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Football recruiting:

A Late Suitor For Scott?
Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Darrell Scott still seems to be down to the same two Big 12 schools he's been focusing on, but a local in-state schools is trying to make a last-minute run at him. Is it too late?

Neuheisel enters sweepstakes to land Scott, but it may be too late
Los Angeles Times
Well, it looks as if Rick Neuheisel and his new sidekick, offensive coordinator Norm Chow, are making a last-minute lunge for the highest-rated running back prospect in the nation. According to St. Bonaventure recruiting assistant Roger Sonsini, Nueheisel and assistant coaches Bob Palcic and DeWayne Walker visited the Ventura school on Tuesday and talked with Darrell Scott in what has to be described as a last-ditch attempt to wrestle the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from the recruiting grip of Texas and Colorado.

A Star From The Get Go
In the words of Madisonville (Texas) High head coach Greg Morgan, Chris Whaley was a head taller and a lot faster than everyone on the field. He routinely ran for close to 300 yards and four or five touchdowns per game in junior high.

Men's hoops:

Aggies Hammer Horns
This one would not require five overtimes to decide. Texas A&M jumped on Texas early and cruised to an 80-63 thumping in front of record 13,555 at Reed Arena.

No escape for UT offense in big loss
Austin American-Statesman
Less than a minute into the second half, an irate Rick Barnes jumped off the Texas bench to remove starters Connor Atchley and Damion James from the lineup. Barnes grabbed the hook more than a few times Wednesday night, but it hardly mattered. The 10th-ranked Longhorns, incompetent up and down the roster, were crushed by No. 23 Texas A&M 80-63 in front of 13,555 fans, a record at Reed Arena.

Harsh defeat may be sign of even bigger problems
Austin American-Statesman
After the first meeting of these two blood rivals, the Texas coach went out of his way to praise the Texas A&M players, the electric atmosphere inside Reed Arena, even the A&M band for its national anthem rendition. "Last year I taught 'em how to cheer," the Longhorns' basketball coach teased, playfully reminding reporters how he razzed the Aggies over their traditional chants here a year ago. "And they were great." Texas, it seemed, lost everything but its sense of humor.

Texas A&M pounds Texas, 80-63
Dallas Morning News
Wednesday night was the first time all season that Texas A&M looked like the team Aggies fans expected from the start. Something about burnt orange just brings out the best in those wearing maroon. A record crowd of 13,555 fans at Reed Arena watched A&M clobber No. 10 Texas, 80-63.

A&M builds big lead, stomps Texas
San Antonio Express-News
Minutes before tip Wednesday night, a daring Texas Longhorns fan briefly clutched an orange banner over a Reed Arena railing. Only she mistakenly held it backward, and the "Texas" on the see-through declaration read as such. The wayward sign proved a bad sign for the Longhorns, who started their rival game in reverse. No. 23 Texas A&M blasted past 10th-ranked UT 80-63 before a raucous record crowd of 13,555. The Aggies led 31-10 before UT caught its breath.

A&M wins battle of backcourt
San Antonio Express-News
As backcourt mismatches go, Texas A&M's 80-63 victory over Texas on Wednesday night looked more like a back-alley mugging. A&M's starting guard tandem of Dominique Kirk and Donald Sloan set the tempo, shadowing and overshadowing the Longhorns' dynamic duo of D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams and leaving 10th-ranked UT without form or function.

Dismal Texas shooting gives A&M an easy win
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In the days since last week's five-overtime loss to Baylor, new Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon and the Aggies found themselves looking up from the bottom of a surprising three-game losing streak. And it was there that they found themselves. There can be little doubt as to A&M's sense of direction after Wednesday's dominating 80-63 victory over No.10 Texas, it's first over what Turgeon called "a really good team."

A&M strong-arms UT 80-63
Houston Chronicle
Unable to live in a vacuum, the Texas A&M Aggies sensed the doubt surrounding them as they stumbled out of the Big 12 gate this month. But 23rd-ranked A&M might have quelled some of the skepticism Wednesday night with a resounding 80-63 victory over No. 10 Texas in front of a record Reed Arena crowd of 13,555.

A smothering defeat in Aggieland
Daily Texan
Texas A&M ignored their midrange game in the first half. They didn't need it. The No. 23 Aggies dominated Texas in the opening period, hitting six-of-eight shots from behind the 3-point arc and scoring 18 points in the paint en route to an 80-63 win over the No. 10 Longhorns on Wednesday in Reed Arena.

Texas toast
The Battalion
The No. 23 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 10 Texas Longhorns renewed an old rivalry Wednesday in the first installation of the 2008 Lonestar Showdown. It was a chapter that Aggie fans will remember, as A&M dismantled the Longhorns and their high-powered offense, 80-63 at Reed Arena.

Women's hoops:

Tisdale's trey dashes Horns
Austin American-Statesman
For 25 seconds Wednesday night, the Texas women's basketball team thought it had pulled the improbable road upset of sixth-ranked Baylor. Longhorn center Ashley Lindsey, with the aid of an assist from guard Brittainey Raven, had just given Texas a 60-58 lead with 44 seconds to play. But 25 seconds after Lindsey's layup, after a timeout called by Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, Bears guard Angela Tisdale sprinted to a comfortable spot near the baseline, just beyond the three-point line. It was the same spot on the court from where she made a three-pointer to beat Texas A&M earlier this month. And Tisdale's trey attempt was equally successful against Texas, giving Baylor the 61-60 victory, extending the team's consecutive victory streak to 12 games and keeping the Bears in a tie for the Big 12 Conference lead.

Tisdale's 3-pointer lifts Baylor over Texas
San Antonio Express-News
The Texas Longhorns say this season is about building a foundation for the future of their program. On Wednesday night, they got a glimpse of what that's supposed to look like. And all they had to do was look at their opponent. When pushed, Baylor knew exactly how to push back, culminating with Angela Tisdale's 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining to gift the No. 6 Lady Bears with a 61-60 victory inside a frenzied Ferrell Center.

Texas loses nailbiter in Waco
Daily Texan
The Longhorns had their chance. After trailing for the entire second half, Ashley Lindsey's jumper from the elbow put Texas up 60-58 on No. 6 Baylor with 42 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Baylor's Jhasmin Player missed a 3-point attempt, but the Bears grabbed the offensive rebound and capitalized with Angela Tisdale's 3-pointer after a timeout. Texas guard Brittainey Raven came down with the rebound after Kathleen Nash's shot was blocked by Baylor's Danielle Wilson, but turned the ball over, ending the Longhorns' chances with a 61-58 loss in front of 7,108 fans at the Ferrell Center Wednesday night.

Tisdale's 3-pointer in final seconds lifts Lady Bears to 61-60 win over Texas
Waco Tribune-Herald
If there was any question who Baylor's go-to player is, Angela Tisdale answered it Wednesday night. With the sixth-ranked Lady Bears trailing No. 25 Texas for the first time in the second half, the senior point guard launched a 3-pointer from the corner that found nothing but net as Baylor escaped with a heart-stopping 61-60 victory before a crowd of 7,108.


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