Friday Ripped from the Sports Pages

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Texas Longhorn Football

Brown tells all his draft-eligible underclassmen to file for NFL evaluation
Austin American Statesman
This is the first time Brown has directed all his players to do so. He says he won't try and talk anyone into staying.

Brown to investigate all aspects of BCS rankings after tiebreaker
Austin American Statesman
Mack Brown's responsibilities this offseason will go beyond recruiting and working on game plans for 2009. After a BCS-based tiebreaker cost his Longhorns a berth in the Big 12 championship game — and consequently a possible spot in the national title game — Brown said he plans to do a little research into the Bowl Championship Series and the six computer programs used to help determine the BCS rankings.

Texas Longhorns' Jordan Shipley requesting extra year from NCAA
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Texas officials have filed an appeal with the NCAA requesting a sixth season of eligibility for wide receiver Jordan Shipley, who missed the 2004 and '05 seasons because of injuries, coach Mack Brown said Thursday.

Horns put focus on Buckeyes
San Antonio Express News
The Texas Longhorns won't soon forget what happened a couple Sundays ago, when the BCS computers helped push Oklahoma into the conference and BCS title games.

Texas' Brown considers dropping poll vote
Dallas Morning News
Football coach Mack Brown said he will consider not participating in the USA Today coaches poll next season.

Other Football

Recruits who boycott Auburn send message about racist hirings
Dallas Morning News
This issue about the lack of African-Americans coaching Football Bowl Subdivision teams is bigger than Turner Gill. And it's bigger than the dumb decision-makers at Auburn.

Sam Baugh, 94, left indelible mark on football, TCU and the NFL
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Sam Baugh, considered by many as TCU's all-time greatest football player and as one of the best in NFL history, died Wednesday after suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years. He was 94.


Rough tactics can't faze Oklahoma star Blake Griffin
Fort Worth Star Telegram
What exactly Utah's Luka Drca had in mind when he purposely tripped Oklahoma's Blake Griffin as the two ran down court in transition last Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center, we cannot know for sure.

Abrams, Pittman carry Texas to 88-72 win
Burnt Orange Beat
The #5 Texas Longhorns again played a lethargic first half on Tuesday night in Austin before pulling away late for 16-point win, 88-72, over winless Texas Southern. A.J. Abrams again led the way for Texas with 27 points, while junior center Dexter Pittman poured in a career-high 19 points.


Texas falls to Stanford in Final Four
Houston Chronicle
Longhorns lose two-set lead, miss shot at title

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