There’s nothing else to talk about today, so let’s just get right into the ongoing drama.
ESPN, in a staff report, offers up an explainer in the wake of Oklahoma and Texas officially submitting their application to join the SEC. Of course, it’s not a very good one, as it actually floats the idea of the AAC inviting Big 12 teams. That’s not going to happen, because the Big 12 retains its Autonomy Conference status as long as it remains a conference.
The other day, Oklahoma State president Kayse Shrum eviscerated Oklahoma for doing the state dirty by setting up their own departure. Yesterday, Bob Stoops responded with an op-ed in the Tulsa World, and it was a pretty resounding clapback.
At the Oklahoman, Berry Tramel outlines what he thinks Oklahoma State needs to do. You don’t care about that, but what you do care about are the TV ratings numbers Berry provided from last season. Now, to be fair, Kansas State was terrible for most of last season. Still, you’re not going to like what you see.
At Our Daily Bears, Kendall Kaut eviscerates Texas, pointing out that they’re moving to the SEC because they couldn’t win in the Big 12. Kaut’s article was a response to an article posted by Burnt Orange Nation expressing the opinion that Texas and Oklahoma have been carrying the whole conference, which I’m not even going to dignify with a link because it was petty, smug, snide, obnoxious, and — in reference to Kansas State over the history of the Big 12 — utterly inaccurate.
(In case you’re curious, K-State’s record against Oklahoma and Texas over the last 28 seasons is 19-21. They haven’t carried us anywhere.)
At the Eagle, Kellis Robinett offers up what he calls “wild, crazy” realignment ideas submitted to him by readers, except they’re all pretty normal ideas that everyone has come up with repeatedly.
Finally, Jason Tidd at the Capital-Journal reports that both K-State and Kansas will require Kansas Board of Regents approval to even begin negotiations with a different conference. The interesting aspect of this is that if K-State or Kansas makes the request of the regents, they will announce that publicly. So if something starts to happen, it won’t be a secret.