Tuesday Ripped from the Sports Pages

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Texas Longhorn Football

It's McCoy, by a fraction of a point
Austin American Statesman
UT quarterback edges Sooner's Bradford on American-Statesman's All-Big 12 football team.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe: Now that's a tie-breaker
Austin American Statesman
Big 12 misses the boat on separating UT, OU.

BCS' lone employee watched polls tip from Horns to OU with mixed emotions
Austin American Statesman
Bill Hancock woke before dawn Sunday. There was snow on the ground and doom in the air. He glanced at a computer screen in his home office in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo. The first of six computer rankings in the BCS composite had arrived overnight.

Orakpo named finalist for Lott Trophy
Austin American Statesman
Texas senior defensive end Brian Orakpo on Monday was named a finalist for the Lott Trophy, given to the nation's top defensive impact player.

Don't expect Texas-OU: Part II
San Antonio Express News
After failing in their take-to-the-sky campaign to hold off rival Oklahoma in last week's Bowl Championship Series standings, Texas fans pinning their hopes on a Longhorns-Sooners rematch in the BCS title game would apparently have almost as much luck waiting for another airborne oddity: Flying pigs.

Another Gilbert destined for greatness at UT
San Antonio Express News
First things first: Contrary to common belief, Austin Lake Travis blue-chip quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who has committed to play at Texas next year, is not related to former UT All-American running back Chris Gilbert.

A raw deal for UT from flawed system
Houston Chronicle
Let's begin with the Big 12 Conference. Great tiebreaking system, fellas. Really nice going.

Other Football

Oklahoma's offense piles up the points
Dallas Morning News
The 10th anniversary of Oklahoma's decision to hire Bob Stoops was as good a time as any for historical perspective.

Argument that BCS is unbiased doesn't compute
Dallas Morning News
If you're asking for the best team in the Big 12 right now, the answer is Oklahoma. If you're asking for the best team in the country, it's Florida. And if you're asking who got screwed by the BCS, it's every college football fan.

Missouri quarterback gets extra push
Dallas Morning News
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was powerless to do anything about the BCS standings released Sunday afternoon. So he phoned Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, his friend and fellow Texan, to commiserate.

Big 12 lets the BCS do its dirty work against one of its best teams
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Texas got 'Horned, for lack of a better family euphemism to describe what actually happened.

Clemson promotes Swinney to head coach
Houston Chronicle
Clemson is sticking with Dabo Swinney, giving the Tigers' interim coach a five-year contract Monday to replace former boss Tommy Bowden.

Harrell has surgery on two fingers
Houston Chronicle
Texas Tech QB will be available for bowl matchup

Basketball

Texas sleepwalks, beats Rice 77-56
Burnt Orange Beat
The #6 Texas Longhorns took care of business on Sunday with a sluggish performance in a game against the Rice Owls that was sandwiched in between the Maui Invitational and a Thursday showdown with UCLA.

Texas men's basketball team beats Rice
Austin American Statesman
With some of his teammates moving as if they were still trudging through the deep sand of Maui, Dogus Balbay provided some energy.

UT shakes off rust, defeats Rice 77-56
Houston Chronicle
It didn't take long for Texas coach Rick Barnes to address the idea that the Longhorns' sluggish defensive effort in the first half Sunday was connected with their return trip from the Maui Invitational. Barnes was swift in assessing that Texas' woes were in no way related to its lengthy jaunt.

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