Conference expansion could be tougher on student-athletes, better for bowls, says Gator Bowl president
The next 12-14 months could see a major reshaping of the college sports landscape, one that could be tougher on student-athletes but could be better for bowl games, according to Gator Bowl Sports president and CEO Greg McGarity.
Big 12 hoops could be winner in latest conference shuffle
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was so disgusted by the last round of conference realignment — when Missouri and Texas A&M bolted the Big 12 for the SEC — that he vowed never to play the Tigers again. Self's reason was simple: The departures, along with Nebraska's move to the Big Ten and Colorado's to the Pac-12, had left the Big 12 on precarious footing. Perhaps because the Big 12 may have come out ahead — at least, when it comes to basketball.news.yahoo.com
College Football Playoff expansion talks to continue Dec. 1
The administrators in charge of the College Football Playoff plan to meet again on Dec. 1 to continue expansion talks, which need to reach a consensus by the end of the year if a new postseason format is to be implemented for the 2024 season.
Big 12 coaches says swift expansion solidified league future
Kansas State coach Chris Klieman says he was never worried the Big 12 would disband or become irrelevant, even with the lingering questions about the conference's future when Oklahoma and Texas head to the Southeastern Conference. The Big 12's swift response to expand with the additions of BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston certainly helped answer a lot of those questions and created some stability moving forward for the league that some didn't think would survive the departures of its only football national champions.news.yahoo.com
AAC moves into rebuild-mode as Sun Belt sees opportunity
The American Athletic Conference, a league born from the fall of Big East football eight years ago, is in rebuilding mode again. This time, it could find some competition in the market from the Sun Belt when it starts courting new members. Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston, three of the AAC’s most successful schools in the revenue-generating sports of football and men's basketball, announced Friday they would be joining the Big 12.news.yahoo.com
AP source: Big 12 presidents set to vote on adding 4 schools
The Big 12 is moving swiftly to plug the holes looming with the upcoming departure of Oklahoma and Texas for the Southeastern Conference. A person familiar with the Big 12′s expansion plans said the conference’s presidents are scheduled to vote on applications for entry into the league at a meeting Friday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Big 12 has not been publicly disclosing its discussions about rebuilding the conference in preparation of Texas and Oklahoma leaving in 2025.news.yahoo.com
Column: Iowa St's moment a joy and all too rare in the game
Two big rigs were parked next to Reiman Plaza, the green space that leads to the south end zone entrance of Jack Trice Stadium, home to a most unlikely success story. The trucks were delivering sound and lighting equipment to go with the stacks of metal bleachers, piles of plywood, and crates and cases containing the necessary parts to turn Iowa State into the epicenter of college football this weekend. No. 9 Iowa State is preparing to play what is undeniably the biggest home game in the 129-year history of the program.news.yahoo.com
Big 12 quickly working to expand before Texas, OU departures
The Big 12 survived college football’s last significant conference realignment a decade ago because the league still had Texas and Oklahoma. With the pending move of its only national championship winners to the Southeastern Conference creating another seismic shift, the Big 12 this time quickly moved into expansion mode. The league could add to its remaining eight members even before the Longhorns and Sooners are gone.news.yahoo.com
Big 12 warns of losing 50% of TV value following UT/OU exit
The Big 12 Conference could see the value of its television deal cut in half once Texas and Oklahoma bolt for the Southeastern Conference, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday at a hearing of Texas lawmakers. A committee of Texas senators heard testimony from university leaders at Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech on the monetary and academic losses that conference realignment would mean for the Big 12 and its members once Texas and Oklahoma leave for the SEC in 2025.news.yahoo.com
Texas board votes to accept invitation to SEC; OU on deck
The board of regents for the University of Texas voted unanimously Friday to accept an invitation for the Longhorns to join the Southeastern Conference. The University of Oklahoma board of regents was also meeting to consider a change of conference from the Big 12 to the SEC, and a similar result was expected. The SEC voted to extend invitations to Texas and its Big 12 rival Oklahoma on Thursday, with the move scheduled for July 1, 2025 — for now.news.yahoo.com
Oklahoma St star freshman Cade Cunningham to enter NBA draft
Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham looks to pass under pressure from Texas' Kai Jones (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Big 12 tournament championship in Kansas City, Mo, Saturday, March 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)STILLWATER, Okla. – Cade Cunningham announced Thursday that he will enter the NBA draft after a dynamic freshman season that saw him named a first-team AP All-American. Cunningham won the Wayman Tisdale Award as the top freshman in college basketball. He finished his college career by scoring 24 points in Oklahoma State’s 80-70 loss to Oregon State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. ___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25.
