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The Morning Stake | 2019.09.26

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Snake Island. There’s an island in Brazil where people are not allowed without permission, that there are essentially one snake per meter, via AtlasObscura:

“Between one and five snakes per square meter” might not be so terrible if the snakes were, say, two inches long and nonvenomous. The snakes on Queimada Grande, however, are a unique species of pit viper, the golden lancehead. The lancehead genus of snakes is responsible for 90 percent of Brazilian snakebite-related fatalities. The golden lanceheads that occupy Snake Island grow to well over half a meter long, and they possess a powerful fast-acting venom that melts the flesh around their bites.

The potent venom of this species evolved due to the need for the snake to quickly incapacitate and kill seabirds that land on the island’s trees before they are able to fly away. On an island ecosystem occupied by hundreds of competitors, the deadly venom of the golden lancehead maximizes its potential to feed and survive. Golden lanceheads are so dangerous that, with the exception of some scientific outfits, the Brazilian Navy has expressly forbidden anyone from landing on the island.

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Fireside Chat with Seth Greenberg. ESPN’s Seth Greenberg and 10-year old Harry joined Beard on a fireside chat. There was also mentioned a “Kentucky Guarantee” come to the first games before the Kentucky game, especially in the non-conference schedule, you’ll be guaranteed a ticket as a student.

Odiase Signed by Suns. I don’t know that Norense Odiase even gets a shot with the NBA if he doesn’t meet Chris Beard and John Reilly, the strenght and conditioning coach. Odiase bought in fully. Happy for him.

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CartWells. Head coach Matt Wells with Taylor Peters, they catch up on the bye week.

Bruffy Named Semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy.

Oklahoma Connections. Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey writes about the Oklahoma ties to the Sooners:

Lincoln Riley was asked this week if there were any concerns with Cooks’ knowledge of personnel knowledge.

“We deal with that from week to week, whether it’s been a guy who’s worked on our staff or a guy you’ve known or worked with in the past,” Riley said. “I mean there’s so much crossover now that it’s kind of normal, honestly.

“Kerry did a great job here. He was an active recruiter. Was a very, very positive person in our room. Kids really respected the way he went about his business. So yeah, a fun guy to be around, great family. Happy he landed at a great spot like Tech and certainly will always be a great friend.”

David Yost, the Red Raiders’ offensive coordinator, was on Washington State’s staff in 2015. That coincides with OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch’s first season with the Cougars. The pair were also together for five seasons at Missouri.

“It’s a spread team. David Yost, who I spent some time with both at Missouri and at Washington State, is probably too good of a friend. We’ve talked too much over the years,” Grinch said. “They do a great job offensively.”

Mahomes is Pretty Good. FiveThirtyEight’s Michael Salfino writes that Patrick Mahomes is not regressing, which is normal after a historic season:

You’d think there would be nowhere to go but down. After all, no QB who has tossed even 40 touchdowns in a season has ever thrown more the following year. And the average dropoff in touchdowns has been 18.8.

But who says gravity always wins? Mahomes is on pace for 53 touchdowns and — hold on to your hats — 6,373 passing yards.

Even more impressive than Mahomes’s current TD pace are the yards. After Joe Namath first cracked the 4,000-yard barrier in 1967, it took 12 years (and adding two extra games) for anyone else to match it. Then, in 1984, Dan Marino topped 5,000 yards — a feat that would not be repeated until Drew Brees threw for 5,069 yards in 2008. Now, Mahomes isn’t just on pace to repeat 5,000 passing yards1, but to easily crack 6,000. No quarterback has come within 500 yards of that mark. And if Mahomes keeps his 2019 pace, history tells us that it could be decades before anyone does it again.

Compensation to Athletes. CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd talked with NCAA President Mark Emmert who said that compensating student athletes for name, image, and likeness rights would be an “existential threat” to the college model:

Granting name, image and likeness rights would allow athletes to be compensated for what is everyone else’s birthright. Proponents argue that the violin prodigy in college is allowed to play in Carnegie Hall. Athletes wearing their school’s gear can’t establish their own YouTube channel.

The NCAA has long argued that further compensation beyond the current model would blur the lines between amateurism and professionalism.

“My personal view is folks in general think that every student-athlete is going to be making hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Emmert told CBS Sports. “One or two will be making some significant amount of money. Nobody else will.”

I don’t think that most people think that most student athletes will make hundreds of thousands of dollars, but those that do earn those dollars in jersey sales should get a cut of it. I’m a proponent of putting it in trust for the student athlete, or being facilitated by the athletic department, not by the student-athlete. These new laws in California and other places will at the very least motivate the NCAA to get off their rear and start moving. I think the NCAA fighting this issue is a losing effort.

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