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  • SPORTS MOMENT: The end of the second overtime January 2003.
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jimmy Jackson (Aaron Craft is catching up)
  • NFL TEAM: Browns (but my therapist says I am making progress
  • NHL TEAM: Blue Jackets (same therapist says I am screwed)
  • NBA TEAM: San Antonio Spurs (too long to explain)
  • MLB TEAM: Boston Red Sox
  • SOCCER TEAM: The Crew

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Comment 13 May 2017
Also, Espn with their recent cost cutting moves is probably looking to get out of their contract with Texas for the LHN. They certainly will not renew with the current payouts. I think Texas is just trying to hold on until Espn decides to buyout the contract, not wanting to walk away from that money if they don't have to.
Comment 13 May 2017
I do find it interesting that this talk is going on while Oklahoma is in the middle of this home and home with OSU. After the OSU fan turnout in Norman last year, and now the opportunity for the Oklahoma big wigs to visit Columbus this year (Where I am sure Drake and Smith will roll out the red carpet and show exactly what this new TV contract is going to buy), Oklahoma is being slapped in the face with how second rate the Big 12 currently is, and how the future there looks positively grim. Just as coincidentally, Texas has a home and home with OSU in the last couple of years of the current Big 12 Grant of rights contract. By then most of OSU's current sports related construction plans should be completed or near completion. Again expect OSU and the B1G to roll out the red carpet for that visit. Meanwhile the flagship programs in the SEC that could be acting like an OSU in this type of recruiting campaign, are not, insisting upon neutral site games rather than hosting these other programs on their own campuses to sell them on SEC membership. It seems like they are shooting themselves in the foot.
Comment 13 Feb 2017

That isn't the whole story.  I was in a class with Smith the summer after he left the team.  An intro physics class.  The first day of class he sat down near the front of the lecture with some girl.  From that point on, she was there the rest of the quarter, but he wasn't, right up until final exams when he showed up again.  The smaller class recitations and labs, it was the same. He would show up for scheduled test A month or so into the quarter, a story appeared in the Lantern that he was missing other classes that summer to work a construction job in Dayton.  That was why I still laugh to this day when the narrative has been painted that he left the team to focus on his studies.  I think that the charisma of Smith and the unpopularity of Cooper led to Smith's narrative being taken for the truth without more careful examination. 

Comment 07 Oct 2016


I think no chance for LSU, simply because SEC.  During his three years in Columbus, I think there were a few discussions about why Urban left Florida, the stress, the unrealistic fan expectations, etc.  As laid back as Herman is, I do not see him entering that cesspool while he has so many options.  

Texas would seem like the obvious frontrunner,  but I would not rule out staying in Houston.  Only he knows how his recruiting there is trending.  And he has a pretty good idea of how it is going in Austin, since they are pretty much going head to head much of the time.  If Houston gets in the Big 12, and has a manageable path to the playoffs, I could definitely see him staying.

Comment 29 Apr 2016

Maybe they'll get the new Death Penalty: a one-year bowl ban and a strong lecture.

Is that a North Carolina lecture, where the players don't have to attend, and just have to submit a one page paper about it that may or may not be written in crayon? 

Comment 19 Apr 2016

The interesting thing is the deal only runs six years.  In the realm of college sports rights deals, this is unusually short.  Especially with the wave of cord cutting and proposed ala carte pricing that will probably only get bigger, one would think the natural thing to do would be to get the money now while you can.  

Two possible reasons for the short length of the deal.

1) Maybe some doubt about the overall capabilites of Fox and FSN to promote the conference.  If the conference suffers, then in six years they can go back to ESPN/ABC.  

2) They are expecting another couple of additions to the conference when the Big 12 Grant of Rights expires.  Which would allow for a new bigger contract.  

Of these, I think the first is most likely, but either is plausible.

Comment 17 Apr 2016
Yeah, that would be the logical way to do it. And keep the most valuable rivalries intact as well. What isn't logical is this six schools and their BOT's faculties, athletic departments, and boosters could keep this secret from everyone but one Twitter user in Michigan. Said twitter user is the tail trying to wag the dog.
Comment 17 Apr 2016
Just b.s. If he was naming only one or two schools, I might buy it. But for that many schools to keep such a large secret from traditional media would be nearly impossible. Somebody just created a wish list, that's all.
Comment 05 Apr 2016

I think he asked a question and then, like many people in this world, rather than hearing what is said, he hears what he expects to hear.  A form of confirmation bias.  

No, Urban didn't deny saying it, but he also didn't deny the story that dbag Miami OL recruit spun about Urban being ready to cry when said recruit turned him down.  Urban is smart enough to know that even if he called these kids out as being less than truthful, ultimately he will look bad in the process. Better to take the high road and let your players get the word out that these stories are bs, like that tweet of Burrell's from a few days ago.

Comment 24 Feb 2016

The notion of this move has riled up SEC surrogates,

A perfect way to describe Mark Emmert.

I have to laugh at the way the ACC and SEC commissioners as well as the NCAA president are only looking out for these poor Michigan football players.   Yet have consistently blocked any proposals to push back the varsity baseball season, instead preferring to have northern athletes play a 4-6 week road trip to start the season.