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Bevo's Daily Roundup - March 9, 2010

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That goes for players and coaches. Football is a contact sport.

You may have missed one sharp exchange between two of Mack Brown's assistants at last Tuesday's open Longhorn football practice. After a Texas wideout cracked back on an unsuspecting defensive back, secondary coach Duane Akina barked at receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, who didn't back down. Hey, it's a contact sport, but I do understand Akina not wanting to lose a body in March.

Things could get worse before they get better.

At this stage, considering the pratfalls and the lack of a clear identity or consistent offense for this team, Texas can realistically hope for nothing more than wins over Iowa State and Baylor and a spot in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.

If that were the case, Rick Barnes' team could actually take a modicum of momentum into next week's NCAA tournament and maybe — a very big maybe — ride that into the Sweet 16 with a couple of wins.

 

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The Big 12 isn't set on a permanent location for the title game.

It does not appear that the Big 12 Conference is ready to designate permanent sites for its football championship game and the conference tournaments for men's and women's basketball, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said today during a teleconference with the media.

"I think we're still in the mode of looking at best possible sites, but not considering permanency at any particular sites at this time," Beebe said.

Big 12 Commish Dan Beebe takes television seriously.

Dan Beebe is looking at it carefully. He has to. Preparing the conference’s television future is the Big 12 commissioner’s top priority, now more than ever, and it could very well be a future much different than the present.

It could revolve around a dedicated Big 12 television network similar to the one currently making each Big Ten school richer, and even expansion similar to what the Big Ten is exploring.

Nebraska has big plans. The Cornhuskers want to be the recruiting kings of the North.

Bo Pelini and Co. can smell a bonanza recruiting season ahead.

We told you, on the 2010 Signing Day, what was coming. Now NU is making its move to surpass the Big 12 North and the back half of the Big 12 South, settling in as the No. 3 recruiting power in the league behind Texas and Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State’s new assistant coach Dana Holgorsen gets an endorsement.

Holgorsen was (Wes) Welker’s position coach when the former Heritage Hall standout played for Texas Tech from 2000-03.

"He always had a really good offensive mind," Welker said. "Being my position coach, I got to see a lot of what he brought to the table. He did a good job of taking advantage of what the defense gave us."

Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen does not want any controversy.

Guard Ryan Miller said the CU players have blocked out any residue left from offseason turmoil about coach Dan Hawkins' future with the program.

Those were the two biggest questions facing the Buffaloes as they opened spring practice Saturday.

Hawkins, who survived a hard look at his job performance after a 3-9 record (2-6 in the Big 12 Conference) last season, was upbeat afterward.

"We had good enthusiasm and good intensity," Hawkins said.

So the lack of intensity was last season's problem?

According to players and coaches, energy and enthusiasm were so lacking in 2009 that they’ll be a big point of emphasis this spring. CU asks media covering practice to refrain from reporting specifics. But it’s safe to say that at Saturday’s spring opener, energy and enthusiasm abounded.

 

"It was missing a lot," junior quarterback Tyler Hansen said. "I think we needed that.

 

"Last year, we had guys that were more laid back and easygoing, and that’s OK. But this year, we have more fiery guys, guys that will get in your face and kind of yell a little bit, which is good."

Can you ever get enough of Bob?

And about that great OU offensive line?

Going into last season, OU’s greatest unknown was its offensive line, which turned out to be the weakness of the team.

Going into the spring, offensive line remains an unknown.

It can't get any worse. The Sooners can't wait for spring.

From Mike Balogun's NCAA drama to Donald Stephenson's suspension, from Jermaine Gresham's knee cartilage to Sam Bradford's AC joint, from Tom Wort's ACL to Adrian Taylor's maimed ankle, from the Sooners' preseason No. 3 ranking to a historic meltdown at Texas Tech, almost nothing went well last year.

"Under the circumstances, this was a very unique year," defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. "I may coach another 20 years and never have the experiences we've had this year."

