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Bevo's Daily Roundup - April 27, 2009


Your Monday fix.

Does this mean we have to cheer for the Redskins?

Yes, a lot of people have said this for quite some time. The Big 12 needs to drop the two divisions and just have the two best teams play for the conference championship.

Lost in the vociferous debate that raged over who should have represented the South Division in the 2008 title contest was the fact South members Oklahoma and Texas should have met in a rematch.

The most obvious solution is to do away with the divisions and match the two teams rated the highest in the BCS standings at the conclusion of the regular season.

The BCS is thinking about hiring a lobbyist to handle the dealings with Congress.

NewsOk talks to former OU assistant coach Larry Lacewell about the NFL draft.

Draft Day is miserable. It’s like a 10-hour football game. You’ve spent all these months getting ready after your scouts spend months preparing for it. If you sit where we were a lot of years, at the bottom of the first round or somewhere between 18 and 25, you start seeing all the players you really want come off the board. It’s a sickening feeling. By the time you get to draft, your top players are all off the board.

O.J. Brigance, former Rice linebacker, Canadian Football League player and then a special teams ace on a Super Bowl championship team, is an exceptional person. He was diagnosed with ALS and continues to inspire.

His body ravaged by Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS, a fatal motor-neuron disease that inexorably weakens its victims, making every movement, every word, an impossible struggle, Brigance nevertheless pounded his point.

"Enjoy every moment."

Why anyone would want to write five long blog columns about the Aggies is beyond comprehension, but a Washington Post writer did just that.

Frequently during my brief stay at Texas A&M I've wondered to myself: Does anybody in the outside world know what's going on here?

This is not to suggest that College Station is cut off from the outside world. Television signals penetrate the perimeter. Newspapers are delivered. There are no roadblocks or checkpoints. My e-mail appears to get through.

And yet this is a place apart, a bubble so full of strange rituals that I sometimes feel moved to flee, to drive out of town, stop at the first house I see and bang on the door. "Oh thank god," I'd say, when the door was opened and I fell across its threshold. "Do you know what's going on back there? We've got to call for help."


And finally...

The Top 10% Rule is only a UT problem.

More and more Texas high school students who crave the culture of a big state university – the brand name, the sprawling campus, the serious football – are finding it outside the Lone Star State.

Conventional wisdom says Texas' "top 10 percent" rule, which guarantees top-ranked high school students admission to any state university, is fueling a brain drain that forces students with not-so-stellar grades into academic exile.

But it's not really a top 10 percent problem. It's a University of Texas at Austin problem.

UT-Austin is so popular and wields such a powerful brand that too many high school seniors long to be Longhorns. Those in the top 10 percent win automatic admission to UT-Austin, leaving thousands of others to compete for the few seats left.