Big 12: Eppie Barney

Big 12 lunch links: How about UT-Alabama in a future series?

June, 19, 2009
6/19/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It's good to be the matchmaker.

Texas has made some noise about wanting to improve its nonconference schedule. And that's even before the Longhorns' Louisiana-Monroe/UTEP/UCF/Wyoming trip through the pastry wagon might bite them in the BCS this season.

Alabama coach Nick Saban checked in with reporters before leaving on vacation. Among the topics he broached was the Crimson Tide's upcoming schedule.

The Crimson Tide have a future home-and-home series with Penn State, Michigan State and Georgia Tech. Saban told the Tuscaloosa News that those are games he "likes to play."

Saban repeated a notion about Alabama's future scheduling, saying it would be exciting for his team to play upcoming matchups against five of the nation's top programs, "including ones that have a history with Alabama." He mentioned five potential targets for those games: Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, USC and Texas.

Ah yes, Texas. The Crimson Tide and Longhorns have plenty of history. Remember Tommy Nobis and Joe Namath in the 1965 Orange Bowl? Randy Braband stopping Wilbur Jackson on fourth down in the 1973 Cotton Bowl? Or Russ Wood's four sacks that Texas still overcame to win the 1982 Cotton Bowl?

The Longhorns are 7-0-1 in their history against Alabama. The two teams haven't played during the regular season since 1922.

Saban told reporters that the Crimson Tide would be willing to play at neutral-site games in the future against top opponents, as well as work them into future schedules in home-and-home series.

Texas could either bow to tradition and play at the Cotton Bowl, or opt for megabucks and  bells and whistles by playing at Jerry World in Arlington, Texas. Or play the game in Austin.

There's a history between Saban and Mack Brown. Remember what an Internet sensation it was when Saban was coaching the Miami Dolphins and was pictured wearing Longhorns gear during a scouting trip to Austin?

Could that help the two old friends pulling off a scheduling deal?

All of us as football fans can only hope so.

Almost as delicious as the possibility of future Texas-Alabama games are these lunchtime links.

Enjoy them and enjoy Father's Day over the weekend.

  • I Am the 12th Man contrasts the strategies for rebuilding a program employed by Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer, analyzing what would be best for Texas A&M.
  • Ready for some football? A free video posted on huskers.com featuring some video clips of Bo Pelini in the Nebraska locker room is guaranteed to get your blood pumping for the upcoming season.
  • The Oklahoman's John Rohde reports that even 20 years after his forced resignation as Oklahoma's coach, it's still good for Barry Switzer to be "The King."
  • The Austin American-Statesman's John Maher ranks the best pep talks in Texas athletic history. His favorite was Jack Chevigny's pregame oration before the Longhorns' 1934 upset at Notre Dame.
  • The Kansas City Star's Blair Kerkhoff writes that new Kansas State athletic director John Currie wants to rebuild the school's credibility one ticket at a time. And the Topeka Capital-Journal's Austin Meek reports that a new policy will require Currie or KSU vice president for administration and finance Bruce Shubert to sign off on any athletic department contract, whether it pertains to personnel, scheduling or services.
  • New Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little can learn something by listening to all the nice things that people were saying about Bob Frederick at his funeral, the Lawrence Journal-World's Bill Mayer writes.
  • Former Iowa State football players Bruce Reimers, Chris Washington and Eppie Barney have been selected into Iowa State's Hall of Fame, the Des Moines Register reports.
  • Quarterback Justin Gilbert of Huntsville, Texas, has become Oklahoma State's 11th commitment of the 2010 recruiting class, the Oklahoman's Scott Wright reports.

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