Monday, January 24, 2011
Big 12 weekend roundup
By ESPN.com staff
I'm not sure if Bob Stoops made a list of things he didn't want to see this offseason, but if he did, I'm sure "Having two of my best freshmen get arrested" would be near the top.
Receiver Kenny Stills, 19, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Saturday morning and safety Tony Jefferson was arrested for interfering with the official process shortly after.
Stills started all 14 games for Oklahoma this season and broke teammate Ryan Broyles' freshman receiving record after racking up 786 yards and five touchdowns on 61 catches.
Jefferson played mostly nickel back for the Sooners, but earned the Big 12's co-Defensive Freshman of the Year honors after making 65 tackles and two interceptions.
Both were true freshmen who look like budding stars in the Big 12.
When it comes to DUIs, what's really left to say? It was dumb. It was dangerous. Stills is a teenager a few thousand miles away from home out on his own. He's not the first college athlete, freshman or otherwise, to get a DUI. As much as we'd all like him to be, he's also not the last.
Depending on the details surrounding Jefferson's arrest, I'd expect both to receive Stoops' customary one-game suspension and miss next season's opener against Tulsa, but be back for the Sooners' heavyweight fight in Tallahassee against Florida State.
There's no excusing Stills' actions, but you'd hope both young players, going through their first year in Oklahoma after coming from San Diego, learn from their mistakes as we've seen others do.
Texas Tech made it official over the weekend: Chad Glasgow, previously of TCU, is its new defensive coordinator, and former graduate assistant Otis Mounds will coach the Red Raiders' cornerbacks.
"It’s my goal to bring our defense to a championship level and Chad Glasgow is the right person for the job," Tuberville said in a release. "With his experience and knowledge of the game and recruiting, he will be a great addition to our staff."
Neither is a real surprise, and recent soft commit Marcus Roberson, the nation's No. 9 safety, is Mounds' nephew. That certainly helps Texas Tech's case in keeping Roberson around as part of Tuberville's efforts to infuse an SEC defense into a program best known for being the Big 12-iest offense in the league, a pure spread.
"I’ve known Otis for over 10 years," Tuberville said. "He is one of the new up-and-coming bright coaches in this business who has had experience at both the high school and college level. He was a big part of our staff last year, and I am glad that we were able to keep him on board."
Roberson told reporters last week that he was "50-50" to sign with the Red Raiders, and visited Florida over the weekend.
It's good for the Red Raiders to finally have a full staff and start making preparations for the spring, but the first payoff could come next week on signing day.
Kansas State made a hire of its own, bringing in Tom Hayes to replace Keith Burns as the Wildcats' defensive secondary/safeties coach.
The 29-year veteran joins coach Bill Snyder in Manhattan from Tulane, and also spent time coaching defensive backs for the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and 2007.
"I have known Tom for a long time and admired him not only as a highly competent and successful football coach, but also as a quality person who genuinely cares about young people,” Snyder said in a release. "Tom’s ability to teach is made evident by the fact that 26 of his collegiate players moved on to the NFL, four of which were Pro Bowl selections, and he has been involved in 13 total bowl games, winning 10 of them."