Big 12: Mark Emmert
This one, though, has nothing to do with good, old-fashioned Texan politicking, fits for the SEC's 14th team or votes from any number of board members.
The latest roadblock could be a possible meeting between top college officials, barring clearance from the NCAA.
According to a report in the New York Times, NCAA president Mark Emmert has reached out to officials to suggest a "less canniabalistic and more collegial way to approach conference expansion."
Tension is high among some commissioners, as Texas A&M of the Big 12 appears headed to the Southeastern Conference in the near future. The Big 12’s Dan Beebe and the SEC’s Mike Slive had a heated phone conversation last week about a potential move, according to a high-ranking college official with direct knowledge of the call.
As conferences teeter on the edge of significant realignment, Emmert’s proposal shows the level of concern among major college sports officials. Emmert lacks the authority to make unilateral decisions about realignment, but he can preach common sense.
Beebe disputed the claims to the Dallas Morning News, saying "We have been very direct but have not had any conversations with Mike Slive I would describe as heated, ever."
Texas A&M's exit to the SEC (which I do believe will eventually happen) has no current timeline, but if the NCAA gets seriously involved, any conference move could happen later than sooner.
- Mark Emmert, the new NCAA president, invited 50 university presidents and chancellors to a retreat in August to discuss the future of Division I sports, including the possibility of paying players.
- The Fiesta Bowl hired Arizona president Robert Shelton as its new executive director, who is literally a rocket scientist.
- Athlon released its Big 12 predictions this week.
- Texas AD DeLoss Dodds weighed in on the lessons from Jim Tressel's recent scandal with colleague Ivan Maisel: "We preach this every day: if you know something’s wrong, tell everybody the first day ... I tell our staff, 'If you go to bed at night knowing something that you think may be wrong, you’ve started a cover-up.'"
- Kansas coach Turner Gill spoke at a "Dad's Day" function and stressed the importance of family, writes Nick Nelson of the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Oklahoma transfer and Stanford All-American Chase Beeler, a Jenks, Okla., native, is stuck in limbo after the draft, writes Robert Mays of Grantland.com.
- Texas A&M researched its relationship with Will Lyles after a report indicated the school was asked to pay $80,000 for Patrick Peterson's signature, but there was no financial past, and the school considers it "a non issue," reports Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Burch also has a few notes on Texas Tech's post-spring depth chart released on Thursday.
- Recent scandals like this have NCAA president Mark Emmert concerned.
- Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles is bulking up a bit, writes Jake Trotter of The Oklahoman.
- Former Texas Tech running back Baron Batch shares a pretty incredible story about the impact his writing has had on a man he encountered at the supermarket.
- Spring football is just beginning, and Turner Gill feels much more comfortable this time around, writes Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Another Oklahoma player is carrying on the charity that Quinton Carter established at Oklahoma.
- Brian Fremeau at Football Outsiders used a formula to calculate the biggest and smallest home-field advantages in college football from 2003-10. The biggest home-field advantages from the Big 12? Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. The least? Texas.
- A rap song about the Sooners has made safety Tony Jefferson a YouTube star, writes Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World.
- Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman offers up a few humorous comparisons of Oklahoma and Connecticut.
- They'll play in the Fiesta Bowl, which has been more like the Fiasco Bowl lately, writes Jake Trotter of The Oklahoman.
- New NCAA president Mark Emmert has some illuminating answers for questions from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bryan Burwell.
- Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker's play defies any kind of normal timetable, writes Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle.
- There's a new hot name for a possible new defensive coordinator at Texas.
- Brandon Chatmon of The Oklahoman offers pros and cons for a list of candidates for Oklahoma State's new offensive coordinator.
- Vahe Gregorian of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks back on the play that changed Missouri's season.
- Mitch Sherman of the Omaha World-Herald takes you back to Lavonte David's junior college days to explain how the linebacker is close to setting a school record for tackles in 2010.
- A second Nebraska player has been arrested on suspicion of DUI, and will miss the Holiday Bowl.
