A few Kansas-only news and notes to get us through the rest of this Labor Day weekend. Don't forget, if you see something cool, especially if it's in regards to KU sports, FanShot it for us!
Also, if you have any questions you would like me to ask Erin McNorton, please do so in the comments below. You may remember her as the 2013 Big 12 Volleyball Setter of the Year for KU last year.
As for how long this experiment will last — one season, four seasons or somewhere between — Dineen has no clue. "Whatever the coaches ask," the former (and possibly future) safety said, "I’ll do."
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound wide receiver turned defensive back was the athletic department’s choice, among all KU student-athletes, to be nominated for this year’s All-State AFCA Good Works team. He also was the no-brainer pick to represent Kansas in the voting for the Football Senior CLASS Award. Both honors, which will be whittled down to finalists and eventually a winner, celebrate athletes who perform well and strive for success both on and off the field. Few KU athletes embody that ideal like Shepherd.
Sure, Sendish was third on the team in tackles last season with 68, and, yeah, his name is one that usually raises an eyebrow and sticks in your mind. But there’s nothing flashy about what he does on the field. "The thing with Cassius is, he makes a lot of routine plays," Vestal said. "It may be a six-yard tackle, but some people miss that tackle, and it becomes a house call. Cassius does what he’s supposed to do."
After a fantastic preseason, cornerback Tyler Patmon made the final roster with the Dallas Cowboys and safety Bradley McDougald made good on his shot with his second team by being one of the final 53 kept by the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Four years after his brother died, former Kansas and Atlanta Falcons receiver Kerry Meier is on an overseas journey to fulfill a promise. Before he died, Dylan Meier, a former K-State quarterback, was set to spend a year teaching in Korea, one more adventure for a man who thrived on life’s little moments.
How did KU football go from really good to really bad, really fast? The time after Mark Mangino’s departure has been marked by crucial missteps, ego clashes and a power vacuum that has driven the on-field product into the worst four-year stretch in the program’s history.
Just three years after the program’s finest moment, Kansas football was already mired in the worst four-year run the school has ever seen. The two extremes exist to highlight the other, showing how a program goes from really good to really bad, really fast. But as we inspect what went wrong, let’s take a look at seven moments that were once Kansas football — as crazy as it now sounds.
An individual victory from redshirt freshman Grace Morgan as well as team wins from both the KU men's and women's teams highlighted another solid season-opening race for the Kansas cross country teams Saturday morning in the Bob Timmons Dual Classic at Rim Rock Farm.
Kansas upset No. 24 Wake Forest, 4-1, at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon, while also helping head coach Mark Francis reach win No. 200 for his coaching career. KU's 4-0 start to the year is its best since 2009.
The Lady Bisons of the Atlantic Sun Conference, who represent the private Christian school in Nashville, stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to claim their first victory over a ranked team, 17-25, 18-25, 25-14, 26-24, 15-12.
The 22nd-ranked Jayhawks defeated 23rd-ranked Creighton, 3-1, to win the Kansas Invitational on Saturday afternoon in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center, 25-21, 27-25, 17-25, 25-16.