Making the morning rounds.
• I got shotgun! Oregon coach Chip Kelly bristled in defense of his starting quarterback Tuesday after a Portland television station confirmed that Darron Thomas was riding shotgun in the high-speed traffic stop that landed star cornerback/kick returner Cliff Harris on indefinite suspension earlier this summer — at least the third time Thomas has found himself watching from the passenger seat as a teammate is written up since his arrival at Oregon in 2008. "Darron Thomas is the leader of this football team," Kelly told reporters. "There is absolutely no question about it. He's as good as I've been around."
As a result of the stop, Harris was charged with exceeding the speed limit in excess of 100 MPH and driving with a suspended license. He was not charged with possession of alcohol or a controlled substance, though the officer who made the stop suspected there was weed in the car and asked Harris straight up, "Who's got the marijuana?" Harris' reply: "We smoked it all." [Eugene Register Guard, The Oregonian, KATU News]
• A sad story gets sadder. The family of former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown, a Michigan alum who spent eight seasons in the NFL, said in a statement Tuesday that it believes brain trauma is to blame for a violent outburst last Friday that resulted in a seven-hour standoff with a SWAT team at Brown's suburban Indiana home. Brown is currently being treated in a secure facility for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the torso and will face three felony charges after he's released.
"We believe Corwin is suffering from symptoms similar to those experienced by the late Dave Duerson and were caused by the many notable collisions during Corwin's career in the NFL," the statement said. "For those reasons, Corwin chose to not disclose his symptoms, as he did not want to bring shame to any coach, team, organization or the NFL. We can no longer remain silent and we believe it is important that his former teams, teammates, coaches and the NFL to understand the severity of this situation."
Duerson, a former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears star, committed suicide earlier this year by shooting himself in the chest, after instructing his family to donate his brain for study. [Chicago Sun-Times, Associated Press]
• And here comes Bauserman. Twenty-five-year-old senior Joe Bauserman and true freshman Braxton Miller took the vast majority of snaps Tuesday at Ohio State, fueling speculation that they've cut the four-man race to replace Terrelle Pryor as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback to two. Bauserman reportedly took about 40 percent of the snaps and earned the most praise, but coach Luke Fickell warned reporters not to get ahead of themselves. "That was today, maybe. The biggest thing is we're going to continue to challenge those guys mentally," he said. "We haven't set dates [for naming a starter], but on a daily basis [we'll] move them around and see how they react." [Columbus Dispatch, Eleven Warriors]
I get the feeling if this isn't settled in a few weeks, T. Boone will settle it himself. With pistols at dawn. [The Oklahoman]
• Nice knowing ya. USC's on-again, off-again odyssey with former five-star wide receiver recruit Markeith Ambles may be off for good after Ambles was officially declared academically ineligible for the upcoming season. Coach Lane Kiffin said Ambles' future with the program will be "a group decision," and may decide his scholarship is one the Trojans can no longer afford under the burden of NCAA-mandated restrictions. [Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News]
Elsewhere, Penn State coach Joe Paterno said he "doubts" fifth-year running back Stephfon Green will return from an ongoing suspension. "He's had some problems with me," Paterno said. "I doubt he'll be back. ... I think it's best for him and the team if he steps away for a while." [Harrisburg Patriot-News]
Quickly… A former Oklahoma quarterback has eaten his way onto the offensive line. … A former Michigan signee transfers to Oklahoma. … Alabama appears to have a new third-string quarterback. … Auburn hands out scholarships to eight walk-ons. … Mike Hart takes a "grunt" job under an old mentor at Eastern Michigan. … A beat writer writes a love letter to Starkville. … Barry Switzer calls for a statue to honor the Selmon Brothers at Oklahoma. … ESPN is the last place on earth to find about Miami. … Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr, together again. … And Florida fans are already hard at work perfecting the Muschamp Stare.