OK, after a slow day yesterday, lots of good stuff today.
The Rock Chalkboard
I don’t know where all these scholarships are coming from, but KU just picked up its 24th member of the 2020 football recruiting class in DE Chris Jones out of Florida. Jones gave Kansas his verbal over Florida State, Minnesota, and Central Florida. He also held scholarship offers from Nebraska, Penn State, NC State, West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, Pitt, and Syracuse, as well as a bunch of G5 offers as well.
His uncle, Thad Rawls, played under Glen Mason for KU in the 1990s, so there is a connection there already. But back to my original point - where are all the scholarships coming from? Weren’t we told when Miles took over that the first couple of classes would be in the 15-18 range in terms of total numbers? This is crazy. Or maybe I just misunderstood and that was only for the 2019 class.
Les Miles breaks down Saturday’s scrimmage. He talks about MacVittie/Miles/Locklin at QB, praised his RBs Pooka/Herbert/Dom Williams/Velton Gardner, and also specifically mentioned LBs Gavin Potter and Dru Prox. Miles also noted that CB Corione Harris was “nicked up” and didn’t participate, but didn’t elaborate any further.
Tis the season for position changes... Azur Kamara has moved from DE to OLB and has drawn rave reviews from his coaches so far in fall camp. Additionally, Kyron Johnson has bulked up for his move from OLB to ILB while working to not lose any speed or explosiveness. And, local product Sam Burt out of Abilene is up to 300 lbs and has made a move from DE to DT while looking for more PT.
Before the KU alumni team was eliminated in “The Basketball Tournament,” Bill Self outlined an idea for a training camp for former players.
Russell Robinson takes a trip down memory lane when asked what moments in his college career stand out.
I missed this a couple of weeks ago, but SB Nation dropped Big 12 basketball predictions for the 2019-20 season.
Bits O Chalk
A new report from the Aspen Institute and Utah State University says that kids participating in sports is down from a decade ago, and ESPN blames the cost of activities as the primary reason why.
Five years after Odell Beckham’s famous one-handed catch, the phenomenon has spread across college football.
Art Briles is back coaching high school football in Texas, and won’t be talking about Baylor anytime soon.
Count UConn’s Randy Edsall in as the latest person to say something along the lines of “paying college football players is inevitable.”
25 years ago today, MLB players went on strike. Tim Kirkjian takes you back to that time with a variety of quotes from all kinds of different people involved on both sides.
The Baltimore Orioles just pulled off the biggest money-line upset in MLB since 2005.
Did Southwest Airlines share a passenger’s personal information on Twitter?
The autopsy on Jeffrey Epstein is complete but cause of death awaits “further information.” What?
The FBI doesn’t typically investigate deaths in the Bureau of Prisons but is investigating this one due to its high-profile nature.
That moment when the Clinton, Trump, and British Royal Family assassins all ran into each other in Epstein’s cell.
VACCINATE YOUR KIDS. Come on, people.