QB Ricardo Young transfers from Hokies to Lobos

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Earlier this month, Frank Beamer announced that quarterback Ricardo Young had decided to transfer from Virginia Tech to an unknown destination.

Two weeks later, that destination is now known.

First reported by KRQE-TV in Albuquerque and later confirmed to the Washington Post, Young is heading westward and will transfer to New Mexico.  Colorado and Kentucky were also reportedly a consideration for a potential landing spot.

Per the standard NCAA transfer rules, Young will have to sit out the 2011 season.  As he took a redshirt his true freshman season last year, Young will have three years of eligibility beginning in 2012.

Young had hoped (eye roll) to battle Logan Thomas for the right to replace Tyrod Taylor (no relation) as the Hokies’ starter, but instead missed most of spring practice with a mid-foot sprain.  Then, he was held out of Tech’s first scrimmage of summer camp due to a groin issue.  As a result, he fell to No. 3 on the depth chart.

And, as a result, he felt the need for a fresh opportunity at playing time elsewhere.

He didn’t want to be the No. 2 guy,” one of Young’s high school assistant coaches, Wayne Johnson, told the Post. “He wanted to be the No. 1 guy. And he showed them. … And the coaching staff said he was good enough to be the No. 1. guy.”

Young was a three-star member of Tech’s 2010 recruiting class and the No. 21 dual-threat quarterback in the country.

Pair of Boilermakers arrested on weed, alcohol charges

SAFED, ISRAEL - MARCH 07: (ISRAEL OUT) A worker touches plants at a cannabis greenhouse at the growing facility of the Tikun Olam company on March 7, 2011 near the northern city of Safed, Israel. In conjunction with Israel's Health Ministry, Tikon Olam are currently distributing cannabis for medicinal purposes to over 1800 people in Israel. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
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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.