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Football

UT following Buckeyes' lead with Mack Brown endowed chair
Austin American-Statesman
Tonight, the University of Texas kicks off a campaign to raise $2 million to endow the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs. The effort is set to begin with a dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel and a speech by Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Football recruiting

Breakdown: Calvin Howell
InsideTexas.com
The Longhorns are rolling right along in recruiting. This week Texas got a commitment from defensive tackle Calvin Howell, taking the total number of '09 commits to 18. Inside Texas talks with the San Antonio Warren DT about why he gave his commitment now, he breaks down his game and more.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
The 2009 Class is almost done. This week on the Podcast, Inside Texas' Ross and Ross break down the recruiting class as it stands, talk about what Calvin Howell's commitment to Texas means and look ahead to 2010. Plus, the Texas baseball team is back on track, but how will it do this weekend against A&M and what are the prospects for a post-season run?

Baseball

UT Takes on A&M to Close Out Season
InsideTexas.com
Texas has one regular season series left and its against the team that sits atop the Big 12 Conference, Texas A&M. But looking towards the post-season, what does this weekend's series against the Aggies mean for the Horns and what do the Texas players have to say about the up and down ride this season has been?

Childress turning A&M into baseball power
Austin American-Statesman
Former Nebraska assistant brings his Big 12-leading Aggies into critical weekend series against Horns.

Texas' Kasparek looking for a Longhorns turnaround
Dallas Morning News
Kenn Kasparek, Texas' 6-10 junior right-handed pitcher known as Big Bird, is the only key contributor remaining from the Longhorns' 2005 national title team. Heading into a weekend series with first-place Texas A&M, Kasparek might sound wishful when he says he sees similarities between that team and this year's squad. Especially after a stretch in which UT lost six of seven to fall to 23-16 and 8-10 in the Big 12 midway through the conference season.

Slumping Texas A&M still has title within reach
Dallas Morning News
Texas A&M has me completely confused, not that it takes much. The Aggies have compiled an incredible season, one for the record books. Coach Rob Childress' team racked up 40 wins by early May, earned a top-10 national ranking and moved into prime position to win the Big 12 title. So why are the Aggies stumbling so close to the finish line? A&M (42-11, 19-5 Big 12) heads into this weekend's series against rival Texas (29-19, 12-12) on a three-game losing skid. This comes after the Aggies had won 25 of 27 games. With so much at stake, digression isn't wise.

A&M glad Uvalde's Raley switched sides
San Antonio Express-News
As a South Texas high school star with Big 12 aspirations, Brooks Raley sported Oklahoma Sooners gear from head to toe at Olsen Field... Raley, a freshman who's scheduled to start tonight in Austin against rival Texas, has a chance to lead the Aggies to their first Big 12 regular-season title in nine years. The Aggies (42-11 overall, 19-5) need a victory tonight at UT (31-19, 12-12) combined with a Nebraska defeat at Missouri to claim the title.

Praise too hot to handle
Houston Chronicle
Texas A&M coach Rob Childress prefers to deflect the praise of the Aggies' sensational regular season onto his well-deserving players, but there is no denying he has routinely pushed the right buttons during his three seasons in College Station. No. 9 A&M enters the Lone Star Showdown series with rival Texas holding a 1 1/2 -game lead over Nebraska in the Big 12 standings. Should the Aggies (42-11, 19-5) fend off the Cornhuskers (39-9-1, 17-6-1), they would clinch their first regular-season Big 12 title since 1999 and snap a seven-year string in which either UT or Nebraska finished atop the standings. A sweep of UT (31-19, 12-12) would net A&M the best Big 12 mark ever.

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Horns want to fly high at Big 12 track meet
Austin American-Statesman
UT vaulters Laughlin, Wallace hope to reach new heights at outdoor championships in Colorado.

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