Texas coach Mack Brown addressed his quarterback derby, which will pit David Ash and Case McCoy against each other for the right to lead the Longhorns' offense.
“They left spring practice even,” Brown said. “We should have a great battle at that position in preseason.
“We have two older guys that have been through a year ... they both won significant games (McCoy against Texas A&M; Ash in the Holiday Bowl vs. California). I feel like one of those guys will separate himself some in preseason and it will give us the other guy to come off the bench and play if need be.”
When asked what makes him think either Ash or McCoy will rise above the other, Brown said he knows it from experience.
“I've got 37 years that says it will probably happen, one way or the other,” Brown said. “If it doesn't separate, you choose one to start the game. If he doesn't play well, you put the other one in.”
BRILES HIGH ON FLORENCE
Baylor's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is gone to the NFL. The Bears now turn to senior Nick Florence.
Seems like a big comedown, and it is. But Baylor coach Art Briles sang the praises of Florence during Big 12 Football Media Days on Tuesday in Dallas.
“We're not going to say, ‘Hey, Nick, this is yours. You're here for 12 games or 13 or 14,' whatever it is,” Briles said. “We're going to make him earn it. We're going to give him an opportunity early because he deserves the opportunity.
“The thing I love about him is that he was salutatorian out of 516 in high school and is already married and already graduated. The guy is already a success story. Regardless of what happens on the football field this year, he's going to be successful.”
WEIS SAYS KANSAS AND NOTRE DAME NOT ALL THAT DIFFERENT
First-year Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who was Notre Dame's coach from 2005-2009, was asked if leading the two programs was all that different.
“No, not really,” Weis said. “You might say the expectations are different. But everyone wants the same thing.
“Notre Dame, as we all know, it's a national school with a national presence. So anytime you said something, it was national news.”
He later said Kansas fans are as passionate as any.
“You couldn't get any more exuberant fans than the people who root for the Jayhawks,” he said. “So really, at the end of the day, they all want the same thing. They want their team to go out there and play competitive football and win.”
BIG 12 NAMES AWARD FOR NEINAS
Chuck Neinas became the Big 12's interim commissioner last September after Dan Beebe was fired, and with the conference in turmoil.
Missouri and Texas A&M bolted for the SEC, but the Big 12 added TCU and West Virginia to get the league back to 10 teams.
Under Neinas, the Big 12 also signed new long-term television contracts and announced the creation of a Champions Bowl, which will pit the Big 12 champion against the SEC's.
“He had a tremendous calming force,” new conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday. “And through his sage advice and insights and experience, we were able to get through a really tough time.”
After praising Neinas, Bowlsby announced that the conference's top coach each year will now be awarded the renamed “Chuck Neinas Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year Award.”
“I'll tell you what, this is an honor which I will cherish,” Neinas said. “It's a complete surprise. … I've had great support throughout my tenure with the Big 12, the staff has been superb, and we couldn't have done it without a lot of hard work by good people.”