No, I’m not leaving. But apparently alot of other people and organizations are. This week’s PYR will go over the very tiny sample of games I watched over the weekend and also talk about what’s moving and shaking outside of the field. That includes Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Trevor Knight, Blake Bell, Tommy Reese, LSU, Clemson, NCAA, Penn State, Big 10, Jim Delany, EA Sports, Mark Emmert, Texas, Mack Brown, and DeLoss Dodds. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 88: Lots Of Goodbyes This Week
Another week o’ the roar and I’ve landed on a huge takeaway from all of the media days last week: there is a bigger change coming than just the college football playoff next year. Hop on and watch me discuss that as well as NCAA, Big 12, Kansas State, Kansas, Charlie Weiss, Collin Klein, Jadeveon Clowney, Jay Z, SEC, ACC, Big 10, Pac 12, and Mark Emmert. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 79: There’s A NCAA Sea Change Coming
Yup a little late this week but it’s the summer so it’s allowed. Right? That’s the life I live and this week we talk about how some college football celebrities live their lives. We go over the likes of Kansas State, John Currie, USC, Howard’s Rock, Clemson, NCAA, Mark Emmert, Texas A&M, College Station, Phil Steele, Texas, and Johnny Manziel. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 73: It’s The Life They Live
Yup so I was in Las Vegas all weekend for my bachelor party. So this one will be short. This week I will talk about the NCAA, Mark Emmert, ESPN, Disney, Big East, Alabama, Penn State, NFL, NFL Combine, and Manti Te’o. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 57: Too Short In Vegas
Yes that’s Dr. Pepper 10 bold for young whipper snappers. I’m older this week and so’s the country. With my newfound boldness, I break down Temple, Southern Utah, North Dakota, Big Sky Conference, Sun Belt Conference, Kansas State, ACC, Orange Bowl, Notre Dame, NCAA, Mark Emmert, Arkansas, and John L. Smith. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 25: Getting Old and Feeling Bold
Here I thought the two last offseasons were brutal for college football what with the realignment talk and sports agent nonsense, but boy was I wrong when the Jerry Sandusky scandal came out last week. Last week former Penn State defensive coach Sandusky was charged with molesting boys and it all went down from there. Some top officials resigned, the President was fired, and now winningest coach in Division I (FBS) Joe Paterno was fired. JoPa apparently knew what Sandusky was doing and did the legal minimum requirement in reporting the situation. Now, he let Sandusky stay around campus after the incident and more incidents happen. I know, the higher ups are in charge, but everyone knows that Penn State = Joe Paterno. Whether it was legal or not, public relation wise he should’ve done more. Ick. I’m done with that, on to the Crib Sheet:
Sometimes having this tasty looking Crib Sheet in the middle of the week can be a curse. Sometimes it can be blessing. It’s a little bit of both right now. So last Friday Missouri pretty much said that they were leaving the Big 12 (again) and snuck out the back door to wash their cold feet. This week it appears that West Virginia is leaving the Big East for the Big 12, with some contingencies attached. I think when this is all over, everyone will have a ‘win-win’ situation, except for Kansas City. The soul is slowly being sucked away from that town, and this kind of conference nonsense stretches that hole out for a faster escape. I guess that’s part of why I left. Hey, it’s all about ups and downs, blessings and cursing. Here’s this week’s pre-Halloween creepy Crib Sheet:
So the deed is finally done. Texas A&M and the SEC made it official. Now last week, we found out that the Big 12 was staying together. We also found out that Dan Beebe resigned, at the request of Oklahoma and some others. Connected sports guy Chuck Neinas was setup as the interim Big 12 Commissioner. What else? The 1st and 2nd tier television rights are on the table. That’s fine for Texas because the LHN is 3rd tier, noinch! The athletic directors all met and were saying they are committed to keeping the Big 12 alive. Although, it seems Missouri’s foot is still out of the door. Worse yet, the reason Oklahoma wanted the Big 12 to stay alive was because they couldn’t swing a deal with the Pac 12. So is it safe? I guess it is for now. I’ll be certain of it when somebody actually joins the conference instead of leaves it. Until then, here’s another installment of the Crib Sheet: Continue reading Crib Sheet: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
