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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 the problems with stopping UTEP's running game, special teams adjustments, his thoughts on the scheduling of Arkansas and more.

Lamarr Houston: Moving Forward
Texas head coach Mack Brown announced on Monday that defensive tackle Lamarr Houston will play on against Arkansas this weekend. Houston was indefinitely suspended following a DWI arrest and missed the Longhorns' trip to El Paso. On Monday, Houston gave a public apology for the incident.

Two Deep: Did the 'Foz' State His Case?
RS-freshman RB Fozzy Whittaker's collegiate debut (72 yards on 12 carries) at UTEP was enough to earn him tri-starter status when Texas released its depth charts Monday.

UTEP Game Report Cards
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' win over UTEP.

Culpepper's Commentary: UTEP Game
The beautiful Sun Bowl Stadium surrounded by the Franklin mountain range was filled with a record crowd by kickoff. The NFL pales in comparison to the enthusiasm generated by college football. And you just knew UTEP would give Texas its best shot, the way it should be.

Burnt Orange Glasses: Song in a Miner Key
It really freaks people out when I pull out a pen and paper and start madly scribbling notes during a Longhorn football game. The female half of the nice UTEP prison-uniform-orange-wearing couple sitting next to me Saturday night was driven right up the wall by my mysterious activity: "It makes me nervous when you write things down like that."

Houston stands up, takes responsibility for actions
Austin American-Statesman
Lamarr Houston did not have to do it. Five minutes earlier, University of Texas sports information director John Bianco had asked Houston about his decision. "Are you sure you want to do this?'' The answer came quickly. "I need to do it." Mack Brown introduced his junior defensive tackle, not to a judge, not to a jury, but to a group of reporters gathered Monday for the Longhorns' weekly media session.

Notebook: Running backs still locked in tight competition
Austin American-Statesman

Texas expects fired-up Arkansas in renewal of rivalry
Dallas Morning News
As a high school senior in Irving, Chris Hall made an official recruiting visit to Fayetteville, Ark., where he saw everything a Southeastern Conference program can provide and even witnessed the Calling of the Hogs. "And thankfully, the Lord led me to Austin, Texas," said Hall, Texas' starting center. If that story and sentiment carry a very retro vibe, it's appropriate this week. The Arkansas Razorbacks are coming to town, bringing with them memories of 1969.

Texas vs. Arkansas feud lives on
San Antonio Express-News
Calm down, Texas fans. Get a grip. Houston Nutt, once your Fayetteville-based nemesis, is no longer the coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Nutt, 2-1 against the Mack Brown-coached Longhorns, is now working for the University of Mississippi. Bobby Petrino, Nutt's high-priced replacement, has struggled to win his first two games this season. So, Longhorns fans shouldn't really get too worried or worked up about Arkansas at Texas, right? Well, something tells us Texas fans will worry a little and just might get worked up a lot. They'll wring their hands right up to Saturday's 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Why?

UT's emotional Houston apologizes
San Antonio Express-News
When Texas coach Mack Brown got the early-morning phone call a week ago Sunday, informing him starting defensive tackle Lamarr Houston had been arrested for drunk driving, one of his first thoughts was a memory. Brown thought back to that Friday, the day before the Longhorns opened against Florida Atlantic. Then, he encountered Houston during chapel, and the two shared a brief conversation. "Great kid," Brown said. That kid — the upstanding citizen, the community activist — voluntarily spoke with the media Monday, when it was announced that Houston will be in action this weekend for the No. 8 Longhorns against Arkansas after serving a one-game suspension.

Apologetic Houston rejoins Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The hardest part of the past 10 days, Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston said Monday, was not his Aug. 31 arrest for driving while intoxicated or breaking the news to his father, a preacher in Colorado Springs, Colo. Instead, Houston — who was cleared Monday by coach Mack Brown to rejoin the Longhorns after a one-game suspension — cited a conversation with his 9-year-old nephew.

Longhorns' Houston reinstated after 1-game suspension
Houston Chronicle
Texas junior defensive tackle Lamarr Houston was reinstated to the team Monday after serving a one-game suspension for a drunken driving arrest. Coach Mack Brown said Houston will play for the No. 8 Longhorns Saturday against Arkansas. Houston was arrested Aug. 31, just a few hours after the Longhorns' season-opening win against Florida Atlantic. He did not play in last week's 42-13 win over UTEP. Houston, the son of a preacher in Colorado Springs, Colo., choked back tears in his first public comments since his arrest.

Defender reinstated to team
Daily Texan
It almost brought him to tears, but a soft-spoken Lamarr Houston addressed the media Monday afternoon, eight days after being arrested for driving while intoxicated. Over the course of the week, Houston apologized to teammates, fans and his 9-year-old nephew.

Longhorns expecting best effort from Hogs
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
While Arkansas had to stage fourth-quarter rallies to overcome Western Illinois and Louisiana-Monroe, Texas beat Florida Atlantic and Texas-El Paso by a combined 94-23. So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise the No. 8 Longhorns have opened as a 23-point favorite over the Razorbacks for Saturday's game at Austin, Texas. But the Longhorns vow they're not overconfident.

McCoy Back To Freshman Form
Northwest Arkansas Morning News
Colt McCoy felt the pressure. Texas' junior quarterback felt the weight of the Longhorns' 2007 hopes on his shoulders. And, at first, he didn't respond well last season, one year after earning national freshman of the year honors. Texas coach Mack Brown watched McCoy make awful decisions and throw interceptions throughout his team's 4-3 start in 2007. McCoy didn't possess as many weapons from, as Brown put it, "a supporting cast that won the (2005) national championship," and the then-sophomore initially slumped. "We were trouble in some games early and probably gave him too much to do as a staff," Brown said. "I think he felt that and tried to win every game on every play." But then, McCoy settled down.


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