All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
Congrats are in order. Taylor Jungmann is the Big 12's top pitcher. [AAS]
There was one good thing about the spring football game. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Fox Sports has a Q&A with Baylor coach Art Briles. [Fox Sports SW]
From a program standpoint, it was a great year. It was a breakout season. We reached a bunch of "firsts." You mentioned the first bowl game in 16 years. It was the first time we beat Texas in Austin since 1991, the first winning season since 1995, most conference wins since we've been in the Big 12. All those things are good.
Should the Jayhawks be worried about their athletic programs? [Rock Chalk Talk]
Scott Drew felt the call of Baylor. [Chicago Sun-Times]
If you care...Here are the Big 12-2 basketball APR rankings. [CBSSports]
It is the off-season and they had to find something to fill the void. Here is the start of CBSSports' 100 most list. [CBSSports]
97. RYAN TANNEHILL, quarterback, Texas A&M. The Aggies had two different seasons in 2010: one B.T. (Before Tannehill) and one A.T. (After Tannehill). With Jerrod Johnson at quarterback, the Aggies were 3-3 on the season, and 0-3 in Big 12 play. Then Tannehill took over the reins against Kansas on Oct. 23 and Texas A&M didn't look back. The Aggies reeled off six straight wins, including games over Oklahoma, Nebraska and (the coup de gras) Texas. They wouldn't know defeat under Tannehill until the Cotton Bowl, where LSU won 41-24.
Still, Tannehill was a revelation. Not only was he able to run a rather potent Aggies offense, but he did so without the crippling turnovers that became a trademark of Texas A&M under Johnson. This season will be different for Tannehill, however. No longer is he the former tight end-turned-savior, but the quarterback who is supposed to make sure Texas A&M takes the next step--its first league title since 1998, and just their second Big 12 title ever. -- TF
What can the Big 12-2 learn from the Big 10+2? [Clone Chronicles]
Fans speak out about Big 12-2 expansion. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
The school formerly known as Big 12-2 member.
The Big 10+2 anticipation is just killing Tom Osbourne. [AZ Central]
"For us, it's a really good fit," Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said. "The Big Ten schools kind of look at the world the way we do."
Welcome to the Big 10, Cornhuskers. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
Speaking of OSU quarterbacks, Terrelle Pryor will have to sit out the first five games of the season while he and a handful of other Buckeyes serve a suspension for breaking NCAA rules. When Game 6 arrives in the form of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, should Pryor start if the Buckeyes are playing well without him?
The Horned Frogs are playing with the big boys now. [Charleston Daily Mail]
The Big East Conference will be a little bigger this week for the annual membership meetings in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Texas Christian University's basketball and football coaches, athletic director and athletic department administrators will be on hand these next three days.
"We've invited TCU to the meetings because they're part of the conference," said Nick Carparelli, the conference's associate commissioner for football. "Our job in the conference office is to help facilitate all the topics the membership wants to discuss."
an you really predict the success of college players at the professional level? [Harvard Sports Analysis]
A Texas bill passed that bans schools from using helmets 16 years old or older. [Houston Chronicle]
Texas will spend about $1.5 million over the next two years for high school steroid testing. [Houston Chronicle]
Not a good introduction...Dana Holgorsen hasn't been in West Virginia very long and things aren't going so well. [ESPN Big East Blog]
Following the gravy train of college sports and the BCS...money.
The Fiesta Bowl wants their money back. [ESPN]
Politicians who received letters from the Fiesta Bowl requesting that they return tainted campaign contributions are responding, and none appear too happy to be tarred with the same brush as the bowl's ousted CEO.
Nothing says Heisman trophy like a duck. Tacky corporate sponsorships never end. [Sports Business Journal]
When you think of the Heisman Trophy, do you think of talking ducks and insurance companies?
You will now.
A very bad use of a great sports movie...
BDR will be back on a consistent basis...I promise. I started up again and then got swamped with client work. Someone has to pay the bills. :-)