Friday, August 22, 2008

KU to place trees along new practice fields


If Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was concerned about the lack of privacy provided by his team's new practice fields, he now can rest easy.

KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony told the Journal-World on Friday afternoon that 100 pine trees will be planted around the fields in an effort to enhance privacy during team workouts.

"You can say we're doing it for the sake of those who use Mississippi Street so they won't feel like they're disturbing practice if they make noise," Marchiony joked. "Also, it's an effort to assist the campus in going green."

"The real reason," he added, "is just to allow for more privacy during practice with respect to how much can be seen and heard."

The project is set to begin sometime next week, with an expected cost of $90,000 - a sum that will come from the Kansas Athletics budget.

Since the $31 million Anderson Family Football Complex was completed, the public nature of the practice fields has been an issue. Located in an open space at the foot of Campanile hill, the fields are in plain view of anyone in the general vicinity.

The addition of trees - which will be 10 to 20 feet tall and located along Mississippi Street, the north edge of parking lot 91 and the west side of the practice fields - likely will conceal the view of the team's practices.

Friday night, however, Mangino pooh-poohed the idea that he had a problem with the location of the practice fields and the exposure they provided.

"I'm not at all concerned about that stuff," he said during an alumni kickoff rally in Prairie Village. "I think it's a tempest in a teapot. Much ado about nothing."

Mum's the word: Although Mangino said Friday that he has selected starters at two of the team's key positions heading into Saturday's home opener against Florida International - kicker and punt returner - he declined to say who those selections might be.

"We have a couple of guys working there," Mangino said of the punt-returning position, one of the team's weakest areas a season ago. "There's one guy in my mind that will probably be working there."

Perhaps the biggest area of concern, though, is placekicker, which took a substantial hit earlier this week. On Monday, red-shirt freshman Stephen Hoge's father confirmed that his son had transferred from the program, while it was also revealed sophomore Jacob Branstetter could be ineligible due to transfer complications.

"We'll be fine at that position," Mangino said. "I feel good about it. In fact, I think we've improved ourselves (there) in the last three days."

Seriously, mum's the word: A question about the status of Branstetter also wasn't directly addressed Friday, as Mangino declined to get into specifics. Branstetter, who arrived at KU in January of 2007 following a short stint at the Air Force Academy, is petitioning the NCAA's compliance office for clearance to play this season.

"I don't have any information," Mangino said. "Nothing has changed in that department."


nwkshawk 11 years, 9 months ago

I'm sure this is all about distractions, and has nothing to do with potential "espionage," if you will, by other teams.

stravinsky 11 years, 9 months ago

This just in. KU has decided to switch from bluegrass to a heartier fescue. You heard it first on on tonights news, Bill self admits that he tried Wheat State Pizza, and it was "Pretty good."

KGphoto 11 years, 9 months ago

Pine-like trees? Guess Marchiony didn't want to give away any top secret information regarding the exact trees being used to protect our playbook.Always thinking Marchiony. Very diplomatic.

Dan Harris 11 years, 9 months ago

Ryan- could you put a C-note on red 5 for me? I'm feeling it!

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Does this mean that coach Mangino is going to change is favorite mantra?"Keep Growing Wood."?????????????

not_important 11 years, 9 months ago

If the wish was to have a complete football facility at the stadium with practice fields close so we didn't lose time to travel to and from the fields, anybody else have any good ideas where you could have put those practice fields where they wouldn't have been seen? I don't see how you could have ever had a practice field not easy to see considering the entire complex/stadium is at the BOTTOM OF A HILL!!! Somebody was going to see regardless. I guess the building could have been placed where the fields are and vice versa, but that probably wouldn't have been to Coach Mangino's liking either because the building wouldn't have had the great view of the stadium. Pick your poison, kids.You couldn't put the fields in the middle of the hill because the biggest gripe everyone had when this project started was don't mess up the hill too bad.You can complain that something wasn't a good decision, but unless you have an viable alternative, you're not adding anything to the conversation.The bubble is probably the best option, but I'm guessing the University wouldn't be too happy to lose the nice view of the stadium from the Union. Also, we'll probably have to wait until we get somemore cash. I'm guessing the bubble itself probably isn't too expensive in terms of material, but those kids are just going to cook during these summer months if you don't condition it somehow and that will cost. And considering we don't fully know the extent of the Kivisto situation, we may still need cash to finish paying for what we've got.

