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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Can't wait to sign to The University of Texas on Wednesday! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HOOKEM&src=hash">#HOOKEM</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SelfieSunday&src=hash">#SelfieSunday</a> <a href="http://t.co/yzwX293gnT">http://t.co/yzwX293gnT</a></p>— Lorenzo Joe (@LoJoe12) <a href="https://twitter.com/LoJoe12/statuses/430093373102649344">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bigger immediate concern for Texas is holding onto the Teuhema bros after their surprise visit to LSU this weekend.</p>— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) <a href="

">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Had taken Auburn, Baylor visits RT <a href="https://twitter.com/jsuchomel">@jsuchomel</a>: DB John Bonney told a <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23UT&src=hash">#UT</a> commit this weekend that he plans on sticking with the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Longhorns&src=hash">#Longhorns</a>.</p>— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) <a href="

">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Do you have any proof to back the assertion that A&M is selling an easier academic experience than the one available at UT?

 

If so id love to hear it.

 

 

Are you guys saying Antoine Wright is a liar?

 

 

 

Former Texas A&M star Antoine Wright ..... [told] Bob Costas on .... HBO's "Costas Now" that he received a better education in high school than in college.

 

"Once I got to college, I kind of let my hair down a little bit," Wright says. "I don't have to write term papers any more — I just have to get a grade now and play basketball."

 

Costas: "Tell me what it was like in these agriculture classes [at A&M]."

 

Wright: "In certain classes you see, you know, a quarterback, me, a running back, and then a farmer. So, it definitely was a little bizarre. But, we're all in poultry science for a reason. We're in this class because we need to get this grade. We're not really trying to learn about chickens."

 

Costas: "You took one course in floral design. What was that like?"

 

Wright: "It's not as easy as it sounds, to be honest with you. But they put me in there with a couple of athletes. You're gonna ask me a question about floral design — I can't answer it because I needed a grade."

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LSU boards think the Teuhema brothers are jumping ship. Granted, that might be good news. TCU boards were saying Joe was jumping ship and Baylor boards were saying Bonney was jumping ship. The Teuhema brothers could be decommitting but until I hear from someone other then the LSU side, I'm not going to say they are for sure gone. Kids are excited wherever they visit, and that's the problem with recruiting services. They often over analyze excitement and what they say on a visit.

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This tweet is from one of Arrion Springs' teammates--

 

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Talking to the coaches yesterday, I think UT will have another one real soon <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HookEm&src=hash">#HookEm</a> <a href="http://t.co/GOF4ZE0Jmr">pic.twitter.com/GOF4ZE0Jmr</a></p>— Rashad La'Fond (@R_LaFond22) <a href="

">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/MikyleChristian">@MikyleChristian</a> no I was just up there looking around</p>— Rashad La'Fond (@R_LaFond22) <a href="

">February 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Do you have any proof to back the assertion that A&M is selling an easier academic experience than the one available at UT?

 

If so id love to hear it.

 

Yes, Johnny Manziel is proof. He just took a full semester or year of nothing but online classes. That is easier and that is a fact. What other proof do you need?

Again, why even argue this? Just see it for what is is and move on.

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Yes, Johnny Manziel is proof. He just took a full semester or year of nothing but online classes. That is easier and that is a fact. What other proof do you need?

Again, why even argue this? Just see it for what is is and move on.

 

And as stated in this thread a couple of horn players did the same. As did bridgewater. As did tajh Boyd.

 

So where's the scorn for them?

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Teuhemas are staying quiet following their LSU visit. Wouldn't be surprised if this gets decided on signing day.</p>— Max Olson (@max_olson) <a href="

">February 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>For what it's worth, I'm told Patrick Vahe did not visit LSU with his cousins. If Teuhemas flip, interested to see what he'd do.</p>— Max Olson (@max_olson) <a href="

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This is an update to my post above ^

About the timing of Poona's announcement.

