Oklahoma president David Boren is a former U.S. Senator and as such is known as a loquacious talker who often says whatever is on his mind. While this can be great for those covering the Sooners, at times he will wind up saying something that may rub some people the wrong way.
That might just be the case once again but instead of agitating Big 12 administrators or hopeful conference expansion candidates, Boren’s comments may ruffle a few feathers at his own school. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News that was released on Tuesday, the OU president indicated that a strong Red River rival in Texas is going to be just fine by him.
“The truth of the matter is that we really need for others – everyone in the conference – to succeed. It helps everybody. A rising tide lifts all boats,” Boren told the paper. “Now we don’t want them to do it at our expense (laughing). I’m philosophically in favor of a 10-win Texas.”
The animosity between the two Big 12 powerhouses was at a high point during the realignment merry-go-round nearly a decade ago but with that issue seemingly settled and a host of administrative changes in Austin, things have cooled down quite a bit outside of the football teams’ annual meeting in Dallas. While he is right to point out that the league itself will be in a stronger position if the two flagship programs are doing well on the gridiron, the comments just might make a few in crimson shake their head.
They probably are not the only group doing that, as Boren also appears to take a shot at previous Big 12 commissioners who may have shown a bit of favor to certain schools.
“I’ve told the commissioner before, when you’ve got Oklahoma and Texas, for example, and others schools of that stature in the conference, it makes it very challenging to manage that conference and to make schools with fewer resources and different position feel they are being treated as fairly as we are,” he said. “I think it’s very important to have leaders that don’t work for two schools. They work for all the members. We’ve had some commissioners that didn’t necessarily, I think, do that well.”
One can only assume he’s referring to Dan Beebe or Chuck Neinas, who preceded Bob Bowlsby in the current job. Either way, Big 12 Media Days certainly received yet another jolt of entertainment and that’s not even getting to the two new head coaches in both Norman and Austin.
Baker Mayfield‘s collegiate career may be over, but he’s not finished collecting some hardware from this level.
Thursday, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced that Mayfield has been named as the winner of the 2017 Manning Award. The award, named in honor of the quarterbacking Mannings — Archie, Peyton and Eli — is the only one to take into account a quarterback’s performance in the postseason.
“I would like to thank the Allstate Sugar Bowl for creating this award in our family’s name 14 years ago,” said Archie Manning in a statement. “It is an honor to have our name associated with the top quarterback in the nation each year. I would also like to congratulate Baker Mayfield, who capped a tremendous career with an outstanding senior season to earn this honor. To say he took a different path to success would be an understatement. I doubt there’s ever been a player who walked on to two different teams and reached this level of success.”
The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner won this honor over a field of finalists that included J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Kelly Bryant (Clemson), Sam Darnold (USC), Jalen Hurts (Alabama), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Trace McSorley (Penn State), McKenzie Milton (UCF), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) and Khalil Tate (Arizona).
Clemson’s Deshaun Watson had been the winner of the last two Manning Awards.
The situation in Manhattan is tragic enough. This latest development merely serves to add to the sorrow.
Kansas State confirmed in a statement Thursday morning that the grandson of legendary head football coach Bill Snyder and longtime K-State assistant Sean Snyder, 22-year-old Matthew Snyder, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon. While details are scant, USA Today Sports is reporting that Snyder’s death is being investigated as a suicide.
A police spokesperson told the Kansas City Star that the young man’s passing is being classified as an “unintended death,” an umbrella under which suicide falls.
“Right now it is still being classified as an unintended death,” the spokesperson told the Star. “A suicide does fall under that category, but at this time ‘unintended death’ is the language that we are using until we can further investigate.”
Emergency personnel were called to Snyder’s residence in Manhattan yesterday afternoon on an unspecified medical call. The address of the house to which the first responders were called is listed as being owned by Sean Snyder and his wife.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Snyder family during this very difficult time,” a statement from KSU athletic director Gene Taylor read. “We are deeply saddened to learn of this news and ask that the family’s privacy continue to be respected. Sean, Wanda, and the entire Snyder family are greatly appreciative of the outpouring of support displayed by the K-State Family as they cope with this tragedy.”
As Washington State continues to come to grips with tragedy, there are those connected to the program who are hoping, even pleading, that something good can come out of the pain.
Tyler Hilinski‘s body was found Tuesday evening at his residence, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head. As those close to Hilinski mourn the sudden death of the 21-year-old redshirt sophomore quarterback, some, including teammate John Bledsoe, took to social media to express their grief.
Bledsoe is a freshman quarterback at Wazzu who is also the son of Cougar great Drew Bledsoe. On his Instagram account Wednesday, the elder Bledsoe, who acknowledged that he didn’t know Hilinski well, sent out a heartfelt message imploring men “to learn to TALK about how we are feeling.”
“If we sprain an ankle we go see a doctor,” Bledsoe wrote. “If we’re struggling emotionally we have to learn to treat it the same way.”
Everybody needs help at some point. Male or female, if you’ve gotten to that point, reach out for the help. As Bledsoe stated, it’s not a sign of weakness it’s the ultimate sign of strength. Talk to a family member, friend, co-worker, clergy, anyone. If you’re too embarrassed to talk to someone you know, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is just a phone call away at 1-800-273-8255.
Just talk to someone. Whether you believe it at the time or not, your life is worth it.
In a statement, Kansas State has confirmed the passing of head coach Bill Snyder‘s grandson and assistant coach Sean Snyder‘s son.
Emergency personnel were called to the home of Matthew Snyder Wednesday afternoon for what was described as a medical emergency. Other than the 22-year-old was deceased, no further details of the events surrounding his death have been released.
While neither of the long-time Wildcats coaches have, understandably, addressed the tragedy, K-State athletic director Gene Taylor did in a statement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Snyder family during this very difficult time. We are deeply saddened to learn of this news and ask that the family’s privacy continue to be respected. Sean, Wanda, and the entire Snyder family are greatly appreciative of the outpouring of support displayed by the K-State Family as they cope with this tragedy.