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Bevo's Daily Roundup - June 2, 2010

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Horns_bullet_mediumESPN's David Ubben is ranking the Big 12's top 25 football players. No. 25 is a Horn.


Horns_bullet_medium The freshmen are here! The freshmen are here!


Horns_bullet_medium The guys over at Barking Carnival are planning to write a book.


Horns_bullet_mediumYou get to watch at least 30 replays of that touchdown. The Horns are playing the Red Raiders in primetime again.

For the third straight season, Texas Tech will open Big 12 Conference play against rival Texas and the game will be shown in front of a national television audience in primetime as ESPN and the Big 12 announced their preseason television selections earlier today.

Texas Tech and Texas will kickoff at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 inside Jones AT&T Stadium and the contest will be carried live on ABC with a reverse mirror on ESPN2.


Horns_bullet_mediumTo Nebraska, Texas is the Axis of Evil. Here is the Cornhuskers' 95 Theses. (They actually have a few less than Martin Luther.)

"There were several disagreements between Nebraska and Texas at the time. The most contentious was over academic qualifications. Texas said no to Proposition 48 recruits (those who didn't meet minimum requirements, since amended), and Nebraska wanted them on an exception basis. Three who started Nebraska's romp over Florida for the '95 national championship were Prop. 48. But in fairness to Texas, the league voted 11-1 to not allow Prop. 48s. Still, Nebraska cried foul because Texas had junior college kids on its roster, and you could get to Texas as a Prop. 48, if you started in JC.

"Both coaches at the time, Tom Osborne and John Mackovic, opposed the Big 12 championship game, but when the presidents voted for it, Mackovic came on board and ruffled Osborne's feathers when he said coaches should let presidents do their jobs.

"Texas wanted Southwest Conference commissioner Steve Hatchell as the new Big 12 commissioner and wanted the office in Dallas. Nebraska wanted Kansas A.D. Bob Frederick and the office in Kansas City. Texas prevailed on both counts.

"There was also disagreement on how the conference came together. The old Big Eighters believed they were throwing the Texas schools a lifeline. Texas and Texas A&M had other conference options and framed the Big 12 as a new start for everybody. Remember, at the time Nebraska was the college football kingpin. It was in the midst of one of the most dominant eras ever and figured it had clout. Texas proved the Huskers wrong."

To this day, Texas continues to get its way. The site of future Big 12 title games is the latest example. According to Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman, a member of the Big 12 board of directors, the board has authorized Beebe to begin negotiations with Cowboys Stadium on a three-year extension that would keep the game in Arlington, Texas, through 2013.


Horns_bullet_medium  Did they laugh? OU President David Boren sent a letter to the NCAA stating that the school conforms to the association’s rules and that the probationary period should end.

Boren stated that Oklahoma’s "athletic policies and practices conform to all the requirements of NCAA regulations as required at the conclusion of our probationary period."


Horns_bullet_medium  We would prefer that history not repeat itself.

Those were many of the same problems Stoops' first team faced in 1999, the only other time he lost five games (7-5) in 11 seasons. A year later, the Sooners stunned everyone by going 13-0 and claiming OU's seventh national championship.


Horns_bullet_medium  Who is really at fault in the Jayhawk ticket scandal?

There are some people out there who are insisting that this sort of thing "happens everywhere." Stuff like: There are people stealing ticket money all over -- believe you-me, this kind of thing is not just happening at Kansas. Well, it just goes to reason.

That may be true. But it's funny how quickly this line gets trotted out anytime something goes wrong in any college sports program. When Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez was caught breaking the NCAA rules for practice time, the main defense was that everybody breaks those rules. When word emerged that Kansas State offered an under-the-table $3.2 million buyout to former coach Ron Prince, the line was that every school does that sort of thing. When Memphis had to vacate its 38 victories in 2007-08 because of a series of violations including a fraudulent SAT, well, yes, it happens everywhere. And so on and so on -- find any violation in college sports and trailing it will be some form of the "It happens everywhere" defense.


Horns_bullet_mediumKeep it simple. Coaches have a new mantra.

In that interview Richt said something that I am hearing from more and more head coaches these days.

Richt told me that when his staff reassembles this summer to prepare for preseason practice, his No. 1 message to them will be: Keep it simple.

I’m paraphrasing here, but Richt’s point was that as offensive and defensive schemes get more and more complex, coaches have to be careful not to overload  players with more information than they can process and still play at full speed. If you do that, the players spend too much time thinking about what they are supposed to do and not using their athleticism to make plays.


Horns_bullet_mediumHe could be in your neighborhood. Where in the world is Dennis Franchione?