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Bevo's Daily Roundup - July 15, 2010


50 days (give or take a few hours).

Horns_bullet_medium And what should we call that October 16 hate fest?

The Big Beef -- 27 percent


Horns_bullet_medium Jayhawk former assistant director of ticket operations has pleaded guilty.

A former University of Kansas athletics official admitted in court Wednesday that he knew about a scheme in which school employees sold some $1 million worth of tickets to sporting events and pocketed the proceeds, but did not alert the authorities.

Jason Jeffries, the school’s former assistant director of ticket operations, pleaded guilty U.S. District Court in Wichita to one count of misprision of a felony. He remains free on his own recognizance.


Horns_bullet_medium Is the ground game one of the Jayhawks' strengths going into the 2010 season?

Not so, according to running backs coach Reggie Mitchell.

“You know what, in my opinion, we’re thinking that we’re the underdogs and we have to go out and prove ourselves,” Mitchell told the Journal-World on Monday, during a quick breakdown of the position. “We have some guys that have played but not to the level that they want to play at. I think we have depth, but I still think we have a lot to prove. We’d like to have the best group of running backs in the Big 12.”


Horns_bullet_mediumThis whole ten-team conference is soooo much better.

The new format would erase the divisions, eliminate the title game and feature a more grueling regular season that will crown a champion based on nine weeks of matchups. For football’s sake, that represents a total makeover from the league’s conception. And that’s good for the Big 12, school officials agree.

“If everyone in the conference has faced each other, it probably is the truest form of a championship,” Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione said. “In essence, in some people’s minds, it might be considered a playoff of sorts within the conference.”


Horns_bullet_medium  We know who didn't come in at No. 1. Sporting News ranked the Big 12s non-conference schedule.


Horns_bullet_medium  Another one of BDR's favorite sports writers hasn't gotten any smarter.

John P. Lopez is an expert practitioner in Aggie logic, which is to say, an expert in reasoning that isn’t logical at all.  Perhaps the most famous graduate of TAMU’s defunct Journalism department (snort- and Tatu was the greatest talent in indoor Dallas soccer history), he has been toiling in the more lucrative alternative media (radio and internet) the past few years.  This allows him to pander to Ag fans in the subscription commentary market, while still selling content to widecast media (Sports Illustrated’s webpage).  His SI niche is NFL commentary, Houston-centric by nature, not design.  His first SI article, last fall, explained why the Texans were very smart to draft Mario Williams instead of VY.  Sure, if you’re not focused on winning or marketing, which may actually be the case with the Texans.


Horns_bullet_medium  The little guys get the shaft in the basketball tournament expansion plan.

The presence of a second auto-bid play-in game could also cause some radical changes in some of the smallest conferences, with the SWAC being the most obvious candidate. Annually the nation's lowest-rated conference, in large part because of the crippling number of guarantee games its teams play every season, the SWAC has made five appearances in the first 10 play-in games (and was kept out on other occasions to avoid a matchup with the MEAC, the nation's other historically black conference).

According to, the league went 7-87 last season in nonleague Division I play, and there was as large a conference RPI gap between the SWAC and the 30th-ranked MEAC as between the MEAC and the Big South, which was the fifth-worst league (and roughly a cutoff for play-in game status). It's almost impossible with the way the SWAC currently operates for its NCAA representative not to be one of the four worst teams in the field. Unless things change, the play-in game will become an annual SWAC holiday.


Horns_bullet_medium  The Davey O'Brien watch list is out.


Horns_bullet_mediumNine Division II schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma want to form a new conference.

Arkansas-Monticello, Arkansas Tech, East Central University, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Southern Arkansas and Southwestern Oklahoma State must submit a strategic plan, conference constitution and conference bylaws to the NCAA by Dec. 1.

The Arkansas schools are currently in the Gulf South Conference, and the Oklahoma schools are in the Lone Star.

The schools say they are trying to limit travel costs.


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