Chuck Carlton joins us at 11 a.m. Thursday, but ask your questions now and he will have them when he arrives. Thanks for your readership!
by SportsDayDFW 11/29/2012 1:21:07 AM
Welcome to another college chat. Plenty of stuff to talk about from the Heisman to possible bowl matchups to the coaching carousel. And Baylor has a pretty interesting men's basketball game Saturday at Kentucky, in a regional rematch. So fire away.
by Chuck Carlton 11/29/2012 5:00:16 PM
That win still resonates today for TCU. The victory at Norman, along with the Sun Bowl win over Southern Cal, were milestones for an emerging program to be joined much later by the Rose Bowl victory against Wisconsin. Don't discount the possibility of a repeat win over the Sooners in Fort Worth on Saturday.
by Chuck Carlton 11/29/2012 5:03:29 PM
Arkansas was genuinely interested and made a credible offer. AD Jeff Long knew Les Miles from Michigan and has to hit a home run (or at least a triple) with this hire after Petrino's dismissal and John L. But the end result was that Les Miles got an extension and a $500,000 or so raise. Not bad for a couple of days work.
by Chuck Carlton 11/29/2012 5:06:34 PM
Uh, no. Most coaches like the round-robin and the chance to reach the BCS without having to play a problematic title game. Snyder's preference is likewise grounded in self-interest. It's a lot easier for Kansas State to navigate the Big 12 North and one title game rather than play all the Oklahoma and Texas schools every year -- even though the Wildcats could claim the conference title with a win over Texas.
by Chuck Carlton 11/29/2012 5:09:18 PM
Interesting. Tuberville is in that weird gray area where he's done enough to keep his job at Tech but not enough to have a great chance at any of the prime open jobs. In short, Tech did probably as well as could be reasonably expected, just not enough to have the fans in Lubbock doing cartwheels.
by Chuck Carlton 11/29/2012 5:12:20 PM
He's certainly on the short list nationally. Given the circumstances, I think you also have to strongly consider Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, Penn State's Bill O'Brien, Kansas State's Bill Snyder and Florida's Will Muschamp. Still, Sumlin has to be in the conversation.
by Chuck Carlton 11/29/2012 5:15:57 PM
One, the Big 12 isn't exactly in expansion mode. The conference can afford to be very choosy with the grant of rights and nearly $30M in revenue headed to each school annually beginning in 2014-15. It would have to be a special school that could bump the needle on revenue and be worth getting rid of the round-robin schedule. Notre Dame clearly fit that description before going to the ACC in all sports except football. Would Florida State and maybe Clemson or Georgia Tech fit the bill? Don't know. The conference seems content at 10 for now.
by Chuck Carlton 11/29/2012 5:20:01 PM
Yes, I do. Leaning Johnny Manziel for the moment, but also think Manti Te'o has done really important things for Notre Dame this season. I want to think and crunch numbers the next couple of days. Oh and for anyone wondering about consistency, I did vote Ndamukong Suh over Colt McCoy in 2009.
by Chuck Carlton 11/29/2012 5:22:20 PM
If Texas A&M is off the board, then the likely Cotton Bowl matchup might be LSU vs. Oklahoma or Texas, a pretty good pairing for Fox.
by Chuck Carlton 11/29/2012 5:25:19 PM
Don't think about expansion being about programs and traditions. It's about TV markets and electronic footprints and ability to generate $$$$ for the conference. From that standpoint, if no other, Maryland and Rutgers makes sense for the Big Ten.
by Chuck Carlton 11/29/2012 5:27:21 PM