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Jacqueline, Jackson Jeffcoat the Red River version of a house divided

Oklahoman Modified: October 1, 2010 at 12:11 am •  Published: October 1, 2010
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He's tough. He's very mature,” said Texas coach Mack Brown. "You can see the influence of his dad from the NFL. And his mom was a good athlete as well. He's been around football his whole life. We've been really amazed by how hard he's played and consistently well he's played."

OU center Ben Habern won't go head-to-head with Jeffcoat on Saturday but when informed of the Jeffcoats' unique situation, he was asked what he would do.

"I would be calling her every day talking trash," Habern said, smiling. "It would be in good fun, nothing mean or hateful. I have a lot of friends that are Texas fans. Even my coach in high school always tells me, 'I'll root for you to grade out at 100 percent, but I want the Longhorns to win.'”

There have been "in good fun" moments this week within the OU women's basketball program. Assistant coach Chad Thrailkill has been the most vocal.

"Everybody says stuff to me, (Thrailkill) especially," Jacqueline said. "He told me he's going to throw his horns down and go, 'Boo, Jackson,' but 'Go Jackson, too.'"

Both were stars at Plano West. Regardless of what school he signed with Jackson knew his sister would be his biggest fan.

"It's always family first," Jackson said. "It's always fun to have a little rivalry. But me and my sister aren't rivals. We have a great relationship. We love to hang out. When she plays, I'll be cheering for her. When I play, she'll be cheering for me. That's just how it goes."

Regardless of Saturday's outcome, Jacqueline is looking forward to seeing her brother after the game.

"He's always been my protector," she said. "I've always leaned on that my whole life. Growing up we were really close. We took the same classes, same everything, so it's difficult being at different schools."

Their mother, Tammy, and a few family members plan to attend Saturday's game. It will be Jacqueline's first time to watch a game in the Cotton Bowl.

"We only get four tickets from him, so we couldn't hook everybody up," Jacqueline said. "But everybody's going to be watching. Of course, the most important person...

She pointed to herself.

"... is going to be there."


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