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Roundup: Big transfer, QB news

8/23/2011

Lots of action across the Big 12 while we took a couple days off before the season. Here's a rundown to get you caught up:

Bears add former blue-chip recruit

Life didn't go as planned for Lache Seastrunk at Oregon. He was buried on the depth chart and became the hinge of a controversy between the program and Willie Lyles.

The Temple, Texas native has transferred and is getting a fresh start at Baylor, 40 miles from his hometown.

"I think Lache is back where he needs to be," Baylor coach Art Briles said, “on Texas soil at Baylor University where he will have the opportunity to get a quality education and play football at the highest level. We’re looking forward to him being a great teammate."

Seastrunk, a 5-foot-9, 188-pound shifty speedster, was ranked as the nation's No. 40 overall prospect in the 2010 class and the No. 6 running back.

Baylor's wide-open, zone-read system is somewhat similar to Oregon's (relatively speaking, on the scale of college football), but we'll see if the new start breeds big results for Seastrunk.

Rumors of Seastrunk's move swirled over the weekend, as did rumors that he would seek immediate eligibility from the NCAA. A Baylor spokesman could not confirm that Seastrunk was seeking clearance from the NCAA to play in 2011.

"I think I have strong, valid reasons why I'm coming home," Seastrunk told 1660 ESPN Radio in Central Texas on Tuesday, citing his need to be there for his grandmother and grandfather, who is battling emphysema.

Asked about his relationship with Will Lyles, Seastrunk said, "He didn't steer me to go to Oregon. It was all the decision on me and my family. We made the decision. I felt comfortable with it. He just gave me insight on a lot of schools and where to go. He didn't tell me where to go. ... I told him my top, he gave me all the goods and the bad about them and we deciphered through them."

New Cy-Hawk trophy gets trashed

The new Cy-Hawk trophy was unveiled at the Iowa State Fair on Friday.

Most everyone, yours truly included, hated it.

Tuesday, officials announced the trophy wouldn't make it to its official debut at the Iowa-Iowa State game on Sept. 10.

"The overwhelming feedback has been negative," Craig Floss, the CEO of the corn growers group, said. "Because we've listened ... people want something different than what was proposed last week. And we as Iowa corn growers and the farmers we represent, we want people to be happy."

An interim trophy will be used for this year's game before a new one is made for the 2012 game.

Fans will be able to suggest a design for its replacement. Good move, but ... an interim trophy? What's so bad about bringing back the original (a bad trophy, no doubt, but not awful) for one last go-around?

Texas Tech formally names Doege starter

It's been obvious for awhile, but Texas Tech officially handed the keys to the offense to junior quarterback Seth Doege. He distanced himself from Jacob Karam during the spring and solidified his spot during the fall.

"Seth Doege, right now, is going to be our starter,” Tuberville told reporters. "Everybody pretty much knows that. That could change, depending on how he practices.

"We pretty much figured he’d be the guy that gets the reins early. But I want to keep the pressure on him and give the other guys a chance to throw their hat in the ring."

Longhorns safety suspended three games

Texas starting safety Christian Scott has been suspended for the first three games of 2011 after being arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge earlier this month.

"We're disappointed any time one of our players makes a poor decision, and Christian understands he made a mistake," Texas coach Mack Brown said in a release. "He has taken responsibility, is accepting the consequences of his actions and has returned to the team. He will be working with the scout team until he is eligible to play."

Scott's suspension could hurt the Longhorns already inexperienced secondary early. BYU comes to Austin in Week 2.

Fiesta Bowl moving to earlier in the year

The Big 12 champion, barring a national title appearance, heads to the Fiesta Bowl each year.

This year, it'll be a bit earlier than previously planned. The Fiesta Bowl is moving from Jan. 5 to Jan. 2.

The Cotton Bowl will remain in its late, primetime spot on Jan. 6.

Top target for Cyclones suffers broken toe

Darius Reynolds turned heads this spring in hopes that his potential was finally becoming production. He might have to hold off a bit.

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound senior suffered a broken toe, and his status for the season opener against Northern Iowa is in doubt.

From the Ames Tribune:

"I should be running around by then,” Reynolds said. "If I am, I hope I’ll be playing."

Reynolds said he’ll be in a boot for about the next two weeks. If that time frame holds, the boot would come off days before the season opener.

Rhoads said they'll test what he can do in conditioning when the boot is off, but the Cyclones will need Reynolds badly for Week 2, when they host in-state rival Iowa.

Reynolds has the most potential in a receivings corps lacking a top talent. Reynolds caught 25 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns last season, but the Cyclones were led by tight end Collin Franklin, who graduated after last season.

I ranked Iowa State's receivers ninth in the conference, but if they're going to climb up that list, they'll need Reynolds to be more than healthy. He'll need to be effective, too.

Kansas QB won't be practicing this fall

The legal issues surrounding Brock Berglund will keep him off the practice field this fall. Berglund is facing an assault charge back in his home state of Colorado.

"He will remain enrolled as a KU student, and plans to resume all team activities in the spring semester," coach Turner Gill announced on Tuesday.

Kansas announced that Jordan Webb will be the team's starting quarterback for the season opener, but Berglund was one of the top signees in the 2011 class. Berglund enrolled at KU in January, but returned home before the team began spring practice.

Sophomore running back DeShaun Sands was also removed from the team for a violation of team policies.

Sands was arrested on Saturday for failure to appear in court in June regarding a misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge in April.