College Sports Morning Headlines - 8/29/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 8/29/11.

Soccer Goes Wilde In 5-1 Win Over UTSA - Alexa Wilde and Dana Larsen each recorded two goals for the Bears.  Tied 1-1 at the break, the Baylor soccer team (3-0-1) erupted with four goals in the second half to run past UTSA (0-3-0) 5-1 on a steamy Sunday afternoon at Betty Lou Mays Field.  Freshman Alexa Wilde and junior Dana Larsen each notched two goals in the win, marking the first time two players have recorded two-plus goals in a game since Sept. 19, 2010 against Prairie View A&M. Wilde became the first freshman to score twice in a game since Hanna Gilmore did so on Aug. 23, 2009 versus Lamar.   READ MORE

The Year of the (Baylor) Bear is Upon Us - This could be the year for a number of college teams in the state of Texas to have big seasons, especially a team like the Baylor Bears.  If there is one thing that people in Texas love it’s their football. Lucky for them, this could be a banner year for many college teams in the Lone Star State.   READ MORE












Meet the freshman Q&A: Ben Pruitt - PK Ben Pruitt from The Woodlands, Texas, is one of the members of the 2011 freshmen class.  Why did you choose to attend the University of Texas?  Basically, I just kind of wanted to take my time during the whole process and really evaluate all my options. Whenever Texas was on the board, for me it was a pretty easy decision after coming and taking a visit and just seeing the facilities and, of course, the academic standards that are here.  What do you think about the facilities here at Texas?  It's definitely very humbling. It's a massive place with a bunch of stuff that you won't see anywhere else. It's definitely very attractive to the eyes.   READ MORE

SBNation BlogPoll Top 25: Preseason Ballot - So I've drawn the long straw and will be casting BON's official ballot in this year's SBNation BlogPoll Top 25.  This could be dangerous.  My intended methodology and my preseason poll after the jump...   READ MORE













A&M expected to leave Big 12 soon - Texas A&M could leave the Big 12 this week for the Southeastern Conference according to sources, but an A&M official said setting a timetable would be premature.  One report targeted Thursday because Sept. 1 had been a frequently mentioned target date since A&M's board of regents gave A&M president R. Bowen Loftin on Aug. 15 the power to determine the school's conference future.  "The Thursday sources aren't coming from Texas A&M," A&M spokesman Jason Cook said. "The ball is not in our court, so it would be premature for us to speculate on a timetable."   READ MORE

What happens in leftover Big 12 still matters - So college football sits and waits for the ripple effect of Texas A&M's move from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference.  A few things became systemic Thursday when A&M president R. Bowen Loftin asked the Big 12 to outline the process the Aggies would have to follow should they leave the league.  Should?  It's like your daughter calling for your blessing to get married: The caller ID is Graceland Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas.  You don't have to be a high-ranking Big 12 official to connect A&M's dots, all leading from Dallas to Birmingham, Ala.   READ MORE













Preview: Texas State at Texas Tech - Red Raiders open their 87th football season on Saturday night.  Texas Tech will open up the 2011 college football season and the 87th in school history on Saturday evening when the Red Raiders play host to the Texas State Bobcats. The Red Raiders are coming off an 8-5 season in 2010 which culminated with a 45-38 win over Northwestern (Big Ten) in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas. Texas Tech enters the season riding a streak of 18 consecutive bowl eligible seasons which is the fourth longest in the nation. Saturday's game against Texas State will mark the first-ever meeting between the Red Raiders and the Bobcats and is part of a two-game series between the schools. The Red Raiders will travel to San Marcos in 2012 for the season opener in what will be the first season for Texas State as members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).   READ MORE

A Special Bond - The Red Raiders have built a unique atmosphere at The John Walker Soccer Complex.  Long before Friday's soccer match against Ole Miss officially kicked off, the central parking lot of the John Walker Soccer Complex was already bustling with energy.  Never mind that it was still over 100-degrees as the hot Lubbock afternoon slowly burned to evening over the Texas Tech campus.  "I don't care at all," Kenny Sanchez joked.  And truthfully, he didn't have a choice.  At least not at the moment.   READ MORE