No. 13 Texas beats No. 12 Oklahoma St for first Big 12 title
– Texas finally won the Big 12 Tournament championship. 12 Oklahoma State. Isaac Likekele added 13 points and Kalib Boone had 12 for the Cowboys, who fought past No. 10 West Virginia and the second-ranked Bears the previous two days to reach their first Big 12 Tournament title game since 2009. BIG PICTUREAdOklahoma State finished the season on a roll, winning eight of its last nine before the Big 12 title game with a pair of OT victories.
No. 12 Oklahoma St beats No. 2 Baylor 83-74 in Big 12 semis
– Confidence has never been a problem for Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham. 12 Cowboys trying to rally from a second-half hole against second-ranked Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament, Cunningham calmly responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to give his team the lead. Ad“You have to give Oklahoma State a lot of credit," Drew said. The Bears did get off to a quick start, but Oklahoma State answered and gradually pulled ahead. Oklahoma State split the season series with the Longhorns, losing a 77-74 nail-biter in December before winning a 75-67 double-overtime thriller early last month.
No. 11 Kansas withdraws from Big 12 tourney due to COVID-19
Kansas head coach Bill Self watches player introductions before an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 men's tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 11, 2021. – Kansas withdrew from the Big 12 Tournament on Friday after a positive COVID-19 test within the men's basketball program, becoming the third major team to have its conference postseason come to an end beceause of the coronavirus. “Obviously we are disappointed and our players are disappointed that they can't continue to compete for the Big 12 championship,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said in a statement. It remained to be seen whether the Longhorns will return a positive test before the Big 12 title game. On Thursday, perennial power Duke pulled out of the ACC Tournament after a pair of wins because of a positive test.
The Latest: NFL Hall of Famers help push vaccine awareness
Hall of Famers taking part include include Anthony Muñoz, in both English and Spanish, Darrell Green, Aeneas Williams, and Drew Pearson. ___Indiana baseball coach Jeff Mercer has tested positive for COVID-19, and the Hoosiers’ home doubleheader against Penn State on Friday has been called off. ___Kansas withdrew from the Big 12 Tournament on Friday after a positive COVID-19 test within the men’s basketball program, sending No. ___The Minnesota Twins are the latest Major League Baseball team to receive government approval for fans to return to their games this season. Only a limited amount of family members of players and staff have been able to attend those games this season.
Without Cunningham, No. 17 Oklahoma State beats No. 6 WVU
17 Oklahoma State to an 85-80 victory over No. 6 West Virginia on Saturday in their Big 12 regular-season finale. Oklahoma State was without star freshman Cade Cunningham, who injured his left ankle late in a loss to No. Freshman Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe added 18 points for Oklahoma State. UP NEXTBoth teams have first-round byes in the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, and will play quarterfinal games on Thursday.
Big 12 champ No. 3 Baylor beats No. 17 Oklahoma State 81-70
Two days after the Bears clinched their first Big 12 title with an overtime win at No. 17 Oklahoma State on Thursday night, ending the Cowboys' five-game winning streak. “You want to be content with winning the Big 12, but at the same time you don’t want to lose a game,” Butler said. AdFreshman standout and Big 12 leading scorer Cade Cunningham had 20 of his 24 points after halftime for Oklahoma State (17-7, 10-7), whose winning streak was the longest active in the Big 12. I didn’t see anything unusual other than stepping on a guy’s foot,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said.
No. 2 Baylor returns with 77-72 win to stay undefeated
Baylor then had six consecutive games postponed because of COVID-19 issues in the program, and hadn't even had another full practice until Sunday. With 6-foot-8 forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua out of the Baylor lineup, Mark Vital had 15 rebounds and three blocks. “Congrats to Baylor for figuring our a way to win, that’s why they’re No. But to come away get a win and be able to perform like we did, very very pleased with that. Coming into the game second in the Big 12 averaging 17 points, Butler had three turnovers and took only one shot before halftime.