Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Roundup: Monken, worst trophy, transfer?
By David Ubben
Did you miss me? I know I missed you. We'll get to the Kansas and Kansas State spring games a little later today, as well as some NFL draft thoughts, but here's a little of what you missed since I've been gallivanting around Nashville. The Big 12 Blog offices, a.k.a., my brain, have relocated back to Dallas, though. Let's get back on track:
Todd Monken issues apology for comments
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken had some frank comments on this blog last week about Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, but issued an apology on Friday.
"I want to apologize to Landry Jones and to the Oklahoma football program for using them as a specific example to illustrate a point concerning how quickly an injury to a key player can impact how a team plays," Monken said. "While speaking to a visiting member of the media about the importance of a quarterback's confidence and demeanor, and about how quickly things can change in football, I made the mistake of making a specific reference to illustrate my point."
I get where Monken's coming here, but I thought he went above and beyond the call of duty to apologize. His comments were certainly frank, and politically incorrect, but he was right and he wasn't explicitly criticizing. He was pointing out a hard truth that was clear to anybody who watched Oklahoma last season. To me, the degree of uproar was surprising and a little ridiculous.
I read a few folks questioning Monken's understanding of the timing of the BellDozer's institution, but he wasn't saying the Sooners instituted it after Ryan Broyles' injury. He was simply saying it was a second factor in the second half of last season that made people doubt if Landry Jones was truly an elite quarterback. Jones certainly has it in him, but last season made you wonder. Monken's apology was correct, he characterized his comments exactly as he said them: He was illustrating an example. The best example just happened to be his rival. Oklahoma's going to get all bent out of shape about it, but Monken wasn't that far out of line. Above all, he was correct. Monken's a straight talker in a college football world devoid of them these days. Good move to apologize, though I'm not sure Oklahoma will care all that much about it. Bedlam's getting a whole lot more heated these days, and I'll be writing about that soon.
Baylor DE Tevin Elliott charged with sexual assault
Baylor announced Friday that starting defensive end Tevin Elliott had been suspended indefinitely. On Monday, we found out why.
Elliott was arrested and charged with sexual assault stemming from an April 15 incident in Waco. Not good news for the Bears, especially when coach Art Briles felt he had enough information on Friday to suspend one of his most gifted defenders. Briles won't have any further comment on the matter, and it's unlikely I will either until more information on the issue surfaces. For now, details are scarce. We'll see how this plays out.
'Worst trophy in sports' gets a new look
Last year's Cy-Hawk Trophy came and went all too fast. Now, the folks at Iowa Corn have found yet another version. It's pretty good. Or good enough, at least.
The new verson features both teams' mascots supporting a football coming up out of an ear of corn. Here's more on how it will look.
Good move, but Cy-Hawk, you'll always be this atrocity to me.
Another high-profile transfer headed to the Big 12?
The Big 12 welcomes Dayne Crist and Lache Seastrunk to the league this season, and another high-profile player could be coming.
Aaron Green, the nation's No. 11 overall prospect and No. 3 running back in the 2010 class, is leaving Nebraska and wants to be closer to his hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
The scatback never found a role in Nebraska's offense, and his father says Baylor, Houston, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech are among the possible destinations.
TCU ought to make a push for him, if you ask me. Only Georgia's Isaiah Crowell and Texas' Malcolm Brown were more highly recruited out of high school.