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 9/28
by Curtis Kitchen,posted Sep 28 2012 12:33PM
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
“Wait So We Lead The KU- Kstate Football Series 65-39 and BBall Series 183-91… Seems More Like An A$$ Whoopin Than Rivalry. #JustSayin” – KU defensive lineman Keba Agostinho on Twitter
No surprise that this entry leads the column this week. Agostinho’s tweet has already received a huge amount of run locally this week, despite the Kansas @ Kansas State game still being more than a week away. It should. K-State is rolling; KU has rolled over twice in the fourth quarter. Agostinho’s win/loss totals are right, but the total score in games he has played against K-State, both in Lawrence: 118-28. The game will be in Manhattan for the first time since Mark Mangino was KU’s head coach, and it could get nasty (not that it wasn’t already shaping up that way given KU is last in the Big 12 in rush defense, giving up 185.8 yards, and ninth in total defense at 439 yards allowed. KSU put up 213 yards on the ground against Oklahoma).
“What happens to fumblers is, first, they play less. Second, if it continues while they’re playing on a limited basis, then you don’t play for a while and you get to sit and think about it. Third, when you get the call to go back on the field and the fumbling continues, then you will be somebody else’s fumbler.” — A.J. Smith, San Diego Chargers general manager
The clock is ticking on Chargers running back Ryan Matthews. Speaking with San Diego Tribune beat reporter Kevin Acee, Smith outlined exactly where his young running back stands. The threat at the end seals it. It might only be two or three more fumbles and Matthews will need a new place to play football. Kansas City has a chance to accelerate that move this weekend.
“Don't look for any help coming from us ever again. SMU got a lot of help from us over the last three or four years. They are not going to get any help about a game or a conference; they are going to get no help from Gary Patterson. Don't ask me about anything. We've bent over backwards to help them because that's what I believe in.” – TCU head coach Gary Patterson
This quote came from a year ago, following SMU’s 40-33 upset win against the Horned Frogs. Afterward, SMU head coach June Jones said he felt TCU never changes anything, so it was easier to prepare for them. Patterson responded with the quote above. Since then, he’s backed down publicly, sort of, saying he should have taken it up with Jones on the phone. The rematch is on Saturday.