Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Roundup: Catching up on what I missed
By David Ubben
Besides Barry Switzer's outstanding wardrobe selections and the goings-on of Dana Horsewomen, let's get a quick look at what I haven't weighed in on since I was honeymooning in the Caribbean. Thanks for all the congratulatory messages while I was away.
Let's take a quick look:
Big 12 schedule changes
Last season, we saw fewer midweek games in the league than I can remember, but the Big 12's new TV deal means that's changing in 2013. Outside of Thanksgiving week, Baylor's early-season trip to Louisiana-Monroe was the Big 12's only weekday game of the season. They can be a headache on campus logistically, but they can also be valuable exposure for teams, too. Here's a look at the games moving away from Saturday to earlier in the week this season:
- Friday, August 30: North Dakota State at K-State (FOX Sports 1)
- Thursday, September 12: TCU at Texas Tech (FOX Sports or ESPN Platform)
- Thursday, October 3: Texas at Iowa State (FOX Sports or ESPN Platform)
- Thursday, November 7: Oklahoma at Baylor (FOX Sports or ESPN Platform)
- Thursday, November 28: Texas Tech at Texas (FOX Sports or ESPN Platform)
All good matchups, save the FCS showdown to help launch Fox Sports 1's college football coverage. The last time Oklahoma and Baylor clashed in Waco was a pretty memorable game that helped bring the Heisman Trophy to the Big 12 and Baylor with RG III's big night to beat the Sooners for the first time in school history. Texas and Texas Tech have had some high-profile showdowns over the years, too. Their Thanksgiving night game should be a whole lot of fun.
There's zero love lost between the TCU and Tech fan bases, so that early-season matchup will be some proving ground for both programs. That's a must-see game. It'll be a solid early-season win for TCU on the way to what it hopes is something resembling a title run, or it could be a chance for Kliff Kingsbury to announce Tech's program as one heading in the right direction by knocking off a Big 12 favorite in early September. Can't wait for these matchups.
Big 12 heading to Florida?
The Big 12 doesn't have a bowl tie-in in Florida, but buzz persisted after the season that the void could soon be filled. Colleague Brett McMurphy reported the league is in talks with the Orlando-based Russell Athletic Bowl to join the Big 12's lineup.
It'd definitely add some spice to the lineup. You'd be hard-pressed to find many opposed to the game. I highly, highly doubt the Big 12's affiliation with the New Era Pinstripe Bowl goes much longer, and this game would be a solid replacement, giving the league games in Texas, Arizona, California and Florida. When it's not a recruiting basin, it's a vacation destination that coaches and players love.
Oklahoma State introduces new OC Mike Yurcich
Mike Gundy's new playcaller has been a mystery man of sorts after being hired last month from Shippensburg University, a Division II school in Pennsylvania. After giving him time to learn about his new surroundings, offense and personnel, the school had him participate in a teleconference with local media.
Gina Mizell of The Oklahoman profiled the new man in charge of one of the Big 12's best offenses. Interesting stuff. You'll learn a bit more about him and his philosophy by giving that piece a read.
Mike Yurcich and Mike Gundy had no prior relationship before Gundy made that initial contact in early February.
Perhaps a mutual friend or colleague in the coaching world recommended Mike Yurcich. He's not sure. He's never asked.
But the interview process was pretty typical, yet fast. A couple phone conversations. An in-person interview in Stillwater. More phone conversations. Then an offer.