Friday 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:

Ryan Swope: Speed Demon
InsideTexas.com
Speed is always a stated priority for Texas head coach Mack Brown in recruiting. On February 23rd, during the Longhorns' next Junior Day, Texas will get a visit from one of the fastest players in the state, Westlake running back Ryan Swope.

Men's hoops:

Five burning questions facing Longhorns athletics
San Antonio Express-News

Texas isn't out of its depth against a deep Kansas team
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Under deadline pressure, you go with a storyline you can quickly develop and cherry-pick the best quotes that fit. Sometimes, you leave out something cogent, only to see it the next day and have it smack you upside the head. So, Tuesday as I was reading sports sections from papers that cover the Big 12, I had a V8 moment when I came across something Kansas coach Bill Self said after Monday's 72-69 loss to Texas. In the light of the next day, the quote took on more significance. I quickly went back to check my notes from the night before, and there it was. "I think they just outmanned us the second half," Self said. Huh? This from the coach of one of the deepest and most-talented teams in the country talking about a team that, on some nights, struggles to find a fourth contributor?

Guards lead Texas into rematch
Daily Texan
With D.J. Augustin mired in the first slump of his collegiate career, another Longhorn has stepped into the limelight. Current Big 12 Player of the Week A.J. Abrams leads Texas up Interstate Highway 35 into Waco this weekend to take on Baylor (17-6, 5-4 Big 12).

Women's hoops:

Before Texas women can be NCAA threat, they must get there
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas Longhorns are showing they could be a tough out in next month's NCAA women's basketball tournament. But before they can become a tough out, they have to get in.

Longhorns hope to end persistent road struggles
Daily Texan
Throughout Big 12 play it seems as if there's been two Texas teams - one at home and one on the road. The Longhorns are 16-8 overall, and 4-6 in Big 12 play. However, they have yet to win a conference game on the road. Texas gets another crack at winning a game away from the Erwin Center on Saturday as it travels to Colorado (13-11, 2-9) for an 8 p.m. game at the Coors Events Center.

Baseball:

Condensed schedule divides college baseball
Austin American-Statesman
It was 50 degrees in Columbia, Mo., on Thursday, and a balmy 72 in Miami. Back up north, the temperature in Ann Arbor, Mich., hit 25, while out west, it was 44 degrees in Corvallis, Ore. And here in Austin, it was 70 and sunny. Each of these cities has a Division I college baseball team. None was playing a game Thursday. No team in the country was.

Alumni:

Sonics' Durant, Green star-struck in Big Easy
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Kevin Durant plans to take a step back for the next 24 hours to allow the All-Star atmosphere to sink in. The 19-year-old's most vivid All-Star memory dates to 2001, when New Jersey's Stephon Marbury hit the winning shot as he, his mother and brother were cheering while listening on their car radio.

In steroids game, Clemens down in the count
Austin American-Statesman
In baseball parlance, Roger Clemens got knocked out in the fifth. Now the best he can hope for is the box-score equivalent of a no-decision, which in this twisted case of charges, counter-charges, photos of used syringes, pool parties, bloody pants, missing nannies and taped phone calls would mean the Department of Justice decides against pursuing perjury charges against Clemens. That scenario, however, seems unlikely.

McNamee's lawyer predicts Clemens pardon
Associated Press
One of Brian McNamee's lawyers predicted Roger Clemens will be pardoned by President Bush, saying some Republicans treated his client harshly because of the pitcher's friendship with the Bush family.

Ramonce Taylor gets probation
Temple Daily Telegram
The mother of former Texas Longhorn running back Ramonce Taylor began wailing as her son's sentence on a probation violation was handed down in 264th District Court on Tuesday.

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Inside Scoop
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Austin American-Statesman

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