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Paul Ryan Might Run for President, University of Miami & Texas Tech Make News, and More in Chad’s Steaming Pile

Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Paul Ryan might run for President (link)

Paul Ryan for President? It looks like many Republicans are pushing him to jump in the race.

Ryan has been receiving encouragement from his colleagues in the House for months. California congressman Devin Nunes, who has worked extensively with Ryan on entitlement reform and spending issues, has been pushing Ryan for months. So has John Boehner, according to two sources familiar with their conversations. Boehner has praised Ryan as a “natural candidate” to fellow House Republicans.

What do you think? Would you like to see someone else jump in?

2. Chris Christie isn’t running… yet (link)

NJ Governor Chris Christie isn’t running for President, but people really want him to.

New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat Monday penned a piece arguing it was time for Christie to jump into the race. And GOP strategist Karl Rove told Fox News he is “starting to pick up some sort of vibrations that these kind of conversations are causing Christie and (Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul) Ryan to tell the people who are calling them, you know what, I owe it to you, I’ll take a look at it.”

Rove, who declined to comment today, is one of many Republicans who have expressed lukewarm feelings about the current field.

“There is not one candidate that I’m absolutely sold on, but I think there are a number of them that could be good candidates come next summer,” said Mark Hillman, a national GOP committeeman from Colorado. “(Republicans) want the second coming of Ronald Reagan, but I’m not sure that Republicans would recognize the first coming of Ronald Reagan.”

Chris Christie again said he wasn’t running on Monday. Get over it folks, he isn’t going to run. Sarah Palin is more likely to run than he is.

3. Univ. of Miami, Texas Tech and Kirby Hocutt (link) (link)

The University of Miami’s football program is under investigation over an 8 year scandal involving a booster, sex, gifts, and more.

Former booster Nevin Shapiro, now serving 20 years in federal prison, claims he treated players with sex parties, nightclub outings, cars and other gifts. Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he provided improper benefits to 72 football players and other athletes at Miami from 2002 to 2010.

“If the assertions are true, the alleged conduct at the University of Miami is an illustration of the need for serious and fundamental change in many critical aspects of college sports,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.

According to KFYO News, current Texas Tech Athletic Director, Kirby Hocutt, was at the University of Miami from 2008 until March of this year. He has denied doing anything wrong.

In response to an Associated Press report filed earlier this afternoon by Steve Wine, Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt offers the following statement:

“There are membership levels within the Hurricane Club at the University of Miami. While I was athletics director, the benefits and experiences Mr. Shapiro received were consistent with those provided to others at his membership level. I never personally approved any special access for Mr. Shapiro to university athletics events or programs.”

College Football is a corrupt sport and I think most know that. Will Miami see a punishment like SMU’s death penalty? Not sure about that.

These and many more topics coming up on Thursday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.

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