And your benevolent despot says it's time to expand the Big 12. Like, right now.
Some other folks are chiming in on the Big 12's faceplant. Via the Colorado Springs Gazette, the AP's Steven Hawkins thinks the Big 12 needs to do some soul-searching, and the Houston Chronicle's Randy Harvey says there's much to ponder. Brad Townsend at the Dallas Morning News calls the predicament a "nightmare".
And Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman reminds us all that there's one guy who said the Big 12 really needed to keep the championship game: Bill Snyder.
Meanwhile, K-State has a bowl game to prepare for. Stories on that topic from the Star's Kellis Robinett, Tom Orsborn of the host city San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press via USA Today, Jack Wang at the Los Angeles Daily News, our colleague islandbruin2 over at Bruins Nation, and finally the official UCLA release and the official K-State Sports Bowl Headquarters.
Lastly, Sean Keeler from FOX "blames" K-State for Baylor missing the playoff, but really it was all Oklahoma's fault for losing Bedlam.
The 5-0 Wildcat women take on Bill Snyder's alma mater tonight as they host D-II William Jewell at Bramlage in an unscheduled contest to make up for the lost Mexico games. For those of you in or near Manhattan, it's free admission and parking tonight, with the department asking you to bring a canned food item for the Flint Hills Breadbasket.
Stat thing for happy-making: K-State leads the nation in scoring defense at 44.2 per. Neat.
Despite the fact that it's the policy at basically every school in the country, the same Capital-Journal reporter who took the bait to blast K-State over the equestrian decision is now opening up the barrels on K-State's policy requiring athletes to not speak to the media outside of approved availability. Half the article is about the equestrian issue, because she just had to rehash it again. And then there's the attorney claiming universities don't pay scholarship athletes minimum wage; I think he may need a calculator.