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Applewhite and Muschamp Bring New Fire
The Texas Longhorns finally hit the practice fields for the first time in 2008. Friday was also the debut of running backs coach Major Applewhite and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and the dynamic of the new coaches could be felt by fans and players.

Longhorn Practice Observations
Spring football is here at last and Inside Texas is on the scene. IT takes you through the notable events and sights of the beginning of spring practice, including standout performances and who the current starters are.

Longhorn Practice Observations, Day 2
Inside Texas was out at spring practice on Saturday and takes you through the sights, sounds and goings-on at the second day of spring practice, which was also the Longhorns final Junior Day for the Class of 2009.

Photo Gallery - Spring Practice

Muschamp's bark as rough as his bite
Austin American-Statesman
If you weren't aware of Will Muschamp's reputation before the Longhorns' first two spring workouts, you are now. In fact, you would have been hard-pressed not to have noticed the fiery, new defensive coordinator during the football practices at Denius Fields, if you were one of the 1,000 fans on hand Saturday morning. Or if you lived in the neighborhood. Or in Pflugerville, for that matter. Muschamp's voice tends to carry a bit. Kind of like those old E.F. Hutton commercials. When he screams, you listen. And maybe cower just a little.

Texas-Arkansas football game for 2009 likely to be postponed
Austin American-Statesman
Razorbacks request swap to soften non-conference schedule; UT agrees to change, awaits final word.

Football recruiting:

Kyle Kriegel Commits to Texas
The Longhorns went without a defensive end in the Class of 2008, but during Saturday's Junior Day, Texas picked up a big one for 2009 when Kyle Kriegel of Elysian Fields High School gave his commitment to Mack Brown and the Horns.

Dominique Jones: Brown Picks Up Kilgore Beast
The Texas Longhorns grabbed another big-time defensive end when Kilgore's Dominique Jones gave Mack Brown his commitment to play for Texas. Inside Texas spoke with both Jones and his high school coach, Mike Vallery, about his commitment, what UT sees in Jones and more.

Nkwopara: 'I felt like part of their family'
Texas' second junior day is in the books, and the Longhorns walked away with three more commitments from the class of 2009. South Grand Prairie linebacker Patrick Nkwopara was one of a select few who received a scholarship offer and didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on a commitment.

Kenny Vaccaro: 'Wide Open'
Not long ago, Brownwood defensive back Kenny Vaccaro was close to giving his commitment to the University of Texas. But Vaccaro has since backed off and is now "wide open" when it comes to recruiting. Which schools are after him and where does he stand with the Longhorns?

Mason Walters: Gets His Offer
It was no secret that the biggest priority for the Texas coaching staff this weekend was Wolfforth Frenship's Mason Walters. It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that he would receive an offer, but was he impressed enough to give his verbal to Longhorns?

Another Offer Out
The Texas Longhorns hosted some of the state's top linebackers this weekend and one of the best walked away with a scholarship offer. Who was it?

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:

Hoops: Texas vs. Kansas State Game Info
It's another Big Monday battle for the Horns. Texas travels on the road to take on the Kansas State Wildcats and freshman phenom Michael Beasley.

February a solid month for Longhorns men's basketball team
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes wasn't looking for a marketing device, just a way to teach his players that not all months are created equally in college basketball. The Longhorn coach came up with February as separation month, a time to blend skill and competitiveness for the stretch run toward the NCAA tournament. So how's that working out for Barnes? His seventh-ranked Longhorns are 7-0 this month. With a victory at Kansas State tonight, Texas would complete February without a defeat for the first time since 1963.

Beasley's heard it all
Austin American-Statesman
Kansas State freshman phenom taking up where good pal Durant left off a year ago.

Kansas State's Beasley might be overlooked by voters
Dallas Morning News
Could Kevin Durant, now a rookie with the Seattle SuperSonics, somehow influence the national player of the year race? Specifically the candidacy of his best friend and possible NBA teammate next season – Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley?

The comparisons continue
San Antonio Express-News
The Michael Beasley show continued Saturday night, just a short drive north on Interstate 35 from here. The sensational freshman tortured Baylor for a Big 12- record 44 points, but even before Kansas State tipped off against the Bears, Texas coach Rick Barnes was bracing for certain realities — after all, his seventh-ranked Longhorns are the next in line to tussle with the Wildcats tonight in Manhattan, Kan.

