Let me start my first official post by saying that I am always looking for interesting articles that might be of general interest to the group here. If you find an interesting link with a tie to the sports world (even a loose one), feel free to email it to me and I'll see where I can fit it in.
That being said, summer is in full swing. Unfortunately, one of the trademarks of summer is that college sports news is in short supply, especially when the existence of your school's football team is generally only acknowledged when an occasion arises to ridicule it.
So here are your abbreviated links for the day.
For the first time since Mark Mangino, Kansas University’s first winning football coach since Jack Mitchell, was pressured to resign, KU has a shot to flood the field with potent playmakers.
“Obviously it’s going to be an intense three weeks,” KU coach Bill Self said Tuesday. “The rules have changed. You are not out that long (compared to 20 days in past Julys). It probably amps up the intensity during the period of time you are out. We have our core group of guys we are following and chasing. We need to have a good July and hopefully go into the school year with the best guys all thinking, ‘Kansas,’” Self added.
In her three years since leaving Kansas, McCray has played professionally on teams in Israel, Italy and Slovakia, in addition to playing two seasons for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. There’s a common misperception about women’s professional basketball — one that tends to irk some American players. The money in the WNBA is decent, especially for a half-year gig, but it won’t set up any player for the future.
The early days looked grim. Take Kansas. The Jayhawks lost Missouri — their century-old, historic sociocultural rival borne of real bloodshed on the old plains. They also suffered an extended indignity: For about a year, it looked like KU, whose first basketball coach invented the sport, was going to have to beg its way into the Big East or land in the Mountain West or, well … it was all very strange. The Jayhawks' shame was the sport's writ small: All of a sudden, it felt like college basketball didn't matter.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday that he's encouraged by Ware's rehabilitation, which recently has included riding a stationary bicycle. Ware broke his right leg in a gruesome incident during Louisville's regional final victory over Duke and his injury became a rallying point in the Cardinals' run to their third NCAA title.