It's hard to take what he says seriously, because he was absolutely blindsided by UCLA and USC deserting the PAC10 for the Big10++. That's the kind of thing he, if anyone, is supposed to know about. Yes, I know that the Big12 was blindsided by OU and UT going to the SEC, but we're just about to change commissioners and, by all accounts, making a serious upgrade in the process.
I'm happy that the athletes are getting chances to market themselves and to get closer to their worth, and maybe even unionize like Penn State apparently is exploring, but I, like some of the other older readers, mourn the death of rivalries, intersectional competitions and traditions. It didn't have to happen, but I think money and the competition for more money and greediness has inflicted a mortal wound on the golden geese that propped up the system for so many generations. Money can't replace the intensity of rivalries like "The Border War" and intrastate competitions like KU-KSU, which have or will soon fall by the wayside as schools chase money above all.
I'm not quite ready to give up on college sports, but they don't mean as much these days. I expect this rush for money to continually get worse, not better and I'm not sure where it will end; I'm pretty sure I won't like the end product. Yes, that's an old-fashioned perspective rather than someone driven by money, Madden 20xx, EASports, or ESPN. I'll just have to treasure my memories of glorious games of the past, when KU beat OU down in Norman while my friends and I recreated plays in the park, or KU beating UCLA at Memorial Stadium, people like the Ransom Rambler, Laverne Smith, June Henley, John Riggins and other greats from the past who helped KU win many games and occasionally go bowling against teams we would never usually see. As years go by, traditions change. I don't know that I'll look forward to the new traditions; I'm just grateful to be able to appreciate and remember the old ones.
Posted 29 July 2022, 1:50 p.m.
I'm wondering how much more money KU might be able to get (by being desirable) by having just won the MCBB championship and how much Arizona might have lost by flaming out early in the tourney. One season shouldn't mean anything overall, but it doesn't hurt, as Girod says, that KU just won and is projected to do very well again this year (like every year) where Arizona seems to be coming up short.
No, I'm not forgetting KU's 2021 problem in the tourney and I'm not discounting KU's miserable football issues where Arizona seems to be more competitive, but I would like to think championships, in major sports, matter, when sports conference associations are being changed around.
Posted 7 July 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Rodney, some interesting ideas, but I don't think the early weeknight games would be do-able for the reason that football is much harder on the body than basketball or other sports. The players need the days in between games to heal up (either for before or after the games) and I expect the coaches also need the six or seven days in between to draw up their strategies and then practice for them. I think Thursday night games, which have been played more than they used to, are the only chance there.
Posted 7 July 2022, 8:46 p.m.
I'm in favor of the Big XII and Pac XII merging to make something like a 20 team league, with an eastern and a western division.
As for the Fighting Irish, my hope is they delay and delay so much they wind up without an NBC deal and they have to crawl bowler hat in hand to the Big East to ask they be added for football to go along with their other sports. They should be humbled.
Posted 5 July 2022, 7:26 p.m.
I'm not clear there can be one fix, and quite honestly, I'd like the NCAA be broken down into separate organizations - 1100 member schools under one umbrella? - but I'm certain there's not a way to make schools compete with NIL on an even playing field. If the KSU guard was (reported on this site, IIRC) offered $800,000 to go to Ohio State and play basketball (but the University of Miami was willing to throw in a car on top of that money!), and he's not a player on the level of some of the top players at the college level, let alone being worthy of being a pro, I can't see how a school like KU can compete with the likes of that. And then you get into football. Sure, some schools can get contracts that will allow them to pay their stars big money, but not KU, or 75% of even the schools in the power 5, let alone the rest of the schools in Division 1-A. What happens when a teenager, making that $800,000 (granted, that is an exception, I hope) tells the assistant coach to pound sand for suggesting the student's test on Tuesday is important for him to keep his eligibility? What about the other, non-revenue sports that depend upon revenue sharing from the sports like football and basketball that bring in enough to fund the other sports?
I thought about volunteering for the position, but after thinking it over, I don't need the headache.
Posted 27 April 2022, 12:45 p.m.
I miss the pre-NCAA tourney format of the site, where there were lots of links to various articles. I am not fond of the mobile version of the site coming up on my home computer with the big screen. Not everyone reads the site on their phone. Sure, having links to articles that are four or more years old (there are people who have had their cases adjudicated, have served their time and moved on and yet they're still with their pictures on the site as if they were just arrested) and having recruiting articles 2-3 years old gets tiresome to wade through, but I still prefer the old site format.
Posted 13 April 2022, 1:05 p.m.
Blake - the first McCormack rebound came over Manek and Bacot. Bacot was still out there and (relatively) healthy, but McCormack was fortunate with the bounce coming more his way and he just manhandled it into his hands to then go up over the two of them to get the bucket that put KU ahead. The second one happened after Bacot went down with his rolled ankle and Manek couldn't stop McCormack.
One thing not mentioned in those various points above was the flexing of the floor that may have caused Bacot to roll his ankle. It's painfully obvious the floorboards moved and I'm just glad no Jayhawks were caught by that. Since Bacot was the only one who was, maybe it took someone whose ankle was already weak and perhaps someone of Bacot's size to be hurt by that, but it definitely happened and was caught on video.
Posted 8 April 2022, 12:53 p.m.
Michigan cares very much and brags that they're the winningest college football team. Just saying, it is important, even if just to alumni and fans.
Posted 28 March 2022, 2:15 a.m.
That was entertaining, knowing the outcome as I do. I think it would be fun to go see their show from the week following.
Posted 27 March 2022, 1:32 a.m.
Michigan State might be there because of the "Champions Classic" but they've been without a title the longest.
Posted 25 March 2022, 6 p.m.