Right to business today, with a brief look at old business: yesterday, BracketCat hit #32 on the countdown with a look at Justin Hughes.
It’s not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, which means that the big zero remains in place, but K-State won a national championship this weekend anyway. For the second time in four years, the Wildcats claimed a national title in bass fishing.
The curious thing, however, is that this weekend’s title is not the same title which Ryan Patterson won in 2012. Patterson, forced to fish solo because of a disqualification, won the FLW College Fishing Championship. This time around, it was the BASS College National Championship, reeled in by Wildcats Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins. (Michael Pearce, Wichita Eagle)
Robert Streb started Sunday’s delayed marathon at the PGA Championship tied for the lead with Jimmy Walker at 9-under. With 36 holes on the platter for Sunday, Streb’s morning wasn’t pleasant, firing a 2-over 72 while the rest of the leaderboard was shooting 66-68, and his final-round 69 in the afternoon was also a shot or two off the rest of the challengers. The result? Walker won at 14-under, and Streb finished at 8-under, tied for seventh. Still, it was the Wildcat alum’s first top-ten finish in a major, so hats off to our guy. (Garrett Johnston, Topeka Capital-Journal)
Oh, you want football?
A Nebraska blogger not only scoffs at Husker fans who didn’t consider K-State a rival, but claims it was the best rivalry Nebraska had in his lifetime. (Jake Jensen, Hail Varsity)
But the big news of the day, and yes, we buried the lede today, is that ESPN and FOX are mad at the Big 12 over its decision to seriously consider expansion, and may attempt to just completely renegotiate the whole deal. That could be good if it means an extension of the deal and SEC/B1G money. But it could be bad if Texas and/or OU resist. (John Ourand and Michael Smith, Sports Business Journal)
On the same riff, Oklahoma holds all the cards. (Jake Trotter, ESPN)
As pointed out on Twitter by our friends @RedDirtSport, just a few months ago ESPN told the Big 12 there was no market for a conference network, then turned around and gave the ACC one. So there’s already some bad blood flowing, and Twitter is asplode with “this conference is dead in 2025 anyway” talk.
Welcome to Monday, kids.