No crying in Kansas
Kansas might have the best team in the Big 12 North, but the Jayhawks' schedule — crossover games against OU, Texas and Texas Tech — might keep KU from winning the division.
"You can say that," Mangino said. "I can't say that. They'll say, 'He's crying. He's won a few games, and now he's crying.'"
Mangino admitted he would like the Big 12 to adjust the schedule so that the Jayhawks don't play both OU and Texas in the same season.
College football rule changes now will be made every other year. Which means no rule changes in 2010. The major rule changes for 2009 include:
* Changing the rule for only six players on the line of scrimmage to having more than four players in the backfield. In other words, if an offense has only 10 men on the field and six on the line of scrimmage, it's no longer a penalty as long as the players' numbers are proper.
* Rugby-style punters — those who run sideways, then kick — no longer are protected from roughing-the-kicker rules if he is outside the tackle box, which now is defined as five yards on either side of the center.
* On instant replay, if officials rule an incompletion from a quarterback hit in the pocket, but replay shows it was a fumble, the call can be overturned provided recovery by the defense is immediate and clear. Same with a pass ruled forward but shown to be backward.
Texas will don throwback uniforms against Texas A&M this season in honor of coaching legend Darrell Royal. The throwbacks, designed by Nike, were unveiled Saturday during Royal's 85th birthday party at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
The white road uniform will feature a patch with Royal's initials, DKR, on the hip. The Longhorns also will wear helmets in the style of those worn by UT's first national championship team in 1963, a squad coached by Royal.
Texas A&M isn't finding much love from the media these days. Didn't find much at Big 12 Media Days, either. Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson's name tag had him as "Jerod."
"Wow," Johnson said, "I didn't even notice that."
He and his teammates, however, have noticed all the doomsday predictions for their squad, which includes a last-place finish in the Big 12 South.
"We see it," Johnson said. "You can't run away from it. You go to the store and you see it buying groceries and stuff. People are entitled to their own opinions. We didn't win that many games last year. So they can say what they feel about us and they're entitled to it."
Back for another year of fun
Gerald McCoy, who might have been a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft but instead stayed in school, kept the media laughing Tuesday. Mic'd up for his own interview session, McCoy chided the media as a session with Bradford wound down.
"Leave Sam alone," McCoy deadpanned into his microphone as Bradford was surrounded. "If you can hear this, this is your conscience. Leave Sam alone!"
Bob Stoops would like strength of schedule returned to the BCS formula but says he's not going to politick for it.
"I've always felt it encouraged better games early," Stoops said during Big 12 Media Days. "If that's what you want, you guys better start crying for it."
OU fans weren't the only ones ecstatic when Bradford announced he was coming back for his junior season. Gerald McCoy said until he watched Bradford's press conference online, he wasn't sure whether Bradford would stay or go.
Said McCoy, "My eyes got big. I'm not going to lie. I watched the press conference. I kicked the computer when he said he was coming back. I was happy."