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.


A 'Major' Improvement
The Longhorns will go into the 2008 season without the fourth-leading rusher in school history, Jamaal Charles, but new Texas running backs coach Major Applewhite likes what he's seen from his running backs in the first few weeks of spring practice, especially in one department: Protecting the football.

Football recruiting:

Tariq Allen Talks Texas
Irving MacArthur linebacker Tariq Allen left Austin after his junior day visit with an offer in hand but wanted to wait before making a decision. It turns out that Allen didn't have to wait very long, giving the Longhorns his verbal commitment this week. He talked to IT about the decision.

IT-TV: Commit Tariq Allen Junior Highlights
Longhorn linebacker commit Tariq Allen was dominant on field last season for Irving MacArthur, racking up 123 tackles, six sacks, and 19 tackles for loss as a high school junior. See Allen in action.

Student of the Game
Texas brought in its second tight end for the Class of 2009 in Waco Midway's Trey Graham. The tall tight end is known for his speed on the field, but he's also a quick learner, both in the game of football and in the classroom.

Inside the Class of '08: Kheeston Randall
The thirteenth in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '08: Defensive tackle Kheeston Randall.

Men's hoops:

The Inside Texas Podcast
What happened to Texas basketball? January blues, February domination and then struggles in March. Inside Texas' Ross and Ross break down what the Texas basketball team needs to do to get back on track. Plus, the Longhorns are up 15 football commitments for the Class of 2009. Who are these latest commits and what does it mean for the Texas roster. All that and more on the Podcast!

Augustin, Barnes nominated for national honors
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns point guard D.J. Augustin and coach Rick Barnes have been nominated for national awards presented by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Augustin is one of 10 nominated for the Oscar Robertson Trophy that is given to the top player. Barnes is one of 12 nominees for the Henry Iba Award that is presented to the top coach.


Belt Belts Eight RBI in Win Over A&M-CC
An eight-RBI performance by sophomore Brandon Belt led the Texas Longhorns to a 22-3 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Wednesday afternoon.

Belt stars as Horns rout A&M-Corpus
Austin American-Statesman
Brandon Belt can do no wrong. If there's a hole, he'll find it. If there's a sacrifice needed, he'll get the runner over. If the Texas Longhorns need a pitcher, they'll throw Belt on the mound. Texas' first baseman followed a great performance Tuesday, when he went 3 for 6, with a near-perfect Wednesday, going 4 for 6 with eight runs batted in as the Longhorns routed Texas A&M Corpus Christi 22-3 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. He even pitched the ninth inning, retiring the side in order.

Texas beats A&M-CC in 19-run rout
Daily Texan
It was Brandon Belt's turn to hit cleanup Wednesday, and he kept doing what he's been doing all season - driving in runs. The first baseman went 4-for-6 with eight RBIs and one run to lead No. 16 Texas (8-2) past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 22-3. Belt, with a team-high 18 RBIs on the year, is hitting .442 and has now driven in at least one run in five consecutive games.

Longhorns pose threat to Cardinal
Stanford Daily
Stanford baseball played the Saint Mary's Gaels to a temporary tie on the road Wednesday, in a final tune-up before the team's first major road trip of the season. Looking to avenge a previous 4-2 home loss against the Gaels, Stanford rallied with three runs in the top of the ninth to take a 7-6 lead before a lone St. Mary's run in the bottom half of the inning forced the game to be postponed on account of darkness. The action will resume before the teams' next meeting on April 23 at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal (6-3), meanwhile, will leave its friendly Bay Area surroundings for the first time this season for a weekend series against Texas in Austin. While the weather promises to be cool, the competition will certainly be blistering against the always competitive Longhorns.

Women's hoops:

Texas cruises past Texas Tech
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas Tech players knew the scouting report. They were coached to be very aware that Texas guard Brittainey Raven loved to dash to her right, using her speed to drive the lane for easy layups. Yet knowing her tendencies and stopping them proved to be two polar concepts for the Lady Raiders defense. Raven scored 20 points, hitting 8 of her 12 shots, to help lead the Longhorns to a 70-55 victory in front of 5,611 fans at the Erwin Center. It was Texas' third straight win, allowing them to move to 19-11 and 7-9 in Big 12 Conference play to make a very convincing case for an NCAA tournament bid.

Texas women have earned NCAA bid
Austin American-Statesman
Take a 7-9 record in Big 12 games. Add in a 4-6 mark in your last 10 outings. Just for argument's sake, throw in a 2-6 conference road record. Sounds like a nightmare season, huh? Maybe in some circles. But not in this case. Those numbers belong to the 2008 Texas Longhorns and yes, they are Pinocchio-esque. Because they belong to a team that has done enough to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three seasons.

Longhorns win to keep NCAA hopes alive
San Antonio Express-News
Texas guard Erneisha Bailey kissed the Longhorn in the middle of the Erwin Center court before walking off to chants of "Ebay, Ebay." The crowd wasn't really acknowledging Bailey's eight points and a team-high seven rebounds in the Longhorns' 70-55 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday, but that it was Bailey's final home game of her UT career.

Tournament chances still alive
Daily Texan
Texas found out just how much of a difference co-captain Earnesia Williams makes. With Williams out to injury in Texas' 70-58 loss to Tech earlier this season, Lady Raider post Dominic Seals scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. This time out in a crucial game for Texas' NCAA tournament hopes, Williams held Seals to 12 points and six rebounds, while scoring 10 points and grabbing six boards herself to help Texas win 70-55.

Texas' three-game win streak rekindles talk of tournament
Daily Texan
Not too long ago, it seemed the Longhorns were all but done after dropping six of seven Big 12 games late in the season. The team looked to have its ticket punched for the Women's National Invitational Tournament at best, with hopes of an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in two years squashed. But after a convincing 70-55 win over Texas Tech at the Erwin Center Wednesday night, the Longhorns (19-11, 7-9 Big 12) completed a three-game winning streak to finish the regular season and made their final case for a shot at March Madness.

Austin American-Statesman
Three former Texas Longhorns were among the 12 players and coaches comprising the 2008 National College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Class, the College Baseball Foundation announced on Wednesday. The late Billy Disch, a former UT coach, and former Horns' hurlers Burt Hooton and Greg Swindell are slated to join the prestigious group.


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