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Men's hoops:

Texas' Season Ends in the Elite 8
Inside Texas
HOUSTON -- The Longhorns were out-run and out-muscled in the Elite 8, losing 85-67 to the Memphis Tigers, who placed pressure on Texas defensively and who, despite being one of the nation's worst free throw shooting teams, couldn't miss from the line.

Memphis proves its mettle, makes men's Final Four
Austin American-Statesman
Memphis, dismissed by some as an interloper among No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament, pulled out a muzzle over the weekend. The determined Tigers overwhelmed the Longhorns 85-67 Sunday in front of 32,798 fans at Reliant Stadium, earning a spot in the Final Four at San Antonio.

Short of spectacular
Austin American-Statesman
Just short. Too short at nearly every position on the court. Way short, occasionally long and too frequently off on their shots. And ultimately a win short of the Final Four. The vertically challenged Texas Longhorns came up shy of the ultimate foursome that will gather in San Antonio this week to decide the best team in college basketball. That's if Memphis hasn't already decided that issue.

D.J. Augustin's decision will impact UT men's basketball outlook for next season
Austin American-Statesman
The season is over and the Texas dressing room reflects it. Most of the energy from the players was left on the court. The feeling in this room is not unlike that of the 30,000-plus fans at Reliant Stadium and the national television audience. Memphis is the class of this South Region, and the 85-67 verdict Sunday is testament to its No. 1 seeding.

Memphis halts Texas' NCAA run, 85-67
Dallas Morning News
All-American Texas guard D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams looked like they were being guarded by wind turbines. Memphis freshman point guard Derrick Rose, meanwhile, seemed to be leading a tribute to Phi Slamma Jamma in an NCAA Tournament regional co-hosted by the University of Houston. The top-seeded Tigers (37-1), whom national pundits have loved to hate, followed up a dunk-fest against Michigan State by slamming and swatting their way to an 85-67 pounding of second-seeded Texas on Sunday.

Memphis' Rose flips script on Texas' Augustin
Dallas Morning News
The classic showdown between Texas' D.J. Augustin and Memphis' Derrick Rose, the two best point guards in the nation, never materialized Sunday afternoon. That's because Rose was fantastic, while Augustin was overmatched.

Will Texas' Augustin stay or go?
Dallas Morning News
Texas players took pride in a season that included a school record 31 wins, a share of the Big 12 regular-season title, their third straight Big 12 tournament final and their second appearance in the Elite Eight in the last three years. And while the Longhorns return all of their starters on paper next season, no one was kidding himself. Sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin now must decide if he'll return to Texas or jump to the NBA after becoming a first-team All-American this season.

Tigers pounce on Longhorns from the start
San Antonio Express-News
At one point in the second half, Texas point guard D.J. Augustin walked alone toward the baseline, preparing for an in-bound play, as the rest of his team angled to the bench. Rick Barnes look confused, then shouted to Augustin, "We called a timeout. Let's go." That kind of sums up the afternoon for the Longhorns, who looked out of sorts and occasionally out of their element as top-seeded Memphis rolled into the Final Four with an 85-67 South Regional final victory at Reliant Stadium.

The formula: Barnes' timing missed by a year
San Antonio Express-News
Texas did a lot of things wrong Sunday, but the mistakes began years ago. One came when A.J. Abrams' father would hold up a broom for his son to shoot over. To practice for what A.J. faced on Sunday, dad should have used a longer broom. But the biggest mistake was about timing. When Rick Barnes found his one-in-a-decade freshman star, Kevin Durant, he didn't have a team ready for him. Memphis did for Derrick Rose, and UCLA did for Kevin Love, and that's why they will meet Saturday in the Alamodome.

Texas blindsided by Memphis' tenacity
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Texas Longhorns' 85-67 loss to Memphis proved once again that it doesn't matter where you play, but who, and how well you play against them.

Longhorns expect even more in 2009
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The loss to Memphis in the regional title game left the Texas Longhorns disappointed but with reason to anticipate being back in the national title hunt next season.

UT takes away positives
Houston Chronicle
Rick Barnes said something about getting past the disappointment of one defeat and remembering the remarkable things these Texas Longhorns accomplished. "This was a special group," he said. That's the problem with this stuff. Sometimes we can't write a perfect ending. Others have dreams, too.

