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Oklahoma assistants reported for texts and pocket-dialing recruits


Oklahoma assistant coaches were reported by the school to the NCAA for a handful of secondary violations involving text messages and improper phone calls dating back to February 2012.

Former tight ends coach Bruce Kittle (fired in February 2013) was reported for sending a congratulatory text to a player that had signed with the Sooners, sending a recruit contact information for another recruit (he intended to send that info to assistant coach Josh Heupel), and pocket-dialing a recruit a day after receiving an impermissible text from the recruit. Pocket-dialing has happened to us all, but when you are an assistant football coach you can never be too careful! Kittle was also reported for a phone call to a recruit who was a junior, although Kittle tried to suggest this was another accidental pocket-dial. The length of the phone call did not help his cause.

Running backs coach Cale Gundy was also reported for congratulatory text messages to a player who signed with Oklahoma. Former defensive line coach Jackie Shipp (also fired February 2013) texted a junior high school player and sent multiple texts to a recruit before that player had submitted his commitment forms to the school. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was reported for returning a phone call and for texting a recruit during the week of an official visit. Linebacker coach Tim Kish was also reported for accidentally sending a holiday greeting to friends and family. The mass text was also sent to a recruit.

The Oklahoman has a full list of Oklahoma’s secondary violations that were self-reported by Oklahoma to the NCAA, along with how the violations were punished. Most included simply prohibiting assistants from initiating phone calls or texts during recruiting periods.

Many of these violations are firly common around college football, and the NCAA certainly is not going to drop a hammer on the Sooners for these offenses.

Auburn dismisses WR D’haquille Williams

at Georgia Dome on September 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The turbulent career of one of the most talented wide receivers in the country, at least at Auburn, has come to an end.

Monday night, Gus Malzahn surprisingly — and not so surprisingly — announced that D’haquille Williams has been dismissed from the football program. No specific reason for the dismissal was given.

“When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences,” Malzahn said in a statement. “I gave D’haquille the chance to prove himself. I am disappointed that it did not work out.”

Williams was suspended from AU’s bowl game against Wisconsin last year because of unspecified violations of team rules. After participating in spring practice, he was suspended for the early part of summer camp before being reinstated in the middle of August.

The senior had played in all four games this season, catching 12 passes for 147 yards. The former total is second on the team, the latter third.

Despite playing in just 10 of 13 games last season — in addition to the suspension, he missed two games with a knee injury — Williams led the Tigers with 45 receptions and five receiving touchdowns. His 730 receiving yards were second on the team.

The media tapped him as a first-team All-SEC preseason selection coming off that season.

USC’s Pat Haden sent UCLA’s Myles Jack a post-injury letter

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03:  USC Athletic Director Pat Haden addresses the audience during the press conference to introduce Andy Enfield as USC's new basketball head coach on April 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Pat Haden may have a growing number of detractors in Southern California, but that hasn’t stopped him from showing a personal touch off the field.

Myles Jack, one of the most talented linebackers in not only the Pac-12 but also the country, sustained a season-ending knee injury in UCLA’s Week 3 win over BYU.  That injury may or may not have ended Jack’s collegiate career as he will be eligible for the 2016 NFL draft.

On his Instagram account Monday, Jack shared a letter of support from one of his admirers, who also happens to be the athletic director of UCLA’s bitter rival USC.

Pat Haden Myles Jack

While it’s not the handwritten variety one Big 12 coach would prefer, it’s still a classy gesture nonetheless on the part of Haden.