Chat with Tim Griffin
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN.com Big 12 blogger Tim Griffin stops by to chat about the upcoming season.
Griffin joined ESPN.com in February 2008. He has covered the Big 12 since its inception, among a variety of beats during a 24-year career at the San Antonio Express-News. Griffin, a Memphis State University graduate, lives in San Antonio with his wife and son.
Send your questions now and join Griffin Thursday at 1 p.m. ET!
CAM (Alexandria, VA)
I understand that Nebraska lost to Miami in championship in 2001 after limping in, but that was a good team worthy of a top 10 all decade team. Bad call.
Tim Griffin (1:02 PM)
CAM: Is that the same Nebraska team that gave up 380 yards rushing to Colorado, including six TDs to Chris Brown in a 62-36 loss before being blown out by Nebraska in the BCS title game? Just wondering ...
Tim Griffin (1:02 PM)
Let's get started on some questions from around the Big 12 and other college football topics ...
Bill (Kansasa city)
TimWith the judge allowing the lawsuit against Tech to go forward How likely will a settlement be forth coming?
Tim Griffin (1:04 PM)
Bill: I would imagine a settlement would be in the works. I don't think either side wants for it to go to trial. There's no telling what kind of information could come out, and I think that Leach and Tech officials realize that. But that being said, I get the idea that Leach feels like he was wronged in his dismissal. That might lead him to continue through with the suit.
Rik Moore (Boise, Idaho)
My beloved fightin' Texas Aggies won BIG with the (soon-to-be-announced) hiring of Tim DeRuyter. Maybe the "Wreckin' Crew" of yesteryear will return to Aggieland sooner than we all expected!!! My question for you Tim is...with what appears to be "parity" in college football with the likes of Boise State, Utah, TCU and etc. over the last several years. How soon is it that the Ag's narrow the gap with t.u. (Texas) and start playing like a team that recruits in the great state of Texas? I mean seriously...I'm really starting to think that the tea-sippers in Austin must giggle when asked when the Ag's will compete again...and I really think Bryne (our AD) is partially (or mostly) to blame. Please tell me how a Nike school turns to Adidas? Why not Under Armour...something with some marketing pull with these Texas blue-chippers. But Adidas?...a soccer brand?...at a football school? I understand that he had a previous relationship with Adidas at Nebraska...but WOW...in today's competitive market...it might have been costly in the long run! Is 2010 the end of the road for Sherman? Or does the Aggie tradition take a back seat for another decade or two? When does the pendulum swing back to the winning ways down in Aggieland? Thanks for your time!!!
Tim Griffin (1:08 PM)
Rik: I think that the long-rumored hiring of DeRuyter will be a big step forward for the Aggies. The Aggies have a nice collection of talent returning starting with Jerrod Johnson. If they get a couple of breaks, they might surprise some people and maybe even contend in the Big 12 South next season. The return of Von Miller was huge for them. I think Texas will take a step down with the rest of the division. Oklahoma will be there and I could also see Tech in the hunt, particularly if the Red Raider players really gravitate to Tuberville's philosophy quickly.
Huskers4theWin (A CornField)
The Big 12 north race next year? Kansas with Gill? Kstates and Snyder back? Mizzou's Rebound? Iowa State's sudden surge? And will the Buffs ever move forward?.. But we cant Forget about The Huskers.. Promise for 10'?
Tim Griffin (1:12 PM)
I forsee an interesting battle in the North Division next season. I give Nebraska an edge over the rest with Missouri following. Wouldn't be surprised if KSU and KU are bowl teams. Colorado is a huge question mark. And ISU will be better than this year and might not make another bowl trip because they will have an extremely difficult schedule.
Philip (San Antonio, TX)
Hey Tim. Thanks for all your incite into Big 12 football from day to day. I really enjoy reading about it. I was curious to know your thoughts on whether Texas A&M stood a chance of making it to the Big 12 Championship next year with DeRuyter to be announced as the new Defensive Coordinator tomorrow. I think with the offense coming back, chances are great. I'm just not so sure about the defense. Thanks.
Tim Griffin (1:14 PM)
Phillip: Thanks for your kind words. I don't know if it's insight or if I just incite people, like you said. But DeRuyter's hiring will be key -- potentially the biggest move in Sherman's tenure there. If the defense improves, I can see the Aggies as a solid bowl team. The championship game might be a little much, but they should be a team that wins 8 or 9 games.
