So there you have it. James Madison-WVU is officially a high-profile event.
But WVU's John Antonik has put forth a very nice publication, called "The Backyard Brawl." It includes "stories from one of the weirdest, wildest, longest-running and most intense rivalries in college football history." And Antonik said it's the perfect time to release the tome.
"When Pitt announced it was going to the ACC and West Virginia said it was going to the Big 12, I felt it was the perfect time to do this," said the writer. "If they aren't playing anymore, it's a good historical perspective."
Indeed, Antonik did a nice job with the book. Worth a read.
Somehow, though, the Class AA trophy has disappeared. The folks at Oak Hill are stumped. So are we. So consider this an Amber alert for a big ol' block of wood. If you have it, please give me a shout.
Oklahoma got back the services of defensive tackle Casey Walker this week. He missed the first two games for undisclosed reasons. But he's a senior and third-year starter.
Oklahoma State's embarrassing defensive performance against RichRod and Arizona might have something to do with the absence of defensive coordinator Bill Young, who has been out for medical reasons.
And while Kansas State's jump in the polls after shellacking Miami was big news, the biggest from the conference has to be on the basketball side.
In case you've missed it, Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie is on sick leave while the school's administration investigates possible mistreatment of players.
Jordan Tolbert, Tech's leading scorer last season, said this: "I don't want to play for [Gillispie] if he comes back."
That's what you call a problem.
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