Tag:Texas football
Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:19 pm

Big 12 changes tiebreaker in 2010 to solve 2008

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Ah, 2008. The good old days. When men were men, women were listening to the raw, fresh sound of Katy Perry , and Oklahoma advanced to the BCS Championship game over a Texas team they'd lost to head-to-head because the Big 12 tiebreakers were written by godless communists who voted for France. Or maybe it was because the Longhorns lost to Texas Tech, losing any ability to logically argue head-to-head and throwing the division into a three-way tie there's simply no good way to break. One or the other.

But just in case it was the former, and the conference winds up with three teams going 30-0 against all other competition again -- because that happens all the time, or maybe has never happened in any other division of college football since divisions were created -- the Big 12 now has a policy in place to make sure the controversy of 2008 will give way to the certainty of the future:

Here's the old version, with the fifth three-way tiebreaker: "5. The highest ranked team in the first Bowl Championship Series standings following the completion of Big 12 regular season conference play shall be the representative."

And the new version: "5. The highest ranked team in the first Bowl Championship Series poll following the completion of Big 12 regular season conference play shall be the representative in the Big 12 Championship Game, unless two of the tied teams are ranked within one spot of the other in the BCS poll . In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the Big 12 Championship Game."

Under the new rule, Texas would have advanced to the title game in 2008 instead of Oklahoma by virtue of its 45-35 head-to-head win over the Sooners at the Cotton Bowl .

Say this much: if the exact circumstances of 2008 reprise themselves, the Big 12 will be able to avoid the media firestorm that burned the conference two years ago. And more importantly, it probably is more fair to have head-to-head determine a three-way divisional tie in the event that two teams happen to have a substantial BCS edge on the third. Having the change made is better than not having it made.

But the odds of the exact circumstances of that season repeating themselves are so microscopic, when all is said and done the alteration isn't anything more than cosmetic. It's a press release. But hey, it's a press release that'll pacify any Texas fans worrying they might get the short end of the stick again.

Wait ... the Big 12 has already bent over backwards to appease Texas at every possible opportunity over the past year. Surely they wouldn't bother with something like this just to prostrate themselves in front of the 'Horns again , would they? Whose idea was this?

The tiebreaker change was submitted by Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds in 2009.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 6:05 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 6:13 pm

What lies in Will Muschamp's future?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Over the weekend, reports began trickling out from an unnamed Texas source that the university might encourage Mack Brown to retire, jump starting the Will Muschamp era in Austin.  The legitimacy of the report has been questioned by several reliable outlets, but it has raised a discussion from the national scene that offers another explanation for forcing out Brown.

Mack Brown has done nothing to deserve a forced retirement, the frustations of 3-2 start do not erase the success of 2008 and 2009 which finished with the Longhorns hanging with Alabama sans Colt McCoy.  Brown is well-liked around Texas, and it is thought that he would like to stay at Texas to see quarterback Garrett Gilbert through his senior year.  The concern is not with Brown's inability to coach the team, but rather securing Muschamp, the current coach-in-waiting, as the next head man in Austin.

Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman made the point that with Georgia's current woes, it would not be unlikely if they come to call on the Bulldogs Alumnus to lead their team in event of a Mark Richt firing/resignation.  Richt, who seems to be on a "lukewarm" seat annually, has largely avoided job security issues in recent years with winning seasons, BCS bowl berths, and national rankings.  But with a 1-4 start, the Mark Richt Hot Seat meme is in full effect in Athens.  In the event that the job opens, Tramel could see Muschamp as a great fit in Athens.

But it would make perfect sense for Muschamp to go to Georgia job, which is a great job and a great fit for Muschamp. Muschamp, 39, grew up in Rome, Ga., and was a walkon safety at Georgia before entering coaching. Muschamp was a successful defensive coordinator at LSU and Auburn, so his SEC roots run deep.

If Muschamp wants the Texas job, he still could take the Georgia job. Go to Georgia, do well and Texas will come calling when Brown decides to quit. Muschamp is incredibly popular in Texas, which is why some think he should be elevated at Brown’s expense.

Forcing Brown out now becomes less about the current state of Longhorns football, and more about preparing for the future.  Texas invested heavily (literally) in Muschamp as the next coach of the Longhorns, and losing him just a few years before Brown's probable retirement would be a devastating loss for the program.  Muschamp has turned down head coaching offers in years past, most notably the Tennessee opening this past offseason, but the appeal of coaching your Alma mater is a different threat to Texas.  

Of course, Richt still has time to salvage what is left of the season in Athens, or he could very well be given another chance.  His .746 winning percentage, two conference titles, and a 7-2 bowl record in nine seasons would be able to protect most coaches in the event of a disaster season.  But the expectations are higher at Georgia, and many fans are frustrated with the Bulldogs' inability to contend for a national championship.  

But for now all the major players are still employed, and unless something drastic happens in Athens, there is little reason to believe any major moves will be made in Austin.

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