Ryan2845 11 years, 9 months ago

Seriously, the people at LJWorld need to figure out when and when not to use the "BREAKING NEWS" headline.

killabees 11 years, 9 months ago

Extreme! Trees! Glad you guys ran with this story. But where are the pics?!?!?!

peter56321 11 years, 9 months ago

I always preferred watching practice from the comfort of the union. Since I will still be able to see over the trees, I'm happy.

sevenyearhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

... and about a ton of Miracle-Gro?Maybe Bob Dole can hook the University up with some weapons grade Viagra! :D

KGphoto 11 years, 9 months ago

... "you sure to criticize everyone else's enough".Ooh. Greene. Your deadline spelling sux.

ajs10 11 years, 9 months ago

Those better be some tall trees if they are supposed to block the view from the parking garage...

Rick Arnoldy 11 years, 9 months ago

Whining about the LJW is idiotic. Give it up.

rolo2383 11 years, 9 months ago

I haven't been on the East side of the practice fields but it seems like it butts right up against the street. I can't wait to see these trees poking right thru the middle of Mississippi. J/kI bet it will look just fine. I have no interest in watching their practices so it won't bother me a bit.

kansaspike 11 years, 9 months ago

I'm out here in Oregon....lots of pine trees......I dont' seem to remember them out in Kansas growing up.Maybe there are better ideas for a barrier?Giant beer storage tanks?200 ft balloons of KU All-Americans?

Dan Harris 11 years, 9 months ago

5decade- my 2 yr old whines less then you do. Quit it already or were going to send you to time out!

Nigel Dunham 11 years, 9 months ago

5Decade-You are a total embarassment to KU fans and KU alumni everywhere. 99.9% of your posts prove as much. Sure, we all complain sometimes, but you are a chronic whiner.Get over it. Just because Ryan is a journalist, he can still have an opinion on whatever subject he wishes to post about. Who are you to question that?Anyway, good luck with forging out some semblance of a life, 5Dec.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Tree-planting = P-A-R-A-N-O-I-A -- RGreene=====================Sour grapes from a very unhappy man? He wonders why he wasn't well received in Lawrence?I thought what happened in Vegas STAYED IN VEGAS.Let no happening in Lawrence pass without RG finding a way to spin it in a negative manner. It's like he never left town!It appears he's already given up trying to serve any Vegas readers. (That didn't take long.) He's obsessed with jabbing at people and events here. How long will it be before he messes up that Vegas job too?Good luck writing for your next job after the Vegas Sun RG. Maybe it will be a job that measures up to your abilities?

beenahawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Pines!???? Did someone contact our lil brother over at LGSU and ask if the "needle blight" that is killing every pine in NE Kansas has somehow ended? That's a boatload of $$$$ for trees that may not live past the end of the decade.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Let's list the idiotic factors.Planting trees being listed as breaking sports news is idiotic. Ryan Greene consistently casting about looking for any opportunity to cast Lawrence or KU in a bad light is idiotic.Hiring a raw rookie and handing him the football beat for a top 15 program in the country when he has very limited football knowledge and no local experience is idiotic.Having a raw alum from an arch rival taunt the most loyal customers of a business is an idiotic financial move.Thinking and believing that the new football facilities would open without any problems, no matter how well designed, is idiotic.Reporters crying about deadlines when they chose to enter a career based on deadlines is idiotic.Ryan Greene not being able to move on with his life and continuing to try to bash KU and Lawrence while his story archive at his new job shows that he's only written 3 articles for his new employer in the last 3 weeks is idiotic. Crying about deadlines when you've only written 3 articles in 3 weeks is idiotic.Thinking that KU coaches are paranoid about secrecy when Google News search of "college football closed practice" yields 2,271 articles is idiotic.Reporters thinking that anyone is obligated to give them carte blanche, have stories handed to them on a silver platter, think people are obligated to return their calls, think they should have full access whenever the reporter chooses is idiotic. Thinking that the KU fans want Mangino to allow any representative from an opponent to easily monitor game preparations is idiotic.NOT BEING ABLE TO LAUGH at completely silly decisions by the local paper is idiotic.Writing this idiotic list of idiotic stuff is idiotic too, but it's raining, I don't feel like going out for my morning run, the Olympics haven't started on TV yet today, I'm completely caught up with work, and it's enlightening (and funny) to see the long list of idiotic stuff.

