All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
The Big 12 power rankings. [Big 12 Hoops]
Last Week's Record: 1-1
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: 5, down one spot
What E. Carnes Says: Texas shot just 30% in Saturday's victory over OK State. After facing A&M, the Longhorns hit the road for Mizzou and K-State — where 30% definitely won't cut it.
The way, way, way too early top 25. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
21. Texas Longhorns: After a head-scratching 5-7 finish in 2010, the Longhorns made improvement this past season, finishing 8-5 and defeating California 21-10 in the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl. While the defense made big strides under first-year coordinator Manny Diaz, the UT offense continued to sputter because of poor quarterback play. David Ash will have the edge entering spring practice, but he'll continue to be pushed by Case McCoy. The running game should be better if tailbacks Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron can stay healthy, and incoming freshman Johnathan Gray might provide immediate help. The Horns will have to replace linebackers Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho, as well as defensive tackle Kheeston Randall. Texas' Big 12 schedule isn't finalized, but it will play nonconference games against Wyoming (home), New Mexico (home) and Ole Miss (road).
He's here! [Horns Nation]
The Longhorns officially have three quarterbacks signed to scholarships.
That became the case on Monday when four-star signal caller Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) signed his scholarship papers. He is scheduled to arrive in Austin on Sunday.
"I'm excited to start my college career," Brewer said. "I've had a great high school career but it's time for a new chapter. I'm going into Texas to work as hard as I can."
Brewer (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) is the No. 3 quarterback and No. 34 prospect overall in the ESPNU 150.
Grades are in. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
There's plenty of potential in this Texas offense, but ultimately, the passing game leaves a lot to be desired. Even with its defense, Texas isn't going to win the Big 12 with a total offense ranked seventh in the Big 12 and 54th nationally. Like we said in the Missouri report card, offenses in this league are graded on a curve. The Longhorns were nearly 80 yards per game behind sixth-place Texas Tech, and ranked eighth in scoring offense for the entire season and in conference play.
Mac McWhorter to Penn St? [AAS]
Do you know Bevo? [Texas Exes]
Baylor's Perry Jones may be the most physically gifted player playing college basketball. [Sporting News]
Jones is the most physically gifted player in Division I basketball, and there might not be a close second. He is 6-11, 235 pounds. He runs, jumps, handles the ball, shoots it, rebounds. His skills are so varied he sometimes suffers from demonstrating a little of all he can do and no great volume of any one thing, even if the opposition demonstrates no particular capacity to stop it.
"I will say this," Mike Gundy said as Alabama closed in on Monday night's 21-0 win against LSU. "I bet you there'll be a lot of people wish they'd given us a shot to see a different kind of game." - Mike Gundy [USA Today]
The Pokes are finally paying Mike Gundy like a Top 20 coach. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Gundy was the 29th-highest paid coach nationally this season, according to USA Today's coaching salary study. His new raise puts him at sixth, ahead of guys like Bobby Petrino at Arkansas, Chip Kelly at Oregon and Bret Bielema at Wisconsin.
Gundy kicked off his career with a four-win season and two seven-win seasons. For some who saw those years, its hard to see Gundy, who first burst on the scene with his polarizing rant, as a coach who has ascended to the coaching elite.
Bob Stoops does not want to see one of his players playing for Baylor. [Sporting News]
Oklahoma freshman running back Brandon Williams, from Brookshire-Royal High School, said his primary motivation for transferring was to be closer to his 2-year-old daughter. He’ll have to sit out 2012. Williams asked coach Bob Stoops to be released from his scholarship, with hopes of transferring to either Baylor or A&M. Stoops said no to Big 12-rival Baylor, but gave the move to A&M the green light.
Why Mike Stoops? [Tulsa World]
Say what you will about Bob Stoops, but he definitely has his priorities in order. [NewsOK]
"My wife, my kids, my friendships, my close people … that's what matters. This stuff will go by the wayside at some point. The other stuff you'll keep forever. It will never consume me where I'm going to sacrifice my relationships with people, and relationships with (my) kids and faith, those things. That's what matters."
Sorry, Kansas. The Belichick tree bears very little fruit. [WSJ]
Prior to O'Brien, four of Belichick's assistants in New England went on to become a college or NFL head coach. Only one owns a winning record: former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who went 35-27 at Notre Dame but failed to reach a bowl game twice in five years. (In December, Weis was named Kansas' new head coach.)
Kansas offers lots of second chances. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
The ones who used to be members of the Big 12
Aggies being Aggies. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Texas A&M is considering sending a cease and desist letter to the Denver Broncos for infringing on the school's "12th Man" trademark.
The school owns the trademark. Before Denver's wild-card playoff win over Pittsburgh on Sunday, a man parachuted into the stadium with a "12th Man" flag, which reportedly flew during the game.
Barking Carnival was all over this. [Barking Carnival]
Promise? We will never hear about the Aggies and Missouri again. [Tulsa World]
With 2011 now in college football's history books, Tuesday marks the kickoff of the 2012 season. The openers may be seven-plus months away, but there's no time to rest for any team that's sick of hearing that the only "big-boy football" is played in the SEC.
The boys who play football at Texas A&M and Missouri may never be heard from again.
A former defensive coordinator in the Big 12 doesn't score well in new coaching hires. [The Lost Lettermen]
Carl Pelini (FAU): C-
You’re not going to get a top-of-the-line coach when you finish 1-11 and play in the Sun Belt. But Bo Pelini’s brother was a ticking time bomb of emotion in Lincoln whose defenses the last two years after Ndamukong Suh left weren’t anything special. There’s going to be a lot of losing in Boca Raton next season and it’ll be interesting to see how Pelini handles it.
The NCAA raised the minimum grade point average from 2.0 to 2.3 for incoming freshman athletes but a sliding scale negates any improvement in the process. [Inside Higher Education]
It is much worse than once thought. Concussions are especially bad in the teenage brain. [Grantland]
Paul Finebaum keeps the Redneck faithful enthralled. [Deadspin]
This isn't basketball, people. The BCS title game was just what we needed. [USA Today]
LSU vs. Alabama is exactly what bowl season needs: A football game that won’t turn into a basketball game.
Well, technically, bowl season needs a lot more than that – specifically, no more bowl games. The GoDaddy.com Bowl? Mobile, Ala., a week after New Year’s? The MAC and the Sun Belt?
Yes, a little meaningful football, please.
And some football featuring 11 players on the other side of the line of scrimmage who aren’t doubling as matadors.
The college football faithful absolutely, positively wanted to a SEC rematch. [Sports Media Watch]
Overnight ratings for Alabama’s 21-point shutout of LSU in the National Championship Game were the lowest in the history of the Bowl Championship Series.
Monday’s #2 Alabama/#1 LSU BCS National Championship Game earned a 13.8 overnight rating on ESPN, down 14% from last year (AUB/ORE: 16.1), and down 24% from 2010 (ALA/TEX: 18.2, ABC).
Even the market ratings in Birmingham, Alabama, were down. More people tuned in for last year's title game. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
It was a fitting end. [Yahoo Sports]
I cannot wait for West Virginia to join the Big 12. [The Smoking Musket]
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