DCTF's 50th Summer magazine on store racks all across Texas.
When you consider how humble its beginnings were, it's amazing Dave Campbell's Texas Football has managed to make it to a Golden Anniversary.
But here we are, celebrating our 50th summer edition magazine -- and in grand style, no less. Colt McCoy, Texas' record-setting quarterback, adorns our cover and sets the tone for a book laden with bold predictions. Texas winning a national championship, TCU breaking into a BCS bowl, Baylor ending a postseason drought and Houston hoisting a conference championship; some people say it’s far-fetched, but we think it's just a perfect storm of extraordinary teams and once-in-a-lifetime talents.
If you have already bought the book and are looking for the expanded playoff brackets we promised, you can find them below. But if you haven't picked up your copy yet, you can find a small taste of the many features and stories 2009's book has to offer. Either way, we hope you enjoy the magazine as much as we did. The past 50 years has gone by fast -- here's to an even brighter future.
-- The DCTF Staff
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ACU gets Sooner
Oklahoma running back Justin Johnson will transfer to Abilene Christian University to this fall, according to a report in the Oklahoman on Friday.
The Oklahoman said Johnson, who played for Gilmer when the Buffaloes beat Wylie in the 2007 high school playoffs, told Tyler radio station KTBB on Thursday that he plans to transfer to ACU. Also Thursday, OU coach Bob Stoops told the Oklahoman during the Sooner Caravan in Dallas that Johnson was leaving the Sooners.
"Right now, we anticipate him transferring, which is fine," Stoops said. "We'll give him a full release and wish him the best.
"Certain guys seek certain things, and he feels that's best for him. We want it for him as well."
ACU coach Chris Thomsen said he couldn't comment on the situation.
ACU now may have a glut at running back. The Wildcats signed Reggie Brown and Cooper's A'mon Pimpton in the spring. Kyle Fox, the LSC freshman of the year at Angelo State in 2005, also transferred to ACU in the spring.
Willie make it?
Coming into training camp, they knew he had the look.
Now, after seeing him in two-a-day practices over 10 days, the Edmonton Eskimos are seeing what's underneath the surface of Willie Thornton.
The rookie receiver has constantly been compared to former Eskimos slotback Kelly Campbell -- even before arriving in Edmonton.
"I haven't talked to him. Never met the guy but I've been compared to him a million times," said Thornton, who is far from being sick of it.
Editorial: Leaves may fall, laws cannot
The Ryan Leaf saga continues as the former NFL quarterback/West Texas A&M assistant football coach and second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft - behind Peyton Manning - faces multiple charges related to allegations of illegally obtaining a controlled substance.
Last week, there were rumblings in Canyon that Leaf faced extradition from Canada - where he is reportedly in a drug rehabilitation program. Leaf was indicted in May for burglary to a habitation, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and delivery of a simulated controlled substance.
The indictment stems from allegations that Leaf broke into an apartment in Canyon in October and stole a painkiller from a WT football player. Leaf resigned as WT quarterbacks coach in November.
Leaf will have to answer these charges, as Randall County District Attorney James Farren has little choice to make sure the law is followed.
Rosato named new ECU head baseball coach
ADA, OK – After guiding Bacone College to a runner-up finish in the NAIA’s Red River Athletic Conference this past spring, Dino Rosato has been named the new head baseball coach at East Central University, it was announced Friday.
Rosato led the Warriors to a 29-20 finish this past season, including a second-place finish to Northwood (Texas) and a 10-5 mark in the RRAC regular season. It was Rosato’s first season as Bacone head coach after serving three years as an assistant at the Muskogee institution.
In his three years as an assistant the Warriors were one of the top teams in the RRAC with an impressive 41-14 record during the 2008 campaign.
“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity. East Central is a class organization and a step up,” said Rosato. “I’m glad to help represent ECU and I know we’ll continue the positive direction that Coach Hurt had on the baseball diamond.”
He replaces Mike Hurt, who stepped down as ECU head coach in May after three seasons.
“I look forward to the challenge at East Central,” Rosato said. “The Lone Star Conference is one of the best leagues in the nation and I look forward to hitting the recruiting trail soon.”
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