Beck­ham’s fu­ture still up in the air

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Nearly a month af­ter leav­ing the Los An­ge­les Galaxy, David Beck­ham is con­sid­er­ing “a num­ber of se­ri­ous pro­pos­als” but is in no rush to find a new team, his man­age­ment com­pany an­nounced. He has been linked to sev­eral clubs in what would be the fi­nal chap­ter of the il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer of the 37-year-old mid­fielder and former Eng­land cap­tain. He has said it’s un­likely he’ll re­turn to the English Pre­mier League. “(Hicks’ ab­sence) didn’t hurt us at one spot. I thought it hurt us at three or four spots be­cause it af­fected some of the in­ex­pe­ri­enced guys that were around him.”

Hicks’ loss came just be­fore Texas faced a mur­der­ers’ row of high­oc­tane of­fenses — Ok­la­homa State, West Vir­ginia, Ok­la­homa and Bay­lor. In that span, the Horns yielded ghastly av­er­ages of 49.3 points and 580 yards per game.

To their credit, over the fi­nal five Big 12 games, the Longhorns led the league in points al­lowed (21.6), yards al­lowed (328.4) and pass­ing yards al­lowed (153.4). Of course, those num­bers came against less-po­tent of­fenses.

“I’m proud of the guys be­ing re­silient,” Diaz said. “But I’m tired of be­ing re­silient now. It’s time to be some­thing else.” the ar­rival of great coach, Chip Kelly, and the om­nipres­ence of Nike and Ducks bene­fac­tor Phil Knight — el­e­vated the pro­gram to the elite level.

“We’re ac­tu­ally closer to Nike than Ore­gon is — in miles,” OSU as­so­ciate ath­letic di­rec­tor Steve Fenk said. “We aren’t the Ducks, but they’ve forced us to be suc­cess­ful, and we’ve fed off their success. Ev­ery­body would like to have what Ore­gon has. Even USC doesn’t have what Ore­gon has, but it’s a lit­tle bit of an un­fair com­par­i­son.”

Yet, the Ducks re­main a big mea­sur­ing stick and have won five straight in the Civil War.

“Ore­gon is flashier than we are, and not only be­cause of their uni­forms,” said safety Ryan Murphy, who chose OSU over UCLA, Fresno State, Cal and San Jose State. “Up and down I-5, you see Ducks bill­boards. In the malls, there are big­ger Ducks sec­tions than Beavers. We prob­a­bly feel about them like A&M does Texas. What’s the say­ing? If you’re A&M, you root for two teams — A&M and whomever Texas is play­ing against.”

RODOLFO GON­ZA­LEZ / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Mack Brown trails only the late Dar­rell Royal in ca­reer vic­to­ries at Texas. He’s also won many more big games than Ore­gon State’s Mike Ri­ley.

Com­piled from wire re­ports

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