Texas Tech, TCU haul in Big 12 baseball top awards

Texas Tech and TCU shared the Big 12 baseball championship this season, so it’s no surprise they also split the major awards in the conference.

Texas Christian’s Evan Skoug (9) hits a grand slam during the sixth inning against UT Arlington at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. TCU won, 6-1. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Red Raiders first baseman Hunter Hargrove and Horned Frogs catcher Evan Skoug were voted Co-Players of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

Tech’s Steven Gingery was selected Pitcher of the Year, and Red Raiders infielder Josh Jung is the Freshman of the Year.

Baylor also factored into the awards. Steve Rodriguez was named Coach of the Year, and right-handed pitcher Montana Parsons was chosen co-Newcomer of the Year, with Oklahoma infielder Brylie Ware.

Skoug leads the Big 12 with 16 home runs and ranks third with 54 RBIs. His .370 average in conference play is fourth in the league, while his 10 home runs and 28 RBIs were the standards for all hitters.

Hargrove topped the league in doubles this season (22) and is batting .347, good for top five in the Big 12. He ranks second in hits with 75.

Gingery paces the conference with an 8-1 record and 1.82 ERA. Gingery has recorded the most strikeouts in a season by a Red Raider since Chad Bettis in 2010.

Parsons had 13 starts and posted a 2.68 ERA with a 5-2 record.

Ware batted .317 and slugged .460.

Jung led the league with 53 runs and batted .351 in conference play.

Rodriguez turned the Baylor program award. He directed the Bears to 30-plus wins for the first time since 2012 and 12 conference wins for the first time since 2013. The Bears reached as high as 10th in a national poll earlier in the season.

TCU chalked up a league-best eight All-Big 12 selections between the first and second teams. Baylor and Texas Tech had five each and Oklahoma four.

Tech earned a league-high four spots on the All-Freshman team.

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2017 ALL-BIG 12 BASEBALL AWARDS

Award                            Name, School               Pos.         Cl.         Hometown

Co-Player of the Year:    Evan Skoug, TCU                  C              Jr.            Libertyville, Ill.

Co-Player of the Year:    Hunter Hargrove, Texas Tech      INF    Sr.       Mansfield, TX

Pitcher of the Year:         Steven Gingery, Texas Tech    LHP        So.        Huntington Beach, Calif.

Co-Newcomer of the Year:  Montana Parsons, Baylor  RHP         Jr.       Conroe, TX

Brylie Ware, Oklahoma          INF          So.        Sedgwick, Kan.

Freshman of the Year:     Josh Jung, Texas Tech           INF          Fr.        San Antonio

Coach of the Year:           Steve Rodriguez, Baylor (2nd season)

ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM

Name, School                                                    Pos.         Cl.          Hometown

Evan Skoug, TCU^#!                                               C              Jr.            Libertyville, Ill.

Brylie Ware, Oklahoma                                           DH           So.           Sedgwick, Kan.

Aaron Dodson, Baylor                                             INF          Sr.           Cypress, Texas

Garrett Benge, Oklahoma State^                            INF          Jr.           Yukon, Okla.

Cam Warner, TCU^                                                 INF          Sr.           Canberra, Australia

Orlando Garcia, Texas Tech*#                               INF          Jr.            El Paso, Texas

Hunter Hargrove, Texas Tech                                INF          Sr.           Mansfield, Texas

Steele Walker, Oklahoma%@                                 OF            So.           Prosper, Texas

Garrett McCain, Oklahoma State                           OF            Jr.            Wylie, Texas

Austen Wade, TCU@                                              OF            Jr.            Midland, Texas

Cody Farhat, Texas Tech                                        OF            So.           Plano, Texas

Braden Zarbnisky, West Virginia                            UTL         So.           Marietta, Ga.

Troy Montemayor, Baylor+                                     RHP         Jr.            San Antonio, Texas

Stephen Villines, Kansas^!&                                   RHP         Sr.           Lake Forest, Calif.

Jared Janczak, TCU@                                            RHP         So.           Belton, Texas

Morgan Cooper, Texas&                                         RHP         Jr.            Jarrell, Texas

Nolan Kingham, Texas                                            RHP         So.           Las Vegas, Nev.

Steven Gingery, Texas Tech*%^                             LHP         So.           Huntington Beach, Calif.

ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM

Shea Langeliers, Baylor                                          C              Fr.            Keller, Texas

Renae Martinez, Oklahoma                                    C              Sr.           San Pedro, Calif.

