The No. 2 Texas Longhorns could have speedy kick returner D.J. Monroe back for the national championship game against No. 1 Alabama.

Monroe has been suspended indefinitely since being arrested on a charge of drunken driving in November. On Friday, the DWI charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to obstruction of a passageway. He received deferred adjudication.

The final hurdle in clearing his status was a meeting with coach Mack Brown, which was expected over the weekend or early in the week.

Monroe set a school record by returning two kickoffs for touchdowns this season. He also had 110 yards rushing on 20 carries. He's missed the last three games.

Kelly greets Irish fans. New Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly drew a big cheer from Fighting Irish fans attending a basketball game against UCLA yesterday when he talked about bringing the school back to prominence.

In other Notre Dame news, John "Jack" Zilly, who played on two national championship football teams for the Irish in the 1940s, died Friday at age 88 in Narragansett, R.I.

Zilly was a right end on Notre Dame's 1943 championship team and later on the 1946 Irish champions after serving two years in the Navy in World War II.

He finished his pro career playing for the Eagles in 1952.

Temple-bound. The Owls received an oral commitment from Wissahickon High senior star Myron Ross, a running back and linebacker who was originally heading to Vanderbilt. The last two seasons, he rushed for 2,215 yards and this past season Ross had 82 tackles and three interceptions at linebacker.