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Ex-Arkansas RB Denzel Evans’ transfer to Kansas ‘as done as it’s gonna be’

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While it’s not officially official, all signs are pointing to Denzel Evans continuing his collegiate career in the Big 12.

Back in early May, Evans opted to transfer out of the Arkansas football program in a search of a better opportunity at playing time.  Now, a month later, the running back has indicated to Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World that, barring something unforeseen, he will transfer to Kansas and play for the Jayhawks.

“It’s as done as it’s gonna be without me signing,” he said of moving on to the Jayhawks. “I just want to focus on school, develop my game and be ready to go when I touch down in Lawrence.”

Evans will need to complete 18 credit hours in the two summer sessions at Arkansas in order to graduate from UA.  H would then be eligible to play immediately at KU in 2016, and would have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Evans hopes to be on campus and on the field with his new teammates for the start of summer camp in early August.

The past two seasons after redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Evans had played in 15 games.  Evans rushed for 84 yards on 13 carries in his Razorbacks career; 48 of those yards and six of the carries came in the fourth quarter of an Oct. 31 win over UT-Martin this past season.

Evans, a three-star 2013 signee, scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the spring game last month.

WR Darious Crawley announces departure from Jayhawks

LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 17: J.J. Gaines #3 and Jacarthy Mack #11 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders cause wide Darious Crawley #12 of the Kansas Jayhawks to fumble during the game on October 17, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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Another day, another FBS player decides that the playing grass may be greener somewhere.

The latest to leave his original college football home is Darious Crawley, who announced Thursday that he has decided to transfer out of the Kansas program.  The wide receiver made the announcement on Twitter, although that tweet is no longer available.

Lest there be any confusion, the Lawrence Journal-World wrote that “Crawley still appears on the KU roster, but he’s back home in Houston and will not return.”

The past two seasons, Crawley played in a total of 15 games.  As a true freshman, he played both receiver and running back before focusing mainly on the former in 2015.

Last season, his 244 receiving yards were fourth on the team and his 18 receptions were fifth.  His two receiving touchdowns were tied for second on a Jayhawks team that threw just 12 all season.

Big 12 announces return of title game, 20-percent increase in revenue payouts

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For those members of the Big 12 who are fans of title games and money, Friday was a very good day.

In the biggest news of the afternoon, commissioner Bob Bowlsby revealed that the conference has approved a measure that will allow for the implementation — or re-implementation, as the case may be — of a league championship game in football.  The return of the Big 12 title game will come at the end of the 2017 regular season, although details, such as location, are still up in the air.

In perhaps the most surprising news coming out of this particular development, the vote to reinstate the title game was unanimous.

The first-ever Big 12 title game in football coincided with the league’s first season in 1996.  It was played every year through the 2010 season, when conference expansion — the league lost Colorado and Nebraska prior to the 2011 season — and NCAA rules forced the Big 12 to abandon the game.  In January of this year, the Big 12 won approval to stage a championship game without 12 members as previously required by the NCAA.

The Big 12 will continue on with its round-robin schedule — every team playing the other nine schools every season — as required by the new rule.  On twist, however, is that, per Bowlsby, the Big 12 will likely split into two, five-team divisions; how those divisions will be split is to be determined.

And now we come to the money portion of the program, as it relates to this topic specifically and revenue in general.

That financial windfall is on top of the $30.4 million in revenue distribution each member institution received for the previous year, Bowlsby announced Friday. That’s up 20 percent from a year ago, and third among Power Five conferences behind only the SEC and Big 10.  It also doesn’t include third-tier media rights (Texas makes $15 million from that category, Oklahoma $6 million).

There won’t, however, be an additional revenue stream for conference membership as a whole as Bowlsby also confirmed that the conference has scrapped its plans for a league-wide television network. “Not the time for us to consider [a network],” the commissioner stated, with Oklahoma president David Boren saying the idea is effectively dead..

One final note: the conference’s board has authorized the Big 12 staff to work with consultants on “conference composition” — i.e. expansion.  Earlier this month, Bowlsby stated that he hoped the expansion issue would be resolved, one way or the other, before the end of summer.

It still appears unlikely that the Big 12 will add two additional members — Texas is believed to be staunchly against expansion — but it’s a situation that will bear monitoring throughout the next couple of months.

On Big 12 revote, Baker Mayfield gets another year of eligibility

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 5:  Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates a touchdown against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Say this for the Big 12: they very quickly recognized as asinine decision and, to their credit, reversed course.

In a 5-5 vote Wednesday, the Big 12 shot down a rule proposed by Oklahoma that would’ve permitted walk-ons to transfer within the conference without restrictions.  The proposed rule, which failed due to the lack of a clear majority vote as well as disdain for both common sense and fairness, had been dubbed the “Baker Mayfield rule” in honor of the the OU quarterback who transferred from Texas Tech as a walk-on.

Earlier today it was reported that the Big 12 was going to reconsider that rule; in its reconsideration, the conference reversed course and, by a 7-3 vote, approved the measure.

The new measure will allow a walk-on at one Big 12 school to transfer within the conference and not face restrictions if his first school does not offer him a scholarship.  If that school does offer a scholarship, the walk-on can still transfer within the conference but must sit out a season.

As an added bonus for both Mayfield and the Sooners, the rule will retroactively apply to the quarterback, which means, if he so chooses, he would have another season of eligibility to use during the 2017 season.  Mayfield was not offered a scholarship upon leaving Tech, thus his grandfathering in under this new edict.

Mayfield took note of the reversal on Twitter, and seemingly indicated he’ll use that extra year.

Report: Big 12 reconsidering ‘Baker Mayfield rule’

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 28:  Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates with fans after beating the Oklahoma State Cowboys 58-23 at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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That whole thing about the Big 12 rule that was tabled a day ago? Never mind. Pretend it never happened. Maybe.

In a 5-5 vote Wednesday, the Big 12 shot down a rule proposed by Oklahoma that would’ve permitted walk-ons to transfer within the conference without restrictions.  The proposed rule, which failed due to the lack of a clear majority vote as well as disdain for both common sense and fairness, had been dubbed the “Baker Mayfield rule” in honor of the the OU quarterback who transferred from Texas Tech as a walk-on.

The non-passage of the rule could be short-lived, however, as ESPN.com‘s Jake Trotter is reporting that “the Big 12 is reconsidering the rule change with different language.” That language “would allow a walk-on’s school to offer a scholarship to keep him,” and then “[i]f the walk-on then still elected to transfer within the conference, the player would face the league’s transfer eligibility restrictions.”

Should the rule be enacted, it would give Mayfield, a preseason Heisman favorite who finished fourth in the voting last year, another season of eligibility he could use in 2017.