Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Baylor interim president David Garland said Baylor has sullied the reputation of the conference with the Bears’ sexual assault scandal. But Garland said Baylor has begun to fix the problems, starting with the hiring of athletic director Mack Rhoades from Missouri.
Over the past few years, the SEC has been the domain of Florida, Missouri and Georgia. Missing from the group is tradition-rich Tennessee, but the days of recent mediocrity should end this season. With 17 returning starters, including quarterback Joshua Dobbs, the Vols have advantages over others in the division.
The runup to the Rio Olympics has made for endless anxieties about the city’s ability to host the games. Most every host city has had problems to overcome, and it generally seems to somehow work out. But Rio’s issues are so multifaceted that athletes and visitors will need to approach it by focusing on finding solutions, being wary but not paranoid, and flexing their senses of humor.
Perry Ellis’ basketball future remains uncertain. After getting only limited playing time for Dallas’ summer league team — he averaged 12.4 minutes in the five games — the forward was not picked up by the team.
The Royals lost 8-3 to the Texas Rangers on Friday night, and after the game, manager Ned Yost said there wasn’t much that the team could do except keep grinding away. That’s true if you’re playing well and just having bad luck, but the Royals aren’t playing well. It’s not all bad luck. There are things the Royals can control … and they’re not controlling them.
Missouri beat writer Tod Palmer answers fan questions about the athletic director search, Barry Odom’s first season, Kim Anderson’s future and the possibilities now that Brian McRae’s been added student assistant for the baseball team.
Thursday night it appeared the Texas Rangers were trying to rattle Yordano Ventura, but if he lost his cool, he didn’t do it in front of the TV cameras and he pitched well enough for the Royals to win, even though they didn’t.
Chiefs training camp largely looks the same every year. The years change, but the stories and priorities don’t. But grinding through the Groundhog Day nature of training camp is essential. The way to do that is to embrace it, not reject it.
Comebacks like Wednesday are why the Royals won the last two pennants. But they are highly unlikely to make the playoffs again this year, which is putting the front office in an interesting spot. The executives who run the Royals are particularly hesitant to trade away players, even when other clubs might.