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Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

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Linked By Links
Patrick Reed’s first PGA Tour victory in the Wyndham Championship was interesting because the ancillary stories involved can be traced to the Big 12.

In 2011, Reed led Augusta State to a stunning victory in the NCAA Championship held at Oklahoma State’s Karsten Creek Course. In the semifinals, Reed defeated Cowboys’ all-American Peter Uihlein to clinch the match and also provided the win in the match that decided the championship.

Reed defeated Jordan Speith on the second playoff hole Sunday. As a freshman, Spieth helped Texas win the 2012 NCAA Championship. The 20-year-old won the John Deere Classic last month and was bidding to become youngest two-time champion in the modern era of the PGA Tour.

History For Hedwall
Former Oklahoma State golfer Caroline Hedwall made history and helped the European team make history in the Solheim Cup. Hedwall clinched the Europeans’ victory Sunday with a 1-up victory over Michelle Wie.

The native of Sweden became the first golfer in the 23-year history of the event to go 5-0 as the European team kept the title with an 18-10 victory – the largest margin in Solheim Cup history.

"This is really what you practice for, to be part of this moment," said Hedwall, who has yet to win on the LPGA Tour but has won five titles in Europe and three in Australia. "I can't believe this."

As a sophomore in 2010, Hedwall became the first Oklahoma State women’s golfer to capture medalist honors at the NCAA Championship.

The Quarterback Conundrum
Only three Big 12 schools have named a starting quarterback: Texas (David Ash), Kansas (Jake Heaps) and Iowa State (Sam Richardson). The other seven are either still assessing the candidates or are keeping the announcement under wraps.

YHC has a theory on at least a couple of these decisions. TCU and Oklahoma State – both are playing mega-openers against Southeastern Conference foes – each could name a starter but that doesn’t mean the other QB won’t see playing time.

The Horned Frogs, it would seem, will go with senior Casey Pachall over sophomore Trevone Boykin. But TCU coach Gary Patterson, who came up on the defensive side of the ball, appears intrigued with the idea of using both QBs. He likes the idea of forcing opponents to spend time game planning for both a classic pocket passer (Pachall) and a run-pass threat (Boykin).

Oklahoma State could have a similar option. Junior Clint Chelf is considered a better passer while sophomore J.W. Walsh is considered a better runner. With the Cowboys wanting to play at a faster pace – they averaged 78 plays were game last season – there would appear to be enough offensive snaps to efficiently use two QBs.   

Our Tim Allen Is Also Famous
A shout out to Tim Allen (no, not the comedian). The Big 12’s Tim Allen is celebrating his 30-year anniversary working in the Big Eight and Big 12 conference offices. A graduate of Kansas State, Allen joined the Big Eight Conference office in 1983 and he was a key player when the Big Eight and four Southwest conference schools morphed into the Big 12.

Tim is the Big 12’s scheduling whiz and television liaison. Thanks to a computer software program and parameters that are approved by member schools, Tim puts together the football and men’s basketball schedules each year.

It’s ironic that YHC is writing about Tim Allen because he’s the reason why the Big 12 has resurrected an old Big Eight tradition – the football Skywriters’ tour. YHC and digital media assistant Riannon Rowley just completed the sixth Big 12 Skywriters Tour to gather preview information for the upcoming football season.

 

 

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