DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 04: Reporter Erin Andrews Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts Eli Manning of the New York Giants DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals and Ty Murray MMA champion Randy Couture and NFL Legend Archie Manning attend the "ZigTech Cowboy Up Challenge" hosted by Reebok as MMA champion Randy Couture rides a mechanical bull on February 4 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) For no reason at all.
We're mixing things up this morning. These are the 10 things that I found this morning, please feel free to post your own in the comments.
2. Tommy Tuberville shares life lessons, experiences with seminar students - The Daily Toreador: News and Tuberville shares with students his advice on sacrifice, leadership | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville talked to students about what it takes to sacrifice to get to where he is today. I honestly think that a lot of coaches have similar stories in that they were paid very little to join the club. Here's Tuberville:
"He advised students to find a career they love. ("If you don't like it, you're not going to be very good at it, because you're not going to spend the time.") He also told them to be willing to sacrifice. ("If you're going to be successful in something, make something happen, you're going to have to sacrifice.")
3. Big 12 and Fox Sports Media Group Announce Landmark Agreement - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site and What the Big 12's new TV deal means - Big 12 Blog - ESPN and Dan Beebe, Big 12 hit paydirt with Fox Sports deal - Andy Staples - SI.com
I haven't had the time to really take a look at all of this, but this is the Big 12's second tier rights and it's for a lot more money to be split with fewer schools. Here's a bit from Staples' article:
Wednesday, the Big 12 agreed to a 13-year deal with Fox Sports for the league's second-tier media rights beginning in 2012. And games won't appear only on Fox's sometimes hard-to-find regional sports networks. They'll also appear on basic cable's FX, which is available in 98 million households. That's only a million fewer households than ESPN and ESPN2. (In case you don't know where FX is on your system, find it and watch Justified, the best show on television right now.) According to Sports Business Journal, that deal will pay the 10-member league $90 million annually. That's $30 million a year more than the first-tier deal with ESPN/ABC that runs through 2016. Who could have predicted such a windfall? Dan Beebe, that's who.
This was interesting to me and thought you might like it too. Here's the concept for the blog:
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America's most perilous period -- using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.
Nice to see a mid-week series win. Now, we need a series win in conference.
Five more things after the jump.
MacArthur senior Jace Amaro broke a 23-year-old District 26-5A record with a shot put throw of 62 feet, 10 inches.
"There are two things that really standout about Jaron. He can handle the basketball like he is a point guard and that really gives him a chance at a great future. Secondly, we will have him for three years which is a unique situation coming from junior college."
"Kader is one of the most respectful young men I have ever met," remarked Gillispie. "He comes from a very unique family situation and is just an incredible person. As a student, he is just off the chart. Kader is tall, long, athletic and light on his feet. He led the league in shot blocks last year which is really impressive considering how competitive that conference is. He is still growing and improving and is eager to learn and really wants to be at Texas Tech."
Want to cure your own pig jowls? I love The Morning News and thought this was pretty good.
Potts comes from a pass happy offense at Texas Tech, so transition to a drop offense may be a challenge for him. Has a good arm and decent pocket presence.
Blair credits Texas Tech and the Lubbock community for helping him become the person and coach that turned around the program at Texas A&M, taking it from the Big 12 Conference cellar when he took over in 2003 to national prominence.