Welcome to your daily Board Meeting. Each evening we’ll update you on the day’s hottest topics on the HornsNation forum.
1. Nick Foles on not playing for Texas : Arizona QB Nick Foles was on Jon Gruden’s QB camp talking about not going to Texas. And Longhorns fans might not want to think too much about the QBs taken in this weekend’s NFL draft. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill could all go in the first round. All are Texans and, of course, none wore the burnt orange.
Hindsight is 20/20 and nowhere is that more true than recruiting, but it does make the point that the Lone Star State is producing elite QB, just none of the recent players have been Longhorns.
2. Texas DC : Ever the downer, Carter Strickland looks at Manny Diaz and just how long he can be kept on the 40 Acres. There were rumors about him going to Arkansas, but that didn’t happen. But that doesn’t mean his name won’t come up in discussions for other big jobs in the near future. Especially if his defense turns in another outstanding season as it did in 2011.
Carter looks at who might take over for Diaz. He threw out Bud Foster and John Chavis. Both big-time names when it comes to defensive minds.
What do you think? Who would you want if Diaz left?
3. The Big 12 Commish: Chuck Neinas is out in two months. He took over when Dan Beebe was forced out in the fall. The death knell for Beebe was losing four schools in two years to other conferences. While Neinas was in charge when TCU was added, and the conference’s footprint now extends all the way to Morgantown, W. Va., the next (or fulltime) commissioner will have to make the Big 12’s presence felt in the next two years.
The BCS is undoubtedly changing and while the conference will have a place at the table with a number of nationally recognized schools and on huge TV market. However, expansion won’t stop either. The next commish needs to be forward thinking on where to expand and which teams make sense to add to the conference, especially if the BCS maintains its 12 team requirement for a conference championship game. He will also have to navigate the money and TV negotiations that will be a part of this change.
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