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Report: Kliff Kingsbury has ‘creative license’ over Texas Tech’s uniforms


Since he’s often mistaken for film heart throb and well-known smooth operator Ryan Gosling, perhaps it makes sense that Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has a clause in his contract that gives him ‘creative license’ over the look and style of the Red Raiders’ uniforms, according to a report on Thursday from the USA Today.

Written into the contract is an agreement allowing Kingsbury “creative license” in the design of the football team’s uniforms, which are supplied by the clothing and apparel company Under Armour. If Kingsbury and Texas Tech’s athletic director – currently Kirby Hocutt – agree on the uniform design, Kingsbury then has “sole discretion” on choosing when his team dons specific uniform combinations.

And the contract’s provisions don’t stop with just creative control for the first-year coach. If, for some reason, his fashion choices go over budget, he has the right to act as his own fundraiser to make up the difference.

“Me having played here and been an alumni here, there’s obviously a lot of connections,” Kingsbury said. “And so I felt like if it wasn’t budgeted, or we went over budget with some of these looks – (if) some of these things got a little pricey – then I want to be able to go to outside sources that we’re connected with and be able to handle that.”

With his impeccably coiffed facial stubble and sophisticated fashion sense, Kingsbury clearly has an eye for threads. You can pretty much be assured that, win or lose, his Red Raiders are going to be looking sharp.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.