Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 3:40 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
If the version of events provided by a booster who has spoken to the Kansas City Star is accurate, Missouri is likely on its way towards becoming the SEC's 14th school.
According to the Star, that booster has spoken directly to a Mizzou official who has told him (or her) that the SEC "has an offer on the table for Missouri to join its league." That offer would be accepted as soon as the breakup of the Big 12 is finally made official--a fate that as Big 12 Board of Directors chairman, Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton has been working to avoid.
After yesterday's vote by the Oklahoma and Texas Boards of regents to allow their presidents to make their schools' final decisions on conference afficilation -- a move widely seen as a precursor to one or both schools jumping ship for the Pac-12, and effectively dissolving the Big 12 -- it seems highly likely that despite Deaton's efforts, that breakup is at hand.
According to the Star report, the SEC approached Missouri in 2010 but was rebuffed as the Tigers pledged their allegiance to the Big 12 and the Big Ten passed on issuing Mizzou an invitation.
However, SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom stated Tuesday that no invitation -- official or otherwise -- has been issued to Missouri or any other school, this year or last. "The SEC has not extended an invitation to any school beyond Texas A&M since it extended invitations to Arkansas and South Carolina," Bloom said.
Of course, we're not sure if we'd take that at face value; the legal snafus already surrounding A&M's attempted departure show how carefully the SEC will tread whenever legal interference in the Big 12's contracts might be an issue.
If admitted to the SEC, Missouri would potentially force a realignment of the SEC's two divisions, with eight "West" teams and only six "East" teams. The most popular realignment scenario involves shifting Auburn to the East, a move Auburn president Jay Gogue has already said he would not oppose.
Posted on: October 2, 2010 6:10 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
It's still "only" the third quarter, but if Texas wants to complete their comeback, they'll have to shore up the mental errors and force them on Oklahoma instead. And have there ever been errors.
After a delightful fake punt and a long pass, the Longhorns had a first-and-goal from the 9-yard line. Their drive petered out there, though, a fizzle punctuated by Garrett Gilbert and his terrible idea to roll out of his protection, then stand still; the resulting tackle sent Gilbert skyward, and he landed on his head. He's lucky to be all right, and he didn't miss any time. Texas settled for a field goal.
Worse, however, was on Oklahoma's ensuing drive: the Texas defensive line forced Landry Jones out of the pocket, where he was sacked and stripped. The Longhorns recovered deep in Oklahoma territory, and they looked to have a short field to get within one possession. Yes, that was good, except the Texas defensive end on the other side of the play was lined up offsides. 3rd and 2, Oklahoma.
After the Sooners converted, the very next snap got by Jones, who was forced to fall on the ball 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage. A 2nd and 20 would usually be a power position for the defense, but sloppy coverage by Texas let Jones find a wide-open Kenny Stills for 20 yards and the first down. The Sooners would punt, but not before getting to midfield and negating any field position advantage the Longhorns would have liked to gain.
All while this is going on, there's only 3 minutes and change left in the 3rd quarter. The Sooners would love to see this sloppy, undisciplined mess keep up at this pace; they're the ones with the 11-point lead here in the second half, after all.
Posted on: October 2, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 5:43 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Fans hoping for an exciting, 60-minute game out of Dallas in the Red River Rivalry might come away from this one a little disappointed. No. 8 Oklahoma is leading No. 21 Texas by the score of 21-7 (follow our LIVE GameTracker here), and that's, well, just about right.
Landry Jones has 158 yards on 19-28 passing, and he's got two scores to no interceptions. DeMarco Murray has looked his best against Texas since his freshman year; today, he's at 14 carries for 59 yards and a score, and three receptions for 12 yards.
Texas is not a bad team, but they're not very good, and they're certainly not as good as Oklahoma. Thus, they're not likely to rally and win this game unless Oklahoma starts making plenty of mistakes -- forced or otherwise. 30 minutes is a long time, and we're not exactly turning this game off, but it's hard to muster any confidence in an offense that can't even muster four yards per pass attempt, as Texas' has done thus far.