Brown, Gatewood Reinstated

RCB Tarell Brown and safety Tyrell Gatewood have been reinstated to the Texas football team, coach Mack Brown said Monday.

The announcement came three days after misdemeanor drug possession charges were dropped against the Longhorn DBs. Their return, however, is not unconditional.

"We’ll have very strict stipulations," Mack Brown said. "They’ll have a verbal contract with me that will stay confidential, other than a few things that I thought were important. They will have a strict curfew. They will be required, by us, to do community service. They will not be able to speak publicly, representing our team, until at some point when they have regained their same status."

Brandon Foster logged his first start at RCB against Ohio State. The junior recorded four tackles but gave considerable cushion to overlooked Buckeye WR Antonio Gonzalez, who led all receivers with eight catches.

Coaches would not say if Brown would start at Rice on Saturday. This week’s depth chart lists Brown or Foster with the First Team. Tyrell Gatewood is primarily a special teams player and is not been listed on any of the three-deep depth charts released this season.

"Tarell needs to go back out there, get into the mix and leave all the other stuff behind him," Co-Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik said. "You’ve got to move on. You’ve got to forget about bad issues. He just needs to go out there and work like he always does and don’t look back."

Brown, Gatewood and former Longhorn linebacker Aaron Harris were charged on September 4 for possessing less than two ounces of marijuana. Harris admitted to Travis County Sheriff’s Office officials that the marijuana -- discovered in the vehicle that Harris was driving when apprehended -- was his. Brown and Gatewood both tested negative for marijuana and cocaine last Wednesday. A weapons charge (Class A misdemeanor) is still pending against Brown, although the .9mm handgun is reportedly registered to Gatewood.

"They missed the game of the year, to this point," Mack Brown added. "They were tried publicly, some fair and some unfair, I thought, because one of them (Gatewood) has no charges and the other (Brown) has a pending misdemeanor. In the past, if a young man here has a misdemeanor and we have all the information, we ask him to miss one game."

The University of Texas allows student-athletes to participate in all team activities unless convicted of a felony.

"My position is that, if it’s a distraction for them, it’s a dangerous game," Brown concluded. "It becomes bigger than No. 1 versus No. 2 if they’re around all the time. It can also become a distraction to your team."

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