1.In announcing the new 13-year deal between Fox and the Big 12, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione pointed out that every school can “monetize” some distribution rights; i.e., the Longhorn Network that exists and the OU Network that is being investigated. I’m sure it comes as great solace to Kansas State and Baylor that they can “monetize” their rights. In other words, the Big 12 will be more unbalanced than ever.
2.We have to wait five months to find out if new Vanderbilt coach James Franklin can win games. But he has provided a jolt of enthusiasm into a program that needs it. Franklin interrupted a team meeting last Friday to announce a dodgeball tournament. The coaches filed into the meeting room in “uniform” and talking smack. Check out the video at VUCommodores.com, if for nothing else than to see coaches Herb Hand and Ricky Rahne take pratfalls straight out of America’s Funniest Home Videos.
3.National Football Foundation president Steve Hatchell told me Tuesday that he has been inundated with calls from athletic administrators asking the NFF to do something to help restore the image of a game that over the past few months has been battered by scandal, controversy, you name it. Hatchell is a capable guy, but he has no magic wand. The game is cleaner than it was a generation ago, but the scrutiny of the modern era is closer -- and never-ending.