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Headlinin’: Eyes of the Longhorn Network may be on Texas’ practices, coaches’ meetings, too

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Making the morning rounds.

You seriously talkin' about practice? The first day of the Big 12's media extravaganza in Dallas was dominated by questions about the suddenly controversial Longhorn Network, which even has Texas coach Mack Brown concerned over its potential reach. Specifically: How is he supposed to accommodate the network's requests to film daily practices and sit in on coaches' meetings?

"If somebody pays you $300 million, they're going to ask for some access. And I've been told to give it to them," said Brown, who suggested he may hold two coaches' meetings — one for real, and one for the cameras. "There's no question that if they do some of practice every day and somebody pulls a hamstring that it's going to be there on live TV. They're going to see them pull them off. … We've got to figure out all those things, and I don't think we know yet." [Austin American Statesman]

Compared to his counterparts, Brown was an outspoken critic. Among the other nine Big 12 coaches on hand, only Missouri's Gary Pinkel was feeling feisty enough to stop being polite and start getting real. "It's a lack of common sense there to think that the network, the university network, can show high school games on their network," Pinkel said. "To me, there's no common sense there." [Lawrence Journal World]

I know nothing. North Carolina coach Butch Davis said Monday he takes responsibility "fully and completely" for the tidal wave of alleged NCAA violations dropped on his program's doorstep last month, but praised the university's "cooperative" and "diligent" response and never considered resigning.

"I'm the head football coach," said Davis, who wasn't named at all in any of the nine specific charges in the NCAA's notice of allegations. "And things that happen, anything I can do to make sure these things don't occur again, whether it's from education of the players, whether it's rules and regulations and policies, anything that we can do to make sure that doesn't happen again, that's part of my responsibility. … It's caused a tremendous amount of embarrassment and a tremendous amount of hard times for Carolina alums and fans and stuff, but we're going to get through this." [Charlotte Observer]{YSP:MORE}

Hard luck Pack. N.C. State took a double hit Monday, announcing that top running back Mustafa Greene will miss at least the first month of the season with a lingering foot injury he suffered in the spring, and that sophomore cornerback Jarvis Byrd will miss the entire season with a torn ACL. That's an especially tough break for Byrd, who started three games as a true freshman before going down with a torn ACL in his other knee in 2009, and subsequently sat out last season as a redshirt. [Charlotte Observer]

The Rap Sheet, Part One. Florida safety Matt Elam, a former all-everything recruit expected to move into a full-time starting role this fall as a sophomore, was cited Sunday night for possession of alcohol by a minor. According to a police report, Elam, 19, was spotted with "a plastic cup that contained dark liquid," later determined by sophisticated crime scene analysis to be Hennessy and Coke.

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Elam was also charged as a minor in possession last year for holding a can of Four Loko in a parking lot; he was ordered to a $121 fine. A team spokesman said discipline for the most recent case will be meted out "internally." [Gainesville Sun]

The Rap Sheet, Part Two. Iowa State safety Earl Brooks, 23, was arrested in the wee hours Sunday morning on DUI charges after being observed driving the wrong way on a one-way street. The arrest makes Brooks at least the fourth Cyclone player in police custody this offseason, not including an assistant coach who was picked up for drunk driving in May. [Des Moines Register]

Not in our house. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon hasn't been shy about overturning a tradition or two when he thinks it makes sense, but two things you're not going to see from the Wolverines anytime soon: a) Non-conference road trips to anywhere except Notre Dame ("I don't believe we can or should go on the road for non-conference games when we can put 113,000 people in our stadium") and b) A primetime kickoff against Michigan State. You know, because of the "passion" and "excitement" and "eight hours of steady drinking in the parking lot."

"I don't even know if I want to do that at home," Brandon said. "I think the passion and the excitement of the crowd, to energize that with a night game, may be more than either one of us can handle. I think we'd have to be very careful about that. But we'll see." [Detroit News, Detroit Free Press]

Quickly… Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. … The Big Ten Network is on the air in Nebraska. … Michigan loses a 2011 signee and drops three returning players from the roster as "medical exceptions." … Paul Johnson gets a little testy at ACC media days. … Mack Brown still refuses to guess about his starting quarterback. … Bryan Cox Jr. picks up an offer from Florida. … Mark Dantonio calls Jim Tressel "a tragic hero." … And Georgia sold the final 800 tickets to the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game in two minutes.

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