Big 12: Tony Franklin

Big 12 candidates for the FBS Hall of Fame

March, 8, 2011
The National Football Foundation has released its list of candidates for the FBS Hall of Fame class of 2011.

More than 12,000 members of the foundation will vote on the list of 79 players and nine coaches, and the class will be announced in May with an induction ceremony to take place in December.

"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.79 million people have played college football," NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell said in a release. "The Hall's requirement of being a first team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,900 individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today's group of 79 names means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are proud to announce their names today."

So, here's who's up for induction from schools currently in the Big 12:
  • Brian Bosworth, LB, Oklahoma, 1984-86
  • Bobby Douglass, QB, Kansas, 1966-68
  • Doug English, DT, Texas, 1972-74
  • Tony Franklin, K, Texas A&M, 1975-78
  • Jerry Gray, DB, Texas, 1981-84
  • Rod Shoate, LB, Oklahoma, 1972-74
  • Don Trull, QB, Baylor, 1961-63
  • R.C. Slocum, coach, Texas A&M, 1989-2002 (first time on ballot)

Want more? Here's the full list.

    Pre-spring Big 12 Power Rankings

    March, 5, 2010
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    1. Texas

    Texas has plenty of question marks, namely at receiver. Repeating as Big 12 champs would be a lot easier if one of its talented running backs emerges to flirt with 1,000 yards and takes some of the pressure off first-year starter Garrett Gilbert. Tre’ Newton is the most likely candidate, but Foswhitt Whittaker, or Fozzy Bear as I prefer to refer to the running back, wins if the tiebreaker is best name.

    2. Oklahoma

    The defense will be fearsome again, even after losing both starting cornerbacks and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. DeMarco Murray looks to take on an expanded role in the run game, but the offensive line will have to improve quickly for his increased touches to translate into increased yardage.

    3. Nebraska

    Nebraska finally made it back to the Big 12 title game after a two-year run by Missouri representing the North. Even after Ndamukong Suh’s exit, the teeth of the Husker D should be strong, with junior defensive tackle Jared Crick and sophomore defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler mucking up the front lines. Both will be on display during the spring. The offense had one of its best performances of the season against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl, but enters the spring with plenty to prove.

    4. Missouri

    Blaine Gabbert will continue to mature along with his young receivers, who lose the lanky Danario Alexander. Gabbert could put up gawdy numbers as a junior, but he’ll need the secondary to improve if the Tigers can challenge for the North.

    5. Texas A&M

    The Aggies looked like a trainwreck at moments in 2009, (48-point loss to Kansas State? What? 55-point loss to Oklahoma? Ouch.) but their entertaining offense will take a backseat to Tim DeRuyter’s new 3-4 defense as the main attraction for spring.

    6. Kansas State

    The dark horse to win the North in 2010 came within a game of matching up with Texas in Dallas in 2009. Year 2 of the Bill Snyder Reboot could be fun to watch. The Wildcats had the fewest turnovers (18) of any team in the Big 12 last season, but losing Brandon Banks removes some of K-State’s explosiveness on offense.

    7. Oklahoma State

    Oklahoma State hoped they could make a run at the Big 12 South last season, but got embarrassed in losses to Texas and Oklahoma. A South title in 2010 might be a stretch, but the spring could set up another solid season for Mike Gundy’s Cowboys.

    8. Baylor

    Finding replacements for All-Big 12 defenders Joe Pawelek and Jordan Lake should be the prime concern for the spring, but it will definitely be good to see Robert Griffin III get back on the field.

    9. Texas Tech

    What injustice! The Red Raiders below the Bears? Tommy Tuberville is a good coach, but the transition to Tech could be a difficult one. Don’t be surprised if the Red Raiders prove me wrong, but somebody’s got to finish last in a great South division. There won’t be an easy win for anyone against South teams this season. I mentioned this in Thursday's chat, but I’m interested to see how Tuberville’s second go-around with the spread offense (see: Tony Franklin) goes. Easing up on his trigger finger might be a good idea.

    10. Kansas

    Turner Gill loses a lot of offense without Todd Reesing, Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe. Sophomore running back Toben Opurum could emerge as one of the conference’s young stars this spring.

