Tag:Big 12
Posted on: November 20, 2010 9:06 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 9:06 pm

Taylor Martinez leaves game with ankle injury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Poor, Taylor Martinez.  If only he could use some of that T-Magic of his to miraculously cure the ankle injury that's been bugging him for weeks.  Maybe then he wouldn't be spending his Saturday night getting roughed up in College Station.  Martinez's night started with a cut on his right arm that was bleeding so badly officials had to keep asking him to wipe the blood off with a towel.

Then Martinez got his right ankle stepped on by his own center, Gino Caputo.  Martinez was stepping up in the pocket while Caputo was getting pushed back, and Caputo stepped directly onto Martinez's ankle, bending it awkwardly.  Martinez then hopped off the field gingerly before trainers told him to lay down during the first quarter.

After being attended to on the sidelines for a bit, Martinez walked -- slowly -- to the Nebraska locker room.  X-rays taken on his ankle were negative, and word is that he is going to try to return to the game.  Though how successful that attempt will be, remains to be seen.  You have to figure that his mobility -- which is his greatest strength -- is going to be severely limited.

Which isn't good news for the Nebraska offense, as they haven't managed to do much without Martinez.  What is good news for the 'Huskers is that Texas A&M hasn't done anything at all against the Nebraska defense, as Nebraska leads 3-0 early in the second quarter.
Posted on: November 18, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 1:02 pm

Five charged in Kansas ticket scandal

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Back in June of 2009, David Freeman, a developer in Lawrence,Kansas, was found guilty of bank fraud.  In an effort to have his sentence reduced, Freeman then provided the prosecution with the story of a ticket scam taking place at Kansas involving basketball and football tickets being scalped from within the Kansas athletic department.  Eventually five members of the school resigned thanks to the investigation that Kansas had begun into the situation using a Wichita-based firm in March of 2010.

Those five members were ticket office manager Charlotte Blubaugh, athletic department employee and former ticket office manager Rodney Jones, associate athletic director Ben Kirtland, assistant AD for sales and marketing Brandon Simmons and assistant director of ticket operations Jason Jeffries. Now those five have all been charged in a scandal that saw them scalp more than $2 million in tickets to Kansas sporting events.
Prosecutors said the scheme included entering false information into a computer system designed to prevent tickets from being stolen, paying kickbacks to third parties not connected to the ticket office to sell tickets, and concealing the receipt of outside income on reports required by the NCAA. 

The report released earlier this year said five Kansas athletics staffers and a consultant — none of whom still work for the university — sold or used at least 17,609 men’s basketball tickets, 2,181 football tickets and a number of parking passes and other passes for personal purposes. 

The report showed that more than $887,000 in basketball tickets and more than $122,000 worth of football tickets were involved.

All in all, it's believed that the five made somewhere between $3 million and $5 million over five years while running the scam.  Which is an awful lot of money to make, particularly off of Kansas football.
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:53 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 12:54 pm

Austen Arnaud's career is over

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud is currently the school's all-time leader in completion percentage, and finds himself second all-time in passing yards (6,777), touchdowns (42) and total yards (8,044). All totals that Arnaud will never have a chance to add to, as the school announced on Wednesday that the quarterback's career is over.

Arnaud hurt his knee during Iowa State's loss to Colorado on Saturday, and it turns out he's going to need surgery to completely restructure the entire knee, ending his season and his career.

“We had a strong feeling that he suffered serious injuries and the doctors just confirmed it,” said Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads. “He remains a co-captain on this football team and continues to receive treatment and rehabilitation before surgery. Austen is doing everything he can to help our football team beat Missouri, he is that kind of selfless person."

Obviously this is terrible news for Arnaud, and it's not good news for the Cyclones either.  Iowa State currently finds itself at 5-6, just a win shy of becoming bowl eligible for the second straight season.  Something that seems a lot harder to accomplish against Missouri without its starting quarterback.

Jerome Tiller will start for Arnaud.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 2:34 pm

Tre Newton quits football after concussion

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The rain of bad news for Mack Brown and Texas has continued to pour today as Brown announced that running back Tre Newton has retired from football following a concussion suffered in the Longhorns' Nov. 6 loss to Kansas State . Newton, the son of former Cowboy great Nate Newton , has dealt with a series of concussions during his two seasons at Texas and though he reportedly still wants to play for the 'Horns, his head injuries have unfortunately made the decision for him. He will also reportedly remain with the team as a mentor to future 'Horn running backs.

A redshirt sophomore out of Texas high school powerhouse Southlake-Carroll, Newton leaves as Texas's fourth-leading rusher this season and has 781 career yards rushing (4.34 per-carry) in his two seasons. Though Newton (like all of Texas's current running backs) failed to make a major statistical impact in his time in Austin, his departure is still a blow for a rushing attack ranked 80th in the FBS and possibly missing regular starter Foswhitt Whitaker .

Brown's options at tailback have been proven limited throughout this miserable 2010 season, and now they've been limited even further.

UPDATE: Newton isn't the only running back whose season ended today due to concussions: Utah 's Sausan Shakerin has also been forced to retire after a head injury suffered in the Utes' 28-3 loss to Notre Dame last Saturday.
Posted on: November 13, 2010 11:40 pm

What I learned from the Big 12 (Nov. 13)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. Texas A&M might actually be good.   Which is insane to contemplate considering the way the Aggies' season started, and the roller coaster interception ride that was Jerrod Johnson at the start of the season.  But since Mike Sherman finally decided to replace Johnson with Ryan Tannehill, the Aggies have won four in a row -- averaging 41.25 points a game while doing so -- and now sit in second place in the Big 12 South.  It's possible that if the Aggies can beat Nebraska at home next week, and then a Texas team that does nothing but lose in Austin on Thanksgiving, they could end up playing for the conference title.

