Crib Sheet: The Chips Have Fallen Into the Bowls
The teams have been announced that cards played out on the table. The big hand is lame this year but the side bets are sexier. That’s right the regular season is over and now we are flipping over to bowl season. There were some snubs as usual, but the Big 12 lineup of bowls still looks pretty strong. The Cotton Bowl is right up there with the BCS bowls in terms of interesting match ups. Kansas State vs Arkansas, or Big 12 vs SEC, like it should be. Call your bets and flop on over to this week’s Crib Sheet.
- Stanford assistant coach and former Kansas City Chief Chester McGlockton died last week. I remember more for the Chiefs than the college field, but I wanted to send out my condolences to his family and friends.
- West Virginia filed to have the lawsuit the Big East has against them dismissed. Meanwhile the Big East wants the dismiss the suit West Virginia has against them. Divorces can be real rough, the Big 12 is used to them by now.
- The pirate is back! But not at Kansas. Mike Leach is taking his rebellious ways to Washington State. He grew up out west so I guess he’s going home. Washington State actually had 4 wins this year so look for improvements quick from the Leach.
- UCLA will be able to go bowling, thanks to a ruling from the NCAA. Yes, they are 6-7.
- There was a rumor that the Big 10 was selling cheap tickets on Craigslist to fill up the dome of the Big 10 Championship Game. The Big 10 says it is false. They are learning the ways of championship games slowly but surely.
- It’s PR rebuilding time for Penn State! Last week, they pledged $1.5 million to advocacy groups relating to child abuse. It’s going to take about another year for this to be forgotten.
- Texas A&M fired head coach Mike Sherman. Apparently they think they are better than they really are. Reality is going to hit even harder in the SEC.
- It’s turmoil inside of the Texas A&M offices as well. Apparently Jeff Toole, the senior associate athletic director, went on some message boards and talked some trash on his bosses. These guys are a perfect fit in the SEC.
- A car crash killed two Missouri Southern football players last week. Our condolences goes out to the friends and family of Michael McCrimmons and Diondre Johnson.
- They said it wasn’t about the money, but it was about the money. That’s what Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton said regarding Missouri’s move to the SEC. Apparently budget cuts in the state school system forced the Tigers hand into a more lucrative conference. At least someone was half honest about why they moved.
- The way out of the door of the Big 12, Gary Drinkel voted Oklahoma State #4 in the final coaches poll. What better way to screw the Big 12 than to hit them in the pocket books. He’s a very spiteful person when he drinks. Which is like all the time.
- It’s no surprise that interim Big 12 Commissioner Chick Neinas is in favor of a plus one system for the BCS. This usually happens when your team gets left out.
- Baylor’s Robert Griffin III is a Heisman finalist. I don’t think he will get because sports media types need to justify their Andrew Luck love coming into the season.
- It doesn’t help RG3 that Andrew Luck announced that he will go to the NFL next year. He’s got the Heisman locked up, you can take it to the bank.
- Speaking of awards, Bill Snyder 2.0 is your Big 12 Coach of the Year. This was a no brainer. He’s a finalist for the national one but I think Les Miles will get that nod.
- The Big East will be the Big East West now. Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, UCF, and SMU are expected to join the conference in 2013 according to reports. This will be a weird conference but the Big East proved it was willing to make due with travel when they invited TCU. The good news is that the conference and West Virginia will more than likely work something out so the Mountaineers can join the Big 12.