Oklahoma is likely to lose its No. 1 ranking after Saturday’s 80-69 loss at Kansas State. Falling at Bramlage Coliseum isn’t new to Sooners Coach Lon Kruger, the former K-State star and coach. The loss marked his fourth straight in Manhattan.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge came off successfully with dramatic games and stellar individual performances. The Big 12 won the series 7-3 and the day felt like a big deal. But will it prove successful going forward?
Some Big 12 coaches this week have mouthed off in front of the media, an occurrence that can be amusing but can also be unfortunate. Perhaps a refresher on how to present themselves to the press would be a good idea.
Texas is in the market for a new athletic director after firing Steve Patterson earlier in the week. Patterson rose ticket prices, didn’t get along with subordinates or communicate well. But his hires of coaches Charlie Strong and Shaka Smart are seen as positives.
Joe Hubener never started at quarterback as a college or high school player, until the junior opened the game for Kansas State on Saturday against Texas-San Antonio. Hubener admitted to some nerves but was focused and played well in a 30-3 victory.
A breathlessly awaited opening weekend of college football did not bring an abundance of upsets or fantastic finishes. Instead, the image was shaped by crutches and carts. Four power program starting quarterbacks left games with crushing injuries and most have been declared lost for the season.
Former star Rockhurst quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was hired as Illinois’ assistant director of football operations in June. Three months later, the former Illini quarterback from Kansas City was elevated to running backs coach in the wake of the Tim Beckman firing.
There is one area in which the Big 12 finds itself in a minority position but is indisputably correct. Because the 10 teams all play each other, the league stands alone in producing the most qualified champion among power conferences. It raises a bigger issue as college football continues its transition into a playoff era. College football needs more uniformity in scheduling.
Two weeks before the college football season opens, one of the ugliest stories in the sport is unfolding in Waco, Texas. On Thursday, Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in an October 2013 attack on a Baylor soccer player. And a former coach said he “thoroughly apprised” Baylor coach Art Briles about Ukwuachu’s dismissal from Boise State.