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Football Recruiting

Kirkpatrick Returns from Weekend Road Trip
InsideTexas.com
Dre Kirkpatrick, Scout.com five-star cornerback from Gadsden (Ala.) City, entered the 2008 year as the top defensive back in the country. Kirkpatrick has since slipped a couple of spots in the rankings, but the dominating performances at Florida's Friday Night Lights, Florida State's Seminole Showtime and the Alabama camp may have propelled him back to the best in the nation.

Football

Daniel Knows Dream Passes Through Austin
InsideTexas.com
KANSAS CITY -- Heisman Trophy candidate Chase Daniel has always dreamed that he would have the kind of success he now enjoys as a Missouri quarterback -- it's just that he thought he would have it playing for Texas. Now, the former Southlake Carroll prep star circles the October 18 showdown in Austin as pivotal to the Tigers' title aspirations.

UT regents to use stadium to honor McCombs, Denius
Austin American-Statesman
Portions of the renovated football stadium at the University of Texas are expected to be named for Frank Denius and Red McCombs, two longtime supporters of the university.

A&M's Sherman getting up to speed
Austin American-Statesman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Sherman certainly looks the part. Actually, he may look more like a swarthy longshoreman with his burly arms and barrel chest filling out his maroon, short-sleeve shirt than the English major he was at Holy Cross. So don't expect any of his Texas A&M football players to challenge his authority as the latest in a long line of head coaches attempting to win the school's first national championship since FDR was in the White House.

The shift is on for new Texas A&M football coach
Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mike Sherman's pro football past kept encroaching Monday on his current college gig, despite the stylish maroon Texas A&M camp shirt. The Aggies' new head coach last walked a college sideline Nov. 29, 1996, as A&M's offensive line coach, in a 51-15 loss to Texas. His 11 years in the NFL, especially his time as head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, influenced his answer to a question about having his quarterbacks share time.

Texas Tech's Leach plays offbeat tune
Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has always walked to a different beat. He's a man who has a fondness for pirates and once marched into Trump Plaza in New York unannounced and asked to speak to Donald Trump.

Daniel: No hard feelings toward 'Horns
Dallas Morning News
If Tim Tebow doesn't do an Archie Griffin and repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner, Missouri's Chase Daniel may be next in line.

A&M's Sherman to the point
San Antonio Express-News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fifty-four years and six months into his life, Mike Sherman learned how to text-message. And when his thumbs finally danced across his cell phone keypad this summer and unlocked the secret to casual 21st-century communication, he realized how much time he'd lost before his discovery.

Texas A&M enjoys Sherman's new marching orders
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Sherman's NFL pedigree and Aggie roots were enough to command immediate respect among Texas A&M players. But what he did during the first week of the Texas A&M Aggies' spring practice took things to a whole new level. One of Sherman's first stops in April was offensive line drills. And he wasn't there simply to watch.

Tech's Leach happy with overload at RB
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach remains "curious" about his unsettled running back situation but said Monday he is in no hurry to decide among three candidates vying to start. Leach said Tech will enter fall drills on Aug. 4 with no clear favorite in a competition between Aaron Crawford, Shannon Woods and Baron Batch.

New Aggies coach says A&M QB position up for grabs
Houston Chronicle
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — First-year Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman prefers to use one C-word over the other when discussing his quarterback situation for the coming season. There's competition, not controversy. Sherman acknowledged Monday that Stephen McGee and Jerrod Johnson are the top candidates competing for the starting job.

Aggie's new coach adjusting to college, not losing pro style
Daily Texan
KANSAS CITY - Texas A&M football head coach Mike Sherman almost had to correct himself while talking about his latest recruiting class. Discussing some of the new offensive lineman he recruited, he paused and said, "I almost said drafted."... Sherman, the former NFL head coach who took over as Aggie head coach in December, talked at great length on day one of Big 12 media days Monday about the changes he is making to the program and the excitement of the upcoming football season.

Higher preseason expectations not flustering Leach
Daily Texan
KANSAS CITY - Texas Tech has never come into Big 12 media days with expectations as high as this year's. Many prognosticators have the Red Raiders picked to finish second in the Big 12, ahead of Texas, and the Sports Illustrated preseason poll has them ranked in the top 10. Yet head coach Mike Leach, a man never at a loss for words, isn't fazed by the high expectations at all.

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