Matt Menard, Baylor@                                            DH           Sr.           Bridge City, Texas

James Cosentino, Kansas                                       INF          Fr.            Leawood, Kan.

Jake Scudder, Kansas State^                                 INF          Sr.           Rock Island, Ill.

Luken Baker, TCU+                                                 INF          So.           Spring, Texas

Kacy Clemens, Texas@                                           INF          Sr.           Houston, Texas

Josh Jung, Texas Tech                                          INF          Fr.            San Antonio, Texas

Will Brennan, Kansas State                                   OF            Fr.            Stilwell, Kan.

Nolan Brown, TCU                                                  OF            Sr.           Colleyville, Texas

Kyle Davis, West Virginia                                       OF            Jr.            Cincinnatti, Ohio

Cam Thompson, Kansas State                               UTL         Fr.            Pasadena, Texas

JB Olson, Oklahoma@                                            RHP         Sr.           Shady Shores, Texas

Sean Wymer, TCU                                                  RHP         So.           Flower Mound, Texas

Montana Parsons, Baylor                                       RHP         Jr.            Conroe, Texas

Nick Lodolo, TCU                                                    LHP         Fr.            LaVerne, Calif.

Michael Grove, West Virginia@                              RHP         So.           Wheeling, W.Va.

BJ Myers, West Virginia#                                      RHP         Jr.            Flower Mound, Texas

Honorable Mention

Baylor – Tucker Cascadden, Richard Cunningham, Kameron Esthay, Nick Lewis, TJ Raguse, Davis Wendzel

Kansas – Jackson Goddard, Rudy Karre, Matt McLaughlin, Taylor Turski, Blake Weiman

Oklahoma – Connor Berry, Ben Hollas, Jake Irvin, Austin O’Brien, Devon Perez

Oklahoma State – Tyler Buffett, Colin Simpson

TCU – Durbin Feltman, Brian Howard

Texas – Bret Boswell, Kyle Johnston, Travis Jones, Ryan Reynolds, Beau Ridgeway, Austin Todd

Texas Tech – Parker Muskinski

West Virginia – Cole Austin, Jackson Cramer, Jimmy Galusky, Kyle Gray, Darius Hill, Sam Kessler, Brandon White

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Notes: Voting is weighted. Ties in voting created four first team outfielders and two second team catchers.

* Unanimous Choice               +2016 First Team Honoree                     @2016 Honorable Mention                     %2016 All-Freshman Team

^2016 Second Team Honoree                 !2015 Honorable Mention                       #2015 All-Freshman Team

&2014 All-Freshman Team

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Shea Langeliers, Baylor*                                         C                              Keller, Texas

Davis Wendzel, Baylor                                            INF/OF                     San Clemente, Calif.

James Cosentino, Kansas                                       INF                          Leawood, Kan.

Will Brennan, Kansas State                                   OF                            Stilwell, Kan.

Cam Thompson, Kansas State                               INF/OF                     Pasadena, Texas

Brandon Zaragoza, Oklahoma                                INF                          Moore, Okla.

Cade Cabbiness, Oklahoma State                          OF                            Bixby, Okla.

Nick Lodolo, TCU*                                                  LHP                         LaVerne, Calif.

Austin Todd, Texas                                                 OF                            Round Rock, Texas

David Hamilton, Texas                                            INF                          San Marcos, Texas

Michael Berglund, Texas Tech                               C                              Corpus Christi, Texas

Josh Jung, Texas Tech*                                         INF                          San Antonio, Texas

Grant Little, Texas Tech*                                        OF                            Midland, Texas

Alek Manoah, West Virginia                                   RHP                         Miami, Fla.

Patrick Mahomes reportedly robbed in Tyler

Patrick Mahomes II #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on September 29, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 55-19. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

Patrick Mahomes, the 10th overall choice in the NFL draft, reportedly was a victim in an aggravated robbery last Friday night in Tyler.

The former Texas Tech quarterback, selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with their first pick, was one of four victims robbed in a driveaway, according to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

The Tyler Telegraph had this account:

Deputies were dispatched to the 8800 block of Mansion Creek Circle where four people reported being robbed by someone they believed was armed with a handgun.

The victims were in the driveway when a vehicle pulled in behind them, a man approached them, demanded property and gestured as if he was carrying a handgun in his waistband.

