Kevin Haskin: Relief for K-State fans is seeing Currie conducting business somewhere else

SEC carousel stems from Bama’s domination, even with Tide missing from league title game

University of Tennessee Athletic Director, John Currie speaks during a press conference announcing the firing of head football coach, Butch Jones, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (Wade Payne/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Musings at the mid-week:


--This could have been Kansas State.

--John Currie, athletic director, looking to make a football coaching change.

--Making a move that potentially cracks the foundation of a solid program.

--Only in the case of Currie at K-State, it was an opportunity for him to make a splash with a hire.

--Then list that among his credentials when interviewing for another job.

--He got that job anyway, with Tennessee. Now, problems have arisen with a football coaching search.

--Problems would be a polite term.

--Interested K-Staters are watching from afar, a bit amused, but also a bit relieved Currie is no longer around handling personnel.

--Guessing Mike Gundy again concluded, again, his situation is pretty good after looking into the Tennessee opening.

--Just this week, Gundy mentioned the “stability’’ he feels at Oklahoma State, where he has certainly built considerable capital.

--Capital, however, can also be defined by a monstrous salary, and Tennessee will offer that. Yet Gundy stayed put.

--One look at the SEC in general and it is worth considering how many coaches Nick Saban has left in his wake.

--Although Alabama will not play Saturday for the SEC championship, the superiority it maintains makes things difficult elsewhere, especially in the West Division.

--With six SEC programs announcing fresh hires for football, you wonder how much improvement is in store within that landscape.

--Or, landmine.

--Some pretty good coaches lost jobs.

--Congrats to Matt Campbell for committing to Iowa State.

--Following a hefty commitment to him from Iowa State.

--I understand. Moves must be made. Winning is vital.

--Then, there’s Kansas football.

--Since progress is typically measured by outcomes, how many wins will it take for David Beaty and his KU program to show improvement next season?


--What will be enough to keep him around even longer?

--Similar scenario applies to Bruce Weber at K-State.

--If he guides the Wildcats to an NCAA Tournament appearance again, is that enough?

--The narrow defeat to Arizona State in Las Vegas could factor into K-State’s NCAA credentials.

--The unbeaten Sun Devils, ranked No. 20, play at home against San Francisco and St. John’s before visiting Kansas on Dec. 10.

--Guessing the Liberty Bowl as K-State’s likely postseason destination.

--Basing that on the presence of a Liberty Bowl representative at Saturday’s comeback win over Iowa State.

--Still, there are several possibilities for the Cats and a bid will not be extended until the Big 12 championship has been decided.

--The Oklahoma Sooners would like to be able to tell you the Big 12 title was decided already.

--Not with the new championship game, however, allowing for potential Big 12 fallout in the CFP chase.

--Bad idea, this title game?

--The argument can change from year to year.

--My argument was that a round-robin schedule was an adequate method to determine a champion, even if it lacked a data point.

--Leave it to a rabid OU fan I know to share an interesting, supportive take on Baker Mayfield.

--“If he’d have just grabbed someone else’s crotch, he could become President,’’ she said.

--For now, the Heisman Trophy is within Mayfield’s grasp.

--When it comes to the rookie wall hit by the Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt, President Trump might be envious.

--Well, if Hunt’s occupation was something other than an NFL player.

--Blame must be spread to Hunt’s blockers. Production from the run game would also help Alex Smith.

--At least I think it would help the Chiefs’ beleaguered QB.

--I am not yet advocating that Patrick Mahomes replace Smith at quarterback.

--Not with the Chiefs still leading the AFC West and Mahomes a mere rookie.

--Mahomes, however, is on the roster and does provide a viable option. Particularly if the Chiefs lose Sunday in New York against the Jets.

--Imagine the buzz in Arrowhead if Mahomes took over as starter for a three-game homestand and the Chiefs desperately needing a spark.

Contact Kevin Haskin at or @KevinHaskin on Twitter.



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