Big 12: Marcus Roberson

Big 12 media days live: Day 2

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The Big 12 media days continue on Tuesday in Dallas, as Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and new Texas coach Charlie Strong each take the stage. Keep this page open throughout the day's proceedings as we bring you the latest from our reporters, who will cover all 10 teams at the event.

Marcus Roberson, the nation's No. 9 safety and No. 112 overall prospect, commited to Texas Tech in January, but admitted he was only "50-50" committed to the Red Raiders.

This week, Tech fell on the wrong side of the coin flip after Roberson signed with Florida on Wednesday after committing to Auburn earlier in the week. Roberson would have been the Red Raiders' highest-rated recruit.

Tech, however, swiped Cooper Washington, a three-star defensive end that ranks as the nation's No. 44 prospect at the position, from Oklahoma. Washington had been committed to the Sooners since April before switching to Tuberville's squad on signing day.

Texas Tech hired Roberson's uncle this month, former defensive graduate assistant Otis Mounds, to coach cornerbacks.

Texas Tech's class is just outside ESPN's top 25, and Roberson's decommitment leaves the Red Raiders with 16 commits ready to sign today.


Texas A&M, meanwhile, beat out rival Texas for the commitment of Brandon Alexander, a 6-foot-5, 239-pound defensive end out of Brenham, Texas.

Alexander visited Texas in late January after making visits to TCU and A&M, and made later visits to Arkansas and Baylor, but elected to sign with Mike Sherman and the Aggies.

ESPN ranks Alexander as the nation's No. 32 defensive end, and his commitment gives Texas A&M 20 commitments for its 2011 class.

Big 12 weekend roundup

January, 24, 2011
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I'm not sure if Bob Stoops made a list of things he didn't want to see this offseason, but if he did, I'm sure "Having two of my best freshmen get arrested" would be near the top.

Receiver Kenny Stills, 19, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Saturday morning and safety Tony Jefferson was arrested for interfering with the official process shortly after.

Stills started all 14 games for Oklahoma this season and broke teammate Ryan Broyles' freshman receiving record after racking up 786 yards and five touchdowns on 61 catches.

Jefferson played mostly nickel back for the Sooners, but earned the Big 12's co-Defensive Freshman of the Year honors after making 65 tackles and two interceptions.

Both were true freshmen who look like budding stars in the Big 12.

When it comes to DUIs, what's really left to say? It was dumb. It was dangerous. Stills is a teenager a few thousand miles away from home out on his own. He's not the first college athlete, freshman or otherwise, to get a DUI. As much as we'd all like him to be, he's also not the last.

Depending on the details surrounding Jefferson's arrest, I'd expect both to receive Stoops' customary one-game suspension and miss next season's opener against Tulsa, but be back for the Sooners' heavyweight fight in Tallahassee against Florida State.

There's no excusing Stills' actions, but you'd hope both young players, going through their first year in Oklahoma after coming from San Diego, learn from their mistakes as we've seen others do.


Texas Tech made it official over the weekend: Chad Glasgow, previously of TCU, is its new defensive coordinator, and former graduate assistant Otis Mounds will coach the Red Raiders' cornerbacks.

"It’s my goal to bring our defense to a championship level and Chad Glasgow is the right person for the job," Tuberville said in a release. "With his experience and knowledge of the game and recruiting, he will be a great addition to our staff."

Neither is a real surprise, and recent soft commit Marcus Roberson, the nation's No. 9 safety, is Mounds' nephew. That certainly helps Texas Tech's case in keeping Roberson around as part of Tuberville's efforts to infuse an SEC defense into a program best known for being the Big 12-iest offense in the league, a pure spread.

"I’ve known Otis for over 10 years," Tuberville said. "He is one of the new up-and-coming bright coaches in this business who has had experience at both the high school and college level. He was a big part of our staff last year, and I am glad that we were able to keep him on board."

Roberson told reporters last week that he was "50-50" to sign with the Red Raiders, and visited Florida over the weekend.

It's good for the Red Raiders to finally have a full staff and start making preparations for the spring, but the first payoff could come next week on signing day.


Kansas State made a hire of its own, bringing in Tom Hayes to replace Keith Burns as the Wildcats' defensive secondary/safeties coach.

The 29-year veteran joins coach Bill Snyder in Manhattan from Tulane, and also spent time coaching defensive backs for the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and 2007.

"I have known Tom for a long time and admired him not only as a highly competent and successful football coach, but also as a quality person who genuinely cares about young people,” Snyder said in a release. "Tom’s ability to teach is made evident by the fact that 26 of his collegiate players moved on to the NFL, four of which were Pro Bowl selections, and he has been involved in 13 total bowl games, winning 10 of them."

