Oh no, I’ve said too much, I haven’t said enough.

In honor of Independence Day, I thought I’d highlight a couple of football coaches who’ve recently exercised their freedom of speech.

In response to Tommy Tuberville’s recent opinion that the Big XII Conference was doomed, the Empire struck back.

The Big 12 issued the reprimand on its athletic website, saying Tuberville’s comments were a “violation of the Big 12 Conference’s Principles and Standards of Sportsmanship, prohibiting public criticism of members.”

“Tommy Tuberville’s comments were unfortunate, and contrary to the very strong feelings of unity expressed publicly and privately by the Big 12 Board of Directors and athletic directors,” Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said in a statement. “Coach Tuberville has admitted that his comments do not reflect his true feelings of respect for the conference, its leadership, and his excitement about its future and has apologized to the conference and its members.”

Tuberville was vacationing in Alabama on Friday and could not be reached for comment. Tech athletic spokesman Blayne Beal said the Big 12 asked the school not to comment on the issue.

The Big 12 concluded its statement by saying, “This will serve as the final decision and comment on this matter by all parties.”

The conference also sent Tuberville this thoughtful gift to commemorate the occasion.

Meanwhile, in this great land of ours, there are always coaches like the Zooker who are willing to speak their mind.

The former Florida head coach was a guest on The Paul Finebaum Radio show earlier this week and when asked if the SEC was a “better conference” than the Big Ten, Zook said:

“At this time, it probably is but I think there’s teams in the Big Ten Conference just as well as there’s teams in the Southeastern Conference that can play against anybody.

The biggest thing that I’ve noticed is that maybe in the Southeastern Conference there’s a few more big guys that can run, but trust me there’s some awfully, awfully good players in the Big Ten Conference as well.”

No word yet on any official comment from Mr. Delany, who at the least you’d expect could offer some context for the Zooker’s remarks.

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5 responses to “Oh no, I’ve said too much, I haven’t said enough.

  1. anon

    Lubbock must surely be a hole if he’s vacationing in Alabama . . .

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  2. Macallanlover

    Delany should be proud F’baum even asked a question that assumed the Big 10+2 could be compared to SEC football. One only has to look at the number of titles held by two schools in it’s storied history to see why they are only an elite conference in their own mind.

    Zooker is correct, there are teams who could compete very well in any conference, but we will never know how good they really are in any particular year. Like other conferences, they only play 1-2 games a year against teams that have comparable athletes. OSU-Michigan have determined that title far too often for them to have a case.

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  3. NebraskaDawg

    The Big 12 should have got TCU and Boise to fill the hole. Tuberville needs to learn to quit telling the truth.

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  4. Reptillicide

    “contrary to the very strong feelings of unity expressed publicly and privately by the Big 12 Board of Directors and athletic directors,”

    I LOL’d at this one…. Dan Beebe must have thought nobody was paying attention when everybody was abandoning ship.

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  5. As is well know, for Comrade Mack Brown has said so, all Big XIi animals are equal, only some are more equal than others. And XII minus II = XII as Winston Smith could tell you. Tubs is vacationing at the Ministry of Love.

    As to Zook’s comments: all the Pirates needare a few pitchers, a couple of major league infielders and outfielders who can hit for power and average ….

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