For What it's Worth: March 15th
Iowa State –Kansas game took care of that. After the rivals both lost last weekend, they ended up sharing the title—something that KSU has celebrated widely, while KU, with nine of them in a row, has barely noticed---barely. That KU players and even Bill Self are reacting to it shows that Weber is getting under their skin –a little. I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing for a rivalry that’s been one in mane only for far too long. You can’t tell me that KU fan doesn’t want to get KSU one more time---just to reacquaint them with the pecking order. That would make Sunday interesting, even though both team’s tickets to the NCAA have long been punched.
Remember how much heat John Currie took after Frank Martin left K-State for South Carolina? Not as much as when he brought in Bruce Weber to replace him, but who’s smirking now? A move that was widely criticized by most, including me, has ended up paying big dividends. I’m not sure about Currie calling Manhattan ‘title town’, as he did at this week’s basketball celebration—but K-State does have a football and basketball championship in the same school year and that’s pretty heady stuff , especially for a guy who was taking a lot heat not even a year ago.
Good luck Matt
The Chiefs finally released Matt Cassell yesterday and he promptly made a deal with the Vikings. I’m just glad he’s out of Kansas City and not for Chiefs fans—but for Cassell himself. Sure, he’s a quarterback who’s never quite lived up to his contract, but he never had any consistent support--whether it was from an offensive line or an offensive coordinator, which he went through at the rate of about one a year. The Chiefs are not a mess because of Matt Cassell, having said that—it’s clear that he was damaged good and needed a change of scenery. I hope he does well in Minnesota.
One more year
It looks as though Creighton may get one more year in the Valley before moving to the Big East in 2014-15. You can imagine the trepidation of Jays Coach Gregg McDermott about making the jump. Remember, he was an extremely successful coach at Northern Iowa before taking the job at Iowa State, where he was never able to approach the same success he’d had in the Valley. Creighton is currently a team that could handle itself in the new league, but that’s because they have a lottery pick playing for them. It’ll be interesting to see how Creighton has to change its recruiting profile when they make that jump, because they’ll need to be more athletic.
How’s the MVC look for next year?
Here’s one man’s opinion, without the benefit of knowing fully what team’s incoming recruits look like:
1. Wichita State
2. Creighton (with Doug McDermott)
3. Indiana State(without McDermott CU falls to three with ISU at 2)
4. Northern Iowa
5. Illinois State
6. Missouri State
9. Southern Illinois