Record Setting Day in the Big 12

Missouri embarrasses Western Illinois, Kansas defensive futility continues, Tech gun-slinger Doege sets NCAA mark and Wright sets another Baylor record Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation   Records are meant to be broken. Plenty were in week three in the Big 12. Most were good, some VERY bad. First, the good. in Columbia, Missouri dominated in historic fashion, racking up a school-record 750 yards in annihilation of Western Illinois 69-0. The FCS Leathernecks (1-2) gained just 44 yards and netted just one first down in the most-dominating effort I have seen in a long time. The Tigers rushed for 428 yards and now lead the Big 12 in rushing at 257 yards per game. Speaking of rushing leaders, Missouri sophomore Henry Josey has made the best of his playing time. Josey was one of a four-man rotation last season, and all returned this season. But because of injuries, Josey is the only one left and one of only two scholarship running backs left active. He rushed for [Read more...]

Royals pound Sox, stay hot

Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation CHICAGO--The Royals offense continued to pound away and Bruce Chen threw a 2-hitter as the Royals won for the ninth time in 11 games, 11-1 Friday night at Chicago. Chen (12-8) allowed just two hits in eight innings and the Royals hit four homeruns and had 18 hits. Rookie Phenom Eric Hosmer hit his 19th homer of the year, and is one away from being the first Royals rookie to hit 20 homeruns since Mark Quinn in 2000.

Fake Dan Beebe’s epic Twitter rant

Isn't twitter great? @FakeDanBeebe went on an AWESOME tirade on twitter earlier today. Of course, it is completely fake, but nonethesless awesome. Happy reading. THIS IS WHAT YOU BASTARDS WANTED AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GET DANNY DID NOTHING BUT HUSTLE FOR YOU BIG 12 AND THIS IS THE THANKS I GET, A FORCED RESIGNATION JUST SO OKLAHOMA WILL STOP BEING BUTTHOLES. SO LISTEN UP, AND LISTEN WELL

Conference Expansion Update, Thur Sept 22: The Big 12 lives? Beebe out, Neinas in

7:57 pm: What just happened? I still don't know. The only thing that is clear is Dan Beebe is out as Big 12 Commissioner and Chuck Neinas has been named as his interim replacement. It appears the Big 12 has agreed, in principle, to remain together. IT APPEARS. Missouri scheduled a press conference for 6:45, but of course Oklahoma couldn't be upstaged and scheduled one for 15 minutes earlier, clearly trying to steal Missouri's thunder. "What is Boren doing upstaging the chairman of the Big 12 Board of Directors (Deaton)?" one Big 12 administrator wondered aloud. "That's just uncalled for." Oklahoma President David Boren was clear and to the point, while Missouri President Brady Deaton was very, very vague. Some things we certainly know: Beebe is gone, and his interim replacement, as expected, is former Big 8 Commissioner (1971-80) Chuck Neinas. Texas A&M is free to go and all nine remaining schools have agreed to a new 6-year grant of television rights tied to the [Read more...]

Neinas next Big 12 head?

Chuck Neinas' name surfaced yesterday as someone who would be a great replacement for Dan Beebe as Big 12 Commissioner. It appears Neinas thinks so, too. Neinas, a former Big 8 Commissioner (1971-80), has confirmed his interest to the KC Star. Dennis Dodd of CBS says Neinas expects to replace Beebe. According to Dodd, Neinas was contacted by the Big 12 Thursday night and "confirmed in the affirmative" of his interest in the position and has since applied formally with the Big 12 and expects to be the next conference commissioner, although in an interim basis - for six months to a year - long enough to see the conference through its reform (if it happens) and for the Big 12 to find a suitable replacement. Stay tuned, more news should come out of the Big 12 Presidents conference call this afternoon.    

Conference Expansion Update, Wed Sept 21

10:56 pm: So I step out for a few hours to have some me time on the basketball court (a big Thank You to Jeff Graves for the five powerhouse dunks) and I missed some action. If you want to follow conference realignment, you really can't sleep or do anything fun. Anyhow, according to KC Star's Mike DeArmond, Dan Beebe is on his way out as the Big 12 Commissioner, and the resignation will be announced tomorrow. Remember when I said this a month ago (Dan Beebe's Resignation a must)? If I can figure this out, why can't a damn conference? I will continue to my prediction that his replacement will be former Big 8 Commissioner Chuck Neinas. Nienas helped Oklahoma hire AD Joe Castigleone and Missouri AD Mike Alden. More on this soon... Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel continues to voice his concern with the Big 12. Earlier in the day, he called the Big 12 "a sad embarrassment." A few weeks ago on Tim Brando's national TV show, he said that the Big 12 needs serious repair work [Read more...]

Conference Expansion Update: Pac-whatever its called plays its cards

11:39 p.m: Now the Pac 12, Pac-XX or Pac-whatever its called has decided to play its hand in this ultimate poker match, otherwise known as this never-ending drama known as Conference Realignment. Quoting one of my friends, who said, "Will This ever end?" I agree, friend. Anyway, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced that the Pac-12 will NOT seek expansion. His full statement: WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In light of the widespread speculation about potential scenarios for Conference re-alignment, the Pac-12 Presidents and Chancellors have affirmed their decision to remain a 12-team conference. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, “after careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference. While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture [Read more...]

Sept 20, 2011: A wild ride in Conference Expansion

Here comes Conference Armageddon Where will your team end up in conference realignment/expansion?   Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation Personally, I am sick and tired of the daily drama known as conference expansion/realignment. It gives me a headache everytime I think of all the possible outcomes. Last time there was a lot of smoke, but not much fire. Today could be day that the wildfire goes out of control and the final domino falls for all hell breaking loose, setting the stage for Conference Armageddon. With all the fate of the Big 12 supposedly in the hands of Oklahoma and Texas, and everyone focusing on what they were going to do, Missouri could be the one that blows it all up. Reports surfaced today that Mizzou is on their way to the SEC, and it gaining momentum. If this is the case, the sooner the better. Whether your team ends up in some sort of new conference, the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-whatever it is called, or somewhere else, lets get this thing over [Read more...]

Smile KC, its a feel-good Monday

Happy Monday, Kansas City. It’s a great day to be a Kansas Citian. The Chiefs and Kansas were embarrassed, "Vicious" Victor Ortiz was ko'd by Money Mayweather's sucker-punch, the Royals lost their winning streak, and oh yeah, the Big 12 Conference is ready to implode as Conference Armageddon is upon us. Which was worse the Chiefs pitiful loss or Kansas epic record-setting loss? If you are a KU and Chiefs fan, I feel for yeah, this had to be one of the worst weekends you’ve experienced, EVER. The Chiefs got embarrassed 48-3 at Detroit Sunday, their second straight blowout loss. But that’s not the biggest loss. Jamaal Charles is done for the season with a torn ACL, marking consecutive weeks the Chiefs have lost a Pro Bowler with a season-ending ACL injury. It’s going to be a long season for the Chiefs (0-2) without Charles and their best defensive player (Eric Berry).

Dan Beebe Rip VanWinkles the Big 12

Brian Graham, KCSportsNation After Texas A&M, one of the Big 12 Conferences “big three” along with Texas and Oklahoma in the “Big 12 money grab” announced September 2 that it was leaving the Big 12 Conference, certainly destined for the SEC, the question remains, what will conference commissioner Dan Beebe do next? The question should read, what will Dan Beebe DO because he has not done anything in the past 15 months besides sign a long-term, lucrative football television contract.