Kevin Haskin: Extended selection show would be much better with eight playoff teams

Musings: Cactus Bowl destination fine for Wildcats, though fan following in Phoenix could be down

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2017, file photo, Alabama tight end Hale Hentges, left, celebrates with Irv Smith Jr. after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mercer, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide got the nod over Ohio State and will play Clemson in the College Football Playoff on Jan. 1, 2018, in the Sugar Bowl. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Musings at the mid-week:


— Not sure that we really need a selection show that drags on hours and hours regarding the College Football Playoff.

— What we could have used from analysts who kept saying hairs were being split was a voice for an eight-team playoff.

— But no, ESPN did not dare bash the setup it gets to promote.

— So, we had lengthy conjecture over the credentials of Alabama and Ohio State.

— Draw a bracket involving the Power-5 champions, two at-large picks and the best Group of Five team.

— Play the quarterfinal games in mid-December at the higher seed’s home field.

— Losers move on to a designated New Year’s Six bowl.

— Or, use all the New Year’s Six bowls as part of the six-game climb to the championship.

— Yeah, mid-December is not New Year’s.

— Still, it seems more fair than a four-team playoff.

— Now that Ohio State and the Big Ten was left out, maybe that conference will throw some weight toward expansion.

— Suppose the Cactus Bowl destination was as good as any for Kansas State.

— Except I doubt fans travel to Phoenix in great numbers for this one.

— K-State’s 7-5 record was a disappointment.

— Not so much the finish, with four wins in the last five games and the emergence of Skylar Thompson.

— Yet that trip to Nashville so many fans took part in to watch a dreadful loss to Vanderbilt was one that struck both a nerve and the wallet.

— Many differences exist in the games possessed by Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason.

— One was the consistency with which Mason could score points near his average.

— Especially when compared to Graham and the wild fluctuation in his scoring binges.

— The 35-point extremes, recorded in each of KU’s last two games, were no doubt impressive.

— If Graham goes cold, though, the contributions he provides passing, rebounding and defending must remain intact, and have through the early going.

— Just me, but I don’t see the upside in a Power-5 program scheduling a school hyphenated to Upstate.

— Talked to a couple of people last week who were irritable over what happened to John Currie at Tennessee.

— Neither of them was a Kansas State supporter willing to provide a plane.

— They were college administrators rankled by how a hiring process could go so bad from within.

— Considerable blame, however, falls on Currie.

— Sour relationships from his past probably caught up with him.

— The coaching fraternity tends to maintain bridges.

— After Kansas City toppled Denver in Arrowhead on Oct. 29, I was convinced the Chiefs would claim the AFC West. Wrote that too.

— The Chiefs have not won since.

— At this point, the only reason for believing the Chiefs can still emerge as the AFC West champion is their recent success against division rivals.

— Not sure that will influence anyone to buy tickets for the upcoming three-game homestand.

— Marcus Peters’ stunt late in Sunday’s loss was proof he truly disrespects the flag.

— Gotta admit, I stole that from a clever tweet somebody wrote.

— For a coach who desired control (remember the oddly-timed firing of John Dorsey), Andy Reid sure has little control of his team.

— Owner Clark Hunt would be wise to take ownership of the issues.

— Gotta admit, I don’t think I’ll miss the Russians at the Winter Olympics.

— The Winter Olympics are when? Where? What?

— It was good to see Roger Barta earlier this season at a Kansas State basketball doubleheader.

— Especially good to see the legendary Smith Center football coach become one of five inductees into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.

— Trisa Nickoley was another outstanding choice. Given a chance to run in high school, the Shawnee Heights great could win anywhere at any distance at any time.

— Anyone betting on Kansas adopting legalized sports wagering if the Supreme Court allows states to condone such activity?

— I know. Where can you make that bet?

— What is bet legally on sports in Vegas may not stay in Vegas (well, Nevada) exclusively. A ruling is expected in late June.

Contact Kevin Haskin at or @KevinHaskin on Twitter.



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