Memphis makes it hard on UT guards
Houston Chronicle
In what could be described as a watershed moment, Texas guard D.J. Augustin secured a steal near midcourt late in the first half of Sunday's NCAA South Regional final and raced toward the Memphis basket. But as Augustin elevated for the shot, the script that had been a staple all season for Texas changed. Memphis freshman guard Derrick Rose, who had trailed Augustin on the break, closed fast, pinned the ball against the backboard, secured it and in the same motion threw a deep outlet pass that was converted into an easy dunk by Joey Dorsey to put the Tigers ahead 31-18. Nothing came easy for Augustin or backcourt mate A.J. Abrams all afternoon at Reliant Stadium.

Augustin to weigh NBA draft
Houston Chronicle
It's become almost expected after each season that Texas will lose a key underclassman to the NBA. That trend could continue if sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin decides to put his name in the hat for early entry into the NBA. But UT coach Rick Barnes says if that is the decision, it will be one that is well thought-out.

Landslide loss silences 'Horns
Daily Texan
At the end there was only disappointment. Texas players sat quietly in the locker room as reporters interviewed them in hushed tones as if in a funeral parlor. The Longhorns' season-ending 85-67 loss to Memphis cut short a campaign that had already seen a record number of wins and a pair of 20-point tournament victories.

Football:

Orange-White Game: Hope Springs Eternal
Inside Texas
This we know following Texas' Orange-White game Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium: RS-freshman Foswhitt Whittaker will help fill the void at RB, the secondary is ridiculously raw but improving, a healthy DE Brian Orakpo will be a beast, QB John Chiles sure can run and first-year defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is already leaving his mark on the program.

Spring Game Observations
Inside Texas
A back-up QB stepping up, another one with more to prove, the good -- and the bad -- in the trenches and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from Texas' spring game.

Defense dominates in Longhorns' orange-white football scrimmage
Austin American-Statesman
Ryan Palmer, the shutdown cornerback, was giddy after Texas finished its annual orange-white scrimmage Saturday, as the first-team Longhorn defense allowed its offensive counterparts only seven points.

Defense dominates in Longhorns' orange-white football scrimmage
Austin American-Statesman
Ryan Palmer, the shutdown cornerback, was giddy after Texas finished its annual orange-white scrimmage Saturday, as the first-team Longhorn defense allowed its offensive counterparts only seven points.

Players show off during scrimmage
Daily Texan
Jamaal Charles may be gone, but Texas still has running backs. Three of them. All capable of starting for the 2008 Longhorns. Senior Chris Ogbonnaya and sophomore Vondrell McGee were expected to be the two backs competing for the starting position. But a third back has put himself into contention for the starting spot - especially after Texas' Orange-White game Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Football recruiting:

Mason Walters is UT-Bound
Inside Texas
Texas picked up it's 17th commitment for the Class of 2009 when Mason Walters gave his verbal to Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns. Walters was unable to be in Austin for Saturday afternoon's spring game, but that didn't stop him from heading down Saturday night to give his commitment in person.

Face-to-Face with Devon Kennard
Inside Texas
Meeting face-to-face with the nation's No. 1 DE is a scary proposition for any lineman, but Inside Texas met one-on-one with Desert Vista's Devon Kennard on Saturday -- for an interview, thankfully, and not on the football field -- while Kennard was in Austin for Texas' spring game and discussed how he became so interested in Texas, his thoughts on the visit, what his plans are and much more.

Baseball:

Texas Takes Series Finale
Inside Texas
The Texas Longhorns managed to avoid a sweep by topping Nebraska 12-3 Sunday afternoon in Austin.

Texas avoids sweep
Austin American-Statesman
Pitching coach Skip Johnson often talks about "the process of pitching" more than he talks about the result. Get through the process correctly, and you'll be more successful. The same could be said for the Texas baseball team's victory Sunday. The win was nice, but how they did it was important. For the first time all season, the Texas Longhorns showed killer instinct. They got ahead of Nebraska early at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, kept the pressure up and blew out the Cornhuskers 12-3.

Russell heats up during Texas' win over Cornhuskers in series finale
Daily Texan
It was just a single. No runs scored, and it was still the bottom of the first inning. But the fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field gave Kyle Russell a loud, enthusiastic round of applause. Several fans gave him a standing ovation after the two-out hit. Russell's bat has been ice cold in the early part of the season, but Texas' left-handed slugger started heating up Sunday. He went 3-for-5 and scored a run in the No. 13 Longhorns' 12-3 win over No. 19 Nebraska.

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