Friday, April 27, 2007

Jayhawks finalize 2008 schedule


Kansas University has finished up its scheduling for the 2008 football season, assuring the Jayhawks of seven games at Memorial Stadium once again.

Kansas will have four Big 12 Conference games at Memorial Stadium in '08, and three of its four nonconference games.

That's the same total as the upcoming 2007 season, but a different path - this fall's slate will have four nonconference games and three Big 12 games in Lawrence.

For 2008, Kansas will start with nonconference games against Florida International and Louisiana Tech at Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks then will travel to Tampa, Fla., to play South Florida, before returning to Lawrence and finishing the nonconference season with NCAA Division I-AA Sam Houston State.

The 2008 conference schedule then will have four games at Memorial Stadium, including Texas Tech, Texas, Colorado and Kansas State.

In addition, a 2008 game originally scheduled to be played at Missouri will instead be played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., as part of the already-publicized two-game agreement at Arrowhead between the Border War rivals. The first game of that deal - originally a Kansas home game - will take place Nov. 24 of this year.

KU's three nonconference home games in 2008 are guaranteed games, meaning the contract doesn't call for the Jayhawks playing those opponents on the road in the future. The South Florida game will conclude a home-and-home contract. USF played KU in Lawrence last year.

For beyond 2008, Kansas still has several vacancies in its nonconference schedule, though deals have been struck with Duke (2009-10) and Rice (2010-13).

¢ Draft upcoming: The NFL Draft starts Saturday in New York, and by the end of the weekend hundreds of college players will have their immediate futures mapped out.

That's expected to include at least two Jayhawks - running back Jon Cornish and defensive end Rodney Allen. Cornish is a possible late-round draft pick, though both are expected to at least sign undrafted free-agent deals Sunday evening.

Other possibilities to get free-agent offers include defensive tackle Wayne Wilder and wide receiver Brian Murph.

¢ Lamb honored: Former KU wide receiver Johnathan Lamb was named to the National Football Foundation's inaugural National Honor Society.

A total of 345 players were honored, with the requirements being significant contributions on the field, a 3.2 or higher grade point average and completion of NCAA-mandated progress toward a degree.

Lamb, who played the 2006 season already having earned a bachelor's degree, was KU's top punt-return specialist and caught 14 passes for 216 yards.

¢ Ex-Jayhawks update: Former KU linebacker Nick Reid currently is in Germany playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe.

Reid was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs and allocated to the Galaxy earlier this year. He's listed atop the Galaxy's depth chart at outside linebacker, and is third on the team with 12 tackles after two games.

Another former Jayhawk, wide receiver Leo Bookman, was released by the Oakland Raiders this week after spending last season on their practice squad.


William James 14 years, 6 months ago

Alright, Louisiana Tech and Florida International. Nice to see some new faces coming to Lawrence. I am excited about the game in Tampa though.

bmcmich1 14 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, I know--you look at the non-con and go "wow, some stiff competition there..." BUT, when you see who we've got coming in from the BXII, you've got to say "wow, glad we had some softies before the brutality starts." You're right, though, the game at Raymond James will be awesome. USF is a quality football team, and they play really inspired ball at home--I watched them play Rutgers at home last year and was very impressed--should prepare us well for conf. play.

Tad Shurtz 14 years, 6 months ago

Good to hear Reid's doing well in Europe.

sevenyearhawk 14 years, 6 months ago

Duke & Rice good ... La Tech (Terry Bradshaw's alma mater) not bad ...

that'd be cool if we could get Bradshaw to come to Memorial Stadium, but if didn't bother to show up at Super Bowl 40 (one of two living MVPs to no-show, Montana the other) don't hold your breath ...

FIU - HORRIBLE, they're bad, no fan base, gimme a break! we need some opponents that will help the pocketbook as well as the team.

North Texas, their fans might make the roadie; Mo State - same possibility, or get a rotation going with Tulsa.

I cannot believe that Lew doesn't want more butts in the seats - other than red & blue feathered ones!

After Duke, come on - who wouldn't love to see Indiana or Kentucky come to Memorial Stadium, if only for the name value!

USF is fairly impressive, I lived in Tampa/St Pete from 2001 to 2004. My family is actually planning on going to that game, it'll be the first trip back to our adopted home. We're going to show my young daughter where she was born - at a hospital less than one mile from Tropicana Field - Go Rays!!! RayJay is a great facility, but Arrowhead has better atmosphere - hands down!

I worked for the St Pete Times and knew a lot of Bulls alumni. It should be noted - current Va Tech hoops coach Seth Greenburg was previously at USF (he struggled there) and was the Long Beach St coach when they beat the Jayhawks (led by Our Former Coach) in AFH!

William James 14 years, 6 months ago

Yea, your right about the need to play a few cupcakes in 2008 because of the conference schedule. But it would be nice if we could play somebody we havent played in a while. Duke for example should be neat, hopefully that is a 1 and 1. I guess Im just tired of beating up on the same crap teams every year. It would of been ideal if we could of played at USF in 2007 instead of 08 to balance out the two schedules a litttle bit, either way though Im excited about that one.

JBurtin 14 years, 6 months ago

Often people on this site go to great pains to make sure that everything Mangino does here is compared with what Bill Snyder did at K-State in the nineties. A big part of Snyder's success at K-State was that he realized that the big twelve was strong enough that he didn't need to schedule a ton of potential losses in the non-con season to have a good strength of schedule. While the ESPN spundits always gave him crap about it, the strategy landed him in relevant bowl games several years in a row. Going to bowl games has a very positive effect on recruiting and an incredible effect on fan morale.

In short, I'd much rather play a team that is a near sure win than do something stupid like running off and playing a road game at Auburn early in the year or inviting Louisville to your stadium to trounce you like the idiot currently in charge at K-State is doing.

Some variety wouldn't break my heart, but I love the strategy and playing that strategy will mean that sometimes we will have to take games from the mid-major teams that are willing to come to our house for a beating for the smallest sum of money.

William James 14 years, 6 months ago

The Devil Rays arent any more talented than the Royals but at least they dont fly the Mizzou flag at Tropicana Stadium. I'll be at the game in Tampa also as well as the game in College Station this year. We might have to get together sevenyear. Ive got a few people together for the game in College Station but Im gonna be going solo to Tampa more than likely. I completely agree with you JBurtin. Id rather just skip a butt whoopin by Auburn and get one game closer to bowl eligibility with some cupcake. It just seems like we recycle the same 6 or 7 cupcakes every couple of years.

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