Big 12 football recruiting: team-by-team report, rankings

Team-by-team Big 12 recruiting analysis, arranged in order of 247Sports composite national rankings:

TEXAS LONGHORNS

National rank: 3

Easily Texas’ best class since 2012. Only Georgia and Ohio State did better. It’s the first time Texas has out-recruited Alabama since 2010. Tom Herman pulled it off by running the SEC, and everyone else, out of the state. The Longhorns signed the top five players on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 list of top state recruits, seven of the top 10 and 10 of the top 15. There are a near-record 17 Fab 55 honorees in the 27-man group. … Texas’ 17 four-star recruits are second nationally to Ohio State’s 20. … Texas had lost the title of DBU to several other programs in recent years, but this class could go a long way toward restoring it. The four highest-rated Longhorns recruits — led by five-star safeties Caden Sterns and B.J. Foster — are DBs. … Late addition Joshua Moore highlights a group of three high-end, four-star WRs. … The only nit to pick involves the defensive line, although the signing-day additions of DTs Keondre Coburn and Moro Ojomo help. … Look for Keaontay Ingram to rather quickly brush aside the competition at RB.

Midway’s Tanner Mordecai scrambles away from Lake Travis’ Jayden Hutchings (13), Mateo Lopez (11) and Patrick Medina (9). Mordecai was Oklahoma’s only quarterback signee. Photo by Jay Plotkin

OKLAHOMA SOONERS

National rank: 9

Lincoln Riley’s first recruiting class, 22 players strong, was an enormous success, easing fans’ fears after Bob Stoops’ departure. Riley looks like quite the closer in regards to defensive linemen. On Wednesday, the Sooners secured the nation’s No. 4 DT Michael Thompson, one of their five additions on the second signing day. On Dec. 20, the initial signing day, they grabbed U.S. Army All-American Ronnie Perkins, the nation’s No. 5 DE. Both are from St. Louis. … OU hauled in six consensus top-100 players, starting with 6-foot-7, 320-pound OT Brey Walker, a five-star talent. … Four Fab 55 players are included: OLB DaShaun White (No. 19), who flipped from Texas A&M; WR Jaquaylin Crawford (No. 20); OT Darrell Simpson (No. 32); and QB Tanner Mordecai (No. 35) of Waco Midway. … Thompson, Perkins, Walker and White should see playing time in short order. … Eight players are from Texas, six from Oklahoma and four from Florida.

TCU HORNED FROGS

National rank: 25

Gary Patterson reeled in arguably his best recruiting class, yet it ended with a thud. The Horned Frogs had hoped for a late push but saw things breaking the wrong way as several hopefuls made late announcements to go elsewhere. The Frogs, with just five additions in a 22-man group, fell from 20th after the first signing period, yet they remained third in the Big 12. … Justin Rogers, the No. 2 dual-threat QB in the country, is TCU’s highest-rated signee ever, though the Bossier City, La., star missed most of his senior season with a knee injury. … The three Fab 55 players are: WR Tevailance Hunt (No. 21); CB Trevon Moehrig-Woodard (No. 27); and S Atanza Vongor (No. 40). … Two Austin-area talents in the class are Manor DE Ochaun Mathis and Wimberley OL Ian Burnette. … The Frogs thrived along the OL and struggled along the DL. … Late misses included WR JaMarr Chase (LSU) and OLB Aaron Brule (Mississippi State).

BAYLOR BEARS

National rank: 29

Matt Rhule’s first full recruiting cycle produced a major uptick. Although the Bears fell seven spots in the 247Sports composite team rankings from their lofty Dec. 20 perch, their highly regarded 22-man class is a unqualifed win for the program. No other team with anything approaching a 1-11 record flirted with the top 25. … The one player Baylor added Wednesday was OG Johncarlo Valentin, the No. 1 junior college recruit at his position. Rhule had ties to the Philadelphia native as a high schooler, when he was a four-star recruit. … QB Gerry Bohanon is the headliner. The No. 1 player from Arkansas chose the Bears over Auburn, Oregon, North Carolina, Louisville and Arkansas. … The three Fab 55 players are: RB Craig Williams (No. 46); WR Joshua Fleeks (No. 51): and WR Kalon Barnes (No. 52). … WR BJ Hanspard, son of former Texas Tech great Byron Hanspard, is the 30th best player in the state according to 247Sports composite.

