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Football

Ask James Brown
InsideTexas.com
Former Longhorn QB and NFL Europe star James Brown answers your questions on getting the first start of his college football career against Oklahoma, how much a quarterback hears on the field and his new coaching job at Lamar University.

Texas still looking for reliable third receiver
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown will tell you he is satisfied that all the young Longhorn wide receivers have made contributions this season. But the Longhorns' coach would be more pleased if one of them emerged from the pack, giving the Longhorns a clear No. 3 man behind seniors Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley.

The game Muschamp was hired to coach
Austin American-Statesman
To clear up one fallacy, Will Muschamp wasn't promised his entire $425,000 annual salary to concoct a brilliant defensive game plan to beat Oklahoma. Just most of it.

Big swing game for Texas
Austin American-Statesman
In 1958, college football's new two-point conversion rule was about as hot as the hula hoop, rock 'n' roll and the '57 Chevrolet convertible, which was the car for cruising campus. The rule change, adopted by the NCAA to increase scoring, was endorsed by Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson and initially criticized by Texas coach Darrell Royal. It was Royal, however, who used that option to help reverse a trend of the 1950s, the one of Oklahoma beating Texas in Dallas from 1952-57.

Texas-OU flashback: 1977
Austin American-Statesman

Longhorns notebook: OU: CBs are just fine, thank you very much
Austin American-Statesman

Stoops has Oklahoma rolling through Dallas again
Dallas Morning News
A No. 1 ranking has become common enough at the University of Oklahoma that it's easy to forget just where the Sooners program was when Bob Stoops arrived here in 1999.

Miller more comfortable with choice of Texas
Dallas Morning News
For Texas senior defensive tackle Roy Miller, the AT&T Red River Rivalry reminds him of a choice he made in high school. Miller idolized fellow Killeen product Tommie Harris, who became an All-American defensive lineman at Oklahoma before being drafted by the Chicago Bears in the NFL. Miller even committed to Oklahoma before his senior season, only to have a change of heart.

Sooners' senior wants to enjoy his last OU-UT game
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma senior Lendy Holmes of South Oak Cliff said he's entering his last OU-Texas game Saturday more determined than ever. This comes after Holmes was ruled academically ineligible just before Christmas 2007, causing him to miss the Sooners' Fiesta Bowl loss to West Virginia. Holmes said he let down a lot of people.

Red River Rivalry a battle of the best
Dallas Morning News
Saturday marks the 11th time the Texas-OU rivalry brings a top-five matchup to Fair Park. The Sooners won six of those previous showdowns, including the last three. Texas' last win when both were ranked in the top five came in 1979. OU and UT tied in 1984 when Mack Brown was the offensive coordinator for OU in a game memorable for many reasons. Here's a look back at the first 10 top-five Red River games:

Texas center shares his faith on, off field
San Antonio Express-News
Former Texas center Dallas Griffin swears that Chris Hall is the only player he has ever heard say "hallelujah" in a huddle. But it turns out, Hall, now UT's starting center, doesn't limit those drops of verbal sunshine to his Longhorns. He greets opponents similarly.

UT's win golden, half-century later
San Antonio Express-News
Darrell Royal was a few weeks removed from leading Texas to the Sugar Bowl in his first season as the Longhorns' coach when the NCAA Football Rules Committee unanimously adopted the two-point conversion in January 1958. Expressing concerns the rule change could adversely affect college football, Royal had opposed the proposal from the get-go. "I didn't think we needed it," Royal said this week. "I just didn't like changing the rules of scoring." Ironically, a two-point conversion by the Longhorns would figure prominently in one of the defining games of Royal's storied UT career, a 15-14 upset of No. 2 Oklahoma on Oct. 11, 1958.

Hispanic played major role?in UT's 1958 victory over OU
San Antonio Express-News
If former Texas standout Rene Ramirez lives to be 100, he'll probably still remember the rush he felt when he walked down the ramp at the Cotton Bowl before the Longhorns played Oklahoma in their annual Red River showdown. Ramirez was a junior halfback in 1958 when UT rallied for a 15-14 victory over the Sooners, snapping a six-game losing streak in the series.

Nigerian immigrants' sons an inspiration to Texas Longhorns
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The road to the Red River Rivalry does not usually lead through Nigeria. But for five Texas football players, all sons of Nigerian immigrants, that is the case heading into Saturday's matchup in the Cotton Bowl between the fifth-ranked Longhorns and No. 1 Oklahoma.

'Horns aim to spread out passes
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has directed most of his completions this season to veteran receivers Jordan Shipley and Quan Cosby. Between them, the two seniors have combined to catch 56 passes, including 10 for touchdowns. But McCoy said he expects some key completions Saturday to go to the third receiver in the Longhorns' three-receiver set if No. 5 Texas (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) is going to knock off No. 1 Oklahoma (5-0, 1-0) in the Cotton Bowl.

