Daily Archives: April 17, 2013

Oklahoma State new Big 12 hoops favorite

It’s official. Marcus Smart is putting off his NBA career for at least one year to return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season.

To say his decision was unexpected would be an understatement. Smart was more or less assured of being a lottery pick had he turned pro. Instead, he is staying in school for what is sure to be the most anticipated Oklahoma State basketball season in recent memory.

Smart’s return will make such an impact that many now consider Oklahoma State the favorite to win the Big 12 next season.

With that in mind, here is a look at how I would vote if my preseason Big 12 basketball poll was due today:

1. Oklahoma State
Smart, Le’Bryan Nash and Markel Brown were three of the most talented players in the Big 12 last season. Just think what they could accomplish together next season. The Cowboys return the Big 12′s Player of the Year in Smart, a talented forward in Nash and one of the conference’s most underrated scorers in Brown. And the only key contributor they lose is Philip Jurick. Some will doubt Oklahoma State because of underachieving coach Travis Ford, but the Cowboys have to be considered the preseason favorites with so much returning talent.
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Bill Snyder says “college athletics, particularly football” is “in a bad place”

Bill Snyder made some interesting comments on the state of college football during an interview with Kansas City radio station 610 AM on Wednesday.

The long-time Kansas State football coach said college athletics is “in a bad place right now,” before adding that he might have pursued a different career had things been this way years ago.

“College athletics, particularly football, has changed dramatically throughout my career,” Snyder told the radio station, according to a transcript from CBS Sports reporter Dennis Dodd. “I think it’s in a bad place right now. It’s in a bad place for a variety of reasons. We’ve allowed it to become money driven. We’ve allowed it to become TV driven. We’ve allowed athletic programs or football programs to mean more to a university than what the university is really supposed to be all about.”
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