Initial Reads March 20: BYU Power Conference Designation

Facebooktwitterredditmail’s Brett McMurphy reported Thursday that the SEC plans to give Army, Notre Dame and BYU power conference designation. Notre Dame comes as no surprise, considering the Fighting Irish enjoy such distinction for the sake of the College Football Playoff.

However, the addition of BYU is a deviation from the league’s stance a year ago. Adding Army, the third independent once Navy moves to the American, is completely out of left field.

It should be noted BYU and Notre Dame are slated to face SEC opponents in the coming years: the Cougars face LSU on a neutral field in 2017 and the Fighting Irish draw Georgia in a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2019. Army is not currently on any SEC teams’ dockets, but I’d expect a run on scheduling the Black Knights now that the perennially down service academy fulfills the conference’s power opponent quota.

Thursday Was The Most Devastating Day for College Basketball in Texas Since 1983; Kevin Sherrington, The Dallas Morning News

The NCAA Tournament began with three heartbreaks for teams from Texas. Typically, that wouldn’t necessarily be that cataclysmic for the Lone Star State; after all, Texas is the football capital of America.

However, Baylor’s late-game collapse against Georgia State was reminiscent of the Bears’ Cotton Bowl loss to Michigan State. Rick Barnes could be on his way out at Texas, which means each of the Longhorns’ two most prominent programs would have new head coaches within a one-year span after more than a decade of stability.

Expectations Will Be Lower for Florida State, and That’s A Good Thing; Corey Clark, The Tallahassee Democrat

Yes, we are #TalkinBoutTheNoles. In 2014, Florida State fans’ ears were constantly burning and the defending national champion Seminoles wore a target every single week. Losing Jamies Winston to the NFL, among a host of others, alleviates much of the pressure Florida State faced in 2014.