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Darron Thomas says he was asleep in Harris’ car, wasn’t smoking pot


Well, technically it was a rental car, but you get the point.

But a point of emphasis that Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas wanted to make regarding his involvement in a June speeding incident with UO cornerback Cliff Harris was that, well, he was hardly involved at all.

Speaking to the media about the stop for the first time, Thomas says he was stranded in Portland on June 11 and looking for a ride to Eugene so he could catch a flight to ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn. the next day. What Thomas was doing in Portland wasn’t immediately explained.

“I got in the car, and he [Harris] wasn’t the driver or anything like that,” Thomas said. “He was in the car. I went to sleep and woke up with the police there.”

When asked if he had smoked any of the pot the police officer claimed to smell during the incident, Thomas said, “not at all.”

A video of the incident was released earlier this week showing an officer questioning Harris, Thomas and two other passengers for nearly an hour. It got bizarre at times; the officer asked to see Harris’ Pac-10 championship ring during a sobriety test, and when Thomas confirmed his identity, the officer replied “Yes, you are.”

Harris is currently serving an indefinite suspension for the incident. Thomas has yet to be reprimanded publicly by head coach Chip Kelly.

(Big thanks: the Oregonian)

Pair of Boilermakers arrested on weed, alcohol charges

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For the second time in less than a month, two members of the Purdue football program have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

This time around it’s a pair of freshmen, linebacker Wyatt Cook and defensive end Chazmyn Turner, who are in a bit of a predicament, with the Indianapolis Star reporting that both players were arrested over the weekend. Cook was charged with minor consumption of alcohol while Turner was charged with possession of marijuana.

No details of what led to the arrests and charges were made public. The program is aware of the incident, but have not stated what if any punishment either could be facing.

Cook was a three-star member of this year’s recruiting class, Turner a two-star. Neither has played in a game this season.

In the middle of last month, two freshmen cornerbacks, Evyn Cooper and David Rose, were arrested and charged in connection to stolen bicycles. Those two were members of this year’s recruiting class as well.

Report: Texas likely to keep Hooking ‘Em with Nike, not Under Armour

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It is no secret that Under Armour is making a nice serious push in acquiring university apparel deals, but the Texas Longhorns is not one it will be likely to whisk away from The Swoosh. According to one report from the Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas officials broke off a meeting with Under Armour and are now expected to stay with Nike moving forward.

The University of Texas has been a partner with Nike since 2000. The contract between the two gives Nike an exclusive window in which it can match or improve on any offers made to the school from rival companies such as Under Armour or Adidas. It is unknown if Under Armour made a formal offer to Texas or how much such an offer could have been valued. What is pretty much commonly known is the Texas brand is still a nice asset in the athletics apparel business, even if the Longhorns are struggling on the football field. Having Texas wear your gear is still a quality investment, which makes Texas a highly sought-after commodity.

Per the American-Statesman report, Texas is expected to sign what would be the biggest deal currently going in collegiate athletics. Considering the handsome deal recently signed between Nike and Michigan, that would mean Texas would be looking forward to more than $169 million from Nike. Michigan signed a 15-year contract valued at $169 million, which will bring an end to its current relationship with Adidas in 2016. As part of the deal, Michigan will become the first football program to wear the Jordan brand logo on its football uniforms. Could Texas be the next? For now that is just something to ponder.

Nike recently lost partners at Arizona State and Miami. Last year Notre Dame began a new partnership with Under Armour, signing a $90 million contract.