- The university is also offering some extra incentives to fans in hopes of selling their remaining 3,900 Holiday Bowl tickets, reports Alissa Skelton of the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Colorado could have a new quarterback entering the conversation next season.
- John Helsley at The Oklahoman asks "Fair or foul?" on the question about Dez Bryant's mother.
- An NCAA panel wants schools to come up with a detailed plan of how to treat concussions.
- Texas Tech is bigger than its coach now, writes Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Red Raiders running back Baron Batch talks to Steve Hunt of FoxSportsSouthwest.com.
- The new NCAA president previously told the Seattle Times, "I happen to be one that thinks it's inevitable we'll have a playoff."
- Nebraska will be hosting a leadership conference, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is scheduled to speak.
- Former Missouri receiver Tommy Saunders is chasing his newest passion, rugby, reports Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star.
- The famed Texas A&M Junction Boys got back together in Houston to benefit cancer research, reports Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News.
- Missouri running back Derrick Washington was mic'd up during the spring game.
- Chaos at the quarterback position has been a theme throughout the Big 12 this spring, writes John Henderson of the Denver Post.
- Rick Maese at the Washington Post talked to Oklahoma strength and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt, who says Trent Williams has enormous potential but is "definitely not a gym rat."
- The NFL executive who asked Dez Bryant if his mother was ever a prostitute was outed by Yahoo! Sports' Mike Silver and later apologized in a statement, as well as contacting Bryant to apologize.
- For those present at Kansas' spring practice, tight end Tim Biere's touchdown in the spring game didn't come as a surprise, writes Jesse Newell of the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Relevant to everyone: Washington president Mark A. Emmert is the new chief executive of the NCAA.
- Matt Hinton at Dr. Saturday breaks down the season's most intriguing players. Today: Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The Seattle Times reported this morning that its sources indicate that Texas Tech coach Mike Leach talked with Washington officials Tuesday about their vacant head coaching position.
Washington president Mark Emmert didn't say much in specifics to the newspaper about the school's search, but he did make one guarantee.
"We're moving along and making some good progress, talking to lots of people, which is what we wanted," Emmert told the Times. "I think we will be able to resolve this in the near future, but I'm not going to tell you what I mean by near future. But I'm really confident we are going to have a coach in place before the LSU game."
LSU opens the season against the Huskies on Sept. 5, 2009.
Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers has been adamant that he would be willing to renegotiate Leach's contract after the regular season concludes.
With the Red Raiders finishing their record-breaking 11-1 season, it would appear to be time for Myers to take his seat at the poker table.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin:
Ty Willingham's forced resignation at Washington earlier this week has prompted some early stories about potential replacements with Big 12 connections. What a better topping to spice up this lunchtime collection of links?
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bryan Burwell writes that leaving Missouri for Washington makes little sense for Missouri coach Gary Pinkel -- even if the Husky program once might have been considered Pinkel's "dream job." The Columbia Tribune's Dave Matter writes that a more logical candidate might be Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who is familiar with Washington president Mark Emmert and athletic director Scott Woodward, who both worked with him at LSU.
- Former Kansas defensive coordinator Bill Young can't get away from the struggles his old defense is facing this season. Young told J. Brady McCullough of the Kansas City Star that playing tougher Big 12 opponents has been a big cause of the unit's sputtering early performance.
- Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander relayed the grisly details of his Aug. 31 stabbing to Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler. Alexander missed four games but is back in the Sooners' rotation for Saturday's game against Nebraska.
- Oklahoman beat writer Scott Wright writes that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's dream job is now turning into one of the best ones in college football.
- Even Kansas State coach Ron Prince's own sons are asking him when the Wildcats will beat Kansas, Wichita Eagle/Kansas City Star beat writer Jeffrey Martin reports.
- Colorado offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich has made some noticeable changes after the Buffaloes were shutout last week by Missouri -- the first blanking of a Colorado offense in 20 years.