Todd (Denver, CO)
It's usally too early to predict conference winners, but the Big XII has been the exception over the past decade. It looks like next season will yet again come down to Texas or OU to win the Big XII South. Nebraska looks to be the favorite in the North. Who do you see coming out on top in the Big XII?
Tim Griffin (1:16 PM)
Todd: It's hard to pick against the South Division, considering teams from that division have won six straight titles. But I do think that Nebraska will be as good as either Texas or Oklahoma next season. This might be the team that breaks that streak.
Josh J. (San Antonio, Tx)
Tim, I've not heard much on the Huskers recruiting class, how's it stacking up this year in our skills positions, any young players you see possibly starting for 2010? Also do you think there will be a QB changup next season?
Tim Griffin (1:19 PM)
Josh, I still like to see the Cornhuskers get some more playmakers to give their offense a little more explosiveness. Maybe Burkhead will give them that if he can stay healthy or Niles Paul. But as far as their current commitments, I really like the kid Braylon Heard from Bo Pelini's old stomping grounds of Youngstown, Ohio. I also think Chase Harper can help them at tight end, along with all of the other players at the position. But the Cornhuskers desperately need some breakaway abilities on the flanks. That's the one liability they have when I compare them with the national powers and particularly Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech in their own conference.
I know that Garret Gilbert did an exceptional job in the national championship game but what is your take on the overall transition at the qb position post Colt McCoy? Will Texas be a top 5 team in 2011?
Tim Griffin (1:21 PM)
Kevin: It's never easy with a first-year quarterback -- just ask Bob Stoops after Landry Jones was thrown into the fray last season. I definitely think 2010 will be a season of transition for Texas. 2011 figures to be better. That's why I see Mack Brown there for at least two seasons. I don't think he'll be satisfied with just the turnover from this year to next. I would imagine he'd like to be there for the following season as players like Gilbert gain experience.
Bo Pelini (The Recruiting Trail)
So, Tim, I've got three big possible recruits in my sights...four-star DB Cooper, Five-star DE Owa from Portland (Suh's hometown) and Carnes, a four-star QB prospect from Tommie Frazier's hometown. In your opinion, who is going end up being "N" on signing day? All three? Just one? Two? None?
Tim Griffin (1:22 PM)
Bo: Any of those players would be a big get for your program. I would think that Carnes would be the most likely to attend but Owa would have the biggest ramifications for your program. If you can get any of them, you should count it as a victory.
Charles (Marbury, AL)
What are the chances Alabama repeats?
Tim Griffin (1:25 PM)
Charles: I know the SEC again will be a gauntlet. But eight starters back on offense with McElroy healthy and gaining in experience. I would think the Tide have a pretty good shot of repeating. I don't see any Big 12 in the immediate jumble to challenge for the national title.
Michael (Long Beach, CA)
Greetings, Tim. Any word on how Adrian Taylor is doing and his future for next year. I understand that was a nasty leg break he had in the Sun Bowl.
Tim Griffin (1:28 PM)
Michael, that's going to be quite a recovery for Taylor to get back quickly. He'll be challenged to get back and ready by fall camp.
Any more news on where Jeffcoat is going to end up?
Tim Griffin (1:30 PM)
Donnie: Sounds like lots of schools are interested in him. Sound like Oklahoma could make a place for his dad on the coaching staff if he wanted to attend there. His older sister already is in school there. Also, he has some interest at Arizona State, USC and Houston. But I bet that in the end, the battle will end up between Texas and Oklahoma.
Marcos (Oakland, Ca)
WHO IS THE TEAM TO BEAT NEXT YEAR?I STILL SAY BAMA AND BOISE STATE.....
Tim Griffin (1:31 PM)
Marcos: I'll go with Bama and maybe Ohio State if Terrelle Pryor keeps improving.And also keep an eye out for Iowa. With Adrian Clayborn coming back, this might be Kirk Ferentz's best team.
Nolan (San Francisco)
Even though the Big 12 didn't win a national championship this season and most likely won't win one next season either their will be a Big 12 team winning it all in March right? Hey it would be nice to have another title in football but cutting the nets down it's a prize also.
