I'm back from an extended weekend jaunt to the Midwest from Texas, and a new BBQ discovery. Bogart's Smoke House in St. Louis gets my highest recommendation. Ribs: it's what's for... lunch? (They're only open until 4 p.m.)
Here's a bit of what we missed while I was away:
Longhorns' receiver plans to sit out 2011
Goodwin plans to redshirt the 2011 season in favor of track, and plans to return as a junior in 2012.
Goodwin has won three Big 12 long jump championships, and recently qualified for the World Championships in Korea, which would have caused him to miss all of preseason camp and likely the season opener vs. Rice.
Goodwin won the U.S. Championships with a jump of 27 feet, four inches to qualify for the worlds, and will try and focus on qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in London.
“We are so proud of Marquise," Texas coach Mack Brown said in a release. "What an unbelievable accomplishment to be the U.S. long jump champion and earn a spot in the World Championships, especially at such a young age. Obviously he has established himself as one of the premier long jumpers not only in America, but the world. With the World Championships coming up and the Olympics next August, his focus needs to be on track and field."
Sounds like Goodwin has Brown's blessing. Goodwin caught 61 passes for 603 yards and a pair of scores the past two seasons, and while he was a contributor to the Longhorns' offense, he was hardly an integral piece. His loss hurts, but it's not crippling for Texas' offense, which has a few young receivers who'll get some opportunities with Goodwin gone.
Bears' season-ticket promotion paying off
Baylor drew some nationwide attention for its Fourth of July season-ticket promotion, which allowed fans to purchase a season-ticket package for the price of whatever the high temperature in Waco was on the holiday.
Temperatures reached 101 degrees, and sure enough, the Bears debuted their season ticket package shortly after.
From the release:
"There is tremendous anticipation for the Bears' 2011 season, and we are grateful for those fans who already have purchased season tickets," said Baylor Executive Associate Athletics Director/External Affairs Nick Joos. "The price-point for this special July 4th promotion affords fans a discount of more than 30 percent off our Super Fan ticket price, and we are hopeful that will be appealing to many, especially considering the attractiveness of our 2011 home schedule."
It's a good schedule, no doubt. TCU, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri all come to Waco this year, where the Bears are preparing for one of the most anticipated seasons in school history (until 2012). The promotion only runs through July 10, but the program has already sold over 1,000 of the packages.
ESPN's Page 2 also helped offer a few other season ticket promotion suggestions, thanks to the Bears.
New KU quarterback difficulties?
Tom Keegan of the Lawrence Journal-World also opined rather loudly that Brock Berglund, the top prospect in Colorado and a Kansas quarterback signee in 2011, would never suit up for the Jayhawks.
Berglund committed to Colorado initially before placing a call to Turner Gill after Dan Hawkins was fired as coach of the Buffs. Since then, he's made plenty of headlines.
He planned to enroll at Kansas a semester early. He did. But he went back home to Colorado before spring practice began. He also made some comments which may not have been interpreted as he intended but rubbed some people the wrong way.
"I would say Tim Tebow, Michael Vick and Peyton Manning, kind of all put together," Berglund said, when asked to describe his game. He expounded on the comments, which are re-hashed in Keegan's column, but Keegan says they're indicative of a larger attitude that has caused problems with his new team in Lawrence.
Once he showed up on campus, teammates found him to be the personification of those boastful words. They put him in his place. Now, whether they did so with words or one player took it a step beyond is a matter of conjecture. Either way, he took his ball and went home.
Still, he was given another chance by coach Turner Gill. No way Berglund can get a uniform now that he hasn’t been showing up for the “voluntary” conditioning workouts. Now an exit strategy must be formulated. Gill can’t run him for not attending workouts the NCAA labels optional.
For now, sophomore Jordan Webb sounds like he's taking hold of the job ahead of senior Quinn Mecham. Hopes were high for Berglund, perhaps as high as becoming the starter in 2011. It's far too early to tell if that will happen, but after his spring absence and Webb's apparent emergence, I wouldn't count on that happening.