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K-State Slate: 9.16.11




Apparently, the Pride of Wildcat Land is going to remove "EMAW" from its pregame show. If this outrages you, or even mildly perturbs you, then follow @SaveEMAW on Twitter and work to get #SaveEMAW trending (I love passive-activism in the social-media age). I have no idea what the motivation is behind this, but it seems like a strange decision.

K-State used only 15 percent of its playbook against EKU, and even at that didn't execute properly. The Wildcats will have more of the playbook available, and hope to execute better, which will be necessary against a strong Kent State defense.

K-State couldn't score, and KU can't stop anyone from scoring (I watched the first half of their game against NIU on Big 12 Replay last night, and the Huskies did as they pleased). Will either unit improve this week?

The Big 12 is waiting on Oklahoma, according to Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton, who sounds more optimistic about the conference staying together than anyone I've heard recently. The longer this drags on, the more likely the Big 12 survives, sans Texas A&M but plus some other school, such as BYU.

A few weeks ago, Chip Brown went on Kevin Keitzman's show and lamented that the future of college football is being decided by a bunch of boards of regents. Dennis Dodd takes a little closer look at who those regents actually are, and it's a little depressing to think that these are the people who are making such momentous decisions.

BON thinks UT is actually doing the NCAA a favor with TLN. Yes, you read that correctly. Don't piss on my head and tell me it's raining:

The anger A&M et al. have displayed comes from the mindset where Texas is their competitor. Viewing university athletic departments as competing businesses is not the right model. The university athletic programs compete on the field, but on the revenue side they actually work cooperatively. Furthermore, Texas with the Longhorn Network is not taking away market share from other universities. In effect, the Longhorn Network is creating a totally new market for everyone. The anger is short sighted, because if the Longhorn Network works then many universities will want to adopt a similar approach.

Yes, I can't wait for TLN to be wildly successful so ESPN can approach John Curried and offer K-State $300 million over the next 20 years to broadcast all our third-tier media.

The Osceola, Mo., Board of Aldermen passed a resolution urging KU to drop the "Jayhawk" mascot because it represents "a murderous gang of terrorists." You may remember that Osceola is the town Jim Lane pillaged two years before Quantrill's raid on Lawrence. The locals don't expect much movement:

“I don’t expect them to do anything,” Rick Reed of Osceola, who brought the resolution to the aldermen, said of KU. “They are so arrogant and uppity.”

And KU's news service director is really up on her history:

“A Jayhawk is a blue bird with a red head and a big yellow beak that wears boots. It would be hard to confuse it with anyone with terrorist intent, though we admit we have been terrorizing the Tigers on the basketball court for some time. Tigers have been known to kill people. Bears, too.”