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Oklahoma State, which excels at pressuring the quarterback (more on that to come), has held four of its last five opponents under 200 yards passing. Kansas State got more than 200, but just barely — 207 — on Oct. 3. No such luck for Central Arkansas, Texas-San Antonio, Texas and West Virginia.
Neal, who finished last week with one tackle and a forced fumble in his first full game on defense, said his competitive nature made him capable of playing both positions. While he has yet to put himself in the conversation with former KU two-way standouts Charles Gordon and Aqib Talib, Neal believes he has what it takes to continue to take snaps on offense and defense the rest of his career.
The Jayhawks (0-6) gave a potent Texas Tech team all it could handle last week in Lawrence before losing 30-20. KU's young squad battled out of a 20-0 halftime hole and narrowed the gap to 23-20 before losing. It's still a loss, but having gotten to observe the young Jayhawks up close while doing the game for FS1, I was impressed by how hard the team played, showing all sorts of grit and energy while down 20 and capitalizing on any little thing that could possibly be construed as having gone their way.
KU’s players also understand the ramifications of a win in Austin: 20-0, first place in the Big 12, the end of a 22-match losing streak, validation nationally, etc. Bechard told the Jayhawks after Wednesday’s home victory over Oklahoma they just need to keep playing their hearts out, like they have the first 19 matches of the season.
No. 7 Kansas (19-0, 7-0 Big 12) visits No. 2 Texas on Friday night (8 p.m. CT, LHN) in the first Big 12 Conference top-10 matchup since 2010. The undefeated Jayhawks bring one of the best offenses in the nation -- ranking first in hitting percentage and second in kills per set -- to Austin while looking to snap a 22-match losing streak in the series against the Longhorns (17-1, 7-0).
Approximately 450 women, including many cancer survivors, got a taste of what it is to be a Jayhawk at the sixth annual "Ladies Night Out" hosted by the Kansas men's basketball team. The yearly sold out event benefits Jayhawks for a Cure with all proceeds donated to Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) and the KU Cancer Center in an effort to fund cancer research.
"Tonight we had a great time hanging out with students and promoting our meet," junior breaststroker Gretchen Pocisk said. "We haven't ever done anything like this and I think it will help get a lot of fans to come. We're really excited for our season and I feel like everyone that walked past Mrs. E's today figured that out."
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The Big 12 Conference has announced it will reinstate its softball championship beginning with the 2017 season. Last held in 2010, the postseason tournament will return to Oklahoma City in a two-day event, May 12 - 13. The Oklahoma City All Sports Association will partner with the Conference to host the championship.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino wrote a post on his website on Thursday morning. In it, he apologizes to Louisville fans and states that he will not resign.
Earlier this week, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez went off on a rant about his team being forced to begin its games late every week. The Pac-12's commissioner says there's nothing he can do about it.
The Commercial Dispatch's Scott Walters detailed trash cans being thrown, players running everywhere and a melee that lasted "at least five minutes." EMCC coach Buddy Stephens said the whole ordeal started before the game with "one of our managers getting five stitches," reportedly from an attack by an opposing player.
CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein talked with Izzo about last year's turnaround, Eron Harris, and how this year's Big Ten stacks up against the best Izzo has seen during his two decades as head coach in East Lansing.
"To me, we're not selling out every home game," said Herman on his radio show. "I would ask why? What more do you need to see? You need better product on the field or more exciting games? I'm confused when I ask Cougar Nation why are you not at every home game? I get some really blank stares sometimes because the answer is ‘Coach, I don't have a reason.' There isn't a good reason.”
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"I guess I have to prove that I can pitch at this point in the season in the playoffs," Price said at a press conference at Kauffman Stadium before an informal team workout. "I get that. But I don't have to go out there and prove that I'm a good pitcher. I think I've done that over the seven years of my career.
"It's literally meant to be, 'Come to London, come to the pub, we're buying the beers,'" Donovan said. "Of all the people I've talked to, and I've talked to CEO levels who are going with clients, to season-ticket holders at training camp, and they've wanted to know the plans for people who are going to be there. And I've told them, 'I'm buying you a beer, so come see me.'"
Dwayne Bowe has turned into an expensive benchwarmer for the Browns.