Missouri to the SEC is a mistake, please stay home

"Bucky," KC SportsNation Any analysis of the resurrection of MU football has to start and end with recruiting.  Even MU fans would not laud head coach Gary Pinkel as a great coach, whether it is Xs and Os or schemes. He wants to get as many good athletes as he can and put them in a good position to win and they have steadily become more successful. Since MU is in a large state with relatively little competition, it is easy to see them having a good recruiting base in-state. However, any rise of the local teams can be directly attributed to Texas recruiting. Pinkel, Bill Snyder and former KU coach Mark Mangino have all had their best success when they were pulling quality players out of Texas. Nebraska, as usual, believes because they are Nebraska, that they will continue to recruit Texas even though they have withdrawn from the Big 12. Over time, that will prove to be a fallacy and it might be sooner rather than later. Nebraska believes this even though teams with more national [Read more...]

Conference Realignment Update: Oct 19, 2011: Is Mizzou as good as gone?

Conference Realignment/Expansion has been a real attention whore, hasn't she? If she goes away, or is overshadowed by actual games, she always comes back. The Missouri Board of Curators (BOC) are scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon at 3:45 pm and again Friday morning in closed sessions and is expected to ask for a "conditional release" from the Big 12 Conference. The condition would be Missouri can stay if the SEC pulls the rug out at the last second. One must ask, why would the Big 12 agree to that? It is a smart move by Mizzou, because it is possible the SEC could get "cold feet" and backs out at the last second. But what would the Big 12 think if Missouri decided to stay? How would they be treated, what would the reaction of the other schools to be toward Missouri and how would their opinions be viewed on future issues? I guess if Missouri gets shunned, it is deservedly so. I think at this point everyone is ready for Mizzou to announce what its going to do, so the rest [Read more...]

I Hate When My Schwartz Gets Twisted

Head coaches Schwartz and Harbaugh had a memorable mid-field "handshake" in yesterday's game:     While Schwartz' reaction may have been a little overblown, Harbaugh might rethink celebrating in another coach's face like that again.  Todd Haley might do more than point a finger if he met Harbaugh acting like an a-hole at midfield.

Uniform Watch

In case you missed it, here are some of the unique, different, new uniforms worn this weekend across the college football universe. Is the obsessions with uniform combinations getting out of control? I like some. Others not so much. What are your thoughts? Maryland, Oregon and Oklahoma State continue their assault on uniform combinations For the first time, Maryland actually wore uniforms that were not an eye-sore. The helmets were still God-awful, but the uniforms weren't half bad. Another game, another Oregon uniform. Awesome helmets. Oklahoma State has 48 different uniform combinations with their four colors of jersey, pants, and helmets. They wore their sixth different combo Saturday in Austin.

Mizzou Gradecard: Tigers dominate Iowa State 52-17 on Centennial Homecoming to earn Telephone Trophy

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation Sophomore quarterback James Franklin threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 84 yards and two more touchdowns, Henry Josey ran for 129 yards and the Missouri defense forced three turnovers as Missouri won their fifth straight Telephone Trophy in an easy 52-17 win over visiting Iowa State Saturday for Missouri's 100th Homecoming, the first home game in a month. Three Missouri second quarter turnovers kept this game from getting really ugly. Missouri's first pass didn't come till their 11th offensive play, and their second didn't come until the 16th play, as Missouri jumped out to 14-0 and 28-3 leads. Missouri amassed 593 yards and didn't punt until the fourth quarter, when they kicked it three times.

KU, A&M share top spot in Preseason Big 12 Poll

2011-12 BIG 12 MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL Team (First-place Votes) Points 1. Kansas (5) 73 Texas A&M (2) 73 3. Baylor (2) 63 4. Missouri (1) 61 5. Texas 51 6. Kansas State 39 7. Oklahoma State 33 8. Iowa State 27 9. Oklahoma 15 Texas Tech 15 Ten points were awarded for first place, nine for second, etc. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team. Read more: http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/sports/college_sports/big_xii_coverage/kansas%2C-texas-a%26m-tied-for-first-in-preseason-men%27s-basketball-poll#ixzz1ai6moLcT

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...]