In a busy spring, Cowboys better hang on to Ware

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It already has been one of those weeks, and we’re just getting started.

Spring break with the kids will do that.

It’s going to be a busy couple of months with so much ahead, such as the NCAA Final Four, the start of baseball season, the NBA playoffs and the NFL Draft.

So, sit back and relax.

The Cowboys should keep DeMarcus Ware by any means necessary, period. I know how old he is. I know what his salary is. I also know the Cowboys aren’t better without him.

While we are on the Cowboys, it’s nice that quarterback Tony Romo and coach Jason Garrett spent time at Duke this pass week, visiting noted quarterback guru David Cutcliffe — and not just there to shoot hoops in famed Cameron Indoor Stadium.

But it does make one wonder what the huge roster of coaches the Cowboys have is there for.

Scott Linehan, Bill Callahan and Wade Wilson, in addition to Garrett, have a lot of experience coaching quarterbacks. At least so I thought.

It was interesting that Romo gave his first official update on his recovery from back surgery to the ESPN television cameras while attending the Duke-North Carolina game Saturday night.

He turned down local reporters who approached him after a Mavericks-Heat game last month asking the same question.

Bitter. Beer. Face.

Since we are talking alcohol, I don’t know if our favorite partier, Aggies legend Johnny Manziel, will be a hit as an NFL quarterback, but he is exciting to watch and I’m rooting for him.

He just needs to pray he doesn’t end up in Cleveland.

Regarding the NFL Draft, if I’m the Houston Texans, I’m picking South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney first overall and not looking back.

Take the best player. Take the best talent. It’s not complicated.

What is becoming a head scratcher is college recruiting.

LSU offered an eighth-grade football player a scholarship and he accepted. His name is Zadock Dinkelmann, and he’s a 6-foot-4, 208-pound, 14-year-old quarterback.

He is the nephew of former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer and his NFL-playing brother Koy and his dad is a former college football player and Texas high school coach. The genes are there.

But this is wrong. This is where recruiting has gone too far.

Who knows what type of player he will be as a senior? If you are going to go off genetics then why not offer them out of the womb?

With that in mind, Texas should send an offer to NFL cornerback Aaron Ross and his Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter wife Sanya Richards-Ross for any kids they might have.

It’s not much of a leap from offering an eighth grader.

And keep in mind that quarterback David Sills of Maryland made headlines when he committed to USC as a 13-year-old in 2010. He is heading into his senior year of high school and is now looking around for a school because the Trojans got a commitment from a better prospect.

Speaking of recruiting, Texas Tech just got a commitment from the No. 1 high school dual-threat quarterback in the country, Stephenville’s Jarrett Stidham.

He didn’t pick Baylor, run by former Stephenville coach Art Briles, who might be the best quarterback evaluator/developer in the country.

He didn’t go with the new cool kids down in College Station, Kevin Sumlin and his Johnny Football influenced Agg Swagg.

He didn’t ride with Texas and new coach Charlie Strong.

He chose the Red Raiders and Kliff Kingsbury, who might be more hip-hop than Sumlin. That’s a huge coup for Texas Tech and maybe a sign of things to come on the South Plains.

Considering the action of the past few months though, expect another Red Raiders quarterback to transfer any day now. It’s already been two since the end of the season. Guns up.

Time for some quick hits.

My early Final Four picks are Louisville, Kansas, Florida and Wichita State. Don’t sleep on the undefeated Shockers and their supposedly weak schedule. Those boys can play.

Kansas coach Bill Self, who led the Jayhawks to a 10th consecutive conference title despite not having any returning starters, was robbed of the Big 12 coach of the year award. Texas coach Rick Barnes won it because his team came in with embarrassingly low expectations and overachieved with a third-place finish.

Didn’t know that was the goal.

New Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder goes yard at least 35 times in his first season at Globe Life Park.

The unpredictable, but fun to watch, Dallas Mavericks will miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

Clarence E. Hill Jr. 817-390-7760 Twitter: @clarencehilljr

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