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KU's 41-3 loss against Duke last week started an uproar online and in social media. One example was the SB Nation blog Rock Chalk Talk, which ran a blog post Tuesday entitled, "Who should be Kansas' next football coach?"
Kansas would have to eat the final two years of Weis' contract (worth a total of $5 million), as well as install an interim coach the rest of the season. The alternative may be losing ground -- to SMU and perhaps more schools -- for access to a young, talented pool of young, upwardly mobile assistants ready to take the next step.
“In the past we’ve had a lack of talent,” defensive tackle Keon Stowers said. “Now we have talent. We get so caught up in saying this year is different than last year, what it all comes down to is players are going to have to make plays.” Tight end Jimmay Mundine also quickly dismissed the notion that things hadn’t changed around Kansas football. Duke was problematic, sure. But the Jayhawks saw evident solutions.
After being torched on a handful of big plays in a loss to Duke, the Kansas football team is going back to the drawing board before a matchup with Central Michigan on Saturday.
Kansas QB Montell Cozart: It's a gut-check week for Cozart, who completed just 11 of 27 passes against Duke, couldn't get the ball to Nick Harwell and looked far too nervous under pressure. Charlie Weis' staff is committed to making this work with Cozart, but you can't get the yips in a big game like that. He needs this Central Michigan game to be his bounce-back performance.
“I expect Montell to play very well this week,” Weis said when asked if Cozart was on a "short leash" earlier this week. “If you're asking me will I have Cummings ready to go if things don't go well, I'll have Cummings ready to go if things don't go well.
Kansas senior cornerback/kick returner JaCorey Shepherd was named one of 30 candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award Thursday afternoon. Shepherd, a native of Mesquite, Texas, is the first Jayhawk tabbed as a candidate since Darrell Stuckey in 2009, and one of five players representing the Big 12 Conference.
Kansas University football players Justin McCay, Tony Pierson, Michael Reynolds and Jimmay Mundine talk about the disappointing loss the Jayhawks went through at Duke, and how they can move on.
Take the Duke game alone. In that one, the Kansas defense was on the field for 77 snaps. Stowers played 47 of those. And of those 47 snaps, he was double-teamed by two Duke offensive linemen 27 times, that's more than half of the plays.
“I’ve got great mojo going against anybody,” said Harwell on Wednesday, not deterred one bit by last week’s two-catch, nine-yard afternoon in a 41-3 loss at Duke that, according to KU coach Charlie Weis, was more a product of the Jayhawks’ poor quarterback play than Duke’s defense.
Why Central Michigan will keep it close: I thought I could talk myself into taking CMU in this game, but top running back Thomas Rawls, a Michigan transfer, is suspended indefinitely. Without him, the Chippewas have one brutal offense. Still think this will be close, though, because Duke exposed a bunch of issues and I'm just not sure how KU will respond.
Kansas, which hasn't won more than three games since 2009, has had a rough start to the 2014 campaign, the third under head coach Charlie Weis. The Jayhawks barely survived against FCS foes Southeast Missouri in the opener before suffering a 41-3 shellacking at Duke last weekend.
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The agony of Kansas University Basketball Boot Camp 2014 is being captured daily by junior forward/unofficial team photographer Jamari Traylor, who has been posting “Dead Man of the Day” pictures on his Instagram account following 6-7 a.m. conditioning drills in Allen Fieldhouse.
Sophomore guard Wayne Selden Jr. is a veteran now as the Jayhawks try to reload again under Bill Self.
North Texas, Cleveland State, and Arkansas round out the field.
Junior Liana Salazar and senior Ali Kimura took different paths to Kansas. But they have both been critical in the rise of the KU women’s soccer team to the best start in school history. The Jayhawks, 8-0, are ranked 16th in the latest soccer coaches’ poll, and will attempt to stay perfect at Marquette, 2-5-1, on Friday.
The Jayhawks aren't just undefeated, but they're clearly a top 20 program this season. It's safe to say that this was not an expected development, as Kansas was picked to finish sixth in the nine team Big 12 (insert joke here) in the preseason coaches' voting. The Jayhawks got a major boost in their rankings when they knocked off #24 Wake Forest in Lawrence, KS, back on August 31. The other thing working in their favor is that they've only given up four goals all season, and they're currently working on a stretch of nearly 280 minutes without allowing a goal.
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Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt abruptly resigned Thursday after sources told ESPN.com that the coach was suspected of being under the influence of an unknown substance while on campus.
"We had a record amount of rainfall in a short period of time, (measured at 7-10 inches) which also caused Midnight Yell practice to be cancelled as well," Moore said in an e-mail. "That was an extraordinary event that damaged the new soil and root system." Moore called the downpour a "unique event" and the timing of it "especially harmful."
When Team USA goes to the U.S. Military Academy to practice on its pre-tournament tour, guess what the stories are: Krzyzewski returns to his West Point roots. There's Coach K with the cadets. There's Coach K in the mess hall. There's Coach K teaching those rich NBA players about sacrifice and selflessness. People call Calipari the greatest self-promoting coach of his time, but Krzyzewski doesn't get nearly the credit due him. USA Basketball is a machine with its tentacles deep into every level of basketball, and Krzyzewski taps into every element.
Krzyzewski said that in nine years as head coach of the senior national team, he's spoken to the under-19 team twice, including once last year. Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow, who played on that under-19 team, are now Duke freshmen and part of the Blue Devils' No. 1-ranked class by RecruitingNation. It's the first No. 1 class Krzyzewski has had since becoming the Team USA coach.
That's because this scud missile of a piece, written by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday night, has created interesting collateral damage and a lot of discussion over Coach K's role as Team USA guru.
This is yet another story in a chain that won’t die driven by Adrian Wojnarowski’s article suggesting Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is the major beneficiary of Team USA.
The letter written by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said the senators have grown “increasingly frustrated with the lack of meaningful progress by the NCAA and its member institutions.” The senators asked the presidents to answer 21 questions on various topics ranging from multiyear scholarships to campus violence.
Florida International was host something called "RAID Games" over the weekend, and with all that obnoxious positive energy and cult-like gusto for neo-hardcore workouts, the people and machines brought in for the contest led to noticeable destruction of the basketball/volleyball playing surface.
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To be fair, the Royals haven't made the playoffs since 1985, four years before Tim Berners-Lee proposed the World Wide Web. The franchise does not have a lot of experience selling playoff tickets online.
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As sports-related exercises in cross-pollination go, this has been a fine one. Well done, Mud Hens.
Yup, you’re not seeing things. CNN’s map of domestic violence incidents in the NFL identifies the Arizona Cardinals using the St. Louis Cardinals logo.
Ovechkin clearly thinks they’re using ratings from five years ago.