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ESPN officially announces addition of Mack Brown as college football analyst
The job description for the former Texas head football coach is now clear.
In an announcement that has been in the works for weeks, ESPN officially announced the addition of former Texas Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown as an in-studio analyst.
The following tweet accompanied the announcement:
I am excited to join ESPN/ABC this fall to share my passion for CFB with the fans. I look forward to giving a look "behind the scenes"
— Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) July 24, 2014
Brown will also provide analysis on Sportscenter and College Football live in addition to contributing to ESPN.com and ESPN Radio.
However, the main focus will be his work on Saturdays for College Football Countdown on ABC with host John Saunders and Danny Kanell, who is joining the ABC studio for the first time this year. Brown will also provide pre-game, halftime, and post-game commentary for every game on ABC, a portfolio that includes the marquee Saturday night match up.
Beyond the tweet above, Brown also released a statement through ESPN:
I'm so excited and grateful to be joining ESPN's college football coverage team. We've been talking about it for a few months, and I think it's a great opportunity to continue to be an active part of a game I love so much. People who know me know I'm a football junkie, so I'm really looking forward to watching and studying teams, sharing thoughts, and talking football with all of the passionate college football fans across the country each and every week.
The high-profile nature of the gig is indicative of how much on-air talent ESPN believes Brown possesses -- the network also announced the hire of former head coach Butch Davis in the same release on Thursday, but Davis will be working on ESPN2.
And hey, even if Brown doesn't live up to the lofty expectations that will accompany him into the role, he would have to work hard to be as bad as Lou Holtz.
Reports: Texas Longhorns WRs Kendall Sanders, Montreal Meander charged with sexual assault
Almost a month after the initial report, the players have been charged.
The Texas Longhorns will most likely be without junior wide receiver Kendall Sanders and freshman wide receiver Montrel Meander for an extended period of time after both were charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony, according to the Austin American-Statesman and Horns247.
Bail has been set at $75,000 for those charges, while Sanders has an additional bail of $20,000 for a charge of unwanted photography. According to the Statesman, the players have not yet been arrested after the charges came down on Thursday morning.
It's not the first time that Sanders has run afoul of the law, as he was suspended for the 2013 season opener against New Mexico State after he was charged with a DWI in College Station.
The school later announced suspensions for the players:
Texas WRs Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander suspended indefinitely from football team after second-degree felony sexual assault charges.
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) July 24, 2014
And the statement from Strong:
Charlie Strong's statement on suspension for Sanders and Meander pic.twitter.com/IcdFxLjq6A
— ESPN Texas (@ESPNTexas) July 24, 2014
The Statesman initially reported the investigation into the incident, but did not name the players because they had not yet been charged.
Here are the details:
The alleged victim told police she came back from Sixth Street and agreed to engage consensual sex with Menader, according to court documents. Then, Sanders knocked on the door and was allowed in by Meander.
Sanders began taking off his clothes while Mender went into the bathroom, and the alleged victim said she did not want to have sex with him, the court documents state. Sanders got in bed anyway and forced himself on the alleged victim.
"Sanders told the victim she would like it and that it is going to feel good," the affidavit states. The documents go into graphic detail how Sanders had sex with the alleged victim, which included vagial and anal intercouse.
At some point, Meander came back into the room and the two players "forcibly penetrated the victim" together. At that point, the alleged victim said she no longer wanted to have sex with Meander.
The charges are the second such incident Texas players have faced in the last year and a half after linebacker Jordan Hicks and former quarterback Case McCoy were investigated but not charged before the 2012 Alamo Bowl against Oregon State in San Antonio after bringing a woman back to their hotel room.
In terms of on-field impact, Sanders was expected to step into a larger role in the Texas offense this season following the departure of Mike Davis as one of the potential big-play threats on the team. He caught 37 balls for 361 yards and one touchdown last season, but had one of the lowest per-catch averages for a wide receiver in the conference.
Meander, meanwhile, wasn't expected to play a large role, but did flash in the spring game with a twisting catch down the sidelines from Miles Onyegbule and was expected to eventually develop into a credible deep threat.
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