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Football

Texas defensive coordinator has blue-collar ethic
Dallas Morning News
Will Muschamp keeps the 17-inch rod and three screws that used to hold his lower right leg together above his desk. He looks at it every day to keep the chip firmly planted on his shoulder. It's one of the reminders for the new defensive coordinator at Texas that a blue-collar work ethic is a way of life and not an option.

Football recruiting

Audio: Timmons Talks Off-season, Commitment
InsideTexas.com
The Aldine Eisenhower football team just finished up its spring workouts. With plenty of talented skilled players returning, the Eagles are looking to continue building on success. Ahmard Vital talked with wide receiver Greg Timmons about spring football, the upcoming season and future expectations in Austin.

Emory Blake: Three New Offers
InsideTexas.com
Wide receiver Emory Blake endured an injury plagued junior season and though he was sidelined for a good part of the season, his recruiting has not suffered. Three more schools have thrown their hats into the ring, taking Blake's offer total up to 12.

Photo Gallery: Joseph Okafor
InsideTexas.com
Photographer Robert Sellers was at Bellaire's spring game in Houston and took pictures of one of the state's top players for 2010 and a big-time UT prospect: Joseph Okafor.

Baseball

Texas Looking For NCAA Boost
InsideTexas.com
A month ago, after losing three straight to Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas wasn't a sure thing to make the Big 12 Tournament, much less the NCAA Tournament. But since that sweep by the Cowboys, the Horns have won 11 of 14 and enter league tournament play looking to continue that hot streak and boost their chances of landing a hosting assignment in the regional round of NCAA Tournament play.

Big 12 tournament teams look to improve their standing
Austin American-Statesman
It's the postseason before the real postseason, the tournament that everybody comes into with a different attitude. The eight teams that kick off today's Big 12 baseball tournament each will say they want to win the trophy and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, but every team also comes in with different goals.

Texas finally clicking just in time for postseason
San Antonio Express-News
Enveloped by doom, gloom and a shady Big 12 start, Texas coach Augie Garrido chose a walk on the bright side. Meanwhile, counting his lucky stars he wasn't boss of another sport — one that dropped by the wayside, say, about 16 centuries ago. "I'm just glad that this industry isn't similar to the gladiators," Garrido says, grinning. "You only lost once in that business." College baseball offers second chances, indeed, and UT is living proof. Once left for dead on the coliseum — err, Disch-Falk — dirt, the revived Longhorns are playing their best baseball hurtling into the postseason.

Hooking the 'Horns
Oklahoman
As usual, Texas entered this baseball season with high expectations and demands from outsiders. Although the Longhorns will play in the NCAA Tournament, a 34-19 overall record isn't all that shiny by UT standards.

Even Texas' Garrido can't explain Big 12 baseball this season
Oklahoman
Some things can't be explained. Like baseball. Even Texas coach Augie Garrido, one of the all-time greats, can't explain it.

Handicapping the Big 12 baseball tournament
Kansas City Star

Baseball's Ruffin named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year
TexasSports.com
Freshman right-hander Chance Ruffin was tabbed the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year the league announced on Tuesday afternoon. The Longhorns also had two players named second-team All-Big 12 and had eight players earn all-conference honorable mention.

Hoops recruiting

Rankings Week: 2009 Top 100
InsideTexas.com
Wow! Talk about strong choices for the top spot! Derrick Favors, the incumbent, was challenged but managed to hold onto his top spot this time around in Scout.com's latest installment of 2009 rankings.

Alumni:

Teagarden puts aside wrist injury, works on hit streak
Oklahoman
RedHawks catcher Taylor Teagarden has come a long way from spring training, when the 24-year-old was struggling to get at bats because of a lingering wrist injury. Three months later, Teagarden has a 12-game hitting streak going, one he saved by the skin of his teeth with a double in the eighth inning Tuesday night. Teagarden has now matched RedHawks outfielder Jason Ellison who had a 12-game streak earlier this season. After his promotion from Double-A Frisco, Teagarden started slow, but the former Texas Longhorn is clearly on the right track.

Other:

Longhorns fall to Georgia in final
Austin American-Statesman
Defending champion Georgia ended Texas' title hopes with a 4-2 victory in the men's team final of the NCAA tennis championships Tuesday night.

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