The Pacific 12 announced Tuesday night that it would remain a 12-team league, ending the expansion talk that included Big 12 members Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
It's the second year in a row Pac-12 had flirted with the four schools and like last year, the deal-breaker was Texas' reluctance to share revenue from the Longhorn Network. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is said to have met last weekend with officials from Texas, but the Longhorns' financial demands simply did not fit into Scott's "culture of equality."
That left Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as possible additions, but with little discussion it was determined that expanding to 14 teams was awkward and not financially worthwhile.
An earlier report had Oklahoma demanding the ouster of Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, pictured above, as part of a deal to keep the Sooners in the league. But when the Pac-12 slammed the door, Oklahoma appeared to lose its bargaining chip. For the time being, Beebe still has a job.
Tommy Tuberville guided Texas Tech to an 8-5 record in his first season in Lubbock, but if the Red Raiders are going to improve in 2011, they'll need to tighten the defense, which gave up an average of 30.9 points a game.
A slight chill in the air, the changing of seasons in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains and a college football game. Boulder is a great place to be on a fall afternoon, and Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin was on hand for Saturday's Big 12 matchup between Texas Tech and Colorado, won by the Red Raiders, 27-24. View Greg's complete gallery by clicking here, and check out the video of Ralphie making the pregame run around Folsom Field at the end of this post.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin made his way to Jack Trice Stadium in Ames for Saturday's Big 12 game between Texas Tech and Iowa State. The Cyclones won, 52-38, and set up a showdown against Utah this Saturday.
Not sure how this is going to work out. The popular Mike Leach is gone, with the majority of Red Raider faithful blaming 1) athletic director Gerald Myers, 2) ESPN analyst Craig James, 3) all of the above for pushing the pirate off the plank. Enter Tommy Tuberville, who seems to be an odd fit in Lubbock, especially following the eccentric Leach, who fearlessly sailed into uncharted waters. Who else is crazy enough to go for it on fourth and nine from their own 28 in the first quarter? Certainly not Tuberville. Personalities aside, this won't be an easy transition for not only Texas Tech fans, but the college football world.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one
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