Roundup: Stoops in trouble, big recruit

January, 14, 2013
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Here's a bit of what you missed over the weekend in the Big 12, excluding Sunday's big news out of Fort Worth.

Stoops draws ire with Johnny Manziel comments

I don't know what you'd necessarily call this. A straight insult? A backhanded compliment? Either way, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops raised eyebrows with a quote near the end of an appearance on an Oklahoma City radio station on Friday.

Transcription courtesy of The Oklahoman:
I’ve never felt as helpless as we were the other night, that’s for sure. You know, anytime you can go for 500 yards against a team like Alabama, what they did to Notre Dame, you don’t need to say anything else. On the road, at Alabama, that guy was phenomenal that night, and he just creates so many problems for your defense, and he knows what those problems are. He understands them very, very well. They’re gonna be tough to deal with. If they can keep him out of jail or keep him eligible, he’s gonna be pretty good. If they can keep him off the Twitter, he might win three or four Heismans. He’ll have that type of ability.”

Hello! Stoops later apologized for the comments through a spokesman, expressing his regret, but it's not a good look. Manziel has a pretty active Twitter account that drew some heat for photos that were posted in the days following the Aggies' win over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, and Manziel was also arrested before the season after presenting a fake ID to police following his alleged involvement in a fight in College Station.

You could call it bulletin board material, but the Aggies and Sooners aren't scheduled to play for the foreseeable future, considering Texas A&M's SEC membership. Stoops' comments were clearly a joke, albeit one in poor taste. It's never good for a coach to joke at the expense of a 20-year-old kid, especially in a public forum. Manziel already responded (kind of) on Twitter, tweeting a post from the blog "Every Day Should Be Saturday" that read "[puts ten bucks on Manziel staying at his current job longer than Mike Stoops]."

Jokes aside, it sounds like both of these guys could use a timeout.

McCoy, Hicks reinstated to Texas' team

Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks have been reinstated and rejoined the Longhorns after being sent home from the Valero Alamo Bowl.

"Obviously when you break team rules there's a certain amount of trust that has been broken, and that will be addressed with further discipline," Brown said in a statement. "That discipline will be handled within the team."

McCoy, a senior quarterback, and Hicks, a junior linebacker, were both suspended from the team the day before the Valero Alamo Bowl for reasons that Brown declined to specify. The suspensions followed a KENS-TV report that two unidentified Texas players were being investigated for sexual assault.

For more on our story, go here.

Sooners, Cowboys chasing top receiver

LaQuon Treadwell spent the weekend in Stillwater, giving Oklahoma State the last word in the chase for the nation's No. 1 receiver and No. 19 on our ESPN 150.

Treadwell has narrowed his top three to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and likely favorite Ole Miss. Treadwell visited Oklahoma back on Dec. 14. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound wideout from Illinoise had this to say to ESPNChicago.com:
"Once I get home this weekend, I will know where I want to go," Treadwell said in a telephone interview while at Oklahoma State. "Just want to be comfortable with the coach. I want it to be some place I can step in and make an impact on the program and help them out.

"I want it to be a place where they treat you as more than just a player. I understand it's a business. It's a business for the coaches and everything. But I want to go with a coach who knows you as a person and not just a player. I want to go somewhere where I could see myself living there and not just as a football player."

Both Oklahoma State and Oklahoma need impact players at receiver, but we'll see where Treadwell elects to go on Thursday.

Texas Tech finds its defensive coordinator

Texas A&M linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt is headed to Lubbock to become Texas Tech's new defensive coordinator under Kliff Kingsbury, according to a report in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Kingsbury, formerly the offensive coordinator at A&M, made Wallerstedt the Red Raiders' fifth defensive coordinator in five seasons.

Before that, Wallerstedt spent four seasons under Troy Calhoun at Air Force.

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