Texas Tech hosts Texas in Lubbock on Saturday with state bragging rights on the line (Texas A&M notwithstanding). And the Red Raiders will be appropriately outfitted for the affair by Under Armour.
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Texas Tech hosts Texas in Lubbock on Saturday with state bragging rights on the line (Texas A&M notwithstanding). And the Red Raiders will be appropriately outfitted for the affair by Under Armour.
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU opens its 2012 season at home Sept. 8 against Grambling State, a week before the Horned Frogs make their Big 12 debut at Kansas.
After the Sept. 15 game at Kansas, the Horned Frogs play non-conference games against Virginia and at SMU before their first Big 12 home game Oct. 6 against Iowa State.
The Big 12 finally released its 10-team, round-robin schedule Tuesday after West Virginia, the Big 12′s other newcomer, settled a lawsuit with the Big East to clear the way to begin play in the Big 12 next season.
TCU plays at West Virginia on Nov. 3.
Texas Tech, Kansas State and Oklahoma are the other Big 12 home games for TCU. The Frogs also play at Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas.
Luke Adams is a freshman guard on the Texas Tech basketball team. The 5’9″ 150-pounder from Big Spring, Texas played 11 minutes for the Red Raiders in a 75-69 loss to TCU Tuesday night. Adams recorded 3 points, 3 assists, and a steal playing some mop-up duties.
Texas Tech insider Chris Level tweeted that TCU fans were taunting Adams for looking like Justin Bieber. Only there was one key problem: Adams is deaf and can’t hear the taunts.
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — There is a lot of new at Texas Tech this season.
New coach Billy Gillispie is starting over after getting fired in 2009 from Kentucky and a drunken-driving conviction there. And his new team will have just three players back from last season. The other 10 include nine freshman.
Texas Tech fans are hopeful Gillispie can do in Lubbock what he did at UTEP and Texas A&M. He turned those programs around in a few years.
The 51-year-old Texas native, who is 140-85 in his seven Division I seasons, says he believes Texas Tech can bring a national title to Lubbock because there is more parity now in college basketball.
Gillispie replaces Pat Knight, who was fired after 3½ seasons and no NCAA appearances.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Seemingly invincible for so long at Owen Field, No. 3 Oklahoma finally proved fallible at home.
Seth Doege threw for 441 yards and connected with Alex Torres on three of his four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech snapped the Sooners’ 39-game home winning streak with 41-38 victory Saturday night.
About 2 hours after No. 4 Wisconsin lost, a second top-five team went down on the first day of the college football season that really shook the rankings.
“I don’t know that it has to be all that surprising,” coach Bob Stoops said after just his third loss in 78 home games at Oklahoma. “The teams we play can come in here and beat us. And sometimes maybe too much is said about it like it can’t happen.
“I told the players that anyone who we’ll play the rest of the year will whoop us if we don’t play better than we did today. They just flat out beat us.”
Without some significant dominoes falling in their favor, the Sooners’ dreams at winning a national title – the primary reason All-American receiver Ryan Broyles and linebacker Travis Lewis came back for their senior seasons – are likely shot.
Taken down by the Red Raiders, who were four-touchdown underdogs after back-to-back losses to ranked opponents by a total of 12 points the last two weeks.
“It’s one game, but it’s a huge game for recruiting, for national stature. Obviously, you don’t read too much about Texas Tech,” Tommy Tuberville said after the first landmark win of his brief tenure as Tech’s head coach.
“For some reason, I haven’t seen much on TV. I bet you see it the next few days. We’re going to be proud of that. When you go on the road and beat a No. 1 team (in the coaches’ poll), it’s really special. That’s almost impossible to do.”
Doege carved up an Oklahoma defense missing three starters, helping the Red Raiders (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) become the first opponent since TCU in the 2005 season opener to win in Norman. Oklahoma State pulled off the only other win against Stoops in Norman, in the 2001 regular-season finale.
