Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dancing in the Ruins: Landry Jones ranked, Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy, and more.

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the Big XII Conference. Or at least what's left of it.)

All Along the Watchtower.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones leads Matt Murschel's list of the "Ten players to watch this season in the Big 12." Texas running back Malcolm Brown and West Virginia QB Geno Smith also make the list. (The Orlando Sentinel)

One good list deserves another. 
Landry Jones and Geno Smith also make Athlon Sports' "Big 12 Quarterback Rankings," with Smith taking top honors and Jones coming in third. (Athlon Sports)

Two to look out for.
Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma (Oct. 27) and Miami at Kansas State (Sept. 8) makeMike Huguenin's list of the best nonconference games of 2012. (Yahoo! Sports)

Raise the roof.
Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy and his coaching staff get huge pay raises. (The Tulsa World)

Spring forward. 
Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops talks about the upcoming Apr. 14 Sooner spring game. (ESPN Sooner Nation)

Keep it simple, Sooner.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma offensive coordinator (and Bob Stoops' brother) Mike Stoops is working to simplify the Sooner offense. (The Oklahoman)

Paul Rhoads shows Courtney love.
Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads says that Courtney Messingham "has done well handling the increased responsibility" since being promoted to the role of the Cyclone's offensive coordinator. (AP via The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald)

Dodging the bullet. 
Baylor avoids NCAA sanctions on its men's and women's basketball teams after it self-imposes penalties involving improper text messages and phone calls. (Our Daily Bears)

Laying it on the line. 
Don Williams looks at Texas Tech's 2012 offensive line. (The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

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