Chip Brown looks at how college football coaches can now work with players in the summer ... Rick Barnes on playing hoops in China ... UT baseball in survival mode ... and Texas women's athletic director Chris Plonsky's revealing testimony in the Ed O'Bannon trial ... all in Wednesday's CHIP SHOTS.

FOOTBALL COACHES ABLE TO GET 'EYES ON' WORKOUTS: Division I college football coaches now have the ability to spend roughly 2 hours a week with student-athletes during summer workouts.

Football coaches got "summer accountability" from the NCAA one year after college basketball coaches were given the privilege.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said the change by the NCAA came so suddenly, he had to cancel his travel plans to Brazil for the World Cup.

"Thanks to the NCAA, we get summer accountability now," Holgorsen told me in a radio interview on 104.9 The Horn. "So now we get to work with our kids. If it wasn't for that, I was going to be down there for the World Cup. I had my flights set to go to Rio. It would have been fun.

"Things are changing rapidly, that's for sure. One of the things we pushed for a year ago was to spend more time with our players.

"We spend all this time, money and effort recruiting them, and then, when they get on campus in June, we weren't allowed to work with them. It's a rule that needed to be changed.

"We had a 7 am workout and watched guys run a hill for 45 minutes, which was great fun."

As long as a player is enrolled in classes, football coaches can work with the player for two hours per week.

Charlie Strong has yet to comment on the rule change. ( submitted a request for comment.)

Rick Barnes said "summer accountability" helps provide a head start on developing relationships between coaches and freshmen players before the school year.


AGGIE SLAYER: It's the return of Chad Hollingsworth in Wednesday night's rematch with UC Irvine at the College World Series.

Last time out, Hollingsworth took down Texas A&M in a winner-take-all regional final in Houston. Now, he gets to avenge the Longhorns' CWS-opening loss to the Anteaters.

Starting pitching hasn't been the problem for UT in the NCAA postseason. The question may end up being if Augie Garrido avoids Lukas Schiraldi and/or John Curtiss in relief efforts and instead turns to Morgan Cooper or even Travis Duke in relief (after Duke's save vs Louisville)?

One thing is certain, Texas can't let UCI's Taylor Sparks beat them again. Sparks was moved to the leadoff spot against Texas and cleaned up in Game 1 (going 3-for-4 at the plate and nearly hitting for the cycle and knocking in the game-winning run in a 3-1 UCI victory).


BARNES A 'WORLD TRAVELER': Rick Barnes was part of a Big 12 basketball coaches' summer conference call with reporters Tuesday, so I asked him about Steve Patterson scheduling the 2015-16 hoops season opener vs Washington in China.

"I like it," Barnes said. "I'm a world traveler. If the Big 12 is ever thinking about adding teams, I think we should look in Europe.

"But seriously, it's a chance to see a different part of the world and help our student-athletes grow in a way they probably never imagined."


Myles Turner UPDATE: Incoming 5-star freshman big man Myles Turner has been selected to the Under 18 U.S. national team being coached by Florida's Billy Donovan and training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The U.S. team will be in an eight-team competition June 20-24 in Colorado Springs vs Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Uraguay.

Barnes was asked if he'd rather Turner be on campus bonding with his teammates.

"Every experience Myles has will benefit him - from the McDonald's game to the Under 18 National team," Barnes said.


Jordan Barnett UPDATE: While Myles Turner is in Colorado Springs, the "other" freshman in the 2014 basketball class - SF Jordan Barnett (6-7, 190) of St. Louis (Mo) Christian Brothers - is on campus working out.

Barnett, who had offers from Florida, Michigan State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State, among others, scored 43 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to help Christian Brothers win the Class 5A Missouri State championship game. So, immediately one might think, "This guy can score!"

But Barnes gave a classic freshman scouting report when asked about Barnett:

"Jordan is listening. He's observant. He moves his feet extremely well. He has a chance to be an outstanding defensive player, and then do some other things for us.