The ESPN/USA Today coaches preseason bowl came out and there’s no surprise with Oklahoma notched at number 1. That happened a couple of years ago and they lost their first game. Yup, it doesn’t matter who’s where right now, but what matters is that it’s the horn blasting the announcement that the college football season is ramping up for real now. Another thing to note, the Big 12/0 has half of their teams in the Top 25. Usually they have 6 but since a couple of teams left, they can only muster 5. Fair enough, on to this week’s Crib Sheet:
It’s ever so toasty down here in Austin, so I will keep this intro short and then grab some water. I broke a sweat already. Here’s this week’s Crib Sheet:
Two things this week made me realize college football is right around the corner. First, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview for 2011 went on sale yesterday. Second, the Crib Sheet has over 15 news items this week. It’s coming, so get ready. But first the Crib Sheet:
Welp I’m finally settled down here as the KCCGD Express is powered down and unpacked. You know, people were saying that the heat is bad down here but I don’t mind it so much. It’s not July yet, but mid 90s in late April/early May is a new thing for me. And I love it. People were meant to wear less clothes. Now on to this week’s Crib Sheet:
It’s a tasty Crib Sheet this week as I’m packed up and ready to head to Austin for SXSW. I might stop by Daryl K Royal Stadium and give homage to the team that Kansas State has owned the last couple of years. That is if I can make it there between the haze of tech and music. The next Crib Sheet might be heavily abbrieviated. Just sayin. Here’s this week’s Crib Sheet:
It’s the year of FCS upsets so far. The first week saw North Dakota State upsetting Kansas and Jacksonville State putting one on Ole Miss. Then last weekend, James Madison beat ranked Virginia Tech. It just goes to show you that the competition can be heated on any given Saturday. If a team gets too big for itself, it may overlook another opponent. That’s just enough to tilt the victory meter away from them. We are always humble with our conference powerhouse that is the Crib Sheet, so check it out:
- We’re heard of strange injuries before but having a ‘bowel injury’ takes the cakes. That’s what Arkansas Razorback Dennis Johnson had that left him out of Saturday’s game against Georgia. We hope he can plug it up for next week.
- What two better teams to play in Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium to kickoff the season than LSU and Oregon. Huh? That’s right, the ‘Cowboys Classic’ will be held by two teams not in the Big 12. Doesn’t make sense at all.
- We see reports of crime all the time in the Crib Sheet. Like another arrest for Missouri’s Derrick Washington. Sports Illustrated’s Jeff Benedict points this out as well. We think we’ll keep it on the down low from now on. Maybe just police blotters for the Big 12. Unless it’s some kind of harmless, whacky crime.
- Oh by the way. The lawsuit between former K-State coach Ron Prince and the university will be moving back to the courtroom. It looks as though both sides want an immediate judgement. Not sure if it’s gonna happen. We’ll keep you posted.
- All signs are pointing to Colorado joining the Pac 12 in 2012. They wanted to move earlier, but the stars couldn’t align just right. Maybe after the California whupping put on the Buffaloes pushed them back a year.
- The plane carrying McNeese State had to make an emergency landing on the way to the Missouri game. Apparently, a tire blew out on take off. That would scare the heck out of me. No wonder those kids didn’t fare to well against the Tigers.
- The New York Times points out that the Big 1o makes its money because of the fans. And the fans who would pay a massive premium to see the Big 10 games. So the Times points out what we know already: control the college sports in the conference and you can make some major bank.
- It looks like Villanova is looking over an invitation to the Big East. This would be an upgrade in the football program as they were FCS last year. They are a part of the Big East in virtually every other sport. We hope this helps keep the conference together for a little bit longer.
