Wednesday, April 4, 2012

HI NOTES: Big 12 Big Mess, Chess

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Tigers Look to `Pack Taylor for Baylor' (
Mizzou-Baylor series takes place Thursday (6PM), Friday (6PM) & Saturday (time moved to 11 AM).
Kids 12 and under will get in free and admission is also free of charge to Mizzou students at all three games.

All children at Saturday's game will get to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt around Taylor Stadium as each egg will be filled with a prize. Also, the Easter Bunny will be on hand at the game.

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♦ Yes, the Big 12 is a dysfunctional conference: WVU will add men's sports for Big 12 compliance, but where and when?(
According to the bylaws, in addition to fulfilling the requirements for Division I FBS football membership (16 sports sponsored, including at least six for men and eight for women), Big 12 members must also sponsor six men's sports and six women's sports from a list the league created that includes sports being sponsored by 10 or more league members.

Forget for a moment that when the Big 12 lost Nebraska and Colorado and then Missouri and Texas A&M, the list of sports sponsored by 10 or more schools was rendered pretty much archaic. So that's one thing that has to be addressed.

But as for those lists, well, first off the women are OK. On the Big 12's list of nine sports from which six must be sponsored, West Virginia already sponsors seven - basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross country, tennis, indoor track and outdoor track. The other two on the women's list are softball and golf.

But the men's list of required sports lists only seven. WVU sponsors just three - football, basketball and baseball. The others on the list are cross country, indoor track, outdoor track and golf.
By the way, Iowa State is not in compliance with those by-laws. Their 6 mens' sports only include 5 from the required list. They dumped some of the required ones back i n2001, including Baseball.

Be sure to read the rest of that article to get the full picture of just how messed up the Big 12 really is.


♦ This has nothing to do with Baseball.  Nothing to do with sports, actually.  Just really odd. Dastardly Doings in Chess World: Webster U. Poaches Texas Tech's Coach, Team (

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