Friday, October 9, 2009

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook


Boot Camp ends

Thoroughly pleased with his players’ effort, Self canceled today’s final Boot Camp conditioning session in the Jayhawks’ new practice facility.

“We’ve been going real hard, probably the hardest I’ve ever had a team do Boot Camp,” Self said following Thursday’s final session of the 2009-10 preseason. “We’ll have a team workout tomorrow, give them the weekend off and next week let them get their legs back under them (leading up to next Friday’s Late Night in the Phog).”

Freshman Jeff Withey, who has been ill this week, will be back in action at individual drills by Monday, Self indicated.

“We all made our (sprint) times. It was a challenge to get there, though,” Self said. “We’ve got some sore bodies right now. I’m sure these guys right now would like to be in hot, cold tubs.”

Of the end of his last Boot Camp, Sherron Collins said: “That was the first thing out of my mouth today when Boot Camp was over: ‘Last one ever.’ It was great, especially the last moments. Knowing I don’t have to get up at 5:30 in the morning again for coach Self is a real big deal. But it’s been great.”

More on Taylor’s car

810 WHB radio Thursday repeated what former KU player Scot Pollard and associate AD Jim Marchiony told the Journal-World, the K.C. radio station and other media outlets Wednesday: The 1997 Chevy Tahoe involved in a non-injury accident last September is owned by KU guard Tyshawn Taylor, not Pollard. Markieff Morris was the driver of the Tahoe, which according to a police report, was registered to Pollard. An insurance policy for Taylor (on the Tahoe) was issued on Aug. 27, the station reported.


KEITHMILES05 10 years, 8 months ago

Gary: Please STOP the reporting of Tyshawn's vehicle. That is his business and nobody elses. Enough is enough. Anybody who has room temp IQ knows 810 messed up big time on this story. It's over. Move on.

murph 10 years, 8 months ago

Wrong, Keith. Because of the nonsense a couple of weeks ago when Tyshawn injured his thumb by "throwing a punch" and then proceeded to show how foolish he is on Facebook, there is extra scrutiny on all behavior by KU men's basketball. Tyshawn was the ringleader in that.

Now, because he didn't tend to business and get the car he bought registered to himself, he has brought suspicion and possibly NCAA scrutiny on not only the University (again) but also on one of the truly good guys who came out of our program, Scot Pollard. Therefore, the mess is not JUST his business.

It has become clear that Tyshawn is trouble, and he keeps finding ways to prove it over and over again. THAT is why it's not "his business and nobody else's." (I fixed your grammar for you.) He needs to grow up, and needs to hurry up about it.

tomike 10 years, 8 months ago

Murph, it is really no of your business. Nobody has any right to say to any other adult "He needs to grow up, and needs to hurry up about it."

patton6 10 years, 8 months ago

Hey now, I think we all know the murph is the undisputed character assessor in these parts. What he says goes.

hogwild 10 years, 8 months ago

Is the coaching staff investigating the two sixteen year old girls in the car with Mr. Morris being out after curfew? Isnt that Contributing to the delinquency of a minor? Where is LJW and 810 sports radio on this story?

KUbsee69 10 years, 8 months ago

Murph ... you obviously have not read and absorbed the facts on this issue. Tyshawn insured the car in August, way before the accident. Registration of the vehicle transfer is not required for 30 days, and it also takes time for the registration to make it into the record database.

Get off of Tyshawn's case and drop the holier than thou attitude.

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 8 months ago

Murph is like so many others who think these athletes personal business is the business of KU. News flash: NO, it is not.

Kenny George 10 years, 8 months ago

Concerning the vehicle. WHY would the athletic department condone any type of transaction between an athlete and an alumni no matter if it was above board? Nothing good can come of this. Now the NCAA, because of this reporting, might just look a little further into this and there is no telling what they may find, such as who paid for the vehicle etc........How does a kid from the streets afford a Tahoe anyway? I know I couldn't afford that in college even if it was a used vehicle. This whole thing just smells funny.........

Chris Shaw 10 years, 8 months ago

Maybe Scot Pollard can turn into KU's own WWW, "World Wide Wes"! That was a joke! Relax people! I love Scot Pollard! He makes me laugh!

KUFan90 10 years, 8 months ago

murph = fail. Worst comment ever. Please find another team to support.

blogthis - I hate to break it to you, but that Tahoe is probably only worth like $3000. "How does a kid from the streets afford a $3K ride?" Another ignorant comment.

