First of all, there are only six players from the state of Texas on this year's roster. On Gary Barnett's last team, there were 16 players from the state of Texas. On the 2001 Big 12 Championship winning team, there were 11 players from Texas. Under Dan Hawkins, it seems like we have not brought in enough players from Texas. At the same time, KU and MU started to recruit harder in Texas. KU's roster lists 32 players from Texas: http://www.kuathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/kan-m-footbl-mtt.html MU's roster lists 33 players from Texas: http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/miss-m-footbl-mtt.html KSU's roster lists 18 players from Texas: http://www.kstatesports.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=400&KEY=&SPID=212&SPSID=3062 NU's roster lists 20 players from Texas: http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?spid=22&spsid=4&db_oem_id=100 ISU lists 21 players from Texas: http://www.cyclones.com/SportSelect.dbml?spid=4653&spsid=48388&db_oem_id=10700 I know that when I put ISU in, this seems to make my argument possibly go nowhere. However, the best teams in the North the last 2-3 years have been KU and MU and the number of players that they have brought in from Texas explains it all. NU will undoubtly step up their efforts in Texas and bring their numbers closer to 30-40 players from Texas. I know that CU has traditionally recruited California hard but back in the Big 8 days, we could do that. Now with Texas schools in the Big 12, we need to recruit Texas harder and it seems like CU hasn't done that. Does this mean CU will suck for the next few years? I don't think that has to be the case but I believe that the small number of Texas schools recruited under Hawkins (and Barnett as well). We need a coach who has a Texas background and a coaching staff that understands that we have to recruit Texas hard while continuing to recruit California hard. Since CU is the subject of many Pac-10 expansion rumors, I have to wonder if the next CU coach will tell us which conference we will be in the coming years. The Pac-10 most likely will ask CU to join the conference sometime next year if the rumors of CU joining the Pac-10 in 2011 is true or not. If the Pac-10 is definetly interested in expanding, there has to be behind the scenes stuff happening by now. If CU is to remain in the Big 12, we must get a Texas football coach period!