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July 23, 2013

Lots of team nuggets, Bowlsby, playoff, more ...

1. I hear Mack Brown will meet with suspended receiver Cayleb Jones sometime in the next 10 days to determine if Jones should continue as a member of the Longhorns' football team.

If Brown likes what he hears and feels there has been a change in attitude, Jones (suspended for punching Texas tennis player Joey Swaysland) will be reinstated to the team beginning Aug. 4, when the team reports to school for fall camp.

If not, Jones could be headed in a new direction.


2. Freshman guard Rami Hammad has been fasting in observance of Ramadan, which runs from Monday, July 8, until Wednesday, Aug. 7 and calls for those of Muslim faith to abstain from food, drink and other physical needs during daylight hours.

Hammad does not eat or drink anything (even water) from sun up until sun down. But so far Hammad seems to be handling it well and hasn't lost a noticeable amount of weight during summer workouts.

But there are still two weeks to go. Hammad's fasting will end after the team's third practice of fall camp (practices start on Aug. 5).


3. The hip injuries suffered by CB Quandre Diggs, S Josh Turner and WR Jaxon Shipley are not expected to keep any of them out of the lineup for the first game of the season.

But Diggs' and Turner's injuries may take a little more time to recover from than Shipley's, which will affect the way Diggs and Turner practice at the start of fall camp.


4. All indications continue to be that Case McCoy will report with the team on Aug. 4 after spending 10 weeks in Peru this summer on a mission trip.

One of the big questions is if McCoy was able to maintain his weight while working in third-world conditions.


5. Mike Davis had hernia surgery about 10 days ago.

His recovery will affect the way he practices early in camp. But Davis is expected to be ready for the opener Aug. 31 against New Mexico State.


6. With Davis and Shipley missing time, WR Kendall Sanders continues to get high praise for his work this summer.

He has also gone out of his way to help some of the young WRs such as Montrel Meander, Jake Oliver and Jacorey Warrick.

Sanders appears to be doing everything he can to make up for his DWI arrest in April in College Station, which will result in a one-game suspension for him to start the season.


7. There is no doubt Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby's attack on the NCAA Monday at Big 12 Media Days was a designed strike in coordination with the other BCS conference commissioners, such as John Swofford of the ACC and Mike Slive of the SEC.

Bowlsby said the commissioners met in April and reached "unanimity" in calling for "transformative change" in the NCAA and the way it governs college athletics.

Bowlsby said "secession" by the BCS conferences from the NCAA would be "a last resort," but he wouldn't give a timetable for when the changes in the NCAA need to be made.


8. The 4-year-old Ed O'Bannon lawsuit was originally filed against EA Sports and Collegiate Licensing seeking royalties for student-athletes over the use of their likeness in video games and merchandise.

Now, it has the potential to allow past, current and future student-athletes to claim a share of all revenues generated by college athletics with addition last week of six current athletes as plaintiffs to the suit.

And if you don't think college athletics is taking this lawsuit seriously, think again. The NCAA has already announced it will no longer license with EA Sports for video games. That license will expire in July of 2014, about the time the O'Bannon lawsuit is set to go to trial.


9. Rumblings at Big 12 Media Days indicate the selection committee for the College Football Playoff beginning in 2014 may be made up of current athletic directors, some former football coaches and some retired media members.

There is great concern about how this committee will be structured and how many will be on it and whether strength of schedule will be considered strongly enough.

One suggestion already drawing fire is the desire to change the trophy for the national champion. The American Football Coaches Association wants the crystal football trophy to remain the same. They feel like it's become a symbol of college football.


10. I'm still laughing at Kansas coach Charlie Weis talking Monday about his recruiting pitch to prospective student-athletes:

"Have you looked at that pile of crap out there? If you don't think you can play here (right away), where do you think you can play?"


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