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Think way back, all the way to last Friday, when West Virginia had only three football commitments and its 2017 recruiting class seemed destined to look like the bread aisle before a winter storm. Two pledges in 24 hours helped stem the alarms.
After three days, 40 rounds and 1,206 picks, the waiting is not quite over for Randy Mazey, though the West Virginia baseball coach's patience won't be tested quite as profoundly as he first feared.
Around The Big XII:
Baylor continues to stay in the news, and the school's board of regents may be close to making a mind-numbingly stupid decision. A week after it bubbled to the surface that Baylor might consider reinstating Art Briles following some sort of suspension, it appears that matters are coming to a head.
The Big 12's decision to add a conference championship game makes complete sense. The cash windfall of an additional $30 million dollars in revenue as well as the addition of the much-talked-about 13th data point made it a no-brainer during Big 12 meetings. For coaches the equation is a little different. There are clear positives and negatives that come with the addition of a conference title game. ESPN took a look at three pros and three cons of a Big 12 title game from a coaches' perspective.
Around The NCAA:
First-year Miami head coach Mark Richt inherits a roster that is high on athleticism and low on depth. Richt should raise the bar for The U, but his first-year success will depend on how much progress Miami can make in both run offense and defense.
Another domino in the quarterback recruiting race fell Sunday night as Tate Martell committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Martell has been on the recruiting radar for a half decade now, first committing to Washington at age 14. He made news by later committing and then decommitting from Texas A&M, a move that ultimately led to a Texas A&M coach's embarrassing subtweets.
This is nice and all, but GIVE ME MY COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME BACK
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