Baylor leads the way with nine AP All-Big 12 nods

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It’s been a bad a news week for the Big 12 after splitting its championship in ugly fashion, getting shut out of the College Football Playoff, and then passing the blame around the conference like an angry grenade in the news media. So how about some good news for controversy’s favorite conference?

The AP released its 2014 All-Big 12 team on Monday, and One True Champion Baylor leads the way with nine selections, but One True Champion TCU managed to snag both offensive and defensive player of the year honors. The Frogs Oklahoma boasted with seven picks apiece, and Kansas State followed with six.

Oh, and Kansas had as many selections as Texas, and more than Oklahoma State and Texas Tech combined.

Here’s how it broke down:

Offensive Player of the Year: Trevone Boykin, TCU

Defensive Player of the Year: Paul Dawson, TCU

Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Taylor Young, Baylor

Offense – First Team

QB Trevone Boykin, TCU

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

WR Corey Coleman, Baylor

WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

WR Kevin White, West Virginia

TE E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State

C B.J. Finney, Kansas State

OL Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech

OL Spencer Drango, Baylor

OL Mark Glowinski, West Virginia

OL Daryl Williams, Oklahoma

PK Josh Lambert, West Virginia

AP Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State

Defense – First Team

LB Paul Dawson, TCU

LB Ben Heeney, Kansas

LB Pete Robertson, Texas Tech

LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma

DB Sam Carter, TCU

DB Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

DB Chris Hackett, TCU

DB Orion Stewart, Baylor

DL Andrew Billings, Baylor

DL Malcom Brown, Texas

DL Shawn Oakman, Baylor

DL Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

P Trevor Pardula, Kansas

Offense – Second Team

QB Bryce Petty, Baylor

RB Shock Linwood, Baylor

WR John Harris, Texas

WR Curry Sexton, Kansas State

WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

TE Jimmay Mundine, Kansas

C Joey Hunt, TCU

OL Tayo Fabuluje, TCU

OL Quinton Spain, West Virginia

OL Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma

OL Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

PK Jaden Oberkrom, TCU

AP Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Defense – Second Team

LB Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma

LB Bryce Hager, Baylor

LB Jordan Hicks, Texas

LB Jonathan Truman, Kansas State

DB Quandre Diggs, Texas

DB Karl Joseph, West Virginia

DB JaCorey Shepherd, Kansas

DB Nigel Tribune, Iowa State

DL Chucky Hunter, TCU

DL Ryan Mueller, Kansas State

DL Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma

DL Cedric Reed, Texas

P Spencer Roth, Baylor

Gary Pinkel undergoing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for a second time

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Former Missouri and Toledo head coach Gary Pinkel revealed in a TV interview on Sunday night that he is once again undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“I’m doing good. I had to get treatment again for the first time in four years. My cancer came out of remission, and so I had treatment last month. I’m doing fine,” Pinkel told KMIZ. “With my type of lymphoma, you’ll never be healed. But that’s kind of why I retired when I did – I just wanted to not go back and regret working 85 hours a week, 35 weeks out of the year when I could be doing other things with my family and my eight grandkids.”

Pinkel was originally diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May of 2015 and stepped down after that season. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that begins in the lymph nodes and then spreads throughout the body.

“You keep battling it. I’m going to battle it, Pinkel said. “I’ve got a very positive approach to it, and I’m around a lot of good people that are helping me. There’s a lot of people out there with a lot worse cancers than Gary Pinkel has, and so prayers to all of them.”

Since retiring, Pinkel has used his time as a fundraiser for Missouri and also running the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation, which supports children with cancer and also provides mentoring for at-need kids.

Pinkel, 63, was 191-110-3 as a head coach at two schools over 25 seasons.

 

Former Bengals offensive coordinator reportedly joining Florida support staff

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Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is joining Florida’s staff as an analyst, according to Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Benoit.

