Brooks’ recovery time is a long distance affair

Oklahoma signee Daniel Brooks is recovering nicely after tearing his knee up at the Rockdale Relays March 1.

Brooks had his surgery March 13 in Norman performed by The Oklahoma medical staff which will also handle his rehab, which could force him to miss part or all of the 2012 season.

They expect him to begin rehabilitating in four to six weeks and he just got back from Norman after a round of rehab.

Brooks tore both his ACL and his LCL on his very first attempt in the long jump at the Rockdale Relays.

“Whoever heard of someone getting hurt during long jump? And it would be me, Brooks said on Facebook.

His injury has also fueled speculation of the possibility of him redshirting this season.

“We will rehab and be ready to kick some major butt in a few months!”said father Tony Brooks. “Big 12 beware!”

—bm— James David is still in a holding pattern as far as his choice of college is concerned, while the sophomore linebacker receives offers from all over the country.

While he has not received any solid offers as of yet, Tiger quarterback Ethan Brinkley is going to attend the University of Kansas junior day April 28 under new coach Charlie Weisz.

Brinkley recently attended Oklahoma’s junior day.

Tiger sophomore lineman Josh Pelzel (6-foot-6, 275- pounds) is also attracting attention.

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It’s always curious to me when a coach is about to be fired at his current school and then he finds another job.

Such is the case of former Taylor coach Rick Cobia who was close to being removed as Duck coach, but remarkably landed a job as head coach at Cypress Springs, a Class 5A school outside of Houston.

Cobia, who is from Katy, was on the very first Cypress Springs coaching staff.

After a short stint at Caldwell, Cobia was 25-47 at Taylor in seven years.

His record as a head coach in the past 13 years is 58-78.

Caldwell has not yet filled its open head coaching position.

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With Daniel Brooks out with an injury, Rockdale will not have anyone participating in the Texas Relays this weekend.

Brooks, the defending Class 3A state champion in the 100- meter dash, won the 100 and the 110-meter hurdles at last year’s Texas Relays.

In other track news, senior Victoria Drake is not running track this year.

Drake was a regional qualifier in the hurdles the past two years.

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Here’s so long to former Baylor baseball coach Mickey Sullivan who passed away last week at age 80.

Sullivan was one of my favorite characters over the past 30 years of doing this foolishness.

Sullivan was an oddity in the fact that he loved sports writers and loved being in their company. We’ll call him the anti-Bobby Knight.

Between him and his old pitching coach Sid Hudson, there was a wealth of juicy baseball stories around the campfire.

Sullivan had trouble remembering opposing players names, so he would make up his own little nickname.

He referred to Texas star Brooks Kieschnick as “that old raw-boned boy.”

My favorite Mickey moment came in 1993 when the Bears finally won the SWC Tournament and in Austin no less.

Sullivan was so excited after the game, he engaged the media in a group hug on the pitcher’s mound.

Wish there were more like you out there Mick.


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