The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2023.07.31

Hudson visits Lubbock again.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams does a terrific job of re-telling stories about NFL Hall of Famer Zach Thomas. If there’s one thing that you should read today, it’s this.

Via On3’s Collin Ginnan, Lake Belton 5-star receiver Micah Hudson was on campus at Texas Tech this weekend, the 6th visit thus far. This seems significant, however Hudson has not yet committed to any program and I don’t know of any date to commit.

CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli writes that pulling in Colorado to the Big 12 is a short-term solution to a long-term problem:

Colorado returning to the Big 12 feels more like radiation than a cure. I know our attention spans get shorter by the day, but to say the Big 12 “won” ignores all the losses in recent years. We can’t forget why the Big 12 was desperate to poach Colorado from the Pac-12 and why it’s still actively looking to expand.

It has to.

Colorado left the Big 12 following the 2010 season. Since then, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M all left as well and for the same reasons: a better situation and more money. Colorado is the only one returning because Colorado is the only one that didn’t find its better situation. It made a mistake. Colorado threw its lot in with a league struggling to find a foothold in the television markets that now dominate the sport over everything else.

The only thing I’d add is that Fornelli is possibly right about the Big 12 slowly dying, but to do nothing is absolutely the wrong answer and one that we’ve known is the wrong answer for quite some time. Fornelli believes that the Big 12 is losing, just very slowly, and I’m not convinced of that.

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodds writes that the Big 12 would ideally like to go to 14 schools and Arizona is the favorite:

Arizona remains the favorite to fill that 14th spot with Arizona State, Utah and UConn considered other top Big 12 expansion candidates.

Gonzaga, Memphis, San Diego State and UNLV are not considered serious candidates at this point for the Big 12. The league prefers to add a current Power Five school but sees UConn as a top Group of Five option due to its stellar basketball program.

Adding to the wait-and-see aspect, Arizona president Robert Robbins was in London this week representing the school.

This backs up what Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark said earlier this month: He prefers to cap league membership at 14 teams once Texas and Oklahoma depart ahead of the 2024 season. However, that was before Colorado’s migration to the Big 12 became official. The pressure points have changed with that reality.

WildcatAuthority’s Jason Scheer writes that Arizona’s next step should be obvious:

We fully acknowledge that every school in the Pac-12 wanted to keep the conference together. After all, it would have meant that there was a good enough media deal in place and that George Kliavkoff was able to deliver the stability that the conference members want so badly.

Unfortunately, that’s just not the case. There are no hard numbers being presented and no end in sight for the conference.

Kliavkoff held a meeting with Pac-12 Presidents and Athletic Directors on Thursday and sources indicate to WildcatAuthority that it could not have gone worse. At a time where the schools want and need clarity, Kliavkoff was unable to give it.

Athlon Sports ranks the different conferences and has the Big 12 5th, behind the SEC, Big Ten, the Pac-12, and the ACC. Man, I don’t know about all that.

Oregon Live with an early scouting report of Texas Tech.


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