All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
Texas tops the Big 12 defensive lines. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
The Big 12 and the SEC dominate the coaches' poll. [Kansas City Star]
The SEC has seven teams in the top 25, the Big 12 six, including Kansas State at No. 21.
With the addition of TCU and WVU, the conference is even stronger. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Time will tell how much tougher the Big 12 got with the additions of TCU and West Virginia.
For 2012, though, the difference is clear.
The Big 12 added the nation's No. 11 (Mountaineers) and No. 17 teams (TCU), according to the most recent USA Today coaches' poll.
Missouri? The Tigers are nowhere to be found on the poll, receiving just three votes. Texas A&M received 28 to finish outside the Top 25, too.
Meanwhile, the Big 12 had six teams in the Top 25 poll to begin the season, setting the stage for what should be a brutal run in 2012.
Who voted for Texas Tech? [Dallas Morning News]
In case anyone cares, Kansas coach Charlie Weis put out his depth chart. [KU Sports]
This is a fabulous idea. Give boosters even greater access to coaches by paying part of their salary. [Chronicle of Higher Education]
Boosters would be allowed to contribute directly to the compensation of coaches, potentially controlling more of the terms under which coaches are paid, if a new NCAA proposal is adopted.
Under the plan, described in a 12-page NCAA document obtained by The Chronicle, boosters could come up with their own bonuses instead of giving their money to the athletic department and hoping that they would have the influence to get it written into a coach’s contract, one NCAA rules expert says.
The NCAA has a new penalty structure for schools that break the rules. [SI]
Nearly a year after promising to impose harsher sanctions on the most egregious rule-breakers, NCAA leaders endorsed a proposal Thursday that would make schools subject to the same crippling penalties just handed to Penn State.
The measure includes postseason bans of up to four years, fines that could stretch into the millions and suspensions for head coaches. A final vote on the sweeping overhaul will not occur before the board of directors' October meeting.
Discuss amongst yourselves. Only four plays in football? [Smart Football]
College recruiting from a parent's perspective. [Sporting News]
You know what I call college recruiters? Overpaid used-car salesmen.
The PAC-12 network is ready to launch. [Yahoo Sports]
Our condolences go out to Louisiana Tech on the death of their mascot. [USA Today]
Skip has summed it up beautifully. Top 25 reasons why we aren't Aggie fans. [Yahoo Sports]
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