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K-State Slate: Big 12 Roundup

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There's no real Kansas State news today, so let's check in on everyone else.

In a league with many stupid hand signs, this is probably the stupidest. Yeah, I said it.
In a league with many stupid hand signs, this is probably the stupidest. Yeah, I said it.
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We have officially hit the doldrums of summer as far as the college sports calendar is concerned. There are still a few Kansas State-specific events left for the year, but mostly, we're in limbo until college football kicks off in about three months.

This seems like a good time to check in with the rest of our Big 12 brethren.

Just say No: Baylor fans can be forgiven for not being deeply invested in football at this point, but Our Daily Bears took a few minutes to address the Big 12 championship game and the possibility of divisions in the conference.

Mo Money, Mo Problems: Matthew Gray at Wide Right Natty Lite takes a serious look at pay-for-play, including any attendant restrictions and obligations that should be placed on student-athletes as a result.

Evicting Baylor: At Rock Chalk Talk, mikeville makes a case to remove Baylor from the conference, and it's not always clear if he's just kidding.

Sooner Magic: It works in softball too. Crimson and Cream Machine is keeping tabs on the Women's College World Series, where Oklahoma is coming off a big win over Michigan and needs just one more win to advance to the championship series.

Knocking on the door: the folks at Cowboys Ride for Free are excited, and with good reason. Oklahoma State obliterated host school Clemson 12-2 and is now a step closer to a berth at the Super Regional stage of the College World Series. With a win, the Pokes are in, and it would take two losses to eliminate Oklahoma State entirely at this stage. The entire College World Series bracket is available HERE.

Virtus, RIP: if you read nothing else today, be sure to catch Scipio Tex's excellent tribute to Muhammad Ali, the legend and the man, at Barking Carnival.

In other Texas news, Burnt Orange Nation turns an eye to basketball and talks up Shaka Smart's latest five-star recruit, Jarett Allen, who just committed to the Longhorns on Friday.

Still undefeated: our purple brethren at Frogs' O' War are all about baseball right now. The Horned Frogs have yet to drop a game at regionals, much like Oklahoma State. TCU has the added advantage of playing at home, and was able to parlay that into an eighth-inning comeback to defeat Gonzaga 4-3.

Comeback win: Texas Tech needed some eighth-inning heroics of its own, coming from behind to defeat New Mexico 4-3. Viva the Matadors has more. The victory puts the Red Raiders one win short of Super Regionals. This means, barring a total collapse, the Big 12 should have three teams move ahead to the next stage of the College World Series.

Ultimate Road Trip: At The Smoking Musket, West Virginia fans have already turned their attention to the next football season. For a program that's now 0-4 against the Sooners in conference play, the Oklahoma game in Morgantown looms large. The previous contests have been close, and West Virginia might finally pull off a win in the series. Hope springs eternal and all that.