Tim Griffin (1:32 PM)
Nolan: It is, but since I cover college football, I see a national championship in the sport giving more prestige than in college basketball. It's just me, but kind of how I feel.
Why not Perkins as your returner for OK's all decade team?
Tim Griffin (1:36 PM)
Brett: Great game against UCLA, but Broyles was more consistent over the course of his big season. I'm betting that he does it over his career, too.
It appears that the schedules of both Texas and Nebraska line up nicely for a potential Thursday night matchup. What are your thoughts on that possibility?
Tim Griffin (1:37 PM)
Kade: That would be an intriguing Thursday night game, although I'm expecting both teams would prefer that game to be a nationally televised Saturday night contest if given their choice.
What was the deciding factor between VY and McCoy on your TX all decade team?
Tim Griffin (1:38 PM)
Vince: It was tight. Colt had the better statistics and VY had the intangibles. The biggest difference to me is that one won a national championship and the other one didn't -- or didn't have a chance to.
Tim- what do expect from Arkansas? Is Mallett a heisman frontrunner?
Tim Griffin (1:38 PM)
Lee: I was very impressed with I saw Mallett against A&M last season. I could see him developing into a Heisman contender if the Razorbacks have a successful season.
Tim, since the Heisman is now officially an offensive trophy, how many years until they change the name? My guess, never.
Tim Griffin (1:40 PM)
John: Probably not anytime soon.
Cody or Zac, I think it's more beneficial for the Huskers to get Cody experience now, then by the time he's a senior he will be a beast, you agree?
Tim Griffin (1:43 PM)
John: I think we'll see an interesting competition during the spring. But it puts it into perspective if Lee was hurt as badly as it sounds during the season. I still think Green can provide some pop to the offense if he ever gains some comfort in it. I can imagine Shawn Watson is salivating with the idea of having Green and Burkhead and the Wildcat for either of them. It would be an interesting offense to watch.
How are things looking at Tech with Tuberville?
Tim Griffin (1:43 PM)
Carl:Good so far. Keeping the kid from Denton at QB was huge. I also like the addition of Willis as defensive coordinator. Good start so far for TT.
Is the last major hurdle for OSU to become more of a contender in the south division just learning to beat OU and/or TX?
Tim Griffin (1:44 PM)
Gary: I think that's it. The Cowboys weren't competitive against either the Longhorns or Sooners in 2009. It was interesting that both Les Miles and Mike Gundy have never beaten Texas.
What's up with naming the coaches on your all-decade team lists? Most of the coaches have been the only coaches for decade.
Tim Griffin (1:45 PM)
Derek:That's the case in some, but not in all. Places like Texas A&M and Nebraska make for an interesting choice.
Tim- Are you posting A&M's all decade team soon? It's the only one I don't see.
Tim Griffin (1:46 PM)
Dave: Haven't forgotten about you or the Aggies, or the Red Raiders for that matter. I'll be posting both of them this afternoon. It's been hectic today with all of my recruiting stuff and the other all-decade posts we've had. It's made for an extremely busy morning.
First off, I love your Big 12 blog. Second, have you heard any news regarding Missouri's Sheldon Richardson? I haven't heard/seen anything since he went to JuCo in San Fran.
Tim Griffin (1:53 PM)
Josh: Thanks for your kind words. I periodically check on Richardson's status. I know he had a good first season out in California and made some All-America teams. If he comes back to Missouri and does that, he could contribute both as a pass rusher and a pass catcher. He would be a huge addition for the Tigers.
Jeff (Quechee, VT)
After all the initial talk about the Big 10 stealing Mizzou or Nebraska, we haven't heard much. Is any change in the Big XII lineup still possible?
Tim Griffin (1:53 PM)
Jeff: That talk was just speculation. I think we'll hear more as time continues. But I still believe that Notre Dame is the first choice for the Big Ten. The other schools come after them in line.
Tim- where could mike leach land a job at?
Tim Griffin (1:57 PM)
I keep hearing him being linked with the Raiders in the NFL. It wouldn't surprise me to see him go immediately to an NFL team as a coordinator if he wants to stay in football.But also, don't discount a role in his old buddy Donald Trump's television show "The Apprentice." I could see that happening.
