Big 12: Guy Bailey
Two-part links today.
- Why isn't Oklahoma complaining publicly about the Longhorn Network like Texas A&M has? Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman tells you why.
- Texas A&M's move to the SEC flies in the face of reason, writes Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle.
- This time around, though? The Aggies' joke is on the Longhorns, writes Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle.
- Texas' bullying has pushed the Big 12 to the brink of extinction. For the good of everyone, that has to change, writes Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. He also asks: What about the nasty side effect of A&M leaving that nobody seems to be talking about?
- Colleague Ivan Maisel agrees: The Big 12 and BYU looks like a good fit.
- Texas Tech president Guy Bailey thinks the Big 12 may be ready for a major upgrade once Texas A&M leaves.
- What happens in the Big 12 after A&M leaves matters quite a bit, writes Robert Cessna of the Bryan-College Station Eagle.
- But, if A&M leaves, will Texas, Oklahoma & Co. revisit a possible Pac-12 move? Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman thinks so. His crazy prediction for the week: Baylor beats TCU. And it might not be close.
- The Des Moines Register unearthed a humorous email from Iowa State women's coach Bill Fennelly regarding A&M's departure.
- Kansas State is still college football's place for second chances, writes Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle. It's backed by a list of the most successful transfers in K-State history.
- How much impact do fans have on the game? The answer might surprise you. J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star has a great, in-depth look at the issue.
- The center of the college football universe this year? Oklahoma, says John Walters of The Daily.
- Texas has been cloaked in mystery all offseason, but good, bad or so-so, the Longhorns are about to have the veil lifted, writes Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Kevin Robbins of the Austin American-Statesman tells tight end Blaine Irby's inspirational story about his return to the field after a horrific injury.
- This is outstanding.
- Interesting note, Baylor fans: TCU has been practicing for its opener in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
- Kansas' fall was much quicker than its rise under Mark Mangino, but it'll try to get back up this season, writes J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star.
- Iowa State's running backs are embracing the committee approach this year, writes Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune.
- Jordan Eagle Road is one of just a few full-blooded American Indians playing Division I sports. Eagle Road is doing it for Oklahoma's football team, and carries with him the eyes of his Choctaw Nation, writes Michael Kinney of the Norman Transcript.
- William Wilkerson of HornsNation.com helps you get to know the man behind the men in Texas' program.
- Here's your first look at the spankin' new scoreboard at Iowa State's stadium. A good look if you ask me.
- Vahe Gregorian of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gives a look at how Missouri quarterback James Franklin's faith shaped his upbringing.
- For all the talk of the quarterbacks, Texas' offense starts with the running game, writes Randy Riggs of the Austin American-Statesman.
Here it is.
After reviewing all the information available, Texas Tech University has decided that the best course of action for the university and its football program is to terminate its relationship with head football coach Mike Leach for cause.
Texas Tech was prepared to participate in the legal proceeding today on Coach Leach's motion for a temporary restraining order. His attorney, however, chose to not participate when he was informed that the termination of Coach Leach was inevitable.
The coach's termination was precipitated by his treatment of a player after the player was diagnosed with a concussion. The player was put at risk for additional injury. After the university was apprised of the treatment, Coach Leach was contacted by the administration of the university in an attempt to resolve the problem. In a defiant act of insubordination, Coach Leach continually refused to cooperate in a meaningful way to help resolve the complaint. He also refused to obey a suspension order and instead sued Texas Tech University.
Further, his contemporaneous statements make it clear that the coach's actions against the player were meant to demean, humiliate and punish the player rather than to serve the team's best interest. This action, along with his continuous acts of insubordination, resulted in irreconcilable differences that make it impossible for Coach Leach to remain at Texas Tech.
"It is our number one priority to protect the welfare of our students and the reputation of the Texas Tech University. Parents have entrusted us with their children and we take this responsibility very seriously. We very much appreciate the leadership shown by the university's athletic director, Gerald Myers, and president, Guy Bailey, in dealing with this unfortunate situation. The board supports their decision," said Larry Anders, chairman and Jerry Turner, vice chairman of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents.
In the near future, Texas Tech will undertake a search for a new coach.
In the meantime, the focus of the athletic department is on the preparation for the Valero Alamo Bowl.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
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
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
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