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Headlinin’: Eyes of Texas A&M are still on the Longhorn Network

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Making the morning rounds.

You didn't think we were going to make this easy, did you? Continuing its ongoing vigilance of the situation, Texas A&M's Board of Regents has added a closed-door session to its regular meeting on Thursday to discuss the ESPN-backed Longhorn Network. That could mean any number of things, but based on previous statements by athletic director Bill "Irish Temper" Byrne, the focus is most likely to center on whether the network's plan to cover Texas high school sports is a violation of NCAA rules that prohibit universities from publicizing potential recruits — a subject that already has the full attention of power brokers at Texas and ESPN.

For now, A&M is "committed…to making a 10-team Big 12 work," according to the Houston Chronicle, and has no plans to rekindle last summer's flirtations with the SEC. If the prospective windfall from the Longhorn Network puts too much distance between their primary rival and the rest of the conference, however, then the Aggies appear to be keeping their long-term options open. [Houston Chronicle, Louisville Courier-Journal]

Another bites the dust. Georgia running back Carlton Thomas will be suspended for at least one game this fall for an undisclosed violation of team rules, leaving incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell with the job almost literally all to himself from the moment he steps on campus. With Thomas' suspension and the premature departures of Caleb King and Washaun Ealey since spring practice, the Bulldogs will go into the Sept. 3 opener against Boise State with a grand total of three tailbacks on the roster: Crowell, converted linebacker Richard Samuel and redshirt freshman Ken Malcolme. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Rocket con. Former Toledo running back Scooter McDougle pleaded guilty Monday to aiding a point-shaving conspiracy in 2004-05, making him the third ex-Rocket athlete convicted in the probe. Unlike several Toledo basketball players, McDougle isn't accused of altering his performance, but he did admit to accepting more than $5,000 from a Detroit gambler in exchange for "information" on the team. "I needed the cash and the groceries at the time," McDougle, now 26, told a U.S. district judge. "It was a bad mistake." [Associated Press] {YSP:MORE}

Unfortunate son. Dominic Petrino, 23-year-old son of Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, was arrested on multiple counts Monday following an early-morning traffic stop in Indiana, including driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of paraphernalia. An officer said he pulled over the younger Petrino, a former Arkansas quarterback, after reportedly seeing him swerve off the road; a blood test reportedly showed the presence of marijuana and prescription opiates. Petrino was booked and later released Monday on $1,000 cash bond. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]

Happy trails. Meanwhile, the Razorbacks bid an Ozarkan adieu Monday to a pair of redshirt freshmen, defensive linemen Jatashun "Big Tex" Beachum and tight end Denton Simek, for undisclosed reasons, bringing the total attrition in Fayetteville to 10 players since the end of spring practice. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]

Quickly… An incoming South Carolina linebacker is picked up for underage drinking. … Vanderbilt is losing an offensive lineman to Michigan State and a cornerback to UCLA. … Jarvis Jones is still eligible at Georgia, for now. … Jimmy Johnson is living the good life. … ESPN clings to semantic distinction that Bruce Feldman wasn't suspended. … A civilian spends a day at the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp. … Alabama's 2011 media guide will have multiple covers. … And the cover of the SEC media guide takes a subtler approach.

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