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TEXAS SAYING NO TO JUCO QB

Don't expect Charlie Strong to bring in a 2014 junior college or graduate transfer at quarterback now that UT's prior insurance plan - USC QB Max Wittek - is no longer an option.

Horns Digest has learned the coaching staff would rather put all its efforts into developing Ash, Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard in 2014.

Make no mistake, Texas has combed the country for a JUCO or graduate transfer quarterback who could make a difference.

They've looked at more than a dozen of them. But they haven't found anyone they feel could make a difference. And the odds of that happening this deep into the recruiting calendar are sliiiiiiim.

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JUST SAY NO TO OPRAH

Michael Sam tells us he wants his story to be all about football and not the fact he's openly gay.

Yet, he has agreed to be the subject of a reality series on the Oprah Winfrey Network - a reality series he got because he's the first openly gay man to enter the NFL.

Sam would have won huge points from the NFL and its collective fan base for just saying no to Oprah.

Perception is often reality in the minds of NFL executives.

And the perception right now is Sam isn't making his story about football. NFL teams hate unnecessary drama. And there are some who believe the Rams took him in the 7th round to curry favor with Missouri alums in the Rams' home state.

Sam better kill it on the football field, because he just gave the Rams a reason to cut him.

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DURANT FINISHES OFF CLIPPERS' COLLAPSE

It looked for 9 minutes like Durantula might not go MVP on the Clippers, who were trying to overcome Chris Paul throwing up all over himself at the end of Game 5, Doc Rivers' $25,000 fine for ripping the refs and all the Donald Sterling drama.

And then Durantula shook off Matt Barnes and shook off the Clippers, finishing with 39 points on 23 shots and grabbed 16 rebounds. He was unstoppable down the stretch and made all 10 of his free throws in a 104-98 series-clinching OKC win.

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THUNDER OVER SPURS?

Now OKC faces the Spurs, a team the Thunder swept during the regular season, in large part, because Thabo Sefolosha does one of the best jobs in the league of guarding Tony Parker.

Parker has been brilliant in the playoffs - easily the team's MVP right now - and his hamstring injury that caused him to leave Game 5 vs. Portland isn't considered serious.

So who you got? (If Parker's healthy, I'll take the Spurs: Too much bench, defense and Poppovich for OKC).

Friday on our radio show (104.9 The Horn), Paul Bessire of PredictionMachine.com gave us the following odds for the final four NBA teams to win it all (spoiler alert Spurs fans … ):

Miami Heat … 37 %

OKC Thunder … 30 %

Spurs … 22 %

Pacers … 11 %

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HORSE PLAY

Bessire also said he thinks Social Inclusion is the horse with the best chance of knocking off Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome in this weekend's Preakness.

Bessire likes California Chrome to win ... as long as this "cough" the horse has doesn't impact his ability to run. (Just rub some Tussin' on it.)

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GRAB THE CRAB FORGET THE TAB

This video doesn't show Jameis Winston being mobbed by FSU fans as he walks out of Publix with a plate full of crab legs.

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VINCE YOUNG TURNS 31 SUNDAY

So what gifts should be given to VY at his birthday party?

(One of our radio listeners said: "Jeff Fisher jumping out of a cake.")

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