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Football

Scrimmage Highlights: What Went Down?
InsideTexas.com
QB Colt McCoy busted loose for a 70-yard scoring jaunt while freshman WR Dan Buckner collected a long TD toss from No. 3 QB Sherrod Harris at the first scrimmage of Texas' season Wednesday. But did the offense really have the upper hand against Will Muschamp's defense?

Cosby returns to make assault on UT record book
Austin American-Statesman
The confrontation occurred on the sideline during last year's blowout of Iowa State. Nobody really noticed. After all, it was a semi-friendly confrontation, and the Longhorns were in the midst of a 56-3 victory. Texas coach Mack Brown stood on one side, wide receiver Quan Cosby was on the other. The issue was Cosby's playing time on special teams.

Longhorns notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Texas Longhorns' McCoy: Halfbacks are dead even
Dallas Morning News
Quarterback Colt McCoy said he notices no difference between Vondrell McGee, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbannaya, all of whom are competing to be the starting halfback.

Texas holds first scrimmage
Daily Texan
Senior defensive end Brian Orakpo and junior quarterback Colt McCoy prove that everything's subjective. Talking to the media after Wednesday's scrimmage, the first of the season in full pads, McCoy mentioned that he had a 70-yard touchdown run. Seems like quite an accomplishment against new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp's revved-up defense. That's not how Orakpo saw it, though. All quarterbacks wear black shirts to practice, and defensive players are not allowed to hit them.

Schnellenberger dissing Texas?
Palm Beach Post
It was a long day for the Owls as they went through three-a-day practices on Wednesday. But the real action took place off the field. Leave it to the FAU student newspaper, the University Press, and sports editor Jay Warman to get things cooking and create an internet sensation with his latest blog entry, which was posted Sunday, but got noticed in Austin on Wednesday after an ESPN.com blogger found it.

Fewer offseason beefs prime No. 11 Texas rebound
Sporting News
Last season may have been the most difficult of Mack Brown's 10 as Longhorns coach. It wasn't just the 10-3 record, which qualifies as so-so by Texas standards, or the 5-3 Big 12 mark, the program's worst since 1997, the year before Brown arrived. Off-field troubles in the spring and summer of 2007 brought embarrassment to the program, and the rash of suspensions and other disciplinary action that seemed to keep the Longhorns from reaching their potential.

Two-minute drill: No. 11 Texas
Sporting News
Sporting News is counting down its top 50 college football teams, one by one, before the season begins in late August. Here's a preview of the No. 11 Texas Longhorns.

No surprise this time, Florida Atlantic is top pick in conference
USA Today
Age is relative, especially when you're talking about a 74-year-old coach or an 8-year-old football program. But in the case of Florida Atlantic, age truly is just a number. Howard Schnellenberger is the wise old Owl whose gridiron resume began before many of his players' parents were born. After all, he played for Blanton Collier at Kentucky and coached for Bear Bryant, George Allen and Don Shula. And he coached Miami (Fla.) to the 1983 national title. His Florida Atlantic team, an overwhelming choice by Sun Belt coaches to win the conference again this year, is entering only its fourth season in Division I-A.

Football recruiting

Alex Okafor: Busy Summer Drawing to a Close
InsideTexas.com
Alex Okafor absolutely blew up in the playoffs last season, leading Pflugerville all the way to the state championship game. A few months later, Okafor gave his commitment to the Texas Longhorns. IT caught up with the state's top defensive end to talk about his summer and upcoming senior season.

Hoops

Men's Basketball to face Villanova in Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden
TexasSports.com
The University of Texas will face Villanova in the second game of the 14th annual Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 9, ESPN and the V Foundation announced today. The Horns and Wildcats are scheduled to tipoff at 8 p.m. Central (9 p.m. Eastern) at Madison Square Garden. The other half of the event's doubleheader features Davidson and West Virginia, slated for a 6 p.m. Central tip.

Olympics

Osterman dominates in 3-0 victory
Associated Press
The U.S. Olympic softball team was not about to go down under. Cat Osterman pitched a no-hitter, Crystl Bustos belted a two-run homer and the Americans extended their winning streak inside the rings to 16 straight with a 3-0 win over Australia on Wednesday. Osterman outdueled Australia's Tanya Harding, who has handed the U.S. program two of its four losses in the games since 1996. Pitching in her second Olympics, Osterman was Cat with a K.

Longhorns in Wednesday's Olympic action
Daily Texan

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