Around the Big 12: Charlie Strong wants Texas-Texas A&M rivalry to resume


Texas head coach Charlie Strong wants an old rivalry to be renewed, Kansas feels like they can compete in the Big 12, and defending Mike Gundy’s decision not to be at ESPN as we go around the Big 12 on Friday, July 25th, 2014.

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When Big 12 coaches were on the ESPN campus on Wednesday, Strong said the wanted the rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M. It could happen, and it should.

The Aggies have four non-conference games and their future schedules are not completed. The Longhorns can beef up their schedule, although it would be tough to add them each year when teams like Notre Dame, Maryland, Ohio State, USC, and more are on the slate.

Strong’s comment on the rivalry (via ESPN):

"“You would like to see it happen,” Strong told on Wednesday. “At some point it needs to happen. We need to play them.”"

  • Kansas tight end Jimmay Mundine talks about the confidence the Jayhawks have entering the season. Hey, when you’re unanimously picked to finish last in the conference, you have nothing to lose. Iowa State should play the same way.
  • Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman defends Gundy’s decision to stay home and watch his kid play baseball instead of going through the ESPN “car wash”. He was the only coach to miss in the big five conferences to miss it. Agreed 100 percent — he missed absolutely nothing by not being at the four-letter.
  • Former Baylor wide receiver Robbie Rhodes is going to Bowling Green. He was kicked off the Bears for multiple drug incidents and will sit out this season while having three years of eligibility left.
  • Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram wants TCU to release Devonte Fields and be done with “The Knucklehead Era” for good.
  • Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips earned a medical hardship after having to miss the final eight games of the 2013 season with back surgery.