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Live updates: Big 12 media days with Texas, Oklahoma

Posted July 22nd, 2014

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Updated 2:30 p.m.

DALLAS – A day ago, Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson openly pondered why the media would select Horned Frog defensive end Devonte Fields as the Big 12 Conference’s defensive player of the year. He pointed out that Fields didn’t even play a season ago. (He played three games).

On Tuesday, Fields was suspended after a former girlfriend reported that Fields assaulted her.

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From the Associated Press:

“TCU has suspended defensive end Devonte Fields pending results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun.

Officers reported that 20-year-old Haley Brown’s right check was swollen and she had a cut under her eye when they arrived at a Fort Worth home early Sunday.

Police on Tuesday said that no charges have been filed and Fields, the Big 12’s preseason defensive player of the year, has not been arrested.

An emailed statement from TCU says the school doesn’t tolerate harassment or misconduct by a student and that the allegations against Fields will be go through an internal discipline process.

Brown told police that she and Fields dated for two years and broke up June 1.”

EARLIER:

Updated, 12:08 p.m. DALLAS — If any Texas players doubt that coach Charlie Strong means business, then here’s more proof: Strong has banned at least four players from team activities inside the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center this summer.

Strong was candid about discussing why players would be banned from Moncrief, but he would not say which players he was referring to. And a source told the American-Statesman that all players who have been banned previously are expected to be back with the team for August training camp.

“When you’re talking about guys being barred from Moncrief,” Strong told the American-Statesman, “it’s guys that…if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do and you’re constantly going to be a problem, then there’s going to be repercussions and something’s going to be done about it.”

When players are banned, Strong said they have special workouts with strength coach Pat Moorer. Players are also expected to maintain their grades and, if the coaches want, subject themselves to random drug tests and dorm checks.

“When they get banned, they have to work their way back,” Strong said. “Sometimes, if a guy’s been an issue since I’ve been here, he gets held a little longer than anybody else.”

Strong’s tough-love approach seems to have worked on running back Joe Bergeron. He was sent home during spring practice and “banned” from Moncrief. However, Strong constantly talked up Bergeron during the coach’s spring “Comin’ On Strong” bus tour and the senior will be with the team in August.

“You think about Bergeron,” Strong said. “You took spring ball away from him. Joe’s back; he’s done an unbelievable job.”

Strong monitoring investigation: The American-Statesman first reported in June that two UT football players were questioned by campus police after an alleged sexual assault happened in a campus dorm. Strong said he has spoken with the two players involved, and said “If they’re charged, then they’ll be suspended.”

The Statesman has not named the two players involved because they were simply being questioned as part of UTPD’s investigation. Spokeswomen for the campus police department have said the investigation is ongoing.

UT police records show that a sexual assault was reported at 3:43 a.m. on June 21.

“All three individuals involved knew each other, and the two suspects have been cooperating with the investigation,” UT police said initially in its daily report distributed campus wide.

Strong told the Statesman, “The university has rules and we have rules in our program. If you place yourself in that position, and there’s an investigation, we’ll wait for the investigation and make a decision.”

UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.

Bill Snyder knows he has a gem of a player in receiver Tyler Lockett.

Lockett probably is the top receiver and returnman in the league. And he also has incredible K-State athletic links, since both his father and uncle played for the Wildcats.

Snyder said he’s impressed with Lockett’s summer work ethic. He’s making the folks who take care of the facilities work longer hours.

“Tyler won’t let them because he’s out there catching off the jugs machine,” Snyder said. “He’s got all the marbles in the right places.”

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is the early favorite to be the best offensive player in the league, but Lockett could displace him.

Lockett needs only 75 receptions, 838 yards and nine touchdowns to break the career school records held by his father, Kevin.

EARLIER:

Oklahoma is making sure the Sooners won’t be left out of a playoff because of a perceived lack of scheduling strength.

