Blair Kerkhoff

Blair Kerkhoff

Louisville charges into national-championship picture

Louisville’s blowout victory over Florida State was the loudest statement on a weekend of stunning developments in college football. As the Cardinals elbowed their way into the College Football Playoff picture, Oklahoma and Notre Dame all but bowed out with their second losses of the season. And proving narrow losses hurt just as much as beatdowns were Oregon and Iowa.

Blair Kerkhoff

Speedway football coming to Bristol, not Kansas

College football will be played at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday when Tennessee meets Virginia Tech in a game expected to draw at least 150,000. Football at a motor speedway is a new idea and it’s unlikely to ever occur at Kansas Speedway, which is shaped differently than Bristol. But motor sports have occurred in a football stadium, and Chicago’s Soldier Field was the site.

Blair Kerkhoff

The K-State conundrum: What happens when Bill Snyder retires?

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder will turn 77 during the football season. The school called a news conference after last season to announce he was returning, so is retirement near? Snyder had expressed a preference for his son Sean, a Wildcats’ assistant coach, to succeed him. There aren’t many examples in college football of a son following his father as head coach of a major college program, but where it could have happened last year, it didn’t.

Sports

School, Big 12 agree: Baylor has sullied conference

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Baylor interim president David Garland agree that 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 Mack Rhoades from Missouri.

Blair Kerkhoff

Recent shootings hit home at LSU

SEC football coaches and players didn’t duck the topic of recent shootings involving black citizens and police officers. They have the unique opportunity to know law enforcement officials better than most in the public and should take advantage of that connection.

College Sports

Another first for basketball pioneer John McLendon

No one in basketball history accomplished more to break racial barriers in the sport than John McLendon, and for that, McLendon was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor in 1978. McLendon, who died in 1999 at age 84, will re-enter the Hall, this time as a coach. He was announced as a member of the Class of 2016 earlier this week.

Videos

Shooting three-pointers with Buddy Hield

Buddy Hield and Oklahoma teammates shoot in NRG Stadium the day before Saturday's Final Four game against Villanova.
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Shooting three-pointers with Buddy Hield 0:30

Shooting three-pointers with Buddy Hield

Bill Self presented with AP coach of the year award in Houston 1:19

Bill Self presented with AP coach of the year award in Houston

Reasons for Kansas' Elite Eight loss to Villanova 5:07

Reasons for Kansas' Elite Eight loss to Villanova

Keys to victory for KU against Villanova in Elite Eight 4:54

Keys to victory for KU against Villanova in Elite Eight