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The Big Roundup - May 10, 2010

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Love this Statesman headline:

UT bounces back from loss, crushes K-State

The Longhorns are No. 1.

"This is his best pitching staff," Baylor coach Steve Smith said of Garrido's 14-year tenure at Texas that includes two national titles. "I think he's probably had some scarier lineups."


It's almost comical how bad we pwn Texas now

What the was the last time the Longhorns beat us in a major men’s sport or took a baseball series from us? It’s been a few years, hasn’t it?
Comment from Bring On The Cats

Problem solved, BracketCat. That is all.

On Sunday, the Horns beat the Cats 6-5.

Three home runs in the first inning. That is how Texas launched its 6-5 upset Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium.


Hey, the Longhorns came into the series against Kansas State ranked No. 1.

No biggie for the Wildcats. K-State won in January when Texas was ranked No. 1 in basketball. Beat UT again Friday in the opener of this three-game set. Beat UT the last two times in football (OK, the Horns were in the top 10, but not No. 1), even with Ron Prince coaching.

There is another Lusson brother.

Colton Lusson has finally stepped out of the shadows.

It might be tough to imagine the 6-foot-1-inch, 175-pound McCallum junior being overshadowed. But that will happen when you share the same last name with two college baseball players and you played the last two seasons with a second-round draft pick.

But this season the spotlight is on Lusson, the youngest brother of University of Texas baseball players Kyle and Kevin Lusson. A season after outfielder Everett Williams was drafted by the San Diego Padres, Lusson has led McCallum (13-15) to a bi-district playoff date with Hutto.

Sporting News does not like the Longhorns.

Oh, those Mackovic years. This, being just one of many, many things we would like to forget.

More on that Texas to the SEC discussion...

The point is this — why should the SEC sit back and watch the Big Ten become the new “trend-setter?” Why should the SEC sit back and watch the Big Ten or Pac-10 make a move on Texas? The SEC is the best conference in America, and is currently the most powerful. It must do everything it can to stay that way, or it could watch as the Big Ten becomes the new darling of college football.

Sergio Kindle needs to take a very deep breath.

On the day he was drafted in the second round by the Baltimore Ravens, Kindle boasted, "I'm getting Rookie of the Year."

After taking a glance at the Baltimore playbook and taking a good-natured pop to the helmet from Ray Lewis during the team's minicamp this weekend, the former University of Texas linebacker backed away from his draft-day assertion.

"When I said that, it was just an exciting moment for me, getting drafted. My head was in the clouds," Kindle said. "First of all, you've got to learn the playbook, get on the field and then perform well to get Rookie of the Year."



(Music NSFW.)

Fox Sports Southwest has a Q&A with Von Miller.

You had a great year individually, but the defense as a whole really struggled at times in 2009. What went wrong in the games against Arkansas, Oklahoma and Georgia?


I just don’t think we were ready. We had tons of guys on that team that I don’t think had the mentality last year. Now that we’ve been through it one or two times, I think we’ll be ready this time around.

Fox Sports also interviewed Jerrod Johnson.

How much progress has this team made under Coach Sherman?


It’s been huge. You know thing about Coach Sherman, he’s big on planning and writing stuff down, taking notes. I think it’s gone exactly how he wanted it to go. He told us from the get-go, it’s going to be hard. It’s going to take hard work. It’s going to take trust. I think we definitely trust him and trust what he does, and he’s a great coach. I think he trust us now, too. So just that bond between the players and the coach is really clicking right now, and it should be something special to see in the future.



There has been contact.

Stuart Eastman — a Missouri fan and booster known on one Internet site as Tiger Stu — doesn’t buy the notion that MU officials are just sitting on the sidelines, waiting to be contacted by the Big Ten Conference.

Eastman subscribes to a "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" theory. Contact has been made, if perhaps indirectly, between Missouri and the Big Ten, which seems poised — through expansion by as many as five teams — to change the face of big-time college athletics.

"Oh sure," Eastman said. "Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It’s not like all of a sudden this is going to take place.

"We’ve been talked to. It’s happened."

A larger Big 10 could be a problem for the Big 12.

The Big Ten wants to expand to 12, 14 or even 16 teams, which could mean a shakeup in the Big 12. Both Nebraska and Missouri have been rumored as targets for the Big Ten expansion, as well as Big East schools Rutgers, Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh and independent Notre Dame. In some national circles, Texas' name has also been dropped into the hat for a move to the Big Ten, SEC or even the Pac-10.

A bigger Big Ten might start the ball rolling on other conferences trying to super-size themselves too, including the Southeastern Conference, which could easily target Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

What about a Big 12 - Pac 10 alliance?

What could the Big 12/Pac-10 offer?

Start with the two most populous states in California and Texas, and add a bunch of TV sets in other Western and Midwestern states.

Seven of the nation's top 16 media markets fall into the region covered by the Big 12 and Pac-10: Los Angeles, Dallas, the San Francisco Bay Area, Houston, Phoenix, Seattle and Denver.

The combined footprint could be attractive to TV networks or as the basis for a start-up network combining the two conferences.

How does football scheduling factor into a possible partnership?

Imagine non-conference matchups like Texas-Southern Cal.

Kansas State AD John Currie likes the West.

"The commissioner brought it as an idea that Pac-10 ADs were having their meetings and most of our ADs were going to be out there, so why don't we get together, sit around the table and talk about some ideas?" Currie said. "That's what we did."

Can we just give Lubbock to Oklahoma?


From those Big 12 message boards

TexAgs. Insert any crazy quote here.

Baylor is going to be in a new Texas superconference with Texas State, UH, UTEP, TCU, SMU, Sam Houston, Stephen. F. Austin and Tech after we take tu with us to the SEC.

Thread from TexAgs

Basketball trash talk is starting early this year. Cue up that Rick Barnes hate on message board.



When you think of Florida State football, you think of Bobby Bowden.

Bobby Bowen is happy.

Could expansion have an impact on the WAC? (And does anyone really care?)

The Justice Department is thinking about the NCAA again. That can't be good.

The Justice Department's Antitrust Division is looking into NCAA rules that make scholarships renewable by schools on a yearly basis, the association announced on its website Thursday.

Over the years, the NCAA has been criticized for not guaranteeing scholarships for up to five years. Now the Justice Department is wondering why scholarships are one-year renewable, said Kadie Otto, associate professor of sports management at Western Carolina and past president of reform-minded The Drake Group, which favors guaranteed scholarships.

According to the Tennessee Attorney General, a football game is not a public event. It is all about the money.

Attorney General Bob Cooper has issued a legal opinion that declares the University of Tennessee and other public institutions of higher learning have a right to place restrictions and conditions on media coverage of athletic events.

The ACC could have a new deal this week.

A new broadcast rights deal could be announced as soon as this week. Because the economy has plunged, however, the deal is not expected to be nearly as lucrative as the one that pays the SEC an average of $205million per year over 15 years.

But after bundling its football and basketball rights, the ACC is expected to increase the revenue it receives from TV. ACC tax records from 2007-08 - the most recent year available - show the conference received TV rights payments totaling almost $40.6 million for football and $34.7 million for basketball.

We are half way there! The college football off-season is half over.

Dave Bliss sighting.

Dave Bliss, whose college coaching career ended in disgrace seven years ago at Baylor, has resurfaced at Allen Academy, Texas' oldest college preparatory school.



And finally...

This article tells you everything you need to know about Colt McCoy.