All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
The Horns just overachieved. [Austin American-Statesman]
At least we made the top ten. We are No. 9. [ESPN's Big 12 Blog]
We have a TE! Redshirt freshman TE Darius Terrell made a watch list. [Fox Sports]
The Longhorns coaches will still look for Terrell in the passing game, but they have put more weight on him and moved him to tight end. Terrell now weighs around 240 pounds and has an excellent chance to see the field this year. New offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin — despite his reputation as a trick-play savant — loves two-tight formations, and the Longhorns only have one tight end with a lot of experience on the roster. The lone veteran, Blaine Irby, has missed each of the last two seasons after suffering a brutal knee injury in 2008. Irby was finally cleared to play this spring by doctors and figures to get the best look as the starter. Terrell must improve as a blocker if he wants to see extensive game action in the fall. However, with his tremendous receiving skills, Harsin would be hard-pressed not to use Terrell this season.
They still love us in Nebraska! [Omaha World-Herald]
Adios, Bevo. So long, Texas. Until we meet again, Augie Garrido.
And, finally, mercifully, goodbye to Nebraska-Texas.
The Texas Longhorns went two and barbecue at the College World Series. And Garrido, the veteran coach, didn’t wait long to fire up the grill. He and the lads were headed to the airport and a Monday night flight back to Austin.
Let’s hope that the angst from Nebraska, Omaha, and the CWS in particular, went back with them.
It’s time. Nebraska will officially join the Big Ten in 10 days. The Texas Longhorn Network kicks off in two months. That’s the Big 12’s issue/albatross now.
Catch up with Earl Thomas. [San Antonio Fox News]
Hang in there. [Countdown Clock]
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Dan Beebe needs a raise after he saved the Big 12-2 and everything. [ESPN]
Here's what college football's other major conference commissioners made in 2009:
- Jim Delany, Big Ten: $1.6 million
- John Swofford, ACC, $1.1 million
- Mike Slive, SEC, $1 million
- Dan Beebe, Big 12, $997,000
Beebe got the biggest pay raise from 2008 to 2009. [Associated Press]
It is an Aggie renaissance! Bill Bryne saved the day. [Houston Chronicle]
his has been a pretty good year to be Bill Byrne. He keeps building new things, collecting trophies and, in general, leading a transformation of sports at Texas A&M.
In other words, he's doing the things he set out to do eight years ago when Robert Gates hired him as athletic director and told him to do what needed to be done to make A&M great.
"We've got to bring it into the 21st century," he said. "Its base is 90 years old. We've got to bring it up to modern standards."
The Jayhawks' strongest asset is their running game. [KU Sports]
Who are the conference's best offensive coaches? [Columbia Tribune]
This looks uncomfortable. [Facebook]
ESPN takes a look at college teams in NFL markets. [ESPN]
You can compare college football with the NFL by focusing on what it is not. The product on the field on Saturday is not as fast, not as skilled and not as powerful.
"There's a higher level of expectation when you come to the pro market," Dunn said. "They are used to coming to a very high-level entertainment value. So we need to provide a better entertainment value."
But the marketers point out what the NFL is not. When compared with college football, the NFL is not as affordable, not as family-friendly and not as emotional.
TCU is Ft. Worth's team. [ESPN]
Fort Worth views Dallas as self-important, ostentatious, boastful, snotty and humorless. Dallas views Fort Worth as somewhere west of town.
TCU has bet its future on the difference.
"They are the Dallas Cowboys," Del Conte said. "We are Fort Worth's team."
The only thing better than Texas-OU hate is Michigan-tOSU animosity.[Sporting News]
When ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard opens his mouth, brace yourself. Howard doesn’t mince words, and when asked about ex-Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner at Michigan went all-in.
"If Woody Hayes was around now, I’m thinking he would grab Jim Tressel by the collar and punch him in the throat," Howard told the Omaha World-Herald.
Spencer Hall helps you with those ACC divisions. [EDSBS]
The Big East is a basketball conference. [ESPN]
Which is why it's maybe just a teensy bit refreshing that the Big East -- the one major conference that can conceivably be called a basketball league in the year 2011 -- that in 2011, the Big East received more money from the NCAA for basketball than it did for football.
History lesson of the day. Here is the NCAA reform documented through they years. [NCAA Bylaw Blog]
The biggest lesson though is that ideas to reform the enforcement process are nothing new. Since modern enforcement of NCAA rules began at that special convention in 1985, the process has undergone numerous calls for change. And while not all of those calls have been heeded, the process has been updated almost as often.
The state's most infamous scout Willie Lyles would like to be your friend and share his story. [Facebook]
West Virginia has won the award for the most unruly fan base. [Lost Lettermen]
This should be on your summer reading list. The Bishops' Committee Report on SMU's NCAA violations and the school's actions are published in full. [SMU Daily Campus]
The Land Thieves are not impressed with Bellmont's pr machine. [Crimson and Cream Machine]
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