Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dancing in the Ruins: Bill Stewart remembered, The Champions Bowl, TCU recruiting news, and more.

(Dancing in the Ruins is SWRT's look at the new Big XII Conference that's rising out of the ruins of the old one.)

In Memory Yet Green.
Mickey Furfari remembers former West Virginia head football Bill Stewart who died from a heart attack on Monday. (The Martinsburg Journal)

With friends like these...
A business partner of Texas Tech HC Tommy Tuberville has been indicted on 21 charges including those for fraud and first-degree theft of property. (Opelika-Auburn News)

The Champions Bowl is neither for Champions, nor a Bowl. Discuss. 
Scott Adamson explains how the Big 12-SEC Champions Bowl not only might not pit the conferences' championship-winning teams every year, it might not even feature the conferences' second-best teams playing each other if one or both conference has two teams in the proposed four-game playoff system. (The Anderson Independent Mail)

Reversal of Fortune.
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard comments on the Big 12's one-year switch from being a conference on the endangered species list with the departure of Texas A&M and Missouri, to one standing on firm (if not entirely solid) ground after the addition of TCU and West Virginia. (The Omaha World-Herald)

TCU recruiting news. 
TCU adds Texas high school junior quarterback/safety Ty Slanina to its 2013 recruiting class. (Frogs of War)

Expansion silliness of the day. 
Texas AD DeLoss Dodds admits that the Big12  has talked to Notre Dame in the past about joining the conference, though he is personally fine with the conference remaining at ten members. (CBS Sports)

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