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Houston Texans News: February 14, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, February 14, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Four Downs: AFC South
Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of professional and college football. Our writers, lead by Aaron Schatz, also write Pro Football Prospectus.

Rick Smith Plans To Talk Jadeveon Clowney With D.J. Swearinger " CBS Houston
Texans General Manager Rick Smith plans to talk about Jadeveon Clowney with his former college teammate.

Ultimate Texans " Clowney pushing hard to be Texans’ No. 1 pick, Swearinger says
D.J. Swearinger speaks regularly with Jadeveon Clowney. The duo were teammates at South Carolina and could reunite again if the Texans opt for a potential once-in-a-decade defensive end instead of selecting a new starting quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

NFL Draft: Pre-combine mock draft has Texans taking Johnny Manziel first overall | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The scouting combine is a week away, and the medical, interview and workout results (in that order) will shake up teams' player grades, just as free agency — the start of which is still four weeks away — will change...

Texans 'On the Clock': Blake Bortles
A look at Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles.

Around the League

'Punch the Commissioner': An oral history of the NFL Draft's most storied tradition -
Every year at the NFL Draft, a player gets drafted, walks onstage, and punches commissioner Roger Goodell in the face. Here's a look back on the most time-honored tradition in football.

2014 NFL schedule: Which teams will rise and fall based on strength of schedule? -
If the Broncos are going to repeat as the No. 1 seed in the AFC, they'll have to get through a tougher regular season schedule.

Who's on your Mount Rushmore of Mount Rushmores? -
The NFL offseason is a time where people's takes need to be stepped up in order to fill the massive void left without football. A great way to do this is through a device known as Mount Rushmoring.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Sochi 2014: Event schedule for Friday -
Skiing, ice hockey and figure skating are among the top events set to take place on Friday. Here's your complete schedule for all the events.

Spring training 2014: Fearless predictions for the next four weeks - The Crawfish Boxes
Yes, it's time for another round of predictions which should be proved wrong within the hour.

If I had a vote: Preseason AL Rookie of the Year watchlist - The Crawfish Boxes
The season hasn't started yet, but let's break down which possible rookies could break out in 2014

Carlos Correa, George Springer, Mark Appel and PTBNL Among Jeff Luhnow's Core Four - The Crawfish Boxes
Jeff Luhnow discusses his core four players with MLB Tonight. Among the names mentioned: Carlos Correa, George Springer, Mark Appel, Domingo Sanatan, Max Stassi and Jason Castro. Could it also be someone not in the system?

My Conversation with ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott - Viva The Matadors
I had a feeling my story about Marcus Smart, Jeff Orr and The Machine would generate some important discussions, but I never imagined it would lead to a phone call from one of the most iconic SportsCenter Anchors around.

Art Briles calls defensive substitution proposal "insane," is clearly right - Our Daily Bears
Our beloved leader Coach Art Briles has now weighed in on the controversy surrounding the proposed changes to guarantee defensive substitution, and his reaction is about like you'd expect.

NCAA Rule Changes to Kill HUNH and Manliness - Good Bull Hunting
Taking a look at the new NCAA rules by comparing them to the old NCAA rules of 1922.

Texas Longhorns Basketball: news & notes on future scheduling and Myles Turner - Barking Carnival
A couple interesting news stories as it pertains to Texas basketball.

A defender from Hehven, a chat with Euan Holden - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo Theory got the chance to talk to Dynamo guest player Euan Holden on Tuesday talking with him about the Dynamo and his jewelry line Hehven.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - What likely-to-depart-this-offseason Texan will you be most upset to see go? #TTTQ