Big 12: LaDainian Tomlinson

LaDainian Tomlinson is among the 16-man College Football Hall of Fame’s 2014 class announced on Thursday. He is one of two members of the class with Big 12 ties, joining coach Jerry Moore.

Tomlinson, a former TCU running back, won the Doak Walker Award and was a consensus All-American in 2000 after rushing for 2,158 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. Playing in the WAC at the time, Tomlinson finished his career with 5,387 rushing yards (5.7 yards per carry) and 56 touchdowns. He is TCU’s all-time leading rusher and holds 14 of 17 rushing records at the school. Tomlinson is the 11th Horned Frog to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

“LT was a great player for TCU and in the NFL,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said in a release. “Even more, he’s been a great ambassador for our University. He represents what’s great about the game of football.”

After his time at TCU, Tomlinson went on to star in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers, earning MVP honors in 2006 while rushing for 1,815 yards and setting a single-season record with 28 rushing touchdowns. He is the NFL’s fifth all-time leading rusher with 13,684 yards.

Moore coached at Texas Tech from 1981-85 before leading FCS power Appalachian State to three straight FCS national titles from 2005-2007. He went 242-135-2 during stints at North Texas, Texas Tech and Appalachian State.
Today, the National Football Foundation announced the names on the 2014 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Of the 75 players and six coaches, nine come from current Big 12 programs. The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class will be announced in May and will be inducted at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in December.

Here are the seven players from Big 12 programs on the ballot:

Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma, Linebacker: Two-time consensus first-team All-America pick (1985-86). Set school record for tackles in a game (22) and named Butkus Award winner in 1985 and ’86. Led Sooners to three consecutive Orange Bowls and 1985 national championship.

Troy Davis, Iowa State, Tailback: Two-time consensus first-team All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist. First player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in two seasons. Big 12 Player of the Year in 1996 holds nearly every rushing record at Iowa State.

Randy Hughes, Oklahoma, Defensive Back: 1974 first-team All-American and member of 1974 national championship team and three Big Eight championship teams. Finished fourth on OU’s career interceptions list (14). NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1974.

Bob McKay, Texas, Offensive Tackle: 1969 consensus first-team All-American helped the Longhorns to national championship and unbeaten season at Cotton Bowl in senior season. Member of two SWC championship teams and 1969 all-conference selection.

Zach Thomas, Texas Tech, Linebacker: Two-time first-team All-American, earning unanimous honors in 1995. Two-time consensus SWC Defensive Player of the Year (1993, '94) who led the Red Raiders to the 1994 SWC title. Ranks fifth all time at Tech with 390 career tackles.

LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, Tailback: Unanimous first-team All-American in 2000 and Doak Walker Award winner in 2000. WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1999 led TCU to consecutive co-WAC title. Holds 15 school records and is TCU’s all-time leading rusher.

Ricky Williams, Texas, Running Back: Two-time unanimous first-team All-American and 1998 Heisman Trophy winner. Finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher and won back-to-back NCAA rushing titles. Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 1998 left Texas with 46 school records.

Here are the two coaches:

Jim Carlen, West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-81): Led teams to eight bowl games and 13 winning seasons in 16 years as a head coach. National Coach of the Year in 1973. Three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year. Coached Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers at South Carolina.

Pete Cawthon Sr., Texas Tech (1930-40): Led Tech to four Border Conference titles in 11 seasons at the helm. Led 1938 team to a 10-0 regular season and the school’s first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance. Boasts the highest win percentage (69.3) among Tech coaches with terms of three years or more.

Lunch links: WVU radio dispute

June, 28, 2013
The sea was angry that day, my friend. Like an old man trying to send back soup at a deli.

The Big 12 Primer: Week 4

September, 19, 2012
Time to take a look at when and where you can see the Big 12's five games this weekend.

My predictions will be up in the morning, as well as my weekly reveal of which game I'll be attending on Saturday afternoon.

Until then, let's hear your predictions in the comments.

Texas, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma State are all off this week.


Baylor at Louisiana-Monroe (8 p.m., ESPN): The Bears will play away from Floyd Casey Stadium for the first time this season. The last time the Bears played a nonconference Friday night game on national TV, they knocked off TCU, a top-15 team, in the 2011 season opener. The WarHawks already took Auburn and Arkansas to overtime, beating the Hogs. That was on the road. What awaits the Bears in Monroe?


No. 8 West Virginia vs. Maryland (noon, FX): West Virginia's offense has looked unstoppable through three games, and Maryland doesn't look like the most likely team to put a stop to it. At 2-1, though, the rival Terrapins have already equaled last season's win total. Geno Smith has turned heads with nine touchdowns and nine incompletions, ascending to the top of the Heisman heap for the time being. Can he keep it up?

No. 17 TCU vs. Virginia (noon, ESPN): TCU will get its first taste of a national broadcast as a Big 12 member against the ACC's second-place finisher in the Coastal Division a year ago. The last time TCU hosted a game at 11 a.m. local time? All the way back on Sept. 16, 2000, when LaDainian Tomlinson and the Frogs knocked off Northwestern. Just another piece of the brand-new world TCU is entering.