Case stories: Keenum once kicked a 47-yard field goal - When I began planning for a feature on Houston quarterback Case Keenum in advance of the college football season, I wanted to do something different, something unique.  Keenum has been written about so many times by so many different writers that it can be difficult to find a different angle. So when I started brainstorming, the idea that stood out most in my mind was to visit his hometown: Abilene.  What better way to find out about Case Keenum than to track his roots back to the place where he grew up?  Originally, my thought was to do a story about the city and how it has molded who he is today. I took a couple of days in the summer to go up there and visit Abilene, visit his parents, Steve and Susan Keenum (whom if I may say, were very welcoming, kind and helpful folks) and spend some time with his old high school coaches, many of whom still work at Wylie High School today.   READ MORE

A glance at the UH football All-Decade team - Over the last several weeks, UH has been unveiling members of the Houston Cougars All-Decade football team from 2001-2010 on its football twitter account. The last selection was unveiled today and the complete team is as follows (you can also find this on UHCougars.com).  The voting was done by the fans via an online poll on UHCougars.com. The votes were collected in the month of July.   READ MORE













SAAC Welcomes Back Student-Athletes - Pool party caps first week of classes at Rice.  Rice University student-athletes had an opportunity to beat the record heat Sunday as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) welcomed back the Owls with a pool party at the Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center.  Each year SAAC sponsors a welcome back event and the organization's president, soccer student-athlete Andie Obermeyer, said this year's event was by farm the most successful since her arrival at Rice.  "I'm really excited with the event," Obermeyer said. "It's hot out. Why not jump into the pool and enjoy some good company and some snow cones."   READ MORE

Injuries, losses aren't worrying Bailiff, Owls - Rice coach David Bailiff keeps on keeping on, presenting an elevated mandible even while injured veterans give way to green underclassmen.  Before training camp commenced the Owls lost reserve junior cornerbacks Jarrett Ben (shoulder) and Shane Turner (wrist), and less than one week into camp senior free safety Travis Bradshaw (neck) joined them on injured reserve. Junior linebacker Trey Briggs (knee) has been declared out for the opener at Texas, and remains cautiously optimistic he'll make his season debut on Sept. 10 against Purdue.  The depth Bailiff touted at the onset of camp is being taxed. That Bailiff is taking the Alfred E. Newman approach – "What, me worry?" – to this minor crisis either speaks to the confidence he has in his reserves or his devotion to maintaining a positive front even in the midst of adversity.   READ MORE














Week 1 upset picks - Video: Eddie George and Tom Dienhart make their upset calls for the first week of the college football season.   WATCH VIDEO

SMU Welcomes Back Alumni - Alumni game ends 7-6.  Friday night after the Mustangs defeated UTSA 2-0, the SMU women’s soccer program welcomed back a number of its alums to Westcott Field for the annual alumni game. In a fun, relaxed environment, the Navy side defeated the Grey team 7-6 on a goal by Suzanne Collins Lankford with under 30 seconds to go.  The Navy team consisted of Lankford, Jamie Campanero Cantrell, Lana Darnell Kapius, Misty Nolan Lahoud, Katie Leonard, Marisa Schieda, Lauren Shepherd, Kim Peabody, Allison Brilland and Brittany Vice.  On the Grey team were Carley Phillips, Caitlin Carter, Krystal Bailey, Kristin Medieros, Amy Bennett, Laura Landry, Kathy Patterson Webb, Laura Snyder Flannigan, Tara Comfort Kluft and Collin Crowley Holz.   READ MORE











UTEP Stifles Prairie View A&M, 4-0 - Miners Improve To 3-0-0 On The Season.  Powered by four first-half goals, including three in a four-minute stretch, UTEP rolled past Prairie View A&M, 4-0, at University Field Sunday afternoon.  The Miners (3-0-0) received an own goal, in addition to strikes from Lauren Katada, Brittany Kindzierski and Mackenzie German. Kenah Linger and Jade Babcock got in on the act with assists while netminders Sarah Dilling and Chandra Morden teamed up to shutout the Lady Panthers (0-3-0).  UTEP outshot the visitors, 18-4, including 9-2 in shots on goal. With the triumph the Miners are off to their first 3-0-0 start since 2008 and the fourth such opening to a year during Kevin Cross’ era.   READ MORE

