The Horns know bunting.
Seventy-three times this season, a Texas Longhorn has jogged around the bases after hitting a ball over the fence.
That's four more homers than any other season in school history.
As much as chicks dig the long ball, though, it's the opposite at-bat, when the ball travels the shortest distance, that might determine how far Texas goes this postseason.
Texas hasn't forgotten about bunting, and the Longhorns plan on breaking out those boring fundamentals as often as they can when the Austin Regional begins Friday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Big, bad, mean Texas must be behind this nefarious plot. The Horned Frogs are complaining again.
And the dream of every player is the College World Series.
Why can't the people who run baseball respect that?
Instead, we have people such as Tim Weiser, chairman of the NCAA baseball championship committee, playing a convenient shell game with the tournament's bids and seedings.
Weiser is a deputy commissioner of -- surprise -- the Big 12.
And when the topic turned to TCU, also denied one of the national seedings, Weiser pointed the finger of blame at the Horned Frogs' RPI.
Injuries can really mess up a game.
When Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis saw quarterback Colt McCoy limp off the field with an injured throwing shoulder during the Citi BCS National Championship Game last season, his instant reaction was probably the same as every Longhorns fan sitting in the Rose Bowl.
"Boy, I sure wish Garrett Gilbert would have gotten more snaps this season," Davis thought to himself.
There's no place like home. We should just stay where we are.
Well, you knew this was coming, right? With the force of a sledgehammer and the confidence of a rap star, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds would like to remind you who swings the Big 12’s biggest stick.
Hint: it’s Texas.
"We did not start this," he says. "If we need to finish it, we’ll finish it."
Travel expenses. Conference realignment could impact baseball budgets.
A major shift in the conference landscape would significantly affect non-revenue sports across the board, especially baseball, where 50-plus game schedules require significant travel.
"As far as realignment, we're just a mosquito on top of the water, waiting for a fish to grab us," Texas said Augie Garrido said. "Very few things are done because of baseball. It's about football. So I guess we're going to do what they tell us to do."
Tom Osbourne watches his cards carefully. The Big 12 meetings have started.
Are this week's Big 12 meetings the most important since the league formed 14 years ago, in light of concern about schools leaving for other conferences?
"I don't know,'' Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said. "I don't think anyone really does.''Still, in reviewing the week's work ahead, he wryly suggested that it may pay to "tape your ankles.''
"It could be that a lot of people will lay their cards on the table,'' Osborne said. "Or it could be a lot of them will keep them right close to their vest.''
Will Commish Dan Beebe get tough with members?
Yes, drama is a distinct possibility. Beebe set the tone with his recent statement: "We need to talk about where we’re going (as a conference) and who’s on the plane when it takes off." Without naming names, he obviously was referring to Nebraska and Missouri, because they’ve expressed a willingness to at least listen to the Big Ten if it calls with expansion plans.
Will Beebe hit Nebraska and Missouri with ultimatums? Colorado? Texas? It’s difficult to blame Beebe if he’s becoming a tad impatient. After all, he’s preparing for a round of TV negotiations next spring. There are bowl contracts to finalize. He wants to push the league forward. As it stands, the Big 12 is like a teenager in its awkward formative years, looking for greater stability in a period of anxiety.
One point of contention will be the location of the Big 12 football championship.
Cowboys Stadium has already been chosen to host the Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship game for the second straight season in December.
Conference officials will determine this week in Kansas City if that streak will continue for another three years. Site selection for football, baseball and men's and women's basketball from fall 2011 to spring 2014 will be decided by the Big 12 board of directors.
Since Jerry Jones first announced building plans, his $1.2 billion stadium has been viewed as a possible permanent home for the football title game.
No competitive advantage at all. We play in snowy weather all the time.
Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman told the Journal Star that the Big 12 board of directors has authorized commissioner Dan Beebe to begin negotiations with Jerry Jones' Ode to Excess on a three-year extension that would keep the game in Arlington through 2013.Even as UN athletic director Tom Osborne fears that with an extension will come "a push to have it there permanently," Perlman said that's not the plan heading into the talks."How we balance off the advantages of the venues against geographic and divisional location is something I think we should examine on a continuing basis without fixing a permanent site," Perlman told the paper via email. "And all of this seems to me should be driven by the fan experience -- I do not think that there is much, if any, 'competitive advantage' from one site to the other."
Dan Beebe has been working on that tv contract. (Link to June 2 Big 12 meeting notes.)
On How Revenue Distribution Will Be Affected By New Television Agreements....
"I do have information that we have gathered, but I would not risk putting it in the public at this time. With very strong football and basketball, we drive great ratings to our television partners. I think we will be in a very good position with our TV partners in the future."
Beebe has some reservations about the Big Ten's growth.
So what if nothing happens in conference expansion? Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe considered the question Tuesday and rated the chances of his conference staying together.
"Very high," he said at the conclusion of the first day of the Big 12 spring meetings.
Of course, Beebe is not exactly an objective source. He knows his conference could be on the brink of collapse if the Big Ten takes Missouri and Nebraska, as has been speculated. Colorado is a candidate for the Pac-10. Even Kansas AD Lew Perkins hinted Tuesday he might have gotten a call from the Big Ten.
The SEC sage has some thoughts on the Big Ten's expansion.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said he believes the Big Ten is courting Notre Dame. "Even when I was back in the Big Ten, and I really think that's the key to all this stuff, it was always about Notre Dame then," Saban said. "Each year there was a big discussion about trying to get Notre Dame to join the Big Ten. And I think that's a lot of what it's about now, and they may have some alternatives. I'm sure expansion is something they want to do to improve their league with their TV contracts and get a situation like we have with a great championship game."
A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything. Bob Stoops teaches his players about life.
Bob Stoops diagrams at the greaseboard, and his players' eyes get big. Stoops isn't teaching football. He's teaching economics.
Stoops writes down $3 million. An impressive NFL salary. Then he brings up taxes; the government getting 40something percent. And agent fees. Stoops' greaseboard has cut that salary in half.
"They got no idea," Stoops said of his players.
"You're done playing at 26 or 27. You don't have a degree.