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:

Position by Position, Question by Question
InsideTexas.com
On Friday, the Longhorns will step out onto the Denius Practice Fields for the first time this spring and begin preparations for the 2008 season, but what must be answered for Texas to return to being a national title contender? Inside Texas goes position by position and addresses the biggest question for each.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
Spring football is here! Inside Texas' Ross and Ross discuss the biggest issues for Texas football heading into the spring and preview the Horns' upcoming Junior Day, as the top prospects from across the state head to Austin.

Longhorns start spring drills
Austin American-Statesman
Depth chart could change by the day as Texas gets an early start to fall preparations.

New coaches, RB vacancy on center stage
Austin American-Statesman
Texas opens spring football drills today with plans to lean on fresh ideas from two young assistants coach Mack Brown has called "stars" in the coaching profession. Will Muschamp, 36, is the Longhorns' new defensive coordinator. He is expected to improve a unit that gave up 371.2 yards per game last season, the seventh-worst average in school history. Major Applewhite, 29, is Texas' new running backs coach and will have input into the team's game plans.

Football recruiting:

Inside the Class of '08: Mark Buchanan
InsideTexas.com
The fourth in a daily series taking an in-depth look at the members of the Longhorn Class of '08: offensive tackle Mark Buchanan.

Inside the Class of '08: D.J. Grant
InsideTexas.com
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
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:

How Texas Got Its Groove Back
InsideTexas.com
Texas is making a strong case for a top-seed in next month's NCAA Tournament, but not every reason for the program's resurgence can be found in the stat sheet.

No debate here: Big guys play large role for UT
Austin American-Statesman
In a week of debate, there is no argument about what helps the Texas basketball team. Barack and Hillary may have divergent views on the direction of our country, but Texas basketball partisans aren't divided on what makes the Longhorns go. They know the Horns will advance only as far in the NCAA Tournament as D.J. Augustin, A.J. Abrams, Connor Atchley, Damion James and Justin Mason take them. That doesn't mean the starters can do this alone.

Big 12 Power Rankings
Daily Texan

Baseball:

Every effort for pitching
Austin American-Statesman
The shadows were setting across UFCU Disch-Falk Field as the sounds of batting practice and ongoing construction echoed in the distance. In the right-field corner, Skip Johnson was oblivious to it all. He was in his own world, working with a pitcher.

Big 12 Preview
San Antonio Express-News

Long-awaited season opener this weekend
Daily Texan
It took a while to get started, but it's finally here. After waiting an additional three weeks to get going this year, Texas' baseball team opens its season at UFCU Disch-Falk Field today. The Longhorns have a new-look team and a renovated stadium, but the expectations are the same as they've always been - a trip to Omaha, Neb. Texas' absence from the College World Series the previous two seasons is at the forefront of the Longhorns' minds.

Women's hoops:

Texas faces rival A&M
Daily Texan
Based on their 10-2 record at the Erwin Center, the women's basketball team has proven there's no place like home. If only they had a pair of red slippers in their last two games. Texas (16-10, 4-8 Big 12) is coming off of back-to-back losses on the road to Colorado and No. 16 Oklahoma State. The Longhorns head back to the comfort of the Erwin Center for a showdown with No. 19 Texas A&M (19-7, 7-5).

Alumni:

Seven taking part at NFL combine
San Antonio Express-News
With Vince Young back on the Texas campus attending classes, some other former Longhorns are already preparing for job interviews. But not just any job interviews. We're talking about the NFL variety. Seven Longhorns are among a group of more than 300 former college players participating in the NFL combine in Indianapolis this week. The combine began on Wednesday and runs four days.

Texas TE Finley pleased to be going to 'next level'
Tulsa World
Sooner fans won't have to fret over Texas tight end Jermichael Finley any more. And Finley won't have to fret over Longhorn coaches who won't devise ways to get him the football. Finley said Thursday during interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine that he became frustrated with the lack of passes thrown his way after his breakout game against Oklahoma. That's why he decided to skip his senior season at UT and turn pro.

Packers: Looking to hook a 'Horn?
Wisconsin State Journal
One day after releasing veteran tight end Bubba Franks, the Green Bay Packers were spending some quality time with one of his potential replacements: University of Texas tight end Jermichael Finley.

Other:

Inside Scoop
Inside Texas

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

Longhorns Blog
Houston Chronicle


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