On This Day in Sports History
$30,480. Abby's YouCaring crowd fund is nearing $31,000, which would be $6,000 over the initial goal.
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Iowa State Football
JUST A MATTER OF TIME. Uncle Randy expounds on the inevitable Rhoads-Mangino divorce.
STURDY AS THEY COME. Fortunately, the players are behind new offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy.
OTHER THINGS HAPPENED TOO. Allen Lazard is good to go for Saturday... Kamari Cotton-Moya is done for the year... Kenneth Lynn has been suspended... and Cole Netten will be demoted in favor of walk-on Chris Francis.
Allen Lazard is listed on the Iowa State depth chart but Kamari Cotton-Moya is not. #Cyclones— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) October 26, 2015
Ken Lynn suspended the rest of the season for "a violation of Big 12 rules"— Chris Williams (@ChrisMWilliams) October 26, 2015
Chris Francis is No. 1 at kicker, replacing Cole Netten.— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) October 26, 2015
PROVE IT. Joel Lanning's opportunity has finally come, and he knows he has to prove his worth.
NOW OR NEVER. That's the situation Paul Rhoads now finds himself in, writes Brent Blum in an outstanding column.
KICKOFF IN NORMAN. Scheduling and televising this thing probably isn't necessary, right?
Iowa State football at Oklahoma will be at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 and be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. #Cyclones— Dylan Montz (@dylanmontz) October 26, 2015
BIG 12 RECRUITING SCORECARD. A Week 9 update from ESPN's Max Olson.
Iowa State Basketball
DON'T SCREW IT UP. You guys have 17 days to remember it's "Nazareth Mitrou-Long."
MONTE'S ASCENT. Awesome write-up from Today's U on how Monte Morris became a college basketball star.
AND THAT'S A SELLOUT!
Iowa State has announced that men's basketball season tickets are sold out. Select single-game tickets will go on sale Oct. 29 at 9 a.m.— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) October 26, 2015
KENPOM IS BACK, Y'ALL. Ken Pomeroy released his 2015-16 college basketball ratings this week, and Iowa State comes in at 19th.
Dreamy and the NBA
THE ASSOCIATION. I'm as surprised as you are — the 2015-16 NBA season tips off TONIGHT!
— NBA (@NBA) October 27, 2015
And here's a list of previews you're going to want:
FiveThirtyEight's 2015-16 NBA Preview (these guys predicted Golden State over Cleveland in last year's preview)
And hey, why not: Sports Illustrated's 70 reasons to watch the NBA this year.
BENEATH A CALM EXTERIOR... a fire burns inside Fred Hoiberg. Under pressure? "You're never going to see him sweat."
FRED'S NEW STARTING FIVE. Hoiberg's got his guys for tonight's season opener against Cleveland (7:00 PM, TNT), which reportedly will include Derrick Rose.
Hoiberg also says Mirotic will start tomorrow. So Rose, Butler, Snell Mirotic and Gasol.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) October 26, 2015
And he's got himself a bench.
Hoiberg said depth will allow him to keep most all players' minutes in 25-32 range.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 26, 2015
Around the Country
OOPS. We are quite sorry, Baylor.
Baylor QB Seth Russell will undergo surgery to his neck & miss remainder of 2015 season— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 26, 2015
LET'S GET POLITICAL. Not really. But this is a great piece about how the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn for Los Angeles in 1957 helped inspire Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' political ideologies.
HUSTLE AT ALL TIMES. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh gives the best trick-or-treating advice.
C'MON AND TAKE A FREE RIDE. Uber drivers (most likely in close proximity to campus) are offering free rides until Central Florida (0-7) wins a game.
YOU KNOW HIM, YOU HATE HIM. Former Michigan State and NBA star Mateen Cleaves is being investigated for a possible sexual assault.