Kansas at Northern Illinois (3:30 p.m., ESPN3) The Jayhawks grabbed a big win in Lawrence last year, but it was their only win over an FBS team and sent them to 2-0 with a win that looked better and better as the season went on. NIU finished with 10 wins and won the MAC. This time, though, KU's heading to DeKalb, but still doesn't have a win over an FBS team this year. Can the Jayhawks bounce back from a home loss to TCU last week?

No. 15 Kansas State at No. 6 Oklahoma (7:50 p.m., FOX) Buckle up, friends. This is only the beginning. Big 12 play really starts in -- where else? -- Norman, Okla., on national TV in prime time. The league has five members between No. 6 and No. 17 in the polls. This thing's got to be sorted out, and it'll happen with a whole lot of really good games. This is only the first. Oklahoma rolled K-State by 41 in Manhattan last year, but nobody's come closer to beating Bob Stoops at home with a ranked team than Bill Snyder.

Thoughts on the 'Best of Texas' voting on College FB Live

July, 22, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

I got a chance to watch College Football Live's recent two-day look at the traditions and greatest players and teams from Texas.

Here are the most recent results of the viewers and readers poll taken in conjunction with the visit, which is part of the program's state-by-state tour leading up to the season.

The results of the poll are up-to-date through noon ET on Wednesday. I'm also including my thoughts on the vote.

Which team is the best in state history?

  • 1939 Texas A&M 41 percent
  • 2005 Texas 28 percent
  • 1938 TCU 27 percent
  • 1982 SMU 2 percent
  • 1969 Texas 2 percent

Ballots cast: 2,586 votes.

Right or wrong: Wrong.

My take: It's hard to believe there are too many teams better than the 2005 Texas team. It looks like a lot of voters have read Mickey Herskowitz's fine book about that A&M team, elevating them above the others because of the mystique of being the "greatest generation's greatest team."

Who is the best player to play college football at Texas?

  • Earl Campbell 55 percent
  • Vince Young 27 percent
  • Ricky Williams 7 percent
  • Bobby Layne 6 percent
  • Tommy Nobis 5 percent         

Ballots cast: 3,622 votes.  

Right or wrong: Right.

My take: Hard to argue with "The Tyler Rose" as the best player in the history of the school.

Who is the best player to play college football at Texas A&M?

  • John David Crow 49 percent
  • Aaron Glenn 16 percent
  • Lester Hayes 15 percent
  • Darren Lewis 10 percent
  • Johnny Holland 9 percent

Ballots cast: 3,378

Right or wrong: Right.

My take: The school's only Heisman Trophy winner always epitomized to me what an A&M player should be -- tough and determined. But I was surprised that Dat Nguyen, the greatest modern-day defensive player in school history, wasn't included on the list.

Who is the best college player at a school other than Texas or Texas A&M?

  • LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 36 percent
  • Eric Dickerson, SMU, 22 percent
  • Sammy Baugh, TCU, 19 percent
  • Doak Walker, SMU, 17 percent
  • Davey O'Brien, TCU, 7 percent

Ballots cast: 3,742.

Right or wrong: Wrong.

My take: Even with recent familiarity from watching him, how could voters elevate Tomlinson above three iconic figures in Baugh, Walker and O'Brien who all have trophies named after them? My pick would be Walker, but you can't go wrong with either of the other players.

Which coach is the best in state history?

  • Darrell Royal, Texas 33 percent
  • R.C. Slocum, Texas A&M 30 percent
  • Mack Brown, Texas 17 percent
  • Dutch Meyer, TCU 11 percent
  • Bill Yeoman, Houston 8 percent

Ballots cast: 4,055

Right or wrong: Right

My take: The homespun Royal didn't attend college in Texas, but got there as fast as he could after his playing career.

Missouri remains the last of the Big 12 states to be profiled. The show will examine "the Show-Me State" in detail on July 29.

Big 12 lunchtime links: Stoops, Meyer meet media in Florida

December, 11, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin:

As much a part of holiday bowl games are the news conferences that take place several weeks before the games.

Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Florida's Urban Meyer met in a casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Wednesday. Missouri's Gary Pinkel and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald are hooking up at a golf tournament in San Antonio today.

With many of the top Big 12 players in Orlando, Fla., tonight, for the Home Depot/ESPNU College Football Awards Show, here are some links to get you ready for those festivities.

  • Bob Stoops indirectly helped lead Urban Meyer to Florida after Meyer called him four years ago asking about the positives of the Florida job, Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun writes. Stoops was defensive coordinator at Florida from 1996-98.
  • Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln-Journal Star weighs in on the approaching battle next season to replace starting quarterback Joe Ganz. Among the contenders are Cody Green, Kody Spano, Patrick Witt and Zac Lee.
  • U.S. Rep Joe Barton (R-Texas) has no vested interests in the BCS considering he graduated from Texas A&M. And he still wants to do away with the current controversial method of settling college football's champion, according to Anna M. Tinsley of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  • Former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione received the VIP treatment as he conducted his second interview with San Diego State officials about their vacant head coaching job, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Brent Schrotenboer writes. San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson declined to reveal whether he had talked about the vacancy to Franchione, his coach at TCU.
  • Martin Manley of the Kansas City Star's fine blog, "Under Further Review," spells out the scenario where Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech could finish 1-2-3 in the final national polls after the bowl games.
  • Kansas coaches are experimenting during bowl practice with switching Angus Quigley, the team's second leading rusher this season, to linebacker, Dugan Arnett of the Lawrence Journal-World reports.