Kansas sulks as Mizzou says ‘adios’ to Big 12

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Now that Missouri is officially in the SEC, the “don’t let the door hit you on the way out” remarks can begin in earnest.

Case in point, the Tigers’ biggest rival, Kansas.

Shortly after the announcement was made that the SEC had vote unanimously to add Mizzou, Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little offered the following statement:

“We’re sorry to see a century-old conference rivalry end. Missouri’s decision may have implications for fans and for the Kansas City area, but it won’t affect the long-term strength of the Big 12.”

It would be a shame if KU and Mizzou didn’t meet on a regular basis anymore, but it’s flat out misguided to think the long-term strength of the Big 12 is filled with rainbows, puppies and gumdrop forests after — count ’em — four programs have left in the past two years and the conference was thisclose (again) to completely dissolving.

The Big 12’s grant of rights that will equally distribute revenue to the conference is a six-year agreement. Perhaps my definition of long-term is outdated in the current college football landscape.

West Virginia and TCU are fine additions, make no mistake, but it’s hard to lose Missouri’s geographical footprint and Texas A&M’s tradition (of blowing second halves! zing!) and not have the the long-term strength be affected. And that’s not even addressing the loss of Nebraska and Colorado.

But, okay. Kansas has to issue a statement that reflects a positive — albeit backhanded — spin on the situation. I get that. But as ESPN’s David Ubben pointed out via Twitter earlier today, Kansas’ true colors (and no, not blue and crimson) were on display with this official tweet from the school:

Missouri forfeits a century-old rivalry. We win.”

Head shaking; intern fired.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.