Big 12: Cleve Bryant
- Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star looks at Kansas player D.J. Marshall's road back from a cancer diagnosis.
- Missouri officials snuck out a back door after Thursday's board of curators meeting in Kansas City and declined comment.
- Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin tells his side of the SEC story to the school's alumni magazine. Interesting insight here.
- A serendipitous relationship helped land the Aggies in the SEC, writes Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News.
- A move to the SEC won't offer Missouri the financial security it thinks, writes colleague Ivan Maisel.
- Andrew Wagaman of the Columbia Missourian examines an overlooked aspect of realignment: getting rid of old conference logos in all forms.
- Texas paid $400,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed against Mack Brown's longtime associate athletics director for football operations, Cleve Bryant.
- Want to put your school in the limelight? Not much works better than a good football team, reports Gina Mizell of The Oklahoman.
- Kansas is using an unorthodox approach to fixing its third-quarter struggles, writes J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star.
- Texas' quarterback situation? Far from settled, writes Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Texas Tech will be missing two defensive starters on Saturday at Oklahoma.
- Bill Self says Kansas fans don't care about the Mizzou rivalry and he has no obligation to play the Tigers if they leave for the SEC, writes colleague Andy Katz.
You can read the full report here from OTL's Steve Delsohn.
Cleve Bryant, who oversaw numerous daily activities for the Longhorns, including game-day-operations, team travel and recruiting weekends, was fired after a university investigator determined "that Mr. Bryant did sexually harass" the staffer and that "the harassment was likely both verbal and physical."
"Outside the Lines" obtained documents from the university's investigation that followed a sexual harassment complaint filed by Rachel Arena, a then 24-year-old football department employee who had graduated from Texas in 2008.
The documents include Arena's formal complaint, interviews with Bryant and Arena conducted by attorneys and school officials, and an investigator's conclusion and recommendations to university president William Powers.
The full allegations from Arena are listed in the report.
Bryant is married, but denied all the allegations in his interviews. Through his lawyer, he declined an ESPN interview on Thursday.
Bryant appealed his firing, but it's unclear where that appeal stands because university officials would not discuss any aspects of this story.
"The university chooses not to comment at this time," said senior associate athletic director for communications Nick Voinis.
Brown, before taping his coach's show today, was asked by the Longhorn Network for his reaction. Brown had no comment.
- Big 12 administrators favor giving athletes additional funds, Chuck Carlton writes in the Dallas Morning News.
- Former Missouri defensive lineman Lorenzo Williams makes a good case why players should get more from their scholarships, Dave Matter writes in the Columbia Daily Tribune.
- Coach Bill Snyder says Collin Klein will enter camp as Kansas State's No. 1 quarterback, Austin Meek writes in The (Topeka) Capital-Journal.
- Kansas safety Bradley McDougald, a one-time Ohio State commit, isn't surprised by the scandal in Columbus, Matt Tait writes in the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Mack Brown's right-hand man is no longer employed by Texas, Ralph K.M. Haurwitz writes in the Austin American Statesman. No one is saying much about Cleve Bryant's departure.
- Oklahoma's D-line could be the key to a national title run, Mike Baldwin writes in The Oklahoman.
- No surprise here, but football drives the bus for Big 12 athletic departments, Chris Day writes.
- Baylor fans can start buying tickets for the Texas Tech game Wednesday.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The people who got the pairings together for the HP Byron Nelson Pro-Am golf tournament in Dallas earlier this week must have had a sense of humor.
How else would you explain that former Oklahoma three-time All-American golfer Anthony Kim would be paired with Texas football coach Mack Brown and Texas associate athletic director for football operations Cleve Bryant among his playing partners?
The group apparently got along swimmingly, according to a story by Ted Madden of Dallas television station WFAA.
Brown joked he imagined more tension before the round than occurred.
"Everybody wondered about Texas and OU being mentioned all day," Brown told WFAA. "I don't think after we shook hands and took pictures that it was mentioned again."
Brown's legendary skills as a recruiter disarmed Kim from the start, he said.
"I came out here with the mindset of talking some trash, but Coach Brown's been so nice," Kim said. "I couldn't get it out of my mouth."
The television Web site has video of the group playing throughout the day. And you can see that Kim and Brown actually hugged each other after the end of their round -- the video proves it.
Does this mean we can expect to see a kinder, gentler Brown on the sidelines when the Longhorns meet up with the Sooners on Oct. 17 at the Cotton Bowl?
I wouldn't bet on it.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Somewhere among the saguaros and the frosty-rimmed drinks, Big 12 coaches will talk about changing their tiebreaker rules this week in Phoenix.
The Big 12 chose to allow discussion among its football coaches in conjunction with the Fiesta Frolic sponsored by the Fiesta Bowl. It makes sense because most coaches typically attend these early May festivities. The rellenos, carne asada and golf are usually that good to make a trip to the desert.
