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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Former Texas track and field coach reportedly accused of sexual harassment in lawsuit

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Plus news of an injury ahead of Texas men’s basketball’s foray into the Big 12 Tournament

2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship Photo by Steve Nowland/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

John Rembao, a former track and field assistant coach for the Texas Longhorns, among other programs, has been accused of sexual misconduct, USA Today reports.

From USA Today: “... On Dec. 18, the U.S. Center for SafeSport placed Rembao on a temporary suspension for allegations of misconduct. The nature of the allegations was not revealed by SafeSport.

Three women turned him in: Erin Aldrich, a 2000 Olympian and eight-time all-American in the high jump who was coached by Rembao at Arizona and Texas; Jessica Johnson, a high jumper who was coached by Rembao at Texas and later became a two-time all-American at Arkansas; and Londa Bevins, a middle-distance runner who was coached by Rembao at Texas and later became a seven-time all-American at Arkansas. They all were recruited and coached by him in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

On Wednesday, those women filed a class-action complaint against the NCAA, the NCAA board of governors and Rembao for what they allege were dozens of incidents of sexual harassment and sexual abuse when Rembao recruited and coached them. The women argue the NCAA failed to protect them despite the schools being aware of Rembao’s alleged abuse.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The women are seeking class-action status, punitive damages and the adoption of corrective measures by the NCAA.”

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: 12 big things about Big 12 basketball: At this point, Texas has better NCAA resume than Tech

Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Lined: Which programs are off to faster 2021 recruiting starts than Texas so far?

Dallas Morning News: Bob Bowlsby on playing Big 12 Championship in front of fans despite coronavirus concerns: ‘I wouldn’t be attending if I thought it was unsafe’

Sports Illustrated: Is Shaka Smart coaching for his job at the Big 12 Tournament?

247Sports: The Flagship: Up close with Connor Williams, Shaka on the brink

NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12

  • Texas football has offered two 2021 in-state receivers: three-star receiver Hal Presley out of Mansfield Summit and four-star receiver Katron Jackson out of Royse City. As Burnt Orange Nation noted yesterday, Presley is the 82nd ranked wide receiver nationally, per 247Sports. Jackson is ranked 31st among his position group and 175th overall, according to 247Sports. Presley now holds 22 offers, including offers from the Baylor Bears, the California Bears, the Ole Miss Rebels, and the USC Trojans. On the other side of the coin, Jackson holds a total of 16 offers, with the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Auburn Tigers, the LSU Tigers, and the Ohio State Buckeyes already extending verbal invites. With the offers out to Jackson and Presley, the Longhorn staff has now extended offers to 23 different wide outs across the country.
  • Also noted in a separate blog yesterday was the fact that Texas hosted the nation’s top high school running back, Camar Wheaton out of Garland Lakeview Centennial. From yesterday’s blog: “It’s an important visit for Texas, as the Longhorns are considered one of the top contenders for Wheaton, who made his way to Norman on Monday. Oklahoma currently holds a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction to land Wheaton — it’s the only one currently cast for the 5’11, 190-pounder. LSU and SMU are also heavily in the mix for Wheaton, who holds 27 total offers. Wheaton burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2017 by averaging nearly 13 yards per carry and now has 3,128 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns in his high school career. A consensus five-star prospect, Wheaton is ranked the No. 16 player nationally and the No. 2 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.”
  • Roughly midway through their nine-game homestand, Texas baseball hosts the Abilene Christian Wildcats tonight at 6:30 p.m. Central at UFCU Discher-Falk Field in Austin.

Apparently Texas men’s basketball freshman forward Brock Cunningham is dealing with an injury, 247Sports reports. From 247Sports: “[Cunningham] is being evaluated for injury in Kansas City one day before Texas takes on Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Cunningham rolled his ankle — which apparently ‘swelled up pretty good’ — during warmups Wednesday morning, according to 247Sports College Basketball analyst Kevin Flaherty. “Talking about Brock Cunningham rolling his ankle at today’s practice, Shaka Smart said Texas is evaluating the injury, but added that it ‘swelled up pretty good,’” Flaherty tweeted Wednesday. Cunningham came up big for Texas in several games during the Longhorns five-game win streak, which ended last weekend when Texas fell to Oklahoma State in the regular-season finale. The redshirt freshman has seen the court in 16 games with one start and has averaged 1.8 rebounds for a total of 28 (eight offense, 20 defense) boards this season.”