Thursday, September 15, 2011
Lunch links: Congrats, Big 12. You all lose
By ESPN.com staff
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- Why can't the Big 12 see that if it breaks up, everyone involved loses? Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated asks the question.
- Texas to the ACC? Maybe it doesn't happen, but it makes sense, writes Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Texas drove all its friends away, and is now begging for ACC acceptance, writes Matt Hayes of Sporting News.
- Or is Texas to the ACC just an elaborate bluff to get a better deal from the Pac-12? Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman wonders. My head is spinning.
- Either way, the travel could be problematic, and Nebraska is a good case study, writes Max Olson of HornsNation.
- Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle says "Don't blame Baylor" in this realignment mess. He also says the notion Baylor left behind SWC teams like Houston and SMU is too simplistic.
- Meanwhile, Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton tells Vahe Gregorian of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he's more hopeful that the Big 12 could remain viable even if Oklahoma left, and spoke of a "legal basis" of it doing so.
- Iowa State's Friday night trip to UConn poses an interesting dilemma for Paul Rhoads' family, writes Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register.
- What does Bob Stoops think about OSU's uniforms? "I think they're awesome," he said, "as long as they're on someone else."
- Colleague Andy Katz looks at one of the main motivations for schools looking to pursue legal action if the Big 12 breaks up: Economic drop-offs after signing a lucrative television deal last summer.
- Is the tag of "running quarterback" fair to Florida State's EJ Manuel? Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman says maybe not.
- Bill Snyder says it's disappointing to see juco transfer Justin Tuggle as his third-string QB, but he's still putting in effort at practice, writes Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star.
- If the Big 12 breaks up, what is the best home for Missouri? A panel of St. Louis Post-Dispatch staffers offer their takes.
- Andrew Wagaman of the Columbia Missourian looks at one Missouri player's effort as a stand-up comedian.
- Here's the new episode of the Kansas football reality show, "The Gridiron."
- Oklahoma State running back Jeremy Smith nearly left Stillwater last spring, but these days, he's an integral part of the running game, writes Gina Mizell of The Oklahoman.
- Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star tracks Missouri receiver T.J. Moe's progression into a leader.
- Texas A&M wants DE Tony Jerod-Eddie to become an enforcer for the defense, writes Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- Vinnie Duber of the Columbia Missourian looks at more details surrounding Missouri's new network.