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Crib Sheet: West Virginia For Realz

Last week it was reported that West Virginia was going to Big 12, and now it is official.  There was some late swinging by Louisville to take their place but in the end West Virginia won out.  I guess when politicians get involved, it can turn uglyLouisville isn’t out the race yet.  When the Big 12 looks to expand here in a couple of years, they will be next on the list.  The next best thing to politicing is lawyering (he says sarcastically).  West Virginia won the former and is now pushing the latter by suing the Big East on the grounds that the conference and their commissioner is crappy.  I say they have a case.  On to the Crib Sheet:

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Crib Sheet: Coaches Poll Leaves No Surprises

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:

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Crib Sheet: Signing Hype Day

It’s national signing day!  Okay, so it’s not that exciting, but we have some Big 12 updates flying in and I don’t want to take away from the exciting coverage.  Usually half the kids that are worth something don’t pan out anyway.   It’s a good thing that ESPN covers this overhyped event in the only way that ESPN can over hype.  Now on to the Crib Sheet:

Crib Sheet: Mizzou Fans Showed Up, The Team Didn’t

So last night’s Insight Bowl happened.  I’m still sleepy from the late running game.  Iowa held off Missouri for a 27-24 victory, with the biggest play in the game going to Blaine Gabbertt tossing a pick six in the 4th quarter to give Iowa the game.  Later on there was controversial overturn to receiver T.J. Moe on 4th and 6.  Really, the story of the game was a Tiger defense that let a 3rd string running back set an Iowa bowl record for rushing yards.  Missouri’s offense chugged along fine except for a few mistakes.  Overall, the team looked way less into than Iowa and I think the fight in the heart of the Hawkeyes made the score that we see today.  Now let’s check out the bowl edition of the Crib Sheet:

Crib Sheet: Season’s Greetings

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Happy holidays from KC College GameDay!  It’s bowl season and I’ll do a couple of recaps in the next couple of days as well as run down some bowls I’m in to.  In the meantime, we have a fat Crib Sheet so let’s get to it:

Crib Sheet: Big Fat Bully


So yesterday there was a big hoopla about Kansas coach Mark Mangino and his reported abuse of players earlier this year.  What’s the abuse?  From what we’re read so far it’s yelling and poking a player in the chest.  Okay, so if this guy gets canned over just that, then it’s an indictment on the culture that is Kansas athletics.  It’s college football people.  If you don’t do your job, you will be disciplined.  Now if it turns out he did more, then it’s more on Mangino’s wide shoulders and his lack to control his emotions.  Our take?  Kansas is in a losing streak and the fair weather, bandwagon, and easy to over hype their expectations players, player’s parents, and fans have shown their true colors.  What coach will want to come there to lead a football team when the everyone at Kansas University whine and cry like a bunch on babies?  Oh and superstar, Pullitzer prize winning Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock says this happened because Mark Mangino is fat.  Great reporting there, guy.   Here’s this week’s Crib Sheet:

  • Now this is what rivalries are all about.  The Idaho athletic director refused to board an airplane because it was painted in Boise State colors.  We love hearing stories like this.  Hopefully they paint a jet or a helicopter in Idaho colors soon.
  • USA Today has an article about the two biggest money making conferences, the SEC and Big 10.  They fill up the media outlets.  The SEC inked a deal with ESPN and they are pumped everywhere.  Meanwhile, the Big 10 has their own flipping channel.  The difference?  The SEC is actually winning games.  We’re tired of both conferences.
  • Speaking of Boise State, they are now selling stock in their program.  Yes, a big time college program needs to generate money by offering shares in their program.  Do you see Texas or Florida doing this?  Nope.  That’s because they actually have a fan base.
  • Tennessee student Corey Zickafoose won’t press chargers against the three Volunteer football players that attempted to rob him last week. That’s pretty hardcore.  Most people are calling him stupid.  We’re not sure where we land on this one.  Second chances are American, but is doing it for the sake of your favorite football a good reason to give one? Oh and Tennessee went ahead and dismissed two of them from the team.
  • Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones banned their fight song at games because the students typically chant “the South will rise again” at the end.  While the intent is to remove the stigma that the Rebels have regarding racial insensitivity, students chanting that the south will rise again seems a little small compared to other methods he could employ.  Banning the use of the rebel flag (which they have) makes just a little more sense than banning the fight song, especially when it comes to recruiting players.