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Thursday, April 27, 2017

College Football

Bill O’Brien reportedly ‘absolutely loves’ Patrick Mahomes

Now that Tony Romo has traded in his shoulder pads and cleats for a blazer and a microphone, the Houston Texans are all but certain to make an attempt at upgrading their quarterback situation in the NFL Draft. And if one report about how high head coach Bill O’Brien is on Patrick Mahomes is true, the Texans could even think about trading up.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today cited a source on Monday who said O’Brien “absolutely loves” Mahomes.

Mahomes has been a hot name leading up to the draft, and you can understand why. The former Texas Tech star has a big arm, and he threw for more than 5,000 yards and 41 touchdown passes in his junior year last year. Big 12 quarterbacks are known for lighting up the stat sheet at unsustainable rates, but NFL teams obviously feel Mahomes can play at the next level.

The Texans currently have the 25th overall pick in the draft, so they may have to move up if they’re in love with Mahomes. If you want to know how difficult this year’s QB class is to get a read on, just read what Ron Jaworski recently said about the group. While names like Mitch Trubisky and Deshaun Watson have been more popular than Mahomes in recent months, we wouldn’t be shocked to see any of them hear their name called first.

Baker Mayfield is a big Russell Westbrook fan

Baker Mayfield

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield knows a thing or two about Russell Westbrook’s importance to the state.

Mayfield admitted he’s a big fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder guard, even taking a few cues from him.

“I’ve never seen anyone play the way he has. It’s been so much fun to watch,” Mayfield said of Westbrook, via ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “He’s got a rock — or a boulder — on his shoulder. There’s a lot of stuff deep down that gives him that motivation.”

Mayfield dismissed comparisons to Westbrook, but did admit that they shared some of the same mentality.

“I think he genuinely loves competing,” Mayfield said. “I think the reason he never quits is he’s out there enjoying every single bit of it. He’s going to go hard no matter what.

“I think the same way. I’m going to give it my all whenever I step out there because I genuinely enjoy playing the game of football. I’m going to give it my all, no matter what, no matter who’s out there with me.”

Perhaps Mayfield can use Westbrook as an example of the sort of standard he wants to start setting off the field at Oklahoma. Pretty much everyone in the state loves Westbrook. It’s easy to understand why.

Bret Bielema places punter on ‘extreme timeout’ as punishment

Bret Bielema Arkansas

Bret Bielema is so unhappy with his punter that he put the sophomore specialist on “extreme timeout.”

According to SEC Country, sophomore punter Blake Johnson has not been suspended from the Razorbacks football team, but Bielema is not happy with him. The punter was not present for a team scrimmage on Saturday.

“He’s in timeout. He’s in extreme timeout,” Bielema said of Johnson.

So what has Bielema so upset with Johnson?

The player apparently “rolled his ankle in some activities away from football that I’m not very happy about. So I removed him from the program for a little bit.”

Johnson was told to go home to California to take some time away from the program and spend Easter with his family.

Johnson has only been the second-string punter after not living up to expectations upon entering the program. He’s actually getting off lucky with Bielema, as we’ve seen the coach dole out much harsher punishments.

West Virginia governor has been trying to get Marshall football coach fired

Doc Holliday Marshall

Jim Justice has apparently been using his new position as West Virginia governor to try and get a college football coach fired.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Justice, who was elected governor of the state six months ago, has been trying to pressure Marshall to fire head football coach Doc Holliday. Additionally, Justice reportedly has tried to get them to re-hire Bobby Pruett, who coached the Thundering Herd for nine seasons.

Justice met with Marshall’s school president earlier this year about making a change with regard to the program’s football coach. The Gazette-Mail reports that Justice also met with several school board members in late March to talk to them about firing Holliday, as well as the school’s athletic director and president.

Perhaps it will come as no surprise that Pruett is friendly with Justice and appeared in a campaign ad for the governor.

Marshall is entering its eighth season under Holliday. He led the program to three consecutive double-digit win seasons and bowl wins from 2013-2015 before dropping to 3-9 last season. He has gone 53-37 as Marshall’s head coach, including a 4-0 record in bowl games.

Pruett was 79-23 at Marshall and coached the team during its memorable 13-0 season in 1999. That team featured future NFL player Chad Pennington at quarterback, with Byron Leftwich as his backup. Pruett is turning 74 in June.

Ex-Oklahoma CB Parrish Cobb arrested for armed robbery

Oklahoma Sooners

Former Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Parrish Cobb was arrested on Thursday for alleged armed robbery.

Cobb was suspended by the Oklahoma program in January after being arrested for armed robbery in Waco. His accused of committing a similar crime in Norman.

According to a release from Norman Police, Cobb and another man went into an apartment and robbed the victims of cash and drugs on Wednesday night. Cobb was not wearing anything to conceal his identity, so the victims were able to identify him to police. The accomplice allegedly was wearing a mask and gloves, so that person’s identity was concealed.

Video showed two men arriving at the apartment complex in a white Ford Mustang, exiting the vehicle in dark colored hoodies, and coming back five minutes later. Police were able to locate the car Thursday morning and found Cobb, who was taken in for investigation. They also found a BB gun in Cobb’s car. Cobb admitted to police to driving the car and robbing the men of cash, but not drugs.

Cobb has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Cobb, who is 19, originally committed to Baylor but then decided to attend Oklahoma instead after the Bears’ sexual assault scandal. He played in four games last season as a true freshman.

Bob Stoops had this to say about the arrest:

Baker Mayfield criticizes Oklahoma players for off-field conduct

Baker Mayfield

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield isn’t thrilled with how his teammates — and himself — have conducted themselves off the field.

After freshman quarterback Chris Robison was arrested on a public intoxication charge on Sunday, Mayfield was critical of player conduct and absolved the coaches from blame.

“I think people have let it slip a little bit and gotten a little lackadaisical about all the off-the-field stuff,” Mayfield said, via Jake Trotter of ESPN. “I think it can be said that I might have set a bad example first, but we all know there’s a higher standard here — not just being quarterbacks, but at the University of Oklahoma. There’s a tradition here at Oklahoma that compares to no other.

“We’ve got to realize that expectation and those standards and rise up to it and be the ones that everybody looks at in every single situation. We’ve got to be accountable and let everybody know that we have the responsibility and they can look up to us no matter what.”

According to Mayfield, coach Bob Stoops shouldn’t be blamed for the issues.

“They’re not letting anything slip,” Mayfield said of the coaching staff. “That’s not something Coach Stoops or anyone on his staff would ever let anybody let that slip. He’s always done his job well, and we have to do ours. They bring us here for a reason, and we have to rise up to the occasion and do that.”

Mayfield is not absolving himself of blame here, as he has his own rap sheet. We’ll see if his message sticks.

Texas football has urine color charts in bathroom to encourage hydration

Texas Longhorns football

More and more we’re seeing sports teams emphasizing hydration among its players, and they’re all using creative methods for spreading those messages. The Texas Longhorns are even making it a personal matter.

Orange Bloods reporter Anwar Richardson went to the restroom at the athletic center on the Texas campus Tuesday and shared this photo he encountered:

You got that? If your urine isn’t the proper color, then you are a selfish player!

New coach Tom Herman was extremely successful at Houston, so we’re not about to question him if this is part of his formula for success, which it sounds like it is.

Between this and what we saw from the Giants, it’s clear teams are taking their hydration very seriously.

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