Zampese spent the 2016-17 seasons as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator after serving 13 seasons as Marvin Lewis‘s quarterbacks coach. Cincinnati went 13-18-1 in Zampese’s two seasons running the offense, which is why he spent 2018 as the Cleveland Browns’ quarterbacks coach and the first part of 2019 as the offensive coordinator for the AAF’s Atlanta Legends.

He is the son of former Chargers, Rams, Cowboys and Patriots offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese.

It is not immediately known what the younger Zampese’s role will be with the Gators, but his experience indicates he’ll work with Dan Mullen and coordinators John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales to develop Florida’s offensive plan and help Brian Johnson tutor the quarterbacks, or perhaps use his coordinator experience to self-scout Florida’s offense and scout Florida’s future opponents.

Arizona launched hostile workplace probe following sexual harassment claims against Wildcat football players

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Arizona launched a hostile workplace investigation into its football program following multiple claims of sexual assault and sexual harassment made by multiple female equipment managers against multiple former Wildcat football players, the program confirmed to the Tucson Daily Star.

Lawyers representing the university did not say when the probe took place, but did say it was sparked by two complaints made by female equipment mangers. From the paper:

In 2014, two UA students who worked as equipment managers separately reported incidents involving nonconsensual sex with football players. In August of that year, police were told that a 21-year-old woman working for the athletic department had sex at least twice with three UA football players while the she was heavily intoxicated. One of the players recorded at least one of the encounters and showed it to other students, the report said.

The woman told police that she lost her job after the recording was released, according to the report.

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While investigating the woman’s claim, UA’s Title IX office approached former manager Jacquelyn Hinek, who had quit her job months before, citing pervasive sexual harassment. After speaking to UA investigators, Hinek told Tucson police that she had been sexually assaulted in April 2013 by several men associated with the football team while at an off-campus party. She said the incident was recorded on a cell phone and later shown to other students. 

“The Office of Institutional Equity conducted a thorough review of the football equipment manager program and there were no findings of sex discrimination as a result of that investigation,” UA spokesman Chris Sigurdson told the paper via email.

The probe was one of three major investigations into the football program.

Arizona is currently being sued for Title IX violations by an alleged victim of former Wildcats running back Orlando Bradford, whom the victim says hit, choked and imprisoned her over a 2-day period in September 2016. Bradford is currently serving a 5-year prison sentence, but the Title IX suit seeks to depose a number of key figures within the football program, including former head coach Rich Rodriguez, who himself was the subject of a hostile workplace investigation in 2017. Allegations of sexual harassment made by his former assistant led to his dismissal last January. Rodriguez has denied any sexual harassment claims, arguing instead they were an extortion attempt against him.

In total, Arizona said it investigated 27 athletes or athletic department employees for sexual harassment, sexual assault or domestic violence from 2012 through ’17 (the period coinciding with Rodriguez’s hiring and firing), eight of them involving the football program.

UConn reportedly looking to keep football program in FBS, not FCS

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All the reporting that came out since the bombshell reports saying Connecticut is looking to leave the American Athletic Conference to rejoin the non-football Big East have confirmed that, yes, this is really happening, likely in time for the 2020-21 athletic year. The reporting has also said that UConn’s soon-to-be-homeless football program will not drop down to FCS, but instead join a different conference or try to make it as an FBS independent.

On Saturday, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy tweeted that UConn has determined it will not return to FCS, where the program competed for most of its history before joining the then-power conference Big East in 2004.

On Sunday morning, NCAA.com’s Andy Katz followed with a note saying it looked like the Huskies will try to make a go of it as an independent, writing that UConn will attempt to schedule neighbors like UMass (a fellow independent), Boston College, Syracuse and Rutgers while honoring existing contracts for home-and-homes with Duke, Illinois, NC State and others.

For a check in with someone who might actually know something, let’s see what Huskies head coach Randy Edsall has to say.

Oh, well.

Either way, it sounds like the train is moving and we could hear something official sooner rather than later.