The Sooners gave up 572 yards of total offense.
“It’s shocking,” defensive end Frank Alexander said. “We never want to give up that many yards on defense. We pride ourselves on being a great defense. Tonight, we didn’t display that attitude.”
Landry Jones ended up with 412 yards passing and five touchdowns with one interception, but it wasn’t enough to rally Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1) back from a sluggish start and save its unbeaten season.
“Not one person lost this game,” Jones said. “It was offense, defense, everybody. … You can’t point the finger at one guy and say, `You lost the game for us,’ because football’s the ultimate team sport and it’s all of us.”
Doege, the nation’s fourth-leading passer, had little trouble leading the Red Raiders up and down the field against the banged-up Sooners. Oklahoma was without cornerback Jamell Fleming (knee), defensive tackle Casey Walker (left thumb) and middle linebacker Tom Wort (concussion).
“It hurt us, and some of them couldn’t help it,” Lewis said. “I know I played with a broken toe and the coaches would have had to drag me off the field for me not to play. So, (I’m) disappointed in some of the guys.”
This one was different even before it got started. A storm packing heavy winds, strong rain and lightning arrived just before kickoff, and fans were asked to leave the stands and take shelter on the concourses. The game got started after a delay of 1 hour and 35 minutes, and Texas Tech struck almost immediately.
Doege threw touchdown passes of 44, 30 and 11 yards to Torres to build up a 31-7 lead just over 2 minutes into the second half and the Red Raiders hung on from there.
After Jones’ 22-yard TD pass to James Hanna cut the deficit to three, Aaron Crawford recovered an onside kick with 69 seconds left to seal the victory. The Red Raiders came bouncing off the sidelines to celebrate.
“It’s special for the entire team. I’m excited about it,” Doege said. “The best part of it is seeing how happy and excited my teammates are. We all got together, and we pulled it off. Everybody didn’t think we could.”
The win prevented Tech from losing three straight games for the first time since 1998 – and in stunning fashion. The Red Raiders came in as huge underdogs playing on a field where, until last month’s game against Missouri, no one but the Sooners had had even led for 20 straight games spanning back to 2007.
There hadn’t been in many squeakers, either. Oklahoma’s average margin of victory had been 30 points.
The Sooners were out of sync in this one, though, failing to get their high-powered offense into the fast-paced tempo that gives so many opponents trouble. They failed to get a first down throughout the second quarter, when Tech capitalized to score 17 straight points, and didn’t click until it was too late.
Oklahoma didn’t get any help from its kicker, either. Michael Hunnicutt missed a 39-yard-field goal in the first half and a 28-yarder off the right upright with 2:52 left that proved critical.
With the lead starting to dwindle, Tuberville got into a gambling mood. Having already cashed in one fourth-and-1 for a touchdown, he went for it again from the 6-yard line and Crawford got stuffed.
Then he took another chance by calling for a fake punt on fourth-and-4 on Tech’s side of midfield, and upback Jackson Richards got stuffed close enough to the first down that officials took a second look at the replay.
Oklahoma capitalized on the short field that time, needing seven plays to cover the 44 yards and get within 31-24 on Trey Millard’s 3-yard TD catch to start the fourth quarter.
Doege had an answer, though. He led Texas Tech down for a 39-yard Donnie Carona field goal to bump the lead back to 10 and, after yet another Oklahoma three-and-out, Tramain Swindall got his left foot in for a 14-yard touchdown grab to make the lead 41-24 with 7:38 to play.
Oklahoma made it interesting after Jaz Reynolds’ 55-yard touchdown grab but couldn’t become only the ninth team in Bowl Subdivision history to win 40 straight home games.
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LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech junior running back Eric Stephens is out for the season after dislocating his left knee in last weekend’s 45-40 loss to Texas A&M.
