All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
Blake Gideon wants to continue his career. [The Daily Texan]
Gideon grew up on football and hopes to continue playing football in the NFL.
"I’m going to be a consistent guy," Gideon said. "I think I’ve treated these past four years like a professional so I already know what that life is about. I can also say that I have dedicated a large portion of my life to football already so I’m not going to have any issues that they need to worry about off the field."
The basketball team made Dick Vitale's preseason top 20. [ESPN]
Will another Longhorn be a one-and-done? [Washington Examiner]
They are still bitter. [California Golden Blogs]
We don't really hate Aggies, especially when they give us money. [Houston Chronicle]
Too soon? 130 days until the season opener with Wyoming.
Be afraid, be very afraid! Sooner Trey Metoyer is really good. [Crimson and Cream Machine]
Need any more be said...really? Metoyer is a kid that has had much hype surrounding him. Texas Longhorn fans love to gloat that he didn't get into OU last season and how they never recruited him. All that is about to change!
Metoyer comes in as the only 5-star wide receiver recruit under Bob Stoops and certainly looks the part. He has the ability to go along with the know how that will certainly make him a star. There is only one question that remains...is Trey Metoyer the best freshman impact player since Adrian Peterson?
Lots of Big 12 love for the Mountaineers. [MSNSportsnet]
Dana Holgorsen knows the Big 12. [SI]
In many ways, no introductions will be necessary. Big 12 coaches have crossed paths with Holgorsen and the Mountaineers before.
With several reunions in store, Holgorsen said Monday during the Big 12 coaches' spring conference call that there's a buzz among players and fans about the upcoming season.
"There's a whole bunch more than there was a year ago,'' Holgorsen said. "Our players have been in big games in the past. They understand what they're getting into without us having to beat them over the head with it.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville wants the conference to have 12 teams. [Ft. Worth Star-Telegram]
TCU's Gary Patterson knows the pressure is on. [Ft. Worth Star-Telegram]
"I think once we can prove that we can win in the Big 12 then I think you’re going to see a big change in how we do things," he said. "It will be the first time the Metroplex will have a football team [in a major conference] since TCU and SMU were part of the Southwest Conference."
The Jayhawks have a football player that might be a threat. Seriously. [KU Sports]
During the back’s first individual meeting with Charlie Weis, the new KU coach talked about all the ways he hoped to get Pierson out in space so he could showcase his quickness.
The challenge for the sophomore is now to become more durable. Though he’s only at 165 pounds, his goal is to get into the 175- to 180-pound range.
Texas Tech may have their own network. [AAS]
Texas Tech is researching the feasibility of its own network, and learned through Bortz Media and Sports Group that its football games between 2008 and 2010 ranked second in ratings — behind only Texas — in six market areas within the league footprint, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and St. Louis.
"I would say we're past the initial stages," Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt told me last week. "I'd say we'll decide something in the next 12 to 18 months. The opportunities are there. Oklahoma's is the format we would follow."
What do Big 12 coaches think of a playoff? [ESPN]
Land Thieves do good. Two former Sooner wrestlers make the Olympic team. [Sooner Sports]
The Aggies won't have a hard time finding a new rival in the SEC. [SB Nation]
There's little in the way of a sleight to be perceived here, and while A&M's sure to find no shortage of teams to hate in the coming seasons, we doubt MSU will be high on that list. In addition to sharing official colors and troubled-but-fun tenures from the shyster Sherrill, the schools have a stunning amount in common - they're both land-grant agriculture institutions with game day traditions reflecting their agrarian roots, they're both fixated with hatred of their state's flagship liberal arts university (Texas, Ole Miss) and their oft-publicized college towns (Austin, Oxford).
Chances are, given a few years, the two schools will find as much kinship as possible for two division rivals, and eventually Rick Perry will appropriate funds to annex Starkville as a satellite campus.
John Carvalho, a journalism professor at Auburn, takes issue with ESPN's new media transparency. [Sports Business Daily]
Right back at ya'...ESPN takes issue with John Carbalho's issue with their media transparency. [Sports Business Daily]
There is no reason to restrict a college football playoff. [ESPN]
The conferences are looking for an alternative. [South Bend Tribune]
We've heard it before. Changes are coming... [ESPN]
What changed? What snapped? How did the sport's leaders decide that what has worked for them for so long is no longer working? As recently as four years ago, the BCS bosses last considered the postseason format. When Slive proposed a "plus-one," post-BCS game, he convinced only ACC commissioner John Swofford to vote with him. Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said, "There is a strong feeling in the Big 12 that what we have is working well."
That feeling is no longer around. Neither, for that matter, is Beebe. The Big 12, Pac-12 and Big East have different memberships and new commissioners.
The Good, The Bad, The Sanctioned
Roger Clemons is back in court. [Washington Post]
And the stupid
MU is now a part of the SEC Academic Consortium, which was created "to advance academic excellence through collaboration of SEC universities".
That's right up there with the Coalition for Civil Liberties in Homs.
Or the Women's Libertarian Party of Kabul.
Are you familiar with the Greater Stillwater MENSA Society?
The University of Florida has
eliminated combined the Computer Science Department with another department. [Forbes]
Wow, no one saw this coming. The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department, which will allow it to save about
$1.7 million$1.4 million. The school is eliminating all funding for teaching assistants in computer science, cutting the graduate and research programs entirely, and moving the tattered remnants into other departments.
RGIII gets a sculpture in his honor. [SB Nation]
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