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:

Prolific Garland RB Coming to Texas Jr. Day
Texas has already received a commitment for the Class of 2009 from top-flight running back Chris Whaley and on Saturday another of the state's best backs in Naaman Forest High School RB Jonathan Miller will be taking a visit to Austin.

Inside the Class of '08: Brock Fitzhenry
Each day, Inside Texas will take a look at each member of the 2008 recruiting class. The Inside the Class Series continues with an in depth look at Giddings athlete Brock Fitzhenry.

Flashback: The Classes of '04, '05, '06 & '07
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.


Spring Practice Schedule Set
The Texas football team will start spring drills this weekend with a pair of practices on Friday and Saturday, which will open to the public.

Men's hoops:

The Inside Texas Podcast
Could the Texas basketball team actually become a No. 1 seed? In this edition of the podcast, Inside Texas' Ross and Ross discuss the Longhorn's big win over the Aggies, Saturday's upcoming game against OU, what's changed on the team and if Texas has what it takes to keep this run going.

Dog days of Augustin possible second wind for the Longhorns
San Antonio Express-News
Texas A&M took a week off and got worse. D.J. Augustin took 45 hours off and got better. Exactly what that proves isn't clear to either science or religion. College coaches try to map it with both: The peaks and valleys of stats sheets, weighed against their abiding faith that their teen volunteers will bust veins trying to pursue the March windfall. Welcome to the dog days of the college hoops season. Welcome to the physical strain you can see and the mental strain you can't.

Sizing Up the Big 12
San Antonio Express-News

Longhorns legitimate contender for a No. 1 seed in NCAA tourney
Daily Texan
The rumblings can be heard once again. March could bring the Longhorns a No. 1 seed in the NCAA basketball tournament. While No. 24 Kansas State, Oklahoma and the whole Big 12 tournament stand between Texas and that coveted seed, consecutive wins over No. 4 Kansas, Baylor and No. 22 Texas A&M have sent the team up to the seventh spot in the rankings.


College baseball scouting the Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman
he Longhorns open the season Friday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field against Virginia Commonwealth. While there are some areas of concern for Texas, the outfield is not one of them.

Women's hoops:

Longhorn women face must-win game vs. OSU
Austin American-Statesman
So much for prosperity. In a span of four days, the Texas women's basketball team won its biggest game of the season — against then-No. 8 Baylor — only to suffer possibly its worst defeat in Big 12 Conference play, falling to second-tier Colorado. Now the Longhorns, who are trying to make it back to the NCAA tournament after a two-year absence, face a near must-win situation tonight on the road against Oklahoma State, which is having similar problems dealing with recent success.

Cortijo learning on the fly
Daily Texan
Learning a new system under a new coach in one year is tough. But Longhorn point guard Carla Cortijo is used to quick learning curves.


Jerseys of UT's Vince Young, Kevin Durant may be retired
Dallas Morning News
The Texas Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men on Tuesday announced it will take up the issue of "retired jerseys" at its March meeting, and a UT source confirmed a proposal will be made to retire the jerseys of former football player Vince Young and former basketball player Kevin Durant.

Young back in Austin working on degree
San Antonio Express-News
Vince Young's status on the University of Texas campus is nothing short of legendary. During the Longhorns' run to the national title in 2005, local fan shops began selling T-shirts that read, "I heart VY." The heart, of course, was burnt orange. Young's following was fueled by the effortless way he churned for yardage, by the breathless way he channeled comebacks – not the least of which came in a Rose Bowl victory against Southern California. But Young didn't fret much about those comebacks then, so why do it now? He's back on the UT campus, and Young is trying to play it off like he's just any other student.


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