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The Big Roundup - August 2, 2010

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33 days (give or take a few hours).


Images of the Decade: Texas Version from Matt Adkins on Vimeo. Thanks to Barking Carnival for the find.


Kyle Hix = Trent Williams?

Hix is a 6-foot-7, 325-pound stud. A three-year starter at right tackle, he is being asked to make the critical move to the left tackle spot for his senior season.

Sound familiar, OU fans? OU did exactly the same thing last season with Trent Williams. A three-year starter on the right side, Williams switched to left tackle because he was the best candidate to protect Bradford's blind side.

The Statesman starts a countdown to fall practice with a look at Jordan Hicks, DeSean Hales and Sherrod Harris.

PAC 10 Commish Larry Scott blames Texas politics for the demise of his conference's plan to expand.

The Pac-10 commissioner said his conference wasn't able to expand to 16 schools because of four main issues. Scott spoke with a small group of reporters at the conclusion of Pac-10 media day on the floor of the Rose Bowl:

 In the end, "Texas politics" killed his plan to add Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State from the Big 12.

 Contrary to what was widely reported, Texas' plans to start its own network was not a deal breaker in the school's plan to jump to the Pac-10. "[Inviting Texas] wouldn't have gotten that far if it was about a few dollars here or there or a TV right here or there," Scott said.

No one leaked nothing.



Enjoy the conference's last season with 12 teams.

Five coaches are feeling the heat this year.

Never say never, Bob.

By December Oklahoma had used 10 different starters on its offensive line.

"You’ve got to believe that could never happen again," Stoops said at Big 12 Media Day on Wednesday.

Oklahoma's Travis Lewis used to bite people. Luckily, he doesn't do that any more.

""I've always been the entertainer of the family, making them laugh," Lewis recalled. "I was a bad little kid, getting into too much trouble. In second grade. ... I actually bit the principal."

By middle school, Lewis had grown out of being a troublemaker. And a biter. But he never stopped being an entertainer. A personality trait by which Lewis, Oklahoma's junior linebacker, now leads his team.

The Sooners had so much fun in El Paso last season that we feel they should go back in December.

The Aggies are making their comeback! Well, maybe...

A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson is missing one key statistic in his quest for greatness.

The Aggies found a kicker in Pennsylvania.

Exeter's Taylor Bertolet has been brushing up on geography during his summer vacation.

He has taken trips to compete in kicking camps in Wisconsin, Boston, South Bend, Ind., and College Station, Texas - twice.

After that second trip to Texas A&M, Bertolet got a phone call from Aggies head coach Mike Sherman, offering him a full scholarship.

Texas A&M comes in at No. 34 on The New York Times preseason look at college football.

Baylor's only hope is Robert Griffin.

If you're a college football fan, you're almost certainly aware of Robert Griffin, at least, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment in itself. Even a vague acknowledgement of existence is more than the outside world has given almost any other Baylor player in about 25 years.

One is definitely not like the other.

In many ways and maybe in every way he's the anti-Leach.

And that's just fine with Texas Tech, which got its dander up when Mike Leach was fired last December but now has its guns up again.

Tommy Tuberville is everything that Mike Leach isn't, and the Red Raiders are counting on that to be the case everywhere but the scoreboard, where the last head coach was an unmitigated success in making Tech the third most successful program in the loaded Big 12 South Division.

Pirates are out; neckties are in.

In one of Tuberville's first public appearances, he said he didn't arrive in Lubbock to play bowl-eligible football.

"We know how to win championships," he told a fan gathering before spring practice. "You can just imagine the excitement when we do win, because we're going to win a championship. We're going to win two, maybe three, maybe four. It just depends on what the good Lord wants us to have."

The New york Times has Tech at No. 38 in their preseason countdown and Sporting News has them at No. 36.

Dan Hawkins just loves his job.

Hawkins remains passionate about his profession.

"Totally," Hawkins said. "It`s all about the challenge. I love being with these guys.

"... I love being with the players, love being with the coaches, love the competition, love the strategy, love all that."

Missouri's Blaine Gabbert has a chip on his shoulder.

"When people doubt you, you’ve got to have a chip on your shoulder and prove them wrong," he said yesterday during Big 12 media days at the Westin Hotel. "That’s kind of how it’s been my whole life. No one ever really gave me a chance after Brad Smith and Chase Daniel." ‘You’re never going to throw for 4,000 yards or play in the Cotton Bowl.’ Well, we’ll see. It’s just all about proving people wrong."

The Tigers come in at No. 33 on the Sporting news' preseason countdown.

Nebraska stole Texas' mantra for the 2009 season.

"We came up one second short," Allen said, referring to a 13-12 loss to Texas in last year's Big 12 Championship Game when the Longhorns kicked the winning field goal as time expired. "That's been the whole emphasis of the off-season and the finish. We've seen it can be something as small as one second [that decides a title]. So we're finishing all the way to the end now. In everything we do."

A year ago, Texas' mantra was to be "one second better" than in 2008, when the team's lone loss in a 12-1 season came on a game-winning touchdown pass by Texas Tech with one second remaining during the Red Raiders' 39-33 victory in Lubbock.



Does profanity have a place in football? Players just need to have thick skin.

"You have to have thick skin," Jeremy Beal said.

The Oklahoma defensive end isn't the only one who thinks so. A randomly selected group of players was interviewed last week during Big 12 football media days. Some play for powerhouses, others for cellar dwellers. Some play on the offensive side of the ball, others on the defensive side.

Yet, all of them said they expect harsh treatment from their coaches.

They know they will be pushed, challenged and confronted, and sometimes, that involves antics that aren't G-rated. Yelling. Screaming. Cursing.


And finally...

Just give them the money so they will stop whining.

Texas and Oklahoma said they wouldn’t take the money that Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri promised to keep the Big Three (UT, OU and A&M) in the league, thus saving it. But A&M didn’t say no thanks.
"A key part of Texas A&M's decision to remain in the Big 12 earlier this summer was the commissioner’s commitment that Texas A&M would receive a minimum of $20 million annually in future conference distributions," A&M president R. Bowen Loftin said in a statement. "We remain committed to the conference and fully anticipate that the Big 12 will honor its commitment to Texas A&M."

So, Beergut...If the athletic deaprtment made all that money in 2009 why didn't they pay back the loan?

Part of the reason the Aggies are pressing for the money is that the athletic department is in the early stages of paying back a $16 million loan to the university.

Maybe teasips are just too stupid to understand how a loan is paid?

The Aggies really, really, really need the money.


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