Big 12 recruiting update

January, 20, 2011
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We're less than two weeks away from signing day on Feb. 2, but we've rolled out a bunch of new recruiting content at ESPN.com this week. Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know from the Big 12.

Quick Big 12 class commit counts (click on each for complete class breakdown):

Texas (national No. 1) - 23 commits (8 ESPNU 150 members)

Oklahoma (national No. 6) - 17 commits (6 ESPNU 150)

Nebraska (national No. 14) - 16 commits (4 ESPNU 150)

Oklahoma State (national No. 20) - 25 commits (1 ESPNU 150)

Texas Tech (national No. 30) - 27 commits (1 ESPNU 150)

Kansas - 23 commits

Iowa State - 21 commits

Baylor - 19 commits

Texas A&M - 19 commits

Kansas State - 18 commits

Missouri - 16 commits

Colorado - 9 commits

A few other notes:
  • USC pushed Oklahoma's class out of the top five. The Sooners lost Brandon Carter, who wanted to play receiver rather than defensive back, to TCU on Tuesday, but running back Brandon Williams was moved into the national top 5 at his position after a performance at a recent camp.
  • Texas Tech was knocked out of the national top 25 for the first time this recruiting season.
  • New Texas Tech commit Marcus Roberson moved into the national top 10 among safeties and into the ESPNU 150 after the Under Armour All-American game. He gives the Red Raiders a their only member of the ESPNU150, but future teammate and offensive lineman La'Raven Clark also participated in the Under Armour game in Florida earlier this month.
  • Here's a look at the final ESPNU150 before signing day on Feb. 2. If you're interested, Texas has three of the top-25 recruits in the nation. Nebraska is the only other school in the Big 12 with a top-30 commit, running back Aaron Green, who is also the No. 2 player in Texas and the No. 3 running back in the country.
  • Here's the list of the top players in Texas. Plenty of Big 12 flavor here.
  • Kansas is making big waves lately on the trail. Heads up on the blog later Thursday for a post about the Jayhawks suddenly strong class and what it means.
The results weren't quite there on the field just yet, but Texas Tech is confident Tommy Tuberville will bring them.

The school rewarded its first-year coach with a one-year extension and a raise on Tuesday.

He's now contracted through 2015 and he'll be paid $2 million next year with yearly raises building to a $2.4 million salary in 2015.

From the Lubbock Avalanche Journal:

[Texas Tech athletic director Gerald] Myers said Tuberville’s agent was not involved in negotiations on the new deal.

“We just negotiated with Tommy,” he said. “We totally talked to Tommy about this and it probably took us about a week to get it done. We’ve been talking about it internally for a while. We didn’t talk to Tommy about it until maybe a week or so ago.”

Myers said the buy-out in Tuberville’s contract is unchanged from last season. It is his base pay of $300,000 a year times the number of years remaining on the deal. According to the the mutual buy-out, Tuberville must pay that amount should he decide to leave Tech before the contract expires and Tech must give him $300,000 times years remaining should it opt to fire Tuberville without cause.

Texas Tech finished the year 8-5, which is certainly respectable, but Mike Leach's teams had better records in four of his final years in Lubbock. The transition wasn't perfect -- the offense was inconsistent and the defense was consistently bad -- but no one expected it to be. And if a "down year" results in eight wins, the Red Raiders will certainly take that. Breaking in a new quarterback this year could mean another season hovering around eight wins, but Texas Tech is clearly pleased with the direction the program is moving.

Tuberville is building a program, and defensive recruits like nationally ranked cornerback Marcus Roberson, who made a soft commit to Texas Tech on Tuesday, can help give the Red Raiders a defense it never had under Leach.

Plenty of teams across the Big 12 have great offenses. The best teams have great defenses. It's difficult to overestimate the importance of Tuberville's looming defensive coordinator hire, but he says he plans to take his time.

More than anything, the extension signifies a level of comfort for Tuberville at Texas Tech. He was a big catch for the Red Raiders, and if he bolted back to an SEC job, it's highly unlikely Tech would be able to reel in a coach with anywhere near his résumé.

Hence, they've made keeping him a priority, and it sounds like he's not making it to difficult. Tuberville maintains the talks between himself and Miami were never very serious this offseason, but that was the only job opening that Tuberville's name ever seriously came up for.

That, combined with this newest extension, is great news for the future of Texas Tech's program.

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