Big 12: Joe Boyd
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It's summertime and the stories are supposed to be drying up across college football.
That might be true everywhere except the Big 12, where we have all kinds of stories popping up these days. Here are some of the most notable after the weekend.
- Texas Monthly's Paul Burka wonders if Texas Gov. Rick Perry could end up in Texas A&M's academic administration after Elsa Murano resigned as Texas A&M's on Sunday. And the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman relates an interesting anecdote involving Perry and Texas A&M football coach Mike Sherman.
- An analysis conducted by the Birmingham News indicates that the Big 12 was last among the six BCS-affiliated conferences with only 26 percent of its games played from 2006 through 2008 coming against opponents from the BCS-affiliated conferences.
- The Tulsa World has a great series of stories on Barry Switzer's departure from Oklahoma 20 seasons ago. Bill Haisten profiles Switzer and his thoughts about the Oklahoma program. John Hoover has an extensive Q&A session with Charles Thompson, the once-vilified former Oklahoma quarterback who now is a family man and a motivational speaker. And columnist Dave Sittler writes that Switzer was a pioneer in fostering race relations.
- Paul Myerburg of the New York Times' great blog "The Quad" ranks Baylor as the 79th best team in college football and predicts a 5-7 season for the Bears this season. Sound familiar?
- Ryan Faller of Examiner.com wonders if expanding Faurot Field is a necessity as the Missouri program attempts to keep pace with other Big 12 powers.
- The Oklahoman's John Rohde details the extensive renovations at Boone Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State.
- The 2005 Texas national championship team and the 2000 Oklahoma team rank among the bottom feeders in a reader's poll commissioned by the Orlando Sentinel to pick the best team of the last decade.
- The Tulsa World's Dave Sittler writes that Bob Stoops will test his "Riverboat Gambler" reputation by allowing Justin Chaisson to enroll at Oklahoma.
- Stephen Montemayor of the University Daily Kansan tempers some of his preseason excitement about Kansas by looking at several past trends.
- New Kansas State athletic director John Currie is taking an active role in communicating with Wildcat fans in a variety of forms, Manhattan Mercury sports editor Joshua Kinder reports.
- Why stop at "10 wins and no excuses" for the upcoming season? Colorado coach Dan Hawkins details some of his upcoming plans to the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey.
- The Dallas Morning News' Kevin Sherrington writes about the late Joe Boyd, a former All-Southwest Conference player at Texas A&M who later became a celebrated evangelist for six decades.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It's getting close to summer. Most schools are conducting "unofficial" workouts as players return to prepare for the season and get ahead in their schooling.
And we still have links.
Many of them.
Here are some of today's best.
- Boulder Camera columnist Neill Woelk writes that there's no common reason to explain why five Colorado players have transferred from the program in the last several months.
- I guess we can figure who Athlon likes to win the Oct. 17 game in Dallas, can't we? Oklahoma is revealed as the magazine's No. 2 national team, a day after Texas was released as No. 3.
- The Lubbock-based Williams and Hyatt Blog wonders if Texas Tech moving their game at Texas to Sept. 19 is really such a good idea.
- Linebacker Jacob Lattimer of Hutchison Community College is the second linebacker added to Iowa State's program after signing day by new coach Paul Rhoads, the Ames Tribune's Bobby La Gesse reports.
- The Lawrence Journal-World's Tom Keegan isn't buying a preseason prediction that slots Kansas fourth in the Big 12 North.
- The Tulsa World's Dave Sittler plays a game of "what if" with the career of former Oklahoma assistant coach Jim Donnan, who will be elected to College Football Hall of Fame's Divisional Hall of Fame.
- Backup quarterback Blaine Dalton is off suspension and back taking part in offseason drills with the Missouri football team, Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star reports.
- Nearly 1,000 attendees took part in Football 101, Bo Pelini's interactive course in football developed for women, Jon Nyatawa of the Omaha World Herald reports. The event raised more than than $50,000 to benefit the Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center Foundation and the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star.
- Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Texas defensive end Sergio Kindle, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud and Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing are among the players that a panel of College Football News columnists predict could be "September stars" early in the season.
- Former Texas A&M All-American lineman Joe Boyd passed away at the age of 92, the Dallas Morning News reports. Boyd, who later became a noted evangelist, was a member of the Aggies' 1939 national championship team.
- Former Texas defensive back Erick Jackson didn't make the cut on Michael Irvin's "Fourth and Long" reality football show, Austin American-Statesman columnist Cedric Golden reports in his delicious blog "Golden Nuggets."
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State