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Bevo's Daily Round Up 3.05.09

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Mack Brown is changing the game of recruiting.

Fresh off a top-five national recruiting class, Brown and his staff have received pledges from 19 juniors. And we haven't even hit spring break.

"It's uncharted territory," gushed Bobby Burton, editor of Rivals.com, which follows recruiting like Labradors do doves. "I don't think anybody's ever done this much early recruiting."

Early? The next most prolific school is defending national champion Florida with six commitments. Then LSU with five.

Mack Brown, Jim Tressel (Ohio State), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Houston Nutt (Mississippi), Tommy Tuberville and Rick Neuheisel (UCLA) will be giving pep talks to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates this spring as part of the second annual Under Armour Coaches Tour.

 

 

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Art Briles is living the life. The Baylor head coach loves his job.

Here's what we know as spring practice opened Monday — Briles had this response a few weeks ago when asked what his "dream job" is?

"I'm in it," Briles said. "The reason is what our players and our football program can do for Baylor University. That's the reason.

"Because the grass ain't been mowed here in awhile. Our players have a chance to start their own path. To me, it's an opportunity for them to lead instead of carrying on. And to me those are big differences."

Nebraska's Bo Pelini is getting a pay raise.

Bo Pelini has an apparent pay raise coming his way after leading Nebraska to nine wins in his first year as the program’s head football coach.

Athletic director Tom Osborne confirmed Monday that Pelini’s contract is being reworked and that "it’s something we’ll get done I assume before too long."

ESPN's Tim Griffin has the best 2009 nonconference games.

OU has a new crop of young linebackers. So far, Bob Stoops likes what he sees.

Oklahoma's biggest defensive liability last season appears to have been bolstered by an influx of young players determined to start their careers early by meshing with the team.

A rash of injuries at linebacker left the Sooners scrambling for healthy bodies by the end of the season.

Those depth issues appear to have been alleviated with the addition of three key recruits who skipped their final semester in high school to start their college careers early.

Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh was left off the Lombardi watch list and some people want to know why.

Colorado's Rodney Stewart has a Q&A with Tim Griffin.

 

 

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Larry Coker is UTSA's first head football coach.

The Mountain West Conference is proposing an eight-team college football playoff. CBSSports' Dennis Dodd thinks it is a waste of time.

Lou Holtz discusses global warming on the Sean Hannity program on Fox News. Yes, this really happened.

Former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth is among 13 players eligible for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. He was much better at football than acting.