Thursday Ripped from the Sports Pages

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Texas Longhorn Football

McCoy should (but probably won't) win the Heisman
Austin American Statesman
Let's first dispel some myths out there. Colt McCoy should not win the Heisman Trophy because of sympathy votes. The only sympathy he deserves is for all those hits he's absorbed. Cheech and Chong didn't take as many hits.

McCoy, Tebow, Bradford make it an all-QB show
Austin American Statesman
It'll be an all quarterback show Saturday night when the Heisman Trophy is presented. Texas' Colt McCoy will join Florida's Tim Tebow and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford as finalists for the award.

Orakpo wins Lombardi Award, Hendricks Award
Austin American Statesman
Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo said he learned of Vince Lombardi by watching ESPN Classic shows about the legendary Green Bay Packers coach.

Touting my own Horn for Heisman
If I have anything to say about it, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy will win the 2008 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City.

Other Football

Texas Tech's Harrell odd man out
Dallas Morning News
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford will represent the Big 12 as Heisman Trophy finalists at Saturday night's announcement in New York, along with Tim Tebow, the Florida quarterback and 2007 Heisman winner.

Texas lawmaker proposing bill to end BCS system
Houston Chronicle
Taking aim at a Bowl Championship Series system he said "consistently misfires," a member of Congress planned to introduce legislation Wednesday that would force college football to adopt a playoff to determine the national champion.

Mississippi State names football coach
Houston Chronicle
Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen will be the new football coach at Mississippi State, moving from the Southeastern Conference champions to one of the league's perennial cellar dwellers.

Graham Harrell's exclusion from Heisman ceremony angers Texas Tech's Mike Leach
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach reacted angrily Wednesday when he heard that Red Raiders quarterback Graham Harrell was not one of the finalists for Saturday's Heisman Trophy presentation in New York.

Basketball

Back in the Big Easy
Houston Chronicle
Hurricane Katrina forced D.J. Augustin out of New Orleans. Wednesday, he returned as a pro

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.

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Austin American-Statesman

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Dallas Morning News

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Houston Chronicle

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