Roundup: Tech trouble, TCU D, commish

March, 12, 2012
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Here's a look at what you missed over the weekend.

Two Tech likely starters land in trouble

Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro and running back Kenny Williams were arrested and now face felony charges of unauthorized use of a credit/debit card, according to the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office.

The pair of 19-year-old sophomores were using a 22-year-old victim's card to purchase alcohol at a bar on Friday.

Adam Young of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal has more details on the case:
Late Friday, the bar’s owner told The Avalanche-Journal Amaro and Williams used a card without their name on it to buy more than $100 in drinks, offered bartenders a “big tip” to use the card and tried to use their status as Red Raider football players to avoid arrest.

Chris Bourne said the pair successfully paid for two rounds of drinks, one about $65 and the other about $40, on the card before employees became suspicious of their unusually large tips from the players as the 2 a.m. bar-closing time approached.

Bourne said Amaro and Williams included a $20 gratuity with each transaction, raising a red flag for the bartenders. Many college students leave about a $2 tip for a transaction.

“They were great tippers, considering they weren’t using their own money,” Bourne said, adding his employees did not make a transaction for the final $20 tip and charge.

Bartenders soon discovered the name on the card did not match Amaro’s or Williams’ IDs.

After the discovery, the players also tried to remind the bar staff that "we play football" and were wearing Tech Under Armour football attire, which surely earns them points in coach Tommy Tuberville's book.

We'll see how this plays out, but even if it's juvenile foolishness, they face serious charges. A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days to two years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Secondary to that issue? Amaro and Williams were likely key cogs in Tech's offense next year. How much does this change that? Will suspensions be handed down? Answers to that probably depend on how the legal process plays out, but regardless, Amaro and Williams already made enough mistakes in the situation to prompt Tuberville to take measures that ensure it doesn't happen again.

Gary Patterson rips his Horned Frogs defense

TCU held a scrimmage on Saturday, and in what's become somewhat of a tradition, Gary Patterson is looking to light a fire under his underachieving defense.

"They ran around us, they ran through us, they threw it over our head," Patterson told reporters after the 30-minute scrimmage. "We'll give up about 50 points a game in the Big 12 if we play like I just saw us play today."

Sounds like a fun game to watch, and a significantly less fun game to watch. Patterson singled out just one player --cornerback Jason Verrett -- as one player who was "playing like we need him to."

Seeing these struggles, it's hard not to wonder what TCU's defense would look like with linebacker Tanner Brock, safety Devin Johnson and defensive lineman D.J. Yendrey, who were all arrested in a recent campus drug sting and are separated from the team until the legal process plays out. It's early in replacing those three, and you'll hear that from a lot of folks if the defense continues to struggle, but the problems are everywhere for TCU.

"They don't say the D-line gave up 20 points today. There's only one group. If they're throwing it that means we didn't get a pass rush. If they're throwing it over our heads... we've got a long way to go. Any [position] you want to talk about we weren't very good at it."

Big 12 getting outside help for commissioner search

The Big 12 has hired Korn/Ferry International to help find a successor for acting commissioner Chuck Neinas, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News.
The hiring of Korn/Ferry points to the Big 12 exploring beyond the normal college sports environment for its next commissioner.
The league has already appointed an in-house search committee, with one representative each from the eight continuing member schools.
Neinas, who has agreed to stay through June 30, will also help the committee in an advisory capacity. Despite public speculation, sources indicated that there is no early front-runner.

Whoever the Big 12 hires, you can be sure it'll be someone with experience in negotiating television contracts. The league's new first-tier TV deal will be renegotiated in 2014, and the Big 12's future hinges on making sure the money it receives being competitive with peers like the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12.


RG3 goes to Washington (probably)

You probably saw it, but the Washington Redskins traded a whole lot to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the No. 2 pick and the right to select Heisman winner Robert Griffin III.
In a predraft blockbuster trade, the St. Louis Rams have agreed in principle to send the second overall pick in this year's draft to the Washington Redskins for three first-round draft picks and a second-round pick.
The trade, first reported by FoxSports.com, cannot be signed off on, turned in and processed until the new league year starts at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, but it is expected to become official then.

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