COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury left the team to focus on what coach Kevin Sumlin called “personal issues.”
Stansbury, a junior from Franklin, had been a starter on last season’s Aggies’ defensive front, playing in 10 games and recording 47 tackles and three sacks. Sumlin did not elaborate the personal matters Stansbury was addressing.
In April, Stansbury was arrested and charged in Harris County with misdemeanor assault after a Rice student accused him of pouring beer on the student’s head and punching him in the face. Stansbury’s attorney has said the charge is a case of mistaken identity.
Sumlin also confirmed that freshman defensive back Victor Davis was suspended from the team after his recent arrest on a shoplifting charge.
Bowlsby: Change coming to college sports is dramatic
DALLAS — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes college sports the way they are now.
“You’re going to hate it going forward,” he said. “There’s a lot of change coming.”
During his opening address at Big 12 football media days, Bowlsby talked about growing financial constraints athletic programs face going forward and the “strange environment” that exists with class-action lawsuits against the NCAA.
Bowlsby said he’s doesn’t think there is a real understanding of how much lawsuits — which he numbered as seven and “growing all the time” — could radically alter things.
“I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you’ll see men’s Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike,” he said. “I think there may be tension among and between sports on campus and institutions that have different resources.”
Bowlsby expressed concern about fewer opportunities for some athletes to go college.
“I fear that we will get past the change and then we’ll realize that all the gymnastics programs went away, or that we have agents on campus all the time negotiating playing time for student-athletes,” he said. “There’s all kind of Armageddon scenarios you could come up with. ... You wouldn’t have to be a very good fiction writer to come up with some scenarios that would be pretty scary.”
Florida State, Miami are the favorites in the ACC
Defending national champion Florida State and Miami are the favorites to win their ACC divisions.
The league announced its predicted order of finish Monday. The Seminoles were picked as the league champions by 104 media members and received 109 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division.
The Coastal Division was muddier, with four teams separated by 44 points. Miami had 614 points to 597 for defending champion Duke, 571 for Virginia Tech and 570 for North Carolina.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State was the overwhelming pick for preseason player of the year.