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Around The Big 12:
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby spent most of his annual state of the union address at Big 12 media days Monday discussing the scandal that's besieged Baylor University and besmirched the conference this summer.
MetroNews' Allan Taylor believes that waiting on the glacial NCAA won't cut it for the Big 12, and league members who were sullied second-hand by Baylor need the flexibility to administer home-rule justice.
The Big 12 is restoring its conference championship game beginning in 2017, but there are a few significant details that must be decided. By all indications from the league commissioner's comments Monday at Big 12 media days, the 10 teams will be split into two five-team divisions. The division winners will advance to the title game, which the Big 12 hasn't had since 2010, but commissioner Bob Bowlsby suggested the conference's signature nine-game round robin schedule will remain.
Mike Gundy's show-stealing hair, the highlight of Big 12 media days, had all of college football debating what is and what isn't a mullet.
Around The NCAA:
The ACC is getting into the conference network game but taking a different approach than we've seen before.
Remember when the Pac-12 was going to get Texas? Conference realignment has toned down just a bit in the past five years. Compared to 2010, the realignment rumors of 2016 barely register as a blip. But due to the Big 12's dithering on whether to add two teams, the world received a small but intriguing morsel from the Houston Chronicle's Joseph Duarte on Monday: Houston's AD had met with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.
Nebraska was good enough to stay close in almost every game, but the Huskers were both unlucky and error-prone late in contests. Mike Riley's experienced team has to clean that up.
West Virginia football's Tyler Orlosky and women's soccer's Kadeisha Buchanan have been nominated for Big 12 Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
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