Big 12 Conference
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has a lot of expectations ahead of him, becoming one of the youngest coaches in Division IA football at the age of 33.
The Big 12 is facing an identity crisis at quarterback. There will be many new faces next fall, as seven of the league’s 10 teams had senior quarterbacks.
The Big 12 wants to have a greater postseason presence in Florida and get into more bowls that its fans can reach by car.
A person with knowledge of the deal says Texas Tech agreed to terms Monday with Smith on a contract to be its next coach.
Texas guard Sheldon McClellan, who ranked second on the team in scoring, will transfer after a season of clashes with coach Rick Barnes.
Oklahoma forward Amath M’Baye says he is giving up his senior season and will enter the NBA draft.
The Lady Bears were the top choice for the final 11 weeks of the season and received all 40 first-place votes for the fourth straight week.
Kansas wasn’t about to share this title with Kansas State. Jeff Withey had 17 points and nine rebounds, Perry Ellis and Naadir Tharpe added 12 points each, and the seventh-ranked Jayhawks pounded the No. 11 Wildcats 70-54 on Saturday night to win their ninth Big 12 tournament championship.
Cory Jefferson had his usual powerful dunks for Baylor. The big forward also showed his long-range touch.
Texas Tech and TCU will play their Big 12 opener on a Thursday night in front of a national television audience.
Jeff Withey scored 18 points, Ben McLemore added 14 and No. 9 Kansas routed TCU 74-48 on Saturday to avenge a stunning loss to the lowly Horned Frogs just over two weeks ago.
Trailing by 34 points with mere minutes left in the second half, Texas guard Myck Kabongo refused to retreat to the bench.