Spring football: Nebraska's time, more burning Big 12 questions
Depending on which conference expansion rumor you've read most recently, the Big 12 may soon be without Texas and/or Nebraska and/or Missouri and/or Colorado. It may be adding TCU. Or it may be staying exactly as is. Nobody knows.
The coming Big 12 football season is equally shrouded in mystery. The usual suspects, Texas and Oklahoma, are attempting to replace a bunch of stars. Nebraska lost its biggest star of the decade (
And good luck predicting the direction of Missouri, Kansas State, Iowa State or even Baylor, any of which could be significantly better or significantly worse.
Let's begin with the two teams that squared off for last year's title.
It's been 11 years since the Huskers last won the Big 12, a remarkable drought considering just how dominant a program Nebraska was at the time of the league's inception. They couldn't have come much closer last year in coach
While Nebraska loses its once-in-a-generation defensive tackle, Suh, most believe Pelini will still field another championship-caliber defense.
For the Huskers, it's all about developing a more productive offense, a chore made more challenging this spring due to the absence of last year's starting quarterback,
Unlike four years ago, when then-freshmen
The bigger question may be the pieces surrounding Gilbert. Gone (after six years) is all-everything receiver
In an effort to recapture the type of downhill running game Texas enjoyed back in the days of
Everything that could go wrong did go wrong last fall for
There will be no convenient excuses this fall, however, as rising sophomore quarterback
Stoops' bigger questions this spring are on defense, where he must replace standouts McCoy,
The hiring of a former standout SEC coach won't automatically soothe the pain felt by Texas Tech fans over the school's controversial decision to fire
It was a surprising pronouncement from a guy who preached power football throughout nearly his entire time at Auburn, and who in fact met his demise in large part because of a failed experiment to install the spread offense in 2008. Even more puzzling, as his offensive coordinator Tuberville hired 29-year-old
Tuberville and Brown have said there will be slight "tweaks" to the offense -- more run-pass balance, less checks at the line by the quarterbacks, some new formations, etc. -- but for the most part, they don't want to mess with success. To that end, Tuberville pushed back the start of spring practice two weeks (to March 20) so that quarterback
A brief recap of Kansas' nightmarish fall: 1) Members of the football team get in a scuffle with members of the basketball team; 2) After starting 5-0, Kansas loses seven straight the rest of the way; 3) Somewhere in there, a player accuses coach
The only good to come out of the whole mess is that Gill, one of the nation's hottest mid-major coaches while at Buffalo, returned to the conference he once electrified as a player at Nebraska. His long-term goal is to turn the Jayhawks -- who have regressed considerably since a breakthrough 12-1 season and Orange Bowl victory in 2007 -- into a more consistent North Division contender. In the short-term, it may take everything in his power to keep KU from dipping further.