2. Of course, Oklahoma State will have to lose twice for that to happen.   Something that doesn't seem all that likely considering the way the Cowboys have been rolling through the Big 12 this season.  Aside from the loss to Nebraska last month, not much has gotten in the Cowboys way this season, as they became the latest team to beat Texas in Austin on Saturday night.  If they can beat Kansas next week -- and something tells me they will -- they'll be hosting Oklahoma on the 27th with the Big 12 South on the line.  Well, assuming that Oklahoma beats Baylor next week, and considering how the Sooners struggle on the road, that's not a sure thing.

3. Missouri is still alive. The Tigers ended their two-game skid with an impressive 38-28 win over Kansas State on Saturday, which means they still have a chance to get to Dallas, even if it is a remote one. Not only would the Tigers have to beat both Iowa State and Kansas the next two weeks, but they'd need Nebraska to lose to Texas A&M and Colorado too.

4. Colorado should fire Dan Hawkins every week.
  Seriously, hire him on Sunday and then fire him on Monday, because it seemed to work out very well for the Buffaloes this week.  The Buffs had their best game since beating Georgia back on October 2nd, which coincidentally, was the last time they actually won a game.  Even Cody Hawkins seemed to be celebrating his new independence from his father, throwing for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Posted on: November 13, 2010 10:43 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 10:45 pm

Oklahoma DT Taylor out for the season

Posted by Chip Patterson

Achilles.  It's the featured body part of the day here at the College Football Blog.  An achilles injury already claimed Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa in the Wildcats' upset of Iowa, and now the bug has bitten Oklahoma.  Sooners defensive tackle Adrian Taylor suffered a tear in his right achilles tendon in the second quarter, and will miss the remainder of the season.  

It's terrible news for Taylor, who had just reclaimed his starting position after missing time from an ankle injury in last season's bowl game.  It was tough to see the senior go down in his final home game, especially after just returning from such a gruesome injury.  The coaching staff spoke extremely highly of Taylor after the game, and it is unfortunate to see the talented defensive lineman's career in Norman end like this.
Posted on: November 13, 2010 2:13 pm

Mizzou up 21-14 on KState at half

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's not only Senior Day in Columbia, Missouri this afternoon, it's also "Nobody Wants To Play Defense Day."  Both Missouri and Kansas State are doing just about anything they want with the ball in the first half, as the two teams have combined for 462 yards of total offense and 35 points in the first half, taking turns on long drive after long drive.

Still, there was one huge play at the end of the first half that may go a long way in deciding the victor of this game, as it seems is one defensive stop is all it's going to take.  Kansas State drove over 70 yards in the final minutes of the half before facing a first and goal at about the half-yard line.  Quarterback Chase Coffman then fumbled the snap and it was recovered by Missouri, who ran one play and then went to the locker room for halftime.

It's somewhat fitting that the first defensive stop came on a play in which the defense did nothing but fall on a football.

Blaine Gabbert is doing it all for Missouri, completing 11-of-13 passes for 98 yards and a score, and also rushing for 70 yards on 9 carries, including a 32-yard touchdown run.  On the Kansas State side of the ball, the Wildcats may have discovered a star at quarterback.  Collin Klein had a huge day against Texas last week, rushing for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and he's doing a lot of the same things today.  Klein has shared snaps with Coffman throughout the first half, and has picked up 79 yards on eight carries, continually gashing the Missouri defense for more than ten yards at a time.

It'll be interesting to see if either defense feels like showing up in the second half, though, to be honest, I'm fine with the shootout.
Posted on: November 13, 2010 12:22 pm

Game day weather updates, Week 11

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. It's definitely fall these days, and the wind will be whipping across the heartland. All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

No. 13 Iowa at Northwestern , 12:00, Evanston, IL: Mid 50s, scattered showers

Indiana at No. 6 Wisconsin , 12:00, Madison, WI: Low 50s, scattered showers

Kansas State at No. 20 Missouri , 12:30, Columbia, MO: Mid 40s, cloudy, windy

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 15 Utah at Notre Dame, 2:30 , South Bend, IN: Low 60s, scattered thunderstorms

No. 16 Virginia Tech at North Carolina , 3:30, Chapel Hill, NC: Mid 60s, clear

Penn State at No. 8 Ohio State , 3:30, Columbus, OH: Upper 60s, partly cloudy

Georgia at No. 2 Auburn , 3:30, Auburn, AL: Low 70s, clear

Texas Tech at No. 19 Oklahoma , 3:30, Norman, OK: Mid 50s, partly cloudy, windy

San Diego State at No. 3 TCU , 4:00, Ft. Worth, TX: Mid 50s, partly cloudy, windy

Evening kickoffs

No. 23 Texas A&M at Baylor , 7:00, Waco, TX: Upper 40s, clear, breezy

No. 22 South Carolina at No. 24 Florida , 7:15, Gainesville, FL: Upper 50s, clear

No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Alabama , 7:15, Tuscaloosa, AL: Upper 50s, scattered showers

USC at No. 18 Arizona , 8:00, Tucson, AZ: Upper 60s, clear

Late night kickoffs

No. 21 Nevada at Fresno State , 10:15, Fresno, CA: Mid 50s, clear, breezy

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