Morning Coffee

Around the 40 Acres, briefly: The women's hoops team waxed Texas A&M 64-45 on Sunday behind Tiffany Jackson's 27 points and 14 rebounds. PHF Game Thoughts here.... The #1 ranked men's swimming and diving team easily defeated SMU and #5 Arizona in a weekend tri-meet at the Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center to improve to 7-0 on the season....  The #12 ranked women's swimming and diving team also defeated eighth ranked SMU.... The #12 ranked men's tennis team opened its 2007 season with a 5-2 win over #39 SMU. Not a good weekend for the Ponies.... Men's track and field finished 2nd in team points at the Leonard Hilton Memorial Meet. The women's track team also finished second. Gregory Gazelle star Destinee Hooker won the high jump and auto-qualified for the 2007 national championships.... The Longhorn baseball team, once again a consensus top ten preseason squad, was featured on the History Channel, along with members of the ladies tennis team. Did anyone see the show? We'll kick into baseball coverage here soon....

Two former Longhorns - Nathan Vasher and Cedric Benson - helped push the Bears to a 39-14 win over the Saints and into Super Bowl XV. Benson finished with 60 yards on 24 carries, including a pullaway touchdown, while Nathan Vasher picked off Drew Brees in the fourth quarter. I was pulling hard for my boy Brees and the Saints, but it wasn't to be. Turnovers and a gassed defense finally gave way to a determined and more or less mistake-free Bears team.

Around the Big 12 this weekend, some interesting hoops scores to report. Texas Tech took out Kansas 69-64, Oklahoma beat Baylor by 40 points, Kansas State beat Iowa State on the road by five, and A&M spanked Oklahoma State. Not much movement in the Phog Blog Real Standings, though Kansas State slides comfortably into that fifth slot. Texas gets back into conference play Wednesday with a road tilt at Nebraska.

Just a couple weeks from national signing day, and Texas hosted its last batch of kids this weekend. As usual, PHF is on top of it. I was pleased to see Higgins switch from OSU to Texas. Higgins only got a "two-star" rating from Rivals after his junior year, but garnered significantly more attention from big schools after a monster senior season. Meanwhile, Christian Scott told Orangebloods editors that he really enjoyed his visit to Austin, but wouldn't be making a decision next week. Rivals reports that Mack Brown will head to Dallas to meet Scott's family this week. Looks like the Horns and Sooners will battle this one down to signing day. I'd really be pleased if we come out winning Scott's commitment.

Later today at the site: we'll continue our countdowns of the biggest surprises and disappointments of the 2006 season, and conclude our Enemies Tournament. Voting is officially closed. Results will be revealed later today.

--PB--

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