The competition gets tougher for the Kansas football team this weekend. On Saturday, the Jayhawks welcome Louisiana Tech to the Hill.
Kansas University's basketball team grew in both size and stature at 4 p.m., Thursday. That's when KU athletic director Lew Perkins received word from the NCAA Clearinghouse that 6-foot-9, 232-pound Markieff Morris, and 6-8, 225-pound Marcus Morris, two featured players in KU's recruiting class of 2008, had been deemed academically eligible to compete at KU as freshmen.
On more than one occasion last Saturday, the Kansas backfield featured a pair of running backs - junior Jake Sharp and junior transfer Jocques Crawford - alongside quarterback Todd Reesing.
It is a testament to the 2006 Cedar Hill (Texas) High football team that receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who would later develop into a freshman all-American honorable mention selection at Kansas University, was not the most highly touted player on the Longhorns' state championship team. That honor went to quarterback William Cole, a nationally known prospect who, before committing to Oklahoma State during a highly publicized signing-day ceremony, was high on the Jayhawks' - and just about everybody else's - wish list.
Wednesday's drizzly weather didn't seem to bother Mangino, who admitted following his team's evening practice that it was probably good to get some work in under less-than-stellar conditions.
Former Kansas University tight end Derek Fine did not have to dump much of his KU gear when he joined the NFL last April. Thanks to the Buffalo Bills selecting him with one of their two fourth-round picks (No. 132 overall), Fine still wears red and blue to work. Through rookie camp, off-season training activities, minicamp and the preseason, the Jayhawk some saw as a longshot to get drafted, has managed to stick with the Bills.