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The Mid-Morning Dump: Realignment, Relegation, & Rockets

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With twice as much conference realignment talk as before!

Iowa State Football

ISU IS THE NEW LEICESTER CITY. Bobby La Gesse tells us how Leicester City's long odds to win the English Premier League can spell hope for Iowa State athletics.

Q & A(YENI). Running backs coach Louis Ayeni sits down to talk about the spring and where his group of backs stands heading in to the summer.

NO APOLOGY NECESSARY. Recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh tweeted out a Three Amigos joke last night, people got up in arms about it, and now Jamie Pollard is apologizing.

Iowa State Basketball

I'M NOT SURE. We all love Monte Morris, but I'm not sure many of us agree that he would have been drafted had he left after his junior season.

EUROGUARD. Sofija Zivaljevic, a guard from Europe, will be playing for the Cyclones this fall. No word on where she falls on the Lucca Staiger quality scale.

Conference Realignment

RANKING THE CANDIDATES.comprehensive look at all the schools available to the Big 12 that will help it get back to actually having 12 teams that call the conference home.

IS TCU THE NEW TEXAS? Rumors are swirling that TCU would be the 3rd "Nay" vote for expansion and is in bed with Texas due to their help in getting the Horned Frogs a conference invite in 2012.

RELEGATION. Not a new concept for some sports, but a new one for college football. Bill Connelly has done this before, but goes in to greater depths and a massive expansion of the leagues in this edition.

THE BEST REALIGNMENT IDEA YET. If you're going to read one article out of this group, read this one from Dan Wetzel at Yahoo! Sports. His idea is that the Big 12 should lobby for an expansion of the College Football Playoff and guarantee an auto-berth for Power 5 conference champions.

Around the Country World

"YAWN". SpaceX launched a satellite last night and returned its first stage rocket to a barge in the Atlantic Ocean. Again.

KROENKE THE KREATOR. Apparently Rams owner Stan Kroenke created Kurt Warner.

THE SYSTEM FAILED TUNSIL. A great read from The Washington Post about how "amateurism" is hurting college athletes and putting players like Laremy Tunsil in no win situations.

HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND LOSE MONEY. Everything you need to know about tomorrow's Kentucky Derby (5 PM, NBC).

NHL PLAYOFFS. Dallas evened up their series with St. Louis on an overtime goal, and Mike Fisher did the same for Nashville against San Jose. Here's the reaction from the bench:

NBA PLAYOFFS. The Raptors stay alive by beating the Heat in Toronto.

HORRIBLE. Joe Paterno allegedly knew of of Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse as far back as 1976.

VIDEO GAMES FTW. A BMW driver saved his car from a nasty spin by doing what he learned in video games.