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Written by Trey Scott | 17 February 2011

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Ho-hum. Another Big 12 win, another series sweep, another double-digit win for the Longhorns. I’ve seen a lot of good Texas teams: T.J. Ford’s 2003 squad, LaMarcus Aldridge’s, D.J. Augustin’s the year after Durant – but I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a team this flat-out dominant.

Texas (23-3, 11-0) made a 73-55 win over Oklahoma State (16-9, 4-7) look way too easy. Let’s recap: no comments

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Written by Trey Scott | 16 February 2011

dogus-balbay-preview-1The Longhorns (22-3, 10-0) have a shot at a school record Wednesday night against Oklahoma State (16-8, 4-6). A win will give them 11 straight Big 12 Conference wins, their most ever. Let’s see how they stack up against the Cowboys.

 Three Things to Watch:

1. Can the Longhorns stop their second-half lulls?

This team always seems to jump out to a fast start, but I worry about their play in the second half. Maybe they get somewhat complacent with a big lead, or the intermission cools them off, but the Longhorns never play as well in the second half. no comments

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Written by Shea Harris | 16 February 2011

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Long thought to be one of the most likely early commitment candidates, Mansfield summit DE Hassan Ridgeway made his verbal pledge to the Texas this morning.

The first of the Texas junior days came and went Sunday without a commitment from Ridgeway, but that turned out to be due to confusion on whether he had an official offer. Mack Brown called the Mansfield football offices on Wednesday morning to confirm that he did indeed have an offer, and Ridgeway immediately pounced. no comments

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Written by Shea Harris | 14 February 2011

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Jerry Gray released a statement today to clarify the circumstances on his leaving Texas to become DC of the Tennessee Titans:

"This was the hardest decision I've ever had to make, and I want to thank Coach Brown, DeLoss Dodds and everyone at Texas for all of their support during the process. There's no way I could have ever imagined that two jobs that mean so much to me would come up at the same time. Working for Coach Brown and Texas, and Mike (Munchak) and the Titans are opportunities of a lifetime. At the end of the day, a defensive coordinator's job with Mike and in the NFL was just too much to pass up. no comments

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Written by Shea Harris | 14 February 2011

CurtisRiserDeSoto OL Curtis Riser committed to Texas on Sunday.Texas junior days the past few seasons have resulted in an unprecedented amount of verbal commitments. Last year, for example, resulted in an eye popping  13 commits by the end of the first junior day.  That’s over half a recruiting class locked up almost before the recruiting season begins.

As expected,  there were less commits over the weekend than in past years, with “only” four commitments. These four commitments leave the Longhorns with a total of five commitments for the 2012 class along with QB Connor Brewer. Any fan who follows recruiting closely knew that there appeared to be less locks among the top tier prospects upon receiving offers. The reason for this may be simply due to the new coaching staff not having time to develop relationships with players combined with coming off a 5-7 year. no comments

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Written by Shea Harris | 14 February 2011

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In yet another twist of the Longhorns’ off-season coaching carousel, defensive backs coach Duane Akina has informed Arizona that he is returning to coach at Texas due to “family considerations.”

Sound familiar? That's because he left Texas 28 days ago for Arizona due to “family considerations.”

Who knows what the real reasons behind leaving and returning were. Perhaps he and his family thought returning to Arizona was what they wanted, only to find out that not only was the grass not greener, there was only sand. Frankly I'm not sure it matters.

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Written by Trey Scott | 12 February 2011

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In their closest conference game of the year so far, Texas still managed to win by nine, beating Baylor 69-60.

The Longhorns had nearly a twenty-point lead at halftime, only to see it shrink to three points in the final minutes. Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn did his best LeBron James impersonation, scoring point after point to cut the deficit. Thanks to some timely rebounds and key free throw shooting by Tristan Thompson, Texas held on. But the win points a finger at one ugly flaw: poor free throw shooting.

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Written by Shea Harris | 12 February 2011

jerrygrayWell, at least we finally know.

Reports indicate that recently hired Texas defensive backs coach Jerry Gray has taken the defensive coordinator position with the Tennessee Titans. The story that new Titans’ head coach Mike Munchak coveted Gray for the position hit the newsreels early in the week and it’s been a roller coaster ride since, with reports alternating between him staying and going.

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Written by Shea Harris | 11 February 2011

bellardBellard(right) celebrates after winning the 1966 state championship with San Angelo Central at Memorial Stadium in Austin.

When I saw the news yesterday morning that influential coach Emory Bellard had passed after a fight with Lou Gehrig’s disease, I was immediately saddened.  Upon reflection of his career and accomplishments, most notably the invention of the wishbone offense, I realized that there hasn’t been a football coach who I’ve held in higher regard.

There are quite a few reasons for that. First of all, let’s start with the obvious. Emory Bellard is credited with inventing the wishbone offense while an assistant with Texas in 1968. Let that sink in. The wishbone is one of the most effective offenses in the history of college football. It changed college football for a couple of decades, taking the sport by storm in the 70’s and 80’s as defenses tried to find ways to stop the three-back attack.

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Written by Trey Scott | 10 February 2011

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J'Covan Brown sure delivered last night.

No, not on the court. After a game in which he went 0-5 from the field, Brown found another way to do some damage - Twitter. The sophomore guard took to the social networking site and posted a series of puzzling - and alarming - statements.

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