College Football Nation: Tumultuous Week 2

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BIG 12

Kansas State faced severe backlash this week after a space-themed halftime performance gone wrong resulted in a very public desecration of the rival Kansas Jayhawk mascot. The show was intended to feature the Kansas State marching band in a formation resembling the Kansas Jayhawk in battle with the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek but came out looking like something else.

The band director publicly apologized for the unfortunate mistake but not before images of the formation were spread all over social media. Kansas State paid a self-imposed $5,000 fine, and the band director has been suspended for the Kansas game on November 28.

The concern is whether the real issue is being addressed here. The band director has been in the hot seat over the perceived phallic formation, but might need to expect a protest from animal rights activists after carelessly throwing that poor bird into battle against an intergalactic spaceship. Public sensitivity at its finest, folks.

Independent

Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill was lost for the season Saturday following a fractured foot received in the fourth quarter against Nebraska. This is Hill’s third season-ending injury sustained in the last four years. He underwent knee surgery in 2012 after an injury in a game against Utah State, and in 2014, his season ended prematurely once again against Utah State — that time suffering a fracture to his left leg.

Enter Tanner Mangum: The BYU freshman and second string quarterback-turned-hero came in for the injured QB and put together a game-winning drive that included a 42-yard Hail Mary TD to hand Nebraska its first 0-1 start since the 1980s.

SEC

Drones appear again in college football news as one crashed into Commonwealth Stadium near the suite level before a game between Kentucky and Louisiana-Lafayette this last Saturday — this coming on the heels of the U.S. Open debacle, and after a drone was flown over the Texas Longhorns‘ home opener last year.

Stadiums might want to start considering anti-drone artillery as drone usage becomes more common.

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Stadiums might want to start considering anti-drone artillery as drone usage becomes more common.

No word yet on whether the person responsible just didn’t have a television or a ticket to watch the game like everyone else, although it is quickly becoming apparent that drone safety helmets might be a good investment for fans at the stadium.

The question is whether there should be cause for concern over drones affecting games.

It doesn’t seem too far a stretch to think a foolish college kid or tailgater could steer a drone onto the field of play — or even into a player. Might I suggest enlisting spirit squads with t-shirt cannons as anti-drone defense?

Feature photo from the FishDuck archive

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Brian Perry

Brian Perry

Brian is currently a junior the University of Oregon, focusing his major studies in Journalism and minoring in Business. Brian comes to the University of Oregon with an AA degree in Communication Studies and an extensive background in sports. His sports knowledge and experience come from a lifetime of competing, including playing Football, Basketball and Baseball throughout high school and Baseball at the community college level. He enjoys following all professional sports, and also loves watching the Oregon Ducks! Brian has dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster for ESPN.