Texas Tech RB Eric Stephens done for year

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech junior running back Eric Stephens is out for the season after dislocating his left knee in last weekend’s 45-40 loss to Texas A&M. Stephens was second in the Big 12 in yards (570) and yards per game (114) and was on pace to be the first Texas Tech 1,000-yard rusher since the other Ricky Williams (1998). Stephens was a big part of head coach Tommy Tubberville's attempt to bring more balance to the Red Raiders "air raid." "It's tough to lose a guy, the type of person he is, No. 1," Tuberville said. "He wanted to win games. But he wanted to show the team, 'Hey, in this offense, we can get a 1,000 yards in this league. I can help us win games." Aaron Crawford and two true freshmen DeAndre Williams and Kenny Williams. "The problem with Aaron is staying healthy," Tuberville said. "He can be a 100-yard rusher a game, but he's got to get that mentality and understand that sometimes you're going to have to play through getting knocked around a little [Read more...]

KU Gradecard: High-octane Oklahoma State throttles KU as defensive woes continue

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation Last week I predicted Kansas would allow 60 points to Oklahoma State. They almost had 60 by HALFTIME. Kansas had to be feeling good about the way the game started. They got the ball first, drove 80 yards in a little over three minutes and scored on a 10-yard Tim Biere reception from Jordan Webb, then registered a sack on Oklahoma State first offensive play of the game. Then Oklahoma State scored on eight straight first-half possessions -- all in 1 minute, 50 seconds or less, averaging 84 seconds -- and led 56-7 in the 70-28 win. Three drives took less than a minute, and one that took 30 seconds By the end of the first quarter, Kansas was suddenly down 35-7...this was after Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) didn't score until midway through the first quarter, a 12-yard Josh Cooper TD pass from Brandon Weeden.

Conference Realignment Update Oct 11, 2011: TCU officially accepts Big 12 invite, Air Force turns down Big 12, lobbies for Big East and Missouri update

Its official. TCU is the newest member of the Big 12. TCU's Board of Trustees unanimously approved Monday acceptance of an invitation to join the Big 12. TCU will become the Big 12's 10th member in July 2012, replacing Texas A&M, who will leave for the SEC at the same time. The Big 12 lost Colorado to the Pac-12 and Nebraska to the Big Ten previously effective for this academic year. TCU is the first addition to the conference since its formation in 1996, when the Big Eight merged with four members (Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech) of the now-defunct Southwest Conference. TCU was also a member of the Southwest Conference. "We have made the promised land," Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said.

Chiefs Grade Card – Oct 9th vs. Colts: Un”Bowe”leivable

Coaching – B A tale of two halves.  Really the Chiefs comeback started with 5 minutes left in the first half which until then was dominated by the Colts.  I fully expected the Chiefs to pack it in down 17-0 in the middle of the 2nd quarter.  Credit goes to Haley and the coaching staff for making adjustments and keeping this team motivated to execute a comeback win.  The first half offensive play calling has been suspect all year, and today was no different.  Luckily we played another bad team that let us back into the game.   The offense was too predictable, electing to run most first and second downs.  Inexplicably, we kept trying to run McCluster outside right into the strength of the small but fast Colts defense.  It took being in a 17-0 hole, to open up the playbook, leading to two touchdown drives before halftime. In the second half the Chiefs looked like the team from last year, as they were able to run the ball and make big plays in the passing game.  The defense was torched [Read more...]

Missouri and Kansas State Gradecards: Kansas State gives Snyder win on 72nd birthday sending Missouri to worst start since 2001

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation A friend and I debated Kansas State's hot start. I said earlier in the week that the close, come-from-behind wins over Miami and Baylor gave Kansas State confidence, and momentum heading into Saturday's showdown with Missouri. He said the law of averages will pan out, and Kansas State will lose. Unfortunately, I was right. Another game, another time I ask myself, "how did Kansas State win that game?" I guess its time to stop asking the question, and just accept it. Bill Snyder is the man. Somehow, someway, the Cats, now undefeated at 5-0 after a 24-17 win over visiting Missouri, win games with less talent -- they have now done it three times this year -- and win it ugly. I don't know how the hell they are 5-0, but they are. I guess its time some credit is given when credit is due. Kansas State is 5-0 after a 24-17 win over visiting Missouri, giving head coach Bill Snyder a win on his 72nd birthday and winning for the first time in six [Read more...]

Analogy FAIL!

Coastal Carolina Coach Bennett makes a point about something.  Not sure what, but give this man a raise because his screen door sounds like a piece of (bleep).

Big 12 Rewind: Power Rankings, Performers of the Week and Oct 8 Preview

Big 12 play is fully underway as every team has now played at least one conference game. The question this week is, how good are the good offenses in this conference, and how bad is Kansas, Texas Tech and Baylor at defending the football? What will these good offenses do to these defenses? Baylor and Tech can make up for it with a good offense...Kansas? Not so much. And what about the offenses? To put it into perspective, Missouri is 11th nationally with 517 yards per game, but is sixth in the Big 12. Wow! How good is the Big 12? Five of the nation's 15 undefeated teams are in the Big 12, the most of any conference with Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State a combined 20-0 and 27-3 (.900) record in non-conference play is the best among all conferences since 1996. Rank Team Record Pts Last 1. Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0) (50) (1): Unanimous selection. Oklahoma dropped a spot in the national polls again, despite rolling Ball State 62-6 Saturday. Landry [Read more...]

K-State gradecard: Cats, Klein, win late again…

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation MANHATTAN—Kansas State was two minutes from losing to FCS Eastern Kentucky, a goalline stand away from losing to Miami and trailed by nine in the fourth quarter to Baylor…and they won them all. Not even a career day from Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright and another spectacular day in what has become commonplace from quarterback Robert Griffin was enough for Baylor to get its first-ever Big 12-opening win.

Conference Realignment Update: Thur Oct 6, 2011: TCU expected join Big 12 for 2012 season

The Big 12 Presidents and Chancellors have agreed to invite TCU to the league. If TCU accepts, which it is anticipated that they will, it will be TCU's 6th conference since 2005. A friend of mine gave them a suitable title, "Little Orphan of D-1." Classic. TCU is expected to pay a $5 million exit fee to the Big East -- a conference they NEVER competed in -- and will be a member of the Big 12 for the 2012-2013 academic/athletic year. TCU was scheduled to join the Big East on July 1, 2012. Everyone is reporting it as a done deal, and it is expected to be announced later today. TCU chancellor Victor J. Boschini told the Big East Thursday they have scheduled a board of regents meeting today where "we expect to accept an offer to join the Big 12." A statement from the Big 12: "Acting upon a unanimous recommendation of its expansion subcommittee, the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors this morning authorized negotiations with Texas Christian University to become the [Read more...]