Tag:Big 12 Football
Posted on: March 30, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 12:19 pm

OSU investigating claims in Dez Bryant lawsuit

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant may have done more harm than good during his last year in Stillwater, being ruled permanently ineligible in October 2009 for lying to the NCAA about his relationship with Deion Sanders.  While Bryant sat on the sidelines, the Cowboys dropped three of their last six games and finished second in the Big 12 South in a down year for rival Oklahoma.

Now a recent lawsuit brought against Bryant may have more negative implications on the Oklahoma State football program, and these could be much more serious.  The lawsuit claims that the star wideout began receiving jewelry, tickets, and loans totaling more than $600,000 beginning in June 2009.  The Associated Press is reporting that Bryant was expected to pay back receipts by July 30, 2010 or "when he signs his first Marketing or Sports Contract."

"That's new information to us," said associate atheltic director Kevin Fite addressing the claims.  "It's somethign we are certaintly going to look at."

If Bryant did receive goods or loans while still eligible with intentions of paying them back when he turned professional, it is a pretty blantant violation of the NCAA amateur rules.  If it can be proven that Oklahoma State knew about the arrangements, they could face further prosecution from the NCAA.  Which is why there is no surprise they are acting so quickly to look into these claims.

Keep it here with CBSSports.com and the Eye On College Football for more as this develops

Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:19 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 5:23 pm

OU's Quinton Carter wins Wooden Citizenship Cup

Posted by Chip Patterson

Oklahoma safety Quinton Carter wrapped up his career in Norman with a strong senior season, grabbing four interceptions and picking up 96 tackles - good enough for third on the team.  But Carter's efforts have not just been placed on the gridiron during his time as a Division I athlete.  He has been deeply rooted in the Norman community as well as his hometown of Las Vegas.  This week, the Sooner defensive back was recognized for his off-field efforts by being named the seventh Wooden Citizenship Cup winner

The Wooden Citizenship Cup is given annually to one athlete (all sports are considered) for the highest display of character in the sport, as well as making a difference in the lives of others.  Carter won the award over four other finalists: Kimberly Reeves, basketball, Agnes Scott College; Greg McElroy, football, University of Alabama; Sarah Lehman, basketball, Amherst College and Daniel Crawford, football, Denison University.

The senior has been involved in the SOUL Organization (Serving Others through Unity and Leadership) in Las Vegas, Norman Kindercare, the Oklahoma City Marathon, the University Center for Student Advancement and the OU Black Graduate Student Association.  Carter has been projected to fall somewhere in the second round, and will likely be one of the first free safety's selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.  My guess is that his new professional status will not hinder his giving to the community, and we will be hearing his name (for the right reasons) for years to come.
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:14 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 4:17 pm

Embree and Bienemy: A win-win for Colorado?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Colorado can finally move past the Dan Hawkins era in Boulder, and they will have some familiar faces returning to lead the new regime.  On Monday, the school officially introduced Jon Embree as their new head coach.  A Colorado-grad, Embree played tight end for the Buffs in the 1980s and now is an assistant coach under Mike Shanahan with the Washington Redskins.  While Colorado did not get a coach with any head coaching experience, they were able to bring along another name from their wish list.  Eric Bienemy, the school's all-time leading rusher and now running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings, will be brought on as offensive coordinator under Embree.  

Bienemy and Embree not only will bring a sense of school pride to the program, but also were both names being discussed for the head coaching position.  In getting both of them, the Buffs find themselves in a win-win situation.  Combine that with winning 2 of their last 3 games, and there is reason to be excited about the beginning of this new chapter in Colorado football history.  The last time both coaches were on staff was under Gary Barnett in 2001 and 2002, with the first year being Colorado's only Big 12 Conference Championship.  It would be difficult to pencil them in as Big 12 contenders in 2011, but a change of scenery after next season could provide new opportunities for the evolving program.
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 8, 2010 10:43 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 9:34 am

Report: Hawkins out at Colorado

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE - Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - John Henderson of the Denver Post has confirmed with several sources that Dan Hawkins will meet with the team Tuesday morning, then there will be a noon news conference to formally make the announcement.  Associate head coach Brian Cabral is expected to be promoted to interim head coach for the final three games.  However, most of the staff (likely Cabral included) is not expected to return for the 2011 season.         


From the category of "pre-written headlines" comes Monday evening's reports from Colorado.  After five seasons as the head coach of the Buffs, Dan Hawkins is out at the University of Colorado.  Vic Lombardi of CBS4-Denver reported that Hawkins is expected to meet with the team Tuesday morning, and at that time we will learn whether Hawkins will finish the season, or leave immediately.  If the position becomes vacant immediately, it is expected that assistant coach Brian Cabrel will take over the head coaching duties.  

