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FOOTBALL TEAM RETURNS TO CAMPUS NEXT WEEK
Players have been off since finals wrapped up last week and will start returning to campus this weekend, when the incoming 2016 freshmen will also start to arrive for summer school.
For those asking about K Chris Naggar, he will get a chance to try out in August - along with any other kickers who think they've got the goods.
I think Texas is looking high and low for the answer.
BAYLOR BOARD OF REGENTS VOTED OUT STARR ... NOW WHAT?
The Baylor Board of Regents on Tuesday voted to remove Ken Starr as president and chancellor.
That vote is done.
Starr's departure won't be announced until a settlement is reached.
But I'm told Starr will NOT be attending the Big 12 meetings next week in Dallas on behalf of Baylor.
A petition has been started among alums seeking to keep Starr as president, and there's a #KeepKen hashtag circulating. I'm told Starr has not only retained legal counsel, which he brought to his meeting with the regents and threatened to sue for wrongful termination, but he's also getting public relations assistance as well.
There's speculation that Starr is getting PR assistance from Austin's Vincent Harris, a Baylor grad who is believed to be the genesis of a Keep Ken petition being circulated among BU alums.
I'm told there is almost no chance the board would reconsider its vote and that any concentrated attempt by Starr to complicate things with a PR campaign that makes the board look bad would all but end the possibility of Starr continuing a relationship with the university.
Starr is a tenured law professor at Baylor, but it looks like he will not be taking advantage of that.
I'm told it's looking grim for Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw and for associate dean of student conduct Bethany McCraw.
I'm also told there could be a whistle blower who could come forward with information that could hurt Art Briles' chances of continuing as football coach.
I was told tonight the regents board is not handling things well because of the blowback members are receiving for wanting to get rid of Starr while seeking to keep Art Briles as football coach.
BU board chairman Richard Willis, who is overseeing this charge, is apparently done as chairman at the end of the month. So if Baylor doesn't comment publicly until June 3, there's a good chance Willis will not be the one answering questions for all the board's actions.
I'm told it's a mess and that folks are turning on each other left and right.
WILL JARRETT ALLEN ANNOUNCE AFTER DEAD PERIOD ENDS FRIDAY?
If Allen hasn't announced anything publicly before the current dead period ends at midnight on May 27, then Texas' Shaka Smart might have one more chance to talk to Jarrett and his family about his college choice over the weekend.
Jarrett will be a part of tryouts June 14-18 for the Under 18 U.S. National team being coached by Shaka.
Of course, if Jarrett wants to be a part of the first session of summer school, that starts next week.
And it sounds like Jarrett and his family have gone dark on Texas in the last couple days, which is never a good sign. But in this case, who knows what's a good sign? We've talked about how Jarrett may be delaying his decision because his mom may want him at Texas while his dad may want him at Houston.
His dad, Leonard Allen (6-11) was a star at San Diego State drafted in the third round by the Dallas Mavericks in 1985. Leonard went on to play professionally overseas.
Here's an interesting read about Jarrett's father from back in the day:
I do think Texas will have a grad transfer stretch 4 who can shoot 3s added to its 2016 class.
Beyond that, who knows? My source close to Allen who believed it was 70-30 in favor of Texas now has no idea what to expect. Again, nothing is looking good for Texas in this situation right now. But there's been no announcement, either. So who knows?
Again, there's no reason to get upset with Jarrett. He never promised anyone anything. Never committed, then de-committed. Never said he was leaning one way or another. It's just atypical of a hoops recruitment to go this long, so everyone is understandably impatient.
But I'm told Jarrett's delay hasn't cost Texas any players.
If Jarrett picks Houston, it will undoubtedly hurt Texas' chances of making the NCAA tourney next season. And no 6-11 prospect is going to walk through the door and into Texas' 2016 class.
Texas would have freshman James Banks and senior Shaq Cleare in the post and would probably have to rely on a four-guard lineup reminiscent of Villanova's team that had Kyle Lowry and Randy Foye.
Got a question this week about facilities.
As I reported two weeks ago in HD ONLY, UT's tennis facility is 6 months behind schedule and will NOT be able to host the Big 12 Championship next spring as planned.
And UT officials have not settled on a site for the new basketball arena (and still believe they have 2 to 3 years before construction will need to begin - even though Dell and Seton folks tied to the medical school say construction is way AHEAD of schedule.
I do think it's a near-certainty the new arena will be on campus - not downtown. Shaka Smart would like the new arena on campus.
Alcalde has a little story about one of the most likely locations for the new hoops arena (which HD was the first to report on during the Steve Patterson era - just south of Mike A. Myers Stadium).
And there are no plans currently to begin work on the south end of DKR before late 2017 or early 2018.
SPEAKING OF SHAKA SMART ...
I'm hearing there may be a contract extension in the works already.
Smart signed what is essentially a 7-year deal averaging more than $3 million per year (6 years plus an option year).
I've been told UT brass "knows" Shaka is a top coach and "hopes" Charlie Strong is one.
I was surprised to hear of the talk about a possible extension for Smart, considering the length of his initial deal. But sources confirm that Smart's name did come up in the Houston Rockets' coaching search and that Smart's most likely next step in coaching would be the NBA rather than another college job.
Anyway, keep an eye on that.
SPEAKING OF COACHING CONTRACTS - AUGIE GARRIDO ...
Had several conversations this week about Augie's future, and I'm told there is an influential group that is going to put pressure on school president Greg Fenves and AD Mike Perrin to terminate Garrido's contract (pay the $300,000 buyout) and move on.
And that group might have the muscle to succeed.
Keep an eye on Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan to be among the candidates.
I'm told O'Sullivan would be receptive to talking to Texas when the time is right.