Mac Stevenson
Ever heard of sweeping dirt under the rug? That’s exactly what administrators of the SEC and Big 12 have done regarding the game-turning reversal of the refs call on Kendall Adams’ TD return of a fumble in the K-State loss (14-7) to Vanderbilt.
The game’s over and nothing is going to change that; however, you can bet your bottom dollar that Oklahoma or Texas wouldn’t have had to go through this unfair situation.
From here the guess is that the Big 12 officials didn’t check on the officiating situation before the game—SEC referees shouldn’t have been manning the replay booth. Supposedly, the Big 12 was in charge of the officiating. It probably won’t affect the outcome of the season, but it’s possible that the call cost K-State a chance for national prominence. And the most important call of all is that it shouldn’t have happened if Big 12 administrators had done their job properly.
Coach Bill Snyder put the matter to rest with this comment: “I don’t know that I have an expectation other than hopefully the same thing would not occur again for us or for anybody else for that matter.”
Kansas State opens their Big 12 season against 0-4 Baylor this Saturday (Sept. 30) at Snyder Family Stadium. Baylor had Oklahoma on the ropes and hanging on for dear life last Saturday in Waco. OU won the game 49-41 because of their superior depth. But if Baylor plays like that in Manhattan, the Wildcats will have to play much better on offense than they did in the Vanderbilt game. However, Baylor lost their three nonconference games to Liberty (48-45), UTSA (17-10), and Duke (34-20). If the Wildcats play up to their capability and show significant improvement on offense, they will win handily.
Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger announced last week that the university will embark on a $350 million project to update 97-year-old Memorial Stadium. This is a move that’s long overdue; however, KU’s current football team isn’t going to be an asset in the drive to raise that kind of money.
KU’s new chancellor, Dr. Douglas Girod, is supporting the rebuilding effort. He said, “A competitive football program benefits the entire university and is important for KU to continue to be a strong member of the Big 12 Conference. In recent years, we have transformed the university with nearly $1 billion in new and renovated facilities and this is the next step in that transformation.”
Kansas needs to modernize Memorial Stadium, but that’s not the only problem with the football program. The Jayhawks are going to have another long, long season. KU’s offense has shown some signs of life, but the defense has been pathetic; West Virginia carved up the Jayhawks’ defense for 635 yards of total offense.
After losing 56-34, Coach David Beaty said, “I am seeing improvement, which is good . . . very discouraged about that fourth quarter. Because that’s not how I felt like that game should’ve ended up. And all the unfortunate things that were self-inflicted that happened.” There are a lot of long Saturdays dead ahead.
The Kansas City Royals’ season is close to a merciful end. KC’s ill-advised decision to trade closer Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs for OF Jorge Soler cost the Royals for a chance to make the playoffs. That move must have saved owner David Glass some big money.
Regardless, with the players who will be lost to free agency, next season’s outlook is dismal indeed. It’s going to be a long one.
The Kansas City Chiefs improved their record to 3-0 in the AFC West; Coach Andy Reid’s team is off to a splendid start. KC has balance at all positions and quality depth. Reid is a superb coach; his W-L numbers speak for themselves.
He doesn’t rate any headlines, but punter Dustin Colquitt is a terrific punter and more often than not leaves opposing teams with poor field position. Colquitt is also the holder on field goals and extra points, an important position that is underrated.
KC has many dangerous weapons on offense, but so far none any better than rookie running back Kareem Hunt. He’s been spectacular. Hunt doesn’t appear to have blinding speed, but when he gets in the open field no one catches him. Hunt’s also a dependable and dangerous pass receiver coming out of the backfield.
The most obvious factor in the Chiefs’ impressive winning percentage since Reid became head coach is their control of turnovers. KC doesn’t turn the ball over and they are opportunistic in taking advantage of their opponents turnovers.
It’s still early in a long season, but KC is off to sensational start. Their front office organization and owner are quite a contrast to their cousins, the KC Royals.