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Big 12 schedule released

After much deliberation over the past few weeks, the Big 12 schedule for 2012 was finally released earlier today.

Charlie Weis and Kansas will kick the Big 12 slate off against TCU at home on September 15th, and Bill Snyder and Kansas State will look to keep their Big 12 momentum going when they open up with Bob Stoops and the Sooners on September 22nd in Norman. Defending Big 12 champs Oklahoma State will face their first conference opponent September 29th against Texas.

Take a look at each teams conference schedule below, including new member West Virginia, who opens their conference schedule up with Baylor.

 


Week

Baylor Iowa State Kansas Kansas State Oklahoma
Sept 15 TCU
Sept 22 at Oklahoma Kansas State
Sept 29 at West Virginia Texas Tech
Oct 6 at TCU at Kansas State Kansas at Texas Tech
Oct 13 TCU Kansas State Oklahoma State at Iowa State vs. Texas *
Oct 20 at Texas at Oklahoma State at Oklahoma at West Virginia Kansas
Oct 27 at Iowa State Baylor Texas Texas Tech
Nov 3 Kansas Oklahoma at Baylor Oklahoma State at Iowa State
Nov 10 at Oklahoma at Texas at Texas Tech at TCU Baylor
Nov 17 Kansas State at Kansas Iowa State at Baylor at West Virginia
Nov 24 vs. Texas Tech ^ West Virginia Oklahoma State
Dec 1 Oklahoma State at West Virginia Texas at TCU
Week Oklahoma State TCU Texas Texas Tech West Virginia
Sept 15 at Kansas
Sept 22
Sept 29 Texas at Oklahoma State at Iowa State Baylor
Oct 6 Iowa State West Virginia Oklahoma at Texas
Oct 13 at Kansas at Baylor vs. Oklahoma * West Virginia at Texas Tech
Oct 20 Iowa State Texas Tech Baylor at TCU Kansas State
Oct 27 TCU at Oklahoma State at Kansas at Kansas State
Nov 3 at Kansas State at West Virginia at Texas Tech Texas TCU
Nov 10 West Virginia Kansas State Iowa State Kansas at Oklahoma State
Nov 17 Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Oklahoma
Nov 24 at Oklahoma at Texas TCU vs. Baylor ^ at Iowa State
Dec 1 at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas State Kansas

* Game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium; Dallas, Texas
^ Game Played at Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas

 




It takes money to make money

Next season, Charley Molnar and UMass are scheduled to travel to Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin in their first season as a member of the Mid American Conference.

Their game against the Buckeyes puts them in line for $1 million payday, and the game at the Big House will earn the Minutemen $650,000.

The payday for their game against Wisconsin has not been formally announced, but we can guess that payday will be pretty hefty as well.

The athletic department also recently announced a $33 million fundraising campaign, which will aim to enhance capital, fundraising, endowments and sport specific goals over the next six years. 




Update on renovations to Kyle Field

Texas A&M President, R. Bowen Loftin recently met with a local radio station to talk about some renovations and possible expansions to to Kyle Field.

Loftin said that they are currently looking to renovate the 90 year old lower decks of the stadium, and are also considering the concession and rest room areas. Loftin said that they will take input from all areas of campus including faculty, students, and alumni  on the possible changes.

"Many college fans want more amenities than they once had," Loftin said. "We're going to look at a large variety of options from a selected vendor, well known in the sports venue field."

Loftin expanded by saying that they will not use any state or tuition dollars for the renovations, and stressed to the students that any construction will not effect availability for student tickets "Typically you'll find 6-8-10 thousand student tickets available, usually in the corner or end zone for students to utilize but that's not how it works here." The Aggie students take up approximately 30,000 of the 85,000 seats at Kyle Field.




Signing Day NAIA Style

Signing day at Southern Oregon isn't all that different from what some of our guys have been through at some smaller D1 programs. Clearly, this program is on the rise!

Well done video by quarterbacks coach Matt Adkins.




The most interesting man in college football

Honestly, we go back and forth...is it Les or is it Leach? For this one day, we believe we have the answer...

