Justin Mayhugh, KC SportsNation After taking a 4-1 beating from the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 14, many people -- fans and experts alike -- had written off Sporting Kansas City as an Eastern Conference bottom dweller. Their opinions were well founded, at least at the time. Sporting KC were in the middle of a brutal stretch of games; 10 matches on the road to start the season, in which the club was only able to collect six points. Hopes were fading fast for Sporting KC. In fact, the only hope that remained at that point seemed to be the opening of Sporting KC's new stadium, Livestrong Sporting Park. The team, after having spent years playing in make-shift soccer venues (Arrowhead Stadium and Community America Ball Park), would finally see the completion of their permanent home in the beginning of June. Fans and players were no doubt excited about having one of the nicest soccer-specific stadiums in North America to call home, but still, no one could have anticipated what was to [Read more...]
Around the Big 12 Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma 38: Norman, OK - Texas Tech jumped out to a 31-7 third quarter lead, and hung on Saturday night after a two-hour weather delay. Tech quarterback Seth Doege earned NCAA Player of the Week honors in the upset, the first home loss for Oklahoma in six years. Doege threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth, throwing for 441 yards as the Red Raiders (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) more than likely ended the Sooners (6-1, 3-1) National Title aspirations. "It's special for the entire team. I'm excited about it," Doege said. "The best part of it is seeing how happy and excited my teammates are. We all got together, and we pulled it off. Everybody didn't think we could." Tech, who was a four touchdown underdog, scored four straight touchdowns after a Landry Jones to Kenny Stills TD two minutes into the game -- 60 seconds after Doege hit Alex Torres from 44 yards out -- to lead 31-7. Then hung on for dear life.
1:44 pm: Conference realignment continues to change, hourly. West Virginia has formally been announced as the Big 12's 10th team, replacing Missouri, who still hasn't officially left yet. According to the Big 12, West Virginia will begin competing next year in all sports. The official release from the Big 12, from their website: The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors have voted unanimously to accept West Virginia University as a full conference member effective July 1, 2012. The Mountaineers will begin competing in the Big 12 beginning with the 2012-13 athletic season. ... Beginning with the 2012-13 season it is expected that the Big 12 Conference will be comprised of 10 Universities – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The Big 12’s footprint will encompass five states with over 36 million people. More than 4,100 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually [Read more...]
7:17 pm: What the hell is going on with the Big 12? 24 hours after reportedly voting in, accepting, and informing West Virginia it was the Big 12's newest member, and Missouri's replacement, the Mountaineers status with the Big 12 is now in-limbo. What a circus act. CBS' Brett McMurphy says West Virginia and the Big 12 had a press release read and West Virginia acknowledges it had a offer, and now it is off the table. Why? Because some, most notably Oklahoma President David Boren, want Louisville instead. Here is the main issue: The majority of the Big 12 universities prefer Louisville, but the TV networks prefer West Virginia. The battle is on. Pete Thamel, of The New York Times, wrote yesterday that the whole thing is in a holding pattern and that it's a 50-50 deal between WVU and Louisville. LINK: Big 12 may add Louisville, not West Virginia
Brian Graham & Andrew Cangelose, KC SportsNation OAKLAND, Cal -- Not one, not two, not three, but six times the Chiefs picked off Oakland quarterbacks Sunday, leading to a 28-0 route, pulling the Chiefs within a game of first-place and setting up a first-place showdown Monday at Arrowhead against the first-place San Diego Chargers (4-2). The six interceptions alone were enough to win the game as two were brought back for touchdowns -- Kendrick Lewis a 59-yarder tight-roped down the sideline from Kyle Boller on the first drive of the game and a Brandon Flowers's 58-yarder to give the Chiefs a 28-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
Missouri never lead in Saturday's 45-24 home loss to Oklahoma State, but had several chances to make it a game. And that pretty much sums up where the Missouri football team is at this year. This Missouri team is just average. They have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, but a first-year inconsistent quarterback, a over-hyped, under-performing defense and preseason All-American candidate kicker who can't hit anything longer than 30 yards has hindered the possibilities of what could have been. Missouri now sits at 3-4 and will be fighting for a bowl berth the rest of the season, something that seemed infathomable before the season. Yeah, I know, all four losses have come against ranked teams, three which are Top 9 BCS teams, but Missouri only lead in one of those games and had to come from behind in the other three. Four losses is four losses, no matter how you spin it. Missouri is good enough to play with any team in the country and beat most teams, but they are [Read more...]
9:48 pm: Still have no confirmation that West Virginia is having a press conference tomorrow to announce their move to the Big 12. Earlier today several media outlets were reporting West Virginia would make an announcement Wednesday. CBS' Brett McMurphy was one of the first to break the West Virginia to the Big 12 story news, tweeted tonight, "Contrary to media reports, there is no press conference scheduled for Wednesday concerning WVU's conference affiliation." I post this tweet just for its humorous aspect. McMurphy was one the media reports claiming a Wednesday presser. Regardless, West Virginia is coming to the Big 12 and will replace Missouri WHEN, not if, it goes to the SEC. About 10 days ago, Conference USA and Mountain West announced a conference affiliation for football only. Currently, that would consist of 22 schools, with two 11 team divisions and a conference championship game with hopes of receiving a BCS automatic berth. Five of those current schools -- [Read more...]
While Raiders fans say F-you with a simple gesture, Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers says "F-You" with a Pick-6 of Carson Palmer, then poses for the pleasure of the Oakland criminals, I mean thugs, I mean fans, pardon me, in the Chiefs 28-0 destruction in Oakland Saturday.
Brian Graham, KC SportsNation 8:30 pm: More answers about why Missouri did not withdraw from the Big 12 today. A university source indicated today was too soon for Chancellor Brady Deaton to work out details with both the Big 12 and SEC. Then why all the indications that today was the day? It is possible that some new stuff was added to the table today, that Deaton and Missouri are now considering. It appears the Big 12 presidents discussed a league-wide network, something Missouri has been a proponent of, at the Big 12 Board of Directors Meeting today. This could be another reason Deaton didn't present the withdraw papers to the Big 12. Would a Big 12 Network be enough to get Missouri to stay? Perhaps. But I think Missouri is at the point of no return. They have gone too far to return. Stay tuned...
Brian Graham, KC SportsNation Is there any way Turner Gill is the Kansas coach next season? I think the embarrassing 59-21 loss at home to in-state rival Kansas State Saturday may have been the nail in the coffin. 118-28 to your in-state rival in two seasons, both at home? Saturday, Kansas State did a victory lap with their own fans in your own stadium Turner Gill. That's embarrassing. Kansas has notoriously bad football fans, but in the fourth quarter there was no blue or red in the stadium, just a bunch of purple. Kansas has lost five straight games by an average of 33 points, and have allowed 45 points or more in those games -- 59 or more three times. The chances of Kansas winning a game the rest of this year are slim to none. A road trip to Ames to play Iowa State November 5 is their last remaining chance. If they are unsuccessful, Kansas will finish the season 0-9 in Big 12 play and 1-17. Kansas is allowing 45 points per game in conference play under Gill's [Read more...]