Joel Hood 10 years, 8 months ago

Some of you folks really crack me up – you have to be posers trolling for reaction. So, here you go…

Driving a friend’s Tahoe at 1:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning with a couple of high school kids on board does not equate “contributing to the delinquency of minors” – no laws or morals here were broken. If the kids’ parents were upset, why have they not come forward?

Why couldn’t Tyshawn afford a 12-year old used car? Are you saying that Tyshawn’s family hasn’t saved a dime over the past 19 years or couldn’t take out a loan to pay for this? Are you suggesting that basketball player’s family cannot assist them? Do you not know that these kids work basketball camps all summer, legally earning money? The NCAA carefully scrutinizes these camps and participation is also scrutinized.

Why can’t a KU alum sell a car to a player – as long as no pricing favoritism occurs? Scott Pollard repeatedly reported that he went to the KU Compliance office to ensure there was no conflict and that Tyshawn was miffed at the price Pollard had to ask.

And last, how does Markieff’s accident make Tyshawn a bad kid? Yes, let’s throw Tyshawn under the bus because he legally bought a car and someone else had a fender bender with it!

I don’t believe in covering up problems or scandals, but you whiners out there are ridiculous. I don’t worship these kids, but I seriously doubt that any of you whiners have the slightest clue how hard these kids work or how many hoops they jump through to stay in compliance.

KUbsee69 10 years, 8 months ago

hogwild = wildhog = razorback? Maybe = Troublemaker.

JHWK 10 years, 8 months ago

Let's focus on the real news in this article: The guys did well in boot camp, clearly not taking for granted the #1 ranking in the press, but ready for practice and the season!

We have some awesome recruits in town this weekend, and it becomes OUR job as fans to help show them why they should want to be a part of the Jayhawk tradition - because we embrace the players making us proud!

So, time to put the Men's and Women's basketball gear alongside the Football gear, and be glad we have all three to cheer for within the next month!

Rock Chalk!!

Jaminrawk 10 years, 8 months ago

A 1997 Chevy Tahoe is hardly something to freak out about. It's 12-year old vehicle that the compliance office ok'd the sale of. No one from the NCAA has said it was a problem so it has really gone from a non-story to beaten to death non story.

ytf23 10 years, 8 months ago

Does anybody know if Pollard still owns Marvin? It would have been more of a concern if Pollard had sold Marvin to Taylor and then Markieff wrecked it. That car had character and was well known! :)

addlime 10 years, 8 months ago

Blogthis and murph, You are the biggest idots, ever!!! Tyshawn is around 19, and probably carries himself better than you did at that age, despite his recent mistakes. And its a freaking 12 year old car that pollard has been driving. I love pollard, but you know that thing isn't exactly mint. Tyshawn probably overpaid seeing how KBB with a few extras and 150K is about $3200. I definitely could have bought that car with my summer job money when I was his age. And let's not insult his family, which could easily have helped with this. He does have a free ride to a great college. Hope his car is OK!

cstewa04 10 years, 8 months ago

I hope the rest of Jayhawk Nation in and around the KC area take the same action as myself and no longer listen to Kevin Kietzman, WHB 810's "Between The Lines" or support any of his advertisers. His inflammatory remarks to and about Scott Pollard, Markieff Morris, and the Unviersity and continual KU-bashing have pushed me to that end.

Lance Hobson 10 years, 8 months ago

The error in judgement is letting one of the twins drive your car! I'm telling you, trouble surounds those two.

theajayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

I have a hunch that all this drama is going to be good for the KU team. It is like us versus them now. They know all this way go away only if they perform, or people would point to these issues later.

jaybate 10 years, 7 months ago

Again, the key here is not the the noninjury accident, nor the fact that a minor was in the vehicle, nor that Kieff was driving Tyshawn's rig, nor that Tyshawn responsibly insured the rig, nor that Moonman Scott sold the rig to Tyshawn...the big news is how can Tyshawn, or Kieff, afford to feed that gas hog without full time jobs? :-)

jaybate 10 years, 7 months ago

The good news of this story is that Withey is sick. Why good? Well, if Withey is sick now, the rest of the team should all get sick over the next couple of weeks before the season starts and KU should be healthy by the time play starts. Shucks. I'm just a glass half-full kind of guy.

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