Trouble in Texas
Sept. 5: Texas Longhorns fans react to the arrests of players Tarell Brown and Tyrell Gatewood only days before the showdown with No. 1 Ohio State.
Texas starting cornerback Tarell Brown has tested negative on a drug screening for cocaine and marijuana, his attorney, Jamie Balagia, told ESPN. It was a school-administered drug test, but the university will not comment and any results, school spokesman John Bianco said.
Brown has been suspended for Texas' game against No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday for his role in an off-field incident involving a hand gun and marijuana. But Brown's clean test probably came too late to affect his status for the No. 2 Longhorns.
"He came back clean as a whistle," Balagia told ESPN. "I'm afraid it may be too late to help him play on Saturday, though. I wish Coach [Mack] Brown had waited before he made his decision, but I understand coach was upset that Tarell was out at 3 in the morning. I'll advise Tarell to go make one more personal plea to Coach Brown to play this week."
Balagia also represents suspended linebacker Tyrell Gatewood, who, along with Brown and former Texas linebacker Aaron Harris were charged with marijuana possession this week. Balagia said the results of Gatewood's test had not yet been released to him.
"I'm just trying to get through Saturday," Brown said Tuesday when he announced the suspensions of Brown and Gatewood. "As a head coach, No. 1 you have to look at the legal system and cooperate with the authorities completely. No. 2, you must go through the university because that's who we work for. No. 3, you are concerned about distractions for your football team. We want to move forward because it's No. 1 playing No. 2 and it's such an exciting game for all of us.
"No. 4, you care about the three young men involved and their families. We will try to help the families individually and move forward with our team for the ballgame on Saturday."
The loss of Brown, a senior and Texas’ top cover corner, is a big blow to a defense counting on him to match up with the Buckeyes’ top receiver, Ted Ginn Jr.
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