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Bevo's Daily Round Up 2.19.09


Horns_bullet_medium ESPN's Bruce Feldman has the top 10 winter soap operas. The Big 12 on-going drama in Lubbock makes the No.1 spot. Texas Tech's deadline for Mike Leach and come and gone. No agreement.


Athlon College Football ranks Texas' O-line recruiting as the best.

The nation's top O-Line class, however, belongs to the Texas Longhorns. Mack Brown not only collected one of the nation's best in No. 3-ranked Mason Walters but landed three more blockers that rank highly as well. Garrett Porter (No. 14), Thomas Ashcraft (No. 16) and Paden Kelly (No. 18) are all ranked in the top-20 at their position.

Is our basketball bubble about to burst?

On their way out of the daunting locale where they’ve been sautéed and sizzled on every visit for five years, the Texas Longhorns did not exactly take solace in leaving Reed Arena behind them Monday night.

All of a sudden, it was out of the frying pan, onto the bubble.

If this feels like unfamiliar territory for UT, there’s a reason for it. Rarely, if ever, in Rick Barnes’ 12 seasons with the Longhorns have their NCAA tournament chances been this uncertain this late in the season. If the selection committee were scheduled to pick the field today, UT would be in.

But four weeks from now?

Texas beat UT-Arlington in softball.




Kansas State's Dennis Clemente suspended for one game.

Video replays showed Clemente struck KU's Tyrel Reed in the head while Reed was boxing him out after a free throw with 31 seconds left.

“I am very sorry for my actions on Saturday,” Clemente said. “I understand that I let my emotions get the best of me and, more importantly, I let my team down.”

The Wiz of Odds has a take on the Leach soap opera.

Leach has a 76-39 record since becoming Tech's coach in 2000, but a strained relationship with athletic director Gerald Myers has spread to other members of the athletic department and regents during negotiations on a contract extension. The breaking point may have been a Jan. 15 email that was sent directly to regents by International Marketing Group, which represents Leach. The email bypassed Myers, chancellor Kent Hance and university president Guy Bailey.

Although Myers, Hance and Bailey were copied on the email later that evening, then-regents president Scott Dueser accused IMG of trying to undermine Tech's leadership and divide the board.

A radio station has an interview with Leach about the contract dispute. The vultures are circling: There is already talk of a replacement for the pirate.




Joe Theismann is not a big fan of the spread offense.

In Theismann’s estimation, they’re preventing today’s best and brightest quarterbacks from developing the all-around game needed to succeed at the sport’s highest level. The spread, which is all the rage in the Big 12 and throughout Texas’ high school ranks, revolves around shotgun snaps and quick throws to receivers in space.

But it is light on football fundamentals. At least the ones valued most by NFL general managers.

Who are the schools that do the most with the least? Matt Hayes, Sporting News, looks at the biggest overachievers and underachievers in the BCS conferences.