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Bevo's Daily Roundup - June 29

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Horns_bullet_mediumThis could be the stupidest idea ever. Someone wants to move the OU-Texas game to December?

As for those suggestions that the Texas-Oklahoma football game be moved to December in lieu of a Big 12 championship game: uh, no. Do not tamper with that tradition. It belongs in October at the State Fair. Period.


Horns_bullet_medium  The RRS will most likely be moved to a 2:30pm kick-off.

OU and Texas have asked for some relief from the 11 a.m. kickoffs and expect to get it not just in 2010 but in the coming years.

The problem with the 2:30 p.m. window is that it is not a national telecast, because of ABC’s contract with the Pac-10. If ABC shows a Big 12, Big Ten or ACC game nationally, then it has no spot for a Pac-10 telecast that day. The 11 a.m. window offers a national telecast.


Horns_bullet_mediumBig 12 basketball just got a lot tougher.

All teams would play one another twice. KU, for example, would get home-and-home meetings with Texas, Oklahoma and the Big 12's other southern-lying schools rather than drawing them just once during the regular season. That would eliminate a couple of nonconference games that, in most cases, are designed to be less taxing.


Horns_bullet_mediumBasketball was basically forgotten in all the realignment talk.

"I've been a big enough fan of college sports my whole life to understand that football makes the big TV dollars," said Kansas State coach Frank Martin. "What's frustrating is that the NCAA -- 97 percent of their whole budget comes from men's basketball. And yet, nobody was going to stand up and try to protect that and (stop the ruin of) some of these conference rivalries and environments that have been created, which is what makes the Big 12 so special."


Horns_bullet_medium The Big 12 had a basketball teleconference.


Horns_bullet_mediumNow that Texas wants one, so does Missouri.

But do not expect Texas to be the only Big 12 school to combine Internet video capabilities with expanded cable clearances and even a dedicated television channel into a 24-hour, seven-day a week potential revenue gusher. In fact, expect just about every current member of the Big 12 to do exactly that. And, according to officials at Missouri, to do it as quickly as possible.

"I would like to think that within five years we could be a very serious player with all the resources that we think that we have here," said Chad Moller, Mizzou assistant athletic director for media relations. "I want to dream big. I think that’s absolutely a goal that we need to establish and try to shoot for."


Horns_bullet_mediumSome schools? The Cornhuskers decided to leave, but they are still complaining about Texas.

Weiberg, while in the Big 12, tried to interest his presidents in developing a network. Those talks stalled in 2007, largely because some schools balked at assigning all rights to their events to the conference.

"That ended up being a bigger decision,’’ NU’s Osborne said, "than many people realized at the time.’’


Horns_bullet_medium  500 Texas voters out of a population of roughly 25 million. Some people think UH and TCU should be a part of the Big 12.

A PPP survey of 500 Texas voters, conducted June 19-21, found 42 percent supporting and 22 percent opposing UH (with 36 percent unsure as a Big 12 candidate. TCU had 47 percent and 15 percent opposition, with 37 percent undecided on the matter.

Most UH fans polled (54 percent) favor a move to the Big 12, but only 24 percent of the Cougars backers want TCU in the Big 12. TCU fans likewise favor a move to the Big 12 (58 percent), with 29 percent supporting UH.


Horns_bullet_medium  And once again, Congress wants all the details. Two U.S. Senators want the Big Ten to disclose expansion plans and financial information about the BTN.

In their letter, Grassley and Harkin question whether the Big Ten's expansion efforts square with its nonprofit status.

Grassley is the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees tax-exempt organizations. In the past decade, Grassley has raised questions about the growth of various tax-exempt organizations and whether they were fulfilling their goals as charitable organizations.

The letter also states that both lawmakers are concerned that the Big Ten's possible expansion appears "to be designed not to further the charitable operation of the Big Ten."


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Horns_bullet_medium  Sweet football. Did the spread evolve from the single-wing?


Horns_bullet_mediumA trip down memory lane. The 1950 Longhorn baseball team won the national championship at a new stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

Texas actually lost its first game of the 1950 College World Series, 4-2, to Rutgers in a game played at Rosenblatt Stadium (called Omaha Municipal Stadium at the time and changed to Rosenblatt in 1964) for the first time. But the Longhorns became the feel-good story of the tournament, rallying behind their hot-hitting right fielder Hrncir for five straight wins, claiming the NCAA baseball championship.


And finally...

Our condolences go out to the family of former Longhorn football player Peppy Blount.

Let's see, he was a football star for the Texas Longhorns. State legislator at age 22. World War II B-25 bomber pilot and inductee into the American Combat Airman Hall of Fame. College and pro football game official. A Gregg County judge ... elected on a write-in vote. Television telethon emcee for more than three decades, raising millions for "Jerry's kids."

Peppy crammed a lot of living into those 85 years.


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