It's getting kinda hard to tell if it's still football season around here...
- Kansas Football -
Two weeks after welcoming Texas to town for the official Homecoming game — which Kansas lost 23-0 and marked the final game of the Charlie Weis era — more than 100 former players are expected to return to campus this weekend to support their former team and interim head coach Clint Bowen.
Thursday morning, on both WHB 810 sports radio in Kansas City and in an article written by Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Barnett expressed his interest in the KU job. He did this when the job was open in the past and his desire to give it a try in Lawrence seems sincere. But that doesn't mean he's the guy.
“I think it’s a test of character, either you’re going to put your best foot forward and keep working to get better … or you’re just going to pack it up and give up,” Cummings said. “Which I don’t think I’ve done.”
Kansas QB Michael Cummings: It's possible the Jayhawks stick with Montell Cozart this week, but now that the quarterback position is an open competition again, what is Cummings capable of? A week of preparation knowing that he could start should help, and he did better things in the pass game during his second-half audition last week than Cozart has. Let's see what the guy can do if he gets his chance.
Why Kansas will keep it close: Two years ago, Oklahoma went to Lawrence with an inexperienced quarterback and barely won, 20-14. This time it’s Garman instead of J.W. Walsh. And while the Cowboys have been potent downfield, they’ve also been inconsistent with shorter passes and with running the ball. An underrated Kansas defense will keep the Jayhawks in this game again. Oklahoma State 24, Kansas 13
From the moment Gale Sayers stepped foot on Mount Oread as a freshman in 1961, he was on a mission to prove to people from his hometown and all the other doubters wrong about two things, that he could be a star on the gridiron at the college level and that he could achieve greatness in the classroom at the college level.
- Kansas Basketball -
“It was crazy — 16,000 people in here going crazy. I loved it. That’s actually what kind of got me to come here,” KU’s 6-foot-8, 240-pound freshman forward from Chicago said with a smile.
Canceling Late Night in the Phog at Kansas University — 6:30 p.m. Friday at Allen Fieldhouse — has never been an option in these parts, with the celebration seemingly gaining in popularity with each passing year.
The annual Kansas Basketball "Late Night in the Phog" event, presented by Hy-Vee, along with Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles will provide the perfect storm that the KU Information Technology staff was looking for to test the newly installed Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) inside of Allen Fieldhouse as a result of the campus' partnership with AT&T.
For the 13th time in the 19-year history of the Big 12, Kansas men's basketball has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference regular-season championship as the league released its coaches' preseason poll Thursday.
For Mykhailiuk and the rest of the KU freshmen, Friday night will be their first opportunity to step on the court in front of a crowded Allen Fieldhouse. Likewise, it will be the first chance for Kansas fans to see the program’s latest heralded recruiting class, including Mykhailiuk, power forward Cliff Alexander, wing Kelly Oubre Jr. and point guard Devonte’ Graham.
- College Sports -
A source told ESPN's Joe Schad that the NCAA investigation centers around whether Gurley was given money for autographs, memorabilia or the use of his likeness. Georgia officials did not reveal the alleged violation.
Mississippi State fans have long brought cowbells to games, even when they were deemed illegal noisemakers. The Southeastern Conference approved the cowbells in 2010, provided they are not used when the opposing team is trying to run offensive plays. AD Scott Stricklin posted a note on the school's athletic website Wednesday criticizing the "25 or so percent of fans who continue to ignore the rules on cowbell etiquette."
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has co-written a book called "Bleeding Orange" with Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum, and in it he reveals New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's grades from his first semester at Syracuse.
Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer told USA Today on Thursday that the local police were friends of the Sooners football program and that those relationships helped keep many of his players out of trouble.
Indiana and the NCAA thought otherwise. There were records showing hundreds of calls to prospects outside the prescribed recruiting periods. What eventually made it all so galling was the NCAA since has changed its rules. Essentially, what Sampson did is now legal. Coaches can make unlimited calls and texts to recruits following a prospect's high school sophomore year. "Everything he did," Rhoades said, "was allowed ... Yes, those rules are no longer applicable but rules are rules."
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Veteran blue Joe West ranks at the bottom of the list among those who have called at least 2,500 pitches this season. Just 83.91 percent of his ball-strike calls were correct, and he also racked up the most incorrect calls -- 460 of them -- of any ump in 2014. As Rob Neyer notes on Twitter, West is crew chief for the ALCS.
This year, there are more than 700 competitors from 21 countries participating in 83 events. This is fitting, given the nature of serious table tennis competitors in the United States, and of the sport. Many are immigrants, or the children of immigrants; ping-pong, itself an immigrant, is a sport of immigrants. It hums along, visible to the uninitiated but hardly known.
Mr. Ed says: Lots of cursing in this article, but the author really rips the St. Louis mayor a new one for his letter to the Wall Street Journal, and I for one thought it was an entertaining read.