Some days are filled with sports news.
Tuesday and Wednesday were packed with information. The Big 12 accused ESPN of trying to destroy the conference. The Chiefs started training camp. We received confirmation that Missouri fired its athletic director. Dayton Moore talked about his plans at the trading deadline. Patrick Mahomes bought into another sports team. Wow. Get ready…
1:10pm – MLB – Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (BSKC)
BIG 12 SENDS CEASE AND DESIST LETTER TO ESPN
The Big 12 has reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to ESPN to end all actions that could harm the conference. The Big 12 tells ESPN to stop talking with other conferences about Big 12 schools and realignment. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that he has absolute certainty that ESPN has been involved in trying to get other conferences to go after Big 12 member schools.
ESPN is trying to get conferences to sway Big 12 schools to join their conference to kill the conference. If the Big 12 collapses, Texas and Oklahoma would save millions of dollars in exit fees owed to the conference for leaving early and could join the SEC sooner without penalty. It would also save ESPN money they would pay the Big 12 in television rights fees.
The Big 12 reportedly has hard evidence that ESPN and at least one other conference are plotting to undermine the Big 12. Bowlsby said the ESPN has provided incentives for other conferences to help destroy the Big 12. The Big 12 is saying that ESPN conspired with the AAC to get 3-5 schools to join the conference.
Bowlsby said that Texas and Oklahoma have been working on their move to the SEC for months while sitting in on strategic meetings with the Big 12. He said the whole thing has been a complete articulation of deception.
The actions of the Big 12 on Wednesday seem to indicate that the conference is concerned that schools might leave causing the conference to fall apart. But Bowlsby is going down swinging. See, if the conference collapses, Bowlsby doesn’t have a job. Lawyers are already planning how to spend the money they are going to make off of this.
CHIEFS TRAINING CAMP STARTS
Training camp started Wednesday for the Chiefs. The most interesting news might be the starting offensive line to begin camp. Orlando Brown Jr., Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey, Trey Smith, and Mike Remmers begin as the first team offensive line. That means Andy Reid has two rookies on his offensive line. That never happens on an Andy Reid team.
Andy Reid said that Trey Smith earned the opportunity to start camp with the first team because of his consistency during the offseason. He will have to earn the right to remain there.
Andy Reid also said that this camp is a big one for Mecole Hardman. This is his third season, so it’s time for Hardman to become the #2 receiver he was drafted to be. But this is on the Chiefs. It’s not Hardman’s issue. If the Chiefs over-drafted him, that’s on them. But if Hardman doesn’t improve this season, he might not see another one with the Chiefs.
Chris Jones and Frank Clark swapped left and right defensive end spots during the installation part of practice.
Tyrann Mathieu said that he is not upset about not yet having a new contract with the Chiefs. He wants to focus on playing contract talks take care of themselves.
DAYTON MOORE TALKS TRADE DEADLINE
Dayton Moore talked with the media on Tuesday to discuss the team’s approach to the trade deadline happening on Saturday. Moore said that he is not expecting any deals for prospects because of recent changes in the minor leagues. Each club only has control of 180 players. Moore does not want to trade for a player that might block a player currently in the system.
Moore’s approach makes sense to some extent. Clearly, if he feels limited with the number of players he can control, you don’t want to get someone it’s to get someone. Moore seems to be saying that he doesn’t have confidence that he would be able to get a minor league player who is good enough to play ahead of the club’s top prospects.
So while we sit around and say that the Royals should trade players for whatever they can get, Dayton Moore explained how it’s sometimes better to just let players walk than trade just to trade.
JIM STERK LEAVING MISSOURI
Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk is leaving the school after just five years. Although he sent an email to people in the department saying it was a mutual decision between himself and the school, there is no doubt that he was fired. Missouri will pay Sterk for the final two years of his contract.
The timing is odd. Some are saying that this is happening because Eli Drinkwitz was not Sterk’s guy to be the football coach. A member of the board of regents reportedly brought Drinkwitz to his attention. Maybe the school has decided they can’t trust him through all of the realignment discussions, NIL changes, etc.
NOTES… Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes became a part owner of Sporting Kansas City. The guy already owns the town because of how he plays football and now he’s taking that literally. Mahomes previously bought into the new ownership group of the Royals… Royals LHP Daniel Tillo returned from his rehab assignment… LHP Foster Griffin was reinstated from the injured list and assigned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas… Royals INF Emmanuel Rivera started a rehab assignment at Double-A Northwest Arkansas… Reggie Bush was hoping to get his Heisman Trophy back with the recent changes for name, image, and likeness. The NCAA said that the trophy will not be returned.
Bob Stoops: ‘OU’s move to the SEC is what’s best for Oklahoma’ (Bob Stoops)
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