All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
It just wasn't that difficult. [Houston Chronicle]
Jaxon Shipley thought it would be harder. The trick play, just like Texas’ effort to build itself back up into a power program, had been meticulously planned in anticipation of multiple obstacles and pitfalls.
"I was expecting to see some guys in front of me," Shipley said of his 40-yard touchdown catch in the No. 17 Longhorns’ 37-14 victory over Iowa State. "But there was nobody there."
"When you force turnovers like we did tonight, you are going to win a lot of football games," Brown said. [ASS]
This team looks familiar. [AAS]
This for all you stat geeks out there. [Barking Carnival]
Deloss Dodds is an American Hero. [Barking Carnival]
It's on. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Chalk up another win for the Land Thieves.
The Sooners look ready for Texas. [NewsOK]
Oh, right. Texas. It's officially Red River Rivalry week for the 4-0 Sooners and 4-0 Longhorns.
"Undefeated teams? Texas-OU?" Lewis said. "It can't get any bigger than that. They're trying to take off our heads. We're trying to take off theirs. It should be fun to watch."
We're flattered? Oklahoma just can't stop thinking about us. [NewsOK]
By the third quarter, Jefferson's mind wandered again. Bob Stoops still had Jefferson patrolling Owen Field, despite a massive lead that eventually would become a 62-6 Sooner victory, but Jefferson already was thinking Cotton Bowl, and Dallas, and the atmosphere like no other.
Tony Jefferson was thinking Texas.
"OK," Jefferson said to himself, "now it's time to move on."
That stupid excessive celebration penalty. [NewsOK]
Have you always planned a spike or something if you ever scored?
"I wasn't even thinking about a celebration, spiking it or being malicious in any way to the team. Anytime you can get into the end zone it's a great time. It was just emotions, how I reacted. I thought I was fine. I was celebrating with my teammates. The first time I knew that we had a flag was when I go to Coach Stoops. He wasn't smiling."
SEC! SEC! SEC! SEC!
Aggies implode. Again. [Houston Chronicle]
So much for that Big 12 title run. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Conditioning just isn't the issue, people. [Houston Chronicle]
"The way we practice - we're in shape, I promise you," said Sherman, 0-4 against Gundy. "We didn't stress their defense the way they stressed our defense. It had nothing to do with being in shape or out of shape. Some of the most conditioned athletes still cramp.
"I can't say we hydrated properly in hindsight, but we didn't anticipate 37 snaps (on defense) in the third quarter. You're going to cramp on a 95-degree day when you play that much."
The Aggies are the SEC's long-lost brother. [TexAgs]
If you think the Aggies don't have an inferiority complex, just read this article. What ranking Texas school do they not mention? [The Battalion]
The conference ADs will be discussing all kinds of stuff soon, according to an unnamed source. [ESPN]
The nine remaining Big 12 athletic directors held a brief conference call Thursday to define the parameters for stability and assessing their approach to expansion, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.
The source said the athletic directors discussed what number of teams would make the most sense for the long-term stability of the league without making a final decision. The ADs plan on meeting again next week, according to the source.
Missouri coaches ponder the pros and cons of SEC membership. [Columbia Daily Tribune]
Gary Pinkel has served as the public voice of Missouri’s frustration with the Big 12, calling the unrest and defections over the past 15 months "sad," "embarrassing" and "unbelievable."
Iowa State has a Texas pipeline. [Des Moines Register]
The conference is kicking butt and taking names. [Tulsa World]
It is time for an intervention. [Wide Right Natty Light]
Texas and A&M have their own flavor of Gatorade. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Interesting fact from Twitter. The Big 12 owns the Big 14 trademark. [United States Patent & Trademark Office]
Tech Beat Kansas, 45-34. [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal]
Kansas State beat Baylor, 36-35. [Kansas City Star]
Andrew Luck's daddy is a pretty smart guy.
No one is really in charge. [Washington Post]
The NCAA would like schools to stop being greedy. [ESPN]
As a growing number of schools play musical chairs with conferences, NCAA president Mark Emmert says he is concerned about the perception that money is driving the decisions and declared "this is not the NFL, the NBA, it's not a business."
Instead, Emmert is urging school presidents to consider factors besides revenue when choosing conference affiliation.
"I think what came across (with realignment) is that all we care about is money and what we can do that is to our advantage," Emmert said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. "Nobody was talking about what this is going to do for student-athletes or intercollegiate athletic programs. It was all about let's make a deal."
Tommy Tuberville just can't get away from Auburn. [Birmingham News]
"Our youth and inexperience is not an excuse. It is a fact. Consider the following: Auburn signed a total of 58 players in the 2007 and 2008 recruiting classes (the classes that are this year's fourth- and fifth-year seniors). Only nine players from those two classes remain. Roughly half of the players who signed in 2007 and 2008 either never enrolled at Auburn, quit or transferred."
True, and who signed the 2007 and 2008 Auburn classes? Tuberville. Those were his last two classes at Auburn before taking a year off and then taking over at Texas Tech.
The University of Cincinnati has been placed on two years probation for violating rules on calling recruits in its women’s basketball and football programs.[Yahoo Sports]
Did the SEC make a mistake by not developing their own network? [Birmingham News]
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