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The Mid-Morning Dump: Wally Burnham Wants You to Tell Him How to Coach!

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Iowa State Football

GAINING GROUND. Joel Lanning has been making the most of his opportunities on the field, and a struggling Sam Richardson means his big chance might not be too far off.

PUMP THE BRAKES. The ISU defense might need to slow down to handle the speed of Big 12 offenses.

TELLIN' IT LIKE IT IS. Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham had a strong message for members of the media on Tuesday night.

"I don't think it's the 3-4 defense," Burnham said. "I think it's the best thing we can be in and I know some of you guys are questioning it from what I hear on Sunday, but you guys need to come up and tell me something that's better. You all know so much about football."

WELL, DUH. Mike Warren is prepared to get more carries against TCU.

CHALK IT UP TO LALK. Guys like Jamison Lalk are a big part of the reason ISU's run game has thrived the last few games.

Iowa State Basketball

THEY'RE GOOD. Monte Morris and Georges Niang were named to the preseason watch lists for the Bob Cousy Award and Karl Malone Award, which go out to the best point guard and best power forward in the country, respectively.

Around The Country

JAMES POLLARD: WARRIOR. JP's son continues to inspire after battling with cancer.

UNC, UK, KU, UM, UV. Those are the only teams better than Iowa State heading into the season according to CBS Sports.

HELL OF A PUNCH LINE. Curt Schilling responded to Donald Trump's Tweet about the Democratic debate with a straightforward answer.

BEVO HANGING IT UP. Texas' mascot is calling it quits after being diagnosed with bovine leukemia.

OH-DUMB. Lamar Odom was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel and was transported to a hospital in Las Vegas.

IS IT FINALLY 'THE YEAR'? The Chicago Cubs advanced to the NLCS with their win over the St. Louis Cardinals last night.

SCHWARBOMB. Have you ever hit a homerun on top of the Wrigley Field scoreboard like Kyle Schwarber? No, you haven't.

THAT'S GOOD PARENTING. Jake Arrieta's son was spotted pouring champagne into his dad's mouth... Again.

TALL WHITE BOY DANCING. Frank Kaminsky's got the moves like Jagger.