Today's big event: the Big 12's State of College Athletic Forum, at 3pm CT at the Hilton Midtown in New York. Featured panelists include Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, athletic directors John Currie, Steve Patterson, and Oliver Luck, Baylor president Ken Starr, journalists Kevin Blackistone, Armen Keteyian, Juliet Masur, and Jimmy Roberts, Dr. Donna Lopiano, president of Sports Management Resources, and former Texas running back Selvin Young. Live stream will be available through both the Big 12 and our partners at Campus Insiders, and above you can watch the Campus Insiders preview of the event.
BracketCat profiled #25 Joseph Bonugli, Pervis eviscerated the entire Big 12 coaching fraternity in his Pro-Con Analysis, and over at Football Study Hall our friend Ian Boyd examined just exactly how, when, and why K-State is good at the footballing.
Chip Rouse of Talking 12 at Fansided ranks the Big 12 coaches, and you know who's number one.
Ty Duffy at The Big Lead previews the Big 12, briefly.
I say this in good fun: Rock Chalk Talk posts about the rivalry with K-State, hurling the words "little brother" around, but let's remember which one of us is posting a bitter article about the other.
MIAA pre-season polls: Northwest Missouri State nabbed 48 of a possible 51 first-place votes between the coaches and media polls, and are the clear favorites this year. Pittsburg State is second in both polls, then things get a little jumbled with Central Missouri, Emporia State, Missouri Western,and Washburn in the 3-5 group, Missouri Southern, Fort Hays, and Lindenwood at 7-8-9 in both polls, and the Oklahoma and Nebraska schools bringing up the rear. For those wondering where Southwest Baptist and Lincoln are, they're still in the MIAA for all other sports but are now playing football in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Jeff Mittie will be presenting at the KSHSAA Coaching School in Topeka on Thursday.
Ken Corbitt checks in on Wesley Iwundu's summer.
Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on Mitch Richmond's induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, which will take place Friday.
We missed this yesterday: summer update! Whatever plagued Levi MaVorhis in the middle of the season appears to have been erased. MaVorhis made one appearance last week, throwing four shutout innings in relief and pulling his season ERA back under 5.00, with a 2.12 ERA in his last six outings. In the majors, Evan Marshall picked up another win last week, allowing one run in 3.1 innings over four appearances. Carlos Torres now leads the majors in innings pitched by a reliever; he threw a scoreless inning against Philadelphia, but in his other appearance gave up a two-run shot to Buster Posey against the Giants.
At Rancho Cucamonga on August 2, Bakersfield Blaze (CIN) hurler James Allen struck out six in three innings of scoreless relief work. Jared King's week started 0-10, but he went 8-18 with three doubles and a homer to end the week. Nick Martini had a two-homer game for Palm Beach (STL), Austin Fisher hit .294 for the week for Mahoning Valley (CLE), Ross Kivett hit his first professional homer and stole his first base, and R.J. Santigate hit .444 for the week.
Bob (yes, I know) Lutz writes about the NJCAA team which made its first appearance at the NBC World Series in Wichita.
Kelly McHugh continues introducing us to the newcomers with a feature on senior San Jose State transfer Mary Alice O'Reilly.
Former Wildcat sprinter Dean Willians, a three-time Big Eight champion and an All-American in 1974, passed away in hospice care Monday at the age of 62. As he was a graduate of Omaha Tech High School, it's no surprise to find Stu Pospisil of the Omaha World-Herald offering a retrospective.