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Big 12 football notebook

November 27, 2008

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You, me and McGee

Hard to believe that Texas A&M, struggling mightily this fall, owns back-to-back victories over high flying Texas. Quarterback Stephen McGee, who has missed most of this season with shoulder woes, ran for 95 yards in the Aggies’ 12-7 win over the Longhorns in 2006 and he threw for a career-high 362 yards in A&M’s 38-30 victory last year.

Take KU’s slate, please

Sometimes it’s not a case of how you play as much as who you play. Kansas, for example, did not meet Texas, Oklahoma or Texas Tech last season and finished 12-1. This year, the Jayhawks are 6-5 and they went 0-3 against UT, OU and TTU, teams with a combined record of 30-3. Meanwhile, the three teams KU didn’t face — Baylor, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State — are a combined 17-16.

Long not long for SDSU

Chuck Long, a member of the Oklahoma coaching staff when KU’s Mark Mangino was working for Bob Stoops, stumbled in his first head coaching job. San Diego State fired Long on Saturday. A former Iowa quarterback, Long went 9-27 in three seasons with the Aztecs. He’ll receive a $1.4 million buyout, or $100,000 more than Ron Prince will pick up after his three-year stint at Kansas State.

Sooners’ sack fest

In Texas Tech’s first 10 games, quarterback Graham Harrell was sacked five times. In Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma, Harrell was sacked four times.

Next three-and-out?

If three years is the new benchmark for building a college football program, then Iowa State’s Gene Chizik may be in trouble next season. ISU ended its season with a 10-game losing steak. The Cyclones are 5-19 in Chizik’s two seasons.

Turnover conundrum

How important is turnover margin in college football? Oklahoma leads the nation with a plus-16 in takeaways over giveaways and boasts at 10-1 record. On the flip side, Baylor is ranked No. 3 in the same category at plus-15 and the Bears’ record is 4-7.

Cowboys eye Gilmore

Nebraska receivers coach Ted Gilmore, who played football at Wyoming, is considered a leading candidate for the vacancy created Saturday when Cowboys’ coach Joe Glenn was fired. Gilmore, a Wichita South High product, was tight ends coach at Kansas in 1999.

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