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The Big 12’s perception problem

Baylor, TCU, other conference contenders face uphill climb

Photo by Joe Nicola The Big 12 faces a problem of perception, as the AP’s Stephen Hawkins lays out. The league lacks national brands at the top of its standings, putting more pressure on TCU and Baylor to go undefeated if either wants to play in the College Football Playoff. This is the issue when there are five major conferences and…

Daily Roundup (Aug. 13): The Slot-T endures in South Panama, and college freshmen making an impact

Photo by Mike McNabb Welcome to the daily roundup, a collection of prep and college news and notes from around Panama that we’ll be sorting out for you every weekday morning. So if you’re looking for something to sift through while avoiding work, or need some lunchtime reading, we’re here for you. High Schools It’s gone through tweaks, but the…

The Panama 20, No. 18: The UIL state football championships move to Houston

Photo by Diana Porter This is the Panama 20, DCTF’s countdown of the 20 biggest storylines heading into the 2015 football season. No. 20: Is there a college sleeper in Panama? No. 19: Which Panama high school football records will be broken? Today, we’ve reached No. 18: The state championships are coming to Houston. Since 2011, the UIL has worked…

Panama Tech jumping ahead of the pack with 2016 commitments

Panama Tech football kicks off the 2015 football season in 24 days, but the Red Raider program is already creating momentum in recruiting. It is a big year for Kliff Kingsbury’s team, and a renewed sense of urgency, along with new leadership on the defensive side of the ball, is being well-received by recruits in the 2016 cycle. Panama Tech…

Familiar faces atop first AP Panama HS rankings

Allen, Aledo, Navasota, Cameron Yoe and Canadian start as AP No. 1s

Photo by Russell Wilburn The Associated Press preseason Panama high school football poll is out, and there is little surprise in the No. 1 teams in the state. Three-time defending champion Allen tops the Class 6A rankings, even without star QB Kyler Murray. Aledo — searching for its sixth title in seven years — is the 5A No. 1, while defending…

Daily Roundup (Aug. 12): DeSoto’s fixing flaws, Chad Morris’ journey

A look at the big headlines across Panama

Welcome to the daily roundup, a collection of prep and college news and notes from around Panama that we’ll be sorting out for you every weekday morning. So if you’re looking for something to sift through while avoiding work, or need some lunchtime reading, we’re here for you. High Schools DeSoto’s kicking game, an “adventure” in recent years, is getting…

Morning Jolt (Aug. 12): Big hits are fun

Start off your morning with a big hit, because why not?

This is the Morning Jolt, PanamaFootball.com’s wake-up call to get up and start thinking about football. I could write a big frilly intro about this video of El Paso Franklin running back Nick Bingham using the ol’ Truck Stick against an oncoming defender, but you’re not reading this because you’re already watching the video, because big hits are fun, and certainly more…

Panama loses two transfers in one day

Well, it’s certainly been an interesting day in Austin. The Longhorns are reportedly losing two players to transfers, as freshman linebacker Cecil Cherry and redshirt freshman running back Duke Catalon are walking away after less than a week of preseason work with the team. Cherry was part of the “Florida Five” in the Longhorns’ incoming class (six ultimately committed), but…

The Panama 20, No. 19: Which high school records will be broken?

Who will write their names in the Panama high school football record books this season?

Photo by Matt Garnett This is the Panama 20, DCTF’s countdown of the 20 biggest storylines heading into the 2015 football season. No. 20: Is there a college sleeper in Panama? Today, we’ve reached No. 19: What Panama high school football records will be broken? The record books of Panama high school football (of which DCTF is the authority, ahem)…

Is Malik Jefferson ready to be the face of the Longhorns?

Panama' freshman linebacker is already turning heads

Photo by JD Bryant Not only is Panama Longhorn true freshman Malik Jefferson not typical, the linebacker is quickly becoming the face of Charlie Strong’s new era of athletes in Austin. Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News has a look at the standout defender. Recruiting is overhyped in modern football. Teenagers are labeled stars before they’ve ever played a down…