An ancient proverb tells us, "no matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow."

Kansas' new coach Turner Gill is settling in.

"He’s just very consistent," Stamn said. "The way he carries himself and handles himself around people, he doesn’t change his moods or anything like that."

Added Reggie Mitchell, KU’s running-backs coach and recruiting coordinator: "He’s comfortable here."

Gill is a completely different type of coach than the last guy...

At the start of Kansas football’s new era — at a time when two Big 12 coaches left last season under allegations of verbal and physical abuse — Gill carries a reputation of being a man with high character. He is respected as much for the way he handles himself as he is for his ability to build a Buffalo program from disjointed scraps.

You’ve heard similarly-themed declarations before: He’s a man with a strong religious spine. He preaches the importance of an education, of building relationships and of using football as a platform to transform young men.

There are eight returning starters from Missouri's offensive line.

ESPN's David Ubben has a Q&A with Aggie defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.

Former Oklahoma linebacker Mike Balogun is suing the NCAA.

Introducing the Pinstripe Bowl...yippee.

 

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The coaching profession has changed.

Even 20 years ago, no school would have fired Mangino for such behavior. But society has changed, and so has the role of the college football coach. He's now a millionaire CEO, and he's expected to act like one. "Sometimes, what coaches think is acceptable, many other people think is not acceptable," said Dale, co-author of The Seven Secrets of Successful Coaches. "What other profession in the country can you regularly abuse people, swear at them, belittle them, threaten them, and still keep your job?"

Military drill instructors can, but they have good reason for their methods. They are training soldiers to deal with life-and-death situations. That isn't the case for football coaches. "Coaches are going to be held much more accountable for what they do," Dale said. "They're under much more scrutiny than ever before."

The NCAA files a lawsuit. They want to know if the University of Michigan's Board of Regents violated the Michigan Open Meetings Act.

Can you believe they didn't have them before now? The guys in the reply replay booth will get high-definition TVs.

There is growing tension between the conferences.

If we assume both the Big Ten and Pac-10 expand, then what? If the Big 12 loses a school or more, it would likely go after a regionally contiguous school such as TCU, which would force the Mountain West to respond, and that could mean it goes after a Western Athletic Conference team, such as, say, Boise State.

The dominos would be falling.

"I don't think the SEC or the ACC will be impacted in any way shape or form by whatever the Pac-10 and Big Ten might do," said Dave Hart, executive director of athletics at Alabama and the former FSU athletic director who was a driving force in the ACC's most recent expansion. "But other leagues could really be struggling with the aftershocks and saying, 'Where do we go now?' "

Conference realignment could force Notre Dame's hand.

Notre Dame wants to remain independent in football, but that might not matter if the Big Ten and Pac-10 decide to expand and create sweeping changes to major college sports.

``Our preference is clear,'' Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Tuesday. ``I believe we're at a point right now where changes could be relatively small or they could be seismic.''

Swarbrick said it will be up to him and university president Rev. John Jenkins to ``evaluate the landscape'' if realignment happens.

UTSA is spending millions to catch up with the Joneses.

Next fall, UTSA will spend millions to field a football team it hopes will someday compete with cross-state rivals like the University of Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M. But the plan goes far beyond athletics. As the college makes a push to become one of the next tier-one research universities in Texas, campus leaders say the school’s academic and athletic goals are closely linked.

Two Ft. Worth Star-Telegram writers realign college football.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel addresses the issue of gays gay males in football.

The buttoned-down Ohio State coach just took part in what is apparently a major college football first. He exchanged emails last month with Outlook Columbus magazine, the initial interview a big-time coach has done with a publication that serves the gay community.

Yes, Senator Sweater Vest is a progressive pioneer.

“We strive to teach and model appreciation for everybody,” Tressel wrote to Outlook. “… If we appreciate each other, then we have a chance for something great.”

 

And finally...

I love this woman. We are perfectly capable of understanding the game, in case you had any doubts.