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

National rank: 33

Another Big 12 program that basically had its class set Dec. 20, OSU made only two additions and therefore lost six spots in the composite ratings. … The Cowboys rounded out their group with DE Amadou Fofana and DT Samuela Tuihalamaka, both three stars. Those two received little attention from Power Five programs. … Skill-position talent was desperately needed with record-setters Mason Rudolph and James Washington leaving. It was addressed with OSU’s two highest-rated signees: QB Spencer Sanders and WR C.J. Moore. Sanders of Denton Ryan was the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year after finishing with 3,845 yards and 54 TDs passing and 1,380 yards and 16 TDs rushing. The 6-5 Moore fell just short of five-star status. … The Pokes signed four OL prospects who are 6-5 or taller. … DE Braden Cassity of Westlake is one to watch, though he probably needs some time to bulk up.

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

National rank: 34

Not only did WVU round up one of its better classes, it did it without relying on junior college players; only five of 22 signees are transfers. The additions Wednesday were brothers Joe and Mike Brown, both offensive linemen. Joe is a transfer from Miami; Mike de-committed from Kansas. They should get chances to play because the guard position has been thinned out. … DE Dante Stills, son of former Mountaineers linebacker Gary Stills, is a consensus four star, as is DB Kwantel Raines, the No. 7 player from Pennsylvania. … WVU dropped four spots in the final rankings. … The Mountaineers win the Big 12’s most traveled award, picking off players from 12 states, including four from Georgia.

IOWA STATE CYCLONES

National rank: 52

The Cyclones posted their highest finish in 247Sports history and were one of the few conference teams to move up, rising four spots in the national rankings from the first signing day. The crown jewel Wednesday was Brock Purdy, a late-blooming QB from Arizona who had offers from Alabama, Texas A&M and Central Florida among others. … ISU also signed speedy Georgia WR Tayvonn Kyle, fending off West Virginia, Maryland and Purdue. … The top recruit is four-star WR Joseph Scates, the No. 8 player from Ohio. … Dual-threat QB Re-al Mitchell, from California power St. John Bosco, is an exciting addition. … Sean Shaw Jr., a 6-6 wideout, snagged 40 TD passes for his career. … Eleven states were represented overall.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS

National rank: 64

When you’re 3-33 overall and 1-26 in league play but still have a job, you’re desperate for immediate help. David Beaty knows he needs to approach .500 this year or else. So he signed 11 junior college players, topped by DEs Najee Stevens-McKenzie and Azur Kamara. … The Jayhawks lured their first Rivals top-100 player in school history, CB Corione Harris of New Orleans. RB Anthony Williams of Boutte, La., is a second consensus four-star get. … Rockdale QB Torry Locklin is fresh off a Class 3A, Division I state-title season in which he rolled up nearly 5,000 total yards and 57 TDs. … KU may have a sleeper in ILB Kenny Bastida, a Floridian who drew late interest from Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina.

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

National rank: 68

It’s a pretty typical Bill Snyder class, finding under-recruited diamonds in the rough and players who fit the system. Seven pieces were added Wednesday. The name that stands out is WR Hunter Rison, a transfer from Michigan State who is the son of former NFL star Andre Rison. … CB Darreyl Patterson, one of five junior college players, is plenty good enough to have a shot at early playing time. … Snyder usually redshirts nearly all his high school signees, but safeties Lance Robinson and Wayne Jones could be exceptions. … The Wildcats were the only Big 12 school to sign a fullback, Luke Sowa. … There are five players from Texas and Kansas and four from Georgia in the 21-man class.

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

National rank: 74

With the basketball team ranked an all-time high seventh in the nation, maybe Tech fans won’t fret over their football class being the lowest-rated among all Power Five programs. They added five players to a group that plummeted 16 places from Dec. 20 and ended up trailing schools like Florida International and Tulane. … Houston Lamar scatback Ta’Zhawn Henry is the best of Wednesday’s additions. … Hard to fathom, but 13 of the 17 signees play offense. Not a recipe to fix a perennially weak defense. … QB Alan Bowman is an excellent prospect and threw for 11,393 yards and 119 TDs in his Grapevine career. … Four of the top players are wide receivers, naturally. Leading the way is four-star Erik Ezukanma. … Tech landed two locals: Burnet WR Sterling Galban and New Braunfels OT Weston Wright.

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

Top Texas Tech receiver Giles will transfer

ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: Jonathan Giles #9 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders gets yards after catch during the game against the Baylor Bears on November 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Baylor 54-35. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

Top Texas Tech receiver and Biletnikoff Award semifinalist Jonathan Giles announced Friday he is transferring.

