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.
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.
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.