New time with a link here

Let's pray no one snatches our Poona

 

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Poona Ford announcing at 11:30 a.m. CT Wednesday on the <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNU">@ESPNU</a> Twitter. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SigningDay&src=hash">#SigningDay</a> announcement sched: <a href="http://t.co/CsfWQct8Pa">http://t.co/CsfWQct8Pa</a></p>— Max Olson (@max_olson) <a href="

">February 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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This could turn into a nice perk for us --

 

 

Twitter Exclusive Announcement:

 

At approximately 12:30 p.m. ET on National Signing Day, defensive tackle Poona Ford will make his college commitment via the @ESPNU handle. It is the first time a student athlete will use an ESPN Twitter handle to announce his decision.

 

Following his announcement, the ESPN 300 recruit will be in-studio to talk about his decision.

 

Preceding his commitment to Missouri, Purdue or Texas, Ford will live tweet his Signing Day experience using his personal twitter handle (@PoonaF_2).

 

Fans can track and interact with the Hilton Head, S.C. native by tagging their own tweets with #WhereWillPoonaGo.

 

 

 

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhereWillPoonaGo&src=typd&f=realtime

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And as stated in this thread a couple of horn players did the same. As did bridgewater. As did tajh Boyd.

 

So where's the scorn for them?

 

If an athlete at Texas or Texas A&M were taking a couple of online classes in the course of 4 years I'd think nothing of it. If they were taking entire semesters or years worth of online classes I'd be greatly disappointed and would recognize that not only were we doing the athlete a tremendous disservice but we are intentionally creating a path to graduation that is pretty dubious. I'd certainly see it for what it is.

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Here is a local TV news feature from last night (Fri) on Bonney

 

Sounds pretty good from this

 

He also has something interesting to say about who encouraged him to start taking other visits and when that encouragement occurred.

 

Here is the link also as I cannot tell if the embed is working http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/video?id=9415423

 

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This Bonney story got picked up by CBS

 

Bonney would go on to visit both Auburn and Baylor this month, though he says he's still firmly committed to the Longhorns and new coach Charlie Strong.

 

A few things to keep in mind: first, Brown's the sort of coach who really might simply want the best for the Longhorns' recruiting targets, and without knowing who his replacement might be, maybe he genuinely believed double-checking into other options would best serve them amid the uncertainty. Second, most coaches (though not all) are OK with commitments visiting other schools, since restricting them from doing so can lead to friction and uncertainty. And lastly, though Bonney doesn't seem to have any motivation here to exaggerate or distort what Brown said during his visit, until or unless Brown comments it's also possible that there was some sort of miscommunication or misunderstanding.

 

All that said: given all he had put into the Longhorns program, how richly that program had rewarded him for it, and how closely he remains tied to it and the university it represents, it really doesn't seem like too much to ask -- at all -- for Brown to support that program unconditionally. And that unconditional support probably extends to telling recruits that Texas -- the school, the team, everything --will be the right place for them regardless of who happens to fill his head coaching shoes, right?

 

Texas hasn't had the best of months, recruiting-wise, since Strong and his staff took over. If Brown did indeed tell Bonney and other Longhorns to "look around," well, that's only one minor factor in a long list of reasons Texas might not be thriving on the trail. But should something Mack Brown did ever be an impediment to Texas's recruiting efforts rather than a boost?

 

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24428379/recruit-mack-brown-told-texas-commitments-to-look-around

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That's a whole different story and one that does warrant discussion.

 

Every school in the country is guilty of creating less rigorous and more controllable pathways for athletes.

 

At A&M it might be termed as ag leadership. At UT it might be termed as undeclared and then youth and community studies. Google the term "student athlete clustering"

 

Back to the point, I'm not a big fan of online courses either. But to act like they aren't being used at every school in the country to allow athletes flexibility is just silly. To say that online courses are the reason athletes might be picking A&M over UT reeks of excuse making.

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