All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
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The Big 12-2 basketball tournament looks promising for the Horns.
The Big 12 men's basketball tournament draw sets up well for Texas to make a run to the championship game.
Texas, the No. 2 seed, is on the bottom half of the bracket and will play the Baylor-Oklahoma winner — likely to be the Bears — in a quarterfinal Thursday evening. The Longhorns have a first-round bye in the event that starts Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.
The Longhorns (25-6, 13-3) swept both the Bears and Sooners — including a 60-54 win in Waco on Saturday night — and they twice pummeled the No. 3 seed, Texas A&M (23-7, 10-6), whom the Horns could see in a semifinal Friday night.
What did we learn from the Texas-Stanford baseball series?
A pitching staff that's deeper than an MLK speech.
A good defense on most days.
An experienced coaching staff that knows what it takes to get to Omaha.
That's it for now.
We assume the hitting part comes later. It usually does with Texas.
Change is good.
"Whether we like it or not, people like new. They like fresh," Brown said. "We won a lot of games and did really well, but 13 years is a long time to be at a place. Sometimes change is good."
Nothing spurs change faster than a five-win season like the Longhorns endured in 2010. Brown replaced three coaches, including offensive coordinator Greg Davis, who had become a lightning rod for fan criticism in recent seasons, never more so than last season. Two more, including defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, left for new jobs.
Mack Brown talks to NY Times writer Pete Thamel.
Defensively, to see what Manny Diaz has done in his short career is amazing. I wanted experience but I wanted enthusiasm and I wanted youth. I really wanted to start over. We’ve had two days of spring practice and it would be foolish of me to sit here and say, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve hired three guys I wish I could rid of.’ After two days, there’s no doubt that I would have hired the same guys. I don’t know how long they’ve been here, a month and a half or two months, through recruiting and watching them through two days of practice, I’m really excited about it. People want to know how good we’re going to be next year. There’s so many changes. We’re starting over. It is a cliché, but to say we’re a work in progress, we are. From everything.
What would Jesus do? Baylor students forgot they were Baptists on Saturday night.
Speaking of bad manners, the Baylor student section sitting behind one of the press rows at the Ferrell Center didn’t exactly shower themselves with glory as they verbally abused the refs, Rick Barnes, Alexis Wangmene and generally anybody wearing burnt orange. I know yelling obscenities is hardly limited to Baylor, trust me, but it made me forget for a second they go to a Baptist university.
Frank Martin gambled and won.
In January, with the team adrift and a once-promising season teetering, Martin decided to throw out his offense and switch to something entirely different.
He knew he was taking a huge risk. Since their first practice back the fall, his players had been running an offense that featured lots of ball screens and post plays. At 0-2 in the Big 12 and with post players deserting his program, he changed to more of a spread attack.
At least the Pokes have the NIT.
No one familiar with OSU expected greatness this season, not even Ford. But few expected this either: an 18-12 regular season mark lowlighted by a 6-10 Big 12 record and zero conference road wins.
No, we never get tired of hearing about all the things the Land Thieves do.
IF YOU’RE SICK of reading bad news about Oklahoma football, believe me, I’m sick of writing about it. In the last month alone, five separate incidents have blemished what was supposed to be an off-season of anticipation of a team on the brink of making a serious run at the national title. Instead, four starters ran into trouble, and a fifth is accused of turning in his position coach for illicitly monitoring off-season workouts, a secondary violation that resulted in the self-imposed loss of practice time.
Then, there also was the SI/CBS report that showed OU ranked seventh among the 2010 preseason Top 25 in players possessing criminal backgrounds.
How to distract a player at the free-throw line.
There is an increasing divorce rate in college basketball.
Division I basketball has taken on a "play me or trade me" persona, a major factor in players transferring from one program to another at a rising rate. Independent studies by Fox Sports and rivals.com have found that 305 players left Division I programs after the 2006-07 season. In 2009-10, that number had grown to 367.
Oregon can blame all their problems on the Land Thieves.
Losing the recruiting battle for former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson in 2003 prompted Oregon to make a bigger investment in Texas recruiting. That investment, which reportedly includes a $25,000 payment to a Houston-based recruiting service, has triggered an NCAA probe.
Arkansas is trying to crack down on agents in college sports.
The sports agent bill, House Bill 1061 by Rep. David Sanders, R-Little Rock, was approved 28-0 and goes to the governor.
"It appears that when sports agents unlawfully give money to student athletes the student, athlete gets punished, the university gets punished, the fans … across the country get punished, yet the agent who actually violated the law gets off with very little, a misdemeanor," said Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, who presented the bill on the floor.
Could doom and gloom be ahead for prep football?
It is the evolution of street agents and "advisors" that concerns the NCAA. The emergence of 7-on-7 leagues in the offseason -- the NCAA calls them "non-scholastic" teams -- has given those third parties an entrée into the recruiting process. In some cases, all-star teams are assembled and flown around the country for tournaments. An easily influenced 18-year-old gets more attached to his summer coach than he does his high school coach. Theoretically, that coach could realize he controls a commodity, not just a team.
"It's eerily similar [to basketball]," Newman-Baker acknowledged.
It adds up to flesh-peddling.