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Headlinin’: Paul Johnson’s definition of ‘cooperation’ is not the same as the NCAA’s

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Making the morning rounds.

I'll show you lack of contrition. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson doesn't wear any gloves when it comes to talking to the media, but if he did, he would have taken them off Tuesday to blast the NCAA for its decision to strip Tech of its 2009 ACC championship over a relatively minor, two-year-old improper benefits case. Though the NCAA was never able to tie ex-Jackets Demaryius Thomas and Morgan Burnett directly to agents, it did find that Thomas accepted a little over $300 worth of clothing from a suspicious source and — more importantly — that the university failed to demonstrate proper contrition or cooperation in the subsequent investigation.

"Their perception of what happened and my perception of what happened wasn't close," said Johnson, who insisted that Tech did cooperate but legitimately disagreed with investigators' conclusions at the time. "[T]hey came in here and talked to seven or eight kids and they didn't find what they were looking for. I've been in this business a long time. You see all the things that are going on in college sports today, and you get slammed for this?" [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Recruiting rankings never die... The Big 12 hasreleased its preseason all-conference team as voted by Midwestern media types, and one name in particular stands out: Kansas State running back Bryce Brown, the once-insanely hyped prospect who washed out of Tennessee after an unremarkable freshman season in 2009. Brown joins fellow running backs Cyrus Gray of Texas A&M (a no-brainer) and Roy Finch of Oklahoma on the first team, despite having yet to set foot on the field as a Wildcat.

To be fair, the pick says more about Big 12 running backs than it does about a bunch of writers' faith in Brown finally fulfilling the hype: Of the conference's top 10 rushers in 2010, only three return in 2011, and two of them — Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez and Texas A&M backup Christine Michael — are essentially ineligible for the role. (Michael is eligible, but figures to play second banana after suffering a season-ending knee injury last year, facilitating Gray's emergence as the full-time star.) So: What can Brown do for you? []

...they multiply. One guy whose presence on any postseason awards teams is looking shakier: Five-star Oklahoma signee Trey Metoyer, who still needs high marks in two classes at Tyler (Texas) Junior College to qualify academically and is likely to miss the start of preseason camp in August either way. "If I get [the grades], I am on my way up there," said Metoyer, easily one of the most celebrated wide receivers in the incoming 2011 class. "Everything is going well. … "With me coming in late, I'm going to go in and try to learn plays right away. But I'm confident I will make it." [The Oklahoman]{YSP:MORE}

Better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone. SEC commissioner Mike Slive thinks big change is a-comin' in the structure and priorities of the NCAA, in two areas in particular: Faster turnaround on investigations and increased value for athletic scholarships. "I think what everyone wants—and this wouldn't necessarily be restricted to coaches—is that when issues arise, that they be handled in a timely way," Slive told the Associated Press. "And that's not always easy when you're dealing with a process that doesn't have subpoena power and power to compel answers to interrogatories. My sense is that what [vice president of enforcement] Julie [Roe Lach] and [NCAA president Mark] Emmert are trying to do is find a way without those resources to reconfigure their staff and how they do things to try to address the question of timeliness." [Associated Press]

Back where he belongs. Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was back in Lubbock Tuesday to promote his new book, "Swing Your Sword," reportedly drawing a crowd of hundreds who subsequently sold out the available copies of the book. Of course, this guy bought like half of them:

If I find out he didn't also get Leach to sign his dreds, I'm going to be very disappointed. [Associated Press]

Quickly… Indiana unveils "traditional" uniforms for the upcoming season. … Southern Miss and BYU announce a two-year home-and-home in 2014-15. … Memphis wants to keep getting bludgeoned by Tennessee. … And the Big Ten Network is still making that paper, son.

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