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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Reporter | January 17, 2007
The NCAA lifted its ban on freshman ineligibility before the 1972-73 season. Over the past decade, the very best never bothered to stop on campus, but the NBA's new draft policy has led to the phenomenon of Kevin Durant. Heading into last night's game at Oklahoma State, the Texas freshman was averaging 23.7 points and 11.0 rebounds. He is the only player in the nation to rank among the top 10 in both categories, and Durant hasn't done it against a cupcake schedule. With three players taken among the top 42 in the 2006 draft, this should be a rebuilding year for the Longhorns, but coach Rick Barnes put Michigan State, Gonzaga, LSU and Tennessee on the non-conference schedule and Durant didn't let up once No. 21 Texas got into the Big 12. With 37 points against Colorado and 34 against Missouri, the 6-foot-9, 225-pound Durant doesn't look like someone who turned 18 in September.
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By Paul Marx | August 25, 2014
So the big programs of college football have gotten together as the Big 5 conferences. Like political separatists, they are loosening their ties with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, dissociating themselves from their smaller, less showy brethren. Presidents of some of the less powerful football schools are protesting, but if they truly care about the academic missions of their schools, they should welcome the change. Tired of sharing their profits with schools where education is still primary, member schools of the Big 5 conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC)
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December 9, 2005
Gary Barnett's tumultuous stay at Colorado ended yesterday when the coach reluctantly stepped down, accepting a $3 million payment to sever a tenure riddled by off-the-field problems and finally done in by bad results on the field. In a news conference he wanted to be a part of, Barnett said he was forced to step down by athletic director Mike Bohn. "In the last 24 hours, Mike has made a decision to change the football coach at the University of Colorado," he said. "I respect that decision, I didn't like that decision - I didn't resign my position - but I wholeheartedly accept ... the decision."
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August 27, 2012
Oklahoma, Louisville solid Brian Hamilton Chicago Tribune We'll resist temptation to overthink Landry Jones' injuries and the state of the offensive line and pick Oklahoma to win the Big 12 with a stiff challenge from newcomer West Virginia. Texas has quarterback issues with David Ash, but the Longhorns ride Malcom Brown and hover near the top of the league. Louisville's 18 returning starters should help it pace the Big East, especially with most of a staunch defense back for 2012.
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December 1, 2002
Dec. 17, New Orleans: North Texas (7-5) vs. C-USA No. 4 or 5, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) Dec. 18, GMAC (at Mobile, Ala.): Marshall (8-2) vs. C-USA No. 2, 8 p.m. (ESPN2) Dec. 23, Tangerine (at Orlando, Fla.): ACC No. 4 vs. Big 12 No. 5, 6 or 7, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Dec. 25, Las Vegas: Mountain West No. 2 vs. Pac-10 No. 5, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) Dec. 25, Hawaii (at Honolulu): Hawaii (9-2) vs. C-USA No. 4 or 5, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Dec. 26, Motor City (at Detroit): MAC No. 1 vs. Big Ten No. 7, 5 p.m. (ESPN) Dec. 26, Insight (at Phoenix)
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March 24, 2003
Who's hot Butler: Darnell Archey goes 8-for-9 on threes. The team finishes 14 of 22 from behind the arc. Who's not Wake Forest: Shot 7-for-26 in the second half vs. Auburn and was out scored 36-14 in the paint. Conference records Big East 8-0 Big 12 7-3 Big Ten 7-3 ACC 5-2 Pac-10 5-4 SEC 5-4 C-USA 3-3 Horizon 2-1
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November 27, 2004
Moves Baseball METS: Named former O's coach Rick Down hitting coach and Tom Nieto major league catching instructor. Basketball CELTICS: Activated G Delonte West from injured list. Placed F Justin Reed on injured list with left hip pointer. HAWKS: Placed G Royal Ivey on injured list and activated G Donta Smith. 76ERS: Placed G Kevin Ollie on injured list with lower back strain. Activated G Aaron McKie from injured list. TIMBERWOLVES: Suspended C Michael Olowokandi for last night's game, one day after police used a stun gun to subdue him when he refused to leave a club.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | September 15, 1997
Saturday was a sad day for the bowl alliance and a happy day for the Rose Bowl.In the last cycle of its current three-year agreement, the bowl alliance is trying to match the nation's two top-ranked teams in a national-championship game. But the Big Ten and Pacific-10 conferences, which send their champions to the Rose Bowl, are not alliance members.The bowl alliance absorbed several body blows in Week 3, with the Big 12 Conference serving as the main victim. Teams from the Big Ten and Pac-10 recorded impressive and shocking victories at home and on the road.
