The Big 12 couldn’t expand if it wanted too

by Travis Normand

A major complaint of Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas A&M was that the University of Texas secretly ran the Big 12.  You would think these allegations would be enough to cause the Houston Chronicle to list an article about whether or not the Big 12 will expand anywhere but on the Longhorn section of its website.  You would think, but then you would be wrong.

Whats the old saying?  If the shoe fits?

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Does everyone have skeletons in their closet?

by Travis Normand

I remember watching the fall-out after the news on Tiger Woods broke.  I remember thinking, “I know stuff like this has happened before, but if Tiger has skeletons in his closet then everyone does, right?”  After all, Tiger Woods was untouchable.  He was a Saint, or so everyone thought.

Next came Jim Tressel and his Ohio State program.  I really thought that Tressel was one of the guys that “did things the right way.”  I know, that is a huge cliché but he just seemed like a very straight-shooter.  I mean, if Tressel hadn’t been a football coach, I would have guessed he was a CPA.  Tressel gave the impression that everything was by the book when clearly it was not.

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The Big 12 Conference and Texas Longhorns, ‘Friends with Benefits!’

by Travis Normand

Doesn’t everyone enjoy a good conspiracy?  Just before 4:30 pm on January 25, 2013, Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman posted a story at Statesman.com about the Big 12’s possible alliance with the ACC and two other conferences.

I found Bohls’ article via another website that linked back to the original post at Statesman.com.  After a quick Google.com search, I found that every article I could find on the matter cited back to Bohls’ Statesman.com article.  In other words, the Big 12 Conference has something in the works and it is the Austin American-Statesman that “breaks” the story.

However, what strikes me as odd is that the Big 12 has apparently decided to NOT do itself any favors in dealing with this information.

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The Longhorn’s have a culture problem

ESPN LHN by Travis Normand

There are two great article about the current culture surrounding the University of Texas football program over at BarkingCarnival.com.  I highly recommend checking them out.

Quote from the first article: [emphasis added]

What is clear to me is that Bryan Harsin was brought to Austin to install an offense. He realized quickly that what Texas really needed was to install a different culture. And that his offense could never be optimized without it. The best way to create a football culture is to be in charge of it. So he left for the first job where he could do just that.
Read the entire article HERE

[1] BarkingCarnival.com – Bryan Harsin & Arkansas State: Rising Through The Ranks Or Fleeing a Culture?, by Scipio Tex, December 12, 2012.

[2] BarkingCarnival.com – What Does “We Are The Joneses” Actually Mean?, by Scipio Tex, November 15, 2012.

Baylor makes school history

Baylor - 12Kby Travis Normand

The 2012 Holiday Bowl is Baylor’s third straight bowl game.  While this is not something that is typically worth mentioning, in Baylor’s case it is.  Why?  Because this is the first time in school history that Baylor has made it to three consecutive bowl games.

[1] Baylor’s run of bowl success started on December 29, 2010 when the Bears faced Illinois in the Texas Bowl.  The Bears lost this game to Illinois, 14-38.  This was Baylor’s first bowl game since the 1994 Alamo Bowl.

[2] One year later on December 29, 2011, the Bears faced the Washington Huskies in the Alamo Bowl.  The Bears won the shoot-out by a score of 67-56.

[3] Finally, on December 27, 2012, the Bears faced UCLA in the Holiday Bowl and won by a score of 49-26.

As you can tell, the Bears are pretty stout in terms of offense as they scored 130 total points in the three bowl games listed above.  However, Baylor’s defense is still a work-in-progress as the Bears gave up a grand total of 120 points in these three games.

Click HERE to see Baylor’s bowl game history on Wikipedia

U of Kansas trying to silence reporter due to situation known as “Roadkill-gate”

Kansan Football Reporter Warned About Asking Questions at Press Conference with Head Coach
October 11, 2012 by Dan

University Daily Kansan sports writer Blake Schuster says athletics officials at the University of Kansas warned him in a private meeting about asking questions at the most recent press conference with head football coach Charlie Weis. The reason? Their concerns about “lingering ill-will among members of the football program.”

As I previously posted, Weis ranted on Twitter last Friday about what he felt was unfairly harsh coverage in the Kansan about the football team’s many woes so far this season. He particularly took issue with preview coverage of the squad’s game this past weekend against in-state rival Kansas State University. The full-page cover graphic kicking off the coverage displayed a tiny, fearful Jayhawk hugging a goalpost, while a large, muscular KSU Wildcat races fearlessly toward the end zone. The accompanying story’s headline, “Road Kill Ahead.”

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Houston, we have a problem

by Travis Normand

Houston, we have a problem.

If there was any way that I could prevent this bowl from being in Houston, I would do it.  As of a few days ago the most likely candidates to host this bowl game were Dallas or New Orleans.  However, with Houston submitting the highest bid to host the bowl I am guessing that could all change quickly.

Personally, my first choice is New Orleans as there is no better bowl destination city. My second choice would be Dallas, simply because of the Cowboy’s venue. 

As for Houston, well, how do I say this nicely?  I have been to a bowl game in Houston and I am sorry to say that it was not one of my top college football experiences.

 

[H/T MrSEC.com]

Adding Insult to Injury: Houston Cougar Edition

by Travis Normand

When rumors started circulating about Kevin Sumlin possibly leaving the University of Houston (UH) in order to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M, the Houston Cougar football team wasn’t happy.  In fact, they were so unhappy about the possibility of Coach Sumlin leaving that they couldn’t focus on the task at hand.

Texas State vs. UH - 1 Sept 2012

Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

On December 3, 2011, the University of Houston entered the Conference USA Championship game undefeated.  Their task was simple–win the conference championship and receive their first-ever invitation to a BCS bowl game.  Such an accomplishment would not only be UH’s first, but would have also been the first for Conference USA.

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