Crib Sheet: Here We Go Again On Our Own, Maybe
Once we thought we were safe, but anybody who knew their history and knew about the psyche of Missouri understood it was not over. And with that, Missouri last night gave chancellor Brady Deaton the power to pursue other conferences. They could be like Oklahoma and stay or they could be like Texas A&M and go. Time will tell. Although, they were first on the block last year so I’m pretty sure they are out the door. Nevermind the fact that Tier 1 and Tier 2 rights are officially equal in the Big 12, provided everyone commits to the league. Yup, so expect some announcements early next week about conference affiliation so they don’t bother with the actual games being played on the field. In the meantime, check out this week’s Crib Sheet:
- He’s a man. He’s over 40. But Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy can also bust a move on the dance floor. It’s kind of creepy to watch, but I can say that if any white dude does that it ends up being creepy. Myself included.
- So the root influencer of the superconference idea originated from a booklet published by Raycom Sports. Okay, it’s 240 pages so I’m not calling it a booklet. At any rate, this idea floated around even before the inception of the Big 12 Conference. Puts a little perspective on how things are now right?
- That bar fight LSU’s Jordan Jefferson was in? Yeah, he will testify in front of a grand jury about it. Meanhwile, he got his first action on the field last weekend and scored a touchdown. Will due process see this guy get booted back off the field? We’ll have to wait and see.
- Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne ran his mouth about creating natural rivalries. So the Huskers are window shopping new rivalries now that they abandoned the ones they had before. Let’s hope it’s Wisconsin. I can see them rolling the Huskers every year.
- It looks like the NCAA will finally follow through and recommend more money for athletes to cover the full cost of living in college. Man this should keep down the shark sports agents. Not completely, however, but better than before.
- For what it’s worth, Harvey Updyke Jr. apologized for poisoning the old oak trees of Toomer’s Corner at Auburn. I think Alabama will get the last laugh this year when they roll the Tigers on the field.
- Oklahoma linebacker Londell Taylor was arrested for a DUI. I guess he’s not a youngin as he played for the Detroit Tigers a bit and decided to come back to college. He needs to grow up still.
- Even though SEC commissioner Mike Slive said they aren’t interested in expanding, Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart says they are looking to go to 14. What’s going on guys? Sending mixed signals. I know Missouri fans are excited to hear that bit of news.
- Kansas State running back Bryce Brown has shown his color and was not with the team over the weekend. You gotta play the Bill Sndyer way if you want on the field, Bryce. Show up and work hard.
- There’s a big dust up over a couple of BCS bowls accepting a ton of federal money then turning around and paying no taxes. That’s a big issue with the economy today. I’m sure the Playoff PAC will be all over this tasty chunk of public relations meat.
- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III had the first scholarship offer in his life from Kansas, but skipped out because he would’ve sit behind Todd Reesing for two years. Hindsight’s always 20/20, right? Nowadyas, Kansas receivers get candy bars for good play on the field. You know, Mark Mangino would’ve never allowed that to happen under his tenure. It would’ve never left his hands.
- So while RG3 is tearing it up this year for Baylor, the Bears will have to wait until next year to get another somewhat troubled recruit in Lache Seastrunk. Would that motivate RG3 to stay another year? You gotta wonder if he’s thinking NFL right now.
- Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson took a shot at the Big East last week. It’s come down to this, hasn’t Big East? You better get your ducks in order or the MWC will swap status with you very quick.
- A couple of other former players sued the NCAA over the long term effect of concussions. More will come, just wait and see. More will come. Do I hear flag football anyone?
- The Big East head honchos gave Commissioner John Marinatto the power to pursue expansion. This bonanza is only about 33% through with all of this realignment stuff. The Big East finally let the horses out of the barn to catch up with everyone else in this race.
- TCU head coach Gary Patterson didn’t like how they lost against SMU over the weekend. In fact, he didn’t like it so much, he took a couple of shots at Conference USA and SMU head coach June Jones. TCU got a goodbye loss from both SMU and Baylor this year. Hopefully it won’t tarnish their Big East entrance too much.
- The WAC apologized for have a 22 minute delay to review a play during the Hawaii vs Louisiana Tech game over the weekend. They should, and they should also fire the officials who had a hand in it. That’s just too long to wait.