Headlinin’: Texas greenlights the inevitable Garrett Gilbert sequel

Matt Hinton
May 9, 2011

Making the morning rounds.

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Do they make Longhorn Mylanta? The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls reported Sunday that — as expected — Texas' four-man quarterback competition has already been settled in favor of the incumbent, junior-to-be Garrett Gilbert, per a "source who regularly talks to [Texas] football players." Gilbert was by far the most prominent scapegoat of last year's wholesale collapse as a first-year starter, when he tied for the national "lead" in interceptions and finished as one of the lowest-rated passers in the Big 12. But he's also the only quarterback on the roster who's taken a significant snap in a college game, wasn't clearly outplayed by any of the young challengers in the spring and has a fresh start as an upperclassman with new offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin. [Austin American-Statesman]

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The Graduate. Elsewhere in quarterback uncertainty, embattled South Carolina starter/righteous brah Stephen Garcia walked across the stage Saturday to accept his bachelor's degree in sociology. Technically, with his future as a Gamecock still in serious doubt following his fifth alcohol-related suspension in four years, the degree is also a ticket to a transfer that would allow Garcia to play immediately this fall for anyone who will have him in his final year of eligibility. (See: Former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli's transfer to Ole Miss last year, former Clemson linebacker Brandon Maye's transfer to Mississippi State this spring or current free agent Russell Wilson, who's in search of a new home after leaving N.C. State last month.) The conventional wisdom, however, seems to be that Garcia remains on track to return to Carolina for another SEC title run this fall. [Charleston Post & Courier]

The Rap Sheet. Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum, a regular starter over the last two years, has been suspended indefinitely after an early-morning arrest for drunken driving on Friday — his second DUI since arriving on campus, following a September 2008 arrest in his freshman season. Coach Brady Hoke called the arrest "unacceptable," but said Stonum may return to the team "if he fulfills all of the commitments he has to the legal system and our program." [Detroit News]

Evacuation route. Miami confirmed Saturday that four players — Devont'a Davis, Kevin Nelson, Jamal Reid and linebacker Travis Williams — are transferring from the team, in large part because of concerns for playing time. The exception was Williams, who was on the two-deep throughout the spring but said he felt "targeted" after an April 27 incident in a dorm room (allegedly involving marijuana) that reportedly landed Williams and two other players at least a one-game suspension in the fall. "I didn't being like being targeted as a drug user," Williams said. "They can give me whatever test they want, whenever they want. As far as me being regarded as a drug user, I am not. I wasn't happy here." [Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel] {YSP:MORE}

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes picked up a player over the weekend in 6-foot-5, 220-pound quarterback Ryan Williams, a South Florida native who started every game last year for Memphis … as the trigger man of an attack that finished dead last in Conference USA in total and scoring offense and failed to reach 20 points at point of a 10-game losing streak to close the season. He'll be eligible to play in 2012, almost certainly behind Stephen Morris and fellow transfer Tate Forcier. [Miami Herald]

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Once again, the Prince prevails. Kansas State has reached a settlement with former coach Ron Prince that will pay the coach a one-time lump sum of $1.65 million, exactly half what Prince was reportedly owed according to the secret, extra-long-term contract he negotiated with former athletic director Bob Krause before being fired in 2008. The university inadvertently discovered" the deal during an internal audit in May 2009 and tried to have it declared null and void; from the sounds of the settlement, it settled instead for keeping it out of court. [Kansas City Star, Topeka Capital Journal]

Excuse me, miss, can I get another mojito while I learn my leasson? A verdict from the NCAA is still months away, but Ohio State coach Jim Tressel will begin his penance for self-admitted NCAA violations by attending a five-day compliance seminar in Tampa next month. (To be held, in the words of the Associated Press, "at a resort hotel on the waterfront.") The next phase of Tressel's penance will include a five-game suspension this fall, followed by anxiously waiting for the other shoe to drop. [Associated Press]

Quickly… Alabama defensive lineman Brandon Moore plans to transfer, possibly to a community college. … John Chavis says former Name of the Year champion Barkevious Mingo will end his career as "the premiere pass rusher in the SEC — bar none." … A Miami trustee says, if he were a player, he'd be "more scared" of Al Golden than Randy Shannon. … Ian Williams on the disappointment and embarrassment of being passed over in the draft. … And Ohio State apparel may soon be brought to you by … Jerry Jones?

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