Bevo's Daily Roundup - December 17, 2009

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Pete Flutak has ten reasons why Texas will beat Alabama.

NationalChamps.net has put out 2010 rankings and the Horns come in at No. 7.

Their 2010 preview already is out. Texas at No. 7 is the highest ranked team in the early poll.

Ranked ahead of the Longhorns, starting from the top, are Alabama, Boise State, Oregon, Florida, Ohio State and TCU.

Other Big 12 teams ranked in the top 25 are Nebraska at No. 12, Oklahoma at No. 16 and Missouri at No. 25.

The average resale price of a ticket to the BCS title game is $1500.

Dennis Dodd looks at the 2009 bowl landscape.

Alabama cancels classes. Mack Brown gets a $2 million raise.

Ya think football is big at these two football factories? Look what happened when they made the BCS title game. The combined salaries of the two coaches in this game -- $9 million -- is worth half the payout ($18.3 million). Colt McCoy is the leading passer in Texas history. Ingram is the top single-season rusher in Alabama history.

You can't look away even though you're disgusted at the BCS. There will be great plays by great players. Somewhere, Bear Bryant and Darrell Royal are smiling. The legacies are bright and shiny.

 

Basketball

 

Hallelujah! Jai Lucas is finally eligible.

"Jai’s personality has been a big kick for us," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "He’s already made an impact even though he hasn’t played yet.

As much as Barnes enjoys being around the sophomore-in-eligibility transfer point guard, he’s eager to add him to the Longhorns’ backcourt rotation beginning Saturday against 10th-ranked North Carolina in the first basketball game played in JerryWorld.

It is time to think about the Tar Heels.

"I always think of Michael Jordan because he's the greatest," said freshman guard Avery Bradley. "They've always been an elite program and it's exciting to play them. I can't even remember the last time Texas played North Carolina."

As for the rest of it, Texas' most famous North Carolinian is ready for some new blood as well. Rick Barnes had no illusions of Tuesday's 104-42 bloodletting over the Broncs. These blowouts are no picnic for him or his players. It's happening all over the place. The Heels polished off Presbyterian 103-64 earlier this week while Duke dogged the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Dogs 113-68. It's called paying the bills.

But Saturday's game will not be about bills but billing, and Barnes is excited to see how his youngsters will react before a large crowd, a nationally televised audience, and most important, against their first ranked opponent.

Jerry World is getting ready for the big game.

Workers started installing 350 maple panels this morning to create the floor for Saturday’s game between the University of Texas and University of North Carolina, the first basketball game at the new $1.15 billion stadium.

Because the floor sits atop a 25½-inch aluminum platform, the hardwood surface will be much larger than most basketball floors, said Doug Hamar, president and CEO of Horner Sports Flooring.

"We don’t want the guys running right off and having to jump down two feet," Hamar said.

 

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Aggie freshman running back Christine Michael talks about Georgia.

Iowa State or Missouri are the logical choices to join the Big 10. But then who will replace the team that leaves?

The Big 12 could add Texas Christian. That would hurt the Big 12 on television sets — TCU adds none; Missouri’s departure would cost the league some viewers — and basketball, but not football. TCU’s 10-year run has solidified that program. The Frogs are not flashes; they are a legit program.

No one else in Texas should appeal to the Big 12. Truth is, New Mexico would be a better addition than Houston or anyone else. The Lobos are capable of playing big-time basketball and capable of producing a football following in a state that craves big-time sports.

Chances are, the Big 12 remains the same. But you’ve always got to be prepared.

Barry Tramel better be ready for some hate mail from the Froggies.

So, what should we call the Big 10 Conference after expansion?

The divisions would have to be called the Schembechler and Grange.

Get ready for Michigan and Ohio State playing twice each season.

Then there would be the whole mess about the Big Ten's new name. Big 12 is already taken.

Large Dozen anyone?

If invited, Missouri might just leave.

Missouri officials have expressed dissatisfaction with the Big 12 Conference bowl selection process, which they feel has undercut the accomplishments of the MU football team in each of the last three seasons.

Missouri has historically been considered a candidate for moving to the Big Ten, with proponents seeing the school as a good fit academically and athletically.

Jayhawk assistant coaches were asked to pack up. Wide receivers coach David Beaty is the only coach being considered for a position by Turner Gill.

Kansas QB Todd Reesing received an $18,000 scholarship from the National Football Foundation.

Nice work if you can get it. Mark Mangino gets $3 million dollars just for leaving.

Former Kansas football coach Mark Mangino will be paid $3 million as part of a settlement both sides signed last week.

The university announced the payout on Wednesday and said the settlement will be paid through private funds raised by the athletics department, with no taxpayer money involved.

More on the Darrell Scott drama. Colorado AD Mike Bohn said Scott has not asked for a release from his scholarship or permission to contact other schools and coaches.

Bohn conducted an exit interview with Scott in early November after the former five-star recruit announced he was leaving coach Dan Hawkins' program. At the time, Bohn said he would not comment on any possible scholarship release until the end of the semester.

Now that the end of the semester is near with finals ending on Thursday and commencement on Friday, Bohn said he hasn't had any recent discussions with Scott and doesn't know when he might.

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