Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ESPN talks TCU, Big 12 football

Since most of you probably aren't at home watching College Football Live in the middle of the afternoon in May, the good folks at ESPN have provided us with a link to watch their crew's roundtable discussion about TCU football's first season in the Big 12:


Big 12 Orientation: Kansas State Basketball

Despite their success, this T-shirt sums up K-State's basketball profile in the Sunflower State
KSU at-a-glance:
-Program founded in 1902
-Overall record of 1,552-1,087
-4 Final Four appearances (1948, 1951, 1958, 1964)
-12 Elite Eight appearances (most recently in 2010)
-16 Sweet Sixteen appearances
-26 NCAA appearances, overall record of 33-30
-9 conference tournament championships
-17 conference regular-season championships
-Home court is Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
-36 All-Americans

Notable Basketball Alumni:
-Mitch Richmond: Scored over 20,000 points in his NBA career spent with the Warriors, Kings, Bullets and Lakers.  Was the 1989 Rookie of the Year and a 6-time All-Star. 

-Rolando Blackman: One of only two players to have their jersey retired by the Dallas Mavericks, Blackman helped build the franchise from expansion to legitimate title contender in less than a decade.

-Lon Kruger: The former KSU guard just finished his first season as head coach at Oklahoma after previous stints at UNLV, Illinois, Florida, Texas Pan-American, the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and even his own alma mater from 1986-1990.

-Michael Beasley: After spending just one award-filled year at Kansas State, Beasley has had an up & down first four years in the NBA.  The Heat picked him 2nd overall in the '08 draft, but quickly dispatched him when they put together their basketball idiocracy two summers ago.  He's now with the T-Wolves. 

History with TCU: The Wildcats and Frogs have met five times on the basketball court, with KSU currently holding a 3-2 advantage in the series.  Their first meeting was in 1947, with K-State winning in Manhattan.  The Wildcats then took 2 of the 3 games played between the schools from 1968 to 1970, with one game being played on each campus and one in Wichita.  Their most recent meeting was played in Manhattan, when the Frogs defeated the Wildcats 72-71 in Manhattan in the first round of the 1999 NIT.

Recent History: Were you as surprised as I was to see the impressive list of historical accomplishments for the Kansas State basketball program?  They've always (and likely will always) be in the shadow of their cross-state rivals, but that shadow has led casual fans to believe that the Wildcats are some kind of hoops lightweight.  The current era of KSU basketball, started with the hiring of Bob Huggins in 2006 and continued through his successor Frank Martin, has produced four NCAA appearances, including the past three years and an Elite 8 run in 2010.  The previously mentioned Beasley along with fellow headlining players like Bill Walker and Jacob Pullen have helped keep the Wildcats in or near the Top 25 for most of this recent run.

Outlook for next year: The big storyline for KSU heading into 2012-13 is the transition to new head coach Bruce Weber following Martin's departure to South Carolina.  Weber comes over from Illinois, where he won 210 games in 9 years at the helm with the Illini.  His teams went to the NCAA Tournament in six of those seasons, including a 37-2 season in 2005 that ended with a loss in the national championship game.  The Wildcat team he inherits went 22-11 overall last year, and finished 5th in the Big 12 with a 10-8 conference record.  They'll be led next year by a trio of guards: senior-to-be Rodney McGruder, the team's leading scorer (15.8 ppg) from last year, and sophomores Will Spradling and Angel Rodriguez.  They'll need at least one of their promising big men- 6'11" Jordan Henriguez, 6'10" Adrian Diaz or 6'7" Thomas Gipson- to step up to replace the graduated Jamar Samuels' inside presence.  I'll be honest, I didn't watch this team once last year- so while I'm not sure if they're ready to take aim at the Big 12 elite, I'm also guessing they'll be tough enough to give TCU plenty of trouble in their two meetings.

Miscellania:  I've got nothing, other than this video someone made about the KSU basketball team using the theme song from Family Matters:

Arrieta vs. Rangers tonight

A lot of you out there will have split allegiances tonight when the Orioles and Rangers meet up in a battle of teams tied for the best record in the Majors.  Taking the mound for Baltimore will be former Horned Frog Jake Arrieta, now in his third season with the O's.  Personally, I hope Arrieta throws 6 or 7 strong innings, and then that the Rangers tear up the Baltimore bullpen worse than Chris Partlow beat up Michael and Bug's step dad.

