with links to the latest news and opinion articles on UT football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and other sports from around the web.

Football recruiting:

The Inside Texas Podcast
And the Darrell Scott saga continues. Inside Texas' Ross and Ross discuss what appeals to the California running back about both Texas and Colorado and what it would mean for the Longhorns' offense if UT landed the nation's top back. Plus, Rick Barnes is starting to put together a solid team, including a stronger bench. What does Texas need to make a deep tournament run?

Colorado loses a running back
Austin American-Statesman
Colorado wrote off a prime running back recruit recently, but not Darrell Scott, the nation's top tailback whom the Buffaloes are courting just like the Texas Longhorns. P.T. Gates, a junior college back from Saddleback Community College in California, failed for the second time to meet Colorado's admission standards after signing with the Buffs last winter. Sounds like Dan Hawkins and his staff have written him off.

Still Thinking Burnt Orange?
After Beaumont West Brook's Christian Michael camped at Texas over the summer, he seemed to know where he wanted to play his college ball. He even went out on a limb and said that if UT offered, he would likely commit. Is that still the case?

Thoughts From the Road
Inside Texas travels to every high school in Texas with a player committed to UT to meet the athletes, talk with the coaches and do a photoshoot for the Recruiting Yearbook edition of Inside Texas Magazine. Along the way, IT picked up a lot of interesting info from the players and coaches...

Men's hoops:

Season-Defining Stretch Starts at A&M
As the hoops calendar turns to February, Texas enters a pivotal stretch where it plays three-of-four games on the road before coming home to No. 2 Kansas. It all begins with Wednesday's showdown at Texas A&M.

Dex in effect
Austin American-Statesman
Better production from big man Pittman would leave Barnes with more options.

Openings hard to find for Texas A&M's Carter
Dallas Morning News
Texas A&M sharpshooter and Lake Highlands product Josh Carter made 50 percent of his 3-point shot attempts last season. Opposing Big 12 coaches took notice. Carter, a 6-7 junior, has become the focus of defensive game plans. He can expect similar attention when the Aggies face Texas tonight (8 p.m., ESPN2) in College Station.

UT guards vs. A&M bigs
San Antonio Express-News
Texas A&M guard Donald Sloan knows that Texas guards D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams like to drive the ball to the basket. He knows they like to shoot — and do it well. He says he knows something else about the dynamic duo when the 10th-ranked Longhorns and No. 23 Aggies clash at 8 tonight in Reed Arena. And it's an opinion that won't win him favor in Austin.

Heading into A&M game, UT can trust Augustin
San Antonio Express-News
Prepare for another wild-and-wooly affair at Reed Arena on Wednesday night. That's just what the Texas-Texas A&M basketball series is coming to.

Freshmen hit hard times in the Big 12
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In his first career Big 12 game, Texas A&M's highly touted freshman, DeAndre Jordan, displayed his tremendous athleticism. The 7-footer skied through the air, reached behind his back, snatched the ball out of the air one-handed and tomahawked it down for a vicious dunk, all in one motion. It made SportsCenter's No. 2 play of the day. Unfortunately, it's been one of the rare glimpses of his abundant potential. Jordan and Texas freshman Gary Johnson went to their colleges as the centerpieces of their recruiting classes, and while they've made an impact at times, they've struggled with consistency and will likely begin the game on the bench when the No. 10 Longhorns face the No. 23 Aggies at 8 tonight at Reed Arena.

Augustin a prototype at UT point
Houston Chronicle
Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon speaks from experience when he says the Texas Longhorns won't know what they have in point guard D.J. Augustin until he's gone.

The fight for Lone Star pride
Daily Texan
Texas and Texas A&M have been playing basketball against each other since 1917, so it's no surprise the programs tend to mimic each other at times. Like the Aggies, Texas is 7-3 during its previous 10 games. And like the Longhorns, A&M joins Kansas in the Top 25 for the 12th consecutive poll. But those won't be the only similarities when No. 10 Texas travels to College Station today for part one of this season's State Farm Lone Star Showdown.

