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Bevo's Daily Roundup - January 13, 2010

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We're No. 1.


Congratulations. For the first time in the history of the Texas basketball program, the Horns occupy the No. 1 spot. (ESPN/USA Today's Coaches Poll, Associated Press Poll)

Rick Barnes isn't all that impressed with the number one ranking.

"It's something you embrace but keep in perspective," he said of the team, which is off to its best start since the 1932-33 season. "It's neat for the players. They should feel good about it."

Realistically, Barnes said it's simply a snapshot in time.

"Do you know who the No. 1 team was last year at this time?" Barnes said. "I don't. I know who won the national championship."

Barnes doesn't know when, he doesn't know where, but it will come.

Texas’ Rick Barnes and Kentucky’s John Calipari know a loss is coming.

They don’t know when. They don’t know where. But they are convinced it will happen.

"I don’t think anybody in college basketball is going to go undefeated,’’ Barnes said by phone from Austin Sunday night. "People called me to tell me that Kansas got beat. I can’t honestly tell you who was the No. 1 team in the country the second week of January last year. But I can tell you who won the national championship. And that team [North Carolina] started the conference (ACC) at 0-2 after everyone thought they would go undefeated."

The Horns play Iowa State Wednesday night.

Colt McCoy's prognosis was good.

Injured Texas quarterback Colt McCoy received "very good news" during a Monday visit to orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Alabama, according to McCoy's father, Brad.

McCoy, a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, sought out Andrews for a second opinion after he hurt his right (throwing) shoulder early in the Citi BCS National Championship Game against Alabama.

"It's very positive," Brad McCoy said Tuesday by phone. "Everybody is very, very happy."

Phil Mushnick, NY Post, sums up ESPN's coverage of the Texas-Alabama game:

Given ESPN's weak grasp of sports and strong re gard for hype, it stood to reason that Thursday's national title game would be assigned to Brent Musburger.

As usual, Musburger, with a double major (drama and drum), right away became a strain on the better senses. Early first quarter, 0-0, a freshman having replaced injured star QB Colt McCoy, Texas had fourth and goal from the 2.

"Fourth and goal. And now what does [UT coach] Mack Brown do?" Musburger said on ABC, as if narrating a murder mystery, as if there were any doubt. UT kicked a field goal to take the lead.



Tommy Tuberville press conference part 2 and part 3.

Tech will be better.

National media, who love Leach, returned to treating Lubbock like a place where good football can't be played. It was as if his leaving would turn Tech into a bottom feeder.

Leach is an excellent coach. He did great things at Tech. The program is as strong as it has ever been.

Tech hasn't been lucky; it's been good, thanks to Leach.

Tuberville can be better.

And Tech will be simple.

"I believe in consistency," Tuberville said. "If you look at the top teams in the country, they are all based on consistency. Not changing one week or one year. You change subtly.

"We’ll have a base offense. We’ll have a base defense, and we'll build from that each week. When we play on Saturday, we won't be complicated. We'll be simple in the fact in terms of what our players think. It will look a little bit more complicated in the naked eye."

Alabama inside linebackers coach James Willis may be bolting for the Big 12.

University of Alabama inside linebackers coach James Willis is expected to accept an offer to become the new defensive coordinator at Texas Tech, a source close to the situation has told The Tuscaloosa News.

Willis, a three-year assistant under new Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville when both were at Auburn , was unavailable for comment under UA team policy that prohibits assistant coaches from conducting interviews. Tuberville said Monday he would hire new coordinators, squelching any possibility that he would retain former Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill.

The Raiders have a new offensive coordinator.

New Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has chosen Neal Brown of Troy to be his offensive coordinator.

Troy spokesman Ricky Hazel said Tuesday that the 29-year-old Brown, whose Trojans had the nation's third-best offense last season, will take over play calling at Texas Tech.

Texas A&M defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt is now the Jayhawk's defensive line coach.

Defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt is leaving Texas A&M for a similar position at Kansas under new Jayhawks coach Turner Gill.

"I appreciate all of the hard work and all of the effort Buddy put into his time here at Texas A&M," Aggies coach Mike Sherman said.

"He's a high-character person, and I wish Buddy and his family all the best."

The 2009 football season was a huge disappointment.

There’s really no way to sugarcoat it. The 2009 season was a disappointment in the Big 12.

The bowl season only added to those miseries.

The conference finished 4-4 in its bowl games, but lost in the BCS title game for the second straight season as Texas fell to Alabama. Colt McCoy’s injury may have left an asterisk on that defeat in the minds of most Longhorn fans and even for Barack Obama, but it’s a loss nonetheless.

Texas Tech officials asks the court to dismiss Mike Leach's suit against the university.

Texas Tech on Tuesday asked a judge to throw out fired coach Mike Leach’s lawsuit, saying state law gives the university immunity from legal action.

The university contended Leach is barred from suing the university without a waiver of sovereign immunity from the Texas Legislature.

Attorneys for Leach, who was fired last month amid allegations he mistreated a player who had suffered a concussion, also filed additional claims Tuesday, including that the school violated the Texas Whistleblower Act in dismissing the coach.



Bedlam. Sooners beat the Pokes in OT 62-57.

Which was about right, given that the only reason OU won was it played nearly 2 1/2 hours of hard-nosed basketball, the kind of which had been altogether absent in the Sooners' 9-6 season coming in.

"What a hard-fought game," said OU coach Jeff Capel, who walked into the interview room right after OSU's Marshall Moses had to literally carry cramping teammate Ray Penn out of it. "Both teams played really, really hard. We fought for 45 minutes. It wasn't pretty, but we found a way to play pretty good defense throughout the evening."



Ivan Maisel has the best and the worst of the bowl season.

Want a piece of the BCS championship game?

For the first time in history, sod from the actual playing surface of the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl will be made available to football fans as game-used collectibles.

The sod was installed specifically for the game between the Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns. The No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide beat the Longhorns in a 37-21 victory.

Stadium Associates will give the first 100 pieces to the athletic departments at Alabama and Texas. Never before have fans been able to own a piece of a championship game field.