"He's versatile. He'll make the adjustment all freshmen make. From last week to this week, he's made a bigger investment as far as a higher level of intensity. He's around more size than he's ever been around. His raw athletic ability - he makes certain things look easy."


PLONSKY/TEXAS ON THE WITNESS STAND: Thanks to the Twitter feed of Steve Berkowitz of USA Today, we all got a glimpse inside the courtroom at the Ed O'Bannon trial in federal court in northern California Tuesday - and the star witness for the NCAA was Texas women's athletic director Chris Plonsky.

The O'Bannon case has become a trial about whether student-athletes should share in revenues from TV and merchandise generated at their schools after years of signing over that right when they signed their letters of intent.

The NCAA called Plonsky as a witness in the trial to show how athletics departments are contributing financially to academics. And also to show athletics and academics are inseparable, thus justifying pay limits to student-athletes (in the form of an anticipated stipend for student-athletes to be voted on by Division I in August).

Plonsky testified UT athletics sent $9 million to the school in 2012-13 for use at president Bill Powers' discretion and that such a payout has happened five years.

Plonsky said Texas athletics operates with $45 million in reserve because the university does not support athletics with school funds or student fees.

Plonsky told the court it would be "incredibly separatist" to allow football and basketball athletes to negotiate group licenses for name and image rights or TV rights.

An expert witness for O'Bannon tried to make the argument Texas didn't properly attribute $17 million to football or men's basketball. But Plonsky said that $17 million was non-sport-specific ticket revenue that came from non-sports events at UT's Erwin Center.

The NCAA provided a slide during Plonsky's testimony that Texas spends an average of $65,665 per athlete per year. Plonsky said those expenses break down in areas of school, travel, food, training and academic support.

When asked about the possibility of football athletes being given the chance to negotiate group licenses for TV, UT would not approve.

Lawyers for O'Bannon argued that only 3 percent of Texas' athletics budget goes to scholarships.

O'Bannon's lawyers also produced a Plonsky email in which she was critical of athletes involved in the lawsuit. In the email, Plonsky is quoted saying the O'Bannon lawsuit is the product of "entitlement attitude" NCAA schools helped create.

According to Berkowitz's USA Today report, in a 2009 email from Plonsky to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe about the O'Bannon lawsuit, she wrote:

"I view these cases as being the result of the entitlement attitude we've created in our revenue sports. We now have threatening (student-athletes) many of whom, based on the grad rates of the 80s and 90s, sucked a whole lot off the athletics pipe and now want to buckle the system at the knees at the expense of today's" student-athletes.

Plonsky testified that men's football and basketball players know what they are signing up for when they sign their letters of intent relinquishing their rights to make money off of their likeness.

The O'Bannon lawyers showed Plonsky failed legislative proposals that would have allowed more use of student-athletes' names and likeness but not greater compensation.

O'Bannon's lawyers also showed evidence of NCAA study groups in 2006-07 getting various requests from CBS, ESPN, Nike and EA Sports for greater use of athletes names and images. They also produced an email from Plonsky to a marketer that they contact Mack Brown to get to Vince Young after Young announced he was going pro.

Mack Brown's $5 million contract was entered into evidence. As was the $4.375 million buyout to hire Charlie Strong. As was the salaries of Charlie Strong's assistant coaches - all of whom earn $250,000 or more. As was Texas' commitment of $450 million to athletics facilities improvements in recent years.

O'Bannon's lawyers even entered into evidence photos of Texas' Godizillatron to show all of the corporate logos displayed during games. Those lawyers also show a "cluster" major for Texas football players, which Plonsky says helps set up student-athletes to be teachers and coaches.

UT's agreement with ESPN for the Longhorn Network also entered into evidence, showing UT will facilitate with ESPN over use of athletes' names, images.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken asked Plonsky if Texas is required to share any surplus of money from athletics with academics by the NCAA or the Big 12. Plonsky said no - that it was an agreement between athletics and the UT president's office alone.

The O'Bannon trial continues Wednesday. NCAA president Mark Emmert is scheduled to testify on Thursday.


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