Being that a lot of us will be watching Arrieta tonight, I figured it was as good a time as any to update everyone on what the former TCU players in the Major Leagues are doing so far this season:

-Jake Arrieta, Baltimore Orioles:
So far, Jake is 2-2 with 3.52 ERA in six starts.  He has struck out 33 batters, walked just 9 and held opposing hitters to a .209 batting average.  He's coming off of his best start of the season when he spread 5 hits, 9 strike outs and 0 walks over 8 scoreless innings against the Yankees in New York last Wednesday.

-Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals:
After earning a spot on the Redbirds' opening day roster due to his second consecutive strong spring, Carpenter has appeared in 27 of the team's 29 regular season games so far.  That includes 17 starts at first base and 2 in the outfield.  In 76 at-bats so far, he's hitting .263 with one home run and 14 runs batted in.  He's also hit 5 doubles and a triple.

-Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres:
After having been a starter in his brief stint with the Cubs, Cashner was converted to the bullpen after being traded to San Diego this winter.  He opened the season as the set-up man, but not all has gone according to the plan for the Padres, who at 10-20 have the third-worst record in the bigs.  Closer Huston Street went down with a shoulder injury recently, so Cashner may have a chance to close a few games.  In 15 appearances this year, he has an ERA of 3.95, and has walked as many batters as he has struck out. 

-Scott Atchison, Boston Red Sox:
The Sox have had a rough go of it so far in 2012, but Atchison has been one of the few bright spots in the Boston 'pen.  He's thrown 20 innings in 13 appearances, and carries an ERA of 1.35.  He's held opposing hitters to a .197 batting average, and is currently on a scoreless streak of 8⅓ innings that stretches back to April 29th. 

Morning Dump


TCU putting the finishing touches on Amon G. Carter Stadium Star-Telegram

Big 12 verbally agrees to new ESPN/Fox TV deal CBS Sports


TCU freshman Derek Odell named MWC Hitter of the Week gofrogs.com

Men's Golf:

TCU earns 23rd consecutive NCAA Regional bid gofrogs.com

Lessons in SMU Hate: Rape, Revisited.

It's only fitting that not ONE WEEK after I declared an indefinite hiatus on Lessons in SMU Hate until a lesson was deemed necessary, the little engine that could not possibly be any more loathsome became just that.  By now if you only have one take away from these lessons we at spitblood certainly hope that it is that SMU is a vile, vile place that enables the worst behavior from America's enabled youth.  We know they cover up drug overdoses on campus;  say what you will about the TCU drug bullshit, at least action was taken before someone wound up in a Waco, TX port-a-potty.  We know they lie, cheat and steal to get their way; seriously, Craig James thinks he is a viable candidate to run for Congress-where do you think he learned to be a naive asshole?  But now come allegations so disturbing that, given the target, they almost have to be true.  Yep, SMU has now graduated from training America's next generation of white collar criminals to incubating America's next generation of serial rapists.

Yes, you read that right.

In a recent report from SMU's version of the Skiff - HISS!! HISS!! BOO!! - it was revealed that, over the past 25 years, 100 SMU students have reported being raped.  100.  One, zero, zero.  So, one would think, "Hmm, a campus with well-to-do students who can afford the best legal prosecution money can buy...  Even accounting for dropped cases where the victim is just trying to cover up gettin' drunk and whorin' around, you'd think at least, what, 25% of cases would result in some sort of penalty, right?"  Nope, one.  ONE case resulted in legal prosecution and I'm not even sure you can count it:  in this instance, the victim was assaulted off campus, therefore creating a situation where actual, bonafide authorities HAD to become involved.  In every other reported case, no legal justice was brought for a felony offense.  It sounds ludicrous, but this is SMU we're talking about, the same school that still claims Jeff Skilling as a famous alumni.  Seriously, look it up.  If you aren't familiar with his work, Google "Jeff Skilling", "Enron" and "federal pound me in the ass prison."  The dots will connect themselves.  See what I mean about that whole "white collar criminal training school" thing?

So why haven't any of these rape cases reached the judicial system? The easy answer is because SMU uses a campus controlled kangaroo court to cover up the charges in order to keep things hush hush, thus preserving the "idyllic" image they have of their school, scenically situated on the on ramp of Mockingbird Lane and Highway 75.  The hard answer is... pretty much the same as the easy answer, actually.  A brief history lesson...

