December 23, 1994 |
The Pacific 10 Conference's hopes of expanding to the Rocky Mountains ended quickly Thursday when the University of Colorado rejected an invitation to join the league. Colorado's Board of Regents declined the offer with a 6-3 vote during an emergency meeting in Boulder, citing a commitment to the newly formed Big 12 Conference. Big Eight schools including Colorado agreed last February to form the superconference with four Texas refugees of the Southwest Conference.
August 27, 1996 |
Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes, son of a cotton ginner, was born in Lubbock. He watched oil make the town rich and rocker Buddy Holly make it famous. At 57, he has seen passing fads, the Edsel come and go, the Cold War, twisters, John David Crow. So, when his Red Raiders were thrown into the teeth of the new Big 12 conference, a mega-merger of the Big Eight and half of the defunct Southwest, Dykes tried to be philosophical.
September 1, 2006 |
* The conference has addressed the new 12-game format by scheduling more free-win games against Division I-AA opponents -- 11 -- than any of the six Bowl Championship Series leagues. The Atlantic Coast Conference plays nine games against I-AA schools; the Southeastern Conference plays eight; and the Pacific 10 Conference plays five. Oklahoma is the only Big 12 school that doesn't have a patty-cake payout game. A few of these no-mercy bowls include Nebraska vs. Nicholls State, Kansas State vs.
December 1, 2000 |
No way this compares to Super Saturday two years ago, when college football fans were spellbound by UCLA's dramatic loss to Miami in the afternoon and Kansas State's dramatic loss to Texas A&M in the evening, which vaulted Florida State into the national title game while Coach Bobby Bowden was eating potato chips on his couch. But this weekend could get very interesting.
November 11, 2001 |
Oklahoma's offense took a while to get going against Texas A&M. But as well as the Sooner defense is playing, what's the hurry? Oklahoma limited Texas A&M to 132 yards and five first downs in a 31-10 victory Saturday at Norman, Okla., that kept the Sooners in the hunt for the conference and national titles. "Really exceptional. They just continue to play outstanding football," Coach Bob Stoops said. "They were sound, disciplined, rarely out of position, made plays, tackled well.
March 12, 2007 |
As Coach Bill Self cut down the nets to commemorate Kansas' second consecutive Big 12 tournament title, a shout came from the crowd: "And now a national championship!" After surviving another stellar effort by Texas' Kevin Durant, the second-ranked Jayhawks appear primed to make a run at another set of nets. "Our confidence level is pretty high right now," Kansas guard Brandon Rush said. "Just making big plays at the right time."