Tuesday 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:

Jordan Najvar: TE on the Rise
InsideTexas.com
Tight end was one position that Texas didn't address in the class of 2008. The Longhorns will likely look to bring in at least one prospect for the position in '09, and Klein Oak's Jordan Najvar could be on the top of their wish list. Najvar has made plans to be in Austin this weekend to take in the Longhorns' second junior day.

Inside the Class of '08: Emmanuel Acho
InsideTexas.com
In Inside Texas' Inside the Class Series, we give exclusive interviews, info and exclusive photos from IT photographer Will Gallagher. Inside the Class of '08 begins with an in depth look at linebacker Emmanuel Acho.

Flashback: The Classes of '04, '05, '06 & '07
InsideTexas.com
Starting today, Inside Texas will release the first in a daily Inside The Class of '08 series. We'll take an in-depth look at all the members of the '08 class, with exclusive interviews with players, high school coaches and exclusive photos from IT photographer Will Gallagher. To get you primed for this year's series, we're rereleasing the '04, '05, '06 and '07 Inside the Class reports below.

Men's hoops:

Horns Stomp A&M
InsideTexas.com
The Texas Longhorns must have been trying to break their recent pattern of keeping fans on the edge of their seat. In fact, it seemed no one in the Frank Erwin Center was in their seat at all. Instead, the sold-out crowd in Austin remained standing and rowdy despite a blowout 77-50 Longhorn victory over Texas A&M that never saw the Aggies in the lead.

Burnt Orange Glasses: Ain't Easy Being Green
InsideTexas.com
Thank goodness for TiVo. I love that little box, because, during the middle of the Longhorns' basketball game against Baylor, Mrs. Lubbock Horn wanted to stand in line in the cold for an hour so we could squeeze into the ancient Lubbock High School Westerner basketball gym and listen to Bill Clinton (or, as the alien on "The Simpsons" pronounces it – Clin-TAHN) spout about Hillary.

Augustin powers Longhorns past rival Aggies
Austin American-Statesman
A flick of the wrist. A darting drive. A perfectly placed pass. D.J. Augustin conducted a clinic for point guards Monday night, producing 27 points and 9 assists as the seventh-ranked Longhorns blasted No. 22 Texas A&M 77-50. A full house at the Erwin Center, 16,755, watched the Longhorns avenge an 80-63 loss at A&M on Jan. 30. Texas (22-4, 9-2 in Big 12) has won six straight since that defeat.

Texas basketball team can make case for No. 1 tournament seed
Austin American-Statesman
So that's how you beat Texas A&M in a big-boy sport. We were beginning to think Texas had forgotten how. After a dismal loss to the Aggies in football and another one in basketball that was worse than whatever's next after dismal, Rick Barnes' Longhorns put one on A&M Monday night with a 77-50 romp. And he may have the Aggies to thank for being able to do this against the Aggies.

Rival's revenge: Texas pays back Texas A&M, 77-50
Dallas Morning News
It didn't take long for No. 7 Texas to show it was a changed team from the one that suffered a 17-point beatdown by No. 22 Texas A&M in College Station on Jan. 30. When the Longhorns had finally claimed a 77-50 victory Monday at the Erwin Center, watched in person by one of the 10 members of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, D.J. Augustin was out of a shooting slump and Damion James had made good on a vow of revenge against the Aggies.

Augustin dumps Aggies
San Antonio Express-News
Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon had an inkling this was coming, and only 28 seconds had ticked off the game clock on Monday. That's how long it took Texas guard D.J. Augustin to weave around a few Aggies, shimmy a little, shake some more then swish a fall-away jumper that he should now patent. "He hit that first one," Turgeon said, "and got going." Augustin didn't stop and neither did his seventh-ranked Longhorns, who avenged an earlier blowout loss to No. 22 A&M with 77-50 rout of their own at a sold-out Erwin Center.

Experience beats talent for UT's Atchley
San Antonio Express-News
Monday wasn't the first time Connor Atchley looked like he didn't belong. He arrived at Texas with a class full of guys who've already dazzled the crowd at NBA All-Star Weekend, and spent the next three years banging against bodies destined to make more money with one shoe contract than he might save in his lifetime. But even giving up two inches, 30 pounds and about $10 million worth of future earnings, Atchley decided to rise up against DeAndre Jordan anyway. And when his right hand hung over Jordan's, swatting away an ill-advised shot attempt and adding another dose of misery to the already depressing night of Texas A&M's 7-foot future pro, it made a person wonder. Strictly in the college basketball sense, which player is worth more?

Texas' revenge is sweet & complete
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Whether it was by a little or a lot, Texas sophomore Damion James went into Monday determined to avenge the blowout loss at Texas A&M less than three weeks ago. As it turned out, James and the Longhorns were able to dish out a piece of humble pie almost identical to the one they were served in College Station. The No. 7 Longhorns jumped out to a quick start Monday and the No. 22 Aggies never seriously threatened, as Texas won 77-50 for its sixth straight victory and a share of the Big 12 lead.

Augustin unstoppable in stampede
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
D.J. Augustin, on yet another big Big Monday for Texas, became the 29th Longhorn in history to score 1,000 points. No, not last night. It only seemed that way to Texas A&M. "He just played at a level no one else played at," Aggies guard Josh Carter said. Augustin seemingly single-handedly engineered the Longhorns' 77-50 victory that firmly established them -- for the time being -- as February's darlings in the Big 12.

No. 7 Texas cruises by rival Texas A&M 77-50
Houston Chronicle
D.J. Augustin made up for lost time Monday night. He let out five game's worth of frustration in the first half against Texas A&M. Augustin had 27 points and nine assists – nearly outscoring the Aggies by himself in the first half – to lead the No. 7 Texas Longhorns to a 77-50 victory at the Erwin Center.

Coming home for revenge
Daily Texan
After being humiliated in College Station just over two weeks ago, it didn't take long for the Longhorns to begin exacting revenge on their rivals. The sophomore starting duo of Damion James and D.J. Augustin combined for 27 first-half points as No. 7 Texas took a 21-point advantage into halftime en route to a sound 77-50 beating of Texas A&M at the Erwin Center.

Augustin breaks out of slump as Longhorns go for blowout
Daily Texan
D.J. Augustin's offensive slump began against Texas A&M. It ended against the Aggies on Monday. Augustin scored 27 points and dished out nine assists while leading the Longhorns to a 77-50 win over A&M.

Baseball:

Scouting the Texas infield
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas Longhorns open the 2008 baseball season Friday against Virginia Commonwealth at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The infield isn't the biggest question mark for the Longhorns, but it is one with three newcomers (all transfers) and another player changing positions.

Alumni:

Vince Young goes from NFL star to student
Austin American-Statesman
Vince Young's newest, immediate goals have nothing to do with the football field. Rather, the former Longhorns quarterback — now with the Tennessee Titans — is thinking about how achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point average is a realistic objective for him this spring. So is finishing his degree.

Former Longhorn QB Vince Young is back on campus for classes
Dallas Morning News
After leading Texas to the national title in 2005, Vince Young says he's getting no perks for coming back to school to complete his degree in applied learning and development/youth and community studies this semester.

Vince Young back in class to finish up
Daily Texan
Vince Young might be making millions of dollars with the Tennessee Titans, but that doesn't mean he's immune to parking tickets. In fact, he gets ex-teammate Kasey Studdard to drive him around campus to avoid the wrath of University of Texas Parking and Transportation Services officials. That's just part of what Young has to go through now that he's back on campus to finish his degree.

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