Happy Friday everyone!
- Kansas Sports -
Big 12 Tourney to stay in Sprint Center; Canadian team to train in Lawrence with Jayhawks before matchups at Sprint Center; Bulls may target Hoiberg
Kansas under 1.5 (+180): Whatever optimism there might have been for the Jayhawks probably died the day of their spring game when it was announced that senior receiver Rodriguez Coleman and sophomore running back Corey Avery had been suspended indefinitely. Then, incumbent QB Michael Cummings blew out his knee during the game for good measure. Even the opener against South Dakota State is no sure thing for KU.
"I just fell in love when I took my first official visit," Marciel said. "It's a drastic change from Hawai'i, but I knew I wanted something different. When I got to Lawrence, I enjoyed it a lot. I liked the town, I liked the people and I liked the campus. It was just the right fit for me. The day before I left to go back home to Hawai'i, I told Coach Price I wanted to be a Jayhawk."
Long bus rides can sometimes result in a slightly tired and slightly grumpy team. Today, however, this was not at all the case. Overwhelming excitement for Barcelona and our beachside hotel was the only thing that followed the five-hour bus ride this early morning.
Four Jayhawks secured their spots at the NCAA Championships in their respective field events, while an additional five KU athletes extended their weekends in Austin by moving on to quarterfinal races on the track.
- College Sports -
Kansas City had bid for all four years that the basketball tournaments was up for grabs, and landed the league’s premier event.
It's not about the zip code. It's about the footprint. If you don't believe us, believe the map. A trio of the biggest, best-traveling hoops fan bases in the circuit -- Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State -- play at campuses within a three-and-a-half hour drive. In Kansas City, the Big 12 tournament becomes Phog East or Hilton South. In OKC, it's that nice building where the NBA's Thunder usually play.
Bowlsby said the penalties could range from fines to the loss of future home games, both of which surely will get the attention of administrators, coaches and even fans throughout the league. According to Big 12 rules, it's the responsibility of the home team, not the league, to protect players and team personnel in the event of a court storming.
"Gus' high-tempo offense, people are reluctant to play it," Jacobs said. "People are reluctant to come into the SEC and play. We'll do whatever is necessary. If it's a neutral site game, a home-and-home, whatever it may be. We want to play the best people we can for our student-athletes and for our fans."
The league announced that every team will have three permanent opponents that they play twice per season. Each team will also play the 10 teams other in the league at least once, with the final two matchups of the 18-game conference season being scheduled on a rotating basis.
- Fred Hoiberg -
He’s turned down close to double-digit opportunities to return to the league as a head coach since taking over the ISU program in 2010. This year, however, the speculation has reached a fever pitch as it’s been widely reported that Hoiberg is the Chicago Bulls’ top choice to replace coach Tom Thibodeau, who fired by the organization Thursday.
Hoiberg spent four years playing for the Bulls and has a close relationship with the front office there, most notably with general manager Gar Forman, who was an assistant at ISU during Hoiberg’s playing days in Ames.
The man who eventually replaces Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State -- under the assumption Hoiberg is the next coach of the Chicago Bulls -- will inherit a preseason top-10 team. And that's a rare thing for a college coach to inherit.
- Pic and Video of the Day -
Northern Illinois has announced the new design it will use at Brigham Field. (Mr. Ed says: I agree with the writer, they should have gone with the Husky design.)
Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang has power, and said power was unleashed at the expense of Ian Kennedy and the Padres on Thursday night.