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Football recruiting:

Richardson to Visit Texas, But LSU Up First
Inside Texas
Escambia running back Trent Richardson from Pensacola, Fla. (5-11, 210, 4.5) is a life-long Texas fan and plans on taking a visit to the 40 Acres, but he's got some other visits he plans on taking first before he makes his way down to Austin.

Tariq Allen: Shades of 2002
Inside Texas
For Texas fans, it's got to be hard to forget the class of 2002, the class that brought the Longhorns a national title. With Texas now holding 17 commitments from the class of 2009, Orange Bloods are beginning to wonder if this group could repeat that feat. Irving MacArthur linebacker Tariq Allen certainly thinks so.

Men's hoops:

What's next for Longhorns? Decision time from stars, recruits
Austin American-Statesman
They will take a week or so to recharge, to reflect on accomplishments, to attempt to purge the disappointment. Then the Longhorns will walk back into the weight room and the gym, angling for improvements both personal and collective.

Augustin is Texas' fourth first-team All-American
Austin American-Statesman
Texas point guard D.J. Augustin was named Monday to the Associated Press' All-America first team, putting a Longhorn on the coveted roster in consecutive years for the first time.

With season behind them, Texas men looking forward
Dallas Morning News
Memphis made it easy for Texas coach Rick Barnes and his players to realize what the Longhorns need next season to improve on this season's Elite Eight finish: an inside presence. And maybe a new point guard. Until D.J. Augustin decides if he's skipping his final two years of eligibility for the NBA, Texas won't know if it will be moving Justin Mason or A.J. Abrams to the point next season.

Inside game tops Horns' want list
San Antonio Express-News
None of the Texas Longhorns are likely to grow this offseason, but that doesn't mean UT won't get any bigger. In fact, getting bigger is the primary objective as the Longhorns look to next year. Of all the things Memphis exploited in its Elite Eight victory over UT, the Longhorns' lack of a post-up presence was one of the most glaring.

Not all is lost after tremendous season
Daily Texan
Texas' basketball season ran its course, and it came to a screeching halt in Houston. While the Longhorns seemed like a real Final Four contender, Memphis was the better team. In the first NCAA Tournament to see all four No. 1 seeds reach the Final Four, Texas' loss seems almost destined. That doesn't ease the blow for these players, who wanted so much more.

Texas surpassed expectations in post-Durant era
Associated Press
Life for Texas basketball A.D. -- After Durant -- turned out a lot better than anyone would have guessed. The season after Kevin Durant won national player of the year honors as a freshman and left for the NBA, the Longhorns he left behind took the team farther than he did. They took a share of the Big 12 title, won a school-record 31 games and returned to the NCAA tournament regional final for the second time in three years. And with all five starters returning -- with one big maybe -- the future looks very bright for Texas.


Horns' Russell takes swing at own slump
Austin American-Statesman
For one day, the weight was lifted, the struggles were in the past and a smile returned to Kyle Russell's face. For one day, baseball was fun again.

Momentum even in a loss
Daily Texan
Dropping a conference series at home is always disappointing, but this weekend's defeat was not a complete loss for Texas. Nebraska throttled the Longhorns 14-4 Friday, but they responded the second and third games with their best efforts of the season.


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