Five-Step Drop: Twitter Hackers File Faux-Report
1. Did you hear the one about the Big 12 going after BYU and Air Force to join the BCS conference and get it back to 12 members? I did. I immediately scratched my head over why the Big 12 would want Air Force and wondered if this was just someone trying to make something up and get lucky -- in which case Air Force would have been an awful "guess."
As it turns out, Austin's 104.9 "The Horn" apparently had its Twitter account hacked. Or at least some soon-to-be-fired intern thought it was a funny joke.
"We apologize, but it seems like someone had access to the account that shouldn't have," the station said via statement.
The cynical side in anyone would want to levy an accusation against the station and claim it was just trying to save face after making an ill-advised report. I will point out to those people, however, that the Tweet in question disappeared within minutes -- hardly enough time for The Horn to realize its sources were bogus, but definitely enough time for someone to see it and go, "wait, who the heck posted that?"
2. Dr. Saturday tries to give a lesson on branding (just as I did last Friday) when it comes to the names versus number of teams in the Big Ten and Big 12. I really wish people would get on board with this logic and get over the literal names. Also included in the above-linked post is a ton of thorough and what appears to be accurate analysis of how things might shake out in the new Big Ten.
3. A former high school All-American wideout has been granted a transfer waiver by the NCAA. Jameel Owens had attended Oklahoma, but wanted to move closer to his Muskogee, Okla. home due to some health issues that have arisen for his mother. With the waiver, Owens will be able to immediately help his new team: Tulsa (which is less than an hour away). A player with his type of ability will have a huge impact in that conference, so expect him to play right away.
4. Are things looking good for Utah? I'd say so. The only school that would seem even close to as attractive to the Pac-10 is BYU, but Utah's probably got the upper hand. So the Utes may not have to worry about being a BCS Buster much longer.
5. Oregon plans to have a new athletic director by the end of July. OK, so that's not very exciting. You try finding something newsworthy other than the Texas/Big 12/realignment stuff. The good news -- or bad news, depending upon your point of view -- is this expansion/realignment stuff will soon be in the rear-view mirror and all the reporters and columnists from around the country can start concentrating on the 2010 college football season. One, I might add, that appears wide open.