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Football:

Brown: Four QBs Are 'Too Many'
InsideTexas.com
Texas has four scholarship QBs on campus, with at least one more on the way. Something's gotta give. So what does this mean for John Chiles, Sherrod Harris and G.J. Kinne?

It's Official: UT-A&M on Thanksgiving Night
InsideTexas.com
The move is now official. For the next two years the Texas-Texas A&M game will be played on Thanksgiving night. This year's game will kick-off at 7 p.m.

Horns, Aggies move rivalry back to Thanksgiving
Austin American-Statesman
Score one for the Lone Star football traditionalists. The Texas vs. Texas A&M football rivalry will move back to Thanksgiving for the next two years.

Football recruiting:

Shepard Speaks Out in Journal Entry No. 4
InsideTexas.com
Cy Ridge quarterback and 2009 Texas target Russell Shepard gives the fourth of his player journals, allowing him to speak unfiltered...and this time he speaks out about the impact of his LSU visit, how close he was to a commitment to Texas, his new No. 1 school and more.

Shepard Goes In-Depth
InsideTexas.com
Russell Shepard didn't make it back to Austin on Saturday, instead heading to Baton Rouge for an LSU Junior Day. The Scout.com 5-star quarterback raved about his trip- and talked about a big change in where LSU stands in the grand scheme of things.

Horns Grab Another Commitment
InsideTexas.com
The Texas Longhorns got another commitment for 2009 in Euless Trinity cornerback Eryon Barnett. But who is this speedy defensive back and what prompted Texas to extend a scholarship offer? Inside Texas breaks it down.

Kerry Hyder: Austin Linebacker Takes in Texas
InsideTexas.com
Local LB Kerry Hyder was on hand to check out the Longhorn program during Saturday's Texas Junior Day. Hyder took in the campus, watched practice and met with coaches. When it was all said and done, did he leave with good news?

Inside the Class of '08: DeSean Hales
InsideTexas.com
The sixth in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '08: Wide receiver DeSean Hales.

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:

Augustin and Texas Beat Beasley's Cats
InsideTexas.com
It was billed as a battle between two of the Big 12's best players and each lived up to the hype. Kansas State's Michael Beasely put in 30 and 15, but Texas had the better team and won in Manhatten, Kan., 74-65, behind D.J. Augustin's 24.

Texas gets big win at Kansas State
Austin American-Statesman
Relegated to the role of spectators in the first half on Monday night, Connor Atchley and A.J. Abrams compensated in the second. The two juniors combined for 25 points after intermission as the fifth-ranked Longhorns defeated Kansas State 74-65 in front of 12,528 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.

Texas keeps Big 12 lead with win over Kansas State
Dallas Morning News
It became clear in the final four minutes of Monday night's Big 12 battle between fifth-ranked Texas and Kansas State that the outcome would be determined by the best players on the floor – K-State's Michael Beasley and UT's D.J. Augustin. Beasley, a front-runner for national player of the year, and Augustin, a latecomer to the race, put on a show for 12,528 at Bramlage Coliseum, including NBA executives Steve Kerr of the Phoenix Suns and Kevin McHale of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Augustin's 24 points and ability to keep the ball in his hands trumped Beasley's 30 points and 15 rebounds in a 74-65 victory by the Longhorns (24-4, 11-2 Big 12), who have won eight straight and sit atop the league standings.

'Lost' Longhorns find win vs. K-State
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Damion James played like somebody named Damion Jones. At least that's what the public address announcer called him during pregame introductions. Connor Atchley and A.J. Abrams? At halftime, Texas coach Rick Barnes should have filed a missing person report on each. For much of the first half against Kansas State, Texas' offense involved D.J. Augustin left, D.J. Augustin right, D.J. Augustin up the middle. James finished with nine points and seven rebounds but the Longhorns' two absentees reported for duty in the second half. No. 5 Texas (24-4, 11-2) stayed in control of the Big 12 Conference race with a 74-65 victory Monday night.

D.J. Augustin lights up Kansas State
Daily Texan
Monday was D.J. Augustin's day. Just hours after being named the Big 12 Player of the Week for third time this season, Augustin led the No. 5 Longhorns to a 74-65 victory over Kansas State, scoring a team-high 24 points in the process.

Tough Texas D dooms Cats
Topeka Capital-Journal
On a night when Kansas State desperately wanted to put an end to its two-game losing streak, No. 5 Texas wouldn't allow it. Predictably, the credit can go to its defense. The Longhorns used a steady dose of man-to-man and 2-3 zone defenses to slow down K-State offensively, escaping Bramlage Coliseum with a 74-65 victory Monday night.

Augustin states case for POY
Topeka Capital-Journal
Before Texas mounted the sizzling streak it took into Big Monday, few dared to compare candidates for Big 12 player of the year. The winner seemed like a lock. Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley, the duplicator of the double-double, was the only choice. But then D.J. Augustin weaved his way from backcourt and elevated into contention. Even when his shot was off, the Texas point guard controlled games and willed the Longhorns to victory. Enough times, in fact, they bolted to the top of the Big 12, a position they strengthened Monday night by topping the Wildcats 74-65 in Bramlage Coliseum.

Texas has right pieces for No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament
CBSSports.com
That's what Texas did in beating Kansas State 74-65 here on Monday night. Any similarity between the streaking Longhorns and a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance is strictly intentional because even as they finish with an impressive flourish, something is obviously missing.

Men's hoops recruiting:

Evans Thinking Post-McDonald's Decision
InsideTexas.com
When you're an all-american life can go from good to great in a hurry. Take Tyreke Evans for instance. After being named a McDonald's All-American, he seat front and center for the Memphis-Tennessee classic last weekend.

Women's hoops:

Texas' NCAA Tournament hopes all but gone
Daily Texan
Sunday's press conference came to a screeching halt when a young woman filming, along with her camera, came crashing down onto the seats. When she got up, the woman said she got hot and tired and fainted because she couldn't stand it anymore. Texas coach Gail Goestenkors handed her a water from the podium and exclaimed, "I know how you feel."

Alumni:

Feds may probe Clemens over testimony
Associated Press
A draft letter asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Roger Clemens made false statements to Congress has been written by House staffers, The New York Times reported on its Web site Monday. The chief of staff for committee chairman Henry Waxman said no decision has been made on whether to ask for a criminal investigation.

Other:

Inside Scoop
Inside Texas

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

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