Stephens was averaging 114 yards per game and was on pace to reach 1,000 for the season. He was a big part of coach Tommy Tuberville’s effort to bring a more balanced offense to the pass-happy Red Raiders. He finished with 570 yards on 109 carries.
The team announced the news Tuesday.
“It’s tough to lose a guy, the type of person he is, No. 1,” Tuberville said. “He wanted to win games. But he wanted to show the team, ‘Hey, in this offense, we can get a 1,000 yards in this league. I can help us win games.”
The Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) host No. 17 Kansas State (5-0, 2-0) on Saturday night.
The options to replace Stephens include fifth-year senior Aaron Crawford, the 5-foot-10, 211-pounder who Tuberville said was as capable as Stephens in handling blocking assignments.
“The problem with Aaron is staying healthy,” Tuberville said. “He can be a 100-yard rusher a game, but he’s got to get that mentality and understand that sometimes you’re going to have to play through getting knocked around a little bit, because carrying the ball three times a game as compared to 15 or 20 is a whole lot different in this league.”
Crawford went in for Stephens after he was injured Saturday night. He finished with seven carries for 22 yards.
Texas Tech also has two true freshman — DeAndre Washington and Kenny Williams — available.
Stephens was the nation’s 15th-ranked rusher. He went down late in the third quarter on a first-and-goal play, his left leg pinned after a hit from Aggies linebacker Damontre Moore.
The last time Texas Tech had a 1,000-yard rusher was in 1998 when Ricky Williams ran for 1,582 yards. Once former coach Mike Leach took over, the offense was weighted heavily toward the pass.
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Oklahoma cleared the way Monday for its possible departure from the Big 12, with university president David Boren demanding the league move toward an equal revenue-sharing model and create stability or else lose the Sooners to the Pac-12.
Rival Texas also moved closer to the door, raising the prospect that one of the nation’s biggest conferences could lose its two richest, most powerful programs.
After being granted the power to choose a new conference home for the Sooners, Boren said he is focused on only two options: a fractured Big 12 that isn’t currently suitable or the expanding Pac-12, which already claimed Oklahoma’s conference rival, Colorado, last summer.
“The status quo is certainly not stable,” Boren said. “That’s one of the things we’re weighing: Can it be made stable?”
Texas counterpart Bill Powers, granted similar decision-making power by his regents less than an hour later, said he would consider options “including continued participation in the Big 12″ but made no mention of the Pac-12, the ACC or any other potential destinations.
The Big 12 has moved to the brink of extinction just one summer after the remaining 10 members pledged to stick together, then hammered out a $1.2 billion television contract. They decided not to create a conference network similar to the ones in place by the Big Ten and Pac-12, not to split revenue equally and not to create any barriers to Texas’ creation of the Longhorn Network through a 20-year, $300 million agreement with ESPN that proved to be divisive.
“I would simply say it is not a strong vote of confidence in the conference office that this has happened in such a short period of time,” Boren said.
Texas A&M has already said it plans to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference by July if legal issues can be addressed. If Oklahoma leaves, so will Oklahoma State.
“Whatever we do, we’re going to do it together and I think that’s very good news for the state of Oklahoma,” Boren said, adding that he speaks daily with Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis.
Oklahoma State’s regents have called a special meeting on the topic Wednesday.
“Oklahoma State has attractive options and we are working with our colleagues at the University of Oklahoma to make sure the best interests of both institutions and our state are achieved,” Hargis added.
Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said in a statement that the conference is “assuring our members that maintaining the Big 12 is in the best interest for their institutions.”
“It is my opinion that the case for the Big 12 Conference continues to be as strong today for all of our current members as it was last year, especially considering the welfare of those to whom we owe the greatest responsibility – the student-athletes,” Beebe said.
Boren has previously said he would consider the league a better option if it expanded back to 12 teams, and he said Monday that better revenue sharing must also be in place for the Sooners to stick around.
“Our goal is to be an equal partner in any network, and we think it ought to be the goal of every other member of any conference that we’re a part of to be an equal member of that conference,” Boren said.
