Dalvin Cook sets down the PlayStation controller and takes a seat on the couch in his new apartment in Boca Raton, a temporary home before the NFL draft. Cook’s new pearly white Mercedes sits in the condominium parking lot outside. There’s a glass bowl on the coffee table, mounted upon a trophy base filled with fake oranges commemorating Cook’s final game as a collegian, when he willed one football powerhouse over another.
Part two of our series is the Big 12, where we could be headed toward another season with two teams from the Sooner State atop the standings. Key takeaway: The days of Art Briles and his high-flying offense are over at Baylor with Matt Rhule, by way of Temple, in the fold. As evidenced by Saturday’s spring game where quarterbacks — gasp! — lined up under center, things are going to be different moving forward on the field as the Bears strive to clean things up off of it.
The prohibition of alcohol at football stadiums has undergone one interesting about-face in college athletics the past 15 years or so. While various suite levels at stadiums across the country have generally had access to a few adult beverages, there’s been some very large programs that have opened up the taps in the general seating areas the last few years. From West Virginia to Texas to Ohio State, more and more programs are selling beer and/or liquor across the board and raking in hundreds of thousands (if not millions) in added revenue while doing so.