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Bevo's Daily Round Up 3.06.09



In case you need a fix.

Will Muschamp has some goals for the defense next season.

"We had double-digit opportunities for more turnovers last year that we just missed," Muschamp said. "We've got to do a better job this season."

Texas players are learning strip techniques and punching the ball from their first workouts this spring as they attempt to improve their turnover-producing skills.

Chykie Brown is nailing down his job.

Chykie Brown could see himself being a shutdown corner this season, but his first order of business is to not get shut down himself — by teammates who are after his job.

Brown will be in some kind of battle this summer for the Longhorns' starting right cornerback spot. Curtis Brown has something to prove, and freshman Marcus Davis is on the depth chart, and at Texas — where's there is no shortage of outstanding athletes in the secondary — to be listed on the depth chart means you're in the conversation.

I'm not sure what to make of this... Texas players take a break during spring practice for dining etiquette.





Everyone's favorite New York Times contributor has written an article about the Raider's head coach Pat Knight. Yes, Thayer Evans has found a different subject.

Kansas just needed to beat Texas Tech to wrap up the Big 12 title. But that plan didn't work out so well.

The defending national champions are 13-1 in conference play this year and need to win one of their last two games to capture their fifth straight and ninth overall Big 12 crown. In addition, the team is seeking its 52nd all-time conference title, an NCAA record. The team brings a five-game win streak into Lubbock, after making light work of Missouri on Sunday, 90-65.



Let me introduce Ryan Tannehill. Now this is an Aggie quarterback we could love.

The Aggie quarterback position is up for grabs this spring.

Last summer, A&M coach Mike Sherman promised Ryan Tannehill that he'd earn another shot at starting quarterback, following Tannehill's shift to receiver. Sherman is sticking to his pledge — even after Tannehill's record-setting season as a freshman.

"I would say, as I told him last summer, he'll play more quarterback than receiver," Sherman said this winter.

ESPN's Tim Griffin has the rest of the quarterback battles this spring.

Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy has made some decisions about his staff assignments.

Checking in on the Sooners...

Bob Stoops is working on those pesky special teams issues. Oh, and our favorite punter has graduated. There's a new guy.

Tress Way, a redshirt freshman from Union in 2008, has taken over punting duties for the graduated Mike Knall, coach Bob Stoops said, and may be in for more than that.

"Kickoffs and field goals," Stoops said. "We expect Jimmy (Stevens) to be better, but we also expect (kickoff specialist) Matt Moreland and Tress Way to be better. And we've got a newcomer in Bryce Easley coming in, a Norman North guy, that we're excited about as well. I think overall those positions will be a big improvement for us as well."

OU ranked last in the nation last season in both net punting average and field goals per game.




Arkansas-Little Rock will be submitting its bid to host the 2011 or 2012 first and second round site for the NCAA basketball tournament. Rick Barnes likes the idea.

If Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes had a vote, he'd put the NCAA Tournament back in Alltel Arena at the first opportunity, he said in a recent stopover to speak to the Downtown Tip-Off Club.

"It was a great experience for our players and our fans here. It's a great facility and definitely I'd think they would come back here," Barnes said.

Real trouble can happen in February.

Because they live in fear of such bad-news calls, coaches are as proactive as possible to avoid getting them. During the season, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wears his players out at team meetings with the same message: "Bob tells 'em, 'Be where you're supposed to be, be who you're supposed to be,'" says Venables. "'Buckle up. And remember, nothing good happens after midnight.'

Lou Holtz has won an award.

Lou Holtz, who last fall compared Rich Rodriguez to Adolf Hitler on an ESPN telecast (he later apologized), made an appearance earlier this week on Sean Hannity's show on Fox. One has to presume that Holtz was given clearance by ESPN to appear on Hannity's show, which raises this question: Why would the Worldwide Leader allow any analyst to appear on a political talk show? Holtz's appearance caught the attention of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who named Holtz and Hannity as the worst persons in the world for March 3, 2009.


And finally...

OU receiver Corey Wilson is paralyzed from the waist down. Our thoughts go out to Corey and his family.