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:

Kenny Vaccaro Ponders a Commitment
The Longhorn nation is abuzz about 2009 recruiting and one of Texas' top targets is Kenny Vaccaro. The Brownwood DB received an offer this past weekend, but is still thinking about whether or not he wants to accept and give Texas head coach Mack Brown a commitment.

Greg Timmons: 'The Dream Came True'
He took visits to other schools, but what he was hoping for was a scholarship offer from the University of Texas. When Eisenhower wide receiver Greg Timmons met Texas head coach Mack Brown on his Junior Day visit, he got that offer and didn't hesitate to commit. Timmons talked about his commitment with Inside Texas.

Russell Shepard: QB or Not QB?
You would think that the No. 1 player in the state of Texas wouldn't have to answer questions about his game, but that's the situation that Cypress-Ridge (TX) quarterback Russell Shepard finds himself in as 2009 recruiting starts to heat up across the nation.

The Inside Texas Podcast
Commitments for 2009 are rolling in for the Longhorns. Inside Texas' Ross and Ross break down the commits and discuss what's to come in recruiting for '09, including the prospects of landing Russell Shepard. Plus, Texas basketball picked up a big win. Who stepped up and what has changed on the Texas basketball team?

Men's hoops:

Longhorns top-seed material
Austin American-Statesman
With Texas' victory over third-ranked Kansas on Monday, is there really any reason not to consider the Longhorns as a possibility for a No. 1 seed, come March? Nope.

Longhorns send a message in victory over Kansas
San Antonio Express-News
The signature moment — and possibly the signature message — of Texas' takedown of Kansas on Monday night had nothing to do with the countless put-back dunks by the Jayhawks, which, happily for the home team were confined to the first half. Nothing to do with either of two KU alley-ops that made packed-in Erwin Center patrons feel like they were watching from the fish side of a glass-bottom boat. The signature moment wasn't a goal but a gesture, destined not for the box score but for the back of every bracketologist's brain.

K-State in driver's seat
Daily Texan
When Kansas guard Mario Chalmers' last-second 3-pointer clanked off the rim Monday, it did more than give Texas a key Big 12 victory over the favored Jayhawks. It gave an already intense Big 12 race a little extra spice heading down the stretch.

Women's hoops:

Texas trying to learn from painful losses
Austin American-Statesman
A variation of this phrase has become part of Gail Goestenkors' postgame assessment after each loss since Big 12 Conference play started five weeks ago. And the Texas women's basketball coach is growing tired of having to say it. She'll tell the team, then the media: "We will learn from this. We will grow. We will get better from it."

Coaches still like slumping Texas' chances
San Antonio Express-News
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair has a way of making bold statements, and it must be something about beating Texas that brings them out of him. Last year, after the Aggies downed UT in College Station to claim a share of the Big 12 regular-season title, Blair grabbed a microphone and excused adults from work and students from class so they could cheer on his team at the upcoming conference tournament. "I can do anything," Blair told the crowd. On Saturday, after the Aggies' second-straight victory over the Longhorns, Blair was at it again — looking into the future and asserting his wisdom.

UT joining fight against breast cancer
San Antonio Express-News
Most of you probably remember what happened the last time the Texas women's basketball team played a game in Norman, Okla. The event left an indelible image, and, this has nothing to do with the 78-58 thrashing Oklahoma unleashed on the Longhorns last February.

'Horns trying to halt slump
Daily Texan
While the fans, coaches, warm-ups and even refs' whistles will be colored pink tonight, Texas is feeling anything but rosy. The Longhorns come into tonight's "Think Pink" game with the Big 12-leading Baylor Bears at the Erwin Center hoping to end a three-game losing streak, all the while promoting breast cancer awareness with everything from pink shoelaces to towels.

Lady Bears: Intensity key to Texas rematch
Waco Tribune-Herald
Two weeks ago, Baylor took Texas' best shot and survived. Barely. It may take the eighth-ranked Lady Bears' best shot to beat a Texas team that's 9-2 this year at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns (15-8, 3-6), who have struggled on the road under first-year head coach Gail Goestenkors, will host Baylor (21-2, 9-1) at 8 tonight in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPNU.


Aaron Ross' life has a sweet ring to it
Austin American-Statesman
Twenty-five-year-old Aaron Ross wasn't around for the "golden age" of television. So he probably hasn't heard of that old TV show that invited old friends to reunite with an unsuspecting guest of honor. The show has long since been canceled, but that won't prevent us from having some fun in the here and now. Since Ross' growing collection of championship hardware (a Super Bowl champion's ring, an NCAA championship ring, a Rose Bowl winner's ring and the Thorpe Award) compares favorably to just about any football player to come through here, we thought it would be a good idea to bring back an old classic. Aaron Ross, welcome to: This is your life!

McNamee says Clemens had more injections
Associated Press
Brian McNamee said he injected Roger Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs more often than he previously claimed, starting their high-stakes testimony before Congress on Wednesday with new attacks on the credibility of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.


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