Category Archives: Big 12 Football

You weren’t serious about that?

Dennis Dodd reports that the Big 12, in expanding to fourteen teams until Oklahoma and Texas officially split, will be going back to a two-division format, with those two schools placed in separate divisions, presumably so that when they ultimately depart, there won’t be much of a disruption.

Then, again…

One working group member joked that Texas and Oklahoma should be placed in the same division to ensure that at least one of the programs wouldn’t play for the football championship. The two superpowers ripped apart the Big 12 and the FBS with their July decision to leave to the SEC.

He keeds, he keeds.  I think.

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TFW you’re sniffed your own farts a little too much

A note from Art Briles’ conference commissioner:

Tl; dr version:  screw the SEC.

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Southern Cal is back, baby.

One thing I’ve got to say about Lincoln Riley at Southern Cal is that he’s not wasting any time giving the finger to the NCAA.

If you need a translation…

Manning is still on Oklahoma’s payroll.  He was out recruiting with Stoops at the same time he was reaching out to Domani Jackson!  Aside from that being absolutely bad form, it’s an NCAA recruiting violation.  Just ask one of Manning’s employers.

The popcorn’s gonna be mighty tasty watching this play out.  Of course, by the time the NCAA gets around to dealing with Riley, he’ll probably already be at his next job.

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Coaching mic drop

Shot.

Chaser.

Well, give him credit for not lying.  Meanwhile, somewhere out there is a member of the media who’s kicking himself for not asking the obvious follow-up question.

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Another business decision

Sadly, I suspect Mike Gundy is correct about this.

Ahead of the 116th edition of Bedlam, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy not only suggested that Saturday’s meeting between the seventh-ranked Cowboys and No. 10 Oklahoma could be the last in Stillwater for quite a while, but revealed pessimism about the rivalry continuing on at all after the Sooners leave for the SEC.

“I don’t think it’s a realistic thing that it’s going to happen based on the business side of Power 5 conference football, the Big 12 or the SEC,” Gundy said Monday. “That’s just my opinion on it. I could be wrong. I’m not getting that from anybody.”

Gundy cited finances, the future of a 12-team Big 12 and nonconference schedules planned years in advance among the reasons he doubts the football rivalry that dates back to 1904 will go on with OU no longer in-conference.

“I don’t think it will (continue),” Gundy said.

It’s another decision in a long line of decisions made by the people running the sport to reject the regional passions that have driven college football’s popularity in favor of a more national focus manufactured by conference realignment and postseason expansion.

It pains me to say this, but there is one way I can see to maintain the rivalry, and that would be for the SEC not to go to a nine-game conference schedule.  Bedlam could then join the other existing non-conference rivalry games that Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina already play.  But I don’t think that would be as good for business.

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Bob Bowlsby must defend this house.

Bob is touchy.

The Big 12 on Wednesday issued a public reprimand of the Texas Tech football radio announcers for their call of Saturday’s 41-38 home win over Iowa State.

Play-by-play host Brian Jensen and analyst John Harris were critical of the officials during the game, going so far as to list off individual names.

As a result, the league also said Jensen and Harris will be removed from calling this weekend’s home game against Oklahoma State.

“I understand the roles of the play-by-play and color analyst,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “However as University representatives they also have an obligation to adhere to Conference policy regarding comments about game officials. The comments by the Red Raider Radio Network booth announcers were contrary to expected levels of respect and professionalism. Questioning the integrity of Conference officials and specifically calling out members of the officiating crew is well beyond appropriate and permissible behavior.”

Bob understands the roles of the announcers, even when he doesn’t.

The broadcasters are not employed by Texas Tech (Learfield Sports, the broadcast rights holder, employs them) so it’s curious that the Big 12 even has jurisdiction for such a move.

If the conference put half as much effort into policing shoddy officiating as it does covering officials’ asses, it might cut down on embarrassing situations like this.  Just sayin’.

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Have some cheese with that whine.

Lincoln Riley wants you to know he strongly objected to Dave Aranda calling a time out with three seconds left in the game to kick a field goal with Baylor already up by ten on Oklahoma.  Strongly:

“I know why Dave tried to kick the field goal. I don’t agree with it. And I still think above all else, there’s a code of sportsmanship that I believe in. I wouldn’t have done it. But that’s his decision, that’s his football team. How the officials don’t enforce a 15-yard penalty when you probably got 5,000 people on the field is unbelievable to me. It is what it is. That’s his decision. That’s the officials’ decision. I don’t agree with it.”

Did I mention he strongly objected?

Riley said he saw OU linebacker David Ugwoegbu “just get bum-rushed by three guys” and sent Oklahoma’s team to the locker room during the delay. He said he considered telling all the players to leave without having any on the field for a final play.

“I did tell them that, and I don’t know, maybe I should have done it,” Riley said. “You know, I just I don’t believe this situation was handled well by a lot of people. Doing it with class is important to me. And at the end of the day, that’s why we decided to bring 11 guys out even though deep down I damn sure didn’t want to.”

Class?  In college football?  Is that still a thing?

After the game, Aranda said he thought Riley was “upset”.  Well, it’s certainly a convenient way to deflect from his team losing a game that knocked them out of CFP consideration.

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College football romance

So, this happened yesterday.

Just a reminder that, while it’s run by idiots capable of incredibly petty and stupid behavior who have no problem crapping on loyal fans when it suits them financially, college football is still capable of moments like this to remind us why we love this friggin’ sport so much.

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Just when you think you’ve seen everything…

Texas Tech fires its head coach midseason.  Okay, that’s not new.  But this is:

Midseason firing of a coach with a winning record?  Boy, if you’re the AD, you’d better have a slam dunk lined up.

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TFW refs gotta ref

I’m not sure I’d say this is the worst unsportsmanlike conduct penalty I’ve ever seen…

… but it’s at least the worst I’ve seen since that call on AJ Green in 2009.

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