Friday, February 17, 2012

Kansas football adds two area walk-ons


The Kansas University football program added a couple of walk-ons from the Kansas City area on Thursday. confirmed that both Adam Novak, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound running back from Bishop Miege High, and Michael Golubski, 6-0, 220 from Bishop Ward High, had committed to KU and would join the team as walk-ons this summer.

Novak drew interest from several community colleges and lower-division schools. Miege offensive coordinator Jon Holmes told that the KU coaching staff was looking at Novak as an H-Back because of his solid size and 4.5-second 40-yard dash speed. Novak also played defense for the Stags and led the Eastern Kansas League in sacks during 2011.

Golubski is another versatile athlete who played quarterback, fullback, tight end, linebacker and punter during his prep career and could wind up at a couple of different positions at KU.

Because Novak and Golubski will join the Jayhawks as walk-ons, neither player will count toward KU’s numbers for the Class of 2012.


minnhawk84 8 years, 8 months ago

HCCW should pull a page from Bob Devaney's old coaching manual. Johnny Rodgers, a two-time All-American and 1972 Heisman Trophy Awardee, was never on an athletic scholarship at Nebraska. Devaney routinely used Federal Pell Grants and "work-study" programs to add extra players to the Husker roster. Devaney knew how to get around the scholarship maximums "legally."

Steve Corder 8 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for the information about Johnny Rogers. This is the first I've heard of it.

omng392 8 years, 8 months ago

To that point (I live in Omaha, don't hate), one of the first things that Osborne did when he returned to NE was to reemphasize the walk on program for in-state kids. From what I've heard they use to have quite the walk on program. Heck, if you can get an instate kid on as a walk on and he turns out to be the next stud or even a good player you've improved your progam.

ohjayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

I'm pretty sure they closed that loophole many years ago, or else you'd see all the haves of the college football world (Alabama, LSU, etc) doing it still today.

741hawk 8 years, 8 months ago

They also used "Foster Parents" to host and support non-scholarship players from out of state. Never forget the tall blond bedecked in red dress and bling-bling, cheering in a suite for a running back who was not even listed in the program.

She jumped to her feet and yelled "Go,Willie. Go Willie," as the black running back raced down the sideline to make the score 63-7.

Hmmmmm, I asked myself. How would she know his name?
(Foster Parent program, of course. He was livin' in her house!)

JayhawkinNE 8 years, 8 months ago

Nebraska still has a large walk-on program. As with any other non-scholarship student, some of them pay their own way and some fund their way by other "legal" methods such as loans, pell grants, etc.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 8 months ago

Strike still, and add again.

One of the things that hacked off the bugger faithful was when Calahan eliminated the walk-on program. It also endeared Pelini to them right off the batt that one of the first things he did was to reinstated the program.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

Here we go again... Walk on players that run a "4.5" 40 yard dash... I don't know a lot, but I know how 40 times work. The difference between a 4.6 and a 4.8 is a MAJOR difference.

I was timed at a "4.6" at a speed camp I went to. Had I been a Division 1 recruit, that time could have been reported on Rivals or Scout... The problem? I was pretty fast for a high school kid, but when timed properly my time was a 4.9. Nowhere near a 4.6.

+200 pound kids that run 4.5 40 yard dashes are NOT walk ons.

Sorry for bringing it up twice... These reported 40 times are ridiculous.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 8 months ago

If they want to play for the big state school (and HS head coach), there are certainly players that choose not to go to the community colleges and lower-division schools that are recruiting them (AKA Conner & Christian from BB).

Or are you saying that every player that is 200+ and runs a 4.5 40 gets a ride at a major D1 program? Or are you a bitter old man that is frustrated that he was lied to and didn't really have the ability to make it colegiately?

It sounds similar to a couple players last year. "We have some LOI's that we're not sure they'll make it to campus. Come walk-on, and if these others don't make it, you've got a ride for a year, but a guarenteed spot if you're willing to work."

Welcome aboard Adam and Michael.

Sincerely, The not bitter old walk-on.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago


Yes, you caught me. I am a bitter old man that hates puppies. Are you one of those guys who can not read a critical comment on a message board without turning it into a personal attack?

Dirk Medema 8 years, 8 months ago

Hmmm, I thought you were the one that made it personal, and while your rant maybe be targeted at coaches, it still a slam on the players. I see the comment more as a matter of defending the kids - regardless of whether a 40 time is inflated or not. It is entirely possible to comment on 40 times without comments about the players abilities.

omng392 8 years, 8 months ago

Grades could be an issue. He maybe an invited walk on just for the mere fact that coaches aren't sure he will get in or make the grades to stay in. That happens from time to time. A big recuit gets looked over because his grades are so poor, no one wants to take a chance. He alternatives are to play in the NAIA, Juco or possibly try and walk on.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

More importantly...

Welcome to KU Adam and Michael! KU has had some great players through the years start as walk ons. Glad to have you guys in the program. (My rant above is targeted at coaches, not players!)

flyingfinn 8 years, 8 months ago

An honest post and don't believe you are bitter about anything. Coaching staffs do inflate numbers in any sport to get try and get their kids recognized.

Setherick 8 years, 8 months ago

These haven't been added yet so here you go.

Novak's highlights:

One thing that particularly caught my eye is the number of defensive highlights that show him knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage. But I agree with Bangkok on the speed issue. I didn't see the breakaway speed that I'd expect from a 4.5 runner. (Full disclosure: I didn't watch the whole thing carefully, but skipped around through it.)

