Boder War

KU hints rivalry would end if Mizzou leaves Big 12


Every year but one since 1891, Missouri and Kansas have met on a football field, making the Border War the second-most played rivalry in college football.

After 119 games, however, that rivalry could be coming to an end.

Earlier Friday, Mizzou announced that its board of curators had given chancellor Brady Deaton autonomy in choosing the school’s conference future.  It’s believed Deaton will ultimately decide to pack the athletic program’s bags and leave the Big 12 for the SEC.

MU stated during the press conference that, even if they decide to leave the Big 12, they want to maintain a sports presence in Kansas City, including in football — i.e. playing Kansas at the home of the Kansas City Chiefs as they have the past five years.

Based on the words of KU’s athletic director, Mizzou can pretty much kiss the thought of continuing the rivalry anywhere goodbye if they leave the Big 12.  And should feel ashamed for abandoning its roots for good measure.

“KU-Missouri is a great rivalry,” Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. “The University of Kansas is a great Midwestern school, loyal to our Midwestern conference and to our Midwestern roots. The KU-Missouri rivalry belongs in the Big 12 Conference. Should Missouri decide to leave the Big 12, we would wish them well.”

Gee, Zenger didn’t use the word “Midwestern” three times in the span of a single sentence because Mizzou is likely headed to a Southeastern conference, did he?

The attempt at a guilt trip notwithstanding, it remains a widely-held belief that, at some point in the not-too-distant future, Mizzou will leave for the SEC.  Whether one of the oldest gridiron rivalries in the country will continue remains to be seen.  If Texas-Texas A&M is any indication as to how this would play out, however, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Former Texas A&M WR Thomas Johnson arrested on murder charge

Thomas Johnson
Associated Press

A very disturbing story has emerged out of Dallas, where former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson sits in a Dallas County jail cell after allegedly admitting to hacking an unsuspecting jogger to death with a machete.

Just before 8 a.m. Monday, authorities say Johnson went to White Rock Creek Trail, a popular jogging trail in northeast Dallas, and randomly slashed a jogger to death. “It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told the Dallas Morning News. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”

Johnson then walked away from the scene in search of a cell phone. An onlooker had already dialed 911, and when police arrived Johnson allegedly told them there was a man “laying down with a sword in his head and not moving.”

“I just committed capital murder,” Johnson said and then repeated, according to his arrest affidavit. The only motive police reported was that Johnson was angry at his situation in life at the time of the slaying.

The victim, an unidentified male between the age of 25 and 35, passed away at a nearby hospital.

Johnson, meanwhile, remains in a Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Johnson was a highly-regarded member of Kevin Sumlin‘s first recruiting class at Texas A&M. As a true freshman in 2012, the Dallas native caught 30 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown through the Aggies’ upset of then-No. 1 Alabama and then simply… disappeared. He went missing for three days in November 2012 before turning up back home in Dallas. His mother told the San Antonio Express-News last April Johnson would like to return to college football, but a return to the game never materialized.

No punishment from SEC for Bielema’s sideline interaction with Alabama player

Bret Bielema

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will not be disciplined by the SEC office for his brief interaction with Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson last weekend. A video showing Bielema exaggerating his interaction with Robinson at the end of a play was reviewed by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and the commissioner has discussed the situation with the Razorbacks coach.

“I visited with Bret over the phone on Monday and we discussed the play that has now become widely reviewed through a brief video clip,” Sankey said in a released statement. “Football is played in an intense competitive environment and I reminded him of the need for head coaches to resolve with their own players issues that may arise, which was his intent. The unsportsmanlike penalty assessed on the play was not directly associated with Bret’s efforts to intervene at the end of the play and we are moving forward in a positive manner.”

That appears to be the end of the discussion regarding Bielema’s act. I personally think there should have been some more done here by the league’s commissioner, but we will see if Bielema avoids putting himself in a similar position moving forward.