Big 12: Bill Self
- A partnership between the ACC and the Big 12 makes sense to fend off realignment, writes Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports. For what it's worth, Kansas coach Bill Self doesn't want to see realignment.
- Colleague Ivan Maisel is glad to finally see some sense out of the Big 12 and Big East when it comes to expansion.
- What do the recruiting rankings tell us about the Big 12 coaches?
- Might a Big 12 team be ready to chase after the man who lost a QB battle to Johnny Football?
- Oklahoma State DT Christian Littlehead may be off the team, according to a report.
- Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com has a report from the Big 12 AD meetings, and Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has more on the get-together.
- Ken Corbitt of the Topeka Capital-Journal introduces you to some new walk-ons at K-State.
- Oklahoma landed another defensive tackle in its recruiting class.
- We know at least one West Virginia player is headed to the NFL combine. Expect plenty more names to surface soon.
- Here's Heisman winner Robert Griffin III with the Top Ten on David Letterman last night. It's the "Top Ten Thoughts that Went Through Robert Griffin III's Mind When He Won" The best: "Time to focus on my next goal: A Latin Grammy."
- Nick Begley of CNBC went on a search for RG3's Superman Socks, and they proved elusive. Not unlike Superman himself, I suppose.
- That Heisman is driving up Alamo Bowl ticket sales, too.
- Mike Gundy? The man is about to get paid! Gina Mizell of the Oklahoman reports.
- Texas A&M hired Kevin Sumlin and made history for all the right reasons, writes Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman.
- If you're looking for affordable tickets to the Cotton Bowl, you may be out of luck, writes Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle.
- Former Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist was at KU this weekend, and now he's visiting Wisconsin and Delaware, reports Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune.
- There's another QB on the market now, though. Conference USA Freshman of the Year Jeff Godfrey is transferring from UCF.
- Iowa State's senior class has already made history, writes Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register.
- Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World offers a few updates on how Charlie Weis has spent his first few days as KU coach, including putting his staff together. He's already earned the respect of Bill Self.
- Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram checks in from Kevin Sumlin's introductory news conference at Texas A&M.
- Vahe Gregorian checks up on Missouri's latest dual-sport athlete, tight end/forward Andrew Jones.
- Oklahoma RB Roy Finch was cited by police for breaking a friend's laptop.
- Stewart Mandel at SI.com breaks down 16 possible expansion scenarios.
- Oklahoma State quarterback recruit J.W. Walsh likes the idea of a move to the Pac-10, reports Brandon Chatmon of The Oklahoman.
- Texas' website has a Q&A with running back Fozzy Whittaker, who just earned his degree with two years of eligibility remaining.
- The Longhorns' best move is to stay in the Big 12, writes Pete Thamel of the New York Times.
- When it comes to expansion, it's money that matters, not tradition, writes Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle.
- Buck Harvey at the San Antonio Express-News says he doesn't want to see Baylor included in a move to the Pac-10 by the Big 12 South.
- Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins missed part of last week's Big 12 spring meetings because he was testifying before a federal grand jury.
- Which conference should Texas play in? Over 40 percent of ESPN SportsNation poll voters said the Big 12. But ... note where the dissension lies.
- Can the Big 12 put its existing pieces together? John Hoover at the Tulsa World looks into it.
- Brian Christopherson and Steve Sipple at the Lincoln Journal Star preview Nebraska's tilt with Oklahoma State.
- Kansas' Turner Gill and Bill Self weighed in on conference realignment at a university event on Monday night.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It sounds like the Kansas men's basketball team and football team are having a little trouble co-existing on the same campus.
Kansas starting point guard Tyshawn Taylor was treated at a hospital Tuesday with a dislocated left thumb after he was involved in a fracas with members of the Jayhawks football team, several Kansas newspapers reported.
A source told the Lawrence Journal World that Taylor could miss up to four weeks after the injury apparently occurred in a skirmish between several members of the men's basketball team and football teams in front of the Burge Union on the Kansas campus.
Taylor's Facebook page indicated that he was hurt in a fight, the Kansas City Star reported.
“I got a dislocated finger ... from throwing a punch ... so don’t let the newspaper gas yall up aite,” Taylor wrote.
Police were called to Jayhawker Towers about 10:25 p.m. Tuesday to disperse a crowd of about 20 individuals gathering in the parking lot. The Journal-World's police scanner indicated it was in response to the incident that happened earlier in the day.
Kansas football coach Mark Mangino and men's basketball coach Bill Self have been supportive of the other's programs over the years. Mangino often attends basketball games. And Self was at the Jayhawks' game last week with Duke where he was interviewed during the television broadcast.
But it looks like that mutual respect among both high-level programs must stop at the coaching offices.
Taylor, a native of Hoboken, N.J., was Kansas' third-leading scorer as a freshman, averaging 9.7 points and 3.0 assists per game.
Eight days and counting until the season starts.
Can't you feel it?
Until then, gnaw on these links to get ready.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self tells the Topeka Capital-Journal's Kevin Haskin the Jayhawks will win 10 football games this season.
Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World reports on Day 7 of the Mike Gundy news blackout at Oklahoma State.
The San Antonio Express-News' Brent Zwerneman writes about the selflessness of Texas A&M defensive tackle Lucas Patterson, who switched back to defense this week from a starting position at offensive tackle.
The Waco Tribune Herald's John Werner writes about Baylor's backfield variety with Jay Finley, Terrance Ganaway and Jarred Salubi all contributing.
Lawrence Journal-World sports editor/columnist Tom Keegan writes why Kansas must start 6-0 to gather maximum national exposure for the program.
Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins tells the Boulder Camera's Kyle Ringo about his growth and development in the Buffaloes' offense.
Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson tells the Lincoln Journal-Star's Brian Christopherson that freshman Cody Green has pushed past Latravis Washington for the backup position behind starter Zac Lee.
Iowa State coaches are hoping that undersized defensive tackle Austin Alburtis can overcome injuries to emerge as a key contributor, the Ames Tribune's Bobby La Gesse reports.
Injured starting Missouri tackle Dan Hoch could return to practice by the weekend, the Kansas City Star's Mike DeArmond reports.
Several Oklahoma teammates tell the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter that Sam Bradford is noticeably improved from last season. The Oklahoman also speculate about several NCAA passing records that Bradford could break before leaving college.
Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says that sophomore safety Earl Thomas is inspiring increased confidence in the Longhorns' secondary by his steady play, Austin American-Statesman beat writer Suzanne Halliburton reports.
Texas Tech's switch of Mickey Okafor from tackle to guard will boost the athleticism of the Red Raiders' offensive line, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Don Williams reports.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Even though practice is just starting, the lunchtime links are already in mid-season form.
Check out a few links from across the conference:
- The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls wonders if the new NCAA ejection rule may cause defenses to become more tentative.
- Baylor hopes to boost its pass rush with a young group of defensive ends after posting only 21 sacks last season, John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.
- Former Kansas State coach Ron Prince is seeking $3 million in punitive damages in addition to his $3.2 million contract buyout negotiated after he left the school, the Topeka Capital-Journal's Austin Meek reports.
- The Oklahoman's John Helsley writes about Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant's potential as a Heisman Trophy candidate and his recovery from a disappointing Holiday Bowl loss that turned on his knee injury.
- Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera reports that finding a replacement for Josh Smith on kick returns is only one of the questions facing Colorado special teams coach Kent Riddle.
- Even after contentious contract renegotiations, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is back for more high-powered passing and hijinks, the Denver Post's John Henderson writes.
- Lawrence Journal-World blogger Johann Ross wonders if Bill Self and Mark Mangino is the best coaching combination for a major basketball/football program.
- Gary Pinkel tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Gerry Fraley that his team this season will be the fastest he's coached at Missouri.
- Nebraska I-back Quentin Castille tells the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple that he's rejuvenated after returning home for several weeks during his team's summer workouts.
- Ryan Tannehill hopes to win Texas A&M's starting quarterback job, but he tells the Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News' Brent Zwerneman he wants to move back to receiver if he doesn't beat out Jerrod Johnson.
- Oklahoma middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds is 10 pounds lighter as he attempts a comeback from a devastating knee injury sustained last season, the Tulsa World's Guerin Emig reports.
- The Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson has an interesting chat on Iowa State football, including Paul Rhoads' troubles in picking out ripe melons and whether the Cyclones can stick with Iowa on Sept. 12.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
We all know that Bob Stoops' nickname is "Big Game Bob."
But the question is, how big do sports fans really feel Stoops is?
SportsNation is ranking 20 coaches in terms of their power at this link. Among those on the list are Stoops, Texas football coach Mack Brown and Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self.
As of 10:30 a.m. ET, Stoops is ranked ninth in the poll, Brown is 11th and Self 18th among those coaches who have been included.
Stoops is ranked sixth among the football coaches and Brown is seventh. They trail, in order: USC's Pete Carroll (second), Florida's Urban Meyer (third), Penn State's Joe Paterno (fourth), Florida State's Bobby Bowden (seventh) and Alabama's Nick Saban (eighth).
Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski ranks at the top of the poll, which has received 2,186 votes up to this time.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Oklahoma is going to have one of the interesting teams in the country this season. The Sooners' national reputation has been besmirched over the last couple of years with upset losses to Boise State and West Virginia in the last two Fiesta Bowls.
And while those defeats might have tempered some expectations for this coming team, Oklahoma S Nic Harris had an interesting quote for the Tulsa World's Dave Sittler about how the Sooners are reacting.
"In the face of adversity," Harris told Sittler, "some men break and others break records."
The Sooners will have the opportunity to do both. Another disappointing finish would continue their recent slide. Or they could turn things around and claim their eighth national championship since 1950.
That's why the Sooners will be one of the key stories to follow this season in the Big 12.
There will be a lot of morning links to follow along the way and we'll be right there with them. Here's a start with some of the stories that have got people talking across the Big 12.
- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops explains in an Oklahoman video clip why he's decided to close off all preseason scrimmages. I think the biggest reason is because he doesn't want those nasty Internet spies to know that QB Sam Bradford's learning of the team's new no-huddle offense is still a work in progress.
- New Texas A&M defensive coordinator Joe Kines has shaken up his secondary, with Jordan Pugh moving to cornerback and Jordan Peterson to safety. The Aggies have five different defensive backs who have combined for 91 career starts. That experience better translate to increased production, or it could be a long season for the Aggies.
- Texas Tech RB Shannon Woods appears to have climbed out of coach Mike Leach's doghouse after missing his final four games last season, including a suspension in the Gator Bowl. "He's worked ridiculously hard in the offseason, then had a good spring," Leach told reporters earlier this week. "My suspicion is he's going to be pretty good, if I were to guess right now, based on the material of several months." Woods' return would make Tech's ridiculously talented offense that much better.
- Birmingham News columnist Kevin Scarbinsky isn't buying that former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione is suited for a new radio gig, as has been rumored for the last week or so. "With his flat Midwestern accent and nasal whine, Franchione sounds like Ferris Bueller's teacher on helium," Scarbinsky wrote. Ouch!
- Kansas State coach Ron Prince can start honing in on his plans for the opener. North Texas coach Todd Dodge announced Wednesday that sophomore QB Giovanni Vizza will be starting in the Aug. 30 game in Manhattan.
- Houston Chronicle Texas A&M beat writer Terrance Harris had an interesting Q&A with A&M starting QB Stephen McGee. Among other topics, McGee talks about coach Mike Sherman's new offense, his competition with backup QB Jerrod Johnson and his lingering feelings about Franchione's dismissal.
- Peter Bean of Burnt Orange Nation had a detailed report and list of items he noticed at Texas' open practice last night. Of particular note was how the Texas offense looked when backup QBs John Chiles and Sherrod Harris were at controls. Aren't open practices wonderful to provide a glimpse of how players have progressed over the summer? Even if the practices are more vanilla than something that Dreyer's would churn out.
- Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com had an interesting column earlier this week about why Leach deserves a contract extension as Texas Tech struggles to balance its athletic books. Seth Jungmann of Double T Nation retorts, saying that veteran former head basketball coaches Bob Knight and former baseball coach Larry Hays both raise more money for the school than their salaries. Keep an eye on Leach's contract talks. It will be interesting to see if it festers over the upcoming season.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch profiles Missouri TE Chase Coffman, who is ready to emerge as the Tigers' top player at his position after sharing time with Martin Rucker throughout his career. If there was such a thing as a Big 12 fantasy football league, I'd put Coffman among my top receivers. I think he's ready to develop into a 75-reception player this season.
- Want to feel like you're actually at Missouri's practices? Check out Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune's Behind the Stripes blog. His reports almost make you feel the heat and hear the crash of the pads. Of particular note are his daily podcasts with Missouri coach Gary Pinkel.
- Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins is ahead in Time Magazine's list of Best and Worst Sports Executives of 2008. Signing Mark Mangino and Bill Self to contract extensions apparently have Jayhawk fans repeatedly willing to click their mouses in his support.
- The Waco Tribune-Herald's Brice Cherry didn't have a favorable report on Baylor's experimentation with wearing yellow Day-Glo uniform pants. Cherry said it looks like something Brett Favre wore in another life. Myself, I can't imagine the Bears decked out in anything but their traditional green-and-gold color scheme in anything.
- Colorado's roster is taking a hit in the early days of practice. Senior G Erick Faatagi's college career is over before it started because of academic ineligibility and redshirt freshman G Mike Iltis suffered a knee injury that will keep him idled for eight weeks.
- Colorado coach Dan Hawkins notices everything at practice. The Boulder Camera's Kyle Ringo reports that junior college transfer LB Shaun Mohler walked through the gates to the Buffaloes' practice field with his helmet off. Hawkins made him leave and return by walking through the gate with his helmet on.
- Iowa State coach Gene Chizik has indefinitely suspended freshman WR Wallace Franklin from the team after two earlier arrests this spring. Franklin's loss shouldn't be huge as he produced only two catches last season.
- Kansas City Star Big 12 reporter Blair Kerkhoff is breaking down his top 25 with a different team released each day on the Star's Vlog. Oklahoma State was his No. 25 pick. I love the idea, although I'm getting a "Truman Show" kind of feeling following Kerkhoff around to different places in his house and office as he makes his reports.
- Massive 300-pound Nebraska NT Ndamukong Suh doesn't mind if his team is flying under the radar in most preseason polls.
- Nebraska S Larry Asante tells Omaha World-Herald reporter Rich Kapuist that he's aiming to break the NCAA single-season interception record of 14. And Asante also says the Cornhuskers can deliver 40-plus turnovers this season, after producing a Big 12-low 11 last year. Ah, the confidence of August.
- John Hoover of the Tulsa World delved into Oklahoma DE Auston English's background. He learned that English is the son of Church of Christ missionaries who lived for a time in Ireland and Gainesville, Fla., before settling in tiny Canadian, Texas.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State