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A Meeting With Mack
Away from lights and cameras of the weekly press conference, Texas head coach Mack Brown discusses the recruitment of Chase Daniel, what's changed in Colt McCoy this year, all of the comebacks he's seen at Texas and more.

Culpepper's Commentary: Oklahoma Game
I woke up at 3:45 a.m. on Saturday. I wait for this game 365 days a year because it was a remark from Coach Darrell Royal made 49 years ago in my living room in Cleburne, Texas that haunted me at night thinking about my possible choices of colleges.

Burnt Orange Glasses: Good, Good Timing
In his political and pop-culture infused off-beat commentary, columnist Jeff Conner relives the emotion of Saturday's win over OU and explains why one of the biggest, and least recognized, factors in the Texas victory is the timing possessed by Chris Hall.

Palmer is Day-to-Day
Senior RCB Ryan Palmer's status (hamstring) against No. 11/12 Missouri will be a game-day decision, Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said Monday.

Audio: One-on-One With Chris Hall
Inside Texas sits down with center Chris Hall after Texas' win over OU to talk about how things looked in the trenches, why the Horns have found an explosive runner and more.

Horns are No. 1 but not perfect, with plenty of work to do
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown's not worried. Neither is Colt McCoy, Jordan Shipley or Roy Miller — or anyone associated with Texas, the new college football royalty. Bevo's even blasé, I'm told. This whole No. 1 thing is old Stetson for Texas. Seems like just yesterday the Longhorns were the top-ranked team in the nation during the regular season. Actually, it was a whole bunch of yesterdays...

Texas players shrug off being nation's top-ranked team
Austin American-Statesman
Quarterback Colt McCoy had 120 text messages when he turned on his phone Saturday night, hours after his Longhorns beat Oklahoma. More came Sunday, when news spread that Texas had vaulted to No. 1 in the national rankings. McCoy, like many of his teammates, was unimpressed.

Colt McCoy takes lead in Heisman poll
Austin American-Statesman
Saturday's big win in the Cotton Bowl vaulted the Longhorns to a No. 1 ranking and Colt McCoy to the lead in the Heisman race. The Texas quarterback was the top choice Monday of nine of the 10 voters surveyed weekly by the Rocky Mountain News.

Longhorns football notes: Will Clemson take a look at Muschamp?
Austin American-Statesman

Texas Longhorns want Dallas feat in rear-view mirror
Dallas Morning News
A joyous Quan Cosby finally got around to addressing the Texas accomplishment that everybody wanted to discuss Monday. "We just became bowl eligible, baby," Cosby said, his voice rising. OK, maybe not. With his tongue-in-cheek observation, the senior receiver set a perfect tone to deflect pressure.

Texas coaches look to keep Chiles involved
Dallas Morning News
With the Q package featuring both backup quarterback John Chiles and starter Colt McCoy about to become history, the coaching staff continues to search for another way to utilize Chiles' ability. The latest experiment: giving Chiles practice snaps at running back.

Texas' Chiles earning more plays at running back
San Antonio Express-News
John Chiles' musical-chairs progression through the offensive system continued during the Texas victory against Oklahoma last weekend. Chiles, UT's backup quarterback and sometime receiver, lined up at running back and had two runs for 1 yard. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis said Monday that wasn't an aberration. Chiles started working with the running backs last Tuesday in preparation for the game against the Sooners, and Davis said Chiles would continue to spend about 20 minutes of practice at that position.

Recruiting of Chase Daniel is old news to Mack Brown
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas coach Mack Brown arrived at Monday's news conference armed with a list of dazzling statistics compiled by the next six quarterbacks his top-ranked team will face in Big 12 play. The list included Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, a Southlake Carroll graduate who grew up a Longhorns fan but did not receive a scholarship offer from Texas. Instead, Texas' lone quarterback signee in 2005 was Colt McCoy, leaving Daniel — a fellow 2005 recruit who developed into a 2007 Heisman Trophy finalist — to become the face of the Tigers' program heading into Saturday's 7 p.m. showdown in Austin between No. 11 Missouri (5-1, 1-1 in Big 12) and No. 1 Texas (6-0, 1-0).

