Big 12: Texas
Reginald Davis and Dominique Wheeler have been the stars of the Red Raider passing game this spring, reports the Avalanche-Journal's Nick Kosmider.
Oklahoma State is trying to turn around the attitude, image and results of its defense, writes The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell.
Oklahoma quarterback candidate Trevor Knight grew up surrounded by burnt orange but now bleeds crimson, writes Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman.
Three unexpected players saw their stock rise with solid spring performances, according to ESPN's HornsNation.
SoonerNation's Brandon Chatmon reports that early enrollees Ahmad Thomas and Dannon Cavil have started to make a name for themselves.
Iowa State football coaches made 962 impermissible recruiting calls over a three-year period, according to a report released to the Iowa State Daily.
West Virginia not only needs to find a quarterback, it has to build depth at receiver as well, writes Amir Batra of The Daily Athenaeum.
- Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite is using his past transgression as a teaching tool, according to Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News.
- West Virginia is rebuilding and has plenty of players from which to choose, writes Greg Madia of The Daily Anthenaeum.
- It’s a boom or bust season for TCU quarterback Casey Pachall and his coach is the first to admit that, writes J.D. Moore on TCU360.com.
- Oklahoma is not going wishbone, but it is interested in having a quarterback who can be a threat to run the ball, writes SoonerNation’s Jake Trotter. Also from SoonerNation, Brandon Chatmon takes a look OU’s effort to become a more aggressive defense.
- Surely the anticipation has been killing everyone and finally the wait is over, Charlie Weis and Kansas have released their spring depth chart and the Kansas City Star has it.
- Oklahoma State’s new offensive coordinator, Mike Yurich, will put his own spin on things but expects the Cowboys still to be very prolific on that side of the ball, writes the Tulsa World’s Jimmie Trammel.
- Baylor’s offensive line will be anchored by a pair of fifth-year seniors, writes the Waco Tribune’s John Werner.
- Is Texas back to being a national championship contender? Rachel Thompson of The Daily Texan weighs in with her opinion.
Oklahoma’s new hire might be fitting in fine with the Sooners but his departure from Wisconsin at least one in the dairy land pretty upset, writes Adam Rittenberg.
From the stop if you have heard this line before department: Kansas believes it is ready to climb out of the rather deep and large hole that it finds itself in, writes Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star
Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star takes a look at how a three seniors at Kansas State weathered a coaching change -- two other players from their recruiting class had already transferred -- and are now reaping the rewards.
Mack Brown worked the crowd following spring practice Saturday, trading barbs and offering up center stage to Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman.
Just a few years removed from his playing days, former West Virginia player Wesley Lyons decided he had enough perspective to pen an autobiography, writes Megan Calderado of The Daily Athenaeum.
Damon Sayles of ESPN takes a look at highly touted recruit Treyvon Hughes and how Texas is recruiting him as a linebacker not a running back.
David Ablauf, associate director of media and public relations for Michigan, says there were a number of reasons for last year’s increase. Having one additional home game accounted for about $6 million in additional revenue. Also, ticket packs were sold for the first time, and Michigan had its first night game at Michigan Stadium. During that game, the team wore throwback uniforms, which, combined with the unique bowl uniforms they wore in the Sugar Bowl, resulted in higher licensing royalties when fans purchased the new looks.
Perhaps most glaringly absent from the top 10 most profitable programs is Penn State, which held the second spot just a year ago and third the previous year. After a tumultuous year off the field, Penn State fell to 11th place with $66.2 million in revenue, a $6.5 million reduction. However, it’s important to note that Penn State hosted an additional home game in 2010. Based on data provided to the NCAA, Penn State averaged $4.5 million in ticket revenue per home game in 2010, which could explain a large portion of the revenue decrease last year.
Even with the reduction, Penn State posted the eighth-highest revenue for football last year.
Revenue among FBS football programs ranged from a high of $103.8 million at Texas to a low of $3.6 million at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The average FBS football program brought in $25 million, with a median of $19.9 million.
It should come as no surprise that the top revenue producers also led the FBS in average attendance in 2011. The top 10 programs in attendance also fell within the top 25 in revenue.
The largest revenue producer in a non-automatic BCS-qualifying conference was TCU, which joined an automatic-qualifying conference this season. Independents Notre Dame and BYU both finished above the median, No. 7 and No. 52.
Texas didn’t top every list. The highest expenses for a football program went to the University of Alabama, which has the nation’s highest-paid head coach, Nick Saban. For the 2011-12 season, Saban took home a $4.8 million paycheck. Total expenses for the football program ran to $36.9 million.
Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Oklahoma State rounded out the top five in terms of expenditures on football. The FBS average was $14.6 million, with a median of $14 million. TCU was again the highest-ranked program from a non-automatic qualifying conference, coming in sixth.
Every football team that played in a BCS bowl for the 2011-12 season fell within the top half of all FBS programs for football expenditures. Six of the 10 fell within the top 20.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here are the choices for my All-Big 12 team for the 2008 season.
QB - Colt McCoy, Texas
RB - Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
RB - DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
WR - Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
WR - Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
TE - Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
OL - Duke Robinson, Oklahoma
OL - Jason Smith, Baylor
OL - Rylan Reed, Texas Tech
OL - Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
C - Jon Cooper, Oklahoma
DL - Brian Orkapo, Texas
DL - Brandon Williams, Texas Tech
DL - Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
DL - Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
LB - Joe Pawelek, Baylor
LB - Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
LB - Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
DB - Darcel McBath, Texas Tech
DB - Darrell Stuckey, Kansas
DB - Lendy Holmes, Oklahoma
DB - Daniel Charbonnet, Texas Tech
AP - Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
KR - Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
PR - Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
K- Jeff Wolfert, Missouri
P- Justin Brantley, Texas A&M