The series of meetings that could very well determine Texas A&M’s future conference affiliation began today as the Big 12’s athletic directors and presidents met by teleconference to discuss the Aggies’ role in league.
We won’t know everything that was said, or if everyone was in attendance, but one of the main points that Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds made sure to point out afterward is that the nine other Big 12 members felt A&M was valuable to the overall strength of the conference.
“Everyone wants them [A&M] to stay” said Dodds, courtesy of tweet from Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman after the meeting. “We’ve been playing them for more than 100 years. Its’ hard. Is A&M leaving for sure? I don’t know that.”
And we may not even know Monday when A&M’s Board of Regents meet to discuss, among other things, “Authorization for the President to Take All Actions Relating to Texas A&M University’s Athletic Conference Alignment.” What seemed like a race by A&M to counter the Texas House of Representative’s Higher Education Committee’s Aug. 16th meeting to air out “matters pertaining to higher education, including collegiate athletics“, has now been downgraded from Threat Level: Midnight to, well, something less serious?
I don’t know; that was an “Office” reference.
Getting back to this issue at hand, it may be difficult for Big 12 representatives to convince A&M to stay at this point — provided the SEC even wants the Aggies. There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding a possible conference realignment apocalypse, but the one area of almost absolute clarity is that A&M does want to move on from the Big 12.
And that’s after the NCAA essentially sided with A&M over high school broadcasts on the Longhorn Network, which was really the supposed reason A&M was all bent out of shape in the first place. We’ve been told A&M officials and those from the SEC have been speaking occasionally since last June, so it’s entirely possible A&M’s disgruntlement over the high school broadcasts was merely a mask for a much deeper resentment.
If that’s the case, an assorted fruit basket from Big 12 officials with a personal apology note from commissioner Dan Beebe may not be enough to keep the Aggies from leaving.
So there you have it.
Late in the third quarter of Saturday’s 37-7 loss to Mississippi State, Derrius Guice sustained an injury to his left knee. While Ed Orgeron downplayed the severity of the injury in the ensuing days, he allowed during his turn on the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday that his star running back is “very questionable right now” for the Week 4 game against Syracuse.
Later that night, on the head coach’s radio show, the very questionable morphed into completely out.
Through three games, Guice leads the Tigers with 300 yards rushing and is tied for tops on the team with four rushing touchdowns. His rushing yards are currently fourth in the SEC; last season, his 1,387 yards were tops in the conference.
With Guice unable to go, Darrel Williams (28-159-4) will likely be next in line to shoulder the brunt of the running-game load.
Mason Rudolph is looking at the rest of the season as an opportunity to continue pushing his way into the Heisman discussion and his team deeper into the College Football Playoff picture. His younger brother, on the other hand, is looking at rehab.
Wednesday night, Clemson announced that Logan Rudolph will miss the remainder of the 2017 season because of a shoulder injury. The defensive end sustained the injury during a Tuesday practice, and will undergo surgery at some point in the future to repair the damage. Rudolph dealt with a shoulder issue late in his high school career, and it’s believed this is related to that.
A four-star member of the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class, Rudolph was rated as the No. 23 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 4 player at any position in the state of South Carolina. After enrolling early and participating in spring practice, the true freshman played in two games as a backup behind starter Austin Bryant. In that limited action, he was credited with three tackles and one tackle for loss.
Because of how few games he’s played, Rudolph would be eligible for a medical redshirt. That would allow the lineman to extend his eligibility out through the 2021 season if he so desires.
Getting back to the famous name-drop in the lede, Rudolph’s older brother, of course, is the starting quarterback for No. 6 Oklahoma State.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are about to host a top-four team at Kinnick Stadium this Saturday night, and it seems there is slightly more trouble trying to sell out the game than anticipated. According to Mark Emmert of the Des Moines Register and Iowa City Press-Citizen (and not the NCAA president by the same name), Iowa still had 4,000 tickets for this week’s game against No. 4 Penn State sitting in the box office as of earlier today.
Price concerns for the game coupled with a delay in knowing the kickoff time apparently had some influence on the unexpected ticket availability this close to the game.
Schools are becoming more and more commonly known for having higher-priced tickets for the more marquee games on their home schedule, and Iowa is no exception. Iowa has tiered ticket pricing for their home games, and Penn State being the defending conference champion with a decent traveling fanbase made this week’s matchup an ideal fit for being priced in the higher tier. Later this year, Iowa’s home game against Ohio State will also be priced at $95. $95, for some, is not worth the effort to go to a game and tailgate all day. It may be fine for a good number of fans, but it’s not for everybody.
Having to wait to know what time a game will kickoff can be a nuisance for those football fans who like to plan ahead. And while a primetime game may be great for exposure, it can be a cumbersome chore for some fans who would much rather stay home and not have to deal with a late-night drive home.
So if you are looking to get a ticket to the game this weekend in Iowa City, you may have a good chance to pick up a ticket.
This weekend when Indiana takes the field, the Hoosiers will be honoring former head coach Terry Hoeppner. To do that on the 10th anniversary of the former coach’s passing, Indiana’s uniforms will have a slight modification to the numbering. Rather than a traditional white block numbering on the front and back, Indiana’s uniform numbers will feature a pattern mimicking Hep’s Rock, which was introduced to the program by the former head coach and remains a fixture within the program.
Hoeppner passed away at the age of 59 in the summer of June 2007. Hoeppner had planned to step away from coaching to focus on a battle with brain cancer that summer, but he fell victim to the disease on June 19, 2007. Though he may have only coached for Indiana for two seasons, his impact on the program was noticeable in helping the program build a foundation. The Hoosiers won four and five games in the two seasons coached by Hoeppner, but the 2007 team carried on his mission to “Play 13” by advancing to the Insight Bowl (now known as the Cactus Bowl). Members of the 2007 bowl team (Indiana lost to Oklahoma State in that bowl game) will be in Bloomington to celebrate the life of Hoeppner, who remains an inspiration for the program to this day.