Aggies, Turgeon have a lot on the line against Longhorns tonight
Daily Texan
After rattling off three straight Big 12 wins, including a rout of Texas Tech, the Longhorns get a chance today to find out if they are back in early season form. Winning in College Station is never easy (just ask the football team) but if Texas can pull it off, the No. 10 Longhorns will appear primed to slash through the conference schedule until they collide with Kansas. But the Aggies should have as big a home-court advantage as ever.

Jones and Kirk dominate Longhorns at home
The Battalion
They have had their hands in the thrashing of Texas at Reed in each of the past three meetings. As freshmen, they both started and Joseph Jones had his first double-double against a Big 12 opponent. Now, four years after that first game, seniors Jones and Dominique Kirk prepare for their final game against the Longhorns at Reed Arena, a game they have no intentions of losing.

Aggies coordinate 'watermelon yell' for Wednesday's UT basketball game
The Battalion
As the men's basketball game against the University of Texas approaches, four Texas A&M students, including junior agriculture communications major Chris Shepperd and freshmen industrial engineering major Jose Velez, are coordinating to implement a temporary yell. The inspiration for the yell came from a discussion on, an Aggie fan Web site featuring forums about a "watermelon" quote made by Texas basketball Head Coach Rick Barnes after 2007's game at Reed Arena. Texas A&M won the game, 100-82.

Women's hoops:

Millionaires club meets tonight in Waco
Austin American-Statesman
There will be a quorum tonight in Waco at the first meeting of the millionaires club for women's basketball coaches. Two of the three coaches who have achieved a guaranteed annual salary of at least $1 million — Texas' Gail Goestenkors and Baylor's Kim Mulkey — will face off tonight in a Big 12 Conference game at the Ferrell Center.

Texas will find out what it's made of over next three games
Daily Texan
After winning three of their last four games, evening up their conference record to 3-3 and clawing back into the Top 25, things are starting to come together for the Longhorns. But No. 25 Texas (15-5, 3-3) tests the strength of its glue during its next three games. The Longhorns face the No. 6 team in the nation (Baylor), the No. 11 team (Oklahoma) and the defending Big 12 regular season champion (Texas A&M). It all starts tonight in Waco.

Making the transition a learning experience
Waco Tribune-Herald
Gail Goestenkors was in the ACC long enough to know what play Sylvia Hatchell was going to run, exactly when Kay Yow was going to call timeout and what defense Brenda Frese was going to throw at her next. In 15 years, you develop a certain comfort zone. But when Goestenkors left Duke last April, she also left her comfort zone. Every night in the Big 12 is a new experience. Whether it's your first trip to Ames, Iowa, or the first time you've faced Gary Blair's defensive pressure at Texas A&M, this is a different world.


Giants no longer view UT-ex Ross as a rookie
San Antonio Express-News
Media Day at the Super Bowl was anything but a static experience for New York Giants rookie cornerback Aaron Ross. While many of his teammates sat or stood in one spot while doing interviews at University of Phoenix Stadium, the former Texas standout seemed in perpetual motion.

Houston's Penders can get 600th victory against No. 1 Memphis
Associated Press
Tom Penders was living the good life in Miami, healthy again and far from the stressful demands of coaching college basketball. Something about the profession, or maybe the game itself, kept nagging him to give it one more try. When Houston athletic director Dave Maggard asked him to take over the Cougars in April 2004, Penders agreed within a week. In four seasons, Penders has returned Houston (15-3, 3-0 Conference USA) to respectability, another successful reclamation project in a career full of them. Penders, 62, can get career victory No. 600 against top-ranked Memphis (19-0, 5-0) on Wednesday night, a win that would be the biggest for the Cougars since the Final Four days of Phi Slama Jama in the early 1980s.


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