Welcome to what we unashamedly believe will become the next great college football vertical.
Big 12 Diehards will provide our spin on the nation’s most exciting college football conference.
Our mission will follow the same high standards of SEC Country, Land of 10 and All 22. Big 12 DieHards will have all that — and more — for Big 12 diehards and other college fans.
We’ll get you the news as it breaks. We also promise to deliver some of the conference’s most topical recruiting news.
My experience dates to the formative stages of the conference; I was there when it was formed. Nebraska and Texas battled over everything from partial qualifiers to where the league offices would be placed.
Texas won all those arguments. Which probably is why the Cornhuskers no longer are in the conference.
I was there when Texas A&M running back Sirr Parker sliced through Kansas State’s defense to deprive the Wildcats of a shot at the national championship. Later, I saw Oklahoma’s defensive demolition of Florida State to win the 2000 national title at the Orange Bowl.
I also saw Vince Young dice up USC’s defense en route to the game-winning touchdown at the Rose Bowl in 2006.
How long ago was that? Young was featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Where are they Now” edition earlier this summer.
Over my career, I’ve seen hundreds of Big 12 events and watched dozens of bowl games. The chance to continue working covering the conference was the biggest impetus to move my family to Atlanta so I could keep feeding my passion.
Our staff will be heavily conversant in the conference as well. Shehan Jeyarajah witnessed the Art Briles years at Baylor, watching the Bears transform from a laughingstock into a national title contender.
Matt Jennings comes from TCU and maintains that the Horned Frogs would have beaten Baylor if they had a rematch in 2014. Both remind me that the “One True Champion” mantra will always fit the Big 12 after that special season.
These are exciting times around the Big 12. Bob Stoops has left, but Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley arrive as two of the most highly touted coaches to join the conference in its history.
Bill Snyder remains as a Hall of Fame reminder at Kansas State after the most notable transformation in college football history. Mike Gundy and Gary Patterson are poised to follow him into the hallowed grounds of the hall someday.
Baker Mayfield is back for a run at the Heisman Trophy, with the potential to join predecessors such as Jason White and Sam Bradford. He’ll get a push from Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, who will be surrounded by one of the nation’s top offenses.
TCU and Kansas State have the kind of offenses that could push them into a challenge for the league title with a break or two.
Whoever emerges in the two top positions at the end will be squaring off in the Big 12’s first championship game since 2010 in a guaranteed rematch game from earlier in the season.
It should be a heck of a year in the conference. We’re excited about being here to follow the action with you.