“We all ought to value each other – every single member of that conference – and none of us should seek to play a stronger leadership role than anyone else.”
Texas’ regents met privately by telephone before approving a motion that still would require any move executed by Powers to be submitted to the regents for final approval. After the vote, Powers said only that the process is “ongoing” and left without further comment.
Boren said the schools are “always stronger when Texas and Oklahoma move together” but it’s possible the two could part ways.
“We have different perspectives,” Boren said. “I would put it this way: We’re listening with respect to each other at this point in time, but it’s too early to tell whether we’ll make a common decision or not.”
Texas officials have said they want the Big 12 to hold together but would keep “all options” open for the university, including reported discussions with the Pac-12 and ACC. But Texas has little appetite for a Big 12 without rival Oklahoma or Texas A&M.
“Last time everybody talked about where everybody was going, we ended up staying in the same place,” Longhorns coach Mack Brown said. “So my thoughts have always been the same: I think the University of Texas wants to stay in the Big 12.”
Texas Tech president Guy Bailey said it’s a sensitive time and “any comments regarding Tech’s plans are premature at this time.” Tech’s regents are not scheduled to meet until next month.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has said his league is not necessarily looking to expand, and some university leaders have expressed concerns about expanding again after adding Utah and Colorado this year.
There is no guarantee the Pac-12 presidents will welcome new members, especially if Texas is not one of them.
But ultimately, the Big 12′s future likely comes down to whether the schools raking in the most money want to share enough of it with those earning the least, or if they’d rather leave their current rivals behind and chase a bigger paycheck.
Any move by Texas could be complicated by the Longhorn Network as school officials explore whether other leagues would let them keep their recently launched venture or force them to make changes to fit established media rights guidelines. For example, Pac-12 bylaws created six regional networks that are shared by conference schools.
School and conference officials from the Big East and Big 12 have been discussing ways to merge what’s left of the two leagues if Texas and Oklahoma leave the Big 12, a person involved in the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about the talks.
The Big East is left with only six football members after Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced plans to join the ACC this weekend, and the Big 12 could be in a similar situation if Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech all join Texas A&M in departing.
Texas lawmakers will be keeping their eyes on any move but are unlikely to interfere, said state Rep. Dan Branch, the Republican chairman of House Higher Education Committee.
Branch said he has told Texas regents and administrators he would like the state’s major universities to be rooted in the conference in the middle of the country, not one that is “Los Angeles or Atlantic-centric.”
“I hope they will also take into consideration the greater good for Texans,” Branch said. “(But) I understand in this new world, we’ve got to allow those regents and presidents to make those decisions.”
The NCAA has no authority over conference affiliations, though NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday that he has been contacting university presidents and conference commissioners. He said he is urging them to consider the well-being of the student-athletes.
Emmert also said talk of having four or five superconferences is nothing more than conjecture.
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Texas Tech remained one of the most pass-happy attacks in the country last year, even Tommy Tuberville taking the reigns from Mike Leach. In some games, you would have never known Leach was gone. The Red Raiders were back in the top 10 nationally in yards and attempts per game, and tied with high-flying Oklahoma for the Big 12 lead in touchdown passes. They went over 300 yards through the air in seven games, with at least three touchdown passes in eight. Eight different Raider receivers brought down at least 25 receptions.
In other, more significant ways, though, the beginning of the transition away from the “Air Raid” were apparent enough — Tech ran 42 percent of the time, up from roughly 25 percent under Leach, and actually ran more than it passed in the Nov. 6 upset over Missouri, with roughly 50-50 splits against Oklahoma State, Colorado, Oklahoma and Weber State. Tommy Tuberville has made no bones about his plans to take the team in a more “physical” direction as Leach’s spread recruits are gradually replaced by his own. The first step: The introduction of the “Pistol” to develop some semblance of between-the-tackles brawn. Tuberville will also have a new quarterback on his hands in Seth Doege. Doege has attempted all of four passes since 2009.
