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The Mid-Morning Dump: 50 DAYS UNTIL FOOTBALLING COMMENCES

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Iowa State Football

50 DAYS. Cyclone Fanatic starts the 50 day countdown clock with an ode to Bret Meyer's 50 total touchdown passesduring his time as a Cyclone.

WATCHING RYEN. Do everything wide receiver Trever Ryen was named to the Hornung Award Watch List as one of the best all-around players in the country.

JOHNSON IS A PANTHER. Former Iowa State CB Leonard Johnson signed with the Carolina Panthers and will be on their 90-man roster heading in to training camp.

Iowa State Basketball

NON-CON SCHEDULE IS OUT. The Cyclones released their 2016-17 non-conference schedule yesterday and you can read about each opponent over at Cyclones.com.

CARTER CARRIES ON. Simeon Carter openly discusses his issues with adjusting to college life last season and how it impacted his play (or lack thereof) on the court.

Around the Country

LEFTY IN CONTROL. Phil Mickelson sits atop the leaderboard at The Open after finishing the second round at -10 for the tournament. Former Iowa Stater Scott Fernandez tees off at 10:16 AM and is currently +1, a stroke ahead of the projected cut.

WATT GROIN? Lindsey Vonn made a joke about rehabbing J.J. Watt with a lot of "groin massages".

LEACH ON EVERYTHING. Mike Leach was appointment viewing at PAC 12 Media Days yesterday, and gave his views on Brexit and kids these days.

RHOADS WOULD NOT HAVE SURVIVED. There are five new rules in the NCAA this year and one of them involves ejecting coaches like you would in basketball.

DON'T LAY THE FAVORITE. Favorites seldom win their conference title races according to history.

N-E-S! N-E-S! Nintendo keeps up the nostalgia train and announced an NES retro kit complete with 30 pre-loaded games that's due out in November.

COLON RUNS RAMPANT. A fan over at SBN's Mets blog took Breaking Madden to the next level and simulated an entire MLB season with every player being a clone of Bartolo Colon.