THE DAILY TEXAN PRESENTS:
Vol.5, Issue 1
Aug. 27, 2010
BIG 12 SAVIORS
With Longhorns keeping conference alive, changes on horizon. | page 12
THE COMPLICATED ACHO
Texas’ star defensive end splits time as NFL prospect. | page 20
SEASON PREVIEW EDITION New season means new story lines for several teams.
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12 15 Cover photo: Peyton McGee, above: Derek Stout | Daily Texan Staff
The Texan scans each BCS conference’s premier teams and the outsiders most likely to make an impact.
7 BIG 12 8 BIG 10 11 PAC10 14 ACC
16 SEC 19 BIG EAST 22 BCS CRASHERS
JUNE LESSONS A whirlwind summer for college football sends important messages.
FROM THE ASHES The Big 12’s near-death experience brings changes for the conference’s future.
ZEBRA TALK Rule changes set for 2010 while Big 12 officials let media answer questions.
BIG 12 TEAM PREVIEWS With changes in the conference’s future, there’s still a season to play. Take a look at what’s facing some of the Big 12’s teams.
5 NEBRASKA 9 KANSAS 10 TEXAS
17 TEXAS 20 TEXAS
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First Issue: Sept. 3
College football’s fun June offers important lessons
By Colby M. White Daily Texan Columnist It was a fun June, wasn’t it? Daily updates followed by hours of speculation. Big 12 on the brink. Dan Beebe going from scapegoat to messiah in a month. Every traditional media outlet rereporting from a website. But now that the ruckus has subsided and only two schools jumped from the sinking Big 12 ship — only one of them truly mattering — what did it all teach us? What should have fans been taking note of while Realignment 2010 played out?
Texas leads the nation in flood fatalities.
ESPN reigns supreme One of the keys to Texas’ about face was the four-lettered giant. According to OrangeBloods.com, part of Big 12 commissioner Beebe’s last-second plan to save the conference was getting ESPN to honor its current contract through 2016 even though there are only 10 members and no title game. Big 12’s current existence is complex, but without the immediate ESPN dollars in Beebe’s
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Colleges can afford paying student-athletes
The numbers being thrown around during the Big 12 Missile Crisis are enough to make a bunch of college kids up to their ears in debt throw up their dry noodles. The Big 12’s sheepish five (Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Baylor) are giving its share of the $35 million to $40 million penalties of each Nebraska and Colorado to Texas, Oklahoma and A&M. That comes out to at least $23 million per school. At least. These are the figures athletic departments are dealing with. Whether or not that’s fair is up for debate. But there’s no doubt schools could certainly afford to at least think about it.
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Easier name in Husker lineup, similar threat Crick steps into role as ‘The New Suh,’ defensive leader
that’s what I got to do.” Crick looked like a veteran in handling the media as he did a good job downplaying other hot topics at the Big 12 Media days including realignment and an By Dan Hurwitz Oct. 16 rematch against Texas. Daily Texan Staff But for all the attention that College football fans will no Crick has received before a snap longer have to worry about how has even been taken, he has reto pronounce the name of Nebras- mained humble and unwilling to ka’s star defensive tackle. take the spotlight. Taking over the leadership role “I don’t know if he much enjoys that Ndamukong Suh owned that, he’d rather just fly under the last season is redshirt junior Jar- radar,” said Nebraska head coach ed Crick, who is already being re- Bo Pelini. ferred to as “The New Suh.” Crick, a Nebraska native, is exSuh led the Huskers in sacks pected to receive much attention and was fourth in from opposing ofthe Big 12 with 12 fenses, but Pelini sacks in 2009, but is not concerned. Crick was just be“It won’t be hind compiling any different beI know we had Suh 9.5 sacks. cause it’s hard to and Phil [Dillard], Crick’s perforgame plan against mance in 2009 but the biggest thing one guy, especialhelped him earn ly at the d-tackle that helped us last preseason co-deposition,” Pelini year was everybody fensive player of said. “You can’t the year – sharing change all your did their individual the honor with blocking schemes job.” Texas A&M’s Von for one guy. It was Miller. But like — Jared Crick the same thing most great athSuh.” Nebraska defensive with letes, Crick was A Nebraska detackle fense that allowed able to downplay the recognition. only 10 points per “Preseason acgame – the fewest c o l a d e s re a l l y in the NCAA – redon’t mean anyturns seven startthing,” Crick said at Big 12 Media ers and all will have to contribute Day. “You got to go out and prove to put together a successful season. your worth every single day and “Everybody has to do his job,”
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Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick chases Texas running back Tre’ Newton in the 2009 Big 12 Championship. Crick is set to play a bigger role this season with Ndamukong Suh gone to the NFL. Crick said. “That’s what we did last year. I know we had Suh and Phil [Dillard], but the biggest thing that helped us last year was everybody did their individual job.” As good as Suh was on the field, he was also the leader of the defense off the field. As Suh’s replacement, Crick is already working on taking on the role that his former teammate used to possess.
“As far as leadership, I am taking more of a vocal role in trying to get the younger guys ready,” Crick said. And just because Crick has been getting more attention and taken a bigger leadership role, he has continued his normal workout routine and his coaches still see plenty of room for improvement. “I’m excited about Crick. I think he had a great year last year,” Peli-
ni said. “I think he’s got a lot more out there for him to go and get.” Crick believes he has become a stronger player over the offseason, but it won’t be known for sure until Nebraska’s Sept. 4 season opener against Western Kentucky. “We’ve got to take the same approach as we did last year, with a little more intensity,” Crick said. “We can be as good as we want to be.”
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BIG 12 | season preview Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones throws a pass last season against Oklahoma State.
It’s here — for now. No one knows how long the Big 12 will last, but the conference will get one more season in its 12-team form. From there, a curious 10-team incarnation will take place with fans’ eyes on the offfield prospects of the conference as much as its on-field ones. Until then, it looks like your standard Big 12 season: Texas and Oklahoma fighting for the title while Nebraska tries to make it interesting.
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Landry Jones spent last season just trying to keep the Sooners’ season alive while its star sat with injury. Now it’s his team. “We all know he’s the guy,” Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles told The Dallas Morning News. “We’re all looking forward to what he can do.” That progression started last year, when Jones played well at
— By Colby M. White | Daily Texan Staff home but struggled on the road. With a year under his belt, Jones is looking to get past those growing pains. “I’ve gotten so much better at just seeing defenses and recognizing where I’m going to throw the ball even before the play starts,” Jones said.
the running game. After two of the most successful quarterbacks in Texas history spent the past six years transforming the Longhorns, Brown is looking back to the past. “We think what we’re doing is probably inching back more toward the Major [Applewhite], Chris [Simms], Ricky Williams offense,” the Texas head coach said during spring practices. “We’d like to go back and be a 60-40 or 50Texas 50 team, and then on days when When Mack Brown first arrived they’re putting everybody on the in Austin, his Ricky Williams-led line of scrimmage, we’ll throw it offense built its success around every snap.”
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BIG TEN season preview
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