All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
Justin Tucker wants a shot at the NFL. [Daily Texan]
The Texas rowing team is looking to take the Big 12 championship for the fourth year in a row. [Big 12 Sports]
Corey Knebelhas been named to initial Pitcher of the Year Watch List by the College Baseball Hall of Fame. [Big 12 Sports]
Did you know...Texas has a Rock Climbing team? [Daily Texan]
The UT Tower has glowed orange to commemorate rivalry football victories, academic achievements and Texas Independence Day. For the first time, the Tower will light up to celebrate the rock climbing team’s first national championship victory.
And we know hat this means for Texas... K-State showing Bill Snyder standards. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Mike Gundy might or might not have an answer today. [NewsOK]
Better to fix it now than, say, right before your play Oklahoma. [Topeka Capital-Journal]
There is another Gronkowski and he is coming to a football field near you this fall. [Topeka Capital-Journal]
The Gronkowski experience is coming to Manhattan, where Glenn will make his K-State debut in Saturday’s spring game. His brothers are flying in for the occasion, sans Rob, the Patriots tight end who sparked pseudo-controversy when he was photographed dancing shirtless hours after a Super Bowl loss to the Giants.
What do we want in conference commissioner? [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
"The answer is very obvious. You’d like to have a good person. You’d like to have a very honest, forthright person, with a balance in how he operates the conference itself, with the idea that everybody is treated equally and what he would do would be in the very, very best interest of the 10-12 teams that would make up the conference itself," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "Somebody that’s highly respected across the country and well-known across the country as well, has a reputation that would be very, very prominent as it relates to conference commissioners across the country."
May 30th is big day! [CBS Sports]
The Sugar Bowl charged the Missouri band $182,830 to perform at halftime? [Yahoo Sports]
The Aggies are leaving the Big 12 with a thud. [AAS]
Maybe they should change the name from the Lone Star Showdown to the No Star Showdown, though that's not really fair to the J'Covan Browns and Jordan Spieths of the burnt-orange world.
Besides, changing the slogan in midstream could be a bit dicier to market. How's this: "We're not very good, but we're better than they are."
Oh, those Aggie message boards. What we would do without them? [GigEm247]
Ryan Tannehill is a great guy. [San Antonio Express-News]
Best of luck to Tannehill in the draft and for the future.
"There would be such an outcry from the public and the media if we went with a one-game final because the four-team [playoff] is so far out there," a commissioner said.[CBS Sports]
The BCS is considering a neutral-site proposal. [ESPN]
If Football Bowl Subdivision conference commissioners and the sport's other power brokers approve a four-team playoff to determine college football's national champion, the semifinals and the national championship game will be played at neutral sites and the BCS bowl games will be played closer to New Year's Day, a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
Commissioners of the 11 FBS conferences, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and other network TV and college football officials are meeting in Hollywood, Fla., this week to discuss the future of the BCS.
The BCS has the best interests of the sport at heart. Really, they do. [ESPN]
Now it's time to fix college football's postseason problem. Sagging TV ratings and declining attendance at BCS bowl games are clear indicators that the BCS needs an overhaul.
Do teams that trade up in the NFL draft actually benefit? [Harvard Sports Analysis Collective]
As much as I love couture, this is just creepy to me. [NY Times]
"We wanted some personality," Rachel Johnson said. "But we don’t want anything too bold. That can be overwhelming with taller guys who have more presence, or more body."
That statement qualified as a scouting report, but not the usual, on-field version. Johnson cared little for where Poe would be drafted, the scheme he would play or whether his superb tryouts for scouts would translate into success on Sundays in the fall. As Poe’s draft stylist, Johnson cared more about the wide lapels on his suit jacket and the fabric swatches her team had selected.
The Good, The Bad, The Sanctioned
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. - Martin Luther King Jr. Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee is tired of all the irresponsible sports journalism. [The Lantern]
The "bad journalism" in question was President E. Gordon Gee’s assessment of "Sporting News"’ April 9 article titled "From champs to chomped: How Urban Meyer broke Florida football," which reported on an "out-of-control" culture left behind by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer when he departed the University of Florida’s program in January 2011. The article also reported wide-spread drug use among his former players.
Saban said he emphasizes the importance of his players getting degrees and developing personally — and maybe turning into NFL players. [Columbia Tribune]