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Bevo's Roundup - December 10, 2010

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Nebraska assistant coach John Papuchis has no idea why we think he might be a Texas coaching candidate.

Texas has its eye on Nebraska assistant coach John Papuchis, a source close to the situation said Wednesday.

But Papuchis, a defensive line coach and special teams coordinator for NU, said that's news to him.

"That is out of left field," Papuchis told the Journal Star. "No one has contacted me for sure, and no one has contacted anyone out of our university as far as I know."

Someone needs to take the blame.

Somebody had to take the fall for an awful season, and it wasn't going to be Mack Brown. The assistants always go first. Mack had been very loyal to Davis. His offense was never popular with fans. They put up some great numbers over the years, but there's some feeling that that's what you get with Vince Young and Colt McCoy. I'm sure Major Applewhite will get a lot of consideration, but he may still be a little young for such a pivotal role. Mack has learned that he needs great coordinators.

Bellmont is great at spin control.



Will the Big East start to commandeer our bountiful Texas talent?

Obviously, having a pathway to an automatic BCS bid now helps the Horned Frogs immensely as they make pitches to prospects. It could also mean that Big East schools benefit from the exposure in Texas and start signing players from that talent-rich area.

"I can't speak for the other schools in our league but I think we are going to try and take advantage of it," Syracuse coach Doug Marrone told Newberg.

Oklahoma State’s Dana Holgorsen responds to all those rumors.

Reached by telephone on Thursday, Holgorsen said he had no dialogue with anyone at Texas and has not spoken with anyone representing Pitt.

"That’s what you should write because it’s true. Go ahead," Holgorsen said. "I’m recruiting in Houston, Texas, on behalf of Oklahoma State."

Lifetime supply of rogaine? Cowboys Ride For Free has some ways to keep Holgorsen around Stillwater.

Tom Osbourne said no, but someone thinks Pelini has talked to Miami.

"He is in the mix," one of the sources said.

Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne denied giving permission to Pelini to speak to UM.

"Bo's never talked to me about anything like that," Osborne told the Lincoln Journal Star. "If he got permission, he didn't get it from me."

Pelini told the Journal Star he didn't seek permission from anyone to speak to another school and added, "I don't address rumor and innuendo."

Tommy Tuberville must really love Lubbock.

Nebraska's awesome fans are just beating down the doors to get tickets to the Holiday Bowl.

There may not be a travel agent support group in Nebraska, but that might soon change. The Huskers dropped from a possible trip to the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona to a second-straight trip to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego against a Washington team NU already beat this season. Given that, fans aren't rushing to book travel packages to the game, and travel agents are working overtime to plan and promote their trips.

The Nebraska athletic ticket office still has about 5,000 tickets for sale to the public, something that probably wouldn't have been the case had the Huskers made it to another bowl against another team.



That's what everyone says. The Red Raiders are a good team playing badly.

Senior forward Mike Singletary said he thinks the problems Texas Tech basketball is suffering early into this season are in the players' heads.

Singletary was asked if he thought the Red Raiders played "spurty" in Wednesday's game.

"Always," he said. "I don't understand why that is. We're a good team when we want to play defense, we're a great team when we want to play defense. We just get comfortable. Every team has players so when you get comfortable you get beat...

OSU's Marshall Moses set a Big 12-2 record.

Marshall Moses set an OSU and Big 12 single-game record for most field goals without a miss by going 12-of-12 against Tulsa. The record seemed doomed when Moses launched his first 3-point attempt of the season late in the game, but, of course, he swished it. It was that kind of night.

The Bears are off to a 6-0 start.

For the fourth consecutive season the Baylor Bears are in the Top 25 and are becoming a fixture on the national college basketball scene. Two years ago, the Bears reached the finals of the National Invitation Tournament and last spring they reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to eventual champion Duke.

Baylor's Stargell Love is out for at least six weeks.



BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock is in full PR mode.

The purpose of the BCS is to match the nation's top two teams in a championship bowl game while creating a series of other exciting matchups. It's nothing more than that. This season, that means the No. 1 Auburn Tigers vs. the No. 2 Oregon Ducks.

If this were the shady system that some people claim, how could Boise State have been only inches away? And if the system were designed to shut out schools from the so-called non-power conferences, how could TCU — undefeated and No. 3 in the BCS rankings — play in the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl?

A BCS meltdown could still occur.

The problem is that the whole system remains deeply flawed. Just because the BCS avoided a Chernobyl-like meltdown for another year doesn't mean that everything is right in college football.

This isn't a "Death to the BCS" proclamation, merely wondering if this is the best the system can do – No. 1 vs. No. 2?

The game so many people love could be so much better than it is.

Why exactly is an 8-4 team in a BCS bowl?

Every year the BCS — now in its 13th season of holding college football hostage — likes to defend its goofy postseason format by claiming it is the best way to preserve the bowl system.

"The fact is what we have right now works," BCS executive director Bill Hancock likes to say.


Have you seen this year's list of bowl games?

Of course, he is. Mike Leach is interested in the Florida job.

"Really, I’m interested in all of them,'' Leach said, when asked if he had any interest in succeeding Meyer.

Now the NCAA wants mess with college baseball.

The first proposal calls for 32 NCAA Regional sites that include a three-game series between two teams to begin the postseason. The winners of the best-of-three series would move on to play in eight four-team NCAA Super Regionals, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

The committee believes this format would give teams from less-fortunate regions more opportunities to host a round of the postseason. However, the NCAA also acknowledges this format also would require more school, umpiring and ticket staffing, which could be costly.

Cam Newton is did it his way.

He said he and his father have not discussed the situation that ended with the NCAA ruling that his father had broken its rules.

"That's not something that I'm trying to get clarity of because I really don't care," Newton told Fowler. "At the end of the day I can look him in his eye and he can look me in my eye and I can know that he has my best interest [in mind]."

He also said: "I'm not sitting up here saying that we all are prefect. Everybody's made mistakes. I'm not sitting up here saying what he did or what he did was wrong. Who am I up here to say that what he did is true or not. But I know that if I can call Cecil Newton right now, he'll pick up the phone."

The sports leader doesn't want any drama during the Heisman ceremony.

If you are looking for drama during Saturday night's Heisman Trophy ceremony, you might as well turn the channel to TNT. Rather than create an awkward situation with Auburn quarterback and presumptive Heisman winner Cam Newton live on Saturday night, ESPN landed an exclusive interview with Newton Thursday afternoon at a hotel in Orlando. The interview aired during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show Thursday night, and ESPN officials said they will re-run clips of the interview on other ESPN entities over the weekend, including during the Heisman Trophy Presentation (which airs at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN and

Irony? ESPN's 30 for 30 about SMU's football program and subsequent death penalty will air Saturday night after the Heisman ceremony.


And finally...

A little Longhorn humor for a good cause.