Although this time around, Texas coach Mack Brown, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and Nebraska coach Bo Pelini won't be there. It means a quarter of the potential voters won't attend.
And with Brown not there, the linchpin in much of the discussion about a change is gone. Brown will remain in Austin this week while his wife, Sally, has wrist surgery.
You'll remember that the Longhorns were nosed out as Big 12 South Division champions which was decided by the fifth of six tiebreakers. Oklahoma advanced to the Big 12 championship because the Sooners had a BCS ranking .0128 point better than Texas -- even though the Longhorns had claimed a 45-35 victory over Oklahoma earlier in the season.
The Sooners then claimed their third-straight conference title by beating Missouri in the Big 12 championship game before losing the BCS title game to Florida. Texas defeated Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl and finished the season ranked ahead of the Sooners in the major polls.
Brown has advocated the Big 12 change its tiebreaker to one employed by the Southeastern Conference. Under the SEC's three-way tiebreaker, the lowest-ranked team is eliminated if the top two teams are ranked in the BCS within five spots of each other. The tie is then broken by the head-to-head result.
If that plan had been in place last season, the Longhorns would have advanced to the championship game rather than the Sooners.
Brown will be ably represented this week by his director of football operations, Cleve Bryant, who will argue for a change. A recommendation will be considered at the league's May 19-21 meetings in Colorado Springs, Colo.
But it won't be the same -- kind of like seeing Journey with Jeff Scott Soto as its front man rather than Steve Perry.
And much of the impetus for change likely will be gone without the prime complainer being there.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
What better way for Big 12 coaches to get away from the pressure of their own jobs by taking a break to meet -- or maybe commiserate -- with some of their fellow coaches.
The Big 12 will conduct its spring coaches' meetings apart from the Big 12's annual spring meetings for the first time in the conference's history. Instead of meeting along with all of the conference's major figures later this month in Colorado Springs, the coaches will convene to meet and probably play a little golf in Phoenix for a three-day session beginning Wednesday.
One of the biggest topics will be some kind of agreement on the league's tiebreaker system. Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech were involved in an unprecedented three-way tie for the South Division championship. The Sooners advanced to the Big 12 title game where they wrapped up their third straight Big 12 championship -- despite losing to Texas earlier in the season.
Texas coach Mack Brown had been one of the biggest critics of the manner the conference employed to settle its tiebreaker. But Brown will not attend the meeting this week because his wife, Sally, is undergoing wrist surgery. Texas instead will be represented by assistant athletic director of football operations Cleve Bryant.
Recommendations about the tiebreaker will be forwarded to athletic directors, who will discuss their findings at the conference spring meetings in Colorado Springs on May 19-21.
Head coaches are not allowed to recruit off campus during May. Some coaches are taking advantage of the lag to make speaking engagements across the country over the next several weeks.
And all conference teams have concluded their spring games. Kansas State was the final conference team to finish its spring work when the Wildcats culminated spring practice with a spring game on Saturday.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Texas got a lot of notoriety the last few days after the media noticed that somebody had placed a designation inside the team room showing the school considered it had won the 2008 Big 12 title -- with an asterisk.
Mack Brown announced he would take the designation down on Monday, apparently clearing up that matter of interior decorating and room decor.
But Texas officials have decided to pay assistant coaches and several key support people like they won the championship.
The Austin American-Statesman reported that Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds received permission from Texas president William Powers Jr. and the university's men's athletic council to pay $44,000 in bonuses that are called for when the football team wins a conference title.
The Longhorns earned a three-way share of the Big 12 South division title with Oklahoma and Texas Tech. The Sooners advanced to the championship game through a tiebreaker, despite losing to the Longhorns earlier in the season. Texas Tech beat Texas to account for the Longhorns' loss.
"I think this was the right decision," Powers told the American-Statesman. "A flip of a coin basically deprived them of the ability to earn that part of their compensation."
The Statesman reported that the coaches had already pocketed bonuses of nine percent of their base salaries for the Longhorns' playing in a BCS bowl.
Interestingly, Brown did not share in the largesse of the extra bonuses for Texas' "championship."
Brown, whose base pay is $2.91 million per year, could have pocketed an extra $150,000 -- $50,000 for claiming the South title and another $100,000 for winning the Big 12 title game.
Here's the breakdown for the bonuses for Texas coaches and support personnel:
Offensive coordinator Greg Davis: $5,000
Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp: $5,000
Dir. of Football Operations Cleve Bryant: $5,000
Asst. AD for strength & conditioning Jeff Madden: $5,000
Secondary coach Duane Akina: $3,000
Running backs coach Major Applewhite: $3,000
Recruiting coordinator/tight ends Bruce Chambers: $3,000
Defensive ends coach Oscar Giles: $3,000
Wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy: $3,000
Offensive line coach Mac McWhorter: $3,000
High school relations/player development Ken Rucker: $3,000
Defensive ends/special teams Mike Tolleson: $3,000