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman wrote up a very interesting interview with Mike Leach. You should really read the whole thing...but a couple of quick ones...

Leach is starting to settle into the environment up in Pullman, even though he has yet to see the house that his wife picked out for them. "I've heard it's nice." Leach said.

Bohls asked Leach when they would be ready to beat the Oregon and USC and win the Pac 12, to which Leach responded "It depends, during the season, if you ask me on a Sunday how we're going to do, I'd say I don't know if we can beat Pullman High. By Friday, I'm pretty sure we can beat the Giants."

Possibly the most "Leach" thing in the article is a brief note that Leach rode his bike 3 miles to his first interview with Washington State AD Bill Moos. On this day, we proclaim Mike Leach the most interesting man in college football. 

The ball is now in your court Les!
 

 




Missouri seniors carry on conditioning tradition

Bright and early yesterday Mizzou players began the winter conditioning program, and all of the past seasons seniors showed up in a show of support...and some to rub it in a little bit.

It has become a tradition for seniors who have played their last down at Missouri to show up for the first day of conditioning as a show of support and reflection (the coffee and the breakfast in the video below were just to rub it in).




NCAA proposing rule changes

The NCAA is recommending a few rule changes for the upcoming season.

The proposed changes include:

 

  • Kickoff and Touchback Starting Lines Moved. The committee voted to move the kickoff to the 35-yard line (currently set at the 30-yard line), and to require that kicking team players must be no further than five yards from the 35 at the kick, which is intended to limit the running start kicking teams have during the play. The committee also voted to move the touchback distance on free kicks to the 25-yard line instead of the 20-yard line to encourage more touchbacks. NCAA data indicates injuries during kickoffs occur more often than in other phases of the game.
  • Loss of Helmet During Play. If a player loses his helmet (other than as the result of a foul by the opponent, like a facemask), it will be treated like an injury. The player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play. Current injury timeout rules guard against using this rule to gain an advantage from stopping the clock. Additionally, if a player loses his helmet, he must not continue to participate in play to protect him from injury. Data collected during the 2011 season indicated that helmets came off of players more than two times per game.
  • Blocking Below the Waist. The intent of the changes made last season were to only allow blocking below the waist when the opposing player is likely to be prepared for this contact, but the opposite impact was discovered in some cases. To clarify the intent, the committee approved wording that essentially allows offensive players in the tackle box at the snap that are not in motion to block below the waist legally without restriction. All other players are restricted from blocking below the waist with a few exceptions (e.g. straight ahead blocks).  
  • Shield Blocking Scheme on Punting Plays. The committee reviewed several examples of shield blocking, which has become a popular blocking scheme for punting teams. In several cases, a receiving team player attempts to jump over this type of scheme in the backfield to block a punt. In some cases, these players are contacted and end up flipping in the air and landing on their head or shoulders. The committee is extremely concerned about this type of action and proposed a rule similar to the leaping rule on place kicks that does not allow the receiving team to jump over blockers, unless the player jumps straight up or between two players.
  • Additional Protection to Kick Returner. Through officiating interpretation, the committee approved a recommendation to provide a kick returner additional protection to complete a catch before allowing contact by the kicking team.
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    All rules change recommendations must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which meets via conference call Feb. 21. The proposals will first be sent to the NCAA membership for comment.

    These changes are all being proposed for immediate implementation for the 2012 season. 




    Arizona proposing beer sales at games

    The state of Arizona looks to be taking a page out of the book of West Virginia as three state representatives are proposing selling beer at Arizona and Arizona State football games.

    The proposed bill would provide a "pilot program to test the issue under the watch of the Arizona Board of Regents and in consultation with the department of liquor licenses and control." Proceeds would go to the athletic departments, all of which are exploring new revenue streams.

    According to the Des Moines Register, twenty major universities sold beer to the general public during games this past season. That's twice the amount than the 2010 season.

    Interestingly, West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck said that alcohol related incidents actually decreased 25-35 percent with the new beer sales at home games this season. Luck said that they profited about $750,000 from alcohol sales in their seven home contests.