- Kansas Football -
Twenty-one seniors will take the field inside the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium for the last time Saturday, as the Kansas football team plays host to No. 5 TCU for Senior Day, Nov. 15.
Kansas senior cornerback/kick returner JaCorey Shepherd was named one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award Tuesday afternoon. Shepherd, a native of Mesquite, Texas, is the first Jayhawk tabbed as a finalist since Darrell Stuckey in 2009, and one of three players representing the Big 12 Conference.
“We are going to make sure that we show the proper amount of respect and appreciation to these guys through the course of this week,” Bowen said. “(We started Tuesday) with a few things that are senior-oriented. It’s emotional. I think we have tremendous seniors on this team that deserve all the appreciation we’re going to show them. We make it a point of doing that this week and let those guys know that their careers here were appreciated.”
A few Kansas University football players missed last week’s victory over Iowa State, and a few more went down during the game. KU interim head coach Clint Bowen said Tuesday that defensive linemen Keon Stowers and Andrew Bolton were expected back for Saturday and that a few others could play as well.
“He missed a few games in his career (concussions), which is unfortunate because he really is such a talented guy he could have had an off-the-charts career,” Bowen said. “He obviously is having a good career, but I don’t think his talents have always been shown as much as what’s truly in that guy’s body.”
- Kansas Basketball -
What was a slow and sluggish first half for both squads turned quickly into a Kansas runaway, as the KU big men — particularly freshman forward Cliff Alexander — began playing above the rim and added a series of highlight-reel dunks to a 45-29 rebounding advantage to knock out the scrappy Hornets.
Cliff Alexander was the last Kansas University scholarship freshman and the last of the Jayhawk big men to enter Tuesday’s exhibition game against Emporia State.
Greene, who said “defense” is the key to emerging as one of the perimeter players who will see significant minutes, was joined in double figures by Lucas and Perry Ellis (13), Wayne Selden Jr. and Cliff Alexander (12), Frank Mason III and Hunter Mickelson (11) and Devonté Graham (10).
All is currently quiet on the Kansas University recruiting front as the week-long early signing period begins today. Several of the country’s top prospects have decided to wait until the spring to commit to a school.
KU junior walk-on Evan Manning hit a three-pointer in the closing moments with his mom and dad in the stands. Dad Danny Manning is first year coach at Wake Forest.
KU coach Bill Self said after the game that former KU guard Conner Frankamp would not be blocked from attending any school.
- Kansas Athletics -
Kansas Athletics, the K Club and KU tennis head coach Todd Chapman look forward to a fun-filled weekend as they will host the 2014 Kansas Tennis Reunion, Nov. 14-15. As a wealth of talented netters descend upon Lawrence, there will be a number of different activities taking place around the KU community for the alumni to enjoy.
- College Sports -
As much as I just talked up the ACC, the Big 12 could actually be more competitive. Four teams are in the top 20 (Kansas, Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma) and Kansas State (Marcus Foster) and West Virginia (Juwan Staten) have star power. Unlike the ACC, the Big 12 still plays a true round robin meaning the title winner won't be questioned for its schedule like Virginia was last season.
If Gene Keady was known for anything during his years as Purdue's men's basketball coach -- other than becoming the winningest coach in school history -- it was his infamous comb-over hairstyle, which he maintained for years (to the tune of $600 a week) before ditching it for good last year.
- Potpourri -
It's a tricky balancing act, adding modern comforts and making the venue more attractive to, say, free agents accustomed to more luxurious trappings while also retaining the old-line charms that make Wrigley a beloved ballyard. We'll see if the Cubs have struck the right chord in their renovations.
Waffle House announced Tuesday that the Georgia-based restaurant chain will make its second (annual?) "Waffle Wager," this time on Saturday's 118th meeting between Auburn and Georgia. Based on the result of the game, a Waffle House location in either Auburn or Athens will provide fans with free waffles, hashbrowns and coffee for a day.
Calipari said he will listen to an offer. “My only concern is how much Kobe has left,” said the Kentucky coach. “I don’t think he has four good years left, in all due respect. If he would agree to be a one-and-done, we could probably use his scoring off the bench.”
(Mr. Ed says: I hope it goes without saying that the Kobe Bryant article is a fake, for entertainment purposes only.)