Southwest Round-Up: Splitting up the AAC, SMU gets a transfer, Big 12 Agenda

Splitting up the AAC

How do you split up half the country and make sure the competitive balance exists and travel doesn't become unfair. The American Athletic Conference is working on that at the league's spring meeting. 

The AAC welcomes Navy   next year, the American conference will meet the 12-team NCAA requirement for a conference championship. As it stands eight of the 12 American teams share the East Coast time zone.

Proposals from the coaches on the division splits will be presented to the athletic directors and university presidents Friday. The divisions will be announced no later than late July.

SMU's possible transfer

Duke lacrosse player Chris Hipps, a former football standout at Highland Park, is considering transferring to SMU to return to football for a final year of eligibility, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Hipps, 6-4, 211, was one of the top receivers in Texas as a senior for the Scots in 2009, with 86 receptions for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns. Duke won its second straight lacrosse national title on Monday.

As a graduate student, Hipps would be eligible immediately.

TCU's Carter no longer faces ganja charge

A marijuana possession charge against TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter was dismissed Tuesday.

Carter and a TCU soccer player were arrested on suspicion of possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana. Carter's attorney used the classic phrase, "wrong place, wrong time" to describe Carter's arrest. I hate it when that happens.

Because we always throw in useless stats in these stories: Carter caught 31 balls for the Horned Frogs last year. Of note, Carter was granted leave from the team last November and did not participate in spring drills to focus on school.

Big 12 Meetings to discuss crushing smaller, lesser conferences

At the top of the agenda for the Big 12 this week will be the looming changes in governance among the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC).

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been pushing for increased autonomy from the smaller leagues, which would allow the schools with bigger budgets to provide greater benefits for their student-athletes. What those benefits would entail could be something that is discussed this week.

Somebody's about to get paid ya'll.

Big 12 should spend some money on you know educating players

The Big 12 as a whole falls well behind relative to college football’s other top conferences in APR. Most recently, Big 12 football teams have, on average, scored an APR of 948. Only Oklahoma and Kansas State have broken 960, and Kansas and Baylor, not too far behind, round out the group of four that have APR scores over 950.

Compare that to the four other power conferences, which have each averaged APR scores well over 950. The Big Ten is on top at 970, and closely followed by the ACC at 967. The SEC and Pac-12 rank a bit further behind, at 961 and 957, respectively.

Forbes is on the job, so you know it must be some manner of big deal.

Old faces in new places

QB Tyler Matthews has left TCU for Southern Miss.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Kansas native appeared in four games as a redshirt freshman in 2013. Matthews threw for 6,541 yards and 62 touchdowns with only eight interceptions in his high school. He was a top 10 pro-style quarterback out of high school.

Former A&M QB Matt Davis transferred to Tyler JC and now on to SMU.

“It’s a great opportunity, and I’m really excited to play for Coach (June) Jones and SMU,” said Davis, who has not yet signed his financial paperwork but said that will happen “soon” and that his decision is solid and final. “I’ve kept up with GG (Gilbert). I watched him in high school, and I remember when he was thrown into the national championship game against Alabama — he’s a great football player.



Posted on May 29, 2014 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.