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Bryant's Past: 'Crackheads in My House'

Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone

How Baylor Covered Up for a Felon

J. Luther & D. Solomon, Texas Monthly

Surrendering Summer to Win in Fall

Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News

Where Dez Bryant was raised, they call it the come-up — that Tupac-twisty climb from starveling to stardom, from rags-to-Rolls-Royce royalty. Bryant, whose first five ye...(full article)

Shawn Watson's one duty when he arrived at Texas in January was exceedingly simple in concept: Get the quarterback room right. As he likes to put it: "When that room is right, the ...(full article)

In early June, Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett was a guest speaker at a luncheon in Fort Worth for the Baylor Sports Network. During his speech, he dropped a bit of long-...(full article)

The Cowboys have rediscovered the ability to compete in the fall. After three consecutive seasons of mediocrity under Jason Garrett, the Cowboys reclaimed their pedestal among th...(full article)

At first glance, Baylor's Art Briles and TCU's Gary Patterson seem to be a study in contrasts. Patterson is a defensive genius; Briles, an offensive guru. Briles quips maxims with ...(full article)

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Hamilton's Power Missing in Playoffs

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Jerry Jones Regrets 2nd-Guessing

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