Programming note: misterbrain will be taking over News and Notes for the rest of this week and through early next week while I concentrate on
my wedding the Royals. Don't worry, I'll still check in randomly, I know fizz needs a steady dose of mikeville. Montana can be so boring this time of year is what I hear. Didn't the leaves fall off the trees back in August up there?
Anyway, back to the business at hand.
- Kansas Sports -
Bowen, who took over for the fired Charlie Weis two weeks ago, was asked why Pierson wasn't moved to running back sooner this season. “Just at that time, the philosophy was that he was more valuable on the outside,” Bowen said. “I just kind of saw it differently.”
Although the two situations differ in that Bowen, 42, is currently KU’s interim coach and Kingsbury was hired to be the full-time guy, both have made no secret about the fact that leading the programs they once suited up for is an incredible honor. However, according to Kingsbury, a Texas Tech quarterback from 1998-2002, it’s not all fun and games.
Kansas: The Jayhawks landed a commitment from Class of 2016 running back Aubrey White. The highly regarded White spurned offers from Oklahoma, TCU, Arkansas, Nebraska and others to pledge to Kansas. It will be interesting to see how KU’s coaching situation impacts White’s recruitment before February 2016.
The goal of the Facebook group is spelled out ever-so-simply in the “About” section of the social media site: “This is a page dedicated to making Clint Bowen the next HC for KU football; through the support of KU students, alumni, and fans. WE WANT BOWEN,” it reads. It includes a couple of photos, a couple of posts — the most notable reads “Let Zenger hear us loud and clear - WE WANT BOWEN!!! — and a bunch of familiar names from past KU football rosters.
Three of the blue-chip high school senior prospects who attended Kansas University’s Late Night in the Phog — Carlton Bragg, Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram — are talking about attending college as part of a package deal, Bragg told Zagsblog.com on Monday.
“We’ve got to get in and steal some possessions and eliminate some extra possessions on the defensive end,” Henrickson said. “When you look at how many one-possession games we were in, when you go back and look at that, it is offensive rebounds and turning the ball over. I think the thing we can clean up right away is our intent to rebound the ball better on both ends.”
Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year, Jayhawk setter Ainise Havili, picked up her first Big 12 Rookie of the Week honor thanks to her league-leading performance the week of Oct. 6-12.
Another Chelsie Miller victory, a pair of quick finishes for Lindsay Manning, an impressive start for the freshman class, and a hint at a return to top form for Haley Molden were among the many highlights for Kansas swimming and diving as the Jayhawks topped Nebraska-Omaha, 99-41, at the HPER Pool in an unconventional format Monday night.
- College Sports -
The Kansas State athletic department is dropping equestrian as one of its 16 sponsored sports and replacing it with women’s soccer. The move was announced by K-State in a news release late Monday. The equestrian team, which the Wildcats started in 2000, will continue competing through 2016 with soccer beginning in 2017.
Police seized 112 grams of weed and $4,661 in cash from University of Alabama tight end Kurt Freitag's dorm room, according to a complaint filed Monday. Last Tuesday, agents from the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force observed Freitag making a "drug transaction" outside of his dorm. They followed him back to his room and read him his Miranda rights, and then the idiot gave the cops permission to search the room, where they found the previously mentioned money and weed.
- Professional Sports -
Every night the Royals host a playoff game, they make a little more than a million dollars. That’s pure profit, money the team did not put into its 2014 budget. So it’s not just the Royals’ standing around baseball that’s being boosted. It’s their bottom line, too. And it’s not just their history that’s being rewritten. It’s their future, too.
Monday's postponement of Game 3 of the ALCS between the Orioles and Royals means that Games 3, 4 and -- if necessary -- 5 will be pushed back a day. The more far-flung and less certain consequence is that both teams will lose their travel day should the series shift back to Baltimore for Games 6 and 7. That, in turn, means that the Royals and O's would need to use a fifth starter in a potential Game 7 or send out someone on short rest.
In an effort to make you forget an already forgettable 2014 season, the Rams would like to take you back to those halcyon days when Mike Martz's offense didn't seem quite so crazy and The Greatest Show on Turf was a thing. So while Kurt Warner ain't walking through that door, the concession stands will feature 1999 pricing. (Mr. Ed says: This was last night's game.)
- Videos and Photos of the Day -
Piling on the Panthers for their attendance woes is picking a low-hanging fruit. It's not fun, it's not funny. It's just kind of sad. The fans that do care about the team are surely sick of hearing about it and it has to be incredibly frustrating that the team they care so much about has such little support locally.
The weirdest thing to happen at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday was the tie between the Bengals and Panthers. The creepiest thing? That's up for debate and completely depends on what you think the guy in the photo above is doing.
This was the "Loop" on Yahoo's mobile fantasy game page tonight. I guess vetting isn't part of their process.
Mr Ed says: Nice.