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Football recruiting:

Has Texas Offered Fla. RB? Kind of...
Running back Trent Richardson from Pensacola, Florida is a lifelong Texas fan. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound bruiser has scholarship offers from across the SEC, but the one he's been looking for is from the Longhorns. Did he get it? Well, the answer is more complicated than one might think...

Ussery Plans for Busy Off-Season
To say that St. Mark's WR Terdema Ussery has a busy off-season planned is an understatement. With track season in full swing and recruiting, Ussery wants to make sure and evaluate all options before making that final decision. What schools are on his agenda? has the update.

Inside the Class of '08: Dan Buckner
The seventeenth in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '08: Wide receiver Dan Buckner.


Texas rolls over Rice
Austin American-Statesman
The moment came and went for everybody except David Hernandez. The shortstop's mistake in a March 1 game was just one in a game full of mistakes for the Texas Longhorns. But being pulled from a 10-4 loss to rival Rice in the middle of an inning for being lazy was one of the worst moments of his baseball career. Hernandez made up for it Tuesday, despite making an error on a routine play in the ninth inning. He got Texas on the board with an RBI single in the fourth inning, sparking a five-run frame as the Longhorns downed Rice 9-1 at Reckling Park.

Texas has easy time with Rice
Houston Chronicle
Given how expectations are a part of the fabric of Rice baseball, it was assumed the Owls would elevate their level of play against Texas on Tuesday night. That expectation went unfulfilled, and considering how desperately No. 19 Texas desired a victory, the Longhorns were hasty in capitalizing on the Owls' continuing struggles. The Longhorns chased Rice All-America lefthander Cole St. Clair in the fourth inning and squared the three-game season series with a runaway 9-1 triumph at Reckling Park.

Women's hoops:

Confidence shows for Longhorn women as they roll past Texas Tech in tournament opener
Austin American-Statesman
Gail Goestenkors had implicit instructions for her Longhorn women's basketball team at halftime — after Texas Tech buried six three-pointers in the first 20 minutes. Goestenkors' advice? Don't change a thing. Keep playing the percentages. Let Tech bomb away, and continue clamping down on Tech center Dominic Seals in the low post. It was a confident move by the coach of a confident team. Yes, Tech finished with a season-high 10 three-pointers, but with tenacious interior defense and efficient offense, Texas rolled to a 75-63 victory in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament, the fourth straight victory for the suddenly surging Longhorns.

Raven at the heart of Longhorns' surge
Austin American-Statesman
She wears a mask, but everyone can see through Brittainey Raven. The plastic contraption that protects the Texas sophomore's broken nose — accidentally inflicted by teammate Ashley Lindsey's elbow over a unclaimed rebound at Oklahoma State — might suggest Raven's a bruiser, but she's more of a bleeding heart than a bloody brute on the basketball court. If she were any more of a people pleaser, she'd be a puppy dog. All of which made her selection as one of the two co-captains of the Texas women's basketball team before the season all the more surprising.

Texas women take out Texas Tech
Dallas Morning News
With second-seeded Baylor next up for Texas today at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball tournament, UT coach Gail Goestenkors said her team is dangerous. "Dangerous good and dangerous bad," Goestenkors laughed, after a 75-63 first-round victory over 10th seed Texas Tech. The bottom line is a once-erratic Texas (20-11) notched its fourth straight win with a knockout of the Red Raiders (16-15).

Wednesday's Big 12 women's basketball tournament previews
Dallas Morning News

Texas women winning with defense
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas credited its defensive improvement as the key to the Longhorns' three-game winning streak heading into the Big 12 tournament, and it was on full display Tuesday. The Longhorns held Texas Tech to 35.2 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers, including 14 steals that helped lead to 29 points in a 75-63 victory in the first round of the Big 12 Women's Basketball Championships at Municipal Auditorium.

Longhorns' run leaves Lady Raiders behind
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The Texas Tech women's basketball team viewed the Big 12 Conference Tournament as a clean slate - a chance to right the wrongs from a disappointing regular season. But in Tuesday's first-round matchup against Texas at Municipal Auditorium, the problems that have plagued the Lady Raiders all season cropped up yet again. After building an 8-4 lead through the first few minutes of the game, Tech went nearly seven minutes without scoring and committed seven turnovers during that span. That helped fuel a 15-0 run by Longhorns, who led by at least nine points the rest of the way in a 75-63 victory.

Texas takes care of Texas Tech
Kansas City Star
On a night in which Texas Tech had its share of offensive issues, one thing that can't be criticized is the way the Red Raiders shot the ball from three-point range. In fact, a basket and a couple of threes early in the first quarter helped them jump out to a four-point lead in their game against Texas on Tuesday. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, that wasn't a sign of things to come as it was Texas Tech's last lead of the night. Texas went on a 15-0 run and seized control of the game in a 75-63 victory in the first round of the Big 12 women's basketball tournament at Municipal Auditorium.


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