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Headlinin’: Former ‘Bama DB accuses current Gator linemen in post-game attack

Matt Hinton
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Making the morning rounds.

Extremely late hit. University of Florida police confirmed Monday that they're investigating a complaint by former Alabama player Reggie Myles, who claims he was attacked by Gator lineman Dominique Easley outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium after Alabama's 38-10 romp on Saturday night. Easley has not been charged, but Myles told the Gainesville Sun he was able to identify Easley via his parents, who he says approached him after the alleged attack — which was unprovoked, according to Myles — to ask for a cell phone their son had dropped. (That is a conversation I would have liked to overhear.) Myles handed it over to police instead. Two eyewitnesses are also expected to provide statements.

After the attack (likely in response to it), Myles was charged himself with public intoxication and criminal mischief, though UPD Sgt. Steve Wilder said he would attempt to "lessen the impact" of those charges considering the circumstances. "The battery, him being battered, is a separate case. The charges against him were entirely based on his disorderly behavior following that, and I understand he was extremely agitated," Wilder told the Sun. "He'd just been hit from behind by an unknown assailant, and was scraped up pretty good. I understand him being upset. Unfortunately, we couldn't get him to calm down." [TideSports.com]

Kumbaya, my ever-enlarging revenue stream, kumbaya. The Big 12's Board of Directors took a strong step Monday toward holding the conference together — for now — by announcing it had agreed to distribute all revenues evenly among all members, effective as soon as each school commits a grant of rights to the conference for Tier I (network) and Tier II (cable) television rights at least six years. (Missouri, they're looking at you.) As of 2009, the difference between the largest share of the pie (Oklahoma) and the smallest (Kansas State) was reportedly around $4 million, and the league had already approved a new plan earlier this year that would significantly close that gap under their latest Tier II deal with Fox. [Big12Sports.com] {YSP:MORE}

'Cane down. Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan is out for the season with an apparent knee injury, possibly ending his college career unless he's able to obtain a medical hardship waiver to return for a fifth season next year. Buchanan has 16 career starts, including the first four games this year for a defense that currently ranks dead last in the ACC against the run. "[I'm] heartbroken for him," said coach Al Golden. "He's done everything we've asked him to do." [Miami Herald]

The folly of Ute. Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn is expected to miss the next two or three weeks with a shoulder injury, forcing the Utes to turn to junior Jon Hays, a walk-on who joined the team after Division II Nebraska-Omaha folded its football program earlier this year. Hays came on Saturday during the second half of the Utes' 31-14 loss to Washington, completing 10 of 16 passes with one interception and one touchdown — a garbage-time score to cap a 72-yard drive with seven seconds on the clock. [Salt Lake Tribune]

In more optimistic quarterback injury news, Northwestern's Dan Persa expects to start Saturday against Michigan, and Florida State's E.J. Manuel appeared to be back at full speed during Monday's practice. [Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel]

Quickly… . The NCAA reinstates Boise State's best wide receiver. … Oklahoma reinstates its third-best wide receiver. … Northwestern running back Mike Trumpy is out for the year with a torn ACL. … Oklahoma is more than familiar with Texas' new offensive coordinator. … Michael Oher explains his Ole Miss snub. … Lane Kiffin can't emulate Pete Carroll's bye week routine at USC, because it's already the permanent routine. … Georgia is looking for another freshman to step up. … Tyrann Mathieu gets his own t-shirt. … This column could have been written on literally any day in the last 80 years. ... And based on the Idaho Statesman's comments section, at least a few Boise State fans are beginning to wonder whether Chris Petersen is the man to get the Broncos over the top.

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