Monday, January 28, 2013
Roundup: Senior Bowl, Big 12 expansion?
By David Ubben
Here's a bit of what you missed over the weekend:
If you thought this was the year the Big 12's 10 athletic directors could meet and not discuss expansion, you were dead wrong.
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has made it clear that the Big 12 isn't necessarily looking to expand, but could other conferences force the Big 12's hand? The league's athletic directors will discuss expansion at this week in a tone that I'd expect to simply be one of exploration. Bowlsby confirmed to multiple media sources last week that the discussion would take place this week. I wouldn't expect much to come of these talks, but a more pressing matter is a scheduling alliance and/or television partnerships with three different leagues, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
"It's purely exploratory," Bowlsby told the paper. He also added that he'd had conversations with three leagues, including the ACC, about a partnership. Nothing was imminent, he said.
I would be surprised if the Big 12 didn't have a clear direction in that regard after this week, but it may still have to wait for the fog over the college football landscape to clear a bit (playoff anyone? ACC buyouts on the way to the Big Ten?) to know what the future holds for the Big 12 in regards to expansion.
Big 12 players in the Senior Bowl
The main event at the Senior Bowl is the week of practice. Most often, scouts skip town before the game itself. Still, Saturday was a fun exhibition and the last time a lot of players across the Big 12 will wear their alma mater's helmet. How did they do?
Oklahoma State kicker Quinn Sharp was the only Big 12 player to score, hitting a 42-yard field goal and an extra point in the South's 21-16 win over the North.
Oklahoma's Landry Jones struggled mightily, completing just 3 of 9 passes for 16 yards and was sacked twice for losses of 22 yards. Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin caught five passes for 44 yards, second-most among all players on Saturday. He also returned a pair of punts for 30 yards. Kansas State's Chris Harper caught a 12-yard pass.
Not much action defensively for the Big 12 players in attendance. Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson and the Cowboys' Sharp were the only Big 12 players to record tackles.
Like we said before, this game is an exhibition, and scouts got their most meaningful notes during the earlier week of practice. The game is not completely irrelevant, but a rough outing isn't enough to make a huge dent in any player's stock, and a huge game (which no Big 12 player had anyway), isn't going to be enough to move a player up too far.