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:

Huntsville Linebacker Takes in Texas
With another junior day complete in Austin, a few athletes walked away with news that the Longhorn program was officially making an offer while others were still on the ‘watch' list. Huntsville LB Kirby Ennis was in town for the February 23 junior day and walked away impressed. Did he also leave with an offer?

Goodlow: The Doctor Isn't In...Yet
Adamson High School safety Roderick Goodlow excels on both the football field and in the classroom and he plans on studying medicine at whichever college lands the Dallas star. Goodlow visited Texas, but didn't receive a scholarship offer, or rather, didn't receive one yet...

Inside the Class of '08: Justin Tucker
The eighth in a daily series taking an in-depth look at the members of the Longhorn Class of '08: Kicker Justin Tucker.

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:

Longhorns are on the March
New York Daily News
Now that both Memphis and No. 1 Tennessee have lost since Saturday, North Carolina seems poised to emerge as No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches' polls next week. But, if Texas wins at Texas Tech on Saturday, I'm casting my AP vote for the Longhorns. They are playing better than anyone.


Three Newcomers Combine for Shutout Win
There are a lot of new pieces on the 2008 Longhorn baseball team and that includes the pitching staff. Three of those newcomers, Chance Ruffin, Casey Whitmer and Marcus Tackett combined for a shutout win over UT Pan-American.

Whitmer strong in first appearance
Austin American-Statesman
Add Casey Whitmer's name to the growing list of Texas pitchers who have opened the season in impressive fashion. The right-handed sophomore, a transfer from Florida State, opened his career as a Longhorn by retiring all nine batters he faced Wednesday in a 5-0 victory over UT-Pan American at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Surprise start for Ruffin results in shutout victory against Pan Am
Daily Texan
Freshman Chance Ruffin made his first career start Wednesday and allowed just three hits and struck out four in three scoreless innings - a solid performance for a guy who wasn't told he was starting until he got to the ballpark. "I heard it on the radio before [pitching coach Skip Johnson] told me," Ruffin said. "It was on the Internet too. I asked him when I got to the ballpark, 'Am I starting today?'" Ruffin's solid performance helped No. 4 Texas complete a two-game sweep of UT-Pan American with a 5-0 win Wednesday at the UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Women's hoops:

Texas rallies for first Big 12 road win
Austin American-Statesman
Leave it to Erneisha Bailey to help the Texas women's basketball team shake its dreaded road demons. Heck, she felt right at home Wednesday night against Kansas. Bailey, who grew up in nearby Kansas City, Mo., had a big homecoming in front of a large cheering section at Allen Fieldhouse, scoring six late points as Texas came from behind to beat Kansas 57-53 for a desperately needed Big 12 victory.

Texas earns first Big 12 road victory
Daily Texan
To the Longhorns, Lawrence, Kan., looked a lot like San Diego Wednesday night. Not that sandy beaches and sunshine suddenly fell upon the city, but because Texas picked up its first road victory since defeating San Diego on Dec. 30. Texas' slim NCAA Tournament hopes are still alive after the team used a 12-4 run in the last 4 minutes, 10 seconds to defeat Kansas 57-53 Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The win ends the Longhorns' six-game road losing streak in conference play.


Texas Destroys American Record in 800 Free Relay at Big 12s
Swimming World Magazine
Just a few months after Club Wolverine's team of Michael Phelps, Peter Vanderkaay, Davis Tarwater and Chris DeJong reclaimed the American record for Ann Arbor at the USA Swimming National Championships, the Texas Longhorns returned fire at the Big 12 Championships. The team of Dave Walters (1:32.51), Matt McGinnis (1:33.31), Michael Klueh (1:32.21) and Ricky Berens (1:32.52) demolished the standard of 6:14.14 set by Club Wolverine on Nov. 30, 2007 in Atlanta when the Longhorns checked in with a remarkable 6:10.55.

A look back at Texas' record-setting run
Daily Texan
Nine minutes, 34 seconds. The time was drilled into their heads over and over. For an entire week, it was their singular focus. It's the NCAA automatic qualifying time for a distance medley relay. If Texas could meet or beat the time, it would compete for a national championship. So heading into its last meet before the Big 12 championships, the Texas distance medley relay team had to run a 9:34. They sold themselves short - eight seconds short. In the attempt to finish under 9:34, Texas' distance medley relay clocked a 9:25.97, not only meeting its NCAA championship goal but, in the process, setting a world record.

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