Yesterday’s Big 12 news includes a ranking of the conference coaches, a West Virginia tight end that doesn’t know who E.J. Bibbs is, Kansas freshmen will dominate basketball again, an unfortunate quote from an Oklahoma State coach, and a lot more.
— Yahoo Sports wrote about teams in the Big 12 having success that aren’t named Oklahoma and Texas. The last time the conference was won by different teams in a 3-year span was back when the conference was first born.
— Talking 12 ranked the Big 12 football coaches, putting Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads sixth behind Bill Snyder, Bob Stoops, Art Briles, Gary Patterson, and Mike Gundy. Patterson might be a little high for me, but overall the list feels pretty accurate.
— The Big Lead previews the Big 12 football season. It’s an OK read, but lines like this — “Kansas returns a number of starters, who started for Kansas last year.” — makes you believe they’re better off sticking to things like the gross Jerry Jones pictures.
— Baylor gets examined by the Big 12’s official athletic website. It focuses on the defensive side of the ball, features an interesting nugget on the teams’ two losses were suffered with Bryce Hager on the sideline, and that Bryce Petty (like most NFL quarterback prospects) has taken out an insurance policy.
— Hoops Habit talks about Kansas freshmen that will dominate in the upcoming men’s basketball season. Business as usual for the Jayhawks; get ready to hear about Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre a lot.
— Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich: “We want our quarterback erect after every play and not take the big impact type hit.”
— Campus Insiders has a great feature on the Cowboys’ new weapon, Tyreek Hill. Gundy compares him to Rafael Denson, who was a dual-threat running back and wide receiver in 1991-94.