Thursday Ripped from the Sports Pages

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This should be year for a split national title
Austin American Statesman
Missouri could make it all moot. A win by the 17-point underdog would almost certainly send the Texas Longhorns into the Bowl Championship Series title game against Saturday's Florida-Alabama winner.

Orakpo is finalist for Hendricks Award
Austin American Statesman
Longhorn senior Brian Orakpo has been named a finalist for the Hendricks Award, which is presented to the nation's top defensive end.

UT sweeps AP's Big 12 player awards
Houston Chronicle
In a season where Big 12 quarterbacks dominated the league, Texas' Colt McCoy stood out in a crowd.

Other Football

Oklahoma's offense is one to remember
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Typically, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops bites his tongue or changes the subject when asked to compare the merits of his team to previous Sooners' squads. Especially during the season.

Mike Leach visits Huskies, but Texas Tech to counter
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Less than three days after Texas Tech closed the regular season with an impressive 11-1 record, coach Mike Leach interviewed for the vacant coaching job at Washington.

Maclin the wild card for Missouri
San Antonio Express News
Oklahoma is the only team in the country to allow four kickoff returns for a touchdown. And the Sooners haven't even faced Missouri All-American Jeremy Maclin — yet.

Tommy Tuberville is out as Auburn football coach
The Birmingham News
Tommy Tuberville is out as Auburn's football coach, The Birmingham News has learned. An official announcement could come today. Multiple sources in the athletic building confirmed Tuberville's departure. It was unclear whether Tuberville was fired or resigned.

It's Oklahoma's Balogun in the middle of it all
Dallas Morning News
Mike Balogun's personal journey has taken him from being a really big small forward on his high school basketball team to a construction crew to a community college in Scranton, Pa.


Texas to host UCLA in Top Ten Showdown
Burnt Orange Beat
The #8 Texas Longhorns will be looking for their first resume-stamping win of the season on Thursday night in Austin. The opponent is the #9 UCLA Bruins as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The game will be a rematch of the classic a year ago in Polly Pavilion in which the Longhorns upset the then #1 Bruins 63-61.

Longhorn men preparing for tough UCLA defense
Austin American Statesman
The eighth-ranked Longhorns' efficiency on offense should receive its most difficult test so far this season when No. 12 UCLA comes to the Erwin Center on Thursday.

Finally in shape and showing it off
Austin American Statesman
Gary Johnson provided glimpses last season of his value to the Longhorns, just not a full view.

Mason adding offense to UT's defense
San Antonio Express News
At one point early in Texas' victory Sunday against Rice, guard Justin Mason poked away a steal, motored down the court and then went skyward to throw down the fast-break dunk.

Mason Johnson thrives after 'lost' year
Houston Chronicle
Ex-Aldine star a mighty presence off bench for UT


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