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An Austin-area rivalry is about to show up at the Red River Showdown

Posted October 13th, 2017

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Austin’s Lake Travis-Westlake rivalry at Red River Showdown

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield may have started it with a comment on Monday, but you knew Westlake and Lake Travis fans were going to get into it this week. Not only is Mayfield (Lake Travis) facing Sam Ehlinger (Westlake) at the Cotton Bowl, but their alma maters are facing each other on Friday. Beat writer Brian Davis focuses his weekly column, Eyes on Texas, on the Austin-area rivalry making an appearance in Dallas.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, 1-2 all-time against the Longhorns, will get his last chance at Texas on Saturday. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

The Big 12, and Texas, no longer facing Bob Stoops

Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls takes a look at what life will be like in the Big 12 minus the former dean of the league. Stoops says he won’t coach again, leaving a bit of a void and depriving college football of a Tom Herman-Stoops war. The former head coach isn’t even sure if he’ll attend Saturday’s game or watch it from the couch. Bohls describes the coach as irreplaceable, edgy and the best coach in Big 12 history.

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On Second Thought: Episode 75

American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden chat with legendary Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops on this edition of On Second Thought. Stoops talks retirement and the Red River Rivalry game, of course. The Statesman duo also talk with Texas beat writers Brian Davis and Danny Davis about the big game Saturday.

Bob Stoops-Mack Brown
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, left, and Texas head coach Mack Brown shake hands at the end their NCAA football game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. Oklahoma won 28-20. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Tracking high school stars committed to play for Texas

Recruiting writer Mike Craven provides a guide for watching Week 7 of high school action involving players committed to UT. Twelve in-state players committed to Texas are in action this week. Craven also has a brief breakdown of the five out-of-state players committed to Texas.

Mohamed Bamba named Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year

He hasn’t played a minute for Texas, but UT freshman Mohamed Bamba is expected to do big things. The Harlem, N.Y. native was named the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year and is also an honorable mention selection for the All-Big 12 team.

Mo Bamba, Texas Basketball
Mohamed Bamba #11 of the boys east team blocks Michael Porter Jr. #1 of the boys west team during the 2017 McDonalds’s All American Game on March 29, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. David Banks/Getty Images

Texas sports notebook

The Texas Longhorns volleyball team took control of the Big 12 with a five-set thriller in Lawrence, Kan. on Wednesday. They remain the only undefeated team in the conference after handing Kansas its first loss. Friday’s notebook also covers Texas baseball players doing their homework and previews the cross country team’s meet.

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