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Horns_bullet_mediumESPN's Tim Griffin has the position battles to watch during spring football.

Texas running back: The Longhorns have to develop some kind of running threat to keep from using Colt McCoy too much again as a runner. Without a dominant back, it looks like Mack Brown again will opt for a rotation-by-committee setup. Fozzy Whittaker has impressed coaches with his breakaway burst, but must stay healthy. Vondrell McGee will get his chance, but better learn how to pick up blitzes better. Redshirt freshman Tre' Newton has shown flashes of becoming the next Chris Ogbonnaya because of his receiving abilities. Cody Johnson might be the best move-the-pile runner if he can stay in shape. And all of this is before heralded incoming freshman Chris Whaley arrives this summer.

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TexasSports sat down for a Q&A with Jay Bilas before his visit to Austin.

What have you observed of the Texas program under Rick Barnes? It's really amazing what Rick's done here. I've known him for a long time. He did a great job at Providence, a great job at Clemson, and then when he came here, he took a good program and made it into a great one. They've had incredible consistency at a high level.

 

 

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Once again, Texas Tech head coach Pat Knight has been suspended. Knight was suspended one game for comments regarding the officiating in the Red Raiders' loss to Texas A&M on Saturday.

Kansas rules in Big 12 basketball.

“Kansas’ composure separated the two squads on Monday,” Jason Whitlock writes in the Kansas City Star. “The Jayhawks — Sherron Collins in particular — played like a team that knows how to and expects to win conference championships. They fed off the angry crowd. They avoided any panic when things started poorly. And they rode their hot hands in each half.”

CBSSports Dennis Dodd thinks Kansas may have an asterisk after their title, if they win the conference.

Sam Bradford and Blake Griffin have history.

Whether it was Blake Griffin driving his 1993 gold Ford Explorer or Sam Bradford behind the wheel of a white 1997 Ford Expedition, the carpooling rides to AAU practice at Midwest City High would rarely deviate.

Two high school kids roaring with laughter at the expense of their buddies and Athletes First basketball teammates with one impersonation after another.

"We were always cracking jokes," Griffin recalled.

"We'd rag on people the whole ride," Bradford added. "Everyone."

Patrick Witt's father weighs in on his transfer.

Gene Witt, the player’s father, confirmed Sunday his son is leaving Lincoln in May after finishing the semester. According to sources close to the situation, the sophomore-to-be firmly believed he wouldn’t receive a fair shake in the quarterback competition. Witt feared the coaching staff strongly favored junior-to-be Zac Lee.

Big 12 Hardball has the rankings and numbers from opening week.

Barking Carnival looks at the Big 12 players on SI's top 50 NFL prospects.

The NFL scouts like Stephen McGee.

"Stephen is a very athletic young man who has some problems this year injury-wise that held him back," Houston Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak said. "But he’s got the ability, the athletic ability, the arm, the brain, the competitive nature to play in this league.

"A lot of times you’ll see guys who go through rough spots like that in college, and all of a sudden, they’ll blossom when they get to our level. So it wouldn’t surprise me if he was able to do that. … I think he’s got a chance to be a very good player."

More Aggie combine news. ESPN analysis lists McGee and Mike Goodson as sleepers.

 

 

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The NFL combine: medical tests, drills to measure physical skills and questions.

“I’m loving it,” Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt said at Lucas Oil Stadium. “They all come with their own crazy ideas.” The strangest question, Britt said, was, “If you die, what kind of animal would you like to come back as: a cat or a dog?”

There's an update on the search for UTSA’s first football coach.

Former Miami head coach Larry Coker, Tulsa associated head coach/co-defensive coordinator Paul Randolph and Northwest Missouri head coach Mel Tjeerdsma are the three finalists for the job, UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey announced Monday.

So, you think you want to be a recruiting analyst? It isn't that easy.

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