With coach Bob Stoops input, athletic director Joe Castiglione is scheduling some glamour home-and-home series that will cover the Sooners for the next 12 years.

Oklahoma has finished with its series against Florida State and Notre Dame. This year, the Sooners start a home-and-home against Tennessee. Ohio State will come on board for 2016-17. The series keep stacking up with UCLA, Nebraska, LSU and Michigan.

A reporter asked whether the scheduling would open the eyes of the selection committee. He nodded and added: “I think it would open the eyes of the computers as well.

“Our scheduling is intentional. If someone played a tougher schedule, then they should benefit,” he said. “Otherwise, why play?”

EARLIER: Stoops had nice things to say about his new rival, Texas’ Charlie Strong.

He said: “Charlie and I have known each other for a good number of years now being former defensive coordinators together and even our background back at Florida, all of that together we’ve had a chance through the years to get to know each other some.

” I think Charlie’s a great coach. He’s an excellent person. We’ve really enjoyed the times I have been around him. So I gotta be careful. I can’t wish him too much luck, but I know he’ll do a great job and he’s a great coach.”

UPDATE _ Dana Holgorsen believes West Virginia finally has the depth needed to compete in the Big 12.

The Mountaineers coach, entering his third season in the conference and his fourth season as WVU’s coach, said he has 55 players with Big 12 game experience.

“The days of rolling through the Big East and playing in a BCS game are long gone,” he said.

Sub .500 conference records the past two seasons were compromised by WVU not having fresh bodies at the end of games and at the end of seasons, Holgorsen said.

Leadership at quarterback was also an issue, he said. That shouldn’t be an issue in 2014, as Holgorsen likes the intangibles had by Clint Trickett, whom the coach named the starter last month.

*Update 11:20 a.m.

Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads is surrounded by six new assistants in 2014, none more prominent than offensive coordinator Mark Mangino.

Mangino, the former successful coach of Kansas, is tasked with incorporating an offense that is both simpler and faster than those previously employed by the Cyclones. Rhoads, speaking Tuesday at the Big 12 media days in Dallas, hinted that the offense directed by Courtney Messingham was too complicated. ISU ranked near the bottom of the Big 12 in offense in 2013, leading to Messingham’s dismissal.

Presumably with Mangino’s input, Rhoads will announce a starting quarterback by the team’s second scrimmage of fall camp on Aug. 16. Sam Richardson and Grant Rohach both started games under center in 2013.

Rhoads was asked about last year’s controversial loss to Texas and called it “devastating.”

*Update 10 a.m.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, discussed the new postseason format this morning.

Of note is how the committee will determine sites of semifinal games. The biggest consideration will be putting the 1 vs. 4 semifinal at a location closest to the top seed. For example, if LSU is the top seed this year, the committee will place the Tigers at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. If Southern Cal is the top seed, the Trojans will go to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. If Oklahoma is the top seed, who knows?

The inaugural championship game will be played AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Jan. 12.

Unlike in the defunct BCS system, conferences can place more than two teams in major postseason games. Another example: Big 12 champion Texas and Baylor go to the four-team playoff, and Oklahoma earns a bid to the Fiesta Bowl.

*Update 9:30 a.m.*

Walt Anderson, who oversees Big 12 officiating, kicked things off Tuesday by going over all the new rules changes and tweaks for the 2014 season.

Anderson highlighted the biggest change in the targeting penalty. This season, if replay officials determine that no targeting flag should have been called, the team will not be assessed a 15-yard penalty.

Last season, Anderson said there were 823 FBS games and 92 targeting calls were made. Of those calls, 32 were overturned but the team was still assessed the 15-yard walk-off.

Also, Anderson said replay officials can examine which team recovered a fumble anywhere on the field. Previously, only fumbles in the end zone or on the sideline can be reviewed.

Anderson showed the controversial Oklahoma-Oregon onside kick fiasco from 2006. The Sooners recovered the but, but the Pac-12 officiating crew ruled in favor of the Ducks.

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