Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:56 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 11:57 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
When Garrett Gilbert looks back on his life 50 years from now, it's safe to say that the month of September 2011 will not be one he looks on all that fondly. Not only did Gilbert lose his job as Texas' starting quarterback following a terrible performance against Rice earlier this month, but now it seems that any chance Gilbert had of taking his starting role back is gone.
According to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, Gilbert underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday and he's going to miss the rest of the season.
The injury apparently occurred during the Rice game.
While this isn't good news for Texas, it's not as bad as it could have been. The loss of Gilbert just means that the Longhorns will have to stick with Case McCoy and David Ash for the rest of the season, and that combination wasn't too bad against UCLA on Saturday. McCoy has taken most of the snaps, and since coming in for Gilbert against Rice, McCoy has completed 19 of his 25 passes for 225 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Posted on: August 18, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 5:35 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Eye on Art! is a semi-regular feature of the Eye on College Football blog. You've heard the expression "a picture is worth 1,000 words?" Well pictures drawn in MS Paint are worth more like 500 words, but 500 should be good enough.
On Thursday the Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls tweeted that the Longhorn Network -- aka SCOURGE OF THE BIG 12 -- will be showing two Big 12 games this season according to ESPN VP Burke Magnus. Which will cause some problems considering that the network originally said that it'd be showing only one Big 12 game a season.
Then, to make matters worse, Bohls later tweeted that The Longhorn Network will also be showing highlights of high school games, which should also go over really well with the rest of the Big 12 conference.
Concerned about the impact this news could have on the Big 12, Texas released a statement on Thursday in an attempt to smooth things over.
Yes, I'd say they are.
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 11:49 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Monday was an eventful day for developments on Texas A&M's conference affiliation. The Aggies appear to be at least one step closer to joining the SEC, but Texas A&M's president didn't set a timetable on change, nor even confirmed that Texas A&M would be leaving the Big 12.
-- The Texas State House Committee on Higher Education canceled a hearing scheduled for Tuesday that would have involved officials from Texas A&M, the SEC, and the Big 12.
Committee chair Dan Branch had said that making any conference moves without meeting with his committee first would be "inappropriate," but according to Kirk Bohls, Branch postponed the meeting because Texas A&M had yet to "complete anything." Branch added that the hearing may re-convene at a later date.
On Sunday, the presidents and chancellors of the SEC met and announced that the conference was happy with its 12-team alignment for right now, and "took no action" in regards to unhappy Big 12 member Texas A&M. The underlying message from the SEC was clear: the ball is in your court, Texas A&M, not ours.
To that end, the Texas A&M Board of Regents met on Monday, and as expected whent the agenda was released, has authorized Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin to leave the Big 12 or do whatever else he sees fit with the school's athletic conference alignment. Loftin is now expected to make an entreaty to the SEC.
Loftin told reporters after the meeting that the SEC has yet to invite Texas A&M, however, and when asked if there was a timetable, replied "Not for me." He also said that staying in the Big 12 still remained an option, and that any move to the SEC would be a "lengthy" process.
-- According to CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd, NCAA president Mark Emmert contacted various conference CEO's to discuss the realignment situation.
Here's the statement issued by the office of Mark Emmert to CBSSports.com:
The NCAA did not elaborate on the discussions had between Emmert and the CEOs, nor did it specify which ones were contacted (though it's probably not hard to guess). The New York Times had a report about that call, however, in which Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said, "I think people have asked him to make some phone calls. He’s doing exactly what he should be doing.”