    11. Colorado

    Tyler Hansen and Toney Clemons bring some excitement to the Buffaloes spring, but the offensive line is also a concern. Maxwell Tuioti-Mariner returns from injury to help talented lineman Nate Solder protect Hansen and pave the way for running back Rodney Stewart, one of just three scholarship backs who will practice this spring.

    12. Iowa State

    The Cyclones depleted defense (only four starters return) could make it tough for Austen Arnaud to produce wins no matter how well he plays. Plenty of spots up for grabs there, and linebacker Jake Knott is one to watch as a new starter. Paul Rhoads impressed with a bowl win last season, but what does it say about a team when its best win (Nebraska) came by only two points when it forced eight turnovers and committed none?

    Thanks for the support the first week, fans. Enjoy the weekend.

    Texas Football's magazine release tells us the season beckons

    June, 15, 2009
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    Posted by's Tim Griffin

    Today is a special summer day for football fans across Texas and the Southwest.

    Today is the annual release date of Dave Campbell's Texas Football, which is the unquestionable college football magazine of record in these parts every year.

    This magazine is special because it's the 50th anniversary edition. The first one was laid out on the kitchen table of former Waco Tribune-Herald sports editor Dave Campbell, who started it in 1960.

    It's gotten much bigger than that over the years, being read by three generations of football fans over the years. Today, there's a Texas Football classic every year at the Alamodome and even an official Texas Football song.

    I first learned about the magazine in the late 1960s when a friend of mine in fifth grade, Richard Jackson, moved to Memphis from Houston. Along with his neat Houston Astros hat that I always was envious of was his copy of Texas Football Magazine. The story and pictures of the guys from Texas, Baylor and Rice were so different than anything I came across in the Southeastern Conference. I wanted mine, too.

    My dad occasionally traveled to Texas with his job and soon learned to look at the 7-Eleven on one of his trips to Dallas to see if he could score a copy of Dave Campbell for me.

    Later, my family moved to Texas and I learned the excitement of visiting the newsstand in mid-June to pick up the Dave Campbell magazine, which was there to chronicle the demise of the Southwest Conference and the start of the Big 12.

    The new one will officially be released today across the area. And the coverboy is Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, who becomes the first individual player to be pictured since Texas wide receiver Roy Williams in 2003.

    I picked up my copy and am already deeply into it. It takes me back to my childhood.

    The only problem is that I wonder why I couldn't pick up a Grape Slurpee to drink with it like I used to back in the day.

    A list of the cover boys in the magazine's history exhibits a unique history of football in the southwest. Here's a list of the players who have graced the cover of the magazine over the years.

    1960: Texas RB Jack Collins

    1961: Baylor RB Ronnie Bull

    1962: TCU QB Sonny Gibbs

    1963: Texas coach Darrell Royal and DT Scott Appleton

    1964: Baylor coach John Bridgers and WR Lawrence Elkins

    1965: Texas Tech RB Donny Anderson

    1966: SMU NG John LaGrone, Baylor DT Greg Pipes, Texas DT Diron Talbert

    1967: Texas A&M T Maurice "Mo" Moorman

    1968: Texas A&M QB Edd Hargett

    1969: Texas QB James Street

    1970: Texas RB Steve Worster

    1971: Texas Tech QB Charles Napper

    1972: Texas A&M LB Brad Dusek

    1973: Texas LB Glen Gaspard

    1974: Texas coach Darrell Royal

    1975: Baylor coach Grant Teaff

    1976: Houston coach Bill Yeoman

    1977: Texas Tech QB Rodney Allison

    1978: Texas A&M K Tony Franklin and Texas K/P Russell Erxleben

    1979: Texas DT Steve McMichael

    1980: Baylor LB Mike Singletary and Texas A&M QB Mike Mosley

    1981: Baylor RB Walter Abercrombie and SMU RB Craig James

    1982: Texas A&M QB Gary Kubiak

    1983: SMU QB Lance McIlhenny

    1984: Texas A&M DE Ray Childress

    1985: TCU coach Jim Wacker and TCU RB Kenneth Davis

    1986: Texas A&M coach Jackie Sherrill

    1987: Texas QB Bret Stafford and Texas coach David McWilliams

    1988: Texas RB Eric Metcalf and Texas A&M LB John Roper

    1989: Houston coach Jack Pardee and SMU coach Forrest Gregg

    1990: Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes

    1991: Houston QB David Klingler

    1992: Rice RB Trevor Cobb

    1993: Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum

    1994: Texas QB Shea Morenz

    1995: A collage of Southwest Conference historical figures including Texas RB Earl Campbell, Houston coach Bill Yeoman, Baylor LB Mike Singletary, TCU QB Sammy Baugh, Texas coach Fred Akers, Texas coach Darrell Royal and SMU RB Doak Walker.