Longhorns showing a similarity to '05 team
Houston Chronicle
Don't sell these Texas Longhorns short. They're younger than the 2005 team and maybe less talented. They've got a ridiculously tough schedule, too. The 2005 team was coming off a season in which it won 11 games and a Rose Bowl, and there was an expectation of greatness around the program. Funny thing is, the more you look at the 2008 Longhorns, the more they resemble the 2005 Longhorns. Other than the expectations.

No.1 Longhorns look forward to new challengers
Daily Texan
A day after learning that the Longhorns had been ranked No. 1 by both national polls, Quan Cosby made the understatement of the century during Monday's press conference. "We're bowl-eligible, baby," Cosby said, referring to the team's sixth win. All humor aside, the Longhorns now have to deal with the pressure and pitfalls associated with their new top ranking. The team was ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time in the regular season since October of 1984. Still, the target on their back isn't something new for the Longhorns.

Brown: Longhorns slightly overranked
Waco Tribune-Herald
Seeing several Big 12 teams ranked ahead of Texas in the Top 25 preseason poll, Mack Brown tried to tout his Longhorns as underdogs throughout the summer. Tough sell, Mack. Who's going to ever consider a traditional football power at one of the largest and richest universities in the country an underdog? Now that the Longhorns are No. 1 in the nation after their stunning 45-35 upset of previous top dog Oklahoma, Brown thinks his team is slightly overranked.

Texas QB not worried about postseason awards
Killeen Daily Herald
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy's name is everywhere. Most notably, the junior's name is popping up on award lists...The Tuscola native's name is also appearing on some of college football's most prestigious award watch lists as well. McCoy is a member of the Davey O'Brien (best quarterback) and Maxwell (player of the year) award watch lists and is ranked No. 3 on ESPN.com's 2008 Heisman Trophy watch list. Despite the attention McCoy is receiving, he said he is only worried about winning football games.

MU players still believe they can reach their goals
Kansas City Star
Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is not a captain of the Tigers football team. But he played one at a Sunday team meeting. "If you don't think we can get off that plane and win, don't get on that plane," Weatherspoon said of Missouri's game Saturday night at No. 1 Texas. "Don't even come to practice this week." Sure, Missouri was and probably still is hurting from Saturday's 28-23 home loss to Oklahoma State. The defeat dropped the Tigers from No. 3 in The Associated Press poll to No. 11. Even had Mizzou beaten then-No. 17 Oklahoma State, the Tigers might have been an underdog at Texas, fresh off a 45-35 victory that cost Oklahoma the No. 1 ranking.

Daniel gets try restoring Heisman image vs. Texas
Kansas City Star
Chase Daniel surrendered the Heisman spotlight with three interceptions in an upset loss to Oklahoma State. Now Missouri's quarterback will get a quick opportunity for redemption - and a homecoming against the top-ranked school that didn't push hard to recruit him.

Tigers relish facing No. 1
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fans might choose to look with dread at Missouri's 0-10 record against teams ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll. The Tigers, though, view Saturday's game against top-ranked Texas as an opportunity to set another first for the program.

Longhorns will try to ignore ranking
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
With a national championship as recently as 2005 and the distinction of being the only major-college team with 10 or more wins the past seven seasons, Texas would seem accustomed to being ranked No. 1. But the Longhorns' ascension to the top rung in all three significant polls after beating No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday marks the first time they've reached that perch in the regular season since Oct. 8, 1984.

McCoy has gone from skinny to solid
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
With a boyish face, bearing perhaps 180 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame, Colt McCoy arrived in Austin four years ago exuding less than a macho presence. He looked like he was 12, Texas coach Mack Brown likes to joke, though senior guard Cedric Dockery was more generous.

Tigers put loss in past
Columbia Missourian
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel walked to the podium and made it clear that he wasn't there to talk about the past...Daniel's never been one to focus much on the past anyway, but that is especially true with No. 1 Texas coming up next for Missouri.

Texas keeps lid on excitement of No. 1
Associated Press
The Texas Longhorns gave a collective ho-hum Monday over their new role as No. 1.


Texas, North Carolina discussing basketball games
Austin American-Statesman
Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes is in the process of securing the series of games against the North Carolina Tar Heels that he has wanted for several years.

Hoops recruiting

Boynton Prepares For Homestretch
Scout.com caught up with Kenny Boynton over the weekend and asked him to give us a glimpse into the final stages of his process. The elite senior has a clear picture for his visits and a decision merely a month away.


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