#62 Clemson Tigers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

In his first season as head coach, Brad Brownell led the Clemson Tigers to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.  With their top two scorers from that team gone, the Tigers will have to assimilate their five freshman into the line-up right away if they want to head back to the dance.

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SEC Doesn’t Extend Offer to Texas A&M

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In 2010, the fun began. Nebraska to the Big Ten was the first domino to fall. Colorado to the Pac 10 was the second. Utah followed them. Boise Jumped to the Mountain West, TCU left the MWC for the Big East. And now it’s starting up again in 2011. Texas A&M to the SEC is actually not happening now; but still a possibility in the future.

And Mizzou, Clemson and Florida State might follow them.

June-Aug is typically the sports media dead zone; especially so if your baseball team is from Chicago, because they’re almost always out of the race early.

However college football conference recruiting season heated the news up in May 2010, and it could get going again this summer. Maybe. Just not today.

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#21 Texas Longhorns: College Football 77 in 77

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In the U.S. government,it is said that the Federal Reserve Chairman is the guy who “takes the punch bowl away, once the party gets started.” This is due to his responsibilities to raise interest rates once the economy takes off- (I guess we won’t have to worry about this any time soon) in order to keep inflation risks at bay. The Texas Longhorns were the college football version of that tremendous buzzkill last summer.

Once the fun started with teams jumping conferences, and the very realistic possibility of super-conferences forming, and therefore bringing us closer to a real postseason, UT was Captain Bringdown. Texas, which nearly left the Big 12 for the Pac-10 last year, instead stayed put and created its own television network.

The Longhorn Network (partnering with ESPN for 20 years, $300 million) ensured that Texas, the biggest/richest/most powerful Athletic Department in this scenario would keep the Big 12 alive for a little while longer. I understand why they did it, it was in their best interests, but man did that news disappoint me at the time. Texas would have been the biggest domino to fall, and it would have opened the floodgates to all sorts of conference moves/mergers. We could have had media coverage of college football all summer long, instead of boring ass baseball. Shame on you Texas!

You could have made the summer lull in sports news, a million times more interesting for all of us. I guess it’s karma that the Longhorns suffered a losing season for the first time in quite awhile.

But this year, look for them to be back in a bowl.

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