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:

Akina a better teacher than historian
Austin American-Statesman
Former Horns defensive coordinator back to what he does best: just coaching DBs

Next great UT running back?
San Antonio Express-News
Here at The Mailbag, we've been getting a lot of questions about the running back situation at Texas, a question generated by the early departure of Jamaal Charles for the NFL. Almost all inquiries that come in want to know who will be the next great UT back. Well, now we can tell you that even the Longhorns are asking the same questions.

Football recruiting:

Devon Kennard: "I am in awe"
InsideTexas.com
Despite being the top rated defensive end in the country and the No. 5 overall prospect Devon Kennard is humbled by the position he finds himself in. But he's not alone and has some great guidance for the biggest decision of his life.

Nation's Top Defensive Back Talks Recruiting
InsideTexas.com
Dre Kirkpatrick, Scout.com five-star and the nation's best at his position, has the task of defending Scout.com's fourth best receiver in the country daily at practice. Kirkpatrick and Kendall Kelly are a talented duo on their sides of the ball, and both have offers from across the country. The top ranked defender has grabbed another big offer, and he talked with Scout.com about his recruitment.

Calvin Howell: Checking Out Texas Twice
InsideTexas.com
San Antonio Warren DT Calvin Howell made his second visit to the 40 Acres this past weekend. The 6-4, 280-pound defensive tackle returned to Austin because he wanted to make sure that someone closely involved in his recruitment could have a chance to meet the Texas coaches and came away with a much clearer picture on when he's going to make his decision.

Inside the Class of '08: Dravannti Johnson
InsideTexas.com
The fourteenth in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '08: Linebacker Dravannti Johnson.

Men's hoops:

Title on the line Sunday
Daily Texan
Texas plays for the Big 12 regular season title Sunday afternoon when Oklahoma State rolls into town. The Longhorns are currently 25-5, and a conference record of 12-3 ties them with Kansas atop the standings. A victory over the Jayhawks earlier this year means that Texas will claim the No. 1 seed in the conference tourney if they win this weekend.

Cowboys hit road to play Texas
Daily O'Collegian
For the past month, the Cowboys have approached every game as a must-win situation. After losing at home to OU, 68-56, on Wednesday, OSU's situation has become even more desperate. The Cowboys (16-13, 7-8 Big 12) have one game left, at Texas on Sunday, before the Big 12 Tournament, but coach Sean Sutton said even a victory against the No. 9 Longhorns might not be enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Baseball:

Rupp learning on the job as Horns catcher
Austin American-Statesman
The plan was to come in and learn, like freshmen are supposed to do. He would pinch hit here and there. He would scrutinize the best and soak up everything he could. He would ask questions. Cameron Rupp figured he'd have a year to find out what it was like to be the Texas Longhorns' starting catcher. He had two games.

Texas looking to play up to potential
Daily Texan
The Longhorns don't necessarily have anything to prove. It's still early in the season. But this weekend, they'll get the opportunity to compare themselves with another top-level team. More importantly, they'll see if they can take a step forward from their 1-2 performance at the Houston College Classic last weekend. No. 16 Texas (8-2) hosts Stanford (6-3) for a three-game series between two of the most storied college baseball programs in the country - together boasting eight national championships.

Stanford baseball looks to mess with Texas
Stanford Daily
Stanford baseball will make its final push for victory this weekend with the completion of a three-game non-conference series against No. 16 Texas in Austin. After a rough game that ended in a stalemate against St. Mary's on Wednesday, the Cardinal will be looking to gain some momentum for the series against Pacific after the finals week break. Texas (8-2) enters the series with Stanford (6-3) on a three-game win streak against Houston and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Women's hoops:

Back where it all started
Daily Texan
Erneisha Bailey is headed home. The senior guard, who hails from Pembroke Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo., is coming full circle, traveling to Kansas City for her final Big 12 Tournament appearance - the same place she grew up to learn and love the game.

Other:

Inside Scoop
Inside Texas

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

Longhorns Blog
Houston Chronicle


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