Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Texas Coach Mack Brown Applauds Bob Stoops For Taking Up for Big 12

Last month, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops pointed to Southeastern Conference “propaganda” and suggested the bottom half of the SEC hadn’t done much to justify the league’s lofty image.

At Texas, Mack Brown has Stoops’ back.

“Obviously, the SEC has won a lot of championships and gained the recognition that they have gotten,” Brown said. “I don’t think the Big 12 has gotten proper recognition for all we’ve accomplished in this league. I applaud Bob for standing up and taking up for our league. I think our league needs more and better attention.”

It’s hard to argue with success, but the Big 12 has tried. First, Stoops challenged conventional wisdom.

During spring meetings, several Big 12 administrators noted that on the same Saturday in November that Kansas State’s national title hopes came undone at Baylor, Alabama was facing Western Carolina and Florida was hosting Jacksonville State.

Even though the playoff selection criteria have yet to be disclosed, commissioner Bob Bowlsby made it clear that nonleague scheduling was a Big 12 priority.

“It’s certainly a goal on an incremental basis,” Bowlsby said. “We don’t have a metric to measure strength of nonconference schedule yet. It’s hard to know how much it will help us. But you know it will help us.”

Other schools are being proactive.

Oklahoma, which has historically scheduled as ambitiously as anybody in the Big 12, will continue to do so, athletic director Joe Castiglione indicated.(More at Dallas Morning News)
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