Bevo's Daily Roundup - June 18, 2009

 

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"For the team to find a way to win," Texas coach Augie Garrido said, "was nothing short of a miracle. It was quite a testimony to the power of their will to win and belief in each other and belief in themselves. It was rough and it was ugly, but it got done."

You just thought we were out of the game. The Horns score 10 unanswered runs to beat Arizona State 10-6.

One guy was so frustrated that he started talking to his glove. Another fired the ball to second base, only there wasn't anybody covering second base. Things couldn't have looked much worse for the Texas baseball team at the start of Tuesday night's game.

But here's the thing about these Longhorns -- they've been through just about everything in the past month, from a 25-inning NCAA tournament game to a near upset last weekend at the College World Series. So how bad could a six-run deficit be?

Down by six runs? Not a problem. UT has been in tougher spots before.

"We've scored 11 runs in an inning, eight runs in an inning. Six? We can do it," Rupp said. "We went out and left everything that happened the first three innings behind us and went out and finished the game."

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Catcher Cameron Rupp had a pretty good night... after those first few innings.

Cameron Rupp’s face broke into a beaming smile as he trotted past home plate and into the waiting arms of teammates sprinting out of the dugout to meet him. After a nightmarish start to his College World Series career and a game that teetered on disaster for his team, the sophomore catcher found his swing — and a little bit of redemption.

If a four-hour game could be reduced to a handful of at-bats and defensive plays, Rupp’s turn from goat to hero might be as close as we can come to understanding a game that, for the most part, defies rationality.

If you need Omaha restaurant recommendations, just ask Augie.

Texas' 70-year-old coach Augie Garrido has become somewhat of a resident food critic for College World Series fans, because of his repeated trips to Omaha. Garrido has no problem making recommendations, either.

Some of the elite college basketball players in the country wanted to stick around for another season. That fact made ESPN's Andy Katz top 25 teams a little difficult to pick.

3. Texas: Damion James' return means the Longhorns will be on KU's heels. The addition of Avery Bradley and Jordan Hamilton, the return of Justin Mason, the beef in the middle with Dexter Pittman and the development of Gary Johnson means this squad is loaded.

Rick Barnes' Horns are looking like a serious contender to everyone...

Lovin' Lucas: Behind loaded Kansas, Texas also looks like an early contender with its returning players and a gushed-about recruiting class.

One of the biggest additions is transfer Jai Lucas, the Houston native with basketball bloodlines who transferred from Florida and will become eligible in December.

Texas struggled in fashioning players into point guards last season.

"He does the one thing all coaches love about a point guard – he doesn't turn the ball over," coach Rick Barnes said.

A Daily Texan writer wants everyone to remember that we are more just a football school. We have a pretty good baseball program, too.

Dr. Saturday has his college football teams of the decade. We're numero uno.

1. Texas (2005). Beat the pants off everybody (highest margin of victory of the decade: 33.8 points per game), then won like the greatest game ever with the performance of the century from -- if not the greatest player ever (or even of the decade) -- the first quarterback I'd pick to run a college offense. (Yes, still.)

Did you know.... UT ranks No.1 in football revenue in football ($72.95 million) and No.1 in overall revenue generated from all athletic teams ($120.28 million).

Can't we just all get along? A paper in Nebraska is afraid that UT has taken over the Big 12.

Not to say that UT has ill in mind for the rest of the league, but the numbers simply don’t lie: The Longhorns, financially, has the Big 12 wrapped around its burnt orange finger.

Barry Switzer was always a class act.

The Sooners stil love Barry Switzer.

On Friday, there is an anniversary — the 20th anniversary of Switzer's resignation from the Sooners' head-coaching position.

On June 19, 1989, at the end of the darkest eight-month period in OU football history, "The King" abdicated his throne. Typically tough and stubborn, Switzer insists the anniversary will not be painful.

"No, not at all," he said during a two-hour interview last week. "In fact, until you called, I hadn't given it any thought."

Just a Sooner refresher course. Here is the litany of events leading up to Switzer's resignation as OU's head coach.

Barry Switzer will always be remembered for recruiting black players when other schools would not.

The bootlegger's boy never claimed he was a choirboy, but he was also a man way ahead of his time when it came to race relations.

He took black players from poor backgrounds and gave them an opportunity for a better life, while many of his peers refused to recruit them. Those players were asking for a first chance at the American dream, not a second one. And the great majority of them became success stories.

OU running back DeMarco Murray is alive and well and ready for next season.

Really, it's true. The Aggies have won three NCAA titles in the past two weeks.

Congratulations go to Texas A&M. The Aggies have now won NCAA championships in three sports during the past two weeks.

A&M followed up its men's golf win by taking the men's and women's track titles Saturday.

But (and you know there was a but coming) how much do the titles counterbalance the recent struggles in football?

The Sooners had a good year, too. Someone immortalized it in video.

He probably just wanted to know what a winning team looks like. Head football coach Mike Sherman and the Aggie yell leaders welcomed home the men's and women's track and field teams after their national title.

The New York Times blog, The Quad, is counting down (or should I say up) to the top 120 teams in the country. Baylor comes in at No. 79.

Boone PIckens U is moving on up. Oklahoma State has a new stadium and now you can get the interactive tour.

ESPN's Tim Griffin combined Big 12 coaches' records as head and assistant coaches.

Now sports writers can leave McCoy and Shipley alone. There is another set of roommates in the Big 12.

 

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And the discussion continues. After 2006, each school had to come up with a 12th game to complete the season schedule. And so it was...easy nonconference scheduling.

When the NCAA adopted permanent 12-game football schedules in 2006, the main purpose was to increase revenue. One more game meant millions of dollars more for an additional home game at some schools, or another "guarantee" game to sell for a lucrative paycheck.

In the process, though, the 12th game has often accelerated the pace of easy scheduling. That might mean more money for schools and safe wins for coaches to reach bowls and keep their jobs, but nonconference games today often carry little appeal to fans.

Even The Wiz Of Odds is chiming in.

The problem has become so widespread that even ESPN is trying to broker nonconference games between BCS teams just so it has something resembling decent programming.

Meanwhile, prices for season tickets continue to skyrocket, and if you want anything resembling a decent seat, fork over half the bank account to the alumni association.

Yes, it's one big scam.

The BCS feels it is misunderstood. So they hired a lobbyist. That probably has something to do with the fact that a certain Senator from Utah is about to take the BCS to task over the issue of a playoff.

 

In case you are bored at work...

There's an NCAA Football 10 demo coming Thursday, June 18.

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