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Morning Report: 3.14.18

(The great) Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News:

Before spring break, the Dallas City Council was asked to OK giving ESPN $800,000 to pass along to college football teams to play in a bowl game that will be attended by tens of spectators. OK, OK. That’s not fair. According to official numbers I got my hands on this week, exactly 9,392 people went to last year’s Heart of Dallas Bowl to see Utah play West Virginia in the Cotton Bowl the day after Christmas. It only looked like 93 people …

The Hyatt Regency’s Fred Euler, who chairs the TPID’s board, told me there were some 1,300 rooms booked for the Heart of Dallas Bowl by Utah and West Virginia — about a 20th of what they estimate for the NRA convention. It was even worse the previous year, when the University of North Texas played in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. There were more people in the stands. But those were locals who didn’t need a hotel.

Carter Karels of the San Antonio Express-News:

“I’m disappointed at everybody wanting to heap praise and wanting to give them a mic, and they ain’t do s— yet,” Roadrunners coach Frank Wilson said. “There’s nothing to talk to them about. None of them have done anything yet.”

Without prompting, Wilson criticized his four competing quarterbacks for not emerging as leaders in the opening week of spring practice. He said he gave his team, namely the quarterbacks, a stern discussion about taking command.

It is all but official.

Brad Stephens of the BG DN:

Taveion Hollingsworth called his shot Feb. 2 on Twitter.

The Western Kentucky guard quoted a tweet referencing his move into the top eight of the Hilltoppers’ all-time freshman scoring list.

Hollingsworth wanted to keep climbing that list until he got to the very top. That meant surpassing Courtney Lee, one of the greatest players in WKU basketball history.

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