CarterFaucheaux 11 years, 9 months ago

get off the high horse, 5decade. u r beeng a total azzwhole, obviously don't understand journalism very well if you think that reporters can totally avoid being rushed by deadlines by better "time management."

Kent Wells 11 years, 9 months ago

This just in... We go live to Alvamar where we are on the scene for breaking news. Coach Manginos dog has just taken a huge crap in his neighbors yard. Scoops McGee is live. Scoops, can you describe the turd?Yes, I can. It is about 5" around and about 1" high. Slightly brown and steaming. Oh, no, wait a second... I think I see corn. YES! We have corn! Back to the studios.

Drew Bender 11 years, 9 months ago

beenahawk,Out here in Summit County, Colorado we have a major issue with pine beetles... Somebody told me that they only go after "sick" and old trees... Is that sort of thing still happening around KS??? I havnt been home for a while

lance1jhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Ryan - Nice to have you posting. Hope Vegas is treating you well. Don't let 5Decade bother you, He actually bothers everyone.

rolo2383 11 years, 9 months ago

John Wooden helped build Memorial stadium so maybe the next time he swings thru Lawrence he can dig some tree holes.

sdoyel 11 years, 9 months ago

Blame the team of architects... Why wasn't the privacy issue thought of? And more importantly, has Lawrence become THIS boring? I can hardly believe tree planting is considered breaking news.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

I manage my time better than to get pushed to write close to a deadline. The important documents I need to write get finished well before they are needed.What exactly would have been the deadline for this "Breaking News" story?Whenever Doogie got it finished?I challenge you to show evidence of your statement that I criticize everyone's writing. I'm confident you can find plenty of instances of me criticizing Doogie. There's a few of Keegan. Then there is this Greene guy that can't get facts straight. This time I believe you knew you were writing something untrue. There is a name for people that knowing say things that are false.The Las Vegas Sun must be very proud to employ such stellar writers of such high integrity.

100 11 years, 9 months ago

I have an idea, regarding these $90,000 trees... If the press is gonna be involved in this kinda cheesy story, ku may as well make the best of it and go all out, have a little fun with it and get some positive national exposure while you're at it. First the facts:1. john wooden seriously helped pour concrete for memorial stadium: That's right, the football stadium we sit in was poured by a guy who has 10 NCAA championships... In basketball. He was on campus to get to know Phog and Doc Naismith, and landed a pretty good summer job for a young guy whose dad was having a hard time getting work with the depressed Indiana economy. 2. The money for that stadium would have never been gathered if it wasn't for Phog (AD and basketball coach at time) taking the football coaching job for a year with the help of Naismith (professor at time), and pushing a mediocre ku team to tie Nebraska, which caused the drive to get money for Memorial. 3. Naismith, the inventor of the football helmet and forward pass in football, believe it or not, coached football at KU before basketball. In fact, it was THE way Naismith showed up on campus. Amos Alonzo Stagg, a great friend and one of the greatest football coaches of all time, sent Naismith a telegram letting him know about the job opening in Lawrence: the person needed to be a professor, the AD, a medical Doctor, and a football coach. Luckilly Naismith fit the bill for all of these, and he even gave daily devotionals as a bonus. But he would have never found out about this job had the previous football coach left town unexpectedly, which allowed Stagg to get contacted about this job opening, which yielded us the golden ticket: Naismith. 4. With all these ties between the bball history and football team, Bill Self should get his guys out there to plant those trees: would be a nice way to get ESPN on campus during the off season of a national championship season, and continue the rather amazing historical ties between these two programs..

Kevin Holt 11 years, 9 months ago

Writing "articles" in the COMMENTS section isn't too far from idiotic either. I enjoy your opinions 5Decade, but sometimes less is more.

Chicago_JHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

This is hilarious. No one figured out that building open practice fields next to city streets wouldn't be private? Amazing.

