All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
We're back! [AAS]
A 60-54 road win over a Baylor team whose considerable talent was put to waste this season might seem unlikely to spark celebration, given the Bears' path to the NIT (is there still an NIT?). But it may have been a milestone victory in Rick Barnes' time at Texas. He called it "maybe as complete a team win" as the Longhorns have had in a long while.
Congrats to the Women's basketball team. [Kansas City Star]
Don't wait around for that starting QB announcement. [AAS]
Don’t expect a decision anytime soon, offensive co-coordinator Bryan Harsin — who’s also Texas’ quarterbacks coach — suggested.
In fact, Harsin said naming a starter could come as late as the week before the Sept. 3 season opener against Rice.
Former Longhorn All-America Doug English is a finalist College Football Hall of Fame. Former Longhorn (and DB coach for 22 minutes) Jerry Gray is also a finalist. [KVUE]
Mack Brown on cheating. [Daily Trojan]
"You’re always going to have violations by schools … because some coaches are going to cheat," Brown said. "That’s the way they’ve made their living. You’re always going to have some families that buy into that and you’re always going to have a certain level of families that look you right in the face and lie to you."
Noooooo. Should Texas Tech hire Billy Clyde Gillispie? [Dallas Morning News]
This is not a compliment. [Tulsa World]
Self is the Bob Stoops of hoops
Jeff Capel doesn't seem concerned about his job. [Tulsa World]
Aggie coach Mark Turgeon did not appreciate the snub. [Dallas Morning News]
The No. 21 A&M basketball team saw three of its own on the All-Big 12 lists announced this weekend. Khris Middleton, B.J. Holmes and David Loubeau all received accolades for their season's work. However, one name was missing off of the All-Big 12 Defensive Team: Dash Harris. And coach Mark Turgeon was a little angry about the snub.
Here's the updated S-Curve for today. [Blogging the Bracket]
Mike Gundy is a happy man. [NewsOK]
"I'm very comfortable with where we are at on offense and where Coach Monken is at," Gundy said. "I didn't see anything different today than what we had last year in spring ball."
"I’m excited about this team, there’s a lot of seniors, a lot of good players, a lot of guys who are very committed to this program," Pinkel said. "It’s exciting to see that and be a part of it. Now, the challenge for us is to make sure our seniors have the best years they’ve ever had. A year ago, we won 10 games, and most every senior had their best year. That’s important if you want to achieve your goals and reach your potential. That’s where it starts in the spring." Gary Pinkel
Bob Stoops attempts humor. [NewsOK]
Walking past a few reporters following OU’s pro day, Stoops said, "You see we got another championship banner up?
"It’s not a South Division one, either."
The comment was a perceived jab at Oklahoma State — and possibly one at Texas, too.
Whoop. The Aggies are getting excited about the 2011 season. They have even remodeled just for the occasion. [The Battalion]
The Aggies have new yell leaders. [The Battalion]
Jim Tressel has been fined and suspended for two games. [Sports Illustrated]
Is the Big East overrated as a conference in basketball? [Sports Illustrated]
Here's a quick preview of all the conference basketball tournaments. [Sports Illustrated]
Right now there is no discussion of expanding the NCAA tournament. [ESPN]
The NCAA is more concerned about making sure its first 68-team basketball tournament goes off without a hitch than any further expansion.
That's not to say there won't be more teams joining the fray eventually.
The NCAA announced last April that it would add three teams to the field this season, the first expansion since the tournament went from 64 teams to 65 in 2001. The 68-team model was chosen over 96 teams, a plan that received support from many coaches and administrators.
Following the gravy train of college sports and the BCS...money.
If it happens in the NFL, can college be too far behind? [Sports Business Digest]
IRS meet the BCS. [CBSSports]
Ohio State cleaned up at the Sugar Bowl. [The Wiz of Odds]
Will parents will feed their kids anything if it is endorsed by an athlete? [DietBlog]
So what did the Ducks get for that $25,000? [ESPN]
The Fiesta bowl has hired a lawyer. [New York Times]
Officials at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl have retained a high-profile Southern California attorney specializing in representing individuals and organizations involved in state and federal criminal investigations.
He better not count on the Lubbock vote. [KCBD]