“Texas Tech was a dream school for me growing up as a kid, so to wear the Double T was truly an honor and privilege,” he said on Twitter. “However, I have made the decision that it’s best to pursue my dreams and academics elsewhere.”

Giles, a junior, was fourth in the Big 12 in receiving yardage last year, with 1,158 yards on 69 catches. He rolled up 13 touchdowns, third-best in the league.

Coming out of Sugar Land Elkins, Giles was a consensus three-star recruit.

Tech lost quarterback Patrick Mahomes early to the NFL draft.

The Red Raiders will return their other top receivers: Cameron Batson, Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell.

Final NFL mock draft: Browns will take A&M’s Myles Garrett

FILE – In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett (15) tries to get around Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz during the second half of the Texas Bowl in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)

Hours before the NFL Draft, reports out of Cleveland indicate the Browns do, indeed, plan to take the overall top prospect, Myles Garrett, with the No. 1 pick.

Reports have been that the coaching staff wanted the Texas A&M star pass rusher all along, but that parts of the front office/ownership were more keen on North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Trubisky is a home-town kid for Cleveland, a graduate of suburban Mentor High School and a former Mr. Ohio as the player of the year in the state.

Now the plan is to take Garrett No. 1 and then look into trading up from No. 12 — Cleveland’s second first-round selection — to grab Trubisky. Jacksonville, at No. 4, and Tennessee, at No. 5, are potential trade partners.

The only thing that could change the Browns’ thinking is if someone overwhelms them with a package for the No. 1 choice, or if the asking price to trade up for Trubisky gets too high.

Still, with owner Jimm Haslem and others seeing Trubisky, who started just 13 games at North Carolina, as a potential Bernie Kosar for Cleveland — you know, local boy comes home to save the franchise — you can pretty much bet on the Browns trading up for him.

Problem is, Trubisky is a player generally rated in the 20s and even 30s on most big boards. His upside may be of an Andy Dalton middle-of-the-pack NFL starter. But the Browns do need a quarterback, and Trubisky may be the best of a less-than-stellar bunch this year.

A savvy NFL team would probably either show patience and see which QB is available at No. 12 — or wait til next year when USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen figure to be available. Both are better prospects than any quarterback in this class.

AMERICAN-STATESMAN NFL MOCK DRAFT

Team…………,.Player……………..Pos….School

  1. Browns……Myles Garrett………….DE…..Texas A&M
  2. 49ers……….Jamal Adams………….S……..LSU
  3. Bears……….Jonathan Allen……….DE…..Alabama
  4. Jaguars……Leonard Fournette…..RB…..LSU
  5. * Browns….Mitch Trubisky………..QB…..North Carolina
  6. Jets………….O.J. Howard……………TE…..Alabama
  7. Chargers…..Solomon Thomas…….DE…..Stanford
  8. Panthers…..Christian McCaffrey…RB…..Stanford
  9. Bengals…….Haasan Reddick……….LB…..Temple
  10. Bills………….Marshon Lattimore….CB…..Ohio State
  11. Saints……….Derek Barnett………….DE…..Tennessee
  12. * Titans…….Mike Williams…………WR…..Clemson
  13. Cardinals….Marlon Humphrey……CB…..Alabama
  14. Eagles……….Charles Harris…………OLB…Missouri
  15. Colts…………Reuben Foster…………ILB…..Alabama
  16. Ravens………Corey Davis…………….WR…..Western Michigan
  17. Redskins……Dalvin Cook…………….RB…..Florida State
  18. Titans………..Malik Hooker……………S…….Ohio State
  19. Buccaneers…Cam Robinson…………OT…..Alabama
  20. Broncos……..Ryan Ramczyk…………OT…..Wisconsin
  21. Lions………….Taco Charlton………….DE…..Michigan
  22. Dolphins…….Tre’Davious White……CB…..LSU
  23. Giants………..Garrett Bolles…………..OT…..Utah
  24. Raiders………Malik McDowell……….DT…..Michigan State
  25. Texans……….Deshaun Foster………..QB…..Clemson
  26. Seahawks……Forrest Lamp…………..OG…..Western Kentucky
  27. Chiefs…………Patrick Mahomes……..QB…..Texas Tech
  28. Cowboys……..Jordan Willis…………..DE…..Kansas State
  29. Packers……….Alvin Kamara…………..RB…..Tennessee
  30. Steelers……….Jabrill Peppers…………..S……Michigan
  31. Falcons………..Carl Lawson……………DE…..Atlanta
  32. Saints…………..John Ross………………WR….Washington

Baylor’s Rhule lauds former Lake Travis QB Charlie Brewer

Former Lake Travis High School star Charlie Brewer accepts the state championship game offensive MVP honors from the UIL’s Susan Elza. (Photo by Jay Plotkin)

Charlie Brewer, the best player in the state of Texas last high school football season and a national record holder, is turning heads at Baylor, his new school.

