This month’s UT Board of Regents meeting included some interesting news for Texas athletics. Is the end of the Frank Erwin Center coming?
The Texas Longhorns are attempting to catch up with the Joneses in the growing personnel arms race and took a major step in that regard on Tuesday evening when news broke that they had hired former North Texas quarterback Riley Dodge.
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Texas hires Riley Dodge for offensive quality control position
1. Since BYU became an independent for the 2011 season, the questions hanging over the Cougars have been whether athletic director Tom Holmoe would be a) able and b) willing to schedule games worthy of a national independent. Good news: home-and-homes with Virginia (announced Monday), Notre Dame, Texas, and Wisconsin, and a long-term deal with Boise State. Bad news: the Holy War against Utah, played annually since 1946, won’t be played in 2014-15.
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3-point stance: Brigham Young’s indie cred
ESPN RecruitingNation has signing day covered. Follow ESPNU’s coverage, chat with analysts and get breaking news on our Signing Day Live page beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET through 7 p.m. ET. For more on what to expect on signing day, check out the Big 12 conference breakdown . Bold Prediction for the Big 12: Kliff Kingsbury saw a lot of success as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M. He’ll see similar success as head coach at Texas Tech. Baylor Biggest Need: Offensive linemen to protect the talented skill-position players.
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Big 12 recruiting primer
Arizona State’s defensive line, already bolstered by the return of Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Will Sutton, got some more good news Friday with the commitment of Dodge City (Kan.) Community College defensive end Marcus Hardison, the No. 5 player in the ESPN Junior College 100. Hardison, 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, chose the Sun Devils over Kansas State, West Virginia, Washington, South Florida and Auburn, but he also had offers from programs such as Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and TCU.
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Top JC DE commits to Arizona State
Texas’ trip to the Alamo Bowl has taken a very serious turn. From our news story: Texas coach Mack Brown, in a news conference a day before the Valero Alamo Bowl against Oregon State, said Friday that two players have been suspended and sent home for breaking team rules. He did not identify the players or say which rules had been broken. On Friday morning, KENS-TV in San Antonio quoted San Antonio police as saying that two Texas players were being investigated regarding sexual assault allegations.
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Texas suspends two amid reported probe
There are a few cowbells cropping up around Northwestern’s football complex in recent weeks, but no monkeys. The stuffed monkey Northwestern players carried around during last year’s bowl preparation — signifying 63 years of postseason futility — was good for some laughs, some newsprint and some airtime during ESPN’s broadcast of the Meineke Care Care Bowl of Texas. But it didn’t bring any luck in the game, as Northwestern fell to Texas A&M, suffering its ninth consecutive bowl defeat.
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Table set for Wildcats’ bowl breakthrough
There hasn’t been a lot of good news in Texas recruiting recently, but the ‘Horns received some on Tuesday night with the news that Hutchinson CC linebacker De’Vondre Campbell has flipped to Texas from Tennessee.
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De’Vondre Campbell commits to Texas, flipping from Tennessee
This will not come as news to those of you who followed the bowl selection machinations leading up the postseason announcements of Dec. 2. But another report has some more details on how the Capital One Bowl originally wanted to pit Northwestern against Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, until both the SEC and Big Ten intervened. Mike Bianchi writes in the Orlando Sentinel that two members of the Capital One search committee confirmed that the Wildcats-Aggies matchup is the one they wanted.
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Report: Capital One wanted Northwestern