Actually, the source said, the Pac-12 has been in discussions about using a pod system as a way to divide the conference too. Besides, Texas isn't in love with the thought of playing in a division that includes none of the Los Angeles-based teams.
But that's not what's on the table right now.
"Texas really isn't happy with the way the Pac-12 would like to align the conference," a well-placed source said. "They want to put all the former Pac-8 schools in one division and group all the former Big 12 schools (assuming Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech join) with Utah and the Arizona schools."
Texas wants to be in the same division as UCLA and Southern Cal, which would be tougher, but it would also guarantee the Longhorns a trip to Los Angeles every year. Think recruiting.
Anyone know how to get CU games online this year, or even just the Cal @ CU game?
The new coaching staff recruited Oliver, ranked as the No. 12 kicking prospect in the country by kicking guru Chris Sailer, to compete with sophomores Justin Castor and Zach Grossnickle.
After the new kid made nine consecutive attempts from 24 yards, Embree announced the job was his if he made the next try during the early session Tuesday.
With encircled teammates hooting and hollering, Oliver calmly made it a perfect 10.
Williamson: I'm uncharacteristically backtracking a little, but I will tell you why. I think with Jimmy Smith, when you think about the Defensive Rookie of the Year, cornerbacks rarely win that honor. If you're a great corner, people stop throwing at you. So it will probably be difficult for Smith to win that award. But I did say afterward that I think Smith will have the best rookie season of any defensive player, and I mean that. He's not going to get a ton of tackles, he's not going to get many sacks and interceptions are tough to count on. So to say that a corner is going to win Defensive Rookie of Year isn't a real smart thing to say. But I love the fit. I think he will immediately be their No. 1 corner. He's the Chris McAlister-type they needed. He had no business lasting that long in the draft. I don't worry about the character stuff, especially in his first year when he's trying to impress everybody and get acclimated in that locker room.
"This is a dream come true," Embree said. "When I stepped on the field for my first spring practice here as a volunteer coach (in 1991), I started to envision what it would be like to come back one day and be the head coach of this great university. It’s truly a privilege when you have the opportunity to become head coach at your alma mater.
"I’m extremely excited to meet the players, get with those guys and begin the process of putting the luster back to the program. For whatever reason or reasons, the program just hasn’t been representative of all it can be for the last several years. But Colorado has a great tradition and with the staff I believe I can assemble, our aim will be to restore the program to national prominence."
On what went wrong for Hawkins:
"I think if you both recall when we hired Dan, he was the hottest coach in the country. His name came up in virtually every job. … In the end, I think that he just wasn’t able to galvanize, not only a lot of our constituents that are important to us in the end, but being able to galvanize enough recruits to come. We had some challenges with some academic performance issues and things like that that just kind of ate away at it in a negative tone that didn’t allow it to click. The bottom line is, as much as we love Cody Hawkins — he’ll probably end up being the all-time quarterback — and Scotty McKnight, the all-time leader receiver, doggone it we love those kids, but they’re just not good enough, big enough, strong enough, fast enough to really put us over the edge."
Though Luchs worked mostly on the west coast, he also admits to paying many University of Colorado players from the 1990s, including Kanavis McGhee, Greg Thomas, and Joel Steed.