Rick Nelson

Doesn't pay to live in past

Tradition clearly is overrated. Nostalgia is for saps.

"If memories were all I sang," Rick Nelson once sang, "I'd rather drive a truck."

You would think history might mean more in a sport that produced "Win one for the Gipper," but this is no time to be taking sentimental journeys.

Before the Pacific-12 Conference called off the expansion malamutes last week, conference realignment directors were prepared to tear asunder the Apple Cup core of some of its most ancient rituals.

Before he was all for the Big12 staying together, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops seemed perfectly fine with divorcing Texas and the Red River Rivalry.