In 1991, an SMU student accused another of an on campus sexual assault.  Rather than pursue the proper legal channels for such an accusation, SMU decided to keep the case in house.  Before a panel that included one administrator, one faculty member and 3 SMU students - can you IMAGINE getting assaulted on campus and then having some dickhead from your intro to musical theater class deciding your fate? - the accused was found guilty... only for that verdict to be overturned by ANOTHER panel - this time they added an extra admin and faculty member, you know, for extra DERP - once lawsuits were threatened and SMU wet their collective breeches, and that was that.  Case closed, justice for the victim was anything but served.  Making it worse?  The victim wasn't even allowed to testify.  Yes, that's right - SMU preached that their system was just because it allowed the victim to give their side of the story in a closed environment, then didn't allow that person to testify and a potential rapist goes free.  Is that where you would want your child going to school?  It may be 20 years ago, but things haven't changed - in 2006, SMU was sued for their mishandling of an on-campus rape case... by the accused party!  That's right, SMU can't protect the students and doesn't allow EITHER party a right to a fair trial.  I've heard of double jeopardy, but double incompetence?  That's a new one, Ponies.  They settled out of court, and refuse to discuss the matter further.  Hmmm...

Among the many issues with this archaic, campus sponsored system is the glaring one that school administrations aren't qualified to assess a case of this magnitude, and, in the case of a guilty verdict, lack the authority to dole out an effective punishment.  In a federal rape case the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.  In the Krusty School of Law Approved SMU Kangaroo Court?  Expulsion.  That's IT.  As Dallas' assistant DA at the time said, "It would seem to be that if I were a rapist, the place to go would be college because what can they do to me?  Kick me out of school?"  I think that actually headlines all SMU marketing materials for the 2012 school year.

But lest you think I'm dredging up old-tyme hate and framing it as current all for the sake of disparaging SMU's good name - a practice I am most CERTAINLY not beyond, I assure you - a few more tidbits.  Since 2006, 40 SMU students have reported being raped.  Of those 40 cases, SMU refuses to reveal if any even went before a judicial panel, let alone were taken seriously enough to warrant a conviction.  Seriously, SMU publicly acknowledges all drug, weapons and alcohol cases and specifies how the matter was handled, but for rape cases?  It's all "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil," all the time.  In fact, according to the story, SMU rarely even makes a description of the accused available if they are a student.  How can this be?

It really boils down to this:  College campuses like SMU are run by narrow minded, insulated, pompous and unethical figures who are so beyond the point of arrogance that not only do they think they should hold any and all authority when it comes to legal proceedings, they're also willing to tamper with the truth in order to save their cushy jobs.  FORTY sexual assault cases in six years, all with President Gerald Turner at the Helm;  in fact, of the 100 cases in 25 years reported, Turner was in charge for 17 of those years.  Call me crazy, but if I was unable to foster a work place environment where my employees could walk outside without having to pull out their rape whistles, I'd probably be fired and behind bars. Not to mention if, once the allegations were brought before me, I looked the other way. In a quote from the perfectly named Selena Dong regarding a case at another school, apparently a victim was told to keep their rape allegations an internal matter because if she went public the school informed her they would not stand behind her. That's a pretty atrocious allegation, and I'm by no means saying this is what happened at SMU... but when 100 sexual assault cases fail to see the light of a courtroom, I wonder...

It's sad, guys.  It really is sad.  We've been down this road with these guys before, and we're going down it again.  We've always known their outward arrogance and pride has been an elaborate ploy to cover up a disgusting, depraved underbelly, but to see it play out like this?  I know it wasn't beyond them to cover up drug deaths; after all, you can't necessarily trace the source of the drugs back to the school, and anyone dumb enough to take drugs to the point that their body system shut down is clearly beyond repair.  But covering up student on student rape?  That's low, man.  That's REAL low.  Like, so low I honestly didn't want to believe what I was reading, but it's all there, in boldface type.  So next time you're driving by SMU and the hairs on the back of your neck prickle up because you can sense evil in the area, just remember that 4 students at SMU are raped every year on average without receiving any real retribution. If they fail to protect, then cover up crimes against their own kind, what are they going to do when it happens to you, an outsider?

And that's today's lesson in SMU Hate.  Aah, it feels good to say it again.