Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Ruins. Oklahoma State, Bill Snyder, Blake Bell, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins - The new Big 12 rising from the ruins of the old.

The elephant in the room.
For SWRT coverage of the SI.com series on Oklahoma State click here.

On the homefront.
Pistols Firing blogger Kyle Porter on Oklahoma St. athletic director Mike Holder's press conference:

"Holder did not have the confidence of a man who has faith in his job or his program today. This is what happens when your pipeline is a single Texas magnate and that Texas magnate once detached himself from your program for a decade because he was pissed about NCAA violations, but still."

Which is a whole lot more logical that what Cowboys Ride for Free did, see today's "Insanity" section of "The Ruins" for that.

I've seen the future, and it will be. 
Jason Kirk predicts Oklahoma State will face Louisville in the Fiesta Bowl. This prediction was made a few days before everyone realized that SI.com story was going to be a whole lot bigger than it apparently is turning out to be. I'm not saying it could affect whether the Cowboys go to a bowl game this season, but I'm not going to say that it won't, either. (SB.Nation)

Meanwhile, back in reality...

I have to praise you like I should.
Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder sent a note of congratulations to North Dakota State Bison starting quarterback Brock Jensen following the Bisons' upset of the Wildcats. (The Wichita Eagle)

Back in the Saddle Again.
Oklahoma QB Blake Bell will start in the Sooners home game against Tulsa, replacing the injured Trevor Knight. (ESPN)

Eye of the (Golden) Hurricane.
Crimson and Cream Machine previews Tulsa @ Oklahoma.

Thank you, Lane Kiffin.
The only thing keeping Texas HC Mack Brown from leaping to the top of the Coaches' Hot Seat list after the Longhorns' embarrassing loss to BYU is the even more embarrassing coaching performance by USC HC Lane Kiffin in the Trojan's loss to Washington State. Sadly, it doesn't keep Brown from grabbing the number two spot. In both definitions of the term.

Horned Frogs vs. Red Raiders.
Patrick McCullough previews TCU @ Texas Tech, which he call refers to by a not-mama-approved name. (Frogs 'O' War)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Ben Kercheval looks at how first-year Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury can transform Red Raiders freshman walk-on QB Baker Mayfield into "the next Johnny Manziel." Let's not get ahead of ourselves or anything there, Ben. (Bleacher Report)

Walk on the Wild Side.
Jessee Newell profiles Kansas punt returner Connor Embree, a former Jayhawk walk-on who was awarded a scholarship this summer by Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis. (The Lawrence Journal-World)


Psychotic Reaction. 
Oklahoma St. blog Cowboys Ride for Free declares Tuesday as "Don't Read Sports Illustrated Day." And here you thought Blatant Homerism was just an Oklahoma Sooners blog.

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