Friday, September 9, 2011
Lunch links: A Big 12 second wind?
By ESPN.com staff
I don't know if I can remember the last time this blog linked to a Matthew McConaughey video, but it needs to happen more often. All right, all right, all right.
- All of a sudden, the SEC looks pretty weak in conference realignment, writes Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.
- Texas doesn't want to go independent, but it has done nothing but act like an independent lately, writes Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.
- If the Big 12 breaks up, Iowa State will be flat broke, writes Marc Hansen of the Des Moines Register. "They become Northern Iowa with a $5 million scoreboard," said a former regent. "Without that money, they’re dead in the water. No way they can run an athletic department then without a subsidy."
- Texas A&M's hope is that the SEC withdraws its conditional acceptance, writes Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News.
- Baylor can file suit, but Texas A&M has history on its side and it's not worth the money, writes Gil LeBreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- Texas superfan Matthew McConaughey wrote a letter to the editor of the Austin American-Statesman heading into the 2011 season. It's also the transcript of this video, which I'm sure you'll enjoy.
- Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis says he's focused on keeping Oklahoma State in the Big 12.
- Iowa State found a good catch at receiver, almost on accident.
- Kenny Stills is glad to be back in uniform for the Sooners after a one-game suspension.
- Want to see inside of exactly how the old new Cy-Hawk trophy came to be? Andrew Logue unearthed emails through an open records request.
- If the Pac-12 expands, Colorado better not expect to have much say in which division it plays in, writes John Henderson of the Denver Post. Oklahoma State and Tech fans will not enjoy the first few sentences.
- The "Forgotten Five" have clout this time around, writes Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star.
- The Longhorn Network will broadcast five UTSA home games.
- The stall in realignment has given the Big 12 hope for survival, reports Pete Thamel of the New York Times.
- Former Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins is back in college athletics.