Friday, January 21, 2011
Lunch links: More disagreeing on ESPN-UT
By ESPN.com staff
I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees.
- An appeals court has thrown out former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach's breach of contract claim regarding his 2009 firing.
- Texas Tech has filled the vacancy on its schedule after canceling a series with TCU. The Red Raiders will take on Texas State, coached by former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione, reports Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com.
- Texas' new deal with ESPN could be the first step to the Longhorns going independent, writes Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- Don't worry about Texas going independent, writes Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com. The Longhorns are already an independent, using the Big 12 for little more than scheduling.
- Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman examines if the new UT network will hurt Oklahoma.
- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops took a new job after the season after all: He'll be coaching the Harlem Globetrotters later this month.
- Nebraska has a new running back commitment for its 2011 recruiting class, giving them 17 commits.
- KCBD in Lubbock, Texas has new details on the situation surrounding defensive coordinator James Willis' exit from Texas Tech's program, thanks to an open records request.
- Kansas State lost its defensive backs coach, Keith Burns, who went to Ole Miss to work for his old boss, Houston Nutt.
- New Oklahoma State quarterback and early enrollee J.W. Walsh says he's ready to go if needed for the Cowboys.
- Texas Tech may be playing another early-season Big 12 game like it did last year vs. Texas, reports Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
- Oklahoma's Cale Gundy made colleague Ryan McGee's list of the nation's top recruiting coordinators. Gundy, the brother of Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, also coaches running backs for the Sooners.
- No guts, no glory, writes Gil LeBreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Texas Tech blew a chance to beat a TCU team in 2011 high on respect and low on quality.
- February won't be a quiet month for Kansas' football program.