Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dancing in the Ruins: Gary Patterson, B.J. Finney, recruiting, and more.

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

 I Will Not Go Quietly. 
Baylor is out to prove that it can still compete in 2012 without having Robert Griffin III at quarterback. (The Dallas Morning News)

I am the Anthracite.
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson says he's recently seen the Horned Frogs new Nike anthracite black uniforms. (Frogs O' War)

One Step Beyond.
Iowa State is looking to move forward in 2012 after a surprising 2011 season which saw the Cyclones defeat both Iowa and Oklahoma St. in overtime. (The Des Moines Register)

Junior Achievement.
Kansas defensive coordinator Dave Campo is working to fully integrate JUCO players into the Jayhawk defense. (The Kansas City Star)

When Bronson met Bubba. 
Oklahoma offensive lineman Bronson Irwin recalls the day in 2001 when as a third grader, then-Sooner Bubba Burcham visited his classroom. (The Oklahoman)

Walk on the Wild Side.
Kansas State offensive lineman B.J. Finney has gone from being a walk-on two years ago to a breakout 2011 season being the anchor of the Wildcats' offensive line in 2012. (The Kansas City Star)

Casting Couchman.
Bring on the Cats profiles Kansas St. linebacker Colborn Couchman.

New Kids on the Block. 
Mike Casazza looks at West Virginia freshmen players. (The Charleston Daily Mail)

Recruiting


I Heard it Trough the Grapevine.
Texas high school senior QB Jerrod Heard commits to Texas' 2013 recruiting class. (Burnt Orange Nation)

Something for Joey.
Kentucky high school senior tackle Joey Bloomfield commits to Kansas' 2013 recruiting class. (Rock Chalk Talk)

Insanity


That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore.
Wide Right & Natty Lite reminds everyone the whole deal that the University of Oklahoma may or may not be situated on land stolen from the Indians, and demands to see the deed for the land. It's in a vault in Hawaii. Or maybe it's in a band in the middle of Beverly Hills, in somebody else's name. Don't worry about it.