Curtis Kitchen has followed the Big 12, Kansas State and national college basketball beat including K-State's run to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in 2010. You can currently follow his work at his blog: KitchenKC.com In the past, he also covered the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) for Major League Soccer's mlsnet.com site as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals for the other sports station in town. His freelance portfolio ranges media outlets and publications, including gopowercat.com (part of the Rivals network), collegehoopsnet.com and the Miami Herald.
Curtis Kitchen: Fightin' Words for 9/21
by Curtis Kitchen,posted Sep 21 2012 12:28PM
Each week, it might be me mixing it up (good), an aggravated quote from a coach or player (better) or an irritated email or angsty tweet from you (best). One way or the other, we’ll hash it out because here, in this column on 610sports.com, we definitely talk about the club. It’s FIGHTIN’ WORDS! - ck
“There is a chip on my shoulder, because this is OU and the game is in Oklahoma. Me and Tyler [Lockett] all week have been like, ‘Man, I just can’t wait to beat OU.’” – Dante Barnett
Ah, Dante Barnett, careful what you wish for, freshman.
Look, if it wasn’t for that magical night at Arrowhead Stadium in 2003, Bill Snyder would have zero wins against Bob Stoops. Zero. I was at that game, and loved every second of standing next to my OU-cheering brother (who walked in a few minutes late and missed OU’s only touchdown). But, as much as that Big 12 Championship game is pointed to as some pinnacle, folks, let’s not go all 1985 Kansas City Royals with it. It was almost nine years ago. Since that time, OU is 5-0 against K-State, winning by an average score of 46.4-24.8. Overall, Stoops is 7-1 against Snyder.
Put to you this way, Dante: The last time K-State beat Oklahoma, you were 10 years old.
Never mind the fact that OU has lost just three times in Norman under Stoops. Kansas State is good enough to win a lot of games and make another festive bowl season, this team doesn’t strike me as one good enough to hand Stoops his second loss to Snyder.
“Everyone has been doubting our D-line this year. I think we’ve shown that we’re a lot better than people expected these first two games.” – David King
Oklahoma defensive lineman David King wants folks to know that the Sooners may not have the same sexy defensive linemen names in Norman this year (like Gerald McCoy, Tommie Harris, etc.), but he and others in that position group still have something to offer, starting this weekend against K-State.
I’m one of those who didn’t have much faith in OU’s defensive front. That opinion was largely based on watching UTEP give OU a bad case of Montezuma’s revenge with so many runs through the middle. Nathan Jeffrey averaged 8.4 yards per carry against OU, and while stats improved against Florida A&M, questions still remain whether Oklahoma will stop K-State’s biggest strength.
Mr. King, stopping Collin Klein, John Hubert and others will go a long way toward folks singing your praises.
"Billy has decided to focus on his health, and we wish him a full recovery.” – Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt.
Earlier this week, I traded texts with someone inside the Texas Tech athletics department about the potential timeline that might transpire before Tech and Billy Clyde Gillispie worked out their differences.
After the person told me they had been informed it could be days or a month before anything happened, I asked if lawyer involvement and some sort of settlement negotiation was the end game. I was told I was right on the mark.
While it isn’t fun for those left in the wake of BCG’s latest career meltdown, I feel nothing for Gillispie. Once the story of an eight-hour practice broke, I was done with him. Nobody in their right mind has a team on the floor that long, not even bad teams. At a point well before then, your legs are gone, and so is your focus. Coaches who think “longer” practices mean “better” practices are wrong. If a team isn’t practicing well in the first couple of hours because of focus, then fix the focus. Just keeping them on the floor more hours for the added fun of extra berating doesn’t do that. Trust me. If it was that bad on that particular day, he would have been better off sending the team home early. Taking the ball away from a player tends to be much more effective, at least it has been in my experience.
Also, Texas Tech’s roster is a mess right now, without a doubt. In his first season, BCG kept the admissions office computers humming with new arrivals, only to run a sizable portion of them off after the fact – all in the name of rebuilding. Several of those players found places with other D-I programs, while Gillispie is now on the verge of not finding work outside of Division II or lower.