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Football

Florida Atlantic Preview
InsideTexas.com
Florida Atlantic's uber-accurate QB Rusty Smith represents a legitimate gauge for measuring how far Texas' pass defense has come during coordinator Will Muschamp's brief tenure. But there is a more compelling question to be answered during Saturday's home-opener.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
College football is officially here and Inside Texas' Ross and Ross dive headlong into the Horns' opener against Florida Atlantic. Just how good of an opponent is Texas facing? What do the Longhorns need to show in their opener? What do they need to do to help out the young DBs? Does Texas really have a third wide receiver? All that and more in the Inside Texas Podcast.

Texas season before it plays out
Austin American-Statesman
Just more than a day remains until we learn if Howard Schnellenberger was right about the Texas football team being softer than the NBA salary cap. In the meantime, here's our annual, consistently good prediction column for the 10-win Longhorns.

Big and getting bigger
Austin American-Statesman
Texas set to turn the page on the next chapter in Royal-Memorial Stadium history.

Everything's bigger at Texas
Austin American-Statesman
In the late 1990s, the University of Texas launched a stadium expansion and renovation project that has cost nearly a quarter-billion dollars. Seating capacity has grown from 75,512 in 1997 to 94,113 today, making Royal-Memorial Stadium the fifth largest in the country. For a sold-out game, UT estimates there will be 97,000 to 98,000 people in attendance, including the people working at the game. That's more than the population of the city of Round Rock. The latest phase, the north end zone, adds 10,000 seats and brings fans within 10 yards of the end zone. Here are some highlights of that project, which cost $159 million:

Longhorns football notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Florida Atlantic adding intrigue to UT's normally dull season opener
San Antonio Express-News
Season openers don't get much bigger at Texas, and you can take this quite literally. With the closed-in north end zone, Royal-Memorial Stadium now seats 98,000, and the anticipated crowd for Saturday's game against Florida Atlantic will be the largest to ever see a football game in the state. Texans do it big, after all, and adding even more oomph to that statewide bragging right is the one and only Vince Young.

Confident FAU seeks upset
Palm Beach Post
For the first time in school history, Florida Atlantic is going on the road to play a traditional power with the goal of leaving with more than just a fat paycheck. When the Owls face No. 11 Texas at 7 p.m. Saturday at Darrell K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas, they believe they can come away with a win and aim to do just that.

Punching bags no more
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
To protect the psyche of his team, Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger used to call games such as Saturday's at Texas "advanced training." The message was the Owls were in over their heads and there was a high probability of a lopsided loss.

FAU's Smith just can't be ignored any longer
Florida Times-Union
If you want to know why all these recruiting rankings, along with four and five-star designations that are placed on high school football players, are pure guesswork that often strain credibility, look no further than Rusty Smith.

Hoops recruiting

Johnson Made Most of Brief Summer
InsideTexas.com
Scout.com's No. 25 prospect, Elijah Johnson, doesn't have any visits set but he will. The ultra-athletic guard is beginning to establish comfort zones with a handful of programs.

Women's hoops

Goestenkors brings spirit, schemes back to UT from Olympics
Austin American-Statesman
Gail Goestenkors returned from Beijing with some nifty souvenirs. She has three custom-made suits, for starters, deals that Goestenkors could not pass up. More important, though, the Texas basketball coach has a pile of scouting reports, myriad ideas and the inspiration to use what she learned during the upcoming college season.

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