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“The trajectory and how we are training them and how they are progressing in practice needs to carry over to the football field,” Beaty said 15 days after naming sophomore Ryan Willis KU’s new starting quarterback. “And, hey, at the end of the day, that's my job as a coach to be able to make that things carry over to the field. So I've got to continue to do the things that I've got to do to make sure that it's working for them as they pass it onto the field. Sometimes that's just motivating guys in different ways to really pay attention to details.”
“I love his development and his attitude of wanting to perfect his technique, but also his command of the offense,” Hull said. “I can’t wait to see how he turns out within the next year.”
Said Beaty: “You know how those hamstrings are, man. They're not done being healed until they're healed. You feel like they're about to pull the entire time and all the sudden you're fine and you don't feel it anymore, and he's just not to that point yet.”
Against FBS opponents, Kansas averages four giveaways per game to lead the nation. Bowling Green is second to last at 2.8 turnovers per game and Iowa State’s two per game is the next closest in the Big 12.
Even though things appear to be as clear as ever in terms of team chemistry and KU’s rotation, Self pointed out recently that plugging Carlton Bragg Jr. and Josh Jackson into the starting spots vacated by Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden will not automatically put the Jayhawks on cruise control.
Vick is battling several Jayhawks for playing time on the perimeter. Josh Jackson is expected to join Frank Mason and Devonté Graham in a three-guard starting lineup with Carlton Bragg and Landen Lucas manning the frontcourt. Vick and Svi Mykhailiuk are expected to provide firepower off the bench at guard.
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Even though the Big 12 announced that its decision not to expand was unanimous, sources told ESPN on Tuesday there were schools that ultimately agreed to go along with the plan when it became obvious the conference would not reach the supermajority needed to expand.
Happy with 10 members, content with its current financial haul and closer than ever to having all of its ducks in a row, the Big 12 should let the rest of its business operate on cruise control for a while and spend the bulk of its time striving to become the conference that figures out what’s next for college athletics in the ever-changing world of technology, be that something as simple as utilizing Netflix, Hulu and streaming to replace the major networks or something more profound that nobody has even thought about or perhaps even developed yet.
"The Big 12 exists because we have Texas and Oklahoma in the room. If we take Texas and Oklahoma out of the room, we're the Mountain West Conference, and we're getting $3 million [per year in TV revenue]."
It was a waste of time and energy and will be, for a moment, embarrassing, but in the end the Big 12 Conference’s decision to not expand its membership was a wise one. Now the question is whether it’s smart enough to take an even more sage path and push for something that can help hold the league together – a guaranteed automatic bid to an expanded college football playoff.
"The Big 12 owes a lot of people an apology. It punted on expansion and shanked its future. Houston deserved better."
No conference dodged a bullet from the Big 12's decision to not expand quite like the American Athletic Conference.
- High School Sports -
Panthers become the third team in high school football history to win 100 games in a row.
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Kansas finished No. 2 in last year's Bottom 25 race, and it finds itself back in familiar territory. Can the Jayhawks finish the job this year? I don't know, but if they keep losing by 42 points every week, they got a shot.
The 6’10, 263-pound big man has a combination of skill, strength, and polish rarely found in 17-year-olds. It’s why he’s the third-rated player in the country by ESPN. Just about everything else with Carter is unconventional, including his college choice.
With the long-anticipated demise of Darrell Hazell at Purdue, The Dash checked in with some sources and has pieced together an updated look at the national landscape.
The Big 12 is in a bit of a year of transition, but one things remains the same as it ever has: Kansas is the class of the conference.
- Professional Sports -
The Toronto Blue Jays staved off elimination on Tuesday, defeating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Blue Jays survived thanks to a strong start from Aaron Sanchez and some timely hitting, including a home run by Josh Donaldson and a two-run single by Edwin Encarnacion.
Thanks to an 18-inning scoreless streak, the heavily favored Cubs are down 2-1 to the Dodgers in the best-of-seven NLCS. Los Angeles won Game 3 on Tuesday night (LAD 6, CHC 0).
A court in Ontario is hearing arguments today on an attempt to bar the Cleveland Indians from using their team name and Chief Wahoo logo during tonight’s playoff game in Toronto.