NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 21: Matt Dimon #94, Steven Parker #10 and Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate a failed two-point conversion by the TCU Horned Frogs in the fourth quarter at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

David Boren and the Big 12, Part Whatever

The University of Oklahoma’s board of regents met on Thursday. Would it surprise you to learn that OU president David Boren used the occasion to go Trump with the assembled media for an hour about the Big 12? If so, you must be new here. If you can stomach yet another article on this, here’s […]

Bob Bowlsby Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby at Big 12 media days in 2014.

Big 12 Expansion Questions Answered

Questions and answers about the state of play in America’s least-functional conference. Is the Big 12 going to expand? It sounds that way to people who were at the Big 12 meetings this week. columnist Dennis Dodd, for one, is talking like it’s a done deal: “The momentum is there. It’s in the air. […]

What’s the Matter with Kansas? Nothing This Year

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but heading into the start of the NCAA Tournament, Kansas looks like the best basketball team in the country. This marks the sixth time in the last 10 years that the Jayhawks have landed a No. 1 seed. It’s the second time in that decade-long stretch that […]

Rick Pitino and Louisville made The American a much stronger league in 2014 compared to the current 2015 version. Sure, SMU leads the conference this season, but it achieved a lot more in the 2014 campaign. Why is 2015 SMU’s RPI at 18 while last season’s team carried an RPI of 53 into Selection Sunday? The answer becomes very obvious as you continue to read this piece… and no, it’s not about winning games, either.

Rick Pitino is Wrong About NCAA Justice

It comes up nearly every time a high-profile program runs seriously afoul of the NCAA’s Byzantine set of rules and regulations governing the multibillion-dollar college sports industrial complex. Scholarships get docked, postseason bans are implemented, and complaints start ringing out about such a hamfisted system of justice. Not surprisingly, college hoops legend Rick Pitino became […]

Maybe College Football Has Peaked

In the wake of what’s being declared a disastrous postseason for college football, any number of reasons have been offered to explain the decline in television ratings. Plenty of factors intersected to hurt interest in the games, not the least of which being that the semifinals started while a good percentage of Americans were still […]

Saban’s NFL Draft Agenda a Disservice to Players

Nick Saban apparently won’t need to worry about his players trying to protect their draft stock on Monday night in the national championship game versus Clemson. On Sunday, Saban picked up on a thread he started at SEC media days in July, when Alabama’s head coach bemoaned the fact that potential early entrants on his […]

Putting the Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 Bowl Games in Perspective

Like everything else in college football, a sport driven as much by eye tests and branding as on-field results, bowl season is something of an inkblot for fans, pundits and P.R. flacks. Clearly, the losers of the games were all overrated. Unless they didn’t care about the game. Or maybe the games just don’t mean […]

Trevor Knight

A Knight to Rescue a QB-Needy Team

Say the name “Trevor Knight” to the average fan and the first thing that comes up will probably be the 2014 Sugar Bowl. Knight played superbly in Oklahoma’s upset win over Alabama, strafing the Crimson Tide’s defense for 348 yards passing and four touchdowns. It looked like a coming out party for a redshirt freshman […]

Orange Bowl: Key Questions for Oklahoma and Clemson

Oklahoma and Clemson square off in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve in what looks like one of the best match-ups of the college football postseason. A deep dive on the two teams reveals just how evenly matched the two teams are. Here are the big questions you should be asking about the Orange […]

of the Oklahoma Sooners against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Mayfield, Billings Headline Big 12 Awards

Preseason prognosticators figured upstarts Baylor and TCU would duke it out this year for the Big 12 crown. Instead, blue blood Oklahoma returned to the top of the conference, led by transfer quarterback Baker Mayfield and a rejuvenated offense. Mayfield, my pick for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and five of his Sooner […]

Gary Patterson can only look forward. If he looks back, he and his team might become a pillar of salt against an Ole Miss side which has absolutely nothing to lose in the Peach Bowl.

History Says TCU Plays Oklahoma Tough

Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding, Jr. were showing us the money in the hit film “Jerry Maguire.” Hootie and the Blowfish won a Best New Artist Grammy after giving us a peek through their “Cracked Rear View.” Slick Willy Clinton rolled through his Presidential re-election bid. The year was 1996, and in Norman, Oklahoma, Sooner […]

Baylor’s Problems Go Beyond Its Freshman QB

The undefeated Baylor Bears, ranked No. 2 in both major polls, are dealing with a huge problem as they vie for a bid to the College Football Playoff. It’s not the one you’re thinking of. With junior quarterback Seth Russell now shelved for the rest of the season, the focus around Waco has turned to […]

Top 5 Most Miami Coaches for The U

Miami is the ultimate hate-it-or-love-it American city. The traffic blows. The climate could best be described as swamp-like. Crime — of both the white-collar and less so varieties — is rampant. Local government is a mess. On the plus side, of course, there’s, um… Well… No state income tax? Against that backdrop, the university that […]

Bob Stoops and the Contempt of Familiarity

Following Texas’ upset win over Oklahoma, I made what I considered to be a pretty non-controversial comment about Bob Stoops: Wouldn’t be shocked if that’s bob stoops’ final red river shootout — Allen Kenney (@BlatantHomerism)