- Kansas Basketball -
I get the whole K-State was a desperate team, playing with passion against a heated rival. But they were also a team that just lost to TCU by 15 and Baylor by 27 and had lost seven of its last eight games. If you're a contender, you beat those teams. Home or away. If you're a contender, you don't let those teams grab on to a glimmer of hope that they can get you. If you're a contender, you find a way to win, pretty, ugly or otherwise. (Mr. Ed says: Finally, a Tait article that I fully and completely agree with.)
You'd be hard pressed to find me passing judgment on any athlete who reacted negatively when put in a situation like the one Traylor was in. Sure, you'd like to think that all athletes could see the bigger picture, realize it's just a game, just walk away and all of those other buzz phrases that sound good, but in the heat of the moment that's not so easy to do and Traylor deserves a ton of credit for handling it the right way instead of making things worse.
“It’s been a bad day for Kansas State ... I’m not going to be one to pile on,” KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said Tuesday on the Jayhawk Sports Weekly radio show, his word the last during a day in which KSU AD John Currie apologized to Jayhawk nation in a lengthy statement, the Big 12 indicated it was looking into the matter and KSU police asked fans for help in identifying the student who hit Traylor (mission accomplished as by the end of Tuesday the repentant student wrote a letter of apology to KSU’s student newspaper).
The incident, which included K-State fans bumping into KU players and coaches, KU assistant Kurtis Townsend forcefully restraining a KSU fan from taunting KU players and general chaos and pandemonium, has become a hot topic nationally, as several media outlets have made this latest incident of college-celebrations-gone-wild the focal point for renewed debate on whether there is a place for such scenes in college athletics. (Mr. Ed says: The one good thing coming out of this is at least the nation gets to see the awfulness and nastiness of the KSU fanbase. This includes the "(Eff) KU" chant that could be clearly heard on ESPN during the game.)
A lot has been made of KU's Jamari Traylor getting run into by an unidentified K-State student after the final buzzer. Because of that, I went back and watched every other KU player on the court to see if anyone else had a close encounter.
Nathan Power, the fan who threw an elbow at Kansas forward Jamari Traylor as he was walking off the court after Kansas State's 70-63 victory Monday night, apologized Tuesday in a "letter to the editor" posted online by the KSU school newspaper, The Collegian.
So yes, the tension, the anger of the fan base, was real. Real and palpable. But that doesn't excuse taking a mob mentality as a form of release.
- Kansas Sports -
At 14-1 on the season, KU earned a No. 25 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Poll and is receiving 26 votes, good for No. 26, in the NFCA/USA Today Poll. Last week, Kansas received votes in both major softball polls.
Kansas senior pitcher Alicia Pille was awarded Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 24, as announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon. Pille has earned the league weekly honor three times in her career and for the first time this season.
The Kansas women's golf team shot a third round score of 316 (+28), placing 12th with a team score of 931 (+67) at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans at the English Turn Golf & Country Club Tuesday.
- College Sports -
Dez Wells scored 26 points, and No. 14 Maryland held off fifth-ranked Wisconsin 59-53 Tuesday night, ending the Badgers' 10-game winning streak and ruining their bid to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title.
Trevor Cooney scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, including a pair of baskets 80 seconds apart late in the game that stalled the ninth-ranked Irish as the Orange won 65-60 on Tuesday night.
Anthony Barber scored 15 points, and NC State beat the 15th-ranked Tar Heels 58-46 on Tuesday night, earning its first road win in the series in a dozen years.
Third-leading scorer and senior leader Jonathan Holmes was ejected late in the first half of this game following this retaliatory elbow to West Virginia's Devin Williams. (Mr. Ed says: They both should have been ejected - Williams chucked Holmes first.)
Just to catch everyone up, Art Briles is OK with everything. Well, almost. You probably remember the Baylor coach's blast two months ago when his Bears were left out of the first College Football Playoff. He criticized Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. He questioned the structure of the playoff committee.
- Potpourri -
Anyone who's a fan of subtlety is likely a fan of the new logo that the Cleveland Browns unveiled on Tuesday. Unfortunately for the Browns though, no one on the internet seems to be a fan of subtlety.
That's of course Hanley Ramirez, then of the Dodgers, taking one in the ribs courtesy of Joe Kelly, then of the Cardinals. As it turns out the two are now teammates on the Red Sox. Kelly was dealt to Boston just prior to last season's non-waiver trade deadline, and Ramirez this winter inked a four-year, $88-million free agent contract with the Sox.
Hunched over a keyboard, surrounded by computer monitors, Donny Moore, 37, controls the fate of the National Football League. Its players throw as hard as Moore wants. They run as fast as he says they should. And the stars of America’s most popular sport aren’t always delighted by his judgments.
- Videos of the Day -
Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points last night (on his 20th birthday), and the sequence above—in which he devours one of the best one-on-one players in the league—is just our latest reminder that young Wiggins is probably going to be very good for a very long time.
I'm not 14 anymore, but if I was, attending Wisconsin would no doubt suddenly seem a lot more inviting. Thanks for everything, Mr. Farley.