As football (and basketball) seasons approach, I'll try to keep the links KU and college sports-only.
Also, am I the only one who doesn't like kuathletics.com new layout?
- Kansas Football -
Weis made the fans no promises about the upcoming season, however he pleaded his case for ongoing support to those in attendance. "We play three home games in September," Weis said. "You give us the month of September and we will give you a reason to come support us in October and November."
"I’m not dumb enough to make my own predictions, because if I do, they’re on the bottom line of ESPN, and that’s a fact," the third-year Kansas coach said, before adding: "Our players expect to be playing in December."
If this were any other football program, or any other time, or any other star player, you would probably begin with the boat story. That was the day Ben Heeney nearly sliced his leg off.
The optimism begins on defense. Senior linebacker Ben Heeney, a Hutchinson native, fronts a veteran unit that made major strides last season. The Jayhawks return at least nine defensive players with starting experience, and the secondary is perhaps Kansas’ most talented unit since 2007, when future NFL talents Aqib Talib, Chris Harris and Darrell Stuckey helped KU to the Orange Bowl. Add it up, and this should be the Jayhawks’ best defense (on paper) since the final years of Mark Mangino.
One stat that matters in this conversation: The Rice offense that new KU offensive coordinator John Reagan oversaw last year averaged 49.9 rushes per game. This offense should pound the rock, no matter who's in the backfield.
Fans can submit their vote by texting "KUCrimson," "KUBlue" or "KUWhite" to 37664. Voting closes Sept. 2, 2014, with the winning uniform revealed at the Sept. 6 game. Fans can vote as many times as they wish with the understanding that a one-time text is sent when voting, and message and data rates may apply.
Headed into his final fall with the Jayhawks, Simmons opened preseason camp at No. 2 on the buck depth chart, behind fellow senior Michael Reynolds. KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen thinks Reynolds could have a "special" season. But the staff has worked to develop more players who can apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Bowen said Simmons has acclimated himself since switching spots again.
Friday was the final day of our access to KU's preseason camp, and rather than talking to players or position coaches, we were given the chance to speak with some of the support staff, people who help make KU football go.
Upgrading the Jayhawks’ speed has been a two-part process. First, Weis and company did all they could to recruit faster players. Second, strength coach Scott Holsopple did all he could to develop the wheels of those already in the program. The result of both efforts is just one of the many things that has the players and coaches looking forward to the 2014 season.
- Kansas Basketball -
KU basketball staff and family members did the honors of dumping the ice, and junior forward Perry Ellis served as the spokesman for the group. Ellis ended his speech by challenging every other Big 12 men's basketball team.
Just one Kansas University basketball player did not participate in the team’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Sunday afternoon outside Allen Fieldhouse. The one missing Jayhawk was freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who had an excused absence.
"It’s a good thing but it will put him behind. There’s no question when he gets here he’ll be a couple weeks behind everybody else. Since he wasn’t here this summer he’s going to have some catching up to do but he’s also played more ball than anybody this summer, too. It’s been nonstop for him since June," Self added.
Eudora High sophomore guard Mitchell Ballock continues to make a name for himself as one of the country’s top sharpshooters.
Gary Bedore Q&A on KU basketball
- Kansas Sports -
Prior to Kansas University volleyball’s Crimson and Blue alumni match Saturday, the Jayhawks ran over to the west wall of the Horejsi Family Athletics Center to unveil the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 banner.
After a hard-fought match took its toll on the new pitch at Rock Chalk Park on Friday night, Kansas University officials opted to move the Jayhawks’ match against SMU to the team’s former game field at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Kansas used its second consecutive three-goal performance and a diving Kaitlyn Stroud save on a penalty kick in the waning minutes to win in shutout fashion over SMU, 3-0, on a hot day at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon.
- College Sports -
Dorial Green-Beckham's waiver request to play for Oklahoma this season immediately after his transfer from Missouri has been denied by the NCAA.
Kaaya edged transfer Jake Heaps for the job, and will start Miami's opener at Louisville on Sept. 1.
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel acknowledged Friday he knew about a 2008 rape allegation against former running back Derrick Washington, but didn't discipline him because police didn't file charges. Pinkel and Missouri athletic director Mike Alden addressed the media on Friday, one day after ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported that Missouri officials were aware of two allegations against Washington before his 2010 arrest for deviate sexual assault.
Pearl's three-year NCAA show cause penalty expired at midnight Sunday, which allows the Auburn head coach to fully recruit for his new program. "I've got calls to make now," Pearl said Sunday afternoon. "But it's just good to be normal again."
Most schools continue to keep alcohol restricted to premium seating areas, if they allow it at all. But offering alcohol is increasingly attractive for some campuses, especially as schools look for ways to keep fans from staying at home.
- Couldn't Pass These Links Up -
The wait is over and the trade is finalized, so all those Cavaliers fans who bought a Wiggins jersey now have a collector’s item. Unless they want to trade it.
As they say on the Internet, you need to read the whole thing. No, you really do.
- This Day in Sports History -
1946 - Ben Hogan won his first major golf title, the PGA in Portland, OR.
1985 - Dwight Gooden became the youngest pitcher to win 20 MLB games in a season.
2007 - The Texas Rangers scored 30 runs in a 9-inning game. (Edit: Apparently this anniversary was on 8/22. So sue me!)
- Lots of Videos of the Day -
Already leading the Dodgers, 7-2, in the sixth inning Sunday, the Mets erased two baserunners and the batter, Matt Kemp, on a triple play. It was a routine double-play ball, but when Yasiel Puig tried to score from second, he was easily thrown out at home.
On Aug. 22, 2007, the Texas Rangers set a post-1900 MLB record with 30 runs in one game, as they obliterated the Orioles, in Baltimore's beautiful Camden Yards, 30-3.
Life is a journey; eventually you'll get to where you're trying to go.
This is a deceptively great move from Georgia high school football.
50 Cent dodges ALS Challenge; Chances are that no charity will be receiving the $750,000.
- Daily Trivia -
Ain't happening today, ain't got time. Maybe tomorrow.
EDIT: misterbrain to the rescue here. I have a trivia question for today.
KU currently does (and likely forever will) hold the record for number of ties in D-I football. How many ties are they credited with? For bonus points, name the last team with whom they tied.