Making the morning rounds.
• The Rap Sheet. Marshall wide receiver Troy Evans made a strong, last-minute push over the weekend for the Ellis T. Jones Award, picking up felony charges on four counts of armed robbery and one count of wanton endangerment in connection to a series of on-campus robberies. Evans, a junior college transfer from Oakland, Calif., who was expected to figure prominently in the Thundering Herd's receiving rotation, allegedly demanded the wallets of two male victims at gunpoint, and pointed the gun at a third victim walking on the sidewalk. Later, Evans allegedly struck a fourth man in the head with the gun when the man refused to give up his wallet, and accidentally fired the gun when he slipped in the process of fleeing into some bushes. He was arrested on Tuesday.
Evans is the fifth Herd player arrested since spring practice, following dismissed safeties Donald Brown and Joe Johnson, dismissed linebacker Brian Robinson and running back Tron Martinez, who remains on the team. Evans has been suspended indefinitely. [Huntington Herald-Dispatch]
• You're tearing this league apart. How can we get in on that? No, Texas A&M has not withdrawn from the Big 12, yet. Yes, everyone still expects Texas A&M to withdraw from the Big 12 any day now — including the rest of the Big 12, which has formed a committee to explore replacements when the Aggies finally bolt. The chairman of the committee, Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton, told the Dallas Morning News Tuesday that the committee is looking at expansion in the "broadest context" and will make a recommendation to the conference concerning whether expanding "by one or more members" would be beneficial even if Texas A&M's departure is somehow averted.
In the meantime, Oklahoma continues to work towards starting its own network on the Texas/ESPN model, even as simmering rumors of the Sooners' discontent with the Longhorns are beginning to heat up. "Several sources confirmed the A&M situation has developed some serious strains in the OU-Texas marriage," wrote Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World. "OU, like those who still want to make the Big 12 work, is reportedly fed up with Texas seeing how far it can push the others around with tactics like the Longhorn Network." [Dallas Morning News, Associated Press, Tulsa World]
• Lonesome Cowboys. Two Oklahoma State players, starting safety Johnny Thomas and backup wide receiver Michael Harrison, have been ruled out for the Cowboys' season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, at least, for "unresolved eligibility issues." Thomas started eleven games last year as a sophomore, finishing fourth on the team in tackles with three interceptions — including one returned for a touchdown against Kansas State — but OSU offered no timetable for his or Harrison's return. "We're going to treat this as if those guys were injured and somebody else just needs to step up in their places," said coach Mike Gundy. [Associated Press, The Oklahoman]
• Baus will be Baus. As expected, fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman will make his first start Saturday in Ohio State's opener against mighty Akron, but hyped true freshman Braxton Miller will almost certainly play as the Buckeyes' designated Quarterback of the Future. "Joe would probably take the first snap," said coach Luke Fickell. "Just talking with those guys, talking with the offensive staff, we know we're going to need them both. The whole idea is we want to make sure that we can put them out there in front of 106,000 and see how guys respond." [Associated Press]
Quickly… Hurricane Irene pushes UConn's opener with Fordham back from Thursday to Saturday. … Marshall names a true freshman as starting quarterback. … Hawaii transfer Lewis Walker has been declared immediately eligible to play this fall at Utah. … Top 100 cornerback Tee Shepard, a Notre Dame commitment, has been ruled ineligible for his senior season of high school. … Mark Richt isn't hanging Georgia's season on the Boise State game. … Imagining Rice as the next Boise State. … Alec Baldwin starts down an unfamiliar road after meeting Joe Namath, and he is not going to like where it leads. … It's "Puppyville" in Auburn's secondary. … Jelani Jenkins tweets the entirety of his epic battle with a cockroach in his bathroom. … And this actually has nothing to do with sports, but it still really, really strange.