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The Big Roundup - July 19, 2010


47 days (give or take a few hours).


The Nebraska game may be upstaged by NASCAR.

There is no guarantee that Nebraska’s Oct. 16 showdown with Texas at Memorial Stadium will be a night game on ABC.

That spot’s been taken by those who love to turn left.

Yes, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race in Charlotte, N.C., is scheduled to be shown by ABC that night at 7:30.

Texas came in at No. 6 on the top college football stadiums.

6. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium -- 100,119
Everything is bigger in Texas. Except their football stadiums. They're still smaller than many stadiums in the SEC and Big Ten. (Admittedly, the preceding is not a very good state slogan.)

Interestingly enough, while Texas Memorial Stadium has more seating, the new Cowboys Stadium can fit more people with 30,000 standing-room-only "party plaza" spots that can push attendance to 110,000. And you know, Cowboys fans, if you're willing to ignore that whole "fire code" and "public safety" thing, I'm sure Jerry Jones would be cool fitting more of you in. As long as you pay full price.

What is the PAC-10 without Texas?

On July 30 in Pasadena, Pac-10 athletic directors are due to get about the business of how to place the two new members. To play a moneymaking league-championship football game, you need divisions, and that's an apt term in this discussion.

However they slice it, it's going to lead the conference fathers into another debate. And though it might not take place right away, it's probably going to be more explosive than the talks about divisions.

It's revenue sharing, and it might be the only subject that gets USC as fired up as the NCAA infractions committee.

Barking Carnival has more stats for you.

"We normally do not call out any opponent, and we regret that this promotion has been perceived in this manner," Osborne said. "We have great respect for the University of Texas and want our fans to continue to treat all of our opponents in a respectful manner."

Thank you, Tom.



The Bears plan on keeping people out of the end zone.

Is 2010 the year of the quarterback?

2010 figured to be a transitional year in Big 12 quarterbacking. Instead, the conference seems rather deep in QBs. The Davey O’Brien Award watch list came out this week, and five Big 12 quarterbacks are listed, matching the ACC for the most.

Tommy Tuberville is no stranger to quarterback controversy.

Tommy Tuberville left one quarterback controversy in Auburn in 2008 only to find himself thrown right back into another at Texas Tech.

Tuberville, who accepted the head coaching job at Texas Tech in January, walked into a ready-made QB dilemma in Lubbock.

The Denver Post has a Q&A with Dan Hawkins.

Q: There were high hopes last year, and the team finished 3-9. Did you sense players lost confidence after opening with losses to Colorado State and Toledo?

A: "You see it in pro sports: Winning begets winning. And losing begets losing. Particularly when you don't have a well-established culture, that becomes much more rocky. But I don't think our guys ever cashed it in. And they played pretty well late in the season against Oklahoma State and Nebraska, two pretty good teams. It comes down to making a couple of more plays a game and then things start rolling."

It is do or die for Hawkins this season.

Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins is starting to sound like a man with the same sense of urgency about the results his team produces on the field as the fans and media who have been so critical of him.

"It's time to cinch it up a little bit," he said this morning during a phone interview with the Camera.

University leaders, including President Bruce Benson, Chancellor Phil DiStefano and athletic director Mike Bohn, have said this season will be a pivotal one for Hawkins. That trio decided last November to give Hawkins one more year to prove himself after a 3-9 season and plenty of acrimony among the fan base.

The Buffs just need some efficiency from their QB.

"It`s just being efficient all the way around," Hawkins said. "No matter what that is. It`s doing the things that a good quarterback does consistently to move your football team.

"That`s not taking sacks and not turning it over and knowing what to do with the football and being a good leader and orchestrating some chemistry in there. It`s all those things."

There aren't high expectations for the Pokes this year.

But it is the Cornhuskers' year, according to Sporting News' Dave Curtis.

Nebraska kicker Alex Henery is a quiet and confident guy.

At Burke, he scored in the opening minutes of the first soccer game his freshman year. Bailey just looked at his assistant coach and nodded knowingly. In 2003, Henery’s sophomore year and his first as Burke’s varsity punter in football, a snap sailed over his head. Henery scrambled for the football and ran to avoid the rush before unleashing a punt that traveled 40 yards and rolled another 20.

As Henery trotted to the sideline like it was nothing, coach Jack Oholendt ripped off his headset and screamed down the sideline to Bailey, asking if Henery had just kicked that ball with his left foot.

"Yeah, he did," Bailey said. "The average kid would have been scared to death and just fallen on the thing. But not Al. For him, it’s just a natural play."

The Big 12 has a cornerback inequity issue.

The Sooners do not want to play with the Cornhuskers anymore.

The judge in the Kansas ticket scandal case asks a pertinent question about an OU education.

In establishing whether the defendant fully understood the plea agreement he had signed, U.S. District Judge Wesley E. Brown asked Simmons about his education. Simmons replied that he had done postgraduate work at Oklahoma.

"A Sooner?" Brown asked.

"Yes," Simmons replied.

"You can read and write, then," Brown concluded. "They do teach that at the University of Oklahoma."

"Yes, sir," Simmons said.



It isn't over. Expansion talks have not finished.

"I don't know that it's settled," Kelly told last week at an alumni function in Grand Rapids, Mich. "I think it's probably safe for right now, but I don't believe that we're done with the shaking and the movement in college football."

Which means more tremors will rattle South Bend, possibly next summer.

ESPN's Jim Caple has come up with his own system for realignment. (I didn't say it was a good one.)

Does that include steroids? The SEC is the New York Yankees of college football.

The SEC has swallowed college football.

That's the unmistak­able message from the past four years as SEC Media Days approach Wednes­day. This is a conference, after all, that decided a couple years ago to stage its media days one week ear­lier in order to own this en­tire week.

Who knew the SEC would own all of the na­tional championships, too?

Matt Leinart isn't the least bit concerned about those pesky sanctions.

Leinart said he isn't losing sleep over lost records and stats, and said the numbers he put up in college were never that important to him. He said he and his teammates still have their championship rings to remind them of the title.

"People can say whatever they want but we still played every game the way we had to, we beat almost every team we played and, to me, no one will ever be able to take that away," Leinart said. "I've talked to a lot of people I played with on those teams and we all say the same thing. Everyone who knows football knows we won those games and we won the title. It's unfortunate what happened and you move on from it but I just feel for the guys who are there now but they'll move on from it."


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