“I think it’s important for all 10 of us in our league to stick together.”
Mike Alden, MU athletic director, last summer after Colorado and Nebraska announced they would be leaving the Big 12, 610 AM
GH: Maybe the fact only nine schools remain is the reason Alden and Mizzou now appear to be poised to make one of the most dramatic changes to their university in its 170 years. I think it becomes official next week. Missouri, the 14th member of the SEC.
“We’re committed to the Big 12 for the foreseeable future. We’re in this for the long haul.”
Brady Deaton, during MU’s press conference last summer
GH: The long haul may have just blown a rod.
“I don’t know what Missouri’s gonna do. You can’t tell about them. I don’t have to have them (in the Big 12). … I have a strong streak of loyalty – and that’s why I care about Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State. I don’t care about Missouri.”
T. Boone Pickens, last summer, Statesman.com
GH: If you want to know how the powerful Big 12 got to this point where they are about to lose their fourth member school – read Pickens’ quote one more time. We got to this point because too many Big 12 schools didn’t care about one school or another. Eventually, that turns into a whole lot of schools not caring about saving the conference.
“Thank you Nebraska! You’re so awesome! We’ve got to fly some banners over their stadium, thanking them for leaving! … You could go to New Mexico and replace Nebraska.”
Kevin Kietzman, last summer, expressing his giddiness on Nebraska’s departure, 810 AM
GH: If Missouri leaves the Big 12, I doubt the Big 12 will fold. But it will not be the same. Not even close.
“The minute you let TCU in (the Big 12) and they start beating you, you have a huge problem on your hands. I don’t think they want to bring them in and bring them up a level and then have them beat us.”
Kevin Kietzman, debating with Mitch Holthus whether or not TCU should be added to the Big 12, 810 AM
“I would rather build this (new Big 12) league on a position of strength rather than a position of defense. I’m gonna make (the league) stronger.”
Mitch Holthus, responding to Kietzman’s fear of TCU, 810 AM
GH: Holthus’ comment was perfect – and one I have not heard enough in the local media. The Big 12 north schools need to act more like their big brothers Texas and Oklahoma. Do not take the Bill Snyder approach and shun excellent competition. Take the Texas approach and take on all comers with a swagger – even when you might not have the talent of yesteryear.
“Listened to some of the (Mizzou) Tiger’s broadcast (Saturday) night and got my first taste of Howard Richards as a color commentator. In a word; brutal! At least Kadlec was colorful and entertaining in his peculiar way. As i was listening I thought of your comment about Mizzou as a j-school star, being represented by Kadlec. The thought that came to mind to me was that a ‘color man’ is not a journalist in the first place. Virtually all color men on college broadcasts are former players at the school who are hired to be
homers and cheerleaders. Even on NFL broadcasts the color men are very much at
an arms-length from journalists. I guess we will just have to agree to disagree
Reader Ed, OTC Email
GH: I think it is still too early to rate Richards’ work as Mizzou’s color analyst. My early thoughts though are that he is an improvement over the verbally-challenged Kadlec. I get that Mizzou Nation loves Coach Kadlec because he is Mr. Mizzou and a lovable old ex-coach. I do not get that anyone could listen to his work as a radio analyst and think that
was anything but a bad joke. Richards has shown very little personality to this
point. He’s playing it too safe for my ears. I would like to hear him talk more
like an ex-jock and less like an ex-CIA operative.
“I think Kansas State’s going to win this game (against Baylor). I think they’ll at least slow down Robert Griffin.”
Dennis Dodd, 810 AM
GH: Manhattan should be one crazy place Saturday afternoon for this battle of undefeated Big 12 teams. The win in Miami was scintillating, considering the Canes’ history and marquee name. But if Snyder’s squad can notch a win over the formerly lowly Bears, I would rank it as the greatest win in his second go around as the Cats’ head coach.
“Robert Griffin might be the best quarterback in football – regardless of what level.”
Bill Snyder, 810 AM
GH: While the Suck4Luck campaign continues to gather steam, I’m not so sure RG3 isn’t the best athlete in the 2012 draft. Let’s just say if the Chiefs miss out on the Stanford QB, I wouldn’t be disappointed with Griffin wearing a Chiefs’ yellow jersey in St. Joe next
“I am not reporting that, I am just passing along a tweet.”
