And the excitement officially begins tonight! With KU basketball playing tonight, football tomorrow, and the Champion's Classic coming up on Tuesday, it is an exciting weekend for KU sports.
It seems like it is about time to revisit the pictures policy for the News and Notes. While the cheerleaders were great for the summer months, and helped distract us from the disaster that is the KU football team, it may be time to start changing it up. Please give me some comments below on what you would like to see from this point forward.
EDIT: The picture discussion generated a lot more ... discussion ... than I thought it would. To help keep everyone happy (we all CAN just get along), I'll be rotating pictures around starting tomorrow. Cheerleaders will make regular appearances (either game days or every Friday).
And with that, to the links....
Noted former KU coach Ted Owens, who has the most wins of any KU coach in the fieldhouse (206): “The great thing in going back to a Kansas game ... they play the same traditional songs — the Rock Chalk Chant and ‘I’m a Jayhawk’ and all that. It’s like you never missed a game even though it’s been 30 years since I was coach. You walk in and it’s a beautiful arena. They’ve made wonderful improvements from the days when we had the old steel lockers, the dirt infield and all that. It’s a beautiful place but still the same place.”
That's an awesome milestone to hit. Hopefully many more to come.
Playing against a Louisiana-Monroe program that finished 4-23 last season, the Jayhawks could probably scratch out a victory with 7-foot freshman Joel Embiid running the show. But for Kansas, just four days away from a heavyweight tussle with No. 4 Duke at the Champions Classic in Chicago, this opener will be about more than results. This will be about building to something greater.
“We’ve had some guys who are pretty fast. I don’t know if we’ve had anybody other than Tyshawn (Taylor) that’s for sure faster with the ball than he is,” 11th-year Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I think when he gets comfortable and turns it loose, we’ll see another gear because right now he’s playing safe a little bit, which is what I want him to do until he gets comfortable. But he is fast with the ball.”
Anytime someone's ball handling gets compared to TT, I get a bit nervous.
“He got hit and had some pain. They ran tests and nothing came back. There’s nothing there,” Self said, referring to injury. “He was released and we anticipate he’ll play tomorrow (against Louisiana at Monroe).”
Glad he is OK. I don't know how we would have won tonight without him available.
I think Dan Dakich has my favorite set of predictions, although I wouldn't mind a combination of Eamonn Brennan's POY, Jimmy Dykes COY, Adrian Branch's FF, and Andy Katz's Champion.
Remember, continuity and chemistry are keys at this position and KU has not had much luck with either throughout 2013. That leads to penalties, breakdowns and uncertainty from the quarterback and running backs.
Unfortunately, we are sorely lacking in the whole continuity department.
And everyone will remember him as the coach who tried a fake punt from the 16 with 13 yards to go for a first down in the second quarter of a tie game and just couldn’t bring himself to own it.
No way that fake punt gets tried without approval from HCCW.