.@Big12Conference has brought in former West Va AD and XFL commish Oliver Luck as a consultant, according to league sources. He is widely respected in the industry and some folks had touted him for the Pac 12 commissioner opening. More coming on my radio show @1660ESPN.— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) August 23, 2021
What, exactly, does this mean for the beleaguered conference?
More than anything, it’s an effort to install a steady hand to guide the Big 12 through the following months, after the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners announced their intentions to bolt for the SEC, and after Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 officials told The Athletic that they intend to create an alliance between the three Power 5 conferences.
Those moves, of course, leave remaining members of the Big 12 out in the cold.
And that’s where Luck comes in, though we’ll see how his role develops.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Golden: A game manager at quarterback? Sark likes it
Austin American-Statesman: With a new coach, Texas tight ends are eager to prove their worth
Austin American-Statesman: Lots of questions surround Texas’ offense with yet another new OC
247Sports: Morning Brew: As promised, football team moved into renovated Moncrief Neuhaus on Monday
247Sports: Sarkisian’s biggest decision of Year 1 at Texas
247Sports: Texas unveils new tailgating additions for home football games
Inside Texas: Swimming with the Sark
Inside Texas: Inside Scoop: Checking on position battles, the penultimate week, D-Line Recruiting Matters
Inside Texas: Assessing Steve Sarkisian’s job so far
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
247Sports: Longhorns among schools standing out for Earnest Greene
247Sports: Texas commit Maalik Murphy talks development, recruiting
247Sports: Four-star WR Braylon James discusses crowded recruitment ahead of junior season
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
247Sports: Big 12 football: 10 unanswered questions heading into the 2021 season
Frogs O’ War: Monday Morning QB: Football is coming; Futbol is here
The Smoking Musket: Dante Stills named AP Preseason All-American
Wide Right & Natty Lite: Three Cyclones named to AP Preseason All-America team
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: Stefanie Dolson on winning gold in Tokyo, the challenges of 3x3 basketball, and more
SB Nation: How the AL East might look if Rizzo had gone to Boston
SB Nation: Big Ten football teams will forfeit if they have a Covid outbreak
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
- Sophomore running back Bijan Robinson is getting first-team preseason All-American love.
- Putting work in.