    1996: Baylor coach Chuck Ready, Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes, Texas coach John Mackovic and Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum

    1997: Texas QB James Brown and Texas RB Ricky Williams

    1998: Texas A&M LB Dat Nguyen, Texas RB Ricky Williams and Texas coach Mack Brown

    1999: Texas coach Mack Brown and TCU coach Dennis Franchione. Note: Alternative cover for those magazines sold outside the state featured Dallas Cowboys QB Troy Aikman

    2000: Midland Robert E. Lee H.S. RB Cedric Benson

    2001: Texas QB Chris Simms, TCU QB Casey Printers, Texas A&M QB Mark Farris and Texas Tech QB Kliff Kingsbury

    2002: Texas Tech QB Kliff Kingsbury, Celina H.S. coach G.A. Moore, Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith and Baytown Lee H.S. QB Drew Tate.

    2003: Texas WR Roy Williams

    2004: Texas Tech DE Adell Duckett, TCU S Marvin Godbolt, Houston QB Kevin Kolb, North Texas RB Patrick Cobb

    2005: Texas QB Vince Young and Texas A&M QB Reggie McNeal

    2006: Former Texas RB Earl Campbell, Mansfield Summit H.S. QB John Chiles, Texarkana Texas H.S. QB Ryan Mallett and Gilmer H.S. QB G.J. Kinne

    2007: Texas A&M QB Stephen McGee, Texas QB Colt McCoy and TCU DE Tommy Blake

    2008: Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell and Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree

    2009: Texas QB Colt McCoy

    Source: research

    Ten from Big 12 schools nominated for College Hall of Fame

    March, 3, 2009
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    Posted by's Tim Griffin

    Ten players from seven different Big 12 schools have been nominated for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, according to the 2009 FBS ballot that was released on Tuesday.

    The group were among 76 players and six coaches who were included in this year's final ballot.

    The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live on ESPNEWS at a press conference in New York City on April 30. The group will be inducted at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8 in New York City and enshrined in the Hall of Fame in South Bend next summer.

    Here's the Big 12 representatives for this year.

    • Nebraska LB Trev Alberts (1990-93).
    • Oklahoma LB Brian Bosworth* (1984-86).
    • Texas A&M DE Ray Childress (1981-84).
    • Kansas QB Bobby Douglass (1966-68).
    • Texas A&M K Tony Franklin* (1975-78).
    • Texas DT Steve McMichael (1976-79).
    • Nebraska G Will Shields (1989-92).
    • Baylor QB Don Trull (1961-63).
    • Colorado LB Alfred Williams (1987-90). 
    • Nebraska DE Grant Wistrom (1994-97).

    *Indicates first-time nominee.

    Report: Tech sweetens Leach's contract

    December, 5, 2008
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    Posted by's Tim Griffin

    It promises to be a busy weekend for Mike Leach and his representatives as they consider a new five-year deal that he has been offered by Texas Tech officials.

    Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said that Leach has been offered a five-year deal worth a total of $12.1 million, according to the Dallas Morning News.

    That would put him in rather elite company. After Mike Gundy's contract extension that was announced Friday, the Big 12's group of coaches making more than $2 million per year include five members. They are Mack Brown, Bob Stoops, Mark Mangino, Gary Pinkel and Gundy.

    All of those coaches have either won a conference championship, an undisputed division championship or won a BCS bowl game. Leach and Gundy have done none of those.

    It will be interesting to see if Leach's inclusion among candidates at Auburn will help drive his price up at Texas Tech.

    But I'm also hearing there's a sizable group of Auburn supporters who wouldn't necessarily readily embrace Leach's spread offense. They remember the struggles of Tony Franklin on Tommy Tuberville's staff this season and fear the same fate could be waiting for Leach in the defensive-minded SEC West Division.

    Leach's national stature has never been hotter than after his 11-1 record this season and his share of a three-way title in the Big 12 South Division. We will how much that season will earn him on the open market.