Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 6.22.2013
Kansas University’s Francine Simpson won the long-jump title at the Jamaican National Championship on Friday night, while KU’s Michael Stigler failed to advance past the semifinals of the men’s 400-meter hurdles at the USA Championships.
Twins Kayla and Chayla Cheadle, seniors from Rock Bridge High in Columbia, Mo., have orally committed to play volleyball and basketball at Kansas University, the Columbia Tribune reports.
Yes, lots of questions about The Streaks. Kansas football enters this season with plenty of, well … interesting runs still intact. The Jayhawks have lost 21 straight in the Big 12 — their last win came in a ridiculous comeback against Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010 — and they’ve lost 19 straight on the road. (The last road win: At UTEP on Nov. 12, 2009.) Another rather dim fact: The last league win against a team still in the Big 12 came against Iowa State on Oct. 10, 2009.
“The sheer numbers and talent one through 13, 14 ... they are stacked,” he added of the 2013-14 KU team. “I don’t think there’s a better guy in the country that can work with talent like coach (Bill Self). I think it’ll be a fun season.”
Big 12 Sports
DU: Well, this isn't the old Big East, so I don't think the Big 12 has to worry about that. To answer your question, though: Yes. If a Big 12 champion makes the playoff, the next-best team would go to the Sugar Bowl to face the SEC, no questions asked. It's part of the mondo contract the Big 12 signed with the SEC. The two leagues are splitting the same $80 million payout the Big Ten and Pac-12 get for the Rose Bowl.
When Weis was hired by KU in December of 2011, he and Maura decided they would move the event to Kansas this year and, judging by the turnout Friday, which featured Notre Dame alum and ESPN personality Mike Golic and Hollywood actor and KU grad Rob Riggle as the co-emcees, the move was a fantastic idea. More than 200 people filled the ballroom at Prairie Band Casino for dinner, dancing and the chance to donate money to a good cause.
"Right now, I'm thinking about what we're going to do [Saturday] morning to try to get ready," Cohen said. "And I'm not speaking in cliché, I really mean that. These guys are trained, really, to just think about what's next. I'm glad that our fans get to ponder all those philosophical things [about playing for a championship next week]. But we've got tomorrow."