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Bevo's Daily Roundup - April 16, 2009




John Chiles deserves more attention from coaches this season.

The thing that intrigued me — and probably several fans — the most about attending the Orange-White Scrimmage this year was the allure of seeing John Chiles, Texas’ quarterback turned new and improved wide receiver, in action.

There was much excitement and anticipation surrounding Chiles’ name when everyone first heard that he was coming to play for Texas two years ago. While those who thought he would be the next Vince Young were probably overly optimistic, there was reason to believe he’d be something special.

There are a lot of misconceptions about college athletes.

“Sometimes I try not to wear burnt orange around campus because I want to hide my identity a little to mingle with people that aren’t athletes,” said Eddie Jones, football player and education junior. “I think they notice and they judge us for being athletes.”

Damion James will declare himself eligible for the NBA draft.





We will see a lot more of Stephen McGee in the future . On Sundays.

"If you were to ask Stephen if there was a time he didn’t think he would be an NFL player, he’d say, 'You’re stupid,’ " his father, Rodney McGee, said with a hearty laugh. "He knew that from the fifth grade."

Fully healthy, McGee performed impressively at the NFL Scouting Combine and at the East-West Shrine all-star game. Suddenly, the option quarterback who isn’t is in the discussion as a third-round pick, possibly as the fourth or fifth quarterback selected, in the April 25-26 NFL Draft.

"He’ll be one of these guys two years from now, three years from now," said Gil Brandt, the former Dallas Cowboys player personnel director and esteemed personnel guru, "where people will say, 'Ooh, how’d they get that guy on the second day of the draft?’ "

Wonder who will win this year... In case you need something to do on Saturday, the Aggies will have their annual spring game at Kyle Field. They even created a web site for the occasion.

The Aggies have a marketing department? Texas A&M is trying to sell themselves to prospective students.

"We've got to set ourselves apart," she said. "As you know, the competition for top students is getting harder."






Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, right, signs autographs following the annual Oklahoma spring football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Sam Bradford is a true hero.

Know your enemy... The Sooner freshmen linebackers are making a statement.

Jaydan Bird wrapped up running back Justin Johnson, dragged him to the sideline and tossed him into the kicking net.

The play drew a personal foul and an earful from coach Bob Stoops.

But it also personified the tenacious and unrelenting performances of true freshman linebackers Bird, Ronnell Lewis and Tom Wort during Saturday's Red-White Spring Game.

And for that matter, the entire spring.

Norman police officers really need something to fill their time. OU tight end Jermaine Gresham was arrested because of a failure to pay a seat belt citation.




T. Boone Pickens is busy saving our nation's energy, Oklahoma State athletics and now the College Football Hall of Fame.

There is no end in sight for Jackie Sherrill's lawsuit against the NCAA.

Sherrill's original complaint, since amended twice, alleges 18 counts of wrongdoing. Though the suit originally asked for $10 million in damages, such a request has been removed and is now open-ended.

Dr. Saturday thinks Sherill has the Midas touch. And not in a good way.

CBSSports' Gary Parrish has a guide to the college basketball coaching carousel.