Longhorns play another big one on Big Monday
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A third straight appearance by Texas on ESPN's Big Monday is... well, big. The seventh-ranked Longhorns (23-4, 10-2 Big 12) play at Kansas State tonight as the first-place team in the Big 12 Conference. "That's a big deal," Texas sophomore guard Justin Mason said of winning the conference title. "It's like wanting to win the national championship. Any big-time school wants to win its conference. That's always the goal."

Augustin says he'll be back in orange next year for junior season
Daily Texan
Minutes after leading Texas to a 62-45 win over Oklahoma, D.J. Augustin spoke about his future with the Longhorns. "I'm definitely coming back," he said. "I'm not even looking at that kind of stuff." The sophomore is projected as a possible lottery pick in the 2008 draft, but Augustin said that not even a deep run in the NCAA tournament would change his mind.

K-State needs to find a cure back home
Wichita Eagle
His team had just been vanquished, marking its fourth consecutive setback away from home. Nevertheless, Kansas State coach Frank Martin attempted to extract the positive from a deflating 92-86 defeat to Baylor at the Ferrell Center. "I don't want to take anything away from Baylor," Martin said. "They've had a heck of a year. They have just come off of a stretch of playing some hard, hard games where they lost some heartbreakers. "But those kids came out and protected their home court." And that's what he hopes his kids will do tonight with No. 7 Texas (23-4, 10-2), the hottest team in the Big 12, rolling into Bramlage Coliseum. The season's results are certainly in K-State's favor - the Wildcats (18-8) have yet to lose in Manhattan, one of three undefeated home teams in the league (along with UT and Kansas) at 6-0.


Kasparek Returns as Texas Sweeps VCU
The Longhorns scored six runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-2 win over Virginia Commonwealth to complete a sweep of the opening series for the 2008 season. Sunday's victory was also a strong start for Texas pitcher Kenn Kasparek in his return to the rotation.

UT hitters rock Rams early in win
Austin American-Statesman
More than 19 months removed from his last pitching performance, senior Kenn Kasparek still shines under the spotlight. With everybody focusing on his first game since elbow surgery, the 6-foot-10-inch right-hander threw five solid innings without giving up an earned run Sunday as Texas completed a sweep of Virginia Commonwealth with a 10-2 victory at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas pitching undergoes extreme makeover
Austin American-Statesman
When Brandon Workman arrived at the college pitcher's mound for the first time in his life Friday afternoon, his veteran catcher sensed the overwhelming anxiety and tried to put Workman at ease. "You're about to get ripped," junior Preston Clark teased the freshman pitcher. "Thanks," Workman nervously answered. The 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound right-hander survived his first hazing prank of the season to help Texas starter Austin Wood to an impressive, 6-2 victory over Virginia Commonwealth. The makeover of this Longhorns pitching staff should be every bit as dramatic as the $25.8 million renovation of a spectacular-looking UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Both were extremely necessary and long overdue.

Kasparek notches win in comeback
Daily Texan
Kenn Kasparek said it wasn't really rust. He always starts a little slow. No one was surprised the senior looked a little shaky. After all, he missed the entire 2007 season following Tommy John surgery. But everyone was impressed with how quickly he settled in. Kasparek controlled the first five innings of the game and led the No. 16 Longhorns (3-0) to a 10-2 victory Sunday, giving up a single and two walks to the first six batters he faced while Texas completed a three-game sweep of Virginia Commonwealth (0-3). The righty picked up his first win of the year with five strikeouts and no earned runs in five innings of work.

Women's hoops:

Aggies dash Texas' NCAA hopes
Austin American-Statesman
Gail Goestenkors, briefly putting aside her frustration, asked one question to her team after Texas' 65-50 home loss to Texas A&M. "Were you ready to play?" The team offered a consensus "yes." Yet it hardly looked like it, given that a potential NCAA invitation was on the line, yet the Longhorns turned in their worst overall offensive performance of the season.

Dead or alive, Texas plays on
Austin American-Statesman
It would be a grave mistake to suggest that Texas A&M read last rites for the Texas women's basketball team because from appearances, these Longhorns have been dead for quite a while. Only the white-chalk outline remains to be drawn. What's really, really sad is they're getting worse, which was clear in a lethargic, emotionless 65-50 loss to the Aggies at the Erwin Center on Sunday afternoon.


Youth is served with Finley
After only playing two seasons for the Texas Longhorns, TE Jermichael Finley is a raw prospect, but one that has immense upside heading into his pro career. Fans and a lot of pro personnel people hate the word "upside" and "potential", but Finley is out to prove to everyone that he's ready for the pro game after learning from the player who was ahead of him on the depth chart.


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