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by John Helsley Published: March 30, 2010
Dez: Again A Cowboy?
Dez: Again A Cowboy?

By John Helsley

Doing some web reading this morning and found a tasty bit at’s NFL insider spot, with Adam Schefter sending up a flare in a tweet.

Former Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant is rumored to be dining with Jerry Jones Wednesday night somewhere in Big D.

The Cowboys have apparently been long intrigued by Bryant, who would add a much-needed weapon to Dallas’ receiving corps. Bryant’s draft stock may be in decline, pending his pro day workout in his hometown of Lufkin, Texas, where a fast 40 time is needed in what is considered a critical workout.

Some draftniks have Bryant slipping all the way to No. 27, where Dallas sits and would have to make a decision on the enigmatic talent from right there in the Lone Star State. If Jones is serioustly interested, maybe he’d like to check out Bryant for himself, breaking bread and going eye-to-eye with him.

If Bryant wows in Lufkin, he could halt any downward draft momentum. So maybe Jones needs to get his own take on Bryant, in case landing him requires a trade up in the first round.

Put nothing past Jones.

No matter what, it’s all intriguing, for one of the more intriguing prospects in the entire draft…

Ford Targeting Big 12 Titles — Indirectly

In a chat with Cowboys basketball coach Travis Ford Monday, the question was raised about the timetable for OSU becoming a legitimate player in

Ford said a conference championship would be nice, but as part of the spoils to reaching greater goals.

“I don’t look at it as putting a team together to win (league championships). We’re trying to build this thing to win as many games as possible. That does mean, yes, a Big 12 championship, a national championship. That all falls under the same category. It’s not something you become obsessed with. You become obsessed with trying to become the best team you can be and that all correlates to other stuff.

“People will ask every year, they will ask in October, ‘What’s your goals for this season. It’s the same goal as everybody else. Everybody wants to win the Big 12. That’s what everybody is trying to do. But I don’t look at it and bring my staff in and say, ‘We need to do this to win the Big 12 championship.’

“We need to figure out how to win as many games as we possibly can and that’s what it’s all about. ”


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by John Helsley
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John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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