All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
Manny Diaz just gets it. [Texas Scout]
Julius Whittier led the integration of Texas football. [The Daily Texan]
"I was a jock, plain and simple," Whittier told The New York Times in an interview. "I didn’t care about civil rights or making a mark. I just wanted to play big-time football."
Looking at race and Texas' coaching ranks. [The Daily Texan]
Not much is really changing in the Big 12. [ESPN]
"I never questioned the stability," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "The anchors were always the ones that wanted to keep it together -- Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. I know our AD [DeLoss Dodds] never wavered on keeping the league together. We're very comfortable with where it is right now."
The Big 12 made an easy switch in adding West Virginia and TCU. The league will continue as a 10-team conference for the foreseeable future with a new television agreement that will ensure even more status quo.
Everyone is happy in West Virginia. [SI]
West Virginians didn't really seem to care about the Big 12 move. [Charleston Daily Mail]
At least they won the game? [Charleston Daily Mail]
The West Virginia University football program lost $217,700 on its Orange Bowl trip, but athletic department officials say they worked hard to hold down the figure in light of a massive reimbursement expense for unsold tickets.
KU sophomore receiver Justin McCay must sit out the 2012 season. [Kansas City-Star]
Kansas State will probably make everyone's life miserable again in 2012. [SB Nation]
Know your new enemy. [Frogs O War]
The best part of being a member of the Big 12? Third-tier media rights. [Red Raiders]
Keep in mind that we are unique in the Big 12 Conference when it comes to controlling third-tier rights. In most other leagues, third-tier rights are retained by the conference, so we’re unique as a league in that regard.
Branding is everything. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has been hired by the conference as its public relations agency and will be charged with developing the "comprehensive PR strategy" for the league, which has a rebranding plan set for July when it will welcome a new commissioner and two new members, TCU and West Virginia.
The Big 12 Conference coaches met in Phoenix? They couldn't find a city in a member state? [Big 12 Sports]
Three big questions for Aggie football next season. [CBS Sports]
Cows always want the grass on the other side of the fence. But then, cows are stupid animals. [Crimson & Cream Machine]
You've most likely heard the phrase that says, "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence." As Texas A&M's run in the Big XII comes to an end next month the question at hand is, which side of the fence the conference lies on?
Blinded by the effects of Little Man Syndrome the Aggies decided to make a jump from the Big XII to the S.E.C. and pretty much bring about an end to their football significance while also giving the likes of LSU, Alabama, Florida and Arkansas an even bigger recruiting foothold within the state of Texas. On the other hand building an inroad to Texas recruiting for the S.E.C. powers does have its rewards and the Aggies are about to get paid handsomely for selling their souls.
The GTFO Tour is complete. [Barking Carnival]
More on the Aggies and their stupid logo issue. [Barking Carnival]
The WAC is dead. [CBS Sports]
Expect to hear the name Shaq at basketball games. [Harvard College Sports Collective Analysis]
The Good, The Bad, The Sanctioned
Want to save some money? Just don't cheat. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
South Carolina spent more than $535,000 to defend itself in its recent infractions case with the NCAA.
And the stupid
The dark underbelly of social media. [Player Perspective]
At first glance this is a story about two things: ESPN not properly vetting some freelance writer and the fact that a woman used her looks to get ahead. But it’s not that simple. This is really a story about how the ability to make money via social media (including getting hired by or getting more clicks for a popular site) creates a perfect environment for frauds to prosper.
Someone should tell the Aggies that real military leaders get their degree in Austin. The man who led that fight to get Osama Bin Laden is a Texas grad. [KXAN]
One year later, a lead commander in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden has come back to Austin.
Four-star commander and University of Texas graduate Admiral William McRaven was the keynote speaker at The Champions of Justice Gala. His speech focused on our nation's veterans and the bravery of the men and women in the military fighting over seas.
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