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A Meeting With Mack
Away from lights and cameras of the weekly press conference, Texas head coach Mack Brown discusses with beat reporters how he's going to deal with the Lamarr Houston arrest, why he limited the number of times he used Chiles and McCoy on the same play, the play of his young secondary and much more.

Texas Depth Chart: A Little Less 'Or'
Last week, when the Texas Longhorns released their first depth chart of the 2008 season, 20 "or's" dotted a two- and three-deep filled with co-starters and co-backups. On Monday it was apparent that a lot of decisions on starters had been made as there were only five "or's" on the depth chart.

Lewis will be a full-time tackle
Austin American-Statesman
Aaron Lewis divided his time almost evenly between two positions Saturday night, lining up at tackle for 16 plays, then sliding over to end for 14 snaps. That will change Saturday when the Longhorns take on Texas-El Paso. Lewis, a 6-foot-4-inch, 270-pound senior, will be a full-time tackle at least for this week, taking over for suspended teammate Lamarr Houston.

Longhorn notebook: First game settles depth chart issues
Austin American-Statesman

Scouting UTEP
Austin American-Statesman

Texas Longhorns' Brown pondering Houston's discipline
Dallas Morning News
Coach Mack Brown said he hasn't made a final decision about starting defensive tackle Lamarr Houston, who was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated following a two-car accident Sunday morning.

Boerne graduate Longhorns' No. 1 kicker — for now
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Mack Brown said Monday that junior Hunter Lawrence would remain the Longhorns' starting kicker in charge of field goals and point-after attempts. Lawrence, the former Boerne High standout, booted a 40-yard field goal — the first of his UT career — and was perfect on six point-after kicks in Saturday's 52-10 victory over Florida Atlantic.

Longhorns' McCoy off to fast start
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Two words guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy: sophomore slump. "I hate that term," McCoy said, smiling. With more performances like the one McCoy had in Saturday's 52-10 rout of Florida Atlantic, the junior will hear fewer references to the struggles he experienced last season while throwing 18 interceptions, more than double the total from his freshman season (seven).

DT Houston still practicing with team
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Defensive tackle Lamarr Houston, who is serving an indefinite suspension after Sunday's arrest for driving while intoxicated, will continue to practice with the team, coach Mack Brown said Monday.

Longhorns coaches get their points across
Houston Chronicle
Blood was dripping from a one-inch gash on the side of Will Muschamp's face during the first quarter Saturday. To no one's surprise, Texas' defensive coordinator didn't bother to wipe it away. "The man is fiery," senior defensive end Brian Orakpo said. "He acted like it wasn't even there." As is custom, the Texas coaching staff gives out various performance awards following each game. But Sunday, the team's defensive players came up with their own, honoring Muschamp with a Band-Aid Award.

Texas firing on all cylinders
Daily Texan
Two weeks before the game, Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger questioned the Longhorns' toughness in an interview with a student newspaper. The Longhorns and Colt McCoy answered Schnellenberger's toughness question Saturday night during a 52-10 romp over Florida Atlantic.

Inexperienced secondary recovers from shaky start; freshmen safeties shine
Daily Texan
Mack Brown thought defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and secondary coach Duane Akina were going to go crazy. The two had the daunting task of coaching a defense with three new starters in the secondary, including a true freshman at left safety and a redshirt freshman at right safety. "I'd keep hearing them yell, 'Back up, wider, wider, move up,'" Brown said. "I thought they were going to wear my ears out." By the end of the game, the young secondary started figuring things out. It didn't look pretty early on, though. The Texas defense gave up 229 yards passing to Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith in the first half.

Texas coach has some history in El Paso
El Paso Times
The last time Mack Brown coached in the Sun Bowl, Texas won and he lost.

Muschamp's fiery temper leaves another mark - on him
The jokes have started among Texas fans, transforming Longhorns defensive coordinator Will Muschamp into an almost larger-than-life cultish character. So it was understandable that Muschamp wasn't too happy when Florida Atlantic University advanced inside the red zone on the Owls' first two possessions. How angry did this make the combustible Muschamp? The Web site friendsoftheprogram.net captured an image of Muschamp as he addressed the Longhorns early in the game. The picture shows an impassioned Muschamp, with blood streaming down his left check from a cut that was caused when he angrily ripped the headset from his head and sliced his face open.


The long arm of the law: Ex-Horns QB throws himself into a new arena
Austin American-Statesman
The campaign trail is long and dusty, so starkly remote that Rick McIvor can operate his Dodge Ram 3500 for an entire afternoon and not encounter another man. He has prepared no speech. He has distributed no literature. The 2,300 citizens of Jefferson Davis County know the candidate. "Most of them are kin," McIvor says. McIvor, 47, is running for sheriff of a county that is larger than Rhode Island and nearly the size of Delaware. He has entertained a fascination with law enforcement since his four years at the University of Texas, where he played quarterback for the Longhorns and, beyond the purview of his coaches, spent the occasional evening interrogating uniformed members of the Austin police force about their work. McIvor loved to throw a hard spiral to the post. But he also loved the twirl of the roof lights on a patrol car.


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