Roundup: Sooner down, ESPN history

February, 28, 2011
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A few tidbits that need to be caught up on from the weekend:

Sooners lose top corner

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops released a statement that Jamell Fleming, the team's top corner, was not enrolled this semester and was not with the team.

He'll attend to what Stoops called a personal matter.

"We’re hopeful that Jamell can work through the things he’s facing and resume his college career," Stoops said in the release.

Fleming was named an All-Big 12 performer and led the Big 12 with five interceptions.

Missing the spring is already a big deal, but if Fleming can't get back by fall, it'll be a huge blow to the Sooners' national title hopes, which should be very legitimate to kick off the season.

Throwing inexperienced corners on the field against Big 12 offenses is a good way to get beat, and the Sooners can't afford to do that and still make it through the regular season without a loss. With Fleming and fellow starting corner Demontre Hurst back, the Sooners would have a team high on potential and low on possible weaknesses.

Heading into this season, Fleming has a good chance to be one of the Big 12's best corners.

Trying to replace him, if he's not able to return to the team by fall camp, would emerge as the team's biggest and possibly most impactful question mark.

The Sooners loved true freshman Aaron Colvin very early in camp, and he's the guy most likely to slide into Fleming's vacancy as long as Fleming is out. His only start last year was against Texas, and despite the pressure of the rivalry, made seven tackles and 1.5 for loss.

But there's no doubt Colvin will see better receivers than what he faced against the Longhorns in 2010, and he'll have to make up for the lack of experience in spring and fall camps if he's required to start as the Sooners launch a campaign at the title.

If not, that campaign could be short-lived. The Sooners travel to Florida State, a possible top five opponent, on Sept. 17, their third game of the season.


It's been how long?

When's the last time Iowa State has played on an ESPN network? Who would have guessed 2006?

It seems hard to believe, but that's the case, according to the Des Moines Register.

That'll change next year when the Cyclones take on reigning Big East champ Connecticut in a Friday night game on Sept. 16.

"The exposure for our program -- both for our fans and alums across the nation -- is well received,” Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement. "The Huskies, coming off a Fiesta Bowl appearance, will be a great opponent and we’re looking forward to showcasing our program on a national TV stage."

Friday night games aren't ideal, but if it means getting a game on national TV that otherwise wouldn't be, it's a great idea. Considering the Cyclones' ESPN drought, this should be a good game to move to the nontraditional time slot.


New AD for Red Raiders

Texas Tech made it official over the weekend: Kirby Hocutt is taking his talents from South Beach to the West Texas plains.

The former Miami athletic director officially took over as the head Red Raider, a move that had long been rumored.

Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance tried to sell Hocutt on coming back to his home state, and clearly did it successfully.

"I told him, ‘Look, at Miami, my personal opinion is they’ve seen their best days. Texas Tech’s best days are in front of it,’” Hance told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "His budget won’t be that much different. We’re about the same size (budget-wise). I imagine his budget (at Miami) might be a little larger, a little smaller, but our facilities are better. We have a better market. We’re not competing with the Dolphins and the Heat and the Marlins."

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