Extension Time: Fresh off an ACC championship and an Orange Bowl... ah... "appearance", Clemson's throwing money at Dabo Swinney. Meanwhile, a mere 80 miles away, Georgia has handed Mark Richt an extension through 2016; the most notable feature there, however, is that Richt has no buyout to leave, and Georgia's obligation should they fire him has been drastically reduced.
An NCAA Championship in Manhattan: As some idiot mis-reported last night, K-State's Erik Kynard captured his second straight NCAA Division I HIGH jump championship yesterday in Des Moines. Kynard cleared 7' 9.25", and took a shot at clearing 7' 9.75 (which would have set a new collegiate record), but came up short.
With Mantas Silkauskas receiving two points for his seventh-place finish in the LONG jump (see, they're two DIFFERENT things, y'all), Kynard's ten points for winning the HIGH jump gives the Wildcats 12 points after two days of action. That's good for fifth place overall, behind Texas (19), Arkansas (16), Nebraska (14), and Arizona (13). Unfortunately for the 'Cats, their max possible team score now is 22, as there's only one competitor left: pole vaulter Kyle Wait. The women have been kept off the board thus far, but have two chances in the heptathlon with Ryann Krais and Mairead Murphy. Still, even a 1-2 finish there would not overtake Stanford for the team points lead; the Cardinal have 22 points after 6 events, and have a commanding eight-point lead over second-place Oklahoma and Kansas.
The Super Regionals are underway in baseball, and Stony Brook is surprising Louisiana State, taking a 2-1 lead into the top of the 9th before JaCoby Jones smacked a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th to send it into extras. Steven Goldstein, pinch-hitting in the top of the 10th, returned the favor with a solo shot to put the Seawolves back on top. It's 3-2 as I post this. Later today: St. Johns at Arizona, Stanford at Florida State, and TCU at UCLA.A Truly Great Tweet: I don't even need to comment.
#KUfball announced their 2012 TV schedule this week, confirming several games on Comedy Central and one on Nickelodeon.— Fake Willie Wildcat (@FakeWillie) June 8, 2012
Not So Fast: As reported, Jackie Sherrill tweeted yesterday that Texas A&M and Louisiana State would start playing Thanksgiving night; that report has now been refuted, although it could just as easily get unrefuted later.
Starting Over: Former USC athletic director and former Chief great Mike Garrett has a new job, taking over as AD at Langston, an HBCU NAIA school in Oklahoma.
If They Keep This Up, They'll Play the Same Twelve Teams Every Year: Notre Dame and Army seem set on signing a deal for games, most likely at Yankee Stadium. That would give Notre Dame (for now, anyway) annual games with Army, Navy, Boston College, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Pitt, Stanford, and Southern California. Maybe they should all just start a conference.
Dubious Journalist Debunks Dubious Journalist: A couple of days ago, Sports by Brooks reported that Mark Emmert was thinking about stepping down as NCAA President, and I didn't report it because Sports by Brooks. Today, ESPN's Joe Schad quotes Emmert as saying "That's complete nonsense." Perhaps the most amazing thing here is that Emmert did not, in fact, make that statement a week ago...
Diablerie: Oh, look, someone wants an 8-team playoff. Hi, Seminoles. ... I can't wait for NCAA Football '13, so I can take control of shiny new FBS team South Alabama and wait what? ... Yet another "new uniforms, no visuals yet" note, this time from Georgia Tech. ... This Kentucky prosthetic leg story is just too weird to capsule. ... Lastly, Andy Staples writes a gripping alternate history yarn stemming from Chris Leak getting that first down against LSU in 2004.