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This week, the Big 12 leads the way in the Super Bowl once again, a former Jayhawk waits for a new heart and the Sooners honor one of their biggest fans.
Super Bowl Sunday With The Big 12
For the second straight year, the Super Bowl comes down to the Big 12, at least behind center.
Last year it was Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes II of Texas Tech against Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma (and Alabama, if we’re going to be completely accurate). This time around Mahomes is back in the game, squaring off with San Francisco’s Brock Purdy of Iowa State.
Unlike last year, which was a matchup of first-round picks, we have the first-round pick in Mahomes against “Mr. Irrelevant” in Purdy, the term given to the last pick in each year’s draft.
Both play like former first-round picks and both play like former All-Big 12 quarterbacks. Purdy, however, was the first-team selection (twice in fact), while Mahomes got a second-team pick while with the Red Raiders.
Comparing college careers at this point is, well, irrelevant. Mahomes put up great numbers for Texas Tech teams that treated defense as if it was irrelevant. Purdy did things that no Iowa State quarterback had done before, but the Cyclones, like the Red Raiders, couldn’t win a Big 12 title.
Sunday should be fun. Mahomes is seeking his third Super Bowl title as a starter, something only four other quarterbacks have done and all of them are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Purdy is seeking his first, and the roll call of 49ers quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl are also in the Hall of Fame — Joe Montana and Steve Young.
Enjoy the game and enjoy another Super Bowl brought to you by the Big 12 Conference.
Ellie McCarville, Baller
Ellie McCarville is a 19-year-old aerospace engineering major at Kansas and she knocked down this halfcourt shot to win $19,000 during ESPN’s College Gameday on Saturday.
She knew that was going in. The only thing missing was her calling it.
Prayers For Scot
If you’re not aware former Kansas forward Scot Pollard is waiting on a heart transplant. He has been for a while. He’s now at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, and in the video below he says that the move to Vanderbilt is to position him to get one faster.
Pollard had a solid career at Kansas and he put together a decade-long NBA career that resulted in an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
Last month Pollard revealed that he needed the transplant after a virus triggered a genetic issue in 2021.
The best to Pollard and his family as they wait for good news.
Chip Kelly, Bearcat?
After former UCLA head coach Chip Kelly took the offensive coordinator job at Ohio State, a story started circulating that last year Kelly interviewed for the open job at Cincinnati before the Bearcats hired Scott Satterfield.
That sounds absurd, until you remember that Tommy Tuberville left Texas Tech for Cincinnati about a decade ago.
NFL insider Mike Lombardi related that information to Pat McAfee on ESPN. He said that Kelly had been trying to get out of UCLA for a while.
If that’s the case, then honestly how bad is the job at UCLA? Back when I was growing up that was a destination job.
Ode to Toby
Country singer Toby Keith died earlier this week at 62. The Oklahoma native (born in Clinton and raised in Moore) didn’t go to college at Oklahoma, but he was certainly one of its most present fans over the years. In the past few years I would see him at OU games when I went to go cover the Sooners. He usually had a courtside seat.
After news of his death broke, Oklahoma honored him during its game against BYU at the Lloyd Noble Center. It was fitting, given Keith’s musical roots.
Saturday was the first Bedlam game and Oklahoma State was at Oklahoma. The Sooners honored Keith before and during the game, red Solo cups and all.
Oklahoma won the game, 66-62. It’s a game Keith would have enjoyed.
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