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Ex-Cowboy Lockhart sentenced to 4 ½ years in jail

Ex-Cowboy Lockhart sentenced to 4 ½ years in jail

DALLAS (AP) With several ex-Cowboys sitting in the courtroom gallery, a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former linebacker Eugene Lockhart Jr. to 4 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in using fraudulent mortgage papers to swindle home lenders out of millions and potential home buyers out of their credit.

Lockhart pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Nine others indicted have already been sentenced.

U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis listened to pleas from Hall of Famer Randy White and fellow ex-Cowboy Kevin Smith, but in the end, Lockhart's fame from his playing days appeared to hurt more than help. Solis pointed out that he had heard from several victims who were taken in by Lockhart businesses named after the Cowboys and ``America's Team.'' Some victims had their lives ruined, he said.

``You can deny it all you want to, but I heard the testimony,'' the judge added.

Lockhart admitted to being part of an effort to use fraudulent loan paperwork to deceive mortgage lenders while buying homes in the Dallas area. Prosecutors say some of Lockhart's co-defendants recruited potential home buyers with bonuses and promises of help with their mortgage payments.

Solis sentenced Lockhart before a courtroom packed with family members, friends and ex-Cowboys, including White and team legends Ed ``Too Tall'' Jones and Drew Pearson.

White and others spoke in support of Lockhart and described him as a warm and generous but not a good businessman. White said he had known Lockhart for three decades. Several people in the audience laughed when he talked about their days playing for famed Cowboys ex-coach Tom Landry.

Solis did not. He stared silently at White without any reaction.

Later, as he sentenced Lockhart, Solis brought up the victims he had heard testify earlier.

``Mr. Lockhart, because of his name, was able to bring in clients'' who were then misled, Solis said. He added about Wednesday's audience, ``Of course, these folks don't know that.''

Lockhart was drafted by the Cowboys in 1984 and played seven seasons for the team, earning the nickname ``Mean Gene'' for his physical play. After his playing career ended, Lockhart sometimes wouldn't show up for work until the early afternoon, said John Villarreal, a friend and former business partner.

``He is a football player,'' Villarreal said. ``That's what he likes to do, and did very well.''

Lockhart's attorney, Jay Ethington, called his client a ``figurehead'' whose name was misused by smarter people. And Lockhart himself apologized, saying he had stepped into a game in which he didn't understand all the rules - and then didn't speak up when he saw wrongdoing.

``It looked good, the money looked good, and I fell into it,'' Lockhart said.

Prosecutor David Jarvis called on Solis not to give Lockhart a ``special break'' due to his playing days.

``Borrower after borrower after borrower, their credit was ruined,'' Jarvis said.

Ethington argued that his client had severe health problems and could not remember all the details about the scheme for authorities due to seven concussions suffered during his playing days. But Solis dismissed that claim.

``I'm not convinced, frankly,'' Solis said.

Ethington - who had asked for Solis to consider home confinement so Lockhart could get more medical treatment - said after court that he thought Lockhart's fame hurt the case.

``He had this celebrity status that really shouldn't enter into it,'' Ethington said.

Lockhart declined to comment after the hearing. Solis ordered him to report to prison Jan. 16.

A poll of 250 college basketball coaches reveals 74% want a semi-normal schedule this year

A poll of 250 college basketball coaches reveals 74% want a semi-normal schedule this year

Several college conferences across the country are preparing for the fall sports season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that it will go to a “conference-only” model for all fall sports. The Pac-12 followed announcing football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball will play only conference games. Earlier in the week, the Ivy League announced no sports would be played until January 1.

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More conferences are likely to follow shortly. But after fall sports, what will happen with winter sports and, specifically, with college basketball? Stadium basketball analyst Jeff Goodman conducted an interesting poll.

Of the 250 Division I head men’s basketball coaches (of a 353 total), 74% want a season with non-conference and conference play. Only 24% of coaches want to push the start of the season to January and play exclusively conference games.

One of the unique aspects of early-season college basketball is the non-conference matchups, sometimes in exotic locations. One of the most notable, the Maui Invitational, is planning to move forward as scheduled.

A handful of local teams are scheduled to travel to tournaments this November. Virginia and Georgetown will both head to Anaheim, Calif. for the Wooden Legacy. VCU is part of an eight-team field at the Charleston Classic and George Mason is reportedly traveling to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam.

There is plenty to be sorted out before the start of the college basketball season but for now, we will take some optimism from the men on the sidelines. 

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SEE IT: Dwayne Haskins is in favor of these Washington Red Wolves jerseys

SEE IT: Dwayne Haskins is in favor of these Washington Red Wolves jerseys

The Washington Football to Red Wolves transition has gained an unreal amount of support -- and not just via social media, but nationwide. 

It now seems as though the concept has another supporter, specifically of this particular style and color scheme, QB Dwayne Haskins.

Take a look.

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If you look closely in the comments you'll see the 23-year-old chime in with his thoughts. 

"Not gone hold you. I can fw this," Haskins said. 

In this setting, I can't specifically tell you what the acronym fw stands for (Urban dictionary it), but I can tell you it is used as a term of favoritism for said post.

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Moving past the QBs comments, the concept is extremely clean, maintains the burgandy and gold color scheme that so many fans yearn to maintain, and keeps the #HTTR hashtag intact (sort of). 

While none of us actually know what the name may be, we do know which name some key players on the roster favor.

Just saying. 

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