The vehicle fled, but deputies were able to locate it. According to KLTV, deputies arrested two males in the vehicle: Michael Blake Pinkerton, 34, and Billy Ray Johnson, 58, and booked both into the Smith County Jail.

Mahomes graduated from nearby Whitehouse High School.

Oklahoma one-ups Texas with Lincoln Riley’s new deal

Lincoln Riley, offensive coordinator for the Oklahoma Sooners, hugs quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners after the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys December 3, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 38-20 to become Big XII champions. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

That didn’t take long.

Just a day after Texas formally approved a record-setting $1 million annual salary for defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, Oklahoma countered Thursday with a contract making offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley the highest-paid assistant in the Big 12 and one of the tops in the country.

Riley will be paid $1.3 million per season in a new three-year deal.

“This has been in the works for a few months,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. “Lincoln’s done a phenomenal job in his two years here and we’re excited for him and his family. They’re great people and have fully immersed themselves into the Oklahoma community. He’s fully committed to OU and what we’re doing as a university and football program, and all of us are looking forward to continuing to work together to develop young men on and off the field, and bring more championships to Norman.”

Oklahoma has done great things under Riley. In 2015, the Sooners ranked fourth nationally in scoring and seventh in total offense. Quarterback Baker Mayfield of Lake Travis finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting, and Riley won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

Last season, the Sooners led the nation in passing efficiency and pass completion percentage. Mayfield and receiver Dede Westbrook of Cameron Yoe finished third and fourth in Heisman Trophy voting.

“I appreciate OU and Coach Stoops taking a chance on me a couple of years ago and the loyalty they’ve shown to my family,” Riley, 33, said. “I want to display my strong loyalty to this school and program in return. We absolutely love living here. It’s a place we relate to, a place we feel very much at home. We’re looking forward to being a part of this university and community for a long time.”

Frisco likely to be 7th Texas bowl, 4th in Metroplex

FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco could be an FBS bowl game site this season, in addition to holding the FCS national title game. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

The state of Texas is expected to have one more bowl game this year, bringing the number to seven.

Frisco, the rapidly growing suburb 35 miles north of Dallas, is in line to host what was formerly the Miami Beach Bowl. The game would be played at 20,500-seat Toyota Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas.

ESPN Events is in the process of acquiring the rights to the three-year-old Miami Beach Bowl, which has been played in the Miami Marlins baseball park, and has been in discussions with Frisco officials to move the game to north Texas.

The game will continue to have an American Athletic Conference tie-in — Houston and SMU are in that league — and the opponent is likely to come from the Sun Belt or Mid-Ameri

ESPN announced most of its 2017-18 bowl schedule Wednesday, with no Miami Beach Bowl nor any designation of a Frisco bowl, but the network noted that additional games may be added.

Toyota Stadium already hosts the Football Championship Subdivision national championship game in early January.

The relocated game would be the fourth bowl in the Metroplex, joining the Cotton (Arlingt0n), the Armed Forces (Fort Worth) and the Heart of Dallas.

The Cotton Bowl will be played Friday night, Dec. 29, the earliest date in the 82-year history of the event. It will be the only bowl that night. The Cotton has sold out every year since moving to AT&T Stadium in 2010.

The Valero Alamo Bowl received a favorable Thursday night slot on Dec. 28.

TEXAS BOWL SCHEDULE

Armed Forces…..Fort Worth…..Sat., Dec. 23…..2:30 p.m…..Big Ten vs. Army

Heart of Dallas…..Dallas…..Tue., Dec. 26…..TBA…..Big 12 vs. C-USA

Texas…..Houston…..Wed., Dec. 27…..8 p.m…..Big 12 vs. SEC

Alamo…..San Antonio…..Thu., Dec. 28…..8 p.m…..Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Sun…..El Paso…..Fri., Dec. 29…..1 p.m…..Pac-12 vs. ACC/Notre Dame

Cotton…..Arlington…..Fri., Dec. 29…..7:30 p.m…..at large vs. at large

+ Frisco…..Frisco…..TBA…..TBA…..American vs. Sun Belt

+ Details to be announced by ESPN Events.

2017-18 college football bowl schedule released

A general view of the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual between the USC Trojans and the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Fans will be happy to know the College Football Playoff semifinal doubleheader will be on New Year’s Day for the 2017 season.

The New Year’s Eve games messed with people’s party plans and ratings suffered.

