Before the start of Big 12 Media Days, former Tulsa head coach Steve Kragthorpe stepped down as an assistant at Texas A&M, due to a family medical issue.
Kragthorpe joined the Aggies as their wide receivers coach this offseason after serving as the head coach at Louisville from 2007-09. Kragthorpe was fired from Louisville after posting a combined 15-21 record.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Kragthorpe told the media in November his family was leaving Louisville immediately because of a medical condition involving his wife, Cynthia.
"What I tried to do with Steve was make it so he could go home. I said, 'Take care of your business. Take care of what you have to take care of. And as soon as that's resolved, just come on back,'" Aggie coach Mike Sherman said Monday during Big 12 Media Days in Irving, Texas. "We'll save a spot for you, and we'll move forward that way. You know, Steve's an excellent football coach, but, as I said before, an even better person. And I didn't want to lose him. He thought about that, talked to his family about that, but he just felt that the situation with his family up in Tulsa warranted his undivided attention, and there was no timetable, and he felt like he had to devote quite a bit of time up there in the ensuing months. So from that standpoint, Steve decided that that was in his and his family's best interest."
Kragthorpe coached Tulsa from 2003-06. He went 29-22 after the Golden Hurricane had been 2-21 in the two seasons prior to his arrival.
He will be replaced by Troy Walters, the offensive coordinator at Indiana State.
FSN announces it will pick up OU-Air Force, OSU-Washington State
Fox Sports Net revealed Monday it will broadcast OU's Sept. 18 game with Air Force, and OSU's Sept. 4 game against Washington State.
Game time for OU-Air Force will be 2:30 p.m. OSU-Washington State will kick off at 6 p.m.
DeMarco Murray coming to media days
Senior running back DeMarco Murray has been added to OU's Big 12 Media Days traveling party. As previously scheduled, OU will also be bringing coach Bob Stoops, WR Ryan Broyles, LB Travis Lewis and DE Jeremy Beal.
All four players were named to the preseason All-Big 12 team.
The Sooners will take center stage Wednesday along with Texas on the final day of media days.
OU and Texas are the only two schools that will be bringing four players. Everyone else has brought or will bring three.
Pelini not ready to name starting QB
Nebraska might boast one of the top defenses in the country, led by the preseason Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, defensive tackle Jared Crick.
But if the Huskers are to repeat as North champs and make a run at the Big 12 Championship, they'll need more out of their offense. Specifically the quarterback position, where Zac Lee, Cody Green and Taylor Martinez are all vying for the starting job.
Coach Bo Pelini said Monday the competition will continue into the fall.
"We need more out of our quarterback position than we got last year," Pelini said. "It'll be a heck of a competition."
Lee and Green split reps last season, and neither played well enough to separate from the other.
Some Husker fans are clamoring for Martinez, a redshirt freshman, to get a shot. Martinez, a run-first quarterback, took advantage of Lee's absence during the spring (Lee was out after undergoing arm surgery) and mounted a bid for the starting spot.
"You know, any time you have great competition in any position, quarterback position included, it's going to make everybody better, and it's going to make our football team better," Pelini said. "We'll just see how it plays out. We've got a lot of practices before we play that first game. You know, it will be interesting to see how that competition plays out."
Pelini didn't rule out the QB derby spilling into the season.
"If it's clear there's a starter, fine," he said. "If it's not, it's not. I can't look into a crystal ball. You figure it out as you go along."
Bears LB guarantees victory over OU or Texas
Bears senior linebacker Antonio Johnson is not shy about touting which direction he believes the Baylor program is heading.
In fact, Monday, he guaranteed the Bears would defeat OU and/or Texas. This season.
Baylor plays the Sooners on Nov. 20 in Waco.
Baylor's Taylor hoping for turnaround
Going into last season, high expectations fell on Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor, who transferred from Penn State.
Taylor, voted the preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, however, failed to live up to expectations. Weight issues and inconsistent performances plagued him throughout the year.
But there's reason to believe Taylor has turned a corner and could anchor the Bears defense along with Johnson. Since arriving in Waco two years ago, Taylor has dropped 50 pounds, including 25 this off-season.
"I feel like a different player," Taylor said.
Still, Bears coach Art Briles is taking a wait-and-see approach.
"A year ago, if Phil would have walked into this room. ... You'd have wondered why he was walking and not flying," Briles said. "I really, and rightfully so, thought Phil would have an outstanding year. But he really didn't do the things that he needed to do, that we allowed him to do.
"I told him this year, we're going to pass judgment after six ball games. After that, we'll see where he's at."