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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Former Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley’s USC move is about dodging the SEC and winning a national championship

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Plus: Texas vs. Sam Houston State tonight

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Folks were surprised when the news broke yesterday that Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley was leaving the program to lead the USC Trojans. However, it’s not an astonishing move by any means, as the Sooners and Texas Longhorns prepare to leave the Big 12 Conference for the SEC as soon as 2023. In fact, Riley’s move makes sense given how California has seen an exodus of top recruiting talent leave in recent years, like Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young, who’s likely to win the Heisman Trophy this year.

Riley’s move is also about winning a national championship – a fact of head coaching life that would become increasingly difficult given the SEC’s minor league pro-like nature.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: Thompson, Card or someone else? Hard offseason ahead for Longhorns QBs

Austin American-Statesman: Disappointing start doesn’t lead to a disaster as No. 14 Texas rolls

Austin American-Statesman: ‘I think it’s OK to smile’: Texas closes out with win over Kansas State

Austin American-Statesman: How the Texas Longhorns graded out in their win over Kansas State

Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: It was just one win, but Friday’s victory was huge for Texas

Austin American-Statesman: How our five pregame questions facing Texas worked out

Austin American-Statesman: Inspired by his late cousin, Texas’ Jacoby Jones shines in final game

Austin American-Statesman: 3 takeaways as Texas ends season with a win over Kansas State

Dallas Morning News: Victory over Kansas State gives Longhorns reason to smile — for the first time in a long time

Dallas Morning News: Texas quick hits: Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gives harsh critique of Steve Sarkisian

Dallas Morning News: National reaction to Texas’ win over Kansas State: Longhorn fans sing RB Roschon Johnson’s praises

Dallas Morning News: 5 takeaways from Texas’ win over Kansas State: KSU has no answer for wildcat formation

247Sports: Unpacking a gritty Texas win over K-State

Inside Texas: Candid conversations with quarterback candidates

Inside Texas: 2021 Kansas State Postmortem: Offense

Inside Texas: 2021 Kansas State Postmortem: Defense/special teams

Inside Texas: Some Saturday Texas Longhorns program thoughts and notes

ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION

Texas eliminated from bowl contention

Texas CB Josh Thompson declares for the 2022 NFL Draft

Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma has immediate recruiting implications for Texas

4-star OT Malik Agbo releases top 4 schools

4-star RB Jamarion Miller flips from Texas to Alabama

4-star CB Jaylon Guilbeau flips back to Texas from TCU

4-star WR Armani Winfield decommits from Texas

3-star LB Eoghan Kerry decommits from Texas

Texas edges past Kansas State, 22-17, ending the six-game losing streak

Texas vs. Kansas State: Game thread

RECRUITING ROUNDUP

247Sports: The Stampede: How to pitch the remaining prospects on the board

247Sports: NickKnacks: How does Lincoln Riley’s move to USC affect Texas recruiting?

247Sports: Mike at Night: Chaos is a ladder

247Sports: Texas commit J’Mond Tapp honored as an All-American

247Sports: Where does Texas turn after losing Jamarion Miller?

Inside Texas: Late night recruiting: Kobie McKinzie, Malik Agbo, notes from Duncanville

BIG 12 BREAKDOWN

Inside Texas: TCU embraces Metroplex-ball

Inside Texas: And we thought Saturday was wild, thoughts on Lincoln Riley to USC

Our Daily Bears: The Code of Sportsmanship Says It’s Okay to Leave OU with Time on the Contract: Lincoln Riley to USC

Our Daily Bears: Baylor survived, now it’s time to thrive

Our Daily Bears: Dave Aranda is about to get paid ... to stay at Baylor

Frogs O’ War: Sonny Dykes to TCU: Who might be joining his staff?

Frogs O’ War: MMQB: They may take our wins, but they will never take our freedom

Frogs O’ War: Iowa State 48, TCU 14

Crimson and Cream Machine: Recap: OU falls to Oklahoma State, 37-33

The Smoking Musket: What I think after getting bowl eligible

The Smoking Musket: West Virginia grinds their way to bowl eligibility in 34-28 win over Kansas

The Smoking Musket: West Virginia survives near upset by Eastern Kentucky

Wide Right & Natty Lite: Cyclones breece down TCU

Bring On The Cats: Well, it’s an easy win: Kansas State 84, North Dakota 42

Bring On The Cats: Kansas State 17 - Texas 22

Rock Chalk Talk: Jayhawks beat Iona, finish Invitational play

WHAT WE’RE READING

SB Nation: The Jaguars mascot’s bungee jump backflip went wrong and he got stuck

SB Nation: AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills hold Wild Card spot following Week 13

SB Nation: Kirk Cousins lined up under the right guard, who does not snap the ball

NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND

  • Texas men’s basketball takes on the Sam Houston State Bearcats tonight at 7:30pm Central.
  • Oklahoma true freshman quarterback Caleb Williams on the Riley news.