Jeff Worthington 11 years, 9 months ago

BREAKING NEWSMy lawn is getting brown, so it could use some rain. Just thought I would report that before beat me to it.

rockchalkblock 11 years, 9 months ago

jhwkfan162515, Im sure your dislike for the going green Movement is becuase your wasteful habbits are no longer "cool" amoung your peers, if you actuly want the best for the future of your kids, grandkids and great grandkids Im sure you would see the bigger picture and would not think it was not so stupid to increase the quality of life for them and yourself

Kent Wells 11 years, 9 months ago

AWESOME JayViking!!! He shoots he scores! Unfortunately, -2 points for knowing prog rock...

NH_JHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Oh, thank God this finally got resolved. I've been losing a lot of sleep at night worrying about it. Now maybe those panick attacks I've been having will stop too. And if you ask me...the next thing that needs IMMEDIATE attention are the weeds growing in the lawn near Potter Lake.

JayViking 11 years, 9 months ago

Maybe Rush can come help plant them.:)

rgreene 11 years, 9 months ago

5Decade, I'd love to see your deadline writing. Because, man, you sure to criticize everyone else's enough.

joedavis 11 years, 9 months ago

You guys are being really idiotic. The fact that KU's football team WAS NOT using the 31 million dollar facilities because of this issue IS a problem, and this is the solution.It's not lazy journalism at all. In fact, it's pretty proactive because THERE WASN'T A PRESS RELEASE. He asked Jim Marchiony what they were doing about it.

NH_JHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

BREAKING NEWSI just got off the phone with Jim Marchiony and it looks like the KUAD is going to spend an additional $80,000 on a few bags of Scotts Turfbuilder with weed control. Hooray! Potter Lake will be saved from certain doom and the world will not end after all....

rolo2383 11 years, 9 months ago

A dome won't work for the practice facility. That will take away from practicing out in the elements. Someone mentioned raising a screen of some sort on days when they want to block the view of practice. This would be like stadiums raising a net behind the field goal posts to keep the ball from flying into the stands. This would work and probably be easy to do.Sorry 5decade but I can't read your posts anymore. Everyone whines about stuff but you constantly whine. Until you can find something positive to say about anything I'm done reading what you have to say. Life is too short to always look at the negative side of things. I know you don't care if I read your posts or not but thought I would share.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

I've had my share of fun bagging on Doogie. It's only fair that I give everyone else a crack at him. Of course, this pretty much confirms that many people see his writing as shallow, not just me.I must admit that he wrote this particular article better than most of his submissions. He went beyond the press release. He got respectable quotes. He didn't use statistics as a crutch. He informed us about something new. The kid is improving. He's not as lazy as he once was. Gotta hand it to him.Maybe Doogie has finally found his calling? He may not know football, but he knows about trees!Does the The Stihl Timber Sports Series have a magazine he could write for? He'd be a natural!

Lance Hobson 11 years, 9 months ago

I hope they don't block the view of campus from the stadium.

Kent Wells 11 years, 9 months ago

Now I can sleep tonight. Stop worrying if the twins are going to be eligible or not, THEY ARE PLANTING TREES. YIPPY YAHOO!SLOW NEWS DAY???There is unrest in the forest,There is trouble with the trees,For the maples want more sunlightAnd the oaks ignore their pleas.There is trouble in the forest,And the creatures all have fled,As the maples scream "Oppression!"And the oaks just shake their heads

KGphoto 11 years, 9 months ago

Honestly, you're right Decade. That was a massive post on pine-like trees. The posters are complaining about the content, and yet they contribute, in force, to a non story.If you are all so upset by the content, then go get your own life and quit bashing a publication that covers a small town in Kansas. Greene, you're resembling less a journalist, and more an average poster. What gives?

thiknthinhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

If this story doesn't interest you, or if any don't for that matter- don't read it! As a former media major, I remember well having to still put out the product. It's not easy- but it is easy to sit on the sideline and have crappy things to say- doesn't take much talent to be critical. Leave well enough alone! When there's no news, the guys are left with having to report stuff like this. It makes them easy targets, unfortunately.

meremy 11 years, 9 months ago

That, my friends, is a strawman tactic at its best, or worst really. Exaggerate your opponent's position to a point where it is ridiculous or unreasonable. Totally solves the problem of having to defend your own position or actually make an honest argument. tsk, tsk. On the other hand, he really issued one heck of a spelling beat down.

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