Making the morning rounds.
• Give us a home, where the equity roams. Gary Barnett, former coach in the Big Ten (Northwestern) and Big 12 (Colorado), told the Lincoln Journal-Star that "there wasn't the same sense of trust" in the Big 12 that he felt among schools in the Big Ten, and Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds' response to crucial, ongoing media negotiations is a case in point: Though Big 12 and Pac-10 officials have reached the discussion phase in the long-rumored effort to form a joint television network modeled after the Big Ten Network, Dodds told the Dallas Morning News he'd much rather the Longhorns strike out on their own than share the kitty with the rest of the conference:
I always thought that individual institution networks serve institutions better than the conference network. Texas people would rather be able to go to the Texas network and catch all of our sports and all of our events and all of our academic side rather than going to the conference network, where one-twelfth of the inventory will be Texas.
That approach is an extension of the league's current, contentious revenue sharing plan: Without the historical ties the Big Ten has fostered between, say, Michigan and Purdue, mighty Texas may never be willing to concede an equal share of the pie to Iowa State – or to, say, Nebraska and Missouri, which may have options that could rip the conference apart. (Not that it's any skin off Texas' back in the long run.) No wonder commissioner Dan Beebe is seriously considering a come-to-Jesus confrontation at next month's conference meetings in Kansas City, although it probably won't be with DeLoss Dodds. [Dallas Morning News, Lincoln Journal State]
• Nice doing business with you. In more successful television negotiations, ESPN will reportedly pay $155 million a year for rights to ACC football and basketball through 2022, more than doubling the conference's previous contract with ESPN, good for $67 million a year, thanks to a strong bid by Fox that drove up the price. The entire deal is believed to be worth $1.86 billion over 12 years - not quite SEC money, but a windfall nonetheless. [Triangle Business Journal]
• Bronco deadline. The Mountain West, apparently hoping to add Boise State to the conference roster in time to make a run at an automatic BCS bid in the next round of contracts, officially moved the deadline for adding new teams up two months, from Sept. 1 to July 1, on Friday. To get the Broncos in the fold by 2011, the last year of the ongoing four-year evaluation period for an auto bid, the MWC will likely extend an offer after upcoming conference meetings on June 6-8. Boise would have to accept by July 1, or no dice. [Idaho Statesman]
• How about "Tyrone Willingham Field"? Washington may not only move its 2011 home games from Husky Stadium to Qwest Field due to major renovations on the former, but it may not be called Husky Stadium by the time the Huskies return: Athletic director Scott Woodward said Friday that naming rights are on the table to generate more revenue, though "the preference is for it not to happen." [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
• Run, Gator, run. Florida running back Jeff Demps humiliated the field with a scorching 10.06-second sprint in the 100 meters at Saturday's SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the second-fastest time in the NCAA this year and the fourth-fastest in the world. It was also a couple steps off Demps' personal best: As a freshman, he turned in an absurd 10.01 to earn the unofficial title of "fastest teenager on the planet." With fellow track champs Trindon Holliday (LSU) and Jacoby Ford (Clemson) gone, Demps will carry the title of "Fastest Player in College Football" into his junior season. [Knoxville News-Sentinel]
Quickly ... Ole Miss has chosen its student mascot selection committee, which got an awkward pep talk from Houston Nutt. ... Texas A&M wide receivers coach Steve Kragthorpe says getting fired as Louisville's head coach was "a great blessing." ... Inexplicably, Lane Kiffin still trails far behind Heather Mitts in Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive" bracket. Get to votin', folks. ... And more than four months later, Alabama fans are still getting a little verklempt.