Bevo's Daily Roundup - May 19, 2010  Updated

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Horns_bullet_mediumWe are No. 1 in someone's poll.

With a doubleheader sweep of Louisiana Tech on Sunday, the Texas Longhorns remained at No. 1 in the latest CollegeBaseballInsider.com Composite Poll.

 

Texas is first in the Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and USA Today/ESPN polls and second in the Baseball America poll. The Longhorns were off during the week before registering two non-conference wins at home against Louisiana Tech on Sunday.

 

Horns_bullet_medium The Horns are packing for a long road trip.

 

Horns_bullet_medium Lusson and Loy have some minor injuries.

Loy was injured Sunday during a doubleheader sweep of Louisiana Tech. He was hit on the back of his left shoulder by a pitch in Game 2.

Lusson injured a shoulder Tuesday while diving during a practice. The Longhorns didn’t know how serious the injury was, but Lusson was able to continue practicing, usually a good sign.

 

Horns_bullet_medium FoxSports Southwest has a Q&A with Mack Brown.

A lot has been made of the decision to move your quarterback under the center more on offense. How will this benefit your run game?

 

We studied the last three years, and we’ve probably been under center more than people thought, but we had more explosive plays under the center with downhill runs than we had from the shotgun. We also feel that you have a better play action package when you’ve got the backs going downhill, and that affects the safeties and linebackers more. We also wanted to go back and do a better job of trying get the ball deep through play action.

 

Horns_bullet_mediumTired of all the conference expansion talk? Barking Carnival has a baseball cure

Had enough rumor mongering about conference realignment? If so, there is some quality discussion to be had regarding the upcoming College World Series. The regular season is winding down and there are a boatload of possibilities for postseason positioning.

 

Horns_bullet_medium Update from the Big 10 meeting in Chicago:

Just because he talked about a population shift to the South doesn't mean the Big Ten will start pursuing a bunch of southern schools. It's more likely the Big Ten will become even stronger in the northern half of the country (Midwest, East Coast) to offset the changing demographics. That said, the Big Ten would be crazy not to want Texas if the school was interested in joining.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Straight from the man himself:

 

The conference grabbed the attention of everyone in college sports when it announced that it was considering whether to add to its current 11 members, a move that could lead to a domino effect in other leagues. Delany said the Big Ten is basically sticking with the timeframe he laid out in December, when he said the league would explore its options over the next 12 to 18 months.

"Could it be 19? I hope not," he said. "Could it be 11? It may."

But Delany insisted this is "not as much about conferences as it is about institutions finding the right fit for themselves." He said the league wouldn't expand "unless it was fiscally sound, unless there's a great academic fit and unless there's a competitive fit."

 


 

Horns_bullet_medium Population plays a big role in conference expansion.

There aren't any names yet, sorry, but at least we have a clearer reason for Big Ten expansion.

The nation's richest league -- the conference with the largest fan base -- is losing its most valuable commodity.

Humans.

Possibly headin' South?

 

Horns_bullet_medium  That's just too bad. Recruiting could take a big hit if Missouri joins the Big 10.

As lucrative as it might be on several fronts for Missouri to desert the Big 12 Conference for the Big Ten, there’s one potential casualty that worries some: football recruiting, particularly in the bountiful state of Texas.

Conference realignment wouldn’t change Missouri’s proximity to Texas, but Big Ten programs only occasionally delve into the Lone Star State. From El Paso to Houston, Gary Pinkel’s staff has spent a decade cultivating roots in Texas. But would those connections survive a change in conference?

 

Horns_bullet_medium  ESPN has some money to spend and a Big 12/PAC 10 agreement could be good for the network.

It's not a stretch that a Big 12/Pac-10 alliance delivering more than 30 percent of the nation's households could be an attractive package. And since Fox Sports Nets apparently was an active bidder for the ACC, it might be willing to make sure it secures right to the Big 12 and Pac-10. Then again, ESPN seems to have cash burning in a hole in its pocket since failing to get NCAA Tournament rights.

But a lot can happen between now and 2011. And it would be better for the Big 12/Pac-10 if the ESPN/ABC rights were expiring at the same time.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Is the ACC deal a good sign for the Big 12?

In what ended up being a somewhat surprising duel, ESPN beat out FOX for the right to broadcast the Atlantic Coast Conference's football and basketball games.  Standing alone, that probably wouldn't be news worth discussing on a K-State blog, but in the current context of college sports, it actually could be very relevant to the Big 12.  Or maybe I'm just unnaturally obsessed with conference expansion, as two good friends have suggested to me recently, and I'm just typing out my ass right now.

Anyway, the ACC went from an average yearly payout of $67 million for its media rights to a whopping $155 million just from ESPN over the next 12 years.  Obviously, the previous contract would have been negotiated prior to the Big 12's last deal, so perhaps it doesn't say much that the Big 12 only gets $60 million per year from ESPN, and $79.5 million total when FSN is factored in.  Perhaps the networks see the two leagues as essentially equivalent in terms of TV value, and mere inflation led to the Big 12 getting more TV money.

 

Horns_bullet_medium The Pokes picked up a defensive back from Arkansas.

Former Tulsa East Central standout David Gordon told The Oklahoman he plans to transfer to OSU after leaving Arkansas after his true-freshman season. Although Gordon played well in a reserve role for the Razorbacks last season, he is leaving the Fayetteville school after a spring marred by his arrest for possession of a controlled substance in late April and an injury that forced him to miss spring football.

  Sounds like a great get for Oklahoma State.

 

Horns_bullet_mediumA new college football rivalry.

3. Boise State-Oklahoma
It's great whenever Boise State gets a crack at one of the college football powerhouses. This would be a rematch of the great Fiesta Bowl game, which would set up a fascinating storyline to kick off any series.

 

Horns_bullet_medium There are no words to describe the stupidity of this NCAA ruling. The NCAA did something right for a change.

The NCAA proves once again the governing body of college athletics will not bend the rules, even for a good cause.

Alan Cannon,Texas A&M associate athletics director for media relations, wanted to give some publicity on the school's website to a benefit basketball game that will be played in Houston Wednesday. The event will raise money to assist the Oyedeji family.

"I sent it to our compliance office and they sent it to Indianapolis (NCAA headquarters) and they (the NCAA) said no because we might be recruiting other Bellaire and Yates athletes in the future and we would be publicizing their event," Cannon said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

"I understand the spirit of the rule, but this should be an exception in my mind, but that's just me."

EDSBS sums it up.

AND WITH ALL SERIOUSNESS: The NCAA is fucking useless until proven otherwise. If you want to help, talk to the people at the 12th Man. And if you don't, then suggest a school can't promote a benefit for a the family of a dead highschooler because it violates NCAA rules.

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