Sally (Arlington, Texas)
Does Baylor have a chance to go bowling next year? Griffin and Finley's injury, combined with an embarrassing loss to UConn, cost Baylor a shot at respectability this year.
Tim Griffin (1:58 PM)
Sally: They've got to find replacements for Pawelek and Jordan Lake on defense and hope Griffin recovers. It's still gonna be tough in the South Division.
Sam (Odessa, TX)
Hey Tim, Love the Blog. Do you think its a good idea for Texas Tech to switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4?
Tim Griffin (1:59 PM)
Sam: Most colleges typically shy away from a 3-4, figuring they can get a better pass rush with four players than three. But Tuberville and Willis know a lot more about defense than I do. They might see something in the talent they inherited that lends itself to that.
Hawk Love (Boulder)
If I was still at Boise would I be enjoying the same success my ol' buddy Chris P is relishing in? Or would things have turned sour for me and would I be expierence "conflama" like I am here in Boulder?
Tim Griffin (2:01 PM)
Hawk: Looks like Chris Peterson has built on what you started with the Broncos. You probably could have produced similar results, but you had the itch to try a bigger school. I don't blame you -- it's what America great accepting challenges like that. Sometimes it works out and other times it doesn't.
As an OU fan, should I be nervous about the Sooners' trip to Cincinnati this fall?
Tim Griffin (2:02 PM)
Could be a very difficult game on the road. But I think we saw that Cincinnati is on a different plane than other national powers with the Bearcats' Sugar Bowl "performance."
Jim (Parks, NE)
What are the chances that Gillylen will finally live up to potential and fill that wide out void that you mentioned Nebraska needs?
Tim Griffin (2:03 PM)
Jim: They need somebody. He could be the player to emerge because they do have the opportunity.
tim, as far as I know, the big10 is done trying to get notre dame. we've already extended them a couple of invitations and they've turned them down. the top candidates at this point would be mizzou, nebraska, rutgers, pitt
Tim Griffin (2:03 PM)
Chris: But don't you believe if Jack Swarbrick called up Jim Delany and said he wanted to join the Big Ten that the conference would take him up on it?
Tim, I really enjoy reading your posts. With two new bowls next year, making it 36, what happens if there aren't enough teams with winning records to select from? Thanks.
Tim Griffin (2:04 PM)
Karl: It could be tougher to fill all those slots, although it always seems to end up with enough bowl teams to fill them. We'll have some new programs over the next few years that will help.
Do you think texas longhorns have the best secondary next year even without All American Earl Thomas.
Tim Griffin (2:05 PM)
Justin: I like the Cornhuskers' secondary but the loss of Thomas is a big one. I actually like Alabama's better, although Will Muschamp has a history of really coaching up a young group like he'll have in 2010.
John C. (Lake Quivira, KS)
hey tim, great blog. my question to you is do you know very much about washington? i know that is not your part of the country that you cover but i know that will be a tougher test for nebraska next year then people think. your thoughts?
Tim Griffin (2:06 PM)
John: As long as the Huskers have got to face Jake Locker, it will be a test. And the trip to Seattle won't be an easy one for Bo Pelini and the Cornhuskers. I think it will be their first real challenge of 2010.
Just curious how you can say NE had a better program than Tech over the past decade????Tech won way more big 12 games (also playing in the south) Tech has also beat NE 4 straight games over an 8 year period... hmmm your rationale is weak, but I still love you blog.
Tim Griffin (2:06 PM)
John: Nebraska has gone to two Big 12 championship games and one national title game. Texas Tech has done neither. As a matter of fact, the Red Raiders haven't even made a BCS bowl.
Why don't you think Tech should be a top 25 team next year and contend for the south? Seems to me Tech is returning a lot of talent from a 9 win team that was ranked at the end of the year and all reports from the South Plains indicate Tuberville and his staff are gelling. Any thoughts on that and why you don't give them a bit more credit for next year?
Tim Griffin (2:08 PM)
Jon: Top 25 might be a tad optimistic for the Red Raiders. Tuberville will have to really do a job in his first season to push them to that level. I'll take a wait-and-see approach for now. It's tough to install a new program so quickly.
Tim Griffin (2:08 PM)
Thanks again for all of the good questions this week. I was battling some wireless problems in my neighborhood, so I appreciate your patience.We'll check back again next week.