New Year’s Eve this year will be property of the NFL, the final Sunday of the regular season.

ESPN released the dates for its huge block of bowls and noted that a few others haven’t been pinned down yet. All times are Central:

College Football Playoff

Date Game Location Time (TV) Matchup
Jan. 8 National Championship Atlanta 7 p.m. (ESPN) TBA vs. TBA
Jan. 1 Rose Pasadena, Calif. 4 p.m. (ESPN) Semifinal
Jan. 1 Sugar New Orleans 7:45 p.m. (ESPN) Semifinal

Other New Year’s Six bowls

Date Game Location TV (Time) Matchup
Jan. 1 Peach Atlanta 11:30 a.m. (ESPN) At-large vs. At-large
Dec. 30 Fiesta Glendale, Ariz. 3 p.m. (ESPN) At-large vs. At-large
Dec. 30 Orange Miami 7 p.m. (ESPN) ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/ND
Dec. 29 Cotton Arlington, Tex. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) At-large vs. At-large

Other bowl games

Date Game Location Time (TV) Matchup
Jan. 1 Outback Tampa 11 a.m. (ESPN2) SEC vs. Big Ten
Jan. 1 Buffalo Wild Wings Orlando 12 p.m. (ABC) SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC
Dec. 30 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. TBA (CBSSN) MWC vs. C-USA
Dec. 30 TaxSlayer Bowl Jacksonville, Fla. 11 a.m. (ESPN) SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC
Dec. 30 Liberty Nashville, Tenn. 11:30 a.m. (ABC) SEC vs. Big 12
Dec. 29 Belk Charlotte 12 p.m. (ESPN) SEC vs. ACC/ND
Dec. 29 Sun El Paso, Tex. 1 p.m. (CBS) Pac-12 vs. ACC/ND
Dec. 29 Music City Nashville, Tenn. 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC/ND
Dec. 28 Military Annapolis, Md. 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) AAC vs. ACC/ND
Dec. 28 Camping World Orlando, Fla. 4:15 p.m. (ESPN) Big 12 vs. ACC/ND
Dec. 28 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, Tex. 8 p.m. (ESPN) Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Dec. 27 Independence Shreveport, La. 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) SEC vs. ACC/ND
Dec. 27 Pinstripe Bronx, N.Y. 4:15 p.m. (ESPN) Big Ten vs. ACC/ND
Dec. 27 Texas Houston 8 p.m. (ESPN) Big 12 vs. SEC
Dec. 26 Quick Lane Detroit TBA (ESPN) Big Ten vs. ACC/ND
Dec. 26 Heart of Dallas Dallas TBA (ESPN) Big 12 vs. C-USA
Dec. 26 Cactus Phoenix TBA (ESPN) Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Dec. 24 Hawaii Honolulu 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) MWC vs. AAC
Dec. 23 Birmingham Birmingham, Ala. 11 a.m. (ESPN) SEC vs. AAC
Dec. 23 Armed Forces Fort Worth, Tex. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Big Ten vs. Army
Dec. 23 Dollar General Mobile, Ala. 6 p.m. (ESPN) MAC vs. Sun Belt
Dec. 22 Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas 11:30 a.m. (ESPN) MAC vs. Sun Belt
Dec. 22 Idaho Potato Boise, Idaho 3 p.m. (ESPN) MWC vs. MAC
Dec. 21 St. Pete St. Petersberg, Fla. 7 p.m. (ESPN) C-USA vs. AAC
Dec. 19 Boca Raton Boca Raton, Fla 6 p.m. (ESPN) AAC vs. C-USA
Dec. 16 New Orleans New Orleans 12 p.m. (ESPN) Sun Belt vs. C-USA/MWC
Dec. 16 Cure Orlando, Fla. 1:30 p.m. (CBSSN) AAC vs. Sun Belt
Dec. 16 Las Vegas Las Vegas 2:30 p.m. (ABC) Pac-12 vs. MWC
Dec. 16 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) C-USA vs. MWC
Dec. 16 Camellia Montgomery, Ala. 7 p.m. (ESPN) MAC vs. Sun Belt
TBA Foster Farms Santa Clara, Calif. TBA (Fox) Big Ten vs. Big 12
TBA Holiday San Diego, Calif. TBA (TBA) Big Ten vs. Pac-12
TBA Frisco Frisco, Tex. TBA (ESPN) AAC vs. Sun Belt