All the Big 12 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
Texas lost to Kansas. [AAS]
The two defeats in four days leave Texas (12-7) at 2-4 in the Big 12, the first time during coach Rick Barnes' 14 seasons that the Longhorns do not have a winning record after six games. They have lost three straight, the first of them at Missouri.
"It’s good to get a close win -- we needed it. We haven’t had a game like this since Georgetown in early November, and we can’t simulate that in practice. Texas did a great job of defending us. This is the best win we’ve had all year." - Bill Self [CBS Sports]
"If he played against Kansas every game, he would be national player of the year the last two years," coach Bill Self said. "He’s killed us." - Bill Self on J’Covan Brown. [CBS Sports]
Could the NIT be in our post-season future? [AAS]
Connor Brewer committed to Texas and never looked back. [Missouri Sports Online]
"When (Texas) offered me on the day of the Super Bowl last year, I went through the top three or four schools and the pros and cons of each place. The area of Austin, the coaches, the facilities, the players there, the potential recruiting class - it was a no-brainer. I committed and never changed my mind. I know they've had a couple of big-name guys change their mind, but not me, though."
There are still issues for the offense in 2012. [Sporting News]
Texas: There’s one undeniable truth in Austin: this program doesn’t remotely resemble the one that played for the 2009 BCS National Championship—at least offensively. Every program rebuilds, but it’s now Year 3 for Texas in the process and there are still nagging concerns on offense. QB David Ash was spotty, but showed promise. The running game was decent—even good at times – and has potential with TB Malcolm Brown. WR Jaxon Shipley, if he stays healthy, is a legitimate star. Ten starters return, but Ash must make the significant jump elite quarterbacks make from their freshman to sophomore seasons for Texas to return to the top of the Big 12.
People don't like Scott Drew because he is so successful. [Ft. Worth Star-Telegram]
When I met him last month in his office he could not have been any more gracious and kind. Why does this perception exist?
He laughed when I asked him this and shook his head yes.
"I think if you look at a presidential race every year, he gets 51 percent he's going to win which means there was 49 percent that aren't going to like him," he said. "Human nature is if you are in the spotlight, some people are going to like you and some people aren't going to like you. What matters to me the most are the people that know me. If my friends think I'm screwing up or need to focus and do better in certain areas, I take that. If it's somebody that doesn't know me, and it's perception or gossip, no.
Brent Venables' departure will help and hurt the Sooners. [NewsOK]
Stoops doesn't like the lame-stream media. [Tulsa World]
There has been speculation that an angry Venables bolted because he was going to be demoted. While he would still be co-coordinator, Venables would relinquish the play-calling duties he's managed for eight years to Mike Stoops.
Both Stoops brothers and Venables have adamantly denied those reports. And Bob Stoops was still firing fastballs yesterday at the ones he feels responsible - the media, which he described as becoming "tabloidish."
The silver lining... At least the Jayhawks have a coach. [SB Nation]
"The early buzz with the hiring of Charlie Weis is nice, but the reality is this team won two games in 2011 (should’ve been one) and is devoid of talent," writes Hayes. "Notre Dame transfer QB Dayne Crist walked on campus and was clearly the team’s most talented player. Weis will upgrade the offense, and they’ll score more than 19 points a game in conference. But can they stop anyone? Again, it comes down to (a lack of) players—but the hiring of longtime NFL assistant Dave Campo to run the unit is a big first step."
Of course, it is different. It isn't a network. [Tulsa World]
WHEN ESPN's Longhorn Network came into existence, it was an embryo conceived by wealthy parents - certain to be filthy rich someday but, for now, seen only with specialized equipment, and by a select few.
When Oklahoma-themed television programming debuts this fall, it will pop into existence fully grown, healthy and strong, seen by millions, though its net worth will probably never approach that of its Red River rival.
Congrats are in order for Mike Gundy. [Houston Chronicle]
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy won the 26th Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award after guiding the Cowboys to a 12-1 season, an outright Big 12 championship and a victory over Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.
TCU may need to allocate some more funds for recruiting when they join the Big 12. [Business of College Sports]
What to do...what to do...What's the point of the Bonfire if the Aggies don't play Texas? [The Eagle]
The Aggies begin buyout talks with the Big 12. [Sporting News]
How many college football recruits go back on their verbal commitments? [SI]
Did the NCAA finally get it right? [SB Nation]
At the NCAA conference on January 14th, an NCAA working group devised a new enforcement matrix that takes into account both the type of violation as well as aggravating and mitigating factors to determine an appropriate punishment for a violating institution.
Here are the SEC's recruiting budgets. [Business of College Sports]
Everything old is new again. The NFL has rediscovered TEs. [NewsOK]
Will Muschamp definitely isn't in Texas anymore. [Orlando Sentinel]
Orr's is Florida's ninth known arrest, and the eighth player to be arrested, since coach Will Muschamp took over in Jan. 2011. Six of those arrests included the same charge for marijuana possession, including two separate cases for CB Janoris Jenkins. Three of the players who have been arrested in the past year – Jenkins, LB Chris Martin and LB Dee Finley – are no longer with the team.
A group of professors tackle the question of pay-for-play and a playoff. [ESPN]
Ratings drive everything in college football. [Alabama News]
Television networks want more attractive SEC football games to start and finish seasons in the future, SEC consultant Larry Templeton said.
That will be among the topics discussed when SEC athletics directors meet in February to create 14-team schedules for 2013 and beyond. The major issues remain whether to keep permanent cross-divisional opponents and how to rotate the other cross-divisional game.
Memories. TCU’s 1951 Southwest Conference championship team had a reunion. [TCU Magazine]
It didn’t take long for talk to turn from memories of the past to excitement about TCU’s future as a member of the Big 12, and taking on old rivals like Texas and Oklahoma, which the Frogs had long battled in the old Southwest Conference.
"The competition will be stiffer but competition is good for you," Harris said. "In the old Southwest Conference, every game was like playing a bowl game, you played opponents who were ranked or who really played well. You had to rise to the occasion every week."
The Not-So-Good, The Bad, The Sanctioned
Miami University has made a decision to crack down on donor contact with athletes. [Dr. Saturday]
And the stupid
SMU fans don't even like him. [Ft. Worth Star-Telegram]
R.I.P., Joe. [Fox Sports]
"I appreciate all of the advice, the attention and the time he’s given us over the years. We will miss him dearly and will always cherish the wonderful memories. College football will be left with a major void because he has done so much for our game and for Penn State. It’s a very sad day, and with his passing, we have lost one of the greatest coaches our game, and all sports, will ever have. He leaves us with great stories, memories and records that may never be broken. There will never be another Joe Paterno. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the family." - Mack Brown [Houston Chronicle]
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