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Football recruiting:

A Baker's Dozen
Texas picked up its 13th commitment from the Class of 2009 over the weekend, as North Shore tight end Barrett Matthews gave his verbal pledge to the Longhorns. Texas opted not to take a tight end in last years' class, making Matthews' commitment that much more important.

Photo Gallery: Barrett Matthews
The Texas Longhorns got their 13th commitment for the Class of 2009 when Galena Park North Shore tight end Barrett Matthews gave his verbal. Photographer Robert Sellers features Matthews in his special to Inside Texas.

Russell Shepard Commits to LSU
At the beginning of the recruiting process, Cy Ridge quarterback Russell Shepard made it clear that the Texas was his top school. But on Monday night, Shepard gave his commitment to the LSU Tigers. What happened, why did Shepard commit to LSU and how solid is his commitment?

Brent Leaves Austin with an Offer in Hand
After Texas' final junior day, many Longhorn fans thought that things might slow down a bit on the recruiting front, but that was not the case. Texas hosted several prospects over the weekend, including South Oak Cliff safety Kevin Brent. Brent left Austin impressed with a scholarship offer from Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns in hand.

Inside the Class of '08: D.J. Monroe
Inside Texas offers a free preview of the Inside the Class feature with the eleventh in the daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '08: D.J. Monroe.

Men's hoops:

Two to Get Ready
Texas can still clinch a share of the Big 12 title and the top seed in next week's conference tournament with a pair of home wins in the last two regular season games, starting Tuesday against Nebraska. But what does coach Rick Barnes think about his team's status in the Big Dance following its recent 83-80 loss at lightly-regarded Texas Tech?

Mistakes have been mounting for Texas, Barnes says
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes had recognized some signs — maybe nothing indicating a defeat was coming at Texas Tech on Saturday but certainly something pointing to trouble. He noticed them even in a victory last week at Kansas State, the last stop before Lubbock.

UT's momentum hit a mental wall in Lubbock
San Antonio Express-News
In the end, 40 minutes of basketball spoiled a week's worth of conversation. After Texas downed Kansas State last Monday to finish the month of February a perfect 8-0, the hot talk was about seeding — a potential No. 1 seeding for the Longhorns in this month's NCAA tournament. To all of that, UT coach Rick Barnes repeatedly said he didn't care, and Saturday's 83-80 loss against Texas Tech was reason enough for that.

Nebraska at (9) Texas
San Antonio Express-News

UT guard looking for a little help
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas guard D.J. Augustin had a fabulous February, both playing and willing the Longhorns to the forefront of the Big 12. It's time he had more help, at least offensively.

Texas works to end slip-up
Daily Texan
The Longhorns lost more than a month-long winning streak and a Top 5 ranking in Lubbock on Saturday. They also lost their poise. After stringing together the first perfect month of February in 45 years, Texas opened March by committing 12 turnovers and accumulating 31 personal fouls in an 83-80 loss to Texas Tech. However, according to Texas coach Rick Barnes, the team's true downfall occurred mentally.

No. 1 seed probably went down the drain with loss to Tech
Daily Texan
In all likelihood, Texas' shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament evaporated like a puddle in the panhandle when the Longhorns fell to Texas Tech in Lubbock. Texas head coach Rick Barnes would love a top seed, but he'll appreciate that the speculation around his program has slowed.

NU men still awaiting Cookie's return
Lincoln Journal-Star
Cookie Miller walked into the foyer of Nebraska's team hotel lugging a large duffel bag over his shoulder. Uh, well, his good shoulder. Miller's other one, while better than a few days ago, is still far from 100 percent. The freshman point guard, did, however, participate in no-contact drills Monday in Lincoln.


Longhorns working past early errors
Daily Texan
The Longhorns slipped into a funk this weekend at the Houston College Classic, but it looks like they worked themselves out of it. A pair of errors plagued losses to Tennessee, and No. 13 Rice made Sunday's game with Houston important for Texas' psyche. The Longhorns responded with an 8-7 win over the Cougars and appeared to get back on track.


Mays concentrates on coaching after successful career
The (LSU) Daily Reveille
Nearly 18 years ago, LSU assistant coach Travis Mays was expected to be one of the NBA's brightest young point guards, primed to lead playoff-contending teams for the next 10 seasons. But when Mays' Atlanta Hawks played the Utah Jazz on Nov. 5, 1991, the Ocala, Fla. native's future changed.


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