Source: Oklahoma mulls
breaking from Big 12
Texas and Oklahoma officials met over the weekend amid speculation that the Sooners are considering leaving the Big 12, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
Texas president William Powers Jr., athletic director DeLoss Dodds and women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky were among a group of Texas officials who went to Oklahoma on Sunday, according to a person at a Big 12 school who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity.
The person also said Oklahoma president David Boren was present at the meeting.
Oklahoma officials are reportedly considering leaving the Big 12 after Texas A&M’s recent decision to leave the conference with hopes of joining the Southeastern Conference.
Also: A new report from an advocacy group said the average fair-market value of top-tier college football and men’s basketball players is over $100,000 — and the athletes are entitled to at least a portion of that.
The report said that, instead, players receive athletic scholarships that don’t cover the full cost of attending school — leaving many of them living below the poverty line.
The report is by the National College Players Association and a Drexel University professor.
The NCAA said in a statement that president Mark Emmert and college presidents have made it clear they support grants that cover the full cost of attending school, though Emmert opposes paying college athletes.
Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill could be back on the sideline as early as this week after collapsing during his team’s loss over the weekend.
Kill remained hospitalized in Minneapolis, recovering from a seizure suffered late in Saturday’s game against New Mexico State.
The UNLV women’s golf team stood 13th among 19 teams through two rounds of the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. The Rebels shot 298-309 for a 31-over 607 total, 32 shots behind leader UC Davis.
Bethany Calvo led UNLV at 6-over 150, tied for 33rd. Demi Runas of UC Davis held the individual lead at 7-under 137. The third and final round is today.
NBA players, owners to
bring full groups to table
A pivotal stretch in the NBA lockout begins today, when full bargaining committees return to the table.
That could move players and owners closer to a new labor deal, but it also could send things in the wrong direction with time running down if more voices in the room lead to discord.
Any setback now would diminish hopes of the preseason opening without delay.
“The reality is our training camp would be scheduled to start on Oct. 3, I believe, and so if there’s any intention of trying to get that started on time, then we both have to figure some things out very quickly,” players’ association president Derek Fisher of the Lakers said last week. “That’s just the reality of the situation.”
Also: The Minnesota Timberwolves are close to hiring Rick Adelman as their new coach.
Two people with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that the team and the 65-year-old Adelman have an agreement in place.
Adelman would replace Kurt Rambis, who lasted just two seasons on the job.
Alexander Galimov, the only member of a top Russian hockey team to survive a plane crash last week that killed 44 people, died of his injuries in a Moscow hospital.