Monday, March 29, 2010

Taylor gives documentary thumbs up

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor soars in for a bucket around California forward Jamal Boykin during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor soars in for a bucket around California forward Jamal Boykin during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas University sophomore basketball guard Tyshawn Taylor, who is featured in the documentary film, “The Street Stops Here,” was able to view an advance copy of the 90-minute movie.

“I liked it,” Taylor said of the piece on his alma mater — St. Anthony High School of Jersey City, N.J.

It will air at 9 p.m. Wednesday on PBS.

“I think they did a good job of showing coach (Bob) Hurley and who he really is. I think it did a good job showing our struggles and things we go through at that school. I think it was good, and I hope they can make lots of money off it (through DVD sales),” Taylor added.

“The Street Stops Here,” is billed by Team Works Media “as a portrait of one of the country’s best high school basketball coaches, Bob Hurley, Sr., and his career-long struggle to inspire and motivate those around him in order to keep open the doors of a poor, inner-city Catholic school.”

The film chronicles the 2008 season in which Taylor and five other future Div. I players competed for St. Anthony — which went 32-0 and won USA Today’s mythical national championship.

“This is a story about teenagers fighting their way out of the ’hood, armed with little more than a basketball and the hard wisdom of a fierce, demanding coach,” Team Works Media added in its promo.

Job openings

It appears KU graduate Mark Turgeon will remain coach at Texas A&M.; Turgeon, who was listed as a candidate for the Oregon opening, will be offered a new contract that includes a raise of more than $250,000, according to It will bump Turgeon’s yearly salary to more than $1.5 million per annum. ... Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says Charlotte is “targeting KU assistant Joe Dooley to replace Bobby Lutz” as 49ers coach. He says other candidates include Texas assistant Russell Springmann and Xavier assistant Pat Kelsey. The Charlotte Observer has mentioned Dooley, Kelsey, Florida assistant Larry Shyatt, former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried and former Wake Forest coach Dave Odom.


Ben Kane 10 years, 2 months ago

mental note.. set up DVR for PBS wednesday night.

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 2 months ago

looking forward to seeing that story. everybody plays high school ball to peek in on a premier program, (and a future Jayhawk) will be interesting.

bradynsdad 10 years, 2 months ago

i am excited about this show. i am actually in the middle of reading the miracle of st. anthony. does anyone know the timeline in which cole and xavier will make their announcements?

Kye Clark 10 years, 2 months ago

Unless Oregon would have offered Turgeon a lot more money, that's a lateral move at best. Good for him using the Oregon opening as leverage to get a raise. This next year will be very telling for him at A&M, as most (if not all) of Billy Gillespie's recruits are gone and we'll really see what he has been bringing into the program.

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 2 months ago

"Taylor gives documentary thumbs up"

It's important to note, though, that since the fight with the football team, his "thumbs up" is more of an "up and to the left"

Ron Franklin 10 years, 2 months ago

Speaking of documentaries. How many more years are they gonna run that pre-game video on the jumbotron?

Maybe it's time they give that's wore out it's welcome with me, especially since it now only provides the incoming players a false sense of achievement. Maybe, causes their heads to get big.

TommySmithElbow 10 years, 2 months ago

Hopefully, they'll always run that pre-game "documentary" because it communicates who we are, and how special this place is. It's a living, and growing history.

I think if it was put to a vote, it would be a landslide on Hawk fans who disagree that "it's wore out it's welcome with me".

The sixth-in-a-row conference championship deserves noting, and I'm not sure how telling people they can win conference championships, go to Final Fours, and win National championships "provides the incoming players a false sense of achievement". If anything, just like the "Beware of the Phog" banner, the video is a reminder of a legacy that needs to be treasured, protected, and built upon, and we're looking to you, the incoming player, to help us do just that.

If this is because of the UNI loss, it's not about our player's heads getting big, but it's that the heads of the fans are getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller. Come on, let's enjoy the journey, and celebrate the AMAZING accomplishments of an incredibly storied program!

With the possible exception of an impending "Rock Chalk" chant, I don't know of a more anticipated moment than watching that opening video! Keep updating it every year. ROCK CHALK!

NotWiller 10 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, PlasticJ- both funny and true!

In this off season, let's hope that TT can show the kind of mental/emotional growth that the twins showed physically last year. There's no doubt that TT can do things that no one can coach, but as we reflect on those that contributed and those that distracted this year, well.......let's just hope he learns from it.

Jeff Hargate 10 years, 2 months ago

Love the video in Allen, but the football video...ugh. Hopefully this is the year the video dept can get everyone on the same page. Nothing better than Enter Sandman playing on a 15 second loop over...and over...and over...waiting for the team to enter the field. While I am on my rant how about getting rid of that "Disco Jaws" kickoff music as well!!

Jonathan Briles 10 years, 2 months ago

I agree with TommySmithElbow I think the basketball video is anticipated and loved. I don't see anything wrong with it at all. I also think it is an incredible recruiting tool. I constantly try to recruit new fans and take people to games who have never been and when they see that video they are sold as new Jayhawk fans. It gives people goosebumps. I can only imagine what it makes possible recruits think. It may have worn out on some people, but the majority of people still love it.

rockchalk80 10 years, 2 months ago

Leave the pre-game video alone - continue to freshen it as the years go by...

Saw the previews of St. Anthony documentary on YouTube... looks like a must see for basketball fans... amazing story.

Jack Wilson 10 years, 2 months ago

drgnslyr: I can't believe your comments. This KU team was one of the greatest ever!! Just bad luck vs. UNI. It is fans like you that should just be quiet! Trashing our team like that .. to even think we'd lose to Michigan St. Our players work hard. It was a perfect storm that caused our loss to UNI, a fluke ... but hey, that's the NCAA tournament!! What a great year 33-3, conference title. Man, what a year. Unforgettable. Thanks Hawks!!! We love you!! I don't understand why you would bash coach Self, saying we would have got beaten the same why by Michigan St. He knows what he's doing. Are you a D-1 basketball coach? Do you know more than him? Were you at practices? Don't you think he worked on Taylor's Basketball IQ? And the estrogen comment. That is just over the top. I am offended by that.

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