Could only find Golubski's highlights from his junior year:

Dirk Medema 8 years, 8 months ago

Michael definitely doesn't have the speed, but looks like he is more interested in trucking someone as running away from them. He reminds me of the (IL?) LB from a couple years ago that moved to FB last year - I think?

Mike Kendall 8 years, 8 months ago

Is it safe to say that HCCW's staff is recruiting the heck out of Kansas City?

JHawk06 8 years, 8 months ago

Yea I think that's a safe assumption. He mentioned it during his introductory press conference and looks like he is keeping his word.

JayHok 8 years, 8 months ago

That must be part of the reason ESPN talking heads are considering more than ever Mizzou's football move to the SEC a doormat move. Basically a big mistake if they ever wanted to be seen as relevant in football. They were rising in the big 12 over the last 5 years. Now they're losing the KC market to Weis, even a small piece of St Louis---like one recruit---to Weis. Make no mistake about it, Mizzou would give anything for Kansas to play Mizzou in Arrowhead. That's a major recruiting footprint for Mizzou that they didn't expect to lose. Mizzou thought Kansas would buckle due to the million dollar payback from Arrowhead and forget about the recruiting market in KC. The funny thing is we'll make more money without playing Mizzou with our new Big 12 contract!

Mizzou will do well in St Louis recruiting but that's about it. Their biggest mistake was thinking Texas recruits---their bread and butter----would still want to play at Mizzou even without the four or so trips a year to Texas or Oklahoma. Texas high schoolers now have about 10 places they'd go before Mizzou.

The only way Mizzou becomes relevant in the SEC is if they outrecruit the confederate states. All they have is St Louis and a staff that a year ago could get 3 stars from Texas with the promise of trips to Texas during the season. In the SEC that's pretty much doom even if they could somehow still sign a few Texas kids.

april28 8 years, 8 months ago

Let the moderately quick dissent to Irrelevantville begin. I understood them wanting to join the Big 10, but they handled it stupidly. Now, they make a stupid choice and....handle it stupidly.

This may be the best thing that has happened to KU sports in a long time. It won't only impact football, it will impact all of our sports as Mizzou becomes irrelevant in Kansas City.

Randy Bombardier 8 years, 8 months ago

Maybe these guys actually playing football is incidental, that they chose KU because it has something to do with their future success. So, instead of getting a free ride to some JUCO they have a shot at getting a "free ride" (certainly not free) somewhere more academically challenging. I get that. Work hard and you might do even more than that. Remember that Jordy Nelson was a walk-on at K-State but worked the program.

Jim Stauffer 8 years, 8 months ago

What happened to Matt Tait's Thursday chat?

Jayhawk2016 8 years, 8 months ago

I remember playing basketball back in 5th grade against Mike Golubski. Swear the kid was as big then as he is now. We lost 56 to 8. He was pretty damn good.

John Miller 8 years, 8 months ago

Great to have the KC kids come to KU. We need to lock up that town

Steve Brown 8 years, 8 months ago

we lived in Nebraska for a time, and every year 100 walk on's earned the local county scholarship. So Bob D and Tom O. has a big bench of boys on 'county' scholarships. That is why they had to have 300+ uniforms.

One of them starred as cornerback as a 5th yr. redshirt in a bowl game some years ago, yet most of them were practice squad boys.

kellerman411 8 years, 8 months ago

Oh cool, we got a couple of walk-ons who had interest from lower division I schools.

That's exactly what any program looking to get into the national spotlight needs....

So KU didn't get all that great of a recruiting class this year, so what? You don't have to try and create optimism for next season with two local kids who had no better offers. Leave them be and let them try to prove wrong all of the schools who passed on them. The people who read football articles during basketball season are pretty loyal fans, we will be supporting regardless.

These two will probably serve KU well and vice versa but they couldn't get a jersey at KSU so why the He!! are they getting a jersey at KU? Because our recruiters know so much more than theirs and we saw something no one else did? Negative ghost rider.

JayHok 8 years, 8 months ago

Yeah Nick Saban signed three 5 stars.

The only other coach to do that was Weis.

You're right, no big whoop. Kansas fans should stop getting excited about football.

texashawk10 8 years, 8 months ago

Considering that one of them came from Bishop Miege, I think there's a pretty safe assumption on where the recommendation came from to invite him. There's nothing wrong with inviting them on as walk-ons because it's a couple of extra bodies for practice and if one of them turns into Steven Johnson, that's a huge plus for KU and these kids get a much better education than they would at a JuCo trying to play major college ball.

april28 8 years, 8 months ago

Good point....coaches are never wrong in evaluating talent. Just ask Jeremy Lin (sp).

Ross Cargo 8 years, 8 months ago

It's nice to have some extra bodies, some character guys. Plus you cannot find a diamond in the rough if you dont bring it in, wash it and look at it.

Rolland Remmert 8 years, 8 months ago

MU signed Marcus Denman's cousin out of Hogan today (football). The KC sports media blowing this up like a hot air balloon but nothing on these two kids coming to KU. Looks like an all out full court press to make MU the relevent recruiter. Don't understand the mentality but Tiger PR is alive and well

Yosemite 8 years, 8 months ago

That's probably because Sherrill is worthy of a scholarship, while Novak and Golubski are told they're not. Better athletes will always get more publicity.

april28 8 years, 8 months ago

Here is how I see this helping bring two additional KC boys into the program. If they are good, great. If not, then you still start to be viewed by coaches in the area as the place to go to play football. It's not always about the obvious, sometimes their is actually a bigger plan. Other than to "believe".

Buck Bukaty 8 years, 7 months ago

Great to see another BW Cyclone on the hill. Congrats Michael!!!!

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