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Tale of the Tait

Monday Rewind: Oklahoma State; Clock ticking on Turner Gill?

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2011/oct/08/ku-vs-oklahoma-state/86698/ The way I see it, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has two weeks to get things turned around before it really starts to get ugly. That’s not a threat. That’s not me announcing some grass roots campaign to get rid of the guy or even suggesting that he ...

Realignment Today: 3:56 p.m. - Big Day in the Big 12. League unanimously agrees to grant of rights after moving to add TCU as 10th member

Matt Tait

**3:56 p.m. Update:** KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger followed up Gray-Little's statement with a few comments of his own. Here's my story with Zenger's quotes: Intentionally quiet throughout most of the conference realignment chaos that had plagued the Big 12 conference during the past six weeks, Kansas University athletic director ...

Realignment Today: 7:47 p.m. - Missouri curators authorize Brady Deaton to explore MU's options

Matt Tait

**7:47 p.m. Update:** Well, after four-plus hours, Missouri's board of curators officially authorized MU chancellor Brady Deaton to explore the school's options for moving to another conference or staying in the Big 12. This certainly isn't ground-breaking news, but it's not the news the Big 12 would've loved to hear, ...

Monday Rewind: Texas Tech

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2011/oct/01/ku-vs-texas-tech/86518/ Forget the specifics of last Saturday’s loss to Texas Tech. By now, everybody knows the Jayhawks blew a 20-0 lead and gave up more than 500 yards of offense yet again. Flush it. While I probably could sit here and analyze exactly what went wrong, where it broke down ...

Realignment Today: 1:59 p.m. - The latest on Mizzou and the extensive expansion rumors surrounding the Big 12

Matt Tait

**1:59 p.m. Update:** Amidst all the talk of the Cougars joining the Big 12, BYU is holding strong on its vague and safe stance. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/52661404-65/byu-football-conference-expansion.html.csp The article above talks a little about where BYU stands, but, really, the Cougars seem to be falling back on the statement they've made all ...

Realignment Today: 5:55 p.m. - Big 12 pursuit of Louisville 'heating up' while SEC says no schools under consideration as 14th member

Matt Tait

**5:55 p.m. Update:** This from the take-it-for-what-it's-worth file... The San Jose Mercury News' Jon Wilner recently Tweeted a note that said sources are telling him that the Big 12's pursuit of Louisville is heating up. In the same Tweet, Wilner also referenced that Navy and Air Force have standing offers ...

Realignment Today: 5:12 p.m. - With A&M officially gone to the SEC, Big 12 moves forward

Matt Tait

**5:12 p.m. Update:** Real quick.... I didn't mean to overlook the idea that Missouri could still be in contact with the SEC. I just didn't feel like it was worth mentioning in this update. I've talked to enough people who seem convinced that Mizzou will stay that I think it's ...

Realignment Today: 10:12 a.m. - Interim commish Chuck Neinas gazes into Big 12 future, plus Rd. 1 of expansion talk

Matt Tait

**10:12 a.m. Update:** This morning on ESPN's College Gameday, interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said the following regarding the idea of TCU becoming the 10th team in the Big 12: "There seems to be some resistance to adding another team from Texas." Nothing ground-breaking there. We've kind of always ...

Realignment Today: 3:43 p.m. - Neinas conference call set for 5 p.m.; may help uncover Mizzou's motives

Matt Tait

**3:43 p.m. Update:** The Big 12 has announced that interim commissioner Chuck Neinas will host a conference call at 5 p.m. CST tonight. I'll be on it and I'll be tracking all of the action. Probably will be a lot easier to do via Twitter, at least live, and then ...

Realignment Today: 10:08 p.m. - The Big 12 lives; Zenger, Gray-Little release statement; Beebe's out; and Mizzou luke warm in commitment

Matt Tait

**10:08 p.m. Update:** Still some confusion regarding the Big 12's long-term future and Missouri's role in it, but it seems like it's just a matter of time before that gets cleared up. May take some work and may remain precarious for a while, but the work will be done. More ...

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