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  • Texas, Baylor staffers duke it out on Twitter

    Football vs Texas

    Baylor Lariat


    There’s a rivalry developing between Texas and Baylor.

    Whether it’s Texas A&M leaving the Big 12, Art Briles bringing home as many Big 12 titles over the past two seasons as Mack Brown won over his 16, or the Baylor winning four of the last five meetings after Texas won that often or more for the previous, oh, ten decades – or, most likely, a combination of all three – there’s some bad blood developing between Austin and Waco.

    Case in point:

    That’s Texas director of player personnel Mike Giglio. And here’s Baylor recruiting coordinator Beau Trahan – a former Longhorn himself – and offensive analyst Mike Anthony displaying the type of bravado shown often by their head coach and rubbed many of their bunkmates raw:

    Who has the upper hand? Let’s break it down:

    – Teddy Bridgewater, a Charlie Strong product, currently occupies a higher standing in the NFL than any Briles product.

    – Baylor’s quarterback play over the past five seasons has stood equal or above any program in college football. Texas’ has, uh, not.

    – In their respective bowl games, Baylor scored nearly as many points (41) as Texas gained yards (59). Considering the state of the Longhorns’ quarterback play, they aren’t in the strongest position to critique quarterback development.

    – In their one meeting since Strong’s arrival, Texas held Petty to the worst quarterback rating of his career. He completed only seven of his 22 attempts for 111 yards with two touchdowns. Baylor won, 28-7, in part because Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes fumbled at the Baylor goal line just before halftime.

    In the spirit of tonight’s fight, let’s score this round a win for Baylor. Well done, gentlemen. And props to all for not deleting their respective tweets after attention arrived.

    These two teams meet in Waco on Dec. 5. Let’s hope there’s something more than Twitter points on the line.

  • Colorado releases new uniforms and a few new helmets

    Colorado helmet

    For as long as I can remember, Colorado has been known for their gold helmet and black buffalo with the interlocking CU on each side. That’s been tweaked a bit over the years with the black-on-black helmet addition, and it’s about to change a little more.

    This evening the Buffs released a few changes to their uniforms as well as a the addition of a few more helmet options to their arsenal, as well as white pants, and an all gray option from head to toe.

    The full release from Nike details a few more of the changes:

    The new uniform design features subtle, yet impactful details, and the team’s interchangeable uniform system allows for dozens of combinations with three jerseys, four pants, and four helmet options.

    The jersey features an all-new custom number font that stands out with a contrasting layered outline, and both the alternate and away uniform numbers feature a new Flatiron rock-like texture. The neck collar is highlighted by a contrasting stripe reminiscent of buffalo horns. The “CU” logo appears on the right hip of the pant and on the chest of the Nike Hypercool baselayer. Each helmet is covered with a fine metallic paint with satin finish to create a tougher gun-metal look, and topped with a larger version of the team’s logo. Additionally, the word “uncommon” embroidered on the back inside collar of the jersey, serves a constant reminder of Coach MacIntryre’s motto.

    The changes may seem small for some people, but Mike MacIntyre has to feel good about having these to sell to recruits now.

    With new uniforms at Oregon (for the spring game) and black alternates for San Francisco (their first alternates ever) in the past 24 hours, Nike has been pretty busy.


  • Why K-State AD John Currie’s new contract is a sign of college sports’ future

    John Currie

    Last January, Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith signed a new contract. The new deal gave him a raise from $800,000 to a nudge above $940,000 – a salary well in line with the market for an AD of one of college sports’ largest departments – with a clause that paid him a bonus every time a Buckeye team or athlete won a national title.

    It was a clause that carried over from Smith’s previous contract -one that likely dated back to his original contract upon his 2005 arrival in Columbus – and went mostly unnoticed until two months later, when Ohio State wrestler Logan Stieber won a national title, kicking in an $18,000 bonus for his athletics director. In a climate where the public is becoming less and less okay the concept of amateurism, an administrator earning a five-figure bonus off the work of a single athlete didn’t sit well.

    Now let’s fast forward 10 months, to this past January. Fresh off a football national championship, Smith signed a new contract, his second deal in a year, keeping his salary the same while emphasizing some bonus opportunities and eliminating others. Smith no longer makes money off his athletes’ literal backs. “From an optics point of view, we needed to clean that up,” Smith said in January. We made a good shift, and I really like it.”

    And now, thousands of miles away, another athletics director watched the grief Smith took, viewed his standard-issue bonus through those same optics and has followed suit.

    In a move that the school has hailed as another step “toward its vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program,” Kansas State announced an extension for athletics director John Currie. The new deal adds one year to Currie’s existing contract, keeping him in Manhattan through the 2019-20 academic year, while bumping his base salary to $775,000 and eliminating all athletics-based incentives entirely. Currie’s previous contract, the school notes, paid Currie a $575,000 salary with up to $316,250 in bonuses.

    Currie isn’t giving any money away here, but he is taking a proactive step to ward off controversy and outcry before it happens.

    “The restructuring allows him to focus on maintaining the high performance standards the athletic department has established under his leadership,” said K-State president Kirk Schulz. “The relationship between intercollegiate athletics and the university community plays an important role in our goal to become a top 50 public research university.”

    It never made any sense for AD’s to receive bonuses for their women’s soccer team winning a conference championship. Now they’re starting to realize it.

    Is it a landmark moment in college sports’ ongoing revolution? No. Not even close. But it’s another sign of how attitudes are changed and history is made – one step at a time.


  • Eastern Michigan goes rowing in the “Battle for the Staff Room”

    I don’t know about you, but a nice day of team-building on the lake to means fishing, tubing, water skiing and maybe a little cliff-jumping if we’re feeling frisky. Not Chris Creighton.

    No, the Eastern Michigan head coach made his staff go rowing.

    Creighton split his staff into offensive and defensive groups and pit them against each other in what was dubbed “Battle for the Staff Room.”

    “It was an awesome teamwork exercise and a fun competition,” Creighton said. “We appreciate the rowing team for letting us come out here and do it. It was a great experience. My brother rowed, so I had a little bit of experience knowing how grueling the sport is. For our staff to be out here, with many in a shell for the first time, it’s hard to balance not to mention having to be so well coordinated to fly through the water like they do. Much respect has to be given to our rowing program.”

  • Video: Take a tour of the new facilities Kansas State is building


    In our spring tour of Texas and Oklahoma, Scott and I came away very impressed by Oklahoma State’s facilities. Of course we were. Stevie Wonder would’ve been impressed by what the Cowboys have built – both on the field and off.

    In our drive into and out of Stillwater, though, we saw why Oklahoma State had to spend so much of T. Boone Pickens’ money to build the best facilities in their conference. If they want to compete with their neighbors to the south, Mike Gundy and company really have no other choice. How else do you get kids from Houston and Dallas and Central Texas to drive past the rest of your competitors and come to Stillwater?

    In saying all that, I then thought about how Kansas State does it. The Wildcats are in a similar situation as Oklahoma State, except 250 miles further north.

    Without top-notch facilities, it gives one an even greater appreciation for how Bill Snyder has built a consistent winner in one of college football’s deepest, most competitive conferences.

    Except soon Kansas State will have top-notch facilities. Watch below as Wildcats’ AD John Currie gives a five-minute tour of what’s to come in Manhattan.