Tuberville’s chief advantage over Leach, football-wise, was supposed to be his acknowledgement of the defense. So much for that. The Raiders were dead last in the Big 12 in total defense and only a few slots from rock bottom nationally, victims of 500-yard outbursts in five different games. The quick fix: Longtime TCU assistant Chad Glasgow, whose mission is to import the 4-2-5 scheme the Horned Frogs have used to lead the nation in total defense five times in the last ten years, including each of the last three.
Glasgow will have defensive end Scott Smith back from a suspension that cost him the last eight games in 2010 after a fast start in September. Smith showed up last year as one of the most hyped juco prospects in the country, and showed flashes of living up to it with three sacks in the first five games, two of them coming against Texas.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Big Ten has 12 schools. The Big East is branching out to Texas. And if that’s not confusing enough, the Big 12 may soon be the Little Zero.
So much for all that grand talk recently from college presidents about reining in their out-of-control cash machines, also known as college football.
Tradition means nothing anymore. Neither do rivalries nor geographical logic. Certainly not the so-called “student-athletes.”
All that matters is money, money, money.
So, if padding the coffers requires some conferences bulking up to 16-team monstrosities and others going away for good , well, so be it. If that means some schools becoming richer than a small country and others left with a few bread crumbs, well, that’s the breaks.
“I see schools that emphasize football so much and athletics so much, kind of breaking away and really dominating the landscape. Whether that’s good or not depends on your orientation about where athletics fits in higher education,” said Stephen Dittmore, an assistant professor of recreation and sport management at Arkansas.
“Is it an integral part of the student experience,” he went on, “or a commercial venture?”
The latter appears to be winning, hands down.
It was only a year ago that talk was rampant about four 16-team super conferences basically seizing control of college football – everyone else be damned.
Now, we appear headed that way again. On Monday, the Texas A&M board regents authorized the school president to do whatever he wants on conference realignment, which clears the way for a possible move to the Southeastern Conference.
But that’s just the first domino, and you might want to cover your eyes while the rest of them fall into place – especially if your favorite school isn’t a chosen one.
A quick primer on how we got here:
Last year, the Big 12 lost two members – Nebraska became the 12th school in the Big Ten and Colorado joined the Pac-10-turned-Pac-12 (along with Utah) – but managed to stay in business by basically selling it soul to Texas.
The Longhorns wanted to form their own television network, or they were bolting if they couldn’t. Go ahead, the Big 12 (actually 10) said, holding up its arms. Take whatever you want, just don’t leave us hanging.
Well, along came ESPN, gladly forking over $300 million to the folks in Austin to help fund their little TV venture over the next 20 years. Uh-oh, thought the other nine Big 12 members, what chance do we have now? Especially when the Longhorn Network announced plans to show high school football games, a rather convenient recruiting tool.
Even though there’s a one-year moratorium on the televising of prep games, that’s apparently not enough to satisfy the folks down in College Station. In case you haven’t heard, they’re not especially big fans of Texas.
So, Texas A&M has started divorce proceedings from one of college football’s greatest rivalries so it can propose to the SEC, which has never been real vague about its intentions of world domination.
The SEC presidents met Sunday in Atlanta to self-servingly declare they’re happy with the current 12-team membership but – surprise, surprise – “future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league.”
Translation: We’d love to have you, Aggies, but we need to come up with at least one more team – or, better yet, three – to give our behemoth a more even look.
All this will surely lead to another furious round of courting and cajoling and even threatening, and none of us may recognize the outcome when this round of musical chairs is done.
A nine-team Big 12 will likely become nothing more than a carcass along the highway, ripe for the vultures to swoop in and rip it to shreds. The Pac-12 already tried to lure away four more teams last year, so it’s likely they’ll take another shot at schools such as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and maybe even Texas.
