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No media coverage for you: Mack Brown locking down practices


Texas coach Mack Brown has closed off some practices to the media and fans in previous years, but never all of them.

That’ll change pretty quickly when one of college football’s strongest programs has their first losing season in over a decade.

The Longhorns officially started spring practice yesterday and all drills (for now) will be closed to the public as Brown and his staff — including an overhaul of new assistants — try to pick up the pieces from last year’s 5-7 ordeal.

No cameras. No autographs. But probably some more cursing and yelling.

“We’ve got to start over and we’re rebuilding a foundation at every level: offense, defense, special teams, credibility, strength and conditioning, swagger, body language, chemistry, everything,” Brown told the Associated Press Monday.

“I don’t want our players and our coaches trying to please other people to start practice. We’ve got a lot to do. I don’t want media, I don’t want people in the stands, I don’t want autographs. Nothing right now. This is only about getting better.”

When Texas does take the field April 3 for their spring scrimmage, it will be the  first time fans will get to see their team since a disappointing 24-17 season-ending loss to rival Texas A&M. Brown is hoping for patience and support from those who attend.

“I want the largest crowd at our spring game we’ve ever had,” Brown said. “I want them to see a sharp and organized football team.”

Spring scrimmages highlight the good and the bad, so no one should be expecting perfection, but it will be a first impression in many ways with new coordinators Bryan Harsin and Manny Diaz. And with Brown’s $5.1 million salary, fans are going to want to see some improvement.

Closing practice is not a bad idea; Brown should do whatever he needs to do to right the ship.

It just needs to translate into wins next season.

Badgers losing top TE for 4-8 weeks

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tight end Austin Traylor #46 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a 38 yard reception during the fourth quarter of the college football game against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.

A UW official confirmed to that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa.  As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.

At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers.  At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.

Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.

Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team.  He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.