Hawkins was on the hot seat coming into the season, and Saturday evening's meltdown against Kansas had to have been the straw that broke the camel's back.  Colorado blew a 45-17 fourth quarter lead to a Jayhawks squad that has not scored more than 28 points in a game all season.  Despite the outspoken sentiments of the team after the game, Colorado is obviously focused on acting this week.  

Keep it here on the College Football Blog, as we will update as the inevitable begins to unfold.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 11:19 am

Tuberville won't pick a starting QB until gameday

Posted by Chip Patterson

Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville will be looking for any kind of competitive advantage against No. 12 Missouri on Saturday night in Lubbock.  The Tigers will come in hungry after having their undefeated season spoiled at the hands of a 31-17 loss to Nebraska a week ago.  Tuberville has re-opened the quarterback competition between Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield this week in practice, and he has decided the starter will not be announced until just before kickoff in Jones AT&T Stadium.  

Tuberville said after practice on Wednesday that while he will not announce who gets the start, fans can expect to see both quarterbacks against the Tigers.  He also reiterated that he believes the decision will not give the Red Raiders a competitive advantage against the Missouri defense.

"It's the same offense," Tuberville said. "It's like last week when we went into that game and it didn't really make any difference. (Texas A&M) ran the same offense with (Ryan) Tannehill that they did with the other guy. You can't make a lot of changes but you can put one or two things in."

It has not been the easiest first year for Tuberville in Lubbock.  Known for his tenacious defenses in his time at Auburn, Tuberville has to be frustrated with a defensive unit that ranks 113 in the nation in total defense - giving up 449.5 yards per game.  Missouri's offense was thwarted by Nebraska's defense, but will likely have no problem getting back in rhythm against the Red Raiders.  In order for Tech to have a chance, they will need (insert QB name here) to get the ball down the field to keep up with Blaine Gabbert and the Tigers. 

Posted on: October 26, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 5:12 pm

OSU WR Blackmon arrested on DUI complaint

Posted by Chip Patterson

Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon has had an up and down couple of days since Saturday's Big 12 showdown with Nebraska.  The Cowboys wide receiver continued his season-long streak of 120+ receiving yards with a 157 yard, two-touchdown performance against the Cornhuskers.  One thing Blackmon could not do was help stop Taylor Martinez and the Cornhuskers offense, and Oklahoma State eventually lost the 51-41 shootout in Stillwater.  Then Blackmon was fortunate enough to be in attendance to watch former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant put on a three-touchdown show in Dallas' losing efforts to the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.  But even that night got worse when Blackmon was arrested on the way home after the game on a DUI complaint.

Tulsa World reported Tuesday that the sophomore wide receiver and three friends were pulled over on the way back to Oklahoma on I-35 after attending the Monday night game in Arlington.  Blackmon was driving the Chevy Silverado as it was clocked going 92 mph in the 60-mph zone.  After field sobriety tests were performed on the side of the road, the officer reported that there was a detectable amount of alcohol in Blackmon's system.  Under Texas law, any minor operating a vehicle with alcohol in their system is considered driving under the influence.  For Blackmon, who does not turn 21 until January, it was poor timing to get behind the wheel.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has canceled all media interviews for Tuesday, and the school is expected to issue a statement in the afternoon.  Blackmon, who leads the nation in yards per game and touchdowns, is arguably the most important single piece of the Oklahoma State offense.  If this arrest leads to even a one-game suspension, it will have an immediate impact on the Cowboys' chances that week.

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Posted on: October 23, 2010 5:52 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2010 5:53 pm

Nebraska leading shootout in Stillwater 31-27

Posted by Chip Patterson

Nebraska's defense has given Cornhusker fans flashes of the "Blackshirts" of old at times this season.  Saturday's matchup with Oklahoma State is not looking like it is going to be one of those times.  Nebraska's defense had not allowed more than 20 points in a game coming into the weekend, but the Cowboys have shredded the Cornhuskers defense and only trail 31-27 at halftime.

Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon continues to build on his breakout season, and has already picked up 129 yards receiving, including an 80 yard touchdown reception from Brandon Weeden.  But the Cowboys have been led by running back Kendall Hunter, who has rushed 17 times for 146 yards and a touchdown of his own.  Unlike the defense, the Cornhuskers offense is chugging along as usual on the back of Taylor Martinez, who has picked up 68 yards on the ground and 128 through the air.  Nebraska has also gotten some help from the special teams unit, with Niles Paul taking a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

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