Nick Wright, after reading a tweet from someone he dubbed “a part-time blogger” that stated Bryce Brown may have quit the Kansas State football team, 610 AM
GH: So what is the difference? Did Wright learn this CYA move in a class at Syracuse?
“I like Iowa State straight up!”
Dennis Dodd, on Texas being favored by 10 in Ames, 810 AM
GH: Iowa State has won in Lincoln and in Austin in back-to-back years. Paul Rhoads is the new Bill Snyder.
“The (Missouri) defense is nowhere near what we thought. But the offense is a whole lot better.”
Gabe DeArmond, PowerMizzou.com
GH: Mizzou’s defense has been ripped on the road by two pretty good offenses in Arizona State and Oklahoma. I think Missouri is very good…but so is almost every team in the Big 12. This season will be good prep work for the Tigers SEC schedule next year.
“(Henry) Josey, as I said before, looks to be already one of the best backs in the Big 12
Conference. Ride the guy.”
Mike DeArmond, PowerMizzou.com
GH: What a great story Josey is for college football. He gets his shot only
because the two guys ahead of him on the depth chart go down due to injury and
then he plays like the Mizzou coaches had to be blind not to see this kid is
their best back – and maybe their best player.
“I think (Josey) is the real thing. He can touch the football and change the game. Against that (Oklahoma) defense, if you can do that, that says a lot.”
Gary Pinkel, Columbia Missourian
GH: K-State gets their first look at Josey next Saturday in Manhattan. I have a feeling they are not going to like what they see.
“Missouri’s defense if a little bit worse than I thought they’d be. I think that’s going to be an issue. But they’ve found a running back (in Josey). If I’m a Missouri fan right now
I’m a bit concerned (going into the bye week). Not because I think K-State is better than Missouri, but because this is a must win. This is really a lot of pressure on Missouri. They’ve got to have a win.”
Stan Weber, 810 AM
“I don’t remember who the Jayhawks play. But I’ll be watching to see if, as I suspect, Kansas is the worst team in the league.”
Mike DeArmond, PowerMizzou.com
GH: The Jayhawks play Texas Tech this Saturday in Lawrence for their homecoming tiff. A loss to the Red Raiders might cement KU’s chances at the Big 12 cellar. But I still believe KU will play both KSU and MU close this season.
“Everyone outside Nebraska calls us crazy. Actually there are much more diehard fans out there than me.”
Beau Baumert, a Nebraska fan who paid
to join the Wisconsin booster club and then purchased Wisconsin football season
tickets to ensure he would have tickets to the NU/Wisconsin game this Saturday
at Camp Randall, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
GH: Nebraska is just a different place when it comes to college football. Much of the hysteria for the Corn is unhealthy. Almost all of it is over the top. But this is just what Nebraskans do. Tom Osborne has asked Husker fans traveling to Madison to wear black to distinguish them from the red of the Badgers. My hope is the dark garb will not double as mourning wear.
“Twitter is awesome. Rams-Chiefs fans arguing about which team is worse (with each fan fighting for THEIR OWN team).”
Joe Posnanski, Twitter
“Chargers delivered one on a silver platter (last Sunday) and the Chiefs screwed it up. They’re just plain bad and so is the coaching. It’s putrid.”
Jack Harry, Twitter
“We can be a good team this year.”
Todd Haley, following the Chiefs’ loss in San Diego, Chiefs Radio Network
“I want (Haley) to get a fourth year. I think he deserves it. It doesn’t sound like Pioli wants to give him one from the reports that are out there.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Haley is lucky to get a fourth week after the way his team played coming out of his unorthodox training camp. Playing well at home is a must for coaches on the hot seat – especially when the foe is 0-3 Minnesota.
“People get upset over the silliest things that have no effect on their lives whatsoever.”
Nick Wright, on MLB fans who are upset that the Mets’ Jose Reyes won the NL batting crown after he removed himself from the final game after a first-inning bunt single, 610 AM
GH: I believe Nick just described my life as a sports fan. And probably yours as well.
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