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Bevo's Daily Roundup - April 2, 2009

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According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dexter Pittman will return for his senior year.

ESPN has some high praise for basketball recruit Avery Bradley.

Bradley is a classic high-flying wing who makes headlines with his highlight-reel dunks. But he's far from one-dimensional. Unlike so many elite scorers at the high school level, Bradley can be a lockdown defender who actually enjoys shutting down his opponent.

"Defensively, he's like a caged dog," Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck says.

Mack Brown talked to the press about spring practice.

40 Acre Sports has some questions for the spring game.

Texas safety Earl Thomas blocks a punt.

ESPN's Tim Griffin lists Texas safety Earl Thomas as No. 32 on his best-of-the-Big 12 list.

Earl Thomas made an auspicious opening in his first season as a starting safety for Texas as a redshirt freshman last season.

Thomas is a physical presence in the secondary, starting every game for the Longhorns last season. With more experience, he should develop into a key producer who could one day follow in line with the other great Texas players who preceded him in the secondary.




Notes from practice. The Aggies have new hybrid "jack" position,  which combines the linebacker and defensive end positions.

The $300 price tag for a ticket to the A&M-Arkansas game has Mike Sherman on the defensive.

The ticket price is believed to be the highest ever charged for a regular-season Big 12 game. Those $300 club seats for A&M fans will include a $175 required donation to A&M's 12th Man Foundation.

A&M coach Mike Sherman defended the ticket price last week when asked by reporters if he thought that the steep ticket price is merited.

"It's two great universities and the start of something really special as far as the matchup between those two teams," Sherman told reporters last week. "I've thought that Texas and Oklahoma have had something special and I think that Texas A&M and Arkansas are going to have a similar thing. I think that in itself is worth it."




Tom Dienhart, for Sports Illustrated, ranks the Big 12 coaches. Bob Stoops moves past Mack Brown for the No. 1 spot.

1. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

Yes, Stoops has come up short in his past five BCS appearances. But that doesn't diminish what he has built in Norman -- the top program in the Big 12 and perhaps the best in all the land. Since arriving in 1999, Stoops has led the Sooners to six conference crowns. OU also has played in four BCS title games -- more than any other school -- and won the national championship in 2000. And check out the list of his coaching protégés: Leach (Texas Tech), Mangino (Kansas), Mike Stoops (Arizona), Pelini (Nebraska), Kevin Sumlin (Houston) and Chuck Long (formerly at San Diego State). All hail King Bob!

2. Mack Brown, Texas

What more can you say about "Mack-Daddy"? The guy has made the Longhorns a national power, posting at least 10 victories each season since 2001 and winning a national championship in 2005. And don't say anyone could coach Texas to big success. Remember John Mackovic? David McWilliams? Fred Akers? Brown changed the underachieving ways of this mega-power. He's the ultimate salesman, a recruiting machine and an underrated offensive coach.

Nebraska is getting some criticism for giving the head coach and assistants a pay raise this year.

All of Baylor's hopes for next season rest on the quarterback, Robert Griffin.

There were signs last season, the Bears' first under Briles, that Griffin's bowl-game expectations might not be as ludicrous as they seem for a program that has amassed a paltry 13-43 record since joining the rough and rugged Big 12 South in 1996. Baylor lost three games by a touchdown or less in 2008, and the three point losses to UConn and Missouri and the seven point loss to Texas Tech were the difference between a 4-8 season and bowl eligibility. What's more, Griffin made quite an impression on the conference, earning honors as the Big 12's top offensive newcomer of the year.

Pete Flutak has his Heisman list. Most of the names are the usual suspects but you might be surprised at a few of his choices. One is a native Austinite.

ESPN's Tim Griffin has ten good minutes with Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson.

Is Jeff Capel leaving OU for Arizona? The Sooner AD is moving into high gear to make sure that OU's two prized coaches don't leave the state.




For those of you that can't get enough basketball, NewsOK writer Chris Carroll has a book list for you.

The college basketball coaching carousel and is up and running again.

This might be the most important player on the field... The left tackle.

A kicker on a D-1A team is gay and has given his story to Outsports.