The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the TCU Horned Frogs and Houston Cougars, the latter of whom recently accepted an invite to join the Big 12 Conference, were very, very, very close to accepting an invite to join the big guys out west in the Pac-12 Conference.
From the Star-Telegram: “According to sources close to this latest conference round of major conference re-alignment, the Pac-12 targeted both the University of Houston and TCU as its preferred expansion candidates. Both schools were considered desirable by the league because of quality athletic departments in schools that are located in major metropolitan markets in the central time zone. The conference was so far down the road on extending an invite to these two schools there was some confusion as to why TCU was contemplating altering its long standing tradition of having a pre-game prayer before home football games.”
In other words, it’s fair to say the offer, to some extent, is still on the table.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Uncertainty at quarterback doesn’t bode well for Texas
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Sarkisian senses a strong Texas psyche in Arkansas aftermath
Austin American-Statesman: Then and now: Sark, just like Herman in 2017, says the right things
Dallas Morning News: Casey Thompson will be the starter vs. Rice, but Texas’ QB situation isn’t settled yet
247Sports: Casey Thompson’s career shows steady work in the face of doubt
247Sports: Notes from Steve Sarkisian’s Monday press conference
247Sports: Like Texas, Rice trying to figure things out at quarterback
Inside Texas: Beaten down in the box
Inside Texas: Does the Texas quarterback change foreshadow further moves?
Inside Texas: Scoop: Program accountability; fundamental issues; a look at some 2023 targets
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
247Sports: Four-star defensive lineman Avion Carter discusses relationship with Texas
247Sports: Top-15 prospect Ja’Kobe Walter attracting big time programs
Inside Texas: Texas Longhorns hoops recruiting: resetting the board
Inside Texas: Late night recruiting notes: Six 2023 prospects on the Texas radar
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Our Daily Bears: Changing expectations two weeks into the season
Our Daily Bears: Mark Vital signs with Chiefs practice squad
Frogs O’ War: Zach Evans earns Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors
Frogs O’ War: MMQB: Cardiac clash with Cal
Frogs O’ War: TCU vs. Cal: 5 things we learned
Crimson and Cream Machine: Oklahoma Football: Prime time kickoff for WVU, Murray dazzles in 2021 debut
Cowboys Ride For Free: How OSU recruits fared in early HSFB action
The Smoking Musket: Winston Wright gives West Virginia a storybook start to its home opener
The Smoking Musket: Greene’s limitations make Brown’s decision difficult
The Smoking Musket: The Sober Mid-Week Stats Review: Taking a look at the numbers behind West Virginia’s beatdown of LIU
Bring On The Cats: Thompson may be back soon
Rock Chalk Talk: The electricity of Jason Bean
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: Grading every NFL rookie QB debut in Week 1
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
- Cameron Dicker is going to keep on keeping on with double kicking duty.
Sark still confident in K Cameron Dicker: "We’re going to need him. He’s going to make big kicks for us. I’m excited for that opportunity when its shows itself."— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) September 13, 2021
- Texas softball pitcher Miranda Elish is transferring to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.