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Sunday Morning Roundup

Spring has sprung across Central Texas
Image by Ian Crawford for KUT News
Spring has sprung across Central Texas

"When a Young Man's Fancy..."

We'll start your Sunday with something that will put a spring in your step:  The vernal equinox occurs at 6:21 p.m. today, meaning today is the first day of spring.  High temperatures today will be in the spring-like 80s, though not as warm as the past two days.

SXSW Ends with Celebration, Complaints

The music ends tonight at South-by-Southwest.   If you've missed any of the big acts or performances, you can indulge yourself withKUT's SXSW coverage.

The high point of the music festival came last night, when the Bright Lights Social Hour was named "Band of the Year" in the Austin Chronicle's Austin Music Awards.  Roky Erickson was named "Musician of the Year" at the Saturday night gala.

SXSW's worldwide drawing power, for both artists and attendees, is seen by some as both boon and bane for Austin. reports some of the incidents at the 25th-annual festival that have left a bad taste in the mouths of some locals and some festival-goers.

Longhorns Bouncing...and NCAA Tourneys

The NCAA basketball tournaments have claimed one University of Texas team already, while the other plays today for a chance get closer to the Final Four.

The Longhorn women saw their season come to an end on a late three-point basket, as Marquette beat Texas 68-65 in the opening round of their tournement in Knoxville, Tennessee. UT's Kathleen Nash couldn't get a last-second shot off to close the gap.  The Texas women end the year with a 19-14 record.

UT's men face a stiff task this afternoon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they meet the Pac-10 champion Arizona Wildcats in the third-round of the NCAA men's tourney.  Both teams narrowly escaped defeat on Friday, with Texas squeaking past Oakland, 85-81, and Arizona slipping by Memphis, 77-75.  The winner of today's game earns a spot in the Sweet 16 next weekend in Anaheim, California.


Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.