December 16, 2009
Making the morning rounds.
• Missouri is a charter member of the Big Eight/Twelve and seems to have a comfortable niche there, but administrators suggested Mizzou would listen if the Big Ten came calling about adding the Tigers as its 12th school. The main reason, according to the Kansas City Star: Bowl positioning. On top of consistently putting an at-large team in one of the BCS bowls, the Big Ten has three other lucrative January tie-ins for its also-rans, an attractive proposition for a team that's felt snubbed by its destination in the Big 12's bowl lineup each of the last three years. [Kansas City Star]
• The Illinois man accused of illegally taping the infamous Erin Andrews peephole video entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Los Angeles, essentially agreeing to a 27-month sentence as part of a deal with prosecutors (though the judge in the case may levy his own sentence). Andrews attended the hearing, telling reporters she considers Michael David Barrett a sexual predator, continues to endure lewd comments from fans as a result of the video and hopes "he never sees the light of day." [Los Angeles Times]
• Louisiana-Monroe is expected to name Todd Berry its head coach today, a reunion of sorts: Berry was ULM's offensive coordinator in 2004-05 after head-coaching stints at Illinois State and Army, where he was fired after an 0-7 start in 2003 (the Black Knights would finish 0-13). Between Army, Monroe and his latest stop at UNLV, Berry has only been part of one winning season this decade, as quarterbacks coach at Miami in 2006, when the Hurricanes averaged just 19.6 points per game and beat Nevada 21-20 in the Humanitarian Bowl to finish 7-6 before head coach Larry Coker and most of the staff were fired. [The News Star]
• Turner Gill's hiring at Kansas has already improved recruiting of a sort: Three players who either left or had planned to leave the team under Mark Mangino -- running backs Angus Quigley and Jocques Crawford and linebacker Vernon Brooks -- are interested in returning to KU to play for Gill. Brooks and Crawford were both booted from the roster by Mangino but hope to work their way back; Quigley said he was reconsidering his plan to leave the team. [Topeka Capital-Journal]
• One day after his father said he stood behind USF coach Jim Leavitt "100 percent,", Paul Miller, older brother of the South Florida walk-on that Leavitt allegedly struck in the face during the Bulls' win over Louisville last month, called a Tampa radio station Tuesday to call Leavitt "an a-hole" for the way he handled a meeting with Joel Miller days after the incident. "[Leavitt]'s just not a very nice man. He's not a very good coach as far as I'm concerned." [AOL FanHouse]
Quickly ... The Associated Press releases its All-America team. ... A pair of Ohio State backups, Duron Carter and oft-troubled Rob Rose, are likely ineligible to play in the Rose Bowl. ... Florida is still coping with the crushing loss in the SEC Championship game. ... Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans, out since tearing his ACL in the preseason, has returned to practice on a limited basis but won't play in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. ... Oklahoma receiver Jameel Owens, one of the top incoming wide outs in the class of 2008, is transferring to Tulsa. ... And Syracuse may not be all that interested if the Big Ten comes calling.