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Football:

QB Transfers? What QB Transfers?
Inside Texas
Will Saturday's Orange-White scrimmage, the culmination of Longhorn spring drills, be the final appearance in a Texas uniform for backup QBs Sherrod Harris and G. J. Kinne? Coach Mack Brown addressed widespread speculation that he may be down to two signal-callers.

The Inside Texas Podcast
Inside Texas
It's a big weekend coming up in Texas sports! Inside Texas' Ross and Ross preview the spring game and talk about what to expect, what effect a pair of QBs leaving might have, if Vondrell McGee can be a feature back, what Muschamp's D will look like and more. Plus, basketball takes on Stanford in the Sweet 16. What does Texas need to do to advance in the Big Dance?

Get your pencils: Horns football quiz
Austin American-Statesman
With the spring football game set for noon Saturday, Texas is putting the finishing touches on its workouts before breaking for the summer.

Off-field activities planned for Jamboree
Daily Texan
The Spring Jamboree is a lot more than just a Texas football intrasquad scrimmage. It's for the Longhorns players and coaches. But it's also for the fans.

Football recruiting:

Blake Takes in Texas…Again
Inside Texas
Since the last update, Austin wide receiver Emory Blake has pulled in a few more offers. As a native of the Austin area, Blake has already taken a trip to Texas for a junior day. Now he has returned for a follow up. Was there an offer extended?

Dexter Pratt: Championship Downhiller
Inside Texas
"I don't have any favorite right now," Dexter Pratt admits. "I don't even know how many offers I have, but it's more than 20. I'll look at the depth at my position because I really want to play early. Also, I'd like to go to where they produce championship quality teams." It's no surprise he lists LSU, Texas and Oklahoma as a few of his favorites. Pratt attended the Longhorn Junior Day.

Men's hoops:

NCAA Tournament Preview: Texas, Part I
Inside Texas
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger previews the Texas Longhorns for the Stanford faithful before their Sweet 16 game on Friday at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

NCAA Tournament Preview: Texas, Part II
Inside Texas
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger continues his preview of the Texas Longhorns for the Stanford faithful before their Sweet 16 game on Friday at Reliant Stadium in Houston through an interview with our own Daniel Novinson.

How Texas remained durable after Durant
Dallas Morning News
No Kevin Durant, no problem. That's a terrible overstatement of how second-seeded Texas has reached the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in seven years one season after losing college basketball's first freshman national player of the year.

The seeds likely to succeed in the Sweet 16
Dallas Morning News
The best two nights of the college basketball season are coming, and I'm not talking about Final Four Saturday and Championship Game Monday. The third round of the men's basketball tournament is the best. Almost always. Four games overlapping with surprising teams possibly surging into the Elite Eight. That's the best eight hours of the college basketball season. And with all four No. 1 seeds alive – some more alive than others – it's time to rank the Ones most likely to survive the weekend and the four lower seeds most likely to advance.

Sizing up the Sweet 16
San Antonio Express-News
So far, all four No. 1 seeds are alive, playing well and on track for the Final Four. But the success rate of No. 1's getting to the Final Four isn't that great. Since 1985, when the NCAA adopted the current six-round format, only 38 of the 92 teams with top-seed designations have reached the Final Four. That's a 41 percent success rate. Not once since 1985 have all four No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four. In 1993, 1997 and 1999, three of the four No. 1 seeds made it. Only once since 1985 have all four failed to reach the Final Four. That was in 2006, when Florida, a No. 3 seed, won the national title. Express-News staff writer Al Carter takes a look at this week's eight regional semifinal matchups and beyond, listing three No. 1 seeds as his Final Four favorites.

Cutting their losses
Houston Chronicle
THROUGHOUT their stay in Little Rock for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Texas' players and coaches were asked the same simple question over and over again: How are they doing it? Everyone wanted to know just how the Longhorns, who are gearing up to play Stanford in Friday's South Regional Sweet 16 game at Reliant Stadium, have made it this far after losing Kevin Durant.

He's been gone for almost a year; let's end all the Durant questions
Daily Texan
Is this team better without Kevin Durant? Do you feel like you have something to prove now that Durant is in the NBA? What's the difference between playing with and without Durant? God bless Kevin Durant, and shut up already. This year's basketball team has already outdistanced last year's in just about every regard. Sure, these Longhorns also finished as runners-up in the conference tournament, but they beat Kansas during the regular season. They got into the NCAA Tournament with a No. 2 seed as opposed to Texas' No. 4 seed last year. And now, they'll play in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, something they couldn't accomplish a season ago. So please, let's stop making this about Durant.

Reseeding the NCAA Tournament Field
Yahoo! Sports
Only 16 teams have a chance to win the 2008 national championship. Here's an interesting "what if?": What if the teams were reseeded now, as though they were all in one bracket? Who deserves the No. 1 now? Who are the top four? Who are the bottom four? Who has to play in the dreaded 8-9 game? Is the 5-12 ripe for an upset?

Texas Sharpshooter Abrams on Target
Associated Press
If A.J. Abrams were an old-time gunfighter, he'd probably be known as the fastest draw in the West. Seeing as he's really a guard playing for Texas in the NCAA tournament, how about fastest in the South regional? Abrams' catch-and-release can produce a 3-pointer in the blink of an eye, and when his shots are falling — as they were in the first two rounds — the Longhorns pile up points about that quickly. Texas' career leader in 3-pointers with 277, Abrams connected on 12 and averaged 26 points as No. 2 seed Texas beat Austin Peay and Miami in the first two rounds. The Longhorns (30-6) play No. 3 Stanford (28-7) Friday night in Houston.

Stanford needs to be on guard against Texas
Palo Alto Online
For the Stanford men's basketball team to continue its advance toward the AlamoDome, it will once again need to confront and contain speedy guards who can burst by their defenders in a flash. The Cardinal (28-7) is in rarified air this week, among the final 16 left on the dance floor for the first time in seven years. In 2001, Stanford was a No. 1 seed and reached the Regional final in Anaheim, losing to Maryland. Stanford and Texas (30-6) meet on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Houston's Reliant Stadium, which was built to accommodate professional football and seats over 70,000.

What can Brown do for Cardinal this time?
San Francisco Chronicle
Kenny Brown is in position to be a classic NCAA Tournament story. He's non-scholarship player for Stanford who will give up his final season of college eligibility to attend dental school next season. He has played more than four minutes in only three of the Cardinal's past 11 games and did not play at all in four of them. And he could be the deciding factor in Stanford's third-round NCAA Tournament game against Texas on Friday in Houston.

Women's hoops:

Horns look to next season after UConn loss
Austin American-Statesman
The wounds created by a 34-point gashing by Connecticut on Tuesday night still were oozing, but Texas guard Carla Cortijo opted to take a brief step back from the competitive pain. She recalled what the Longhorns had recently experienced even to get to a game with the top-seeded Huskies. And she smiled.

New coach revives Texas program
Associated Press
Texas got what it paid for when it hired coach Gail Goestenkors: a return to the NCAA tournament and new life injected into a stagnant program.

Alumni:

Should the Bears Steer Clear of UT?
Inside Texas
The Chicago Bears thought Cedric Benson was going to be the next Earl Campbell, but he hasn't even been the next Ricky Williams. Now comes the news that the Midway Monsters are interested in another Texas tailback, Jamaal Charles. Do they dare roll the dice with another Longhorn?

Dallas Cowboys NFL draft series: Texas running back Jamaal Charles
Dallas Morning News

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