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Montee Ball addresses his assault

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As was noted over the weekend, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball will resume practicing with his team today, though he will not be ready for contact for about another week.

He also resumed speaking with media on Sunday — his first time doing so since he was the victim of an “unprovoked assault” earlier this month, the unprovoked part of which is being investigated by Madison police.

You can watch the video of Ball’s interview with the media HERE, but Ball doesn’t provide a lot of information due to the ongoing investigation of the incident.

“I went out with a few friends. We weren’t getting rowdy or anything,” Ball said. “I was heading right back to my place a block away and I was attacked. That’s all I remember.

“It was a last-minute decision to go out.”

The police report states that Ball was present at the location of a fight in the days leading up to his attack, though it’s not believed Ball was directly involved with the fight. However, a witness to Ball’s attack said he heard something along the lines of “one down, nine to go” by one of the assailants, possibly in reference to other UW football players.

Ball stands by the statement that he has no idea who attacked him or why. Still, he felt the need to apologize to his teammates on Friday.

“I felt that as a leader and captain for this team, I felt like I had to get up there and say something to them,” Ball admitted. “[The attack] shows me how much I do live in a fishbowl, and how much of a microscope I’m under.”

Indeed, it’s the second time Ball’s name has come up in the headlines this offseason. He was also ticketed by police for trespassing back in May during a block party. But Ball says those two incidents don’t define him.

“People who know me know how I am.”

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.