Julyan Stone May Join UTEP Coach Staff - Julyan Stone’s future is up in the air, but he has plenty of options going forward. After going undrafted two months ago, the point guard has received offers from international teams, training camp invites from several NBA teams and an offer to return to the University of Texas El Paso as an assistant coach.   READ MORE













New depth chart - 2011 TCU Depth Chart.  There are a few major changes those of you that have been paying attention will notice. First, we have 13 positions listed on offense, not really sure what's going on there, one of those extra positions is a receiver slot that features only freshmen. Additionally at receiver you'll notice that a freshman appears on the two deep at each wr spot. Looks like we'll get to see a lot of this new class early. On the defensive side a pair of freshman are on the two deep at the tackle positions, Ray Burns has earned a starting role at NT and Jeremy Coleman has fallen down to third string. Freshman Sam Carter has moved his way into a starting role at safety. What are your thoughts on the changes? Do you think this is the line-up we'll see in Waco 5 days from now or does GP have something else up his sleeve?   READ MORE

Scouting the 2011 opponents: UNLV - TCU's last regular season game as a member of the Mountain West will be a home game against UNLV on December 3rd. The Rebels are one of four MWC programs that TCU has gone 6-0 against since joining the league in 2005, and the Frogs have outscored UNLV in those six contests by an aggregate score of 243-43.   READ MORE













Soccer Wins 11-0 With Crocco's Hat Trick - North Texas put together its highest goal output in 11 years as it cruised to an 11-0 win over Grambling at the Mean Green Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon. Nikki Crocco had three goals in 3:34 for her first career hat trick. Julie Lackey and Carly McDowell also had multi-goal games for the Mean Green.  The 11 goals scored by North Texas are the most the Mean Green have scored in a single game since October 8, 2000, when it beat Arkansas State 11-0. This game ties with the 2000 contest for the third-most goals scored by North Texas in a single game, and it shatters the record for most goals scored at the Mean Green Soccer Complex, which was eight, set most recently last year.   READ MORE

Green Gang: Walk-On's Get Scholarships - It's a tradition near the end of August for most coaches to reward some of the hard working walk-on football players with a scholarship and head coach Dan McCarney has chosen three players this year.  Trent Deans, Kyle White, and Jamaal Wilson have been put on scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year. The trio has all had an impact on the program through the last few years.   READ MORE













Texas State Volleyball Splits On Day Two Of The Bama Bash - Texas State volleyball split its two matches on Saturday in the second day of the Hampton Inn Bama Bash hosted by Alabama at the Foster Auditorium. The Bobcats defeated Austin Peay, 3-1, in the team's first match of the day before falling to Alabama in a five setter in the nightcap. Texas State moved to 2-1 on the season after finishing the two-day tournament with a pair of wins.  READ MORE

Texas State To Broadcast 2011 Football Games On ESPN Deportes In Austin - The Texas State Athletics Department announced that it is teaming up with Border Media to broadcast their football games on ESPN Deportes (KXXS 92.5 FM) throughout the Austin area during the 2011 season.  Each game will feature a one-hour pre-game and 15-minute post-game shows with each broadcast that includes Brant Freeman calling the play-by-play and Bill Culhane providing color commentary.   READ MORE











The Larry Coker Show to begin next Wednesday on Ticket 760 - Come join us for fun, food and, most importantly, football every Wednesday beginning Aug. 31 when The Larry Coker’s Show will be broadcast live on the Ticket 760 from StoneWerks Big Rock Grille at the Rim (4507 Worth Parkway).   READ MORE

UTSA drops first two matches of season on Friday - UTSA wrapped up its brief one-day appearance at the Texas A&M Invitational with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 setback against the host Aggies on Friday night at Reed Arena.  The Roadrunners (0-2), who were limited to a .203 hitting percentage, were led by juniors Kelsey Schwirtlich (32 assists) and Kelsey Jewasko (16 digs).  "I thought we played well, despite the outcome," 10th-year head coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff said. "We got better and better as the day went on and learned a lot about our club."  Texas A&M (2-0) was led by Kelsey Black's double-double of 16 kills and 10 digs. Meanwhile, Alisia Kastmo added 13 winners on 26 attempts with just two errors, which translated to a match-best .423 hitting percentage.   READ MORE




---Staff and Wire Reports contributed to these stories.
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