Lots of stuff for Kansas from Big 12 Media Days yesterday.
- Kansas Sports -
Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis and the senior quartet of wide receiver Nick Harwell, tight end Jimmay Mundine, safety Cassius Sendish and linebacker Ben Heeney visited with the media Monday at the 2014 Big 12 Football Media Day inside the Omni Dallas Hotel.
Instead of being outlandish and spouting off bold claims or eye-opening phrases, Weis played it close to the vest and remained rather low key
At a place like Kansas University, where winning football games has been tough lately and dubious streaks are easier to recall than feel-good moments, one question seems to surface year after year around this time: Why will this season be different?
Weis, 58, also talked openly about his future at KU. At one point, when asked in general about college coaches taking new jobs, he mentioned that teams with openings had contacted him in the last two years even with KU compiling a 4-20 combined record. “I’m going to coach the rest of my career at Kansas,” he said, “so for me, it’s really not relevant.”
Here's a quick synopsis of Kansas coach Charlie Weis' comments from the podium at Big 12 media day.
The numbers, of course, suggest that Weis is in need of a significant breakthrough in year three. When Weis arrived at Kansas in late 2011, he signed a five-year contract and vowed to pull the program back to respectability. So far, the plan has been slow to take.
3) Kansas Jayhawks - You may be a bit surprised to see KU ranked this high but there are several teams below that would like to have Tony Pierson on their squad. He and tight end Jimmay Mindine (5 TDs) let the Jayhawks in receptions last season and return as senior leaders in 2014. Add Nick Harwell, Rodruguez Coleman, and former Sooner Justin McCay into the mix and Kansas is pretty stacked with receivers. (Mr. Ed says: I never thought I'd see the words "Kansas is pretty stacked with receivers" in a sentence anytime soon.)
Kansas men's basketball senior Christian Garrett has always excelled in the classroom during his three-plus seasons as a Jayhawk. On Monday the guard was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, recognizing top student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2013-14 year.
Kansas women golfers Mackenzie Thayer and Michelle Woods both finished in the top four at the 92nd Annual KWGA Amateur Championship Tournament, July 15-17, at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kansas.
After Kansas tennis player Smith Hinton, the last remaining Jayhawk in the ITA Summer Circuit singles competition, was eliminated in the semifinals, she returned to the court with teammate Summer Collins to win the doubles competition.
- In Case You Missed It -
Mr. Ed says: I love the logo!
- College Sports -
"Enforcement is broken," he said. "The infractions committee hasn't had [an FBS] hearing in almost a year, and I think it's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions."
The Big 12 has created a website ( onetruechampion.org) to promote the slogan and displayed it for everyone to see Monday. So does that mean the Big 12 will stop honoring co-champions the way it has in recent years? Bowlsby side-stepped the question, saying the Big 12 will always use a tie-breaker system to determine bowl order. Multiple trophies will still be presented, according to the league’s tiebreaker system. (Mr. Ed says: Oh of course. Wouldn't want to not pass out participation trophies in this day and age.)
One True Champion not-so-subtly emphasizes the by-now obvious in this playoff era: The Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference with a round-robin schedule, but without a conference championship game. Everybody in the 10-team league plays everybody else. No byes, no misses, no excuses. In the super-conference era that is a rarity. In the playoff era, it's a giant question mark. In other words, for the Big 12, is that enough?
Not much to see here. That was ESPNU's message to Big 12 football fans Monday morning. To whet our appetite for the upcoming college football season, the network announced it will re-air its choices for the top 25 college football games of last year. The contests will be televised in descending order, with the No. 25 game -- Michigan State's 24-20 win against Stanford in the Rose Bowl -- kicking off the countdown at 6 tonight.
Matt McQuaid made the choice to decommit from SMU and reopen his recruitment, according to a tweet from his AAU teammate and a report from Scout.com. McQuaid retweeted both reports on his timeline.
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that Catherine "Cat" Conti will be on the crew for Kansas' season opener Sept. 6 at home against Southeast Missouri State.
- Professional Sports -
"There's absolutely not one second of hesitancy. I'd trade for Kevin Love," Coach K said. "That's not saying anything bad about any of the other youngsters. Love's an All-Star and he's a double-double guy. But he's a double-double guy who can spread the court. There aren't many double-double guys who can spread the floor; he can go inside and outside. There may be a low post player that gets you a double double, but Love, you can do a lot of different things with him."
Thank you. I grew up in front of you. You drafted me out of college and brought me home. You never turned your back on me while I learned the ins and outs of the professional game. You’ve provided the most loyal fans in MLS. You’ve made Sporting Park the best stadium in the country. You supported me with the U.S. National Team like I am one of your sons. You’ve reassured me that I am right where I belong.
Ladbrokes' Rachel Bridge told ESPN.com that one bet -- believed to be made by McIlroy's father -- was a 200-pound wager ($341) at 500/1 odds placed in 2004 for his son to win within 10 years. That bet will pay out $171,000.
- In The News -
A Sunday night protest in Kansas City by the Westboro Baptist Church was interrupted when someone drove a car onto a sidewalk and into the group.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 95 percent of the wheat is now in the bin. Usually by this late in the year, all the wheat has been cut.
Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.
- This Day in Sports History -
1926 - Babe Ruth catches a ball dropped from an airplane at 250 feet.
1962 - Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
2005 - NHL's board of governors voted 30-0 to pass the cap-based collective bargaining agreement that the player's association had approved the previous day. The deal ended the 310-day lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season.
- Videos of the Day -
Mr. Ed says: I'm guessing just about anyone on our football schedule could play this song and it would be appropriate.
- Daily Trivia -
Easy one for y'all today.
Yesterday's answer: Mike Zagurski pitched for the Diamondbacks in 2012.
Today's question: Who was the Big Eight player of the year in three consecutive seasons, 1986-1988?