My apologies for missing cheerleader Friday. This should make up for it.
- Kansas Football -
The Jayhawks looked poised to upset their first ranked opponent since 2010. In interim head coach Clint Bowen's second full week leading the program, the Jayhawks held Oklahoma State without a score in the second half while taking advantage of Cassius Sendish's first career interception and wacky forced fumble recovery. Kansas rallied from a 20-7 halftime deficit, only to see Hill scorch the special teams and lift Oklahoma State to a Big 12 Conference win.
Mike Gundy agreed with a media member who said Oklahoma State’s 10th-year football coach had to be “thankful” Kansas University decided to kick deep to speedy Tyreek Hill in the fourth quarter of a tie game Saturday in Memorial Stadium.
Before Saturday's 27-20 loss to No. 16 Oklahoma State, nearly 200 former Kansas University football players joined the KU band and spirit squad to form a giant K and tunnel at the south end of Memorial Stadium designed for this year's Jayhawks to walk through as they took the field.
“If you look at all the pictures from the Orange Bowl year, it’s blue (top), gray (pants), red stripe (helmet),” Stowers said. “You won’t see any more funky uniforms. You’re going to see blue and gray at home, white (tops) and white (pants) on the road.”
Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen had asked his players to come by his office to talk, and Lewandowski took him up on the offer. "It's the mentality of 'players first,'", Lewandowski said, repeating something Bowen had told him. "And that's been a change from how it's been."
10. Kansas. 2-4, 0-3. Prev. Ranking: 10. The Jayhawks smartly kicked off short all game to keep Tyreek Hill from returning kicks. Then inexplicably at the end, Kansas kicked it directly to Hill, who went 99 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Kansas, which gave a valiant effort otherwise Saturday, has just one Big 12 win in its last 33 tries. And a dearth of talent isn't the only reason why.
- Late Night in the Phog -
The University of Kansas men's and women's basketball teams ceremoniously began their 2014-15 seasons Friday evening inside Allen Fieldhouse at the 30th annual Late Night in the Phog.
“I take pride in defense. Taking pride in defense ... that’s what every team needs,” Oubre said. “Teams win championships on the defensive end. I use defense to push start the rest of my game, to get my intensity level up, to get myself hyped. Getting stops ... it’s a great feeling.”
Just 14,000 fans attended the 2014 Late Night in the Phog on Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. (Mr. Ed says: This was due to a variety of factors: the rainy weather, the Royals game, an accident on K-10 that snarled traffic from KC, and possibly some after-effects of last year's "mad dash" into the Fieldhouse.)
Kansas University’s 12th-year coach also wore the same black-and-white striped, rather loud suit that Andrew Wiggins sported in Brooklyn, New York, the night he was selected first in the 2014 NBA Draft.
During his first performance in front of the Allen Fieldhouse fans, the 6-foot-8 forward scored a team-high 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting, as the Crimson and Blue teams tied at 37 at the annual Late Night in the Phog.
With a retooled and deeper Kansas team, Self didn’t make any grand gestures. He didn’t promise an 11th straight Big 12 title. There was no talk of hanging a sixth banner at the north end of James Naismith Court. Instead there was this, a promise to a fan base that the ride would be, if nothing else, enjoyable. “I guarantee it,” Self said before leaving the floor. “You’re going to love watching them play.”
There were some positives to take from the performance of the returning players. Arkansas transfer Hunter Mickelson had eight points and a team-high six rebounds for the Blue, while sophomore guard Wayne Selden Jr., — a 32 percent three-point shooter a year ago — finished with a game-high 17 points and went three of five from downtown for the Blue.
- Kansas Athletics -
The Jayhawks' win was the program's first in Austin and gave KU its 14th win of the year, the second most in a season in school history. Kansas moved to 14-1-0 on the year and remained perfect through the first half of the conference season with a 4-0-0 record. Texas dropped to 7-5-2 in 2014 and is now 2-2-0 in league play.
Junior outside hitter Tiana Dockery connected every time it mattered – and then some – on her way to a season-high 19 kills. Her offensive onslaught in the Ferrell Center powered Kansas to its first Big 12 Conference win in four sets at Baylor, 25-22, 18-25, 28-26, 25-22.