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: Random Thoughts on Friday
by Curtis Kitchen,posted Nov 18 2011 6:06PM
-With two weeks left in the college football regular season, it should be the time of year when teams look forward to making bowl plans had things gone right.
- And, if you're a couple of Kansas State football players, like Collin Klein, you're stuck in the middle.
- You're ready to cap off a fantastic season, and also ready to take a really long break.
- Dude has taken a pounding, we all know. What we don't know is how close to the edge his body sits currently. All I know is it looks like it hurts to walk...on a good day.
- The feelings are hurt in Columbia after head coach Gary Pinkel's arrest for DWI.
- And, the situation couldn't have come at a worse time for Pinkel - whose team is mired in a .500 season on the eve of joining the SEC.
- Can't imagine the situation sat well with those reported donors who are ready to fork over a ton of cash for program and facility improvements because of the conference move.
- I've been told more than once in my life that it's only really bad when someone quits talking to you or about you. In terms of football, other than gameday and teleconference Monday's, I don't feel like many are talking KU football and Turner Gill's future at this point.
- Not that a team still looking for its first conference win would generate a ton of talk, but even the constant chirps for change have subsided for the most part.
- Makes you wonder if the monetary wagons have been circled and the executioner summoned.
- With Matt Cassel joining the ranks of the Kansas City Chiefs unhealthy, the ax really has been dropped on the neck of this season.
- On one hand you're happy for a guy like Tyler Palko to see his persistence pay off in the form of playing time.
- On the other...
- Ugly would be the situation if the Kansas City Royals don't get cracking on finding that legit number one starter.
- Conversation concerning Roy Oswalt is fun, for sure, but it has the feeling of that scene from Major League when the coaches are assessing guys as they walk into spring training.
- "Wish we had that guy two years ago." "We did." "Four years ago, then."
- That said, seeing a *healthy* Oswalt in the Royals rotation every fifth day wouldn't be a bad thing at all, as long as it meant no long-term, regular starts from the Vin Mazzaro's and Sean O'Sullivan's.
- Actually, Oswalt's arms could fall off, I would still take him over the previous two.
- K-Staters would probably say the same about their latest favorite quarterback.