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Texas Longhorn Football

Longhorns supporting Sooners? You be the judge
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo and quarterback Colt McCoy were on a conference call this afternoon to discuss their upcoming awards opportunities. Orakpo, who won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Sunday, is a finalist for the Lombardi Award, which will be announced Wednesday.

Brown a finalist for coach of year
Austin American Statesman
Coach Mack Brown is one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.

In a four-way Heisman race, two Big 12 QBs may have the edge
Dallas Morning News
Heisman Trophy ballots are due Wednesday. Let's say you have a vote. What are you – a Sam Bradford guy? Jumping on the Tim Tebow bandwagon? Set on Colt McCoy?

Other Football

Harrell changes tune, says Leach staying
San Antonio Express News
Texas Tech's Graham Harrell isn't so sure now that coach Mike Leach will be leaving Lubbock. Harrell, who last week said there was a "great chance" Leach would leave the Red Raiders, reversed his opinion Tuesday because his coach didn't fill the vacancy at Washington.

Franchione reportedly on SD State candidates list
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Dennis Franchione, former coach at Texas A&M and TCU, is one of three finalists for the vacant job at San Diego State, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on its website today.

Oklahoma offensive coordinator named top assistant
Dallas Morning News


Texas suffocates Nova, wins 67-58
Burnt Orange Beat
The #6 Texas Longhorns faced another tough task on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic against undefeated and #12 ranked Villanova. The Longhorns answered the bell with their best performance to date winning 67-58 behind 26 points from A.J. Abrams and some inspired play off the bench by Varez Ward and Clint Chapman.

No. 6 Texas beats No. 15 Villanova 67-58
Fort Worth Star Telegram
A.J. Abrams had 26 points and Damion James added 16 to lead No. 6 Texas to a 67-58 victory over No. 15 Villanova on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.


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