Brewer graduated early and is enrolled at Baylor for the spring. He’s currently going through spring drills, vying for playing time behind Zach Smith, who ended the season as the Bears starter, and Anu Solomon, a transfer from Arizona.

Under new coach Matt Rhule, Baylor is installing a new offense that will have some up-tempo elements as well as a physical, pro-style attack.

Rhule talked to the media Wednesday and brought up Brewer’s name when he was asked about freshman receiver R.J. Sneed. Like Sneed, Brewer already was committed to another school when Rhule was hired in December. Sneed had been a pledge to Mississippi, Brewer to SMU.

Rhule said: “He and Charlie Brewer, they should be at the prom right now, they should be sitting in like homeroom right now. They are really mentally and physically light years ahead of where you would think a kid would be at that time. … They’re high character kids, they’ve spent a lot of time at football.”

Rhule said that Brewer and Smith are always spotted together at the football complex.

Brewer, who led his team to the state championship, was selected as high school player of the year by the Associated Press Sports Editors. His single-season completion percentage of 77.4 broke a national record, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Brewer threw for more than 3,900 yards and rushed for more than 700.

 

 

 

 

 

Big 12 will dock Baylor 25 percent of revenue pending outcome of review

From the Big 12 Conference:

The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors voted unanimously to withhold one-quarter (25 percent) of future revenue distribution payments to Baylor University, pending the outcome of third-party verification review of required changes to Baylor’s athletics procedures and to institutional governance of its intercollegiate athletics programs, among other matters.

In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor helmets on shown the field after an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. Baylor University will look to rebuild its reputation and perhaps its football program after an outside review found administrators mishandled allegations of sexual assault and the team operated under the perception it was above the rules. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor helmets on shown the field after an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. Baylor University will look to rebuild its reputation and perhaps its football program after an outside review found administrators mishandled allegations of sexual assault and the team operated under the perception it was above the rules. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

“The Board is unified in establishing a process to verify that proper institutional controls are in place and sustainable,” said University of Oklahoma president and Big 12 Conference Board of Directors chairman David Boren. “Effective immediately, the Conference is withholding 25 percent of Baylor’s share of any future revenue distribution until the proper execution of controls is independently verified.  By taking these actions the Board desires to ensure that the changes that were promised are actually made and that systems are in place to avoid future problems. The proportional withholding of revenue distribution payments will be in effect until the Board has determined that Baylor is in compliance with Conference bylaws and regulations as well as all components of Title IX.”

Baylor was not included in the Board vote and will be responsible for all associated costs.

Statement from Baylor Interim President David E. Garland

Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland statement on Big 12 Board action today:

“Upon learning the scope and scale of the troubling incidents that occurred within our campus community through an independent investigation, Baylor University took unprecedented corrective actions that led to leadership changes within the University administration and athletic department and 105 recommendations to strengthen the safety and security of our students. No other university in the country has responded as aggressively and decisively as Baylor regarding incidents of sexual assaults on its campus.

“Under the University’s new leadership, Baylor has demonstrated a firm commitment to athletics compliance and integrity, increased awareness and prevention of sexual assault, implementation of Title IX best practices and providing comprehensive support services for any student in need of them. Baylor already had planned to hire an outside auditor to audit the implementation of our enhanced practices, and we welcome the Big 12 Conference’s request of an independent review. While the withholding of conference distributions is an unexpected financial event, we do not deem these actions to materially impact the overall financial position of the University. We pledge our full cooperation, and we will work with the Big 12 Conference to conduct the audit as expeditiously as possible.

“This third-party review at the request of the Big 12 Conference will provide an opportunity for us to demonstrate our progress to date and our ongoing commitment in establishing Baylor as a leading institution in athletics compliance and governance and for preventing and addressing sexual assaults on college campuses.”

More details soon.