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We Interrupt This News Conference ...
August 06, 2012
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

At the Texas on-campus media day Sunday, coach Mack Brown spent the first 15 minutes covering a lot of topics. He started discussing wide receiver Marquise Goodwin's disappointing finish in the long jump, mentioned that Sanya Richards-Ross was about to run in the 400 meters and also discussed social media policies.

About 10 minutes later, Brown broke into his own news conference with a bulletin. He was handed a cell phone by assistant athletic director for media relations John Bianco. The news? Richards-Ross had just won the 400 meters. Many of the two dozen or so media representatives in attendance had just heard the same news thanks to Twitter.

"Second gold medal and she's still faster than her husband," Brown said, referring to former UT defensive  back Aaron Ross. "Great for her."

Brown then finished a congratulatory Tweet to Richards-Ross that Bianco had started: "Congrats 2 Sanya Richards on her Gold medal. She's worked so hard & were so proud of her. Enjoy it, hug Aaron & good luck in the 200 & relay." 

The UT coach said that he had talked to Goodwin, who finished 10th in the long jump Saturday. 

"I reminded him that he was our most valuable player in the Holiday Bowl and he was on the Athletics Director's honor roll, a two-time NCAA Champion and 10th best long jump in the world and arguably the best two-sport athlete in America. 

"And I told him also not to handle (the Olympics) like I handled the loss to Alabama. He needs to be more mature than I was and pick himself back up and be proud, because we are all proud of him and get back and get back to work. He said he was already moving forward and felt like he was in a good spot."

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