Lessons of the day from Dennis Dodd.
Think of conference realignment as a football-shaped meteor coming to rest in your backyard. You got lucky because it didn't make a crater. Watch out for the next one, which could be the Big Bang.
If you don't believe at least a bigger bang is coming I've got some oceanfront property for sale near Tom Osborne's Lincoln, Neb. home.
Tommy Tuberville doesn't think the Big 12 is long for this world.
"I don’t think this conference will last long because there is too much disparity between all the teams," Dienhart reports Tuberville having said on the show. "In the SEC, for instance, Vanderbilt makes as much money in the television contract as Florida. Everybody is good with it. Everybody is on the same page. Everyone gets the same votes"
There is lots of shifting in the Longhorn offensive line.
Left tackle Adam Ulatoski, left guard Charlie Tanner and center Chris Hall protected quarterback Colt McCoy’s weak side for four years at Texas. The Longhorns must now replace the three fifth-year seniors from last year’s offensive line.
Though Texas loses that experience on the weak side, Mack Brown and offensive coordinator Greg Davis have moved the new seniors Michael Huey and Kyle Hix, who both played on the right side last year, to the left.
Somebody may not get their allowance this year.
What do the bylaws say in the matter? Let's take a look, piece by piece, skipping to the important, applicable sections of the 14-page document.No Member Institution shall be entitled to distribution of the then-current revenues from the Conference after the effective date of its withdrawal, resignation, or the cessation of its participation in the Conference...English translation: Once you tell the conference you're leaving, you can't have any more of the conference's money.
Colorado is planning their exit strategy.
University of Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn says he hopes to know within a month how much it's going to cost the school to bolt the Big 12 for the Pac-10.
That could prove costlier for Colorado, but the Big 12 might also decide it's better for the Buffaloes to leave after next school year and agree to a lower penalty fee.
Football is king.
Football's role as king of the campus, the only sport that matters when it comes to survival, is no longer limited to places like OU, Texas, Florida, Alabama and Ohio State. It's now the powerbroker in every athletic department that wants to remain relevant by maintaining membership in a BCS conference.
No one felt the pain of that point being driven home during the recent conference expansion and reshuffling more than at places long considered "basketball schools."
Rick Barnes likes the round robin.
I’ve always liked the complete round robin," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "I’ve been around long enough to remember that’s how it used to be. It determines a true champion."
Big 12 basketball coaches won't miss Nebraska or Colorado.
From a basketball perspective, one of the country's best conferences might have gotten even better.
Although some fans have complained that the loss of Nebraska and Colorado hurts the league's football reputation, a beefed-up conference schedule and trimmed-down membership could improve the basketball league with the top RPI last season.
"The 10 that are remaining, I think, have got a chance to be an even stronger conference," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said.
Darrell Royal made The Lost Lettermen's list of most despised coaching traitors.
Mark your calendars. Longhorn Digest has the basketball non-conference schedule.
Does the name Belmont mean anything to you?
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