Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Lunchtime links: Muschamp's announcement trumps Tech-OU hype
By David Ubben
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Leave it to Texas to upstage excitement for the biggest Big 12 game of the season with their own announcement. But Will Muschamp's hiring as the coach-in-waiting behind Mack Brown was that big of a story.
Here are some links from around the Big 12 in a busy 24-hour news cycle.
- Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls said that Texas made a wise decision when it hired defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as Mack Brown's eventual replacement. And the San Antonio Express-News' Mike Finger said the preemptive move to take Muschamp off the coaching market was one that only the wealthiest of schools could afford.
- Bob Stoops has got Oklahoma fans in an uproar with his comments that fans at Owen Field have had little effect in the team's nation-best 23 game winning streak and 59-2 record during his coaching tenure, the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter reports.
- Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Michael Crabtree built his confidence this summer by holding his own in drills against former All-Pro cornerback Deion Sanders and current Dallas cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones. "I caught every pass they threw to me; that's all I was worried about," Crabtree told Price. "It was fun, though."
- The Waco Tribune Herald's staff breaks down a variety of subjects in an interesting podcast, including Baylor's big effort against Texas A&M, Joe Pawelek's NFL chances and the upcoming Texas Tech-Oklahoma game.
- Colorado linebacker Nate Vaiomounga was dismissed from the football team on Tuesday after being arrested Monday in connection with the theft of a purse last week on campus, the Boulder Camera's Kyle Ringo reports. Vaiomounga was academically ineligible this season.
- Des Moines Register Andrew Logue opines for Iowa State punter Mike Brandtner as the team's most valuable player. Seriously.