Southwest Round-Up: June 3, 2014

Baylor Adds QB for 2016

Grandview High School quarterback Zach Smith made a verbal commitment to Baylor this week.

Smith, who will be a junior in the fall, is the first verbal commitment of Baylor’s 2016 class.

The 6-4, 220-pound Smith completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,940 yards and 33 touchdowns as a sophomore last season.

He was named all-District 12-2A. Grandview's mascot is the Zebras. So there's that.

Art Briles on how his offense would work at the next level.

Art Biles sat down with the Dallas Morning News to discuss a variety of topics including how his offense would fare in the NFL.

“I think that would be interesting. It’s kind of intriguing to me because I think, as opposed to 20 years ago when there was always a trickle-down effect, I think it’s a trickle-up effect now. I think everyone’s trickling up from high school to college to the NFL, and that’s why the games are getting more open and more exciting and more diverse. To me, as a guy that deals on the offensive side most of the time, I think it would be very exciting to get to the NFL level with this type of scheme and see what happens.”

Ags dismiss two from team.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin announced that two Freshman All-SEC defenders are no longer on the squad. Darian Claiborne and Isaiah Golden were arrested on charges of aggravated robbery on Tuesday from an incident that occurred on May 23.

Claiborne emerged as perhaps the defense’s best player late last season. He finished the season with 89 tackles in his 12 games, nine of which came as starts.

Golden held his own well as a true freshman in the defensive trenches of the SEC. We'll see where either or both catch on.

Texas State gets a new locker room.

Big 12 Hands out the cash.

The Big 12 announced that it would distribute a conference-record $220 million as league meetings ended Friday. Eight schools will receive full shares of $23 million each. TCU and West Virginia, which joined the league before the 2012-13 season, each received a partial share of nearly $14 million.

This number doesn't take into account things like the Longhorn Network that should net UT around $15 million this year.

UNT to sport a baseball team by 2016.

On a non-football note. UNT announced that the school has a major sponsor for a new baseball stadium, is courting donors for naming rights for the facility and likely will field a team in 2016-17, although 2015-16 had not been ruled out.

Villarreal said the school soon will announce a major gift that will go toward a baseball program.

UNT last fielded a team in 1988, when the program was disbanded. I assume that season they played for the love of the game and had a lifesize cutout the UNT AD in the locker room so they could rip an article of clothing off after each win.



Posted on June 4, 2014 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.