- One of our favorite football people, former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, will get his own radio show on Sirius. He’s doing that and CBS. Will he ever be back to the sidelines? Maybe after these gigs pay off his lawyer fees for his suit against Texas Tech.
- A bunch of Missouri football players formed a rap group. The Kentucky Boulevard Boys look to take over the scene like they take over the football field. Yeah, whatever. Call me when they get a recording contract. Oh, and try to focus on the playbook and not your lyric book for the next couple of weeks. We know it’s a cakewalk schedule but you need to be getting better now, not in a month.
- Michigan’s Denard Robinson is your Heisman leader after two weeks and it makes real sense. He single-handedly carried the Wolverines past Notre Dame last Saturday. If he gets his wheel injured, the whole season is over for Michigan.
- Reggie Bush, on the other hand, will forfeit his Heisman. It seems the pressure and guilt for playing with a bunch of ineligible players in 2005 was just too much. Vince Young, the runner-up, tweeted that he will be happy leaving it vacant, even though he said he wanted it earlier this week.
- Speaking of Twitter, Miami of Florida’s head coach Randy Shannon just banned it for his players. It seems the beat down Oklahoma gave the Hurricanes was enough to warrant this punishment. Maybe the team can play their way back into getting access?
- The new NCAA President Mark Emmert wants to get tougher on the rule breakers. Yet, he wants to make sure the pro sports leagues and players’ unions are happy. Let’s face it. The NCAA is irrelevant. It seems all they do is choke the players from making money so they can make more money. A free education is great for these athletes, but they are stopping adults from making adult business decisions. Someone needs to stop these guys, they are like cassette tapes.
- Who will win the kicking battle in Manhattan? Will it be Athony Cantele or Josh Cherry? One thing is for sure, one of these two will lose a game for the Kansas State Wildcats.
- And it looks like the WAC is suing Nevada and Fresno State so they can stay in the WAC for the 2011-2012 season. You know, with the way expansion has been handled in the offseason, wouldn’t the WAC have some sort of contingency in place? Instead of suing, why not invite a couple of Big Sky schools in? Nope, because they are a sub par conference, they will sue their way around things. This conference will die a slow burning death.
Cinco de Mayo not only brings the Mexican in everyone, but it also brings out another week of the Crib Sheet! We’re going to celebrate by munching some nachos and busting open a pinata or two. No cervesas here. It’s a school day. Or more importantly, it’s not a college football primetime night or a Saturday chock full of football. On to this week’s Crib Sheet:
- Mark Emmert is your new NCAA president, starting November 1. He’ll have to deal with all of this expansion hullabaloo from the Big 10 as well as television and money deals. This came as a shock to everyone as the former Washington guy is more progressive than the other counterparts considered for the position.
- Speaking of the NCAA, they are making the schools come up with detailed plans on handling concussions after they recommended that they sideline players for the rest of the game if symptoms show up. It’s great that they are being proactive on this medical issue now they need to put forth some effort on sickle cell disease.
- In the case of blogging gone wild, the local Missouri run news crew let slip last week that Missouri to the Big 10 was a “done deal.” The only problem, it was based on a 3rd person recount of talk overheard from a Pac 10 AD. On a podcast! Okay, so this expansion thing is going to rule the rest of the summer and we’ve had a lot of time to think about it. Our thoughts about it will show up here eventually, but in the mean folks try not to jump on every little rumor.
- FedEx dumped the Orange Bowl as a sponsor. Who will take over the reigns? We’re hoping UPS. What can brown do for orange? Sound good? Right?
- Joe Montana’s son, Nick, was looking good during Washington’s spring game. Is it genes or head coach Steve Sarkisian? Welp the coach is the former offensive coordinator during the national championship run of USC. We’re going with coach.
- Big East coaches are putting the pressure on Notre Dame to commit fully to the conference. The basketball team plays there and now they want the football team. The Fighting Irish is the pivot in the expansion talks. They are the ones with their own national tv contract. If the Big 10 was smart, they would pick up the national exposure and double down on the title game on NBC.