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October 24, 2011
Oklahoma's loss opens the door for just about everyone in the Big 12. Everyone expected the road to the conference title would go through Norman, but now that's not the case. Oklahoma State and Kansas State have the inside track, and Texas A&M and Baylor still have some say. Clemson can win the ACC title, but a BCS title seems far-fetched. The Tigers look virtually unstoppable on offense behind quarterback Tajh Boyd, but defense wins titles and Clemson gives up way too many yards and points to be a serious national title contender.
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Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2011
The coordinators of football officiating for the Mountain West Conference and the Big 12 agreed Monday that the back judge who called Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor for unsportsmanlike conduct at a critical juncture in Saturday's 35-34 home loss to Air Force made the right decision. A statement released Monday by the Mountain West said, "After thorough review of the incident following the Navy touchdown in overtime, it is clear a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting was warranted under NCAA Football Playing Rule 9-2-1-a.-1 and was properly administered by the CFO West officiating crew.
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By Chris Dufresne, Tribune newspapers | September 22, 2011
Don't mess with … Pullman? These are fascinating days for purveyors of dark comedy and comeuppance. Last year, Texas wrecked what was then the Pac-10 Conference's plan to expand to 16 teams when the Longhorns reneged in the 11th hour. Tuesday night, as college football stood at the precipice of upheaval, the West told Texas, "go east. " It is simplistic to suggest Pac-12 presidents acted heroically when they rebuffed Texas and Oklahoma and their two political appendages.
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Chris Dufresne | September 15, 2011
Texas may or may not end up in the Pacific-12 Conference. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott tried to lure the Longhorns last year before his dream for a 16-team super league was squashed — or maybe deferred. Texas once held a big stack of expansion chips, but was last seen in Norman begging Oklahoma not to go west. (Which is probably not going to work.) Can Texas hold the fractious Big 12 together? Will the Longhorns go independent? Texas to the Atlantic Coast Conference is this minute's rumor.
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January 26, 2011
Could cripple conference Matt Murschel Orlando Sentinel The once powerful football conference is beginning to show the wear and tear of the changing face of college football. Conference expansion has taken its toll on the league, taking Colorado and Nebraska along with the Big 12 championship game and millions of dollars. Only Texas' choice to stay in the Big 12 saved it from extinction. However, the school's new 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN to create its own 24-hour cable network could destroy it. With expanded control over their marketing rights and their own television deal, Texas is set to make more than $30 million a year.
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By Kansas City Star | January 14, 2011
Bill Self is being modest. He's in his office, surrounded by pictures and mementos from a national championship and a mess of other happy moments at Kansas when you point out that there just isn't anything else like this going on in college basketball. "We're not doing anything different," he says. "We've just been real fortunate. " Except he's wrong. Kansas is doing something different than every other major conference basketball program in the country, something that has never been more obvious.
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June 16, 2010
Long live the new king Don Markus Baltimore Sun Texas remained in the Big 12 for the same reason it considered jumping to the Pac-10. Money and greed were deep in the heart of this decision, evidenced by the fact that the country's most well-endowed public university stands to make between $20 million and $25 million in television revenue. In doing so, Texas showed that it, not Notre Dame, is the new king. It was a good move for the Longhorns but an even better move for college football.
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