Oklahoma Sooners' Murray says he feels fine
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
DeMarco Murray's everyone-out-of-their-seats touchdown run against Texas last season was no big deal to the Oklahoma running back... Yet the 65-yard, tackler-hurdling sprint down the left side remains the yardstick by which this year's performance will be judged. Popular speculation is that after five games Murray still doesn't have 2007's to-the-house speed after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated kneecap last winter.

Oklahoma tight end finds appreciation of rivalry now
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Growing up in Ardmore, Okla., Jermaine Gresham said Oklahoma's annual game against Texas wasn't something with which he really concerned himself.

Red River Rivalry key matchup, flashback
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

UT secondary no longer primary concern for team
Houston Chronicle
Mack Brown had cause for concern, if not downright panic, to begin the season. How do you improve one of the worst pass defenses in the nation? Add three new starters. Oh, by the way, the two at safety are freshmen, and there's a sophomore at cornerback.

Fozzy's questionable status needs an answer before OU
Daily Texan
If Mack Brown has a VIP newsletter similar to the one Coach Fran had last year, then please let us know if you receive it and tell us whether Foswhitt "Fozzy" Whittaker will play Saturday. As desperate as it sounds, it could be a last resort. Brown is guarding Whittaker's status like Fort Knox.

A tale of two coaches
Oklahoman
Mack Brown can't beat Oklahoma. Bob Stoops can't win a bowl game. Neither statement is true. But that doesn't remove the gooney bird draped around the neck of each coach Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.

Cotton Bowl: More seats, new atmosphere
Oklahoman
Bob Stoops has yet to see the bigger, better Cotton Bowl. But Mack Brown has, sort of. The Texas coach flew from Dallas to Austin over the summer and spotted the stadium out the plane window.

OU football notebook
Oklahoman

Lately, 'D' key to OU success
Tulsa World
Travis Lewis remembers Curtis Lofton stripping Jamaal Charles to save a touchdown in 2007. Dominique Franks recalls Brandon Everage belting Cedric Benson to force a fumble in 2003. Adrian Taylor pictures Roy Williams flying into Chris Simms to clinch a victory, not to mention a modern-day legend, in 2001. Ask current Oklahoma defenders preparing to face Texas Saturday, they're fully aware of the recent Red River Rivalry past.

Don't expect Colt to cooperate
Tulsa World
Today I wrote a story about Oklahoma's knack for getting game-turning defensive plays against Texas since Bob Stoops first beat Mack Brown in 2000. What I didn't mention was how hard it was going to be to honor that trend against the Longhorns' quarterback Saturday.

Red River Memories
Tulsa World
Saturday's game against Texas is the eighth time Oklahoma has gone into the Red River Rivalry ranked No. 1. The Tulsa World this week looks back on the previous seven in 1954, 1956, 1957, 1963, 1978, 1987 and 2003:

OU Notebook
Tulsa World

OU's cornermen
Norman Transcript
Oklahoma's Red Room has about 80 seats, but the middle 16 in the front are where the defensive backs sit to watch film. The starting four sit in the front followed by the second, third and fourth teams. The depth chart is always adhered to. It wasn't too long ago those seats were occupied by a different person almost daily. It hasn't happened that way this season. The seats in that front row, filled by safeties Lendy Holmes and Nic Harris, and cornerbacks Brian Jackson and Dominique Franks, might as well have placards on them. The backs have played that well.

Big 12 is messing with unbeaten and unnoticed Texas Longhorns
New York Daily News
It's hard to imagine Texas football flying under the national radar, especially when the Longhorns are 5-0 and ranked fifth in this week's AP and coaches polls. Texas is sixth nationally in scoring (47.2 ppg) and 12th in total offense (471.8 ypg), but the Longhorns are fifth in both categories in Big 12 play. Their defense is allowing just 51.8 yards per game (third in the NCAA) and has not allowed a rushing touchdown. They have produced almost as many yards lost (249) as opponents have gained (259). The problem is that Texas is fighting for attention in its own conference.

Football recruiting

DeAndre Perry Has His Top Two
InsideTexas.com
There's little question that Austin Bowie's DeAndre Perry will be one of the top receivers in Texas for the class of 2010 and a pair of schools are already at the top the talented pass-catcher's list. One of those two is the Texas Longhorns and the interest is quite mutual. Perry talks with Inside Texas about his visits it each Texas home game and more.

Rowlett WR, Naaman Forest RB are committed to Red River Rivalry
Dallas Morning News
Rowlett wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and Garland Naaman Forest running back Jonathon Miller have played against each other since middle school. The two friends meet again today as Rowlett takes on Naaman Forest at 7 p.m. at Williams Stadium in Garland. On Saturday, they will be rooting for different teams when top-ranked Oklahoma plays fifth-ranked Texas at the Cotton Bowl.

Hoops

Barnes to be honored as 2009 John R. Wooden Award
TexasSports.com
University of Texas head men's basketball coach Rick Barnes will receive the John R. Wooden Award's "Legends of Coaching" honor this year, Award Chairman Duke Llewellyn announced Wednesday.

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