Hope they didn’t spend too much money on that new logo.
The SEC – which essentially started all this mess in the early 1990s by adding Arkansas and South Carolina, allowing it to launch a lucrative football championship game – could set its immediate sights on a school such as Big East member Louisville to balance out an East-West alignment with Texas A&M.
That, in all likelihood, would mark the beginning of the end of the Big East as a football conference. The Atlantic Coast Conference, which already swiped out-of-region Boston College back in 2004, could resume its northward push by going after Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.
Of course, Syracuse and Pitt might be of interest to the Big Ten, which could grow to 16 members by adding a couple of schools in the East and maybe picking up a couple more Midwestern leftovers from the Big 12 (Missouri and Kansas?).
Texas is the real wild card in all this. They could join a new conference or go independent in football, like Notre Dame and BYU.
Confused yet? Don’t be.
When it’s all said and done, we’ll have what everyone projected a year ago: A college football world comprised of the very wealthy haves (SEC, ACC, Pac-Something and Big Ten-In-Name-Only) and the begging-on-the-street-corner have-nots (everyone else in Division I).
Sorry, schools such as Baylor and Iowa State, you’ll likely be getting a demotion.
The NCAA could even be cast aside by these new mega-conferences, which doesn’t sound so bad until you envision what sort of organization they would set up to govern themselves.
In all likelihood, they would drop any charade about being nothing more than pro sports franchises without all those pesky player salaries.
“The expense side of college athletics has become such a focal point,” said Brad Bates, the athletic director at Miami of Ohio, which knows it won’t be asked to come along on the super-conference ride. “But we’ve always got to be true to the work of higher education.
“Our primary purpose,” he went on, “should be to maximize the development of students. Every decision we make should be guided by the overarching aim of student development. If not, quite frankly, we don’t need to be on college campuses.”
Hmmm, now we’re on to something.
© 2011 The Associated Press
2010 Top 10 College Football Passing Yards Leaders
1. Bryant Moniz (Hawaii) 5040
2. Landry Jones (Oklahoma) 4718
3. Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State) 4277
4. Dominique Davis (East Carolina) 3967
5. Ryan Mallett (Arkansas) 3869
6. Kellen Moore (Boise State) 3845
7. Ryan Lindley (San Diego State) 3830
8. Kyle Padron (Southern Methodist) 3828
9. Corey Robinson (Troy) 3726
Taylor Potts (Texas Tech) 3726
Texas Longhorns 2011 Football Schedule
Sat, Sept 3 vs Rice 7:00 PM ET
Sat, Sept 10 vs Brigham Young 7:00 PM ET
Sat, Sept 17 @ UCLA 3:30 PM ET
Sat, Oct 1 @ Iowa State TBD
Sat, Oct 8 vs Oklahoma 12:00 PM ET
Sat, Oct 15 vs Oklahoma State TBD
Sat, Oct 29 vs Kansas TBD
Sat, Nov 5 vs Texas Tech TBD
Sat, Nov 12 @ Missouri TBD
Sat, Nov 19 vs Kansas State TBD
Thu, Nov 24 @ Texas A&M 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Dec 3 @ Baylor TBD
Top 10 College Football passing leaders since 2000
1. B.J. Symons 5833 2003 Texas Tech
2. Graham Harrell 5705 2007 Texas Tech
3. Case Keenum 5671 2009 Houston
4. Colt Brennan 5549 2006 Hawaii
5. Graham Harrell 5111 2008 Texas Tech
6. Paul Smith 5065 2007 Tulsa
7. Bryant Moniz 5040 2010 Hawaii
8. Case Keenum 5020 2008 Houston
9. Kliff Kingsbury 5017 2002 Texas Tech
10. Sonny Cumbie 4742 2004 Texas Tech
On Monday, Mike Leach released his new book Swing Your Sword, which in part details his acrimonious departure from Texas Tech in December of 2009.
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