The Rock Chalkboard
Les Miles met with the media yesterday, but held his cards close to his chest throughout. Miles would not comment on the QB1 race other than saying that MacVittie and Stanley are still the front runners for the job. Miles did indicate that he may not name a starter until gameday.
Benton Smith covers the QB topic as well, and includes some more quotes from the coaches and QBs.
Scott Chasen takes a look at freshman LB Gavin Potter, who said his college decision came down to going someplace where he could play right away.
Kansas coaches think they have their two-deep for the offensive line, but haven’t settled on five starters just yet.
Other highlights from the media session: Kansas may play two centers this year, rotating Api Mane and Andru Tovi, and freshmen TE Mason Fairchild and DT Da’Jon Terry will play “significant football” this fall.
Matt Galloway over at the Topeka Capitol Journal writes about Les Miles’ plan to resuscitate the Kansas football program. It’s full of the typical platitudes, but this quote from Clint Bowen stuck out to me:
“It’s not like he’s trying to figure out what he wants to do. That’s been figured out 20 years ago by him. He’s got his plan, he knows how he wants it to look, how he wants it to go. From Day 1, he came in here and just operated. There’s been very little gray area for players, coaches. It’s black and white how everything is going to operate, so that part has been impressive.”
I think if you’re looking for the primary difference between the current head coach and the last head coach, that’s probably it.
In a different article, Galloway writes that some people who have experienced setbacks similar to what KU WR Daylon Charlot has been through wouldn’t carry the same kind of swagger that he does.
Matt Tait tries to talk you off the ledge if you’re oh-so-upset about Andrea Hudy heading to Texas.
This article over at Burnt Orange Nation makes a rather offhand comment that makes it sound like Hudy reached out to Texas about their vacant strength and conditioning position.
Kansas has introduced a 20% discount on football tickets for state employees. Will Bill Self take advantage? These are the questions the reporters aren’t asking.
If you’re going to be at Koch Arena this afternoon at 3 PM for the volleyball exhibition against Wichita State, well, maybe I’ll see ya there!
Bits O Chalk
Carlton DeBose, the director of Nike’s EYBL, wrote in an email that bidding for top players has reached as much as $100,00. This information is being provided by Michael Avenatti, who himself is caught up in an extortion charge.
CBSSports also wrote about the evidence presented, and in a separate article, notes that ADs are worried about the possibility of jail time as a result of new NCAA legislation.
It was originally reported that ULL football players would be required to donate to their school’s athletic fund, but head coach Billy Napier clarified on Wednesday that it’s being encouraged, not required.
Mack Brown has the folks in Chapel Hill excited for football - so excited that UNC has sold out of season tickets for the first time in a decade.
Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL. He will be able to officially rejoin the Patriots on Sunday and is eligible to play in the regular season.
Yankee manager Aaron Boone thinks MLB should consider implementing a mercy rule.
The president wants to buy Greenland.
Trump also doubled down on his claim that thousands of Massachusetts residents crossed the line into New Hampshire to vote for Hillary during the last presidential election.
A woman who held four black teens at gunpoint was arrested for false imprisonment.
The Iowa State Fair Pork Queen stepped in and helped a sow give birth to a piglet.