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Five things I believe about the Big 12 ...

Posted on: July 28, 2009 4:47 pm
 

Word to your mother from the Big 12 media days in Irving, Texas.

One quarterback’s virginity is another man’s autograph book. Heisman-winner Sam Bradford admitted to hearing about the Tim Tebow virginity question last week at the SEC media days.

“To me that’s crossing the line,” Bradford said on Tuesday. “There’s a line that should be drawn.”

In an ironic twist, though, Bradford endured his own “gotcha” moment. This one involving the opposite of virginity. A couple recently asked Bradford to sign their baby.

“I never pictured that happening before,” he said. “We were having dinner one night in Norman. A couple came over with their baby and sat him down on the table, a couple of months old.”

Where, it was asked, does one sign a baby? Will Ferrell scrawled his name on an infant’s forehead in Talladega Nights.

“I signed (its outfit),” Bradford said.

Bill Snyder’s biggest opponent is himself. The 69-year-old Kansas State coach is back for his second term. Snyder obviously had been getting antsy about getting back into coaching about the moment he “retired” three years ago.

This time he is taking on his own legacy as well as the rest of the league. From 1989-2005, he created the Miracle in Manhattan leading the once moribund Wildcats to a Big 12 title and several bowl games. This season he is trying to keep K-State out of last place in the Big 12 North.

Nothing compares to how bad things were when Snyder arrived in 1989. Bob Stoops was there with Snyder during his first six seasons.

“We go into that first spring I bet we had 45 guys in the room. We had four total d-linemen, two non-scholarship. We would be practicing and we’d have to take a five-minute break to hose them off, give them some water. The rest of the team would just stand around. Seriously. That’s how bad it was.”

Meet the new triplets, same as the old triplets. Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy was part of the best offense in school history. Gundy was the quarterback, handing off to Barry Sanders and throwing to Hart Lee Dykes in 1988.

The best set of “triplets” since those days will lead the Cowboys this season. Zac Robinson is a sneaky-good dual threat quarterback. Kendall Hunter is a 1,000-yard back. Receiver Dez Bryant might be the nation’s best receiver.

“It’s hard to compare anybody to Barry Sanders to be honest with you,” Gundy said. “Kendall Hunter is very good but a future hall of famer is difficult to compare to. Hart Lee Dykes … don’t know if I’ve seen anyone like him.

“The quarterback spot, I’m not sure there’s much of a comparison. If I could go back and recruit, I’d recruit Zack Robinson and I wouldn’t Mike Gundy to be honest with you.”

This just might be the biggest Texas-Oklahoma game ever. Texas won the game last season but wants “revenge” for obvious reasons. The game used to be a window on the Big 12 and national championships. Last year’s screwy tiebreaker messed with everyone’s head.

With Oklahoma State in the mix this year, there is the possibility of another three-way tie. Meanwhile, we will wait until Oct. 17 in Dallas. Stoops was asked if Texas-OU can get any bigger?

 “I don’t know how it could,” he said. “The last eight, nine years it’s been as heated as it could be.”

The North must rise again … or risk further embarrassment. The Big 12 North Division won only three of 19 games against South Division opponents in 2008. That’s the second time that’s happened in the last five years.

Only once in that span has the North had an above .500 record – 2007 when it was 10-9 against the South. That’s the year both Missouri and Kansas won 12 games.

When the league was formed in 1996, most of the strength was in the North with Nebraska and Kansas State in power. The North was a combined 24-14 against the South in 1996-97. How far have things slipped? Last year, all three North victories were against Baylor.
 

Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2009 11:16 pm
 

Five things I believe about the Big 12 ...

Hawkins knows it already. His first year in the league, he was a very personable guy. Willing to talk, good answers to questions, that kind of thing. Two years later, it was like he had completely changed. The pressure is getting to him, and it's obvious. It's the same thing that happened to Ron Prince at Kansas State. He went from respectful at all times to a politician, campaigning for his job even after he was canned. When the pressure gets to these coaches, it's pretty clear.



Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2009 3:57 pm
 

Five things I believe about the Big 12 ...

Also, CU was 10-2 in 1996, 10-2 in 1995 and 11-1 in 1994 and was still considered a national powerhouse, not just a Big 8 powerhouse. So you gotta include the Buffs as a Big 12 powerhouse initially also. Hopefully they can be one again this year and I have a feeling they will be if they can get consistent play from either Hawkins or Hansen. QB and receiver are the only question marks for the Buffs this year.

Its the coach thats holding the buffs back to be dead honest. hawkins is 13-24 in 3 season. As bad as bill callahan was he was atleast 22-15 his first 3 years and went to the big12 title game in '06. Colorado has talent has a husker i will admit they are a decent squad but hawkins needs realize hes time might be running out. All he has done is run is mouth and made high predictions that prolly wont get reached, with a better coach buffs wouldnt be as bad as they have been.

BC last year at nebraska he was 5-7 Bo was 9-4 last year with the same exact team. sometimes its the players other times its the coach.




Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2009 11:10 am
 

Five things I believe about the Big 12 ...

Also, CU was 10-2 in 1996, 10-2 in 1995 and 11-1 in 1994 and was still considered a national powerhouse, not just a Big 8 powerhouse. So you gotta include the Buffs as a Big 12 powerhouse initially also. Hopefully they can be one again this year and I have a feeling they will be if they can get consistent play from either Hawkins or Hansen. QB and receiver are the only question marks for the Buffs this year.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2009 11:21 pm
 

Five things I believe about the Big 12 ...

You are right Skyhawk, Kansas State beat Texas A&M 44-30 last year.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2009 11:44 am
 

That can't be true, Dodd

"When the league was formed in 1996, most of the strength was in the North with Nebraska and Kansas State in power. The North was a combined 24-14 against the South in 1996-97. How far have things slipped? Last year, all three North victories were against Baylor."
 

Look at the Big 12 standings from last year and it's obvious that you didn't do your research. If your assertion was accurate, Texas A&M would have won at least three Big 12 games, since it played three North opponents like every other South team. The Aggies were 2-6. That fact means that Texas A&M lost at least one game to a North Division foe, which it did to Kansas State.

Is it that hard to fact-check yourself, Dodd?


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