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:

Football team looks good ... right now
San Antonio Express-News
The Texas Longhorns opened spring drills with two workouts open to the fans and media last Friday and Saturday. What can actually be gleaned from those practices, well, who knows?

Football recruiting:

Inside Texas Blog: Following the Shepard
InsideTexas.com
Russell Shepard exploded onto the recruiting scene and now holds over 30 offers. But after he was offered by Texas, some comments from Shepard on whether on not he'd be allow to compete as a quarterback caught the attention of many Longhorn fans. IT's Jared Gravette, who's been closely following Shepard's recruitment, gives his take on the situation and the criticism the Cy Ridge QB has received.

Najvar Feels Offers Coming Soon
InsideTexas.com
Klein Oak TE Jordan Najvar has a busy off-season planned. With junior days, unofficial visits, and spring football, Najvar is actively seeking a school that fits for him. The Texas Top 100 talked with Scout.com for this recruiting update.

Class of 2009 Southwest Top 100
InsideTexas.com
It is a great year for top tier talent in the Southwest. With names like Russell Shepard, Devon Kennard, Jamarcus McFarland and Craig Loston, the scholarship counts should be set to infinity. Your Scout.com Southwest US team of Alan Zepeda (Southwest Manager), Ahmard Vital (Texas Expert) and Jason Jewell (Arizona/New Mexico Expert) bring you the initial Southwest Top 100

Inside the Class of '08: Luke Poehlmann
InsideTexas.com
The ninth in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '08: Offensive tackle Luke Poehlmann.

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:

In Search of a No. 1 Seed
InsideTexas.com
Over the last month, Rick Barnes' Longhorns have put themselves in position for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, reeling off eight consecutive victories. But with three games left on the conference slate and the Big 12 Tournament ahead, the Horns can't afford to rest on their laurels.

Wangmene's listening and getting more time
Austin American-Statesman
Coaches talk about pages a lot in sports, as in, "Everybody needs to be on the same one." There were times this season when Alexis Wangmene wasn't even in the same book.

Short Month, Long Streak
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Rick Barnes called February "separation month" for his Longhorns, and that's exactly what they did — separate themselves from the rest of the Big 12.

Soaring on & off court
Daily Texan
D.J. Augustin is a finalist for both the Bob Cousy Award and a candidate for the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award. This week, he won the only accolade he admits to worrying about. Augustin was named an Academic All-American by College Sports Information Directors of America.

Baseball:

Two injuries, one friendship
Austin American-Statesman
Seated three rows behind home plate at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, two pitchers spent an entire season side by side charting the successes of other pitchers and wondering if they would ever throw again. Last year was a tough one for right-hander Kenn Kasparek and left-hander Riley Boening.

Longhorns take early win-streak to Houston
Daily Texan
The first five-game week of the year is in the books, and the Longhorns breezed through it. The NCAA's shortened season hasn't phased Texas, as the No. 14 Longhorns started the season 5-0 for only the third time since 1996.

Women's hoops:

Searching for another win
Daily Texan
After going the entire conference without a road win, the Longhorns (17-11, 5-9) finally picked one up in Kansas on Wednesday night. But this weekend, they're not in Kansas anymore. Texas travels to Norman, Okla. on Sunday to take on No. 10 Oklahoma (21-5, 11-3) at 12:30 p.m. in another must-win game to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive.

Alumni:

FBI will investigate Clemens
Austin American-Statesman
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.

Other:

Inside Scoop
Inside Texas

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

Longhorns Blog
Houston Chronicle


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