Big 12: Brian Roark

Big 12 lunch links: Oldest living Aggie, Longhorn profiled

June, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Wisdom comes from living life fully over an extended period of time.

We can all learn some important morals from a couple of former players who were profiled in this morning's Austin American-Statesman.

John Maher has an intriguing story on James Beard, who at 100 is the oldest living former Texas Longhorn player. Beard was a member of the team from 1927-29, including the 1929 team that started the yearly rivalry with Oklahoma.

Beard had an interesting take on Texas coach Mack Brown, whose $3 million yearly salary is among the highest in college football.

"He's bound to be a good coach or he wouldn't win like he does," Beard told the Statesman. "I don't always agree with what he's doing, but they're paying him $3 million and me nothing, so my deal don't count for anything."

Randy Riggs of the Austin American-Statesman profiles W.B. Drennan, who at 99 is the oldest former Texas A&M player. Drennan played for the Aggies in the mid-1930s before finally settling in Beaumont, where he was a high school football coach for many years before his retirement.

Drennan was an A&M season-ticket holder for many years. Before he left his home for those games, he would  fill up his vehicle with roses, which he presented to female employees of A&M's athletic department.

"I've never cursed, never smoked and never drank," Drennan told the Statesman. "I've always tried to be a Christian in my dealings with people. I coached a long time, and I tried to be truthful, honest and sincere."

Both provide outstanding life lessons for us all.

Here's another one. Daily consumption of lunchtime links make you feel better and more knowledgeable about the Big 12.

Here are today's offerings. 

"He did everything you could hope someone would do in that situation," Roark told the Morning News. "I don't think he violated any criminal laws."

  • Kansas State defensive tackle Jeffrey Fitzgerald was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning by the Riley County Police Department, the Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle's Jeffrey Martin reports.
  • The Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter's "Case of the Mondays" speculates on the arrival to Missouri of Derrion Thomas, son of the late Kansas City Chief Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas, among a wealth of other interesting nuggets.
  • Bill King of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Junkyard Blawg isn't buying that Georgia's season opener at Oklahoma State will be the Bulldogs' most dangerous road game.
  • John Whisler of the San Antonio Express-News reports that officials from the Valero Alamo Bowl are considering contracting with the Big East/Notre Dame or Pacific-10 conferences as they enter their final season of a contract with the Big Ten and Big 12.
  • A $70 million athletic project that includes a renovation of the west side of Bill Snyder Family Football has been shelved pending further evaluation, the Topeka Capital-Journal's Austin Meek reports. Other parts of the project included a basketball practice facility and a KSU athletic Hall of Fame.

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