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Tuberville’s “Slap”, Texas Opens in Wishbone and Kansas State at No. 1 in BCS – Big 12 Football Notebook November 12, 2012

The Big 12 Football Notebook for Monday, November 12, 2012.

1.)  Texas Tech defeated Kansas 41-34 in double overtime Saturday, but that isn’t the news everyone in Lubbock is talking about. The “incident” between Tech Head Coach Tommy Tuberville and Graduate Assistant Kevin Oliver happened after the Red Raiders were penalized for 12 men on the field. Here is the video below.

Will there be any fallout from this? Most likely, there won’t be much done except of for a slap on the wrist for Tubs. Tuberville did something wrong, but this isn’t Lou Holtz yanking a players face mask or Woody Hayes punching someone. The worst part of the situation was that Tuberville tried to explain it in the postgame press conference as trying to grab his shirt. Thinking people who saw the video and heard the press conference don’t buy it. Don Williams of RedRaiders.com gives his take on the incident.

Williams writes, “In big-boy football, coaches get mad. They lash out. They deserve a little leeway. But those defending the act ought to rethink their position. They stress that Tuberville didn’t actually slap Oliver, and sure enough, you can’t establish from that highli — I mean, lowlight — that there was any skin-to-skin contact. But it’s a pointless distinction. As soon as Tuberville took a swipe anywhere near Oliver’s face, he crossed a line.”

Will “Tubghazi” linger? For this program and fanbase, I hope not.

Jamie Squire, Getty Images
Jamie Squire, Getty Images

2.) The Kansas State Wildcats are No. 1in the BCS for the first time in school history after their 23-10 win at TCU and Alabama’s home loss to Texas A&M 29-24. K-State is followed by Oregon at 2 in the BCS then Notre Dame, Alabama and Georgia. The next Big 12 team in the BCS rankings are the Oklahoma Sooners at 12. Can the Wildcats run the table to a National Title appearance? They have a road game at 4-6 Baylor this Saturday (7pm ESPN) and then a bye week before facing the Texas Longhorns who are 8-2. Speaking of the Horns…

3.) Texas opened up in the Wishbone formation on offense to honor former Texas Coach Darrell Royal in their blowout win against Iowa State. Of course, they made the play their own with the double pass.

The cool thing would have been if the Horns ran a veer option play out of the formation, but everything today has to have style points, even plays.

4.) West Virginia lost their fourth game in a row this past Saturday to the Oklahoma State Cowboys 55-34. The wheels have come off for Dana Holgerson and the Mountaineers. This isn’t the Big East Conference and West Virginia has learned that the hard way.

Big 12 Standings after Week 11 of the College Football Season

Conference Overall Next Game
Kansas St. 7-0 10-0 @ Baylor
Oklahoma 5-1 7-2 @ West Virginia
Texas 5-2 8-2 TCU (11/22)
Oklahoma St. 4-2 6-3 TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech 4-3 7-3 @ Oklahoma St
TCU 3-4 6-4 @ Texas (11/22)
West Virginia 2-4 5-4 OKLAHOMA
Iowa State 2-5 5-5 @ Kansas
Baylor 1-5 4-5 K-STATE
Kansas 0-7 1-9 IOWA STATE

 

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