I know I normally don't do N&N on weekends, but yesterday (Friday) was a big day for KU, and it's always interesting to get the perspective from various sources across the internets.
-David Beaty hired as Head Football Coach -
A native of Garland, Texas, Beaty takes over the KU program after spending the three previous seasons as the Aggies' wide receivers coach. He also served as A&M's recruiting coordinator during the 2013-14 seasons.
Most of the men who’ve tried this before have failed. The last two failed in spectacular fashion. Kansas isn’t going to stop trying. So it might as well try something different.
Basil saw Beaty’s abilities firsthand after he took over as MacArthur’s head coach in 2006. At the time, he was coaching future KU running back James Sims and watched as Beaty went to great lengths to land the three-star back.
''I won't sleep until I give you something to be proud of at Memorial Stadium,'' he said.
Beaty, who will retain Jayhawks defensive coordinator and interim head coach Clint Bowen, had two stints as an assistant coach in Lawrence, Kansas, coaching the Jayhawks' wide receivers from 2008 to '09 before returning for a stint as the co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach in 2011.
As we moved through the process and learned about the criteria that would determine which candidates had a real shot and which didn't, it seemed like Beaty was an obvious name to keep at or near the top of the list.
“He’s fired up about staff possibilities and everything else going on,” Self said. “Congratulations to our department and to our administration for hiring him. More importantly, I think it’ll be a good fit. I really do. We need to have some guys with some juice and some energy, and I think he’ll hire a staff that’s got that. I think it’s really good for us.”
- Kansas Sports -
Kansas used 21 points from Wayne Selden and a 17-0 scoring run to erase an 18-point, second half deficit – one less than the largest ever overcome at Allen Fieldhouse – while sending the Florida Gators home with a 71-65 loss in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Vitale, who has been part of ESPN’s broadcast team since 1979 and actually called the network’s first game — Wisconsin at DePaul — on Dec. 5, 1979, has no plans to retire soon.
“It’s been a love affair for me,” he said. “I tell my bosses — they gave me a big extension recently — ‘I’ll never allow you to be embarrassed.’ People may disagree or may not like your style, that’s part of the business. If I ever got to the point I had (problems with) memory recollection, what’s happening, names out there, I’ll not embarrass myself. I’ll be out of there.”
The Jayhawks host the No. 10 Golden Bears on Dec. 7 at 5 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. It marks KU's second nationally-ranked opponent in the past three games. The contest will be broadcast on FS1 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.
The Trojans win over the Jayhawks in five sets Friday evening ended KU's season inside of the Topeka Expocentre 25-27, 25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 10-15.
- College Sports -
Mariota threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a career-high three scores, and Oregon all but assured itself a spot in the first College Football Playoff by overwhelming seventh-ranked Arizona 51-13 in the Pac-12 title game Friday night.
Georgia Tech and Paul Johnson agreed in principle to a four-year contract extension through the 2020 season, athletic director Mike Bobinski announced Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed publicly, but the contract is believed to place Johnson among the four-highest paid coaches in the ACC.
Nebraska surprised most of the college football world Thursday when it announced that it had hired Oregon State's Mike Riley to replace the fired Bo Pelini. Not long after the announcement, reports surfaced that Arkansas coach Bret Bielema had been Nebraska's top choice for the job, but that Bielema had turned the offer down. Well, Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman wants you to know that wasn't the case. That's why he sent out this tweet Friday afternoon.