Blair Kerkhoff

Football success will give Mike Alden a positive bottom line

Mike Alden’s tenure as Missouri athletic director, which will end in August, will be largely remembered favorably. Alden’s word cloud runs the spectrum: Mizzou Arena, Cotton Bowl, Ricky Clemons, Board of Curators, wallflower and Big 12 would be in large text. Jumping from the page are Gary Pinkel and the SEC. That’s because the shift to the Southeastern Conference doesn’t happen without the football program’s strength and stability.

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KU’s title run, Iowa State’s loss aren’t big alarms for health of Big 12 basketball

Two thought-provoking columns about Big 12 men’s basketball over the weekend questioned the power of the conference. But no one should be surprised that Texas Tech, led by a coach with a national championship ring, could pull off an upset. And as for Kansas’ 10 straight titles sapping power from the conference, the league has performed about as well as it did before KU’s run.

Blair Kerkhoff

First in standing, eighth in power ranking?

Kansas State heads into Monday sitting atop the Big 12 standings, but because the Wildcats had the worst nonconference record among Big 12 teams they are eighth in the weekly power poll. It’s a body-of-work thing. But Kansas State is headed in the right direction. So is Tennessee of the SEC, No. 2 in the SEC power poll. Projected top seeds in the NCAA Tournament: Kentucky, Virginia, Villanova and Gonzaga.

Blair Kerkhoff

Conference title contender Texas stumbles out of Big 12 gate

The road to the Big 12 men’s basketball title expects to be rugged, but Texas appeared to be a primary challenger in the league’s quest to supplant Kansas as champion. But the Longhorns are coming off a 0-2 week, getting blitzed at home by Oklahoma last Monday and left behind in the second half at Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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