All the Big 12 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
How did Mack Brown get into coaching? [Scoreboard Daily]
It started because I didn’t have any choice. My dad was a high school coach and then a principal and superintendent. My granddad was the winningest high school coach in Middle Tennessee history. He was the superintendent while I was in high school. My older brother wanted to go into coaching. So I don’t think we had any choice. It was in our blood. After my dad and granddad got out of the school business they owned a sporting goods store so we’ve been in sports and education our whole lives.
S&C coach Bennie Wylie has been recognized as one of the best by his peers. [MBTF]
Texas Strength and Conditioning Head Coach for Football Bennie Wylie will be named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches (CSCCa), the organization has announced. The award represents the CSCCa's highest honor.
The Texas-OU game will stay at the Cotton Bowl through 2020. [Sporting News]
Alex Wangmene's favorite word is yes. [San Antonio Express-News]
Is Big 12 Commish Bob Bowlsy a Texas man? [AAS]
"I am proud to have been selected to lead the Big 12 Conference as its Commissioner," he said in a statement. "The member institutions represent the best in competitive intercollegiate athletics, and they occupy a prominent place in the history of sports in America. I am excited to work with a very talented and committed group of Presidents and Chancellors to advance the Conference on the national sports landscape." - Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsy [ESPN]
Will the conference expand? [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
"Expansion will be an ongoing consideration for us. I haven’t had the opportunity to talk with all of the presidents about this issue, and I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to all but a couple of the athletic directors. I certainly am not going to presume a direction that we will go. I think, though, as you consider expansion, it has to be expansion that has, as its roots, the enhancement of the league. There’s nothing magic about 11, 12 or 10."
Later, he added that there is no consensus among the members about a number, but there are a lot of variables to consider.
Bedlam. Will Oklahoma's little brother get uppity again? [Crimson and Cream Machine]
There's a lot of football optimism in Kansas. [Leavenworth Times]
TCU is getting a new logo do. [Dallas Morning News]
"There's a very good spirit within the Big 12," Luck said. "Not only is there stability, but a granting of [television] rights for 13 years. That's an eternity in our business.
"We felt welcome. There's a real good vibe across the board." - WV AD Oliver Luck [Chicago Tribune]
West Virginia knows how to pinch pennies. [Charleston Daily Mail]
Barry Switzer and Billy Sims are big on the Mountaineers. [Metro News]
Former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer and former Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims are very high on the Mountaineers.
So high they feel WVU will be the top team in the Big 12 Conference.
"I think they’re preseason favorites. I’m serious about that," said Switzer. "I think Oklahoma and them would be preseason favorites. I don’t see anyone else in the picture.""I think they’ll fit in just as good as all of the other teams in the Big 12," said Sims. "It’s all about winning and they’re used to that. I know they’re going to bring their A game every time they suit up on Saturday."
Kansas State is the most profitable athletic department. [ESPN]
Waco wants your tourism dollars. [KXXV]
Tommy Tuberville may have bigger problems than just an under-performing football team. [Opelika-Auburn News]
A federal judge in Montgomery denied a motion to dismiss the civil lawsuit against former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville that alleges a hedge fund he helped manage defrauded clients of more than $1.7 million.
U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson denied Tuberville’s motion for dismissal Friday after the plaintiffs in the case filed an amended complaint offering further details of the former AU head coach’s alleged involvement in the fraud. Thompson ruled Tuberville has the option to renew his call for a dismissal.
Nice kiss-off for Bill Bryne. [KBTX]
"He and I agree we can't wait 'till the end of that contract to determine a transition to a new A.D. here. So we've already begun some time ago conversations about his future here. And we'll be able next weeks to months to be able to come back to the public and announce exactly what's gonna happen," said R. Bowen Loftin, Ph.D., Texas A&M University President.
With skyrocketing salaries and pressure to win in college basketball, coaches' relationships aren't what they used to be. [ESPN]
Two decades later, including years when the relationship between the two was at times contentious with Barnes as head coach at Providence and Calhoun at UConn, Barnes and his Texas team beat Connecticut in the Sweet 16.
A few days later, a letter arrived addressed to Barnes. It was from Calhoun.
"He said that he never likes to lose, but if he had to, he was glad it was to someone like me," Barnes said. "I'm not sure how much of that goes on now."
Everyone is changing their mind about a playoff. [CBS Sports]
In the 2011-12 media guide, the anti-playoff propaganda can be found just nine pages after an explanation that each automatic qualifying conference will receive $22.3 million and the five non-AQ conferences will split $13.2 million, and eight pages after a two-paragraph chapter entitled "The BCS Is Fair."
Right there, as it is every year, the subliminal messages start on Page 14 in the 2011-12 guide under the heading "They Said It" (... just a sampling from many affirmative comments about the current postseason football system ...) are 17 quotes from college football players, coaches and journalists.
The statements range from former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke.
Do conference champions make the best national champions? [Yahoo Sports]
However, sometimes the conference champion isn't always the better team. In 2011, the playoff would have been (according to the BCS standings) No. 1 LSU vs. No. 5 Oregon and No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State. Looks great unless you're No. 4 Stanford, which didn't win its conference, but was the higher ranked team.
Spring football. 10 things we learned. [SI]
If a school wins in football does that translate to more academic donations? [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
According to the study so far, for every additional 1.5 wins in football, the athletic donations increased by about $6.7 million. At the same time, though, academic donations decreased by about $16.4 million. The opposite was true for academic donations when using non-athletic variables such as personal income and school academic ranking.
Really? Rain experience? [Washington Post]
RGIII’s exciting style of play and infectious smile both are promising. But standing next to various people at Radio City Music Hall, he did not look particularly tall — hardly seeming 6-2 3/8ths, as this absurdly precise card says. The related reddish flag is that in photos, his hands look small compared to the ball. ESPN’s metrics says Griffin’s hands are smaller than those of Andrew Luck. And a quarterback’s hand size matters a lot in rain.
College football should be banned. [Wall Street Journal]
In more than 20 years I've spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics.
That's because college football has no academic purpose. Which is why it needs to be banned. A radical solution, yes. But necessary in today's times.
A piece of history for only $2. [Columbia Tribune]
This is a review a 62-year-old book. It was recently plopped on my desk by a coworker, Rudi Keller, who spotted it at a State Historical Society of Missouri sale and plunked down $2. He figured the Tribune's sports editor ought to read the work of the University of Missouri football field's namesake.
The book, Don Faurot's "Football: Secrets of the 'Split T' Formation," is a treasure, at least if you're wonky about your football, as I am. It took me back to the advent of the option, a play that would revolutionize the game.
Is Congress really wasting our money on Roger Clemens' trial? [SI]
This is the best idea the Land Thieves have had in a long time. Give those athletes all that great access to big donors because that has worked out so well for them in the past...
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