First, a re-enactment of yesterday's alleged (and, to be fair, denied by Scott) goings on, starring Hulk Hogan as Larry Scott and Randy Savage as Don Beebe.
(And yes, I spent way too long debating between that and the Shawn Michaels-Marty Jannetty analogy. And searching YouTube for other heel turns.)
Big 12 Meetings, Storyline 1: It looks like the Big 12 might get out of this alive!
- The Trib: TV is Big 12's shot at curbing grazing
- CBS Sports (Dennis Dodd): Without evidence, Big 12 commish has reasonable doubt about Big Ten growth
KC Star (Campus Corner): Deaton: Mizzou proud Big 12 member
The Missourian: Missouri chancellor won't commit to Big 12 (loved these two disparate headlines emerging from the same quotes)
- Dr. Saturday: Big 12 presents a unified front (for now)
- Tulsa World (Dave Sittler): Castiglione says Big 12 is too good to linger
- Corn Nation: Dan Beebe Can't Wait for April
- Post-Dispatch: Revenue sharing not on agenda at Big 12 meetings
Big 12 Meetings, Storyline 2: WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE.
HULK HOGAN LARRY SCOTT HAS BETRAYED WCW THE BIG 12.
The Trib (Dave Matter): Report: Pac-10 eyes half of Big 12
The Trib (Dave Matter): Beebe abruptly cancels presser
- EDSBS: PAC-10 GOES HAM
- Dr. Saturday: Report: Pac-10 strikes first with blockbuster bid for half the Big 12
- Omaha World-Herald (Lee Barfknecht) (via comments): Pac-10 about to raid the Big 12?
Dallas Morning News: Big 12 cancels press conference; report links six schools to possible Pac-10 expansion
Dallas Morning News: If report about Pac-10 is true, Big 12 may be in jeopardy
Dallas Morning News: Pac-10: From Big 12 ally to adversary
Dallas Morning News: Why Tech got the nod ahead of Kansas, Baylor (love the past tense here for something that still only might happen, at some time in the future)
One person with knowledge of the college football landscape offered an interesting explanation. The Texas political scene might make it difficult for Texas and Texas A&M to exit, leaving Tech in a husk of a conference. Rather than risk losing the Longhorns and Aggies, the Pac-10 opted for Tech, which has been extremely competitive in football and has added capacity to Jones AT&T Stadium. Three members in Texas is not necessarily a bad thing.
- The Dagger: Texas may be the lynchpin for the Pac-16 happening or not (may?)
- Rush the Court: On Today's Pac-10/Big 12 Rumblings
College Football Talk: Colorado AD says Pac-10 report 'has some validity to it'
Dr. Saturday: Colorado AD confirms rumors of Big 12's demise; commish remains silent
- Austin American-Statesman: Rumors of Pac-10 raid on Big 12 causes stir at meetings
- Daily Oklahoman (Berry Tramel): Pac-16 is the answer for OU, OSU
- KC Star (Upon Further Review): DEATH TO THE BIG 12
- KC Star (Campus Corner): A Texas message?
- The Trib: Chaotic day at Big 12 meetings
And now for what I expected to lead off the Links until about 3pm yesterday...
Mizzou Softball Links
Hawaii 3, Mizzou 2
MUtigers.com: Hawaii Rallies Past Tigers, 3-2
The Trib: MU softball drops heartbreaker
The Missourian: Missouri drops to loser's bracket after loss to Hawaii
KC Star: Hawaii bashes its way past Missouri 3-2
Post-Dispatch: MU falls to Hawaii in Women's College World Series
The Trib: If you win, they will build
"In time, we’re going to have a really neat thing out here," said Earleywine, whose ninth-seeded squad played Hawaii today at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. "I think the administration is ready to do that when the economy starts to shape up. And I know that’s going to be a long-term deal itself, but I think within the next year or two years, they’re going to start making some serious overhauls."
The plans are part of Missouri’s desire to reward one of the school’s most successful teams and an effort to keep up with a growing arms race in college softball.
Across the nation, elite programs are increasingly investing in their softball facilities. In the past three years alone, Arkansas opened a 1,200-seat stadium complete with six luxury boxes; LSU christened a $12 million park that includes a stadium theater for video work; and 2005 national champion Michigan built a $5.5 million complex with a sprawling plaza and reserved seating for up to 2,800 fans.
University Field, meanwhile, resides in a different neighborhood. Earleywine considers the stadium solid but not elite, ranking the facility a six on a scale of one to 10.
More links ... and heel turns ... after the jump.
Mizzou Football Links
PowerMizzou: 2011 Tiger recruiting mailbag
Other Football Links
- Phil Steele: 2010 Starters Broken Down By Class
- Dr. Saturday: Learning to live with the 'human element,' starring the Oklahoma-Oregon onside kick
- Denver Post: CU's Simas a sad tale
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: Aaron Senne Named All-American
SimmonsField.com: Tip of the Cap 2010: And the winner is . . .
Via Smart Football, I learned yesterday that Madden 11 will actually produce a scouting report of your tendencies to sell to potential online opponents. I mean ... a) that's further proof how amazingly awesome EA Sports has become, and b) if I still had time to play Madden, I would be PETRIFIED by this, as I typically ran about five plays and locked onto one receiver worse than, well, Blaine Gabbert to Danario sometimes. An automated scouting report would completely shut me down.
Alright...just because it was fun to look up the clips...if there's an obvious one that I forgot, let me know and I'll add it to the list.