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Was race the issue?

Buffalo head football coach Turner Gill is doused at the end of their 42-24 victory over Ball State in the Mid-American Conference NCAA championship football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. (AP)

Buffalo head football coach Turner Gill is doused at the end of their 42-24 victory over Ball State in the Mid-American Conference NCAA championship football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. (AP)

Charles Barkley was very adamant in who he wanted to take over his Auburn Tigers when on TNT for NBA coverage last week. And with Auburn’s decision, Barkley is screaming foul.

Barkley called for Auburn to hire ex-Nebraska coach and quarterback Turner Gill — now head coach at Buffalo University. Barkley sited Gill’s wonderful job at Buffalo and his ability to turn a once laughing stock of Division I football into a conference champion in just three years.

However, Auburn decided to hire Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik instead.

Barkley came out after the official announcement of Chizik and claimed the only reason the Tigers didn’t hire Gill was because Gill happens to be an African-American.

“I think race was the No. 1 factor,” said Barkley, who played basketball for Auburn before a long NBA career. “You can say it’s not about race, but you can’t compare the two resumes and say [Chizik] deserved the job. Out of all the coaches they interviewed, Chizik probably had the worst resume.”

And you know what? Barkley has a point. Continue reading

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Tech stays atop the Big 12 rankings

Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree scores touchdown against Oklahoma State's Quinton Moore and Jacob Lacey during  an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008  in Lubbock, Texas. (AP)

Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree scores touchdown against Oklahoma State's Quinton Moore and Jacob Lacey during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas. (AP)

After another great week of Big 12 games, the conference rankings have shaken up a bit — but not much. Obviously the Texas Tech Red Raiders remain atop the standings, but they will face a very tough challenge in what I think is the best team in the Big 12 in Oklahoma. That game doesn’t come for another two weeks because of Tech’s bye week, but it will be a great game to watch when it does hit our TV sets.

So without further ado, here’s this week’s Power Rankings:

  1. Texas Tech (10-0, 6-0) beat a good Oklahoma State team at home 56-20. I honestly thought it would be a close game, but I was very very wrong. Every since Nebraska put a scare in Texas Tech they have looked like a completely different team — especially defensively.
  2. Texas (9-1, 5-1) is waiting for Tech to fall and hoping for a chance to jump back up to where they were. Last week they overpowered Baylor and after starting sluggishly, they cruised to a 45-21 win.
  3. Oklahoma (9-1, 5-1)could still play in the BCS championship. If the Sooners are able to beat Tech in two weeks they will more than likely climb to No. 2 in the BCS and would at that point hold the three way tie-breaker between Texas, Texas Tech and themselves — despite losing to Texas.
  4. Oklahoma State (8-2, 4-2) lost badly to Tech, but so have a lot of teams. The thing I’m concerned about Continue reading