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Football recruiting:

Six in the Books
Junior days have become incredibly important for Texas over the last few years. The Longhorns had another big day on Sunday racking up five commitments from the 2009 class. With Garrett Gilbert's pledge at the end of last week, UT now has six verbal commitments in all.

Marcus Davis: 'It Just Felt Like Home'
Clear Creek cornerback Marcus Davis arrived in Austin for his junior day visit on Saturday morning. On Saturday night, he became Texas' second commitment from the class of 2009. Davis, arguably the top defensive back in the state, talked about his decision.

Paden Kelley Commits!
Lake Travis quarterback Garrett Gilbert gave his verbal pledge to Texas on Thursday afternoon and it didn't take long for one of his high school teammates to follow suite. Offensive tackle Paden Kelley received an offer from Mack Brown and company during his junior day visit and is now committed to play football at the University of Texas.

Russell Shepard Leaves Austin with Offer
Many Longhorn fans wanted to know whether or not Garrett Gilbert's commitment would hurt Texas' chances of landing Russell Shepard. The Cy Ridge quarterback is back from his junior day visit with a brand new scholarship offer but has yet to make a decision.

Longhorns Offer Alex Okafor
Grabbing a defensive end in 2009 is likely one of the top priorities for the Texas Longhorns and Alex Okafor currently sits atop their wish list. Okafor received an offer during his junior day visit, but Longhorn fans will have to wait a little while longer for a decision.


New Longhorns DC Muschamp is the best steal in Texas
Sporting News
There's a theory floating around Austin that Mack Brown has eased off the accelerator, that the national championship his Texas team won in 2005 has left him in quasi-retirement mode.

Men's hoops:

Hoops: Texas vs. Kansas Game Info
It's Big Monday and Texas returns home for its biggest regular season tilt: The Kansas Jayhawks.

Horns faced with finding chinks in Jayhawks' armor
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes has seen better basketball teams than Kansas, just not this season.

Self-control should keep Kansas from falling short
Austin American-Statesman
Try out a couple of these college basketball hypotheses: Kansas has the best, most cohesive talent in the nation. True. (Sorry, UCLA and Memphis.) Kansas will win the Big 12 title and earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. (Hasn't it already?) Kansas has one of the five best coaches in the country. Absolutely true. (Ask 10-13 Illinois if it misses Bill Self.) Kansas will win the national championship this year.

Texas-Kansas becoming one of Big 12's richest rivalries
Austin American-Statesman

Barnes and Kansas
Austin American-Statesman

Texas can't afford another slow start against Kansas
San Antonio Express-News
Maybe it would be better if he didn't notice, but Texas guard A.J. Abrams can't help himself. The curious calculator inside his head just won't be denied.

Longhorns can't afford to fall behind Jayhawks
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Reserve guard J.D. Lewis perhaps has a different perspective on his team's flair for the dramatic comeback. No. 12 Texas (19-4, 6-2 Big 12) has rallied to snatch away four of six conference victories after trailing its opponent by double digits. The year of living dangerously.

Kansas will be on guard against Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
At face value, No. 4 Kansas at No. 12 Texas is a game befitting ESPN's Big Monday franchise. For the Jayhawks, though, the game has a deeper meaning. This is the time of year when teams start position for NCAA Tournament seeding.

KUs Chase Buford and Texas Alexis Wangmene share special bond
Kansas City Star
Longhorns freshman Alexis Wangmene misses his brother most when he's in his dorm room playing Xbox 360. Three years ago, when Wangmene moved to the United States from Cameroon to live with the family of San Antonio Spurs general manager and former KU assistant R.C. Buford, he spoke little to no English. Video games were one of the only ways Wangmene could connect with Buford's 16-year-old son, Chase.

UT packs tough 1-2 punch
Lawrence Journal-World
Last year, Texas had the top point producer in the Big 12 Conference in Kevin Durant. This year, the Longhorns are fueled by the league's No. 2 and 3 scorers — sophomore D.J. Augustin (19.7) and junior A.J. Abrams (17.9).

Lone Star statesman
Lawrence Journal-World
Darrell Arthur arrived in the Lone Star State on Sunday on a business trip, not a personal vacation.

Off the court, Barnes is called 'friend' by some Sooners
Don't get the wrong idea. The rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas is genuine. Their respective teams want to beat each other's brains out, no matter what the sport. But outside the lines, evidently both sides have the ability to momentarily go color blind and be far less territorial.


Clemens has a strange way of pleading his innocence
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As Roger Clemens trawls Capitol Hill, playing catch, presumably, with House investigators, the question you have to ask yourself is, why would his accuser, Brian McNamee, lie?


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