Thursday 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:

Garrett Gilbert's Surgery a Success
Texas quarterback commit for 2009, Garrett Gilbert, underwent surgery on Wednesday for a torn labrum. According to Gilbert's doctors, the surgery was a complete success and a rough timetable for recovery has been set.

Texas Top 100 DE Headed to Austin
From Houston Chavez, Texas Top 100 DE Michael Brockers is one of the many talented defenders in this class, but because he has been quite busy with the Lobo basketball team, football recruiting has been slow (on his end). Thus, he has not attended any junior days to date. But he has managed to find time to make his way to Austin for February 23 junior day.

Been There, Done That
It's no secret that South Grand Prairie's Randall Dent has a ton of potential. He was originally scheduled to be in Austin this weekend for Texas' second junior day, but it turns out that he already took a trip to the 40 Acres earlier this month. Did Dent pick up a scholarship offer during his visit?

ScoutTV: Texas '09 Commitment in Action
Thomas Ashcraft, four-star offensive lineman from Cedar Hill, Texas, is one of the best lineman in the country for teh class of 2009. Ashcraft has committed to the Texas Longhorns and presents his junior season highlights.

Inside the Class of '08: D.J. Grant
The Inside the Class Series keeps rolling along! The third in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '08 is on LBJ wide receiver D.J. Grant.

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.

Men's hoops:

Wright more than a strength coach
Daily Texan
Todd Wright is the strength and conditioning coach for the Texas men's basketball team, but his role is far more expansive than the title indicates.


Longhorns' new UFCU Disch-Falk field of dreams
Austin American-Statesman
In the suites and the press box, furniture and flat-screen televisions were being put in place. Random guitar riffs blazed out of the sound system, interrupted by tests of the fire alarms. And down on the field, the Texas Longhorns practiced. That was the scene Tuesday as the final touches were being put on the renovated UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The $25.8 million renovation that began in September 2006 will be unveiled Friday afternoon when the Longhorns open their 2008 season against Virginia Commonwealth.

Scouting the Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman
The Longhorns open the season Friday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field against Virginia Commonwealth. One of the biggest concerns for Texas this year is pitching. The Longhorns will need to find more depth with the condensed schedule and will have to rely on youth to develop.

Wait's over for Big 12 baseball teams as season opens Friday
Associated Press
That antsy wait to finally play a game is almost over for Big 12 baseball players and coaches.

Women's hoops:

Longhorns' late run isn't enough
Austin American-Statesman
In a somber postgame news conference, Texas women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors complimented Oklahoma State and also complimented her Longhorns. There were just more minutes of good play to mention for the Cowgirls, who beat Texas 71-66 Wednesday night.

Cowgirls survive late Texas run
Daily Texan
Down 57-42 with just over five minutes left on the clock, the Longhorns finally kicked into gear. Forward Earnesia Williams ignited the team with a layup followed by two free throws earned while grabbing an offensive rebound, and the team drilled five 3-pointers to pull to within 69-66 with five seconds remaining. Too bad they weren't playing in the Erwin Center because maybe they could've completed the miraculous comeback against Oklahoma State. Texas' string of bad luck on the road followed them to Stillwater, Okla. as the No. 16 Cowgirls pulled out the 71-66 win Wednesday night.


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