In descending order of 2012 impact, let’s review the latest round of offseason bad life decisions made in the Big 12:
• Oklahoma: Four players suspended indefinitely, three of them receivers, for (all together now) the ever-popular-and-mysterious Violation Of Team Rules. The absence of wideouts Trey Franks, Kameel Jackson and Jaz Reynolds will significantly deplete the Sooners’ receiving corps, but OU blog Crimson & Cream Machine thinks the presence of Kenny Stills and a few promising underclassmen could make up the difference:
The bottom line is that Stills, Metoyer and Gardner are all capable of drawing the double-team and Jaz Reynolds wasn’t. Whoever replaced Reynolds must be ready to make and immediate impact and get the offense clicking quickly.
If the suspensions hold up into the season then the Sooners may have lost a lot in terms of bodies but when it comes to the product on the field they didn’t lose much at all.
Defensive back Quentin Hayes is the fourth offender. He recorded three solo tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2011 and saw action in a special teams capacity.
• West Virginia: Terence Garvin and Darwin Cook, the Mountaineers’ second and third leading tacklers in 2011, were arrested Tuesday on what our friends at SB Nation are calling “snacks-related charges.” The pair of defensive backs are accused of shoplifting chips, pretzels and Gatorade from a gas station. It might be time to start getting concerned about Cook’s unhealthy history relating to foodstuffs. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen says he is “gathering facts at this time,” which means “Dana Holgorsen has to learn the names of a couple defensive players before he can figure out what to do with them.”