34 days (give or take a few hours) to the Rice Game
4 days (give or take a few hours) to start of fall practice
1983 was a pretty good year.
The Statesman looks at center David Snow.
There are some big shoes to fill.
There are enormous cleats to fill around the country at the quarterback position and, in Austin, Texas, one gigantic 10-gallon hat.
Three of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football history — Tim Tebow (Florida), Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) and Colt McCoy (Texas) — have passed on (in a good way) to the NFL. Oregon, the defending Pacific 10 Conference champion, sent Jeremiah Masoli packing (he ended up walking on at Mississippi), while Notre Dame breaks in a new coach ( Brian Kelly) and quarterback (Dayne Crist).
Is this some kind of hint for Bob?
Sept. 9 also is a significant date in that it is Bob Stoops' 50th birthday. How much longer might he coach at OU? In 1963, Bud Wilkinson resigned at the age of 47. In 1989, Barry Switzer was 51 when forced to resign.
The Aggies come in at no. 30 in Sporting News' college football countdown.
This could be the best Texas A&M offense in a long, long time. Decades long. No one ever said Mike Sherman didn't know what he was doing around an offensive huddle. Jerrod Johnson is a legitimate superstar in the game, and very few outside the Big 12 know about him.
Texas Tech has a team chaplain.
Steve Grant wants to see Texas Tech football players serving visible roles in the community. It matters not to the Red Raiders’ new chaplain whether they visit nursing homes, read in schools or volunteer at children’s hospitals.
"Any worthy cause, I want these athletes to be there,’’ Grant said. "It is a privilege to play football here at Texas Tech, and with that privilege comes the responsibility to give back to the community that supports this program.’’
Don't look for Texas Tech quarterback Steven Sheffield and fired Tech coach Mike Leach to do lunch any time soon.
Not after Sheffield called Leach's ouster "a blessing in disguise'' for the program.
The senior from Austin, Texas, whose nickname is "Sticks,'' openly hurled stones during Big 12 media days at Leach's quirky style.
Leach, known for his single-mindedness toward offense, really did ignore the defense to the point of not even knowing the game plan or major calls at critical times.
"This sounds bad, but they were treated like the step-child,'' Sheffield said, which led to stress between the two units. "They were off on their own and did about whatever they wanted.''
Dr. Saturday was just shocked to learn that Leach didn't care about defense.
It always helps to score more points than your opponent. The Buffs need to make more touchdowns.
One thing Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has learned during his 4 1/2 years in Boulder: Don't even think about winning in the Big 12 Conference before scoring at least 30 points per game.
"I'm thinking more like 40," Kiesau said.
Colorado has fallen woefully shy of that mark, so it should come as no surprise that the Buffaloes are still in search of their first winning season under head coach Dan Hawkins.
Now we know why Bo Pelini loves the Big Ten. The conference officials are looking at those pesky game clock rules.
For Nebraska fans still suffering from the one second put back on the clock in the Big 12 championship game, the head of Big Ten officiating has some news of interest.
The fuzzy phrase "egregious error,’’ which allowed different interpretations of when a clock could be reset, is changing.
"We’ve made some adjustment to the rules that will clarify a gray area over what is an egregious error,’’ Bill Carollo said. "We have tightened up the language on replay and clock and what can be reviewed, and it will be announced soon.’’
The Dallas Morning news continues their series on concussions in football.
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