The second-half curse is gone. Kansas University's football team had lost leads after intermission in its past three games, falling in each contest. The Jayhawks lost another lead in the third quarter Saturday against the rival Kansas State Wildcats, but came back with 14 straight points in a 31-28 victory -- KU's first against KSU in 11 years.
Closing the chasm started long ago for Mark Mangino and his Kansas University football coaching staff. Often, the hard work wasn't anywhere near a football field. As the Jayhawks prepare for the showdown with Kansas State at 6:20 p.m. today, the KU campus is buzzing with optimism, hoping for the best, and -- for once -- not expecting the worst.
It seems like an easy game plan for the Kansas University football team: just stop the little 5-foot-7, 180-pound guy who's holding the football, and know that doing so takes a lot of swagger out of Kansas State's offense today. No problem, right? Ha.
Let's face it. In a year when the difference between a 2-3 record and a 5-0 record comes down to a safety, shanked field goals and a freakishly impotent offense, little things are making a huge difference for the Kansas University football team. It's midseason. Jayhawk fans are getting desperate. It's time to solicit smashmouth football advice from an interior designer.
For the third straight time, Kansas University's soccer team has gone into Missouri's Walton Complex and come home a winner against the Tigers.
Kansas University's struggling volleyball team will try to snap its four-game losing skid when it meets Colorado at 8 tonight at the Coors Events Center.
It's T-minus six days and counting for the start of the college basketball season.
The Jayhawks want to end their losing streak against the Wildcats.
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino knows he has no wide receivers with hands made of stone. So despite the excessive amount of Adam Barmann passes last week that clunked off receivers' hands, the third-year coach realizes that the problem is concentration, not talent.
On the subject of lousy public relations, I'll never stop despising professional athletic outfits. They let colleges train and prepare people for their programs but are horribly remiss about citing the sources that give them the best farm systems in existence -- with virtually no investment.
As Lew Perkins and company continue to seek donations and other financial assistance to boost the financial profile of the Kansas University Athletics Department, a former KU quarterback's agency appeared poised this week to come to the rescue.