Fifth Year of Signing Day Coverage

As a team, TheInsiders.com network is celebrating its fifth anniversary of National Signing Day coverage and is doing so in typical fashion ñ passionately, thoroughly and innovatively. And get this: Inside Texas is entering its <i>19th</i> year of providing unique, entertaining and compelling coverage of Longhorn athletics.

People have come to expect nothing less. Inside Texas' moto has long been "hits hard but bleeds Orange all over the page" while TheInsiders.com founder Jim Heckman invented the national college recruiting database with the help of Student Sports, the exclusive operator of the Nike Football Training Camps, in 1998. Heckman eventually parlayed that database, along with contributions from the top recruiting experts and scouts in the country, plus partnerships with FOX and Yahoo!, into the first complete national online sports network.

That network folded under different leadership and its domain was purchased by another, much smaller company, but the original Rivals team, led by Heckman, and including the original world-class engineering group, top executives, core recruiting group, top college team sites and all NFL team sites, as well as FOX and Yahoo, are back as TheInsiders.com and stronger than ever.

Operating on a cash-flow-positive basis, TheInsiders.com team covers its fifth National Signing Day with Scout, a national database that follows players from high school to the professional ranks and still has access to exclusive Nike Camp and Elite 11 Quarterback Camp data. The network is the official provider of recruiting coverage to SportsIllustrated. com and syndicates recruiting and team news to Yahoo!TheInsiders.comís online coverage is supplemented by glossy print magazines, including the National Recruiting Yearbook, which is included free with annual online subscriptions and memorializes the information fans have been following all year.

That information has been served up by the leading experts and scouts in the industry ñ Jamie Newberg (National editor), Greg Biggins (West), David Garvin and Josh Clark (Big 12 / Heartland), Chris Fetters (Northwest), Scott Kennedy (Southeast), Mike Bakas (Big East / Northeast), Chris Pool (Midwest), Max Emfinger (National), Student Sports (operators of Nike Football and Elite 11 camps), Kevin Lustgarten (junior college), Tracy Pierson and Greg Hicks (West Coast basketball) and the nationís most knowledgeable and well-known college basketball scout, Dave Telep. Because of exclusive access to Nike Football and Elite 11 quarterback camps, TheInsiders.com is the only network that offers authentic heights, weights and speeds. TheInsiders.com network is the only network that attends all major basketball tournaments; Telep and Pierson have first-hand knowledge of every top player in the country.

To be a part of all this from Signing Day '03 through Signing Day '04, for less than a quarter per day, sign up now for an InsideTexas.com Total Access Pass (click here for more info). IT's exclusive Longhorn coverage features recruiting updates on an almost daily basis from Stacey Dean, plus Longhorn sports coverage -- football (spring practice is only three weeks away!), basketball and baseball -- from beat writer Bill Frisbie, columnist Bert Hancock and IT owners and UT grads Clendon Ross and Michael Pearle, among others, plus all of the great content highlighted above. With all of UT's sports programs near the top of the national rankings, there's never been a better